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Oscar Eats: Black Swan and The Fighter

by in News, Recipes, February 21st, 2011

Horray for Hollywood-decorated cupcakes (image from Food Network Magazine)

What, no ticket to the 2011 Oscar Awards this Sunday? Consider it a lucky opportunity to view the red carpet from the best seat anywhere: your couch. You’re free to heckle the stars (their attire, hair, dates) as you wish, and shout out loud with excitement or disappointment when each winner is announced. And without a slinky dress or monkey suit to starve yourself into, you can enjoy a nominee-themed menu without worry.

Check back here every day this week — we’ll be posting menu ideas for all of the Best Picture nominees so you can eat along with your favorite film, or pick and choose from each to create your own award-winning menu. Today, Black Swan and The Fighter; two movies about battling foes both internal and actual. For tense dramas like these, popcorn just won’t do.

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Food Network’s In The Kitchen App at Eats and Apps Bash

by in News, February 15th, 2011
Food Network's Milissa Tarquini demonstrates the recipe search function on the ITK app. (Photo 2011©Alexander Bitar)

Last week was social media week in New York City — a chance for New Yorkers to learn about the latest trends in social, mobile, gaming and more across categories like food, entertainment, music and fashion. At an event called Eats & Apps, put on by MouthoftheBorder, the latest apps were presented to food lovers (professionals and enthusiasts alike). And by apps, we mean -etizers and -lications. Sliders, mac and cheese, veggie chili and fries from build-a-burger joint 4Food were passed as party-goers chatted with the creators of the newest products marrying tech and food. Attendees had the opportunity to try out the new apps and talk to the creative minds who brought them to life, as well as mingle with food writers, bloggers, editors and home cooks. Food Network’s In the Kitchen App for iPad, iPhone and Android was there, joining the ranks of the latest, greatest must-have food and cooking apps of the moment.

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Essential Snow Day Supply: Chocolate Chips

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2011
Hopefully you bought a bunch before your store sold out.

Are you snowed in? Hope you’ve got a shovel and have stocked up on ice melt, bread, toilet paper and . . . chocolate chips. With every big storm warning, local stores always sell out of chocolate chips! Is everyone trapped inside making cookies? Let us know what you’re making besides snowmen today; here’s some chocolate chip inspiration to get you started.

With nearly 800 reviews, Alton Brown’s The Chewy is the most popular chocolate-chip cookie on Food Network. Have you made it?

The best-loved chocolate-chipper on Food Network, and possibly, the world.

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Super Bowl 2011: Pittsburgh Steelers (Food) vs. Green Bay Packers (Food)

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2011
Food fight! Wisconsin Skins vs. Steel City Skins.

No great Super Bowl party is complete without guacamole, Buffalo wings, nachos, onion dip and spinach-artichoke dip, but in addition to the classics, die-hard fans will want the authentic foods representing their favorite team. Sure, football is a game of skill, but imagine for a moment if the champion were decided based on the merits of menu, alone?

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Kristen Stewart Loves Food Network

by in News, Recipes, January 24th, 2011
Kristen Stewart, lover of vampires, werewolves and Food Network. Image from celebritymania.com.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Kristen Stewart shared some interesting tidbits: The Twilight star enjoys playing golf and guitar, she’s reading Anna Karenina and her new hobby is cooking. The latter so much so that she’s known for watching Food Network with her signature “frown of concentration” on her face. “I’m such a dork,” she tells Vogue. Stewart did more than talk about her hobby, she prepared lunch for the interview: Tortilla Soup with assorted fixin’s, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can make Kristen Stewart’s Tortilla Soup — she shared her recipe with Vogue — though you might want to leave out the garlic if you’re making it for your, you know, undead friends.

But don’t stop at the soup; whip up an entire Twilight-inspired menu (to serve after dark, of course). Some suggestions:

Vampire Blood Tomato Soup With Muenster Sammies

Stuffed Baby Bellas

Vampire Dip in a Fried Tortilla Bowl

Blood and Guts Potatoes

Vampire Kiss Martini

What would you serve to a Twilight star, or at a Twilight-viewing party?

Twitter Recap: What Foods Do You Want to Learn to Cook in 2011?

by in News, Recipes, View All Posts, January 7th, 2011
Tweet, tweet! Let us know what you're thinking, we are listening!

The new year brings a fresh start and new challenges — especially in the kitchen. We asked you via Twitter what recipes you wanted to learn to cook this year, and there were a few common themes. Perhaps you’ve stumbled on some 2011 cooking trends — could 2011 be the year of Pad Thai? Risotto? Here are a few of our favorite tweets, and some recipes to get started on your culinary goals. Read more

Snowman Cheese Ball

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 24th, 2010
Frosty the Cheese Ball

‘Tis the season for last-minute appetizers. Here’s one to be merry about; it’s easy, cheesy and doubles as table decor. It’s a cheese ball . . . snowman. Learn how you can make one in minutes. Read more

Honoring Great Taste(makers)

by in News, December 17th, 2010

It’s award season. The Oscars are coming up, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, Grammys, Golden Globes, Tonys . . . the list of award shows honoring the best movies, shows, actors and musicians is seemingly endless. But what about the best food people of the year? Your favorite TV and internet stars will hit the red carpet this year, too, at an awards show just for tastemakers — food and fashion, that is.

You can get the full list of nominees and presenters on Tasty’s website, but some Food Network stars being honored include:

Official Honoree, Outstanding Passion: Guy Fieri

Nominated for Best Food Program, Television: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Nominated for Best Food Travel Series, Television: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; The Great Food Truck Race; Throwdown with Bobby Flay

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Gingerbread Fashion Show

by in Holidays, December 13th, 2010
Work it: Not willing to settle for simple frosting squiggles, this ginger-guy is ready to rock the runway in a bold holiday tie.

The sweetest designs of this season aren’t found on the red carpet, but instead on the pages of Food Network Magazine. Take inspiration from the styles seen on the pages of the December issue and create your own to-die-for candy outfits. Start with a batch of perfect gingerbread, and check out these runway-worthy duds:

A frothy, layered gown worthy of the finest holiday gala.

How to DIY: Snip mini marshmallows in half with scissors; toss in colored sugar (it sticks to the cut side). Attach with royal icing. Read more

Food Network’s New In the Kitchen App

by in News, November 9th, 2010
Food Network's new In the Kitchen app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPad touch.

Some things every home cook needs, whether you’re a novice or a pro: measuring cups and spoons, a good set of pots and pans, a kitchen timer and trusted recipes. Great news — the last two are available in a new Food Network mobile app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that you can hold in your fingertips (while using your pots and pans). Read more