All Posts By Sara Levine

Sara Levine is a Senior Online Editor at FoodNetwork.com and a culinary-school-trained home cook. Several years ago she quit her magazine job to go to Le Cordon Bleu, which led to a stint in Food Network Kitchen. Although cooking professionally wasn’t her thing, she loves frequenting restaurants and putting her own amateur culinary skills to work in her tiny kitchen.

New Flag Foods for the Fourth

by in Holidays, In Season, Recipes, July 2nd, 2017

The classic strawberry-and-blueberry flag cake never gets old – we’re partial to Ina Garten’s version that is equally beautiful and delicious. But if you’re inclined to think more outside-the-box this 4th of July while still serving up patriotic pride, here are some new flag-shaped creations to whip up for your celebration.

Go Savory: Deviled Egg American Flag
Show your pride in the Stars and Stripes with this no-peel version of classic deviled eggs. Read more

Take 5: Indoor Grilling Recipes

by in Recipes, July 2nd, 2017

What’s an urban dweller without an outdoor grill to do all summer, when our social media feeds are flooded with mouthwatering grilled recipes? Fortunately, investing in a good grill pan will save you from major FOMO this season. You’ll get the same gorgeous grill marks – and minimal cleanup – right on the kitchen stove. Some traditionally barbecued dishes even lend themselves well to the regular oven – no one will believe they were made indoors! Here are 5 weeknight-friendly recipes that were created with indoor grilling in mind.

Giada’s Italian-accented barbecue sauce – spiked with balsamic vinegar – is equally perfect on chicken or steak. She recommends any combination of breast or leg-and-thigh pieces of chicken or New York strips for this simple preparation. With your trusty grill pan, either will be ready in 35 minutes. Read more

Take 5: Weeknight Dinners Kids Can Make

by in Family, Recipes, May 7th, 2017

Depending on their ages (and your tolerance for mess), you may or may not want to turn dinner prep over entirely to the young chefs in your home. But these easy-enough-for-a-busy-weeknight recipes are perfect for involving both big and little kids in the kitchen, and they make tasty meals that everyone will have fun devouring. Read more

5 Matzo Meals and Snacks You Need This Passover

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 6th, 2017


If you’re keeping kosher for Passover, the fun doesn’t end after you’ve stuffed yourself with matzo ball soup and brisket at Seder dinner. You’ve got to get creative to come up with eight days’ worth of meals free of chametz – “leavened” foods like bread, pasta and grains that are forbidden on Passover. Fortunately, you’ve likely stocked up on matzo, so put it to good use in these outside-the-box, super-easy ideas that will get you through the week.

Even if you’re not observing, these are great ways to use that box of matzo you picked up at the grocery store. Otherwise, you might finish it all simply slathered with butter – that’s also delicious, and we won’t judge. Read more

Win Valentine’s Day with Chocolate for Breakfast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2017

Classic chocolate chip pancakes are an indulgence we all know and love, but there are many more ways to work chocolate into your breakfast, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to do so? Whether you’re celebrating with your one true love, your family, or your favorite comfort foods, here’s how to start the day on a sweet note. Read more

Big-Game Food Fight: Atlanta vs. New England

by in Events, Recipes, January 31st, 2017

This year’s Super Bowl is an East Coast battle, with the Atlanta Falcons facing off against the New England Patriots. Will your game-day spread feature Southern comforts or New England classics? We’ve got you covered, no matter whether your loyalties lie north or south of the Mason-Dixon.

Plus, for decor that doubles as a sweet snack, show your team spirit with these candy centerpieces for the Patriots and Falcons. Read more

How to Dress Up Latkes for Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 23rd, 2016

Applesauce and sour cream are the traditional accoutrements for latkes. Some load their potato pancakes up with both toppings, while others have strong feelings about one over the other. (I’m Team Applesauce, all the way.) However, this Hanukkah, don’t feel constrained by these standard-bearers. Latkes are just fried potatoes, after all, so they’re basically a blank canvas of crispy deliciousness. Pick any of our top latke recipes and try a new topping this year. Read more

DIY Food Gifts for Everyone on Your List

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 17th, 2016

Mom always said homemade gifts were the best gifts, right? You don’t have to be a professional baker or an expert crafter to knock it out of the park with these edible presents, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot. Some are even simple enough for kids to help make, and participating in the process will make them more excited about holiday gift-giving (not just receiving!). Forget fruitcake and truffles – these unique ideas are full of thought and flavor.

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9 Must-Try Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 16th, 2016

Although turkey is the holiday’s iconic dish, Thanksgiving dinner is actually a pretty great meal for vegetarians. Heaping dishes of autumn vegetables and glorious carbs often outshine the bird, anyway. Vegans have a tougher challenge, since the many of the holiday’s traditional vegetable sides are laden with dairy and eggs. If you’re expecting vegetarians or vegans at your feast, it’s nice to have something substantial on the table that can serve as their main dish. For vegans, a special dessert is also a thoughtful touch, since most classic pie recipes are off-limits. Just be sure to make enough: Omnivores won’t be able to resist these, either.  Read more

Every Kind of Chili You’d Ever Want to Make

by in Recipes, November 15th, 2016

Vegetarian? No-red-meat eater? Bean hater? Tomato avoider? No worries! No matter your diet or preferences, you never have to miss out on chili season. We’ve got a hearty, flavor-packed recipe for every palate.

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