by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Recipes, May 9th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 9th, 2015
In the winter months, I love nothing more than tucking into a warm meaty stew or sliding a butter knife through succulent tender braised roasts. I create my meals around the protein — sometimes relegating the sides to a secondary consideration, sticking to tried-and-true standbys most weeknights. If I am trying out a new flavor in the kitchen, it isn’t usually in the veggies.
I realize that as the weather warms up, there is a subtle shift to my cooking: I create my meals around the vegetables and keep the proteins uber-simple, usually just tossing them on the grill and then slicing to serve on a small platter, almost as a side to the veggie stars. The vegetables become my canvas for improvisation. Sometime around April or May, I start bulking up my veggie purchases, and I find myself browsing the local farmers market, or even just the supermarket produce aisle. Last week at dinner, my nephew Jack commented on the plethora of veggie dishes I served — I served three, but they were full recipes, not just the quick steamy work of a microwave. (I feel compelled to add that he even gave my sauteed cabbage a 55 on a scale of 1 to 10, which is something for cabbage and a 10-year-old.)
by Jessica Merchant in Recipes, May 8th, 2015
Macaroni and cheese, hold the mac — that’s the idea behind this week’s We Asked, You Cooked dish: a top-rated Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese Casserole that’s garnered nearly 200 fan reviews on FoodNetwork.com. In place of the traditional pasta, the recipe swaps in better-for-you cauliflower for a lighter, vegetable-forward dish, but thanks to the creamy cheddar sauce, there’s no shortage of richness. As in weeks past, in true Food Network fan fashion you all answered the call in droves when we asked you to show us your food-photo skills by making this casserole and snapping a photo of it. We’ve scanned the submissions and narrowed it down to two entries that stopped us in mid-scroll. Read on below to find out who submitted our top picks.
From Cooking for Kishore: Pictured above
by Ricky Smith in Recipes, May 7th, 2015
Hey hey! My name is Jessica and I can’t stop spiking my recipes. I’m here to share them with you in hopes that we can chat over a cocktail-inspired snack.
Let’s talk boozy, frozen treats just in time for the warm weather that is right around the corner. I’m all about a fabulous dessert in the evening, when you’re sitting on the porch as the humidity dies down and fireflies (do you call them “lightening bugs”?) whiz by. Or something frosty that would make for the perfect happy hour treat works, or heck, even a lunchtime dessert with friends is great too. I’m a fan of a lunchtime dessert on a random Wednesday when you’ve just had it with the week — something that cures all.
A spiked granita filled with coffee and sugar and booze sounds just about right when you need to cool down or chill out, right?
by Allison Milam in Recipes, May 7th, 2015
Get excited, because your love for soup no longer has to be put away with your winter jacket and scarf. Just because it’s getting warmer outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a comforting bowl of avocado soup or a ginger-carrot creation. In fact, these soups were made for sunnier times. Just like as chili warms you up while it’s snowing outside, there are chilled concoctions that can cool you down and nutrient-rich spring veggie versions that can boost your energy. Either way, soup lovers, rejoice!
Chilled Avocado Soup (pictured above)
Move on over, guacamole — there’s a new avocado dish in town. Marcela Valladolid’s Chilled Avocado Soup, served cold , is a beautiful dinner option for the warmer months. With a bit of spice from serrano chiles and fresh flavor from the avocado and lemon juice, it would be a surefire hit at any spring get-together.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2015
Cheesy does it, cheese lovers. In addition to taking your favorite food by the block, don’t forget that one of the most-splendid ways to use cheese is in go-to side dishes.
1. Mashed Potatoes + Cheese
Mashed potatoes are normally improved upon with a lake of gravy in the center, but they’re even better than that when a little cheese gets involved. Ina Garten stirs garlicky herb goat cheese (as well as sour cream, butter and half-and-half) into her Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes for Food Network Magazine (pictured above). After sprinkling the creamy side with Parmesan, she sets it in the oven so it gets a nice golden-browned top. You might never take your mashed taters without cheese again.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 5th, 2015
Just like the macaroni necklace and the finger-painted masterpieces you gave her years ago, something homemade is always the key to Mom’s heart, especially on Mother’s Day. Before you place that order for another wilted, mass-produced delivery bouquet, stake out your kitchen to make an opulent homemade gift that will make Mom weep with joy: a cake. Frosted or naked, tiered or single-story, boxed-up or sliced on the spot, each of these decadent cakes is a thing of beauty that shows Mom how you feel with every slice.
Ree Drummond’s Strawberry Shortcake Cake (pictured above) oozes with sweet strawberries, and we can’t cut into this cream cheese-frosted beauty soon enough. Instead of plunging candles in it like it’s her birthday, present it to Mom with plump strawberries nestled in the icing for a most-beautiful celebratory cake. Plus, with a bit of help, even Mom’s little ones can get involved in the creation of this cake. Ree’s girls helped with each of the steps.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, May 5th, 2015
Along with blueberries, broccoli and salmon, quinoa is a known superfood that’s chock-full of good-for-you protein and vitamins, and like kale, it’s having a bit of an “in” moment. From soups and salads to next-level side dishes, quinoa is showing up on restaurant menus everywhere, and you’ve surely seen it in go-to recipes from some of your favorite chefs. On its own, quinoa has a mild, nutty flavor, which makes it a natural pairing with many different flavors and ingredients. Spicy, sweet, crunchy and cheesy — they all complement classic quinoa dishes, most of which come together quickly and simply.
Ina Garten takes a Mediterranean staple — the tabbouleh salad — with fresh mint and parsley, and bulks it up in the form of filling quinoa. Her big-batch recipe can be made days ahead, then mixed with tangy feta just before serving.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, May 4th, 2015
For me, frozen spinach is like the little black dress that goes with everything. It makes my scrambled eggs even heartier, brings a little green to my pastas dishes and adds a veggie punch to my main dishes in no time. Unless I plan to eat it raw in a salad, I never buy the fresh stuff because, if you ask me, frozen spinach is the perfect vegetable. There, I said it. It’s always on hand, it works in nearly any dish and it doesn’t shrink into nothing like the fresh stuff does when it’s cooked. Instead of going for the brick, I can’t resist adding one of the plastic, resealable bags of chopped frozen spinach to my shopping cart whenever I make a trip to the supermarket. Thanks to frozen spinach’s versatility and convenience, it is definitely a supermarket staple you need to reconsider.
1. It can take you from morning to noon to night.
Spinach can add a dose of green to anything it touches, and it’s versatile enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No matter the hour, get your spinach fix with a homemade frittata, a classic eggy dish that can be devoured whenever. Though Trisha Yearwood’s Spinach Frittata (pictured above) for Food Network Magazine calls for the fresh stuff, thawed frozen spinach will do just fine.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 4th, 2015
We’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.
This month we’re celebrating May birthdays with pie — a whole lot of pie. Maybe it’s because we’re creeping closer to summer (or we’re just a little pie-obsessed), but we can think of no better way to celebrate the May baby in your life than with one of these beauties. These freshly baked recipes still work as the perfect foundation for a lit candle, meaning you can keep that tradition alive with these unconventional birthday treats.
The bright colors and seasonal produce packed into this quick-fix dish are a sure sign that it’s practically singing with springtime flavor — and the fact that the word “spring” is baked into the recipe title doesn’t hurt either. Food Network Magazine’s Pasta Primavera with Beets, Radishes and Radicchio (primavera means “spring” in Italian) comes together simply and in a hurry thanks to one key timesaving shortcut: precooked beets. When you’re shopping the grocery store, look for vacuum-packed cooked beets; using these instead of buying raw beets (then roasting and peeling them at home), will shave at least an hour off of dinnertime prep.
When it comes to the sauce for this satisfying pasta, simple is best. Sweet red onions and garlic form the flavor base, while the vinegar-laced beets, peppery radishes and crunchy radicchio combine to create an over-the-top mash-up of tastes and textures. For a welcome pop of green as well as a fragrant finish, toss the pasta with chopped basil, plus ricotta salata for an indulgent bite.