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5 Fuss-Free Easter Side Dishes — Sensational Sides

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 2nd, 2015

Mushroom, Barley and Roasted Asparagus SaladFace it: When you’re busy hunting down eggs, opening up your Easter basket and dyeing eggs, who has time to throw together a massive spread? After you pin down your master plan for your Easter ham or rack of lamb, feast your eyes on extra-easy side dishes that won’t consume your Easter Sunday.

Tossing high-impact ingredients like seasoned barley, lemon-marinated mushrooms and roasted asparagus together brings on a multi-textured, elegant Mushroom, Barley and Roasted Asparagus Salad (pictured above) with only 20 minutes of active prep. Plus, while you leave the asparagus to roast in the oven, you’re free to get to work on your other dishes.

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Famed NYC Grocer Preps for Passover with 1,200 Pounds of Matzo

by in Holidays, April 2nd, 2015

The eight-day festival of Passover commemorates the freeing of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, which is observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. In honor of the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt, leavened grain (including bread, cake, cookies, cereal, pasta) is not allowed at Seder. Instead, matzo (a crisp, unleavened bread) is eaten, along with other traditional Jewish foods.

Eli Zabar is New York City’s iconic and pioneering grocer and caterer, with markets, cafes and restaurants on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Namesake company owner Eli and his team cater more than 500 Passover Seders in New York City. And yet the father of two still finds time to host the family’s Seder at home. “The Zabar family has divided up all the holidays: One gets Hanukkah, one gets Thanksgiving and so on. We like hosting Passover, since it’s a lively, happy time. My whole family shows up! We’re going to be about 35 this year. One of the things that’s happened over the years is that these little kids who didn’t take up any seats and used to spend their time playing or looking for the afikoman are now young adults in need of seats and we’re trying to figure out how to fit more people in.” His Seder uses everything that is featured in his store, and he makes sure to include his favorite dishes, plus a chocolate-covered matzo sweet treat (recipe below).

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Next-Level Macaroons for Passover

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 1st, 2015

Sorry, Francophiles, but in the macaron vs. macaroon debate, I must admit that I prefer the two-O variety. We’re talking the dense coconut kind that will be served at Passover Seders across the country this Friday night. The delicate, jewel-boxed French sandwich cookies (one O) are pretty and all, but for me, the rugged, toasty coconut ones are the stuff of nostalgia. Inexplicably, my grandmother, who was an excellent baker, used to serve the bite-sized macaroons that came in Manischewitz cans. Who knows how many years they’d been in her pantry, but I loved them.

Today, there are few cookies I love more than a well-made macaroon, so it’s just a plus that they’re a Passover-friendly dessert. I devoured an amazing one recently at RareSweets, a charming bakery that opened in Washington, D.C., last fall. Caramelized and crunchy on the outside, moist and chewy within and not too sweet, it was exactly what I want in a macaroon, or any cookie, for that matter. Lucky for us, the bakery’s pastry chef and owner, Meredith Tomason, shared the recipe with FN Dish. She incorporates many family recipes into her menu, and says this one was a staple at various holidays throughout the years.

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The Most-Convincing and Most-Delicious Recipes for April Fools’ Day

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, April 1st, 2015

cereal-bowl cakePictured above is the tastiest bowl of fruity cereal you’ll ever have … kind of.

Don’t be fooled! The “bowl” is really a chocolate cake covered in vanilla frosting. The “milk”: ice cream. Make the breakfast-themed cake tonight and trick friends and family — in a totally sweet and delicious way.

Food Network Magazine’s collection of wacky and creative cakes is perfect for celebrating April Fools’ Day. There’s a cake that looks like a hamburger, one that resembles a giant chocolate candy bar and another that would deceive even the most-seasoned gardeners into believing it’s a pot of flowers. The showstopping confections may look intricate and difficult, but most are surprisingly easy to make. Each recipe provides step-by-step images to help guide you, and most call for cake mix and canned frosting. Browse through our gallery to choose which one will fool your friends best.

Read more Staffers’ Easter and Passover Picks

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, March 31st, 2015

Here at, we staffers don’t have to look far to find dozens of tempting recipes for the upcoming spring holidays, Easter and Passover. But we also get how hard it can be to narrow down the many options and decide what to serve at your own holiday table or bring to a friend or relative’s. So much pressure, especially when you’re the “food person” in the family! To help, here are personal Easter and Passover picks from our staff – the recipes we’re most excited about making and eating this weekend. They may just inspire you to start a new family tradition.

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Green Pizzas for St. Paddy’s Day, Plus 6 More Spring Pies

by in Entertaining, Holidays, March 16th, 2015

Pizza is the perfect food for entertaining — a crowd-pleaser with unlimited options for sauce, cheese and toppings. We started with one basic dough recipe and explored some creative combinations of ingredients that celebrate spring. If you’re willing to break with corned-beef-and-cabbage tradition, the naturally green pizzas are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day gatherings. Read more

Top 5 Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 14th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day revelers are known for wearing green, covering themselves in shamrocks and celebrating to excess. And if there’s one thing an excessive celebration requires, it’s sustenance. When planning the meal for a group gathering, keep the theme of the day going by making an entirely green feast, from start to finish.

Though you’ll probably want to save dessert until the end, a showstopping cake (prepared in advance and waiting for you at home) like this Green Velvet Layer Cake (above) is absolutely essential. Green food coloring turns the layered cake into a stunning emerald centerpiece that’s topped with fluffy buttercream frosting.

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POLL: What’s Your Favorite Bite of St. Patrick’s Day?

by in Holidays, March 14th, 2015

The KitchenAlong with a celebration of all things Irish, St. Patrick’s Day brings with it a buffet of celebratory eats and drinks, from meaty corned beef and tender cabbage to rich chocolate-stout cupcakes and bright-green beer. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts said “top o’ the morning” with a St. Paddy’s Day roundup of the best bites and sips ideal for an Irish-themed celebration. For Jeff Mauro, that meant transforming corned beef and cabbage into next-level Irish Egg Rolls, while in true It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere fashion, Geoffrey Zakarian created Irish Creme with Stout.

FN Dish wants to know, as you gear up for Tuesday’s St. Paddy’s Day bash, what are dish are you most looking forward to eating? Are you all about silky mashed spuds, or do you crave the hearty taste of corned beef? Will you seek out the greenest beer you can find, or are you all about themed sweet treats like these shamrock cupcakes? Cast your vote in the poll below to share your top pick, then browse all of the recipes from today’s brand-new episode.

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Milk Gets Its Green On for St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, News, March 14th, 2015

MilkNothing says St. Patrick’s Day better than green, mint-flavored milk, which is likely the idea behind TruMoo’s bright-hued Naturally Flavored Mint Vanilla milk. MMMmmm, minty fresh … milk.

The 1 percent low-fat milk, available as a limited-edition flavor, isn’t quite as decadent as it sounds. According to the label, which features a jaunty leprechaun hat and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the flavored milk contains no high-fructose corn syrup and 130 calories per serving. TruMoo — a Dean Foods brand whose signature product is low-fat, low-sugar, high-fructose-corn-syrup-free chocolate milk targeted to health-minded families — also boasts that the green milk contains “8 essential nutrients.” So there’s that.

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Seeing Green: How to Host a Kid-Friendly St. Paddy’s Day Party

by in Family, Holidays, March 13th, 2015

Seeing Green: How to Host a Kid-Friendly St. Paddy's Day PartySt. Patrick’s Day isn’t the most-major holiday, but it is such fun for that very reason: The pressure is OFF. If you’ve got kids who want to party, it’s all about rainbows, hints of Irish fare made kid-friendly and food in every shade of green.

Fun Food Activities

  • Instead of goodie bags, we invite our guests to make a little treat to take home. Just be sure to have zip-top, cellophane bags or paper plates available for easier transport.
  • For very small kids, these Shamrock Shortbread Cookies get a hint of green from a very nutritious source (yes, spinach). Plus the rolling method is easy enough for toddlers to do.
  • Bigger kids will get a huge kick out of assembling Individual Layered Rainbow Cakes; just bake each color ahead of time and let them do the rest.

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