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Peanut Butter Prices on the Rise

by in News, September 20th, 2011

peanut butter jar
Buyers beware: That peanut butter you’ve been snacking on since childhood is soon to undergo a price hike. Sweltering temperatures and parched soil in Peanut Belt states like Georgia and Texas are to blame for the spoiled peanut crop.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this year’s peanut crop is predicted to be about 3.61 billion pounds, 13 percent smaller than last year.

Peanut butter powerhouse J.M. Smucker Co., who dominates 45 percent of the peanut butter market, expects to raise prices by 30 percent in November, making that $3.19 jar of Jif $4.15, says a Cleveland article.

Vote: Will you continue to buy peanut butter? »

Football Season Means Brisket Season for Food Network

by in News, September 16th, 2011

NFL signature brisket sandwich
After months of anxiously waiting, football season is finally back. And with the return of your favorite teams comes an all-new lineup of signature sandwiches from Food Network and partner Delaware North Companies. For the 2011 baseball season, the duo made eight steak sandwiches and one sausage with local twists.

This time, it’s all about the brisket.

Five NFL stadiums are serving up a delicious signature pub-style brisket sandwich with cheddar cheese, whole-grain mustard and crispy onions on a pretzel roll — one stadium will also serve a specialty bratwurst sandwich. Don’t forget to snag a locally-inspired version.

Browse the menu for each stadium after the jump »

What Is the Best Topping for Pizza?

by in Community, September 15th, 2011

smore dessert pizza
Cheese, pepperoni and pineapple, oh my. Food Network asked Facebook fans: “In your opinion, what is the best topping for pizza?” Not only did 3,843 of you answer, but you also shared extremely detailed choices.

Spinach, bacon, ham, mushrooms, olives, garlic — you guys want it all — as long as it’s covered with gooey cheese. Extra cheese was the number one topping of choice, with pepperoni and pineapple following close behind. Fans love pineapple classically paired with ham, but don’t mind if it’s mixed with chicken or bacon.

Every veggie possible made the list, but you’ll heap your slice high with mushrooms, olives and onions. Sprinkle a bit of garlic on top and you’ve got yourself a dream pie. Now that you’re probably craving pizza, make some at home instead of ordering in.

In the mood for pizza? Try these recipes »

Broccoli and Cheddar, A Perfect Pair — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, September 14th, 2011

broccoli-cheddar soup
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches

Classic pairings like peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers and spaghetti and meatballs always get recognition, but what about a savory combo that’ll send your taste buds soaring? Broccoli and cheddar are not only meant for each other, but they also add full-bodied flavor to soups, frittatas, potatoes and even casseroles.

Vibrant, emerald-green broccoli — a cabbage relative — reaches its peak in the coming months, so take advantage of the veggie’s vitamin A, C, iron and calcium before the doldrums of winter set in.

Start off with hearty Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. Sharp white and yellow cheddar cheeses make fresh broccoli florets pop, while a sourdough bread bowl is perfect for sopping up every last drop. If you’d rather eat your broccoli without a spoon, try the magazine’s Broccoli-Cheddar Potatoes. Load potatoes high with broccoli, bacon and spinach, then add a dollop of sour cream on top for a symphony of flavor.

More broccoli recipes from our friends and family »

Top Farmers’ Markets Across the Country

by in News, September 12th, 2011

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Although sweet summer is coming to a close, regional farmers’ markets are still going strong. Not all markets are created equal, however. Earlier this summer, American Farmland Trust asked local markets to sign up to participate in a contest that would ultimately be named “America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market.” Once that was completed, the organization polled readers across America: “Where is your favorite farmers’ market?” More than 94,000 votes were counted in four categories: boutique, small, medium and large markets.

American Farmland Trust holds this annual contest to raise national awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms. “Farmers’ markets offer a great way for consumers to support local farms and farmers,” said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl. “In addition to providing access to fresh, seasonal foods, farmers’ markets help strengthen our ties to the land where our food is grown and the people who grow it.”

Did your market take the #1 spot? The winners after the jump »

Your Favorite Childhood Snacks

by in Community, September 5th, 2011

peanut butter on spoon
More than 1,500 Food Network Facebook fans responded when we asked: “If you could go back in time, what childhood snack would you eat?” The answers were all over the map, with lots of comments for Mom’s (and Grandma’s) home cooking, but a few nostalgia-inducing picks came out on top.

The overwhelming choice: anything with peanut butter. Nothing screams childhood more than ants on a log, a combination of celery, peanut butter and raisins. Another popular favorite, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches. Whether you called them “fluffernutters” or something entirely different, they still hold a place dear to your hearts.

MoonPies came in a close second, with Twinkies and Jell-O Pudding Pops holding a close third. Sugary treats like S’mores, Dunkaroos and Hostess Chocodiles (Twinkies covered in chocolate) were often listed, as well.

A surprise snack that many Southern fans can’t get enough of is a cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle with salted peanuts inside. Fried bologna sandwiches and homemade Rice Krispies also make you melt, but not as much as a pure peanut butter and sugar rush.

What are your favorite childhood snacks?

Tomato Appetizers — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, August 31st, 2011

tomato crostini
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches

As summer’s stifling heat slowly gives way to fall’s refreshing breezes, throw an outside dinner party with tomatoes front and center.

It’s the perfect time to showcase meaty summer tomatoes, dripping with succulent juice and pulpy seeds, in simple appetizers your guests will surely want seconds of.

Start off simple with Rachael’s Tomato and Shrimp Salad With Horseradish Dressing. Large beefsteak tomatoes brighten the plate, while the shrimp adds a heartiness that isn’t overly filling. Whip up Giada’s Calamari, Tomato and Caper Salad in 20 minutes or less for a dish that’s simply executed with lots of fresh lemon, salt and pepper.

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Coffee: Some Like it Hot

by in Community, August 26th, 2011

hot coffee
We asked, you answered. Food Network recently posed the question: “Iced coffee or hot coffee?” to Facebook fans and the response was overwhelming. More than 3,000 fans cast votes in Battle Coffee. It was a close one, but a majority preferred a piping-hot cup of joe.

Instead of making a morning coffee run, try Alton’s tips at home for a perfect True Brew every time. Once you’ve got that down, add some heavy cream, brown sugar and Irish whiskey for an Original Irish Coffee treat. Or try Giada’s version of Spiked Coffee with Kahlua and dark creme de cacoa.

To spruce up your java with fall flavors, make Paula’s Caramel Cinnamon Latte. Stir with a cinnamon stick for extra seasoning. Top Ree’s Dulce de Leche Coffee with grated chocolate and whipped cream for an after-dinner drink so decadent you’ll think it’s dessert.

Three Ways to Use: Hummus

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, August 24th, 2011

turkey-hummus sliders
Every month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test:  Create three inventive recipes with common supermarket ingredients like root beer and ice cream cones.

Hummus, a relatively modern refrigerator staple, is often used as a light, healthy dip for crackers, celery sticks and pita triangles. This month, Miriam Garron, Jay Brooks and Bob Hoebee put a fresh spin on the Mediterranean classic made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Try the three recipes and add hummus to turkey sliders to keep them moist and rich, create a creamy soup or whip up a chickpea flatbread.

Get the recipes and vote for your favorite »

Southwest Corn Recipes — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, August 17th, 2011

southwest corn recipes
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cherries and cucumbers. This week we’re getting creative with corn.

If you’ve been counting down all season long for sweet, crisp corn, the wait is finally over. Whether you roast corn on the stove or set it to sizzling on the grill, you can make juicy kernels the star of main dishes with a Southwestern flair.

Try Guy’s hearty Roasted Corn Quesadillas, bursting with corn, jalapenos, red onions, bell peppers and black beans for an easy weeknight meal. Add some chicken to the mix and you’ve got Robin’s Chicken Tostada With Corn, Pickled Jalapenos and Black Beans. Her cilantro-lime vinaigrette makes this Southwestern main the life of the party.

More corn recipes from family and friends »