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5 Tips for Successful Grilling

by in Food Network Magazine, How-to, June 26th, 2012

leah brickleyWe’re hard at work in the test kitchen months before grilling season starts. We often find ourselves developing summertime favorites in the middle of winter, and finding a spot to grill (sometimes in the snow) can be challenging. I’m lucky enough to have a backyard and both a gas and charcoal grill, so I volunteer on occasion to bundle up and test recipes from home to ensure accuracy.

Here are some tips I picked up this past winter while testing recipes for the June issue of Food Network Magazine.

5 Tips for Successful Grilling:

1.    Get organized. Make sure everything you need is organized and within reach of your grilling command station. Using a small baking sheet is a great way to keep sauces, seasonings, timers, thermometers, recipes and miscellaneous equipment nearby and ready.

2.    Invest in a thermometer. If you’re cooking larger, more expensive cuts of meat using a thermometer can help with accurate cooking temperatures — so you don’t overcook that pricey steak. We in the test kitchens like digital instant-read thermometers.

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Improve Your Potato Salad

by in Food Network Magazine, June 26th, 2012

Potato Salad with Peas

Hot tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

When you’re making potato salad, season the potatoes with salt and vinegar as soon as they’re cooked but before dressing, like Food Network Magazine did in this Potato Salad With Peas; they soak up a ton of flavor when they’re hot. You can serve the salad at room temperature or chill it for later; just be sure to take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before eating.

Behind the Booklet: 50 Things to Grill in Foil

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Magazine, June 25th, 2012

50 Things to Grill in Foil
Coming up with 50 of anything for Food Network Magazine’s monthly 50-recipe booklet can be daunting — in the past, the magazine has featured 50 tacos, 50 brownies and 50 grilled cheeses — but this month, chefs in Food Network Kitchens tackled the ultimate way to cook out: in foil packs.

Sure they included the usual suspects — chicken wings and various vegetables — but it’s dishes like Paella (No. 12), Gnocchi (No. 11) and Upside-Down Cakes (No. 47) that up the wow factor.

Traditionally, paella was cooked on an open flame, says Claudia Sidoti, Food Network test kitchen manager. Cooking paella in the foil pack resembles that traditional style, bringing a nice crunch to the rice, she adds.

Read tips our chefs picked up after making dozens of foil packs

Make a Quick Pickle

by in Food Network Magazine, How-to, June 22nd, 2012

Cold Asian Noodles with Pork

Hot tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Homemade pickles are a fun way to customize sandwiches and salads, and they don’t have to take days. You can pickle vegetables by soaking them in a vinegar-based brine for just 20 minutes, like Food Network Magazine did for these Cold Asian Noodles With Pork. Use a hot brine to pickle beets, carrots and other dense vegetables, and a cold brine for more delicate vegetables, like the red onion in these Chicken Salad Sandwiches With Walnut-Dill Pesto.

Burger Buying Guide

by in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2012

Bistro Burger

  • Choose a specific cut. Meat with generic labels like “ground beef” or “hamburger” can come from any part of the cow or from trimmings, so they can be inconsistent in flavor and texture. Ground meat labeled “chuck,” “sirloin” or another cut must contain at least 50 percent meat from that cut; it’s usually higher quality. If possible, go for organic, grass-fed beef; we love the flavor.
  • Check the color. Don’t worry if packaged ground beef is bright red in some areas and brown or purplish in others. This is a harmless reaction of the meat’s surface to the air. However, if all of the meat in a package is gray, check the date — it may be past its prime.

Skip the preformed patties and more

May’s “Name This Dish” Contest Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2012

Name This Dish Bite-Size Cakes

Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include an egg tart (winning name: “Breakfast in Bread”), crab-stuffed mushrooms (“Surf ‘N Earth”) and even an over-the-top breakfast (“Scotch on the Rocks”). In the May 2012 issue, we asked you to dream up names for bite-sized cakes (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Piped Dreams
Lori Rios
Martinez, Calif.

Berry-Go-Rounds
Cheryl Keyser
Castle Rock, Colo.

More favorites and the winner announced

Party Time: Faux-Cones

by in Food Network Magazine, June 18th, 2012

Sno-Cone Cupcakes
Here are some sno-cones you can prepare long before your party starts — that won’t melt before your guests arrive: They’re cupcakes! To make one, just sprinkle red, yellow and blue sanding sugar on a frosted cupcake. For added effect, take the cupcake out of its paper, drop it into a 4-ounce Styrofoam cup and add a wooden spoon.

Check out Food Network’s new cupcake app. Get it now!

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Perfect Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Magazine, June 14th, 2012

Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs
In the June issue of Food Network Magazine, I put my own spin on fried chicken and eliminated what I think is the worst part of making the much-loved dish at home: the frying part. My kitchen always ends up spattered with oil. Not to mention, disposing of all the oil is a big pain.

To make this recipe, I took a technique I learned for making Italian chicken spiedini (essentially skewered chicken). Instead of deep frying, you coat chicken kebabs in bread crumbs and then grill them for a crispy, crunchy crust.

It took a couple of tries, but the natural fat in the chicken literally fries the bread-crumbs as they grill.  You get the best of both worlds — the crispiness of frying and the smoky taste of grilling. Just make sure to keep the heat of your grill on medium so the chicken doesn’t get overly charred.

Try it: Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

Get more cookout ideas from Food Network Magazine

Rethink Your Pasta

by in Food Network Magazine, June 12th, 2012

Ravioli Salad

Hot tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Instead of the usual penne or macaroni, try stuffed pasta like ravioli, tortellini or pierogi in a pasta salad. Stick to cheese varieties (meat-filled pasta isn’t as appealing cold) and choose a subtle dressing that won’t overpower the filling, like the lemony one in this Ravioli Salad from Food Network Magazine.

Outside the Box: Burger Wrapping Paper

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, June 8th, 2012

burger wrapping paper

This year, wrap Dad’s Father’s Day gifts to look like a big, juicy cheeseburger. Each set of this wrapping paper includes six sheets that look like buns, a patty, lettuce, tomato and cheese; when they’re stacked, they look like dinner. Creators Sarah Fay and Justin Colt came up with the idea when they were wrapping a gift for a McDonald’s-loving friend. Coming soon: s’mores and birthday cake sets. $25 per set; giftcouture.com

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