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.

Irresistible Pound Cake Ideas, Whether You Make It or Buy It

by in Recipes, August 26th, 2015

Pound CakeMy husband is not a sweets person, but pound cake is his exception. Although I’ll never comprehend his disinterest in chocolate, an obsession with the classic combination of eggs, flour, sugar and lots of butter is understandable. Traditional pound cake is one of the simplest, most-satisfying desserts out there. It’s also a blank canvas that tastes good with just about anything dolloped on top. Here are some of our favorite variations, whether you’re baking a pound cake from scratch or dolling up a store-bought loaf.

Lemon Pound Cake
This homemade pound cake is brushed with a lemon glaze that adds a little hint of citrus and keeps the cake extra moist. You could use the same trick with a store-bought pound cake to give it some added oomph.

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Must-Pack Travel Snacks for Kids

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2015


Whether you’re hopping on a plane or have a long road trip ahead, snacks are a key factor in successful travel with kids. Before you head off for that end-of-summer family vacation, make sure to check some of these kid-approved portable snacks off your packing list. Tired, hungry traveling parents should certainly partake of these goodies, too.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers
These crunchy, cheesy bite-size crackers are easy enough for kids to make themselves. Let them measure ingredients, cut out the crackers in fun shapes, and sprinkle on toppings like sesame and poppy seeds. Then pack the crackers up for happy munching in transit.

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Awesome Breakfast Stops for Your Summer Vacation

by in Restaurants, July 20th, 2015

On vacation, normal breakfast routines go out the window — as they should, because your much-deserved days off should start with craveworthy morning meals. Whether you’re sightseeing, relaxing near the beach or enjoying a staycation at home, we’ve got the lowdown on breakfast destinations that are worth a special trip.

Doughnuts
The lines often stretch around the block for these popular doughnut shops across the country, and once you’re biting into a decadent, deep-fried ring of dough, you’ll understand the reason why. Start the day with a maple-bacon doughnut in Washington, D.C., a birthday cake variation in Chicago or a Cointreau creme brulee confection in Portland, Ore. Check out Food Network-approved doughnut shops from coast to coast.

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Ice Pops All Day

by in Recipes, July 14th, 2015

In this swampy midsummer heat, my favorite breakfast (oatmeal) becomes entirely unappealing. Even a smoothie blended to go becomes lukewarm in minutes. So why not enjoy frozen treats at every meal, including breakfast? Food Network Kitchen came up with genius ice pop recipes for on-the-go morning meals that’ll cool you off and fuel you up for the day. Plus, swap a frosty pop for your green juice, favorite cocktail or after-dinner treat. Read more

Chill Out with Hand-Held Frozen Treats

by in Recipes, June 25th, 2015

Attempting to eat with a fork while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in another is a universal party buzzkill. At summer cookouts, we tend to avoid silverware and go hand-held — think burgers, hot dogs, grilled wings and corn on the cob. So why not keep your party sweets utensil-free too? The ice cream cone is the quintessential hand-held frozen treat, but that involves scooping to order. Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget. Just grab ‘em straight from the freezer for the finale of your 4th of July bash or any weekend gathering. Read more

Real Men Eat Brunch: 8 Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

by in Recipes, June 17th, 2015

Somewhere along the line, brunch became a Mother’s Day thing. But why shouldn’t Dad be spoiled with a lazy, morning-into-afternoon feast on his special day as well? Here are eight brunch ideas that will satisfy even the manliest of fatherly appetites.

Breakfast Burgers
Kick off Dad’s special day by treating him to a burger for breakfast. These juicy patties are topped with fried eggs and served on English muffins for the ultimate morning treat.

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Local Flavor: Awesome Avocado Dishes in LA

by in Recipes, Restaurants, May 15th, 2015

Avocados are having a moment right now in all corners of the country, but nowhere are they more prevalent or more delicious than in Southern California. Food Network’s new original Web series Local Flavor follows a city’s local ingredient to three restaurants that prepare it three different ways. In Los Angeles, it’s all about the avocado. Start with avocado fries at 3 Square Café, check out one of the best avocado toasts in the business at Superba Food & Bread, and sip an Avocado Project cocktail at Picca Peru. Play the video above for the ultimate LA avocado tour.

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Highlights and Winners from the 2015 James Beard Awards in Chicago

by in Events, Restaurants, May 5th, 2015

Chicago pride was on display last night at the 25th James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which have temporarily migrated from New York for a three-year run at the Windy City’s Lyric Opera. The ceremony’s host, Food Network’s own Alton Brown, may be a Southerner, but he was joined on stage by gala co-chairs Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, three of Chicago’s greatest chefs. Rich Melman, founder of prolific Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award with a speech packed with pride for his hometown. Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the city’s food scene on the red carpet and in remarks on stage. When Food Network asked the mayor if he had any favorite places to travel outside of Chicago for great food, he didn’t miss a beat in retorting, “Yeah, Chicago!” And every time Chicago took home an award, the opera house boomed with cheers. Read more

Chicago Gears Up to Host 25th James Beard Awards

by in Events, Restaurants, April 29th, 2015

After 24 years in New York City, this year’s prestigious James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards — often dubbed “the Oscars of food” — are moving west, to Chicago. More than 2,500 of the country’s top chefs, restaurateurs and food-media people will descend upon the Windy City this weekend, and FoodNetwork.com editors will be there to fill you in on all the action. But the proud, food-obsessed host city has plans that extend well beyond Monday night’s awards ceremony and gala, hosted by our own Alton Brown. Whether or not you’ve got a ticket to the coveted awards, here are some fun ways to celebrate Chicago’s impressive dining scene — all are open to the public, and some are even free.

Need Chicago restaurant recommendations? Check out Food Network’s Newcomer’s Chicago Eating Tour to get our picks for the best burger, pizza, new restaurant and more can’t-miss eats.

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How to Dine Out: Eat Sushi Like a Pro

by in Restaurants, April 11th, 2015

Our all-new Web series, How to Dine Out, is full of tips and tricks that’ll help you dine like a regular, wherever you eat. First up, grab a seat at the sushi bar for a three-minute lowdown on the basics of sushi vs. sashimi, maki vs. nigiri and the all-important chopstick etiquette.

Check out more episodes of How to Dine Out. You might get inspired to try a new restaurant, or learn something new about your favorite cuisine. But you’ll definitely leave hungry.

Plus, find out about the New York City restaurants where we shot the series.

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