Let’s face it, spring cleaning isn’t the most exciting chore of the season, but it’s so gratifying after it’s all done. The same notion also applies to making over meals, especially when the produce starts to become so abundant. Our friends over at Yahoo! Shine have invited FN Dish readers to join their Supper Club. This month, they’re challenging readers to make weeknight dinners that are as fresh and bright as the season.
Don’t know where to begin? Food Network’s Spring Produce Guide is a good place to start. From asparagus to rhubarb, you can find tips and recipes for cooking up spring produce at its peak.
Spring Peas With Dates and Walnuts from Food Network Magazine (pictured above) is a market-fresh salad that calls for not one but three kinds of spring peas: English, sugar snap and snow peas.
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Country music star Trisha Yearwood invites y’all into her Nashville kitchen starting tomorrow morning (10:30am/9:30c) on Food Network. She’ll cook up Southern favorites, share stories and keep her door open for family and friends.
Yesterday, Food Network Facebook, Twitter and Google+ fans got the chance to ask Trisha about her favorites, like Sunday meals, comfort foods and potluck pleasers.
@paint_it_golden on Twitter asked: What’s your favorite dish to cook on a regular basis?
TY: Basic stuff like spaghetti and black-bean lasagna.
@kongatoast on Twitter asked: What’s your favorite Sunday meal?
TY: Having roast beef, rice and gravy always reminds me of Sundays growing up.
Ann Garvin on Facebook asked: How do you plan out your weekly menu?
TY: Haha! I don’t. I have good intentions, but I never seem to plan ahead.
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Gothamist: What’s new in the world of bacon? Burger King’s bacon sundaes, Lay’s BLT potato chips and the evolution of bacon and egg ice cream.
Eater: Take a break to watch SNL’s “Almost Pizza” parody commercial. “It’s very nearly pizza, but not quite. It’s Almost Pizza.”
The Kitchn: The most difficult dinner guest = gluten intolerant + allergic to nuts + vegan + allergic to eggs + lactose intolerant. Believe it or not, there are still some tasty options to feed them.
Bon Appétit: Artisanal bagels are making a comeback. Say goodbye to the puffy, oversized rounds.
Huffington Post: How is food faring in the job market? The restaurant industry has rebounded faster in job creation than the overall economy.
Today there will be no swapping of recipes. Instead, the food community will gather at noon to educate, showcase and highlight local heroes and charities that are giving it their all to raise awareness to fight one of the nation’s biggest issues: hunger.
More specifically, one in every five children in the United States struggles with hunger. According to Congressman Jim McGovern, “We are the richest country on the planet and not a single community is hunger free.” Every year, 16 million children struggle with hunger — that’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. There are no easy solutions, but we can’t afford to do nothing.
This Saturday evening, Food Network will premiere Hunger Hits Home, a documentary that gives viewers at home a firsthand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians.
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding hunger is that if a person works, there should be no reason he or she or their family should go hungry. And yet, 11 million children go to school having not eating breakfast.
Four ways to take action against childhood hunger today
Daily Mail: There’s an ice cream crisis! Expect price spikes this summer due to the current vanilla-pod shortage.
Serious Eats: Krispy Kreme goes festive with their Easter Egg Doughnuts. Iced and filled with frosting, they’re dangerously sweet.
CBS: Would you like bug juice with that frappuccino? In an effort to go all-natural, Starbucks created controversy with its use of cochineal extract, a dye made from the crushed Peruvian cochineal bug.
BuzzFeed: You can’t fool your kids. In Jimmy Kimmel’s latest (and hilarious) YouTube challenge, parents attempt to prank their children into eating pre-chewed food.
Eater: We know you love to read about food, so here’s a list of IACP’s 2012 Food Writing Award winners.
Adweek: Kids are foodies, too. Major brands, including Food Network Magazine, are spotlighting the culinary interests of children.
The Salt: Here’s a healthy discovery you’ll love: A daily dose of chocolate can help keep your figure slim.
Foodbeast: Introducing the Handpresso — an espresso maker for your car.
The Kitchn: Are you the savory type? Learn how to turn cheese into a delectable dessert.
The Miami Herald: There’s more to Mad Men than fashion and booze; the food is just as fun and will inspire you in the kitchen.
The Food Network social media team has a big announcement to share!
We’re always looking for ways to make our social media communities better for our fans. And for that reason, we’re very excited to announce that our Facebook brand page will be changing over to the Timeline format today.
We know that Timeline is new and can be a little intimidating at first, which is why we want to show you all the reasons we’re excited for it.
The biggest benefit of the new layout is how much easier it will be for our fans to find content and explore the rich history of Food Network. The dates you’ll find at the top right of the page are clickable so you can dig deeper into the milestones that built Food Network.
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Food Network recently asked fans on Facebook: “Which Food Network chef would you most like to take cooking lessons from, and why?” Many who responded didn’t want to choose just one, but those who did shared exact reasons why. Guy, Bobby, Anne and Alton were among the top picks. Here are some of the highlights:
- Randy Nez: Bobby Flay. His story is truly unique and inspiring, and one of his many influences is my homeland — the beautiful Southwest. I love his ability to throw down with just about any dish, and I love to grill.
- Sharon Grimes: Guy Fieri because he’s fun, he knows what he’s talking about, we use the same cooking style and he’s not as messy as some of the others. He loves his family, he’s always involving his kids and he’s not trying to make himself look bigger or better than anybody else.
Who do you want cooking lessons from?
Serious Eats: There’s a different type of bracket this March you should be paying attention to: Round One of Taco Madness is underway in Los Angeles.
Eater: Tired of Googling your kitchen questions? Chef Ferran Adrià speaks of plans for a culinary Wikipedia-style resource.
Food Republic: Why is an investment company selling coffee out of a truck? They’re hoping to teach you something with a 28-cent cup of joe.
Mashable: App alert! Go beyond the obvious landmarks and tourist traps: Roamz lets you find a city’s hidden gems.
Huffington Post: Starbucks opens their first Evolution Fresh juice bar. The chain may not reach your city for a while, but you can find the drinks at a variety of retailers.
The Daily Meal: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney prefers meatloaf cake for his birthday. Will meatloaf cupcakes be at your next celebration?
Eater NY: Who is Marilyn Hagerty? Following her Olive Garden restaurant review, the North Dakotan food critic is now a celebrity.
Food Beast: A New Zealand-based pizza chain dares diners to play a round of Pizza Roulette featuring the “hottest chili known to mankind.”
Saveur: Chimney cakes are tubular pastries from Eastern Europe. One glance at them will make you wonder why they aren’t more popular here.
CNN Tech: Introduced at SXSW, Tweet-A-Beer is a new app that lets you gift a pint to a friend over the Internet.