- Chocolatey, Nutty Goodness - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
Nut-allergics, beware. Today is National Pecan Day. Though often featured in sweet pies and holiday sides, pecans are also popular in savory main dishes and, when eaten raw, are a perfectly healthy afternoon snack. So today, celebrate their natural goodness by cooking up these pecan-filled recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Start your day off the nutty way with Kelsey Nixon’s French Toast with Maple Pecan Syrup from food2.com. Sweet brioche bread is dunked in an egg, cinnamon and vanilla mixture before being cooked in a sizzling skillet and topped with a silky syrup of maple and pecans.
For lunch, toss together food.com’s Strawberry Spinach Pecan Salad — light and refreshing, this salad is a vegetarian’s dream. For an extra punch of protein, add sliced grilled chicken or tofu.
Cookingchanneltv.com’s show-stopping recipe for Pecan Crusted Double-Cut Pork Chops is a cinch to make and elegant enough to serve to company. Add a side of Emeril Lagasse’s Roasted Vegetable Pecan Relish for a hearty dinner that will leave you and your guests satisfied for hours.
Before closing the book on this nutty national holiday, try foodnetwork.com’s recipe for a Chocolate-Toffee Pecan Tart. With a buttery chocolate crust and bourbon-pecan filling, this super simple dessert is as decadent as it sounds.
Check out these other recipes for pecan-packed dishes from foodnetwork.com:
Sugar and Spice Pecans
Gussie’s Fried Chicken with Pecan-Honey Glaze
Caramel Pecan Sundaes
- No need to nuke these nuggets
Today is the last day of National Frozen Food Month, and while we love frozen margaritas, store-bought TV dinners are often laden with sodium, sugar and fat. Our fresh recipes for frozen food-inspired classics will turn a drab weeknight meal into a glowing dish.
Tired of greasy fish sticks? Try Parmesan Salmon Fish Sticks from food.com. Not only are they lightly baked instead of fried, they’re also made with heart-healthy salmon. Serve these sticks alongside a marinara or pesto sauce instead of the usual tartar for an Italian twist.
Rachael Ray’s Lazy Lasagna With Lamb Ragu, Spinach and Ricotta from cookingchanneltv.com is as simple to make as its name suggests. A quick meat ragu is tossed with pasta and ricotta cheese before being topped with creamy béchamel sauce. And there’s no need to spend time layering sheets of noodles — just add the prepared ingredients to a pan and bake away.
Panko Chicken Nuggets from foodnetwork.com are a healthy alternative to their freezer-section counterparts (you know, the ones that never seem to defrost completely). Japanese-style breadcrumbs can be found in most grocery stores and make these baked bites extra crispy.
With BBQ Chicken Pizza from food2.com, tangy barbecue sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese and shredded chicken top a store-bought pizza crust. Throw this pie in the oven any night of the week for a quick, crowd-pleasing meal.
- Cheesecake Pops: dessert in less than 10 minutes. No joke.
There’s always room for dessert, but there’s not always time. Who has hours of free time on a weeknight to whip up a fabulous cake or parfait? Enter Food Network Magazine‘s new cookbook, Great Easy Meals; it’s a brand new cookbook (on sale today!) that’s full of easy weeknight meals from the magazine, including main dishes, sides and super-fast desserts. The April issue of the magazine offered a peek at a few of the 50 new dessert recipes from the book — check out a few of our favorites. And yes, they can really be made in 10 minutes, often with grocery items you already have at home.
Cheesecake Pops (above)
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- Happy National Peanut Butter Day! Follow Sunny's lead and add a fun strawberry jam center to your peanut butter cookies.
When you think of the perfect peanut butter cookie what do you see, taste and smell? Sugary criss-crosses, the crunch of peanuts, warm baked goodness, grandma’s kitchen, City Bakery in New York City (where the most intensely peanut butter-y cookie in the world is baked)? These nostalgic, everyday cookies are true favorites appropriate for any occasion, any season, anytime whatsoever. But today they’re especially appropriate — celebrate March 1st, National Peanut Butter Day, by baking a batch of perfect peanut butter cookies.
Start by picking out a new favorite peanut butter cookie recipe from Food Network Chefs.
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- Celebrate Tortilla Chip Day by making amazing nachos with fresh fried or baked tortilla chips.
We’re a little nacho crazy here (remember our Super Bowl nacho showdown?) so we’re celebrating National Tortilla Chip day with a few fresh tortilla chip-making recipes and tips from our favorite FN chefs. Because the ultimate nachos are even better with the ultimate homemade tortilla chip!
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No glammed-up Oscar gala invite for you this year? Grab your ballot, don your best red carpet couture (or sweatpants) and make snacks instead, themed to match all the nominees for Best Picture.
Every day this week, we’re featuring a new batch of ideas for two of the films (See all the posts here.) Today: The King’s Speech and 127 Hours. Both movies recount true stories: World War II-era royal drama vs. the modern-day survival story of a (very good-looking) mountain climber trapped under a boulder. You’ll need some serious snacks.
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- Food Network Facebook fans "like" Fettuccini Alfredo
We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite Italian dish today and the response was overwhelming — over 1,000 fans commented! But most impressive wasn’t the number of posts, it was the list of mouthwatering ideas; scrolling through is like reading the ultimate Italian menu.
Many fans couldn’t decide on a favorite dish and commented that they loved anything Italian, while others got creative with “dish” and let us know their Italian crush — Giada De Laurentiis, Sophia Lauren, Antonio Sabato Jr., James Gandolfini, Jon Bon Jovi (is he Italian?), Al Pacino and someone named Sergio at a neighborhood pizzeria.
Other highlights from the post include Italian dishes both classic and unexpected:
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Can’t make it to the Oscars? Grab your ballot, don your formal wear and make snacks instead, themed to match all the nominees for Best Picture. Every day this week, we’re featuring a new batch of ideas for two of the films (See all the posts here.) Today: The Kids Are All Right and Inception. Pit family dram-com against science fiction with these plot-thickening snacks.
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- Horray for Hollywood-decorated cupcakes (image from Food Network Magazine)
What, no ticket to the 2011 Oscar Awards this Sunday? Consider it a lucky opportunity to view the red carpet from the best seat anywhere: your couch. You’re free to heckle the stars (their attire, hair, dates) as you wish, and shout out loud with excitement or disappointment when each winner is announced. And without a slinky dress or monkey suit to starve yourself into, you can enjoy a nominee-themed menu without worry.
Check back here every day this week — we’ll be posting menu ideas for all of the Best Picture nominees so you can eat along with your favorite film, or pick and choose from each to create your own award-winning menu. Today, Black Swan and The Fighter; two movies about battling foes both internal and actual. For tense dramas like these, popcorn just won’t do.
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- Giada’s Grapefruit, Onion, Basil Salad
In the Southern portion of the U.S., the fall and winter months are prime time for citrus growing, with orange, grapefruit, and lemon crops at their peak from September/October until June. Despite the colder-than-normal temperatures this year, the USDA still expects Florida citrus trees to put forth around 19.6 million boxes of grapefruit, 4.4 million boxes of tangerines and a whopping 138 million boxes of oranges. Make these fruits the star of your meal — they’ll add refreshing bursts of flavor sure to liven up the drab winter months.
One slice into a juicy blood orange and you will see where these radiant red fruits get their name. Make a sweet-and-tangy, crimson-colored reduction out of them for Food.com‘s Baby Lamb Chops With Blood Orange Sauce.
Giada’s Grapefruit, Onion, and Basil Salad is an inventive twist on the summer fruit salad. Salty black olives and crunchy red onions pair perfectly with sweet balsamic vinegar and tangy grapefruit.
Fresh juice from ripe tangerines add zesty flavors to Food2.com’s Tangerine and Cardamom Glazed Roasted Winter Vegetables. Serve this alongside the Lamb Chops With Blood Orange sauce for an elegant and creative dinner.
To end your meal, try Emeril’s Lemon and Blueberry Tea Cake from The Cooking Channel. This cinnamon-spiked sweet treat is a cinch to make.