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Bring the Best to the Bake Sale — Cook Along with Kids Baking Championship

by in Recipes, Shows, February 3rd, 2015
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Bake Sale recipesOn last night’s episode of Kids Baking Championship, the eight young bakers had to adapt two of their signature dishes for a bake sale. Then midway through the challenge, judges Duff and Valerie sprung a twist on the unsuspecting kids: They would have to make a third treat, featuring PB&J flavors. At least two kids professed to hate peanut butter and jelly, but no matter, because they had to use the two ingredients in their third treat.

When it comes to bake sale treats, the best kinds are always ones that are easy to transport, hand-held and, well, it helps if it’s a rendition of a classic that everyone’s sure to like, such as cupcakes, cookies and brownies. Cook along with the challenges in the show, and check out these bake-sale recipes and see if you could put a twist on any one of them.

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Healthy Farro Fried “Rice” — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2015

Healthy Farro Fried There’s no denying the allure of takeout dinners — they’re easy, fast and able to cure your salty cravings in a flash. But when you find the correct recipe, so, too, are takeout-inspired meals you make at home. Plus, the DIY versions are likely better for you than their restaurant counterparts, and you can customize them with your favorite ingredients.

Our Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Farro Fried “Rice” (pictured above) is a next-level take on traditional Asian-style fried rice. Simple enough to make on a weeknight, this lightened-up dish is brimming with vegetables, like carrots, peas and bean sprouts, and it swaps out basic rice in favor of farro. If you’ve never before worked with farro, our Food Network Kitchen describes it as “an Italian variety of wheat with grains that turn tender and toothsome with cooking.” Similar in shape and texture to brown rice, farro is prepared in much the same way: by cooking in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. While quick-scrambled eggs add heft to this go-to dinner, a sweet and tangy sauce of ginger and garlic adds over-the-top flavor. Before serving, finish the farro with chopped scallion greens for extra freshness.

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A Procrastinator’s Guide: 5 Last-Minute Game-Day Bites

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2015

Triple Pork SlidersMany of us have been amped up for Sunday’s game since the day football season began. But if you don’t eat, breathe and play football, chances are the big game snuck up on you. Have no fear! Instead of fumbling an opportunity to eat guacamole and drink beer on a Sunday night, throw together a last-minute viewing party spread with a little football-inspired rushing. This lineup of big-game bites may look sprawling, but each recipe can hit the coffee table in under 30 minutes.

The Neelys’ Triple Pork Sliders have the look of big effort in a small package, but they can actually be ready in a little over 20 minutes with the help of your grill pan. With a meaty mix of ground pork, chorizo and applewood smoked bacon, these sliders pack huge flavor in each mini patty. Slather each little bun with an easy-to-make smoked paprika mayo, and consider part one of your big-game spread complete.

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The Kitchen’s Snow Day Cooking Means Stick-to-Your-Ribs Comfort

by in Recipes, January 31st, 2015

Ricotta GnocchiFresh off a brutal weather week that left the East Coast blanketed in winter white, The Kitchen co-hosts came together this morning for an entire hour dedicated snow-day cooking. Whether you’re holed up indoors during a snow day or you’re forced to brave the elements and shovel, the name of the culinary game on chilly snow days is warming comfort food. Read on below to get the cast’s top takes on stick-to-your-ribs recipes for next-level gnocchi, plus the fluffiest mashed potatoes, a spiked cocoa cocktail and more.

If you’ve never before made gnocchi at home, Geoffrey Zakarian’s fuss-free recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi (pictured above) is a good place to start. He combines rich ricotta cheese with nutty Parmesan for flavor, then mixes in two kinds of flour and eggs to bind the dumplings together. After just a few minutes in boiling water, they turn out tender and delicate, ready to be tossed in a garlicky pancetta-studded tomato sauce. Geoffrey says that uncooked gnocchi will be good in the freezer for two weeks, so plan ahead for easy weeknight meals with ready-to-go gnocchi.

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Lemon-Lime Pound Cake — The Weekender

by in Recipes, January 29th, 2015

Lemon-Lime Pound CakeThis time of the year, when the days are short and bone-chillingly cold, I turn to citrus to help brighten my mood. I bring home clementines by the bagful, order boxes of sweet-tart Meyer lemons direct from California and peel myself at least one red grapefruit every afternoon as a snack.

Most of the time, my citrus consumption feels spare and virtuous, but occasionally I put a few lemons and limes to work in a less austere manner. I have a small, dense lemon loaf recipe that I adore. Lemon curd happens at least once a season in my kitchen. And this year, I’m having a hard time keeping myself away from Ree Drummond’s Lemon-Lime Pound Cake.

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Come Sunday, It’s All About Game-Day Chili Bowls — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 29th, 2015

Pat's Famous Beef and Pork ChiliWhen you crowd around the television during Sunday’s big game, score a touchdown with hearty chili bowls that are bound to win over hungry party guests. Dig into each simmering blend by the bowl, or use them to elevate your next plate of nachos or to bulk up a burrito. The best part? After the big game, leftover chili is even better than the first batch, and it’s ultra-freezable, so you can relive the big game down the road.

Set out a serve-yourself chili bar at your viewing party, starring Pat’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili (pictured above). Starting with a foundation of smoky bacon and aromatic spices, this two-meat, two-bean chili deserves a spritz of lime, sliced scallions, a dollop of sour cream and a heap of cheddar.

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Best 5 Crepe Recipes

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2015

CrepesFrom breakfast and brunch to dinner and dessert, crepes can be customized for any meal of the day, all by simply swapping out sweet and savory fillings. Start with an all-purpose batter, like Alton Brown’s tried-and-true recipe (pictured above), then experiment with your favorite ingredient pairings in the stuffing to ultimately create all-new takes on traditional meals. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five crepe recipes for satisfying ideas from Giada De Laurentiis, Marcela Valladolid and more of your favorite chefs.

5. Blueberry-Lemon Crepes with Custard Sauce — Just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens up the fruity blueberry filling for Melissa d’Arabian’s indulgent crepes, which she serves atop sweet vanilla custard for added richness.

4. Chocolate-Strawberry Crepes — Follow Giada’s lead and mix in cocoa powder to a classic custard batter, then cook it gently on the stove and roll around a go-to combination of strawberry jam and mascarpone.

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Stuffed Takes on Classic Game-Day Favorites

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2015

Stuffed Game-Day RecipesFor a lot of us, Sunday’s game works as an excuse to go big on all the jalapeno poppers, nachos and Buffalo wings that can fit into four quarters. Though such bar-style favorites will never, ever get old, switch it up a little this year with bite-size snacks that pack a surprise on the inside, stuffing a whole lot of flavor in one little bite.

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6 Snow-Day Recipes from the Pantry

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2015

Pizza delivery is a pipe dream right now for snowed-in East Coasters, and it may be a few days before many can get to the store for fresh provisions. Fortunately, you don’t have to subsist on frostbitten leftovers from who knows when. Food Network Kitchen worked up these six comforting recipes made exclusively with nonperishable pantry ingredients. At first the rules seemed daunting — no fresh produce, no dairy, no fresh herbs, not even a squeeze of lemon! — but these recipes turned out so delicious that your family will never know. Plus, they make fun and easy cooking projects to keep cooped-up kids and adults occupied.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
If you’re snowed in, or just way too tired for a trip to the store on a busy weeknight, this comforting pasta (pictured above) is perfect. Think beef stroganoff meets chicken paprikash (without the meat). The sauce is uber-creamy without the help of cream. Instead, the combo of evaporated milk, flour and mustard does the trick.

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Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2015

Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita ChipsWhether you’re looking to use up the last of the vegetables in the refrigerator, to make a single recipe that will feed your whole family or simply to cozy up to warming comfort food, soup is one of the ultimate go-to meals that surely fills the bill every time. When you’re craving something especially creative, dig into Food Network Magazine’s Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips (pictured above).

Ready to eat in only 40 minutes, this fuss-free soup features fresh carrots and celery, a can of tomatoes, plus chickpeas for heft, and pinches of cumin and coriander for over-the-top taste. Once you’ve prepared the base of the soup, let it simmer for a few minutes so the flavors have a chance to marry, and before serving, finish with a splash of bright lemon juice. For extra texture, dress up the soup with golden pita chips, which promise welcome crunch.

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