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Get Healthy in 2011 With Bobby’s Help

by in View All Posts, January 5th, 2011
Get Healthy With Bobby Flay
Get Healthy With Bobby's Tips

You know the drill: New year, new you.  But why go to extremes in January, then leave your goals in the dust before Valentine’s Day? This year, make small changes instead of over-the-top resolutions to stay healthy all year long. We chatted with Bobby Flay about how he changed his habits to lose weight and feel better.  Get his start-the-year-right advice, then check back here and on our Healthy Eats blog for new tips every Wednesday.

Why did you decide to change your eating habits?

I just felt like I could be in better shape. While I wasn’t overweight, I felt like I needed to get my body back into shape and to be healthier. I knew that when I had been healthier in the past, I felt better about myself and about my day-to-day.  It helped my day-to-day happiness.

How did you accomplish your fitness goals?

A couple ways. Hard work at the gym, and on the road, so to speak, you know, running. And then just making some smart choices when it came to eating. They’re both important and you need to do both. Anybody will tell you the same thing, to exercise and eat well. It sounds like a cliche, but if everybody did that, we’d have a much healthier country.

What’s your personal philosophy on healthy eating?

It’s more about what not to do as opposed to what to do. Here’s what I do from day to day:

  • Avoid processed foods. I don’t eat fast foods or processed foods, when I can help it.  Instead, I eat things that have been prepared by hand.  Even if it’s in a diner, I know what it’s something that has been prepared by a person as opposed to a machine.
  • Nix huge portions. I don’t eat as much as I used to.  I try to eat about 2/3 of what’s in front of me when I go to a restaurant, and about the same amount at home.
  • Make every calorie count. I don’t eat just to eat things. If something doesn’t taste really good, I won’t eat it. I want my calories to count.

What are some techniques and tips for making healthy meals that are full of flavor?

You know, fat is always tasty. Cream, butter, all of that tastes good. So without those ingredients, you have to use great sources of flavor.  I use a lot of chipotles, a lot of Mediterranean ingredients, fresh herbs, dried spices, and savory things like onions and garlic that have lots of flavor but very little fat. See Bobby’s top-5 healthy ingredients >>

For hundreds more healthy appetizers, weeknight meals, desserts and healthy tips from Bobby, Giada, Alton and more, visit FoodNetwork.com/Health.

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, January 4th, 2011
Today We Celebrate Spaghetti - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Today Is National Spaghetti Day: How will you celebrate? We can think of ways both healthy and classic (okay, and weird.)

New Super Food: Almonds A diet rich in almonds could ward off type 2 diabetes, a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals. Good thing dark chocolate and almonds taste so good together – double immunity! [smh.com.au]

Salads Make Millions of Women Laugh: If these salads keep making the ladies laugh so hard, they just might get a fork in them. [thehairpin.com]

Bananas: The Lowest-Hanging Fruit The New Yorker takes a look at the massively-consumed banana. Why do we like these yellow guys so much? They’re cheap, fibrous and full of vitamins. Why we shouldn’t? They lack sustainability here and scientists are now trying to genetically modify them so they’re not prone to a killer fungus. That last part sounds a little bananas, indeed. [newyorker.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

The Kombucha Craze Hits Home: If making your own health-boosting herbal tea (from a colony of bacteria and yeast) sounds appealing, read on over at the New York Post. We just love that they call it “the booch.” [nypost.com]

Contest Countdown: They Draw and Cook’s Runner-Up

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 30th, 2010
Ohio artist Eliza DeVogel extends the holidays, coming in second place for They Draw and Cook's contest.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

As we come to the final days of our month-long celebration of artistically illustrated holiday recipes, it’s time to recognize (and reward!) four artists whose recipes represent all the good things we love about drawing and cooking at holiday time. We at They Draw and Cook will reward four artists with cash prizes totaling $2,000, to be announced here today through the 31st. Because Salli and I love all the recipes you’ve seen this month we could never in a million years pick favorites! So, we asked our friends at Weldon Owen Publishing (they will publish the upcoming They Draw and Cook book, available next fall) and here at the FoodNetwork.com to be the judges. From a batch of 250 holiday recipes, they picked four top favorites.

Today, we’d like to congratulate Eliza DeVogel, an illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio, for being our second-place winner. Eliza will receive $500 from They Draw and Cook for her super-cute illustration of a Christmas Hot Russian cocktail. The judges thought that Eliza’s illustration was fun, hip and pretty and that her combination of pattern, color, linework and texture made it really unique. And, of course, the matryoshka dolls were a very smart and whimsical choice. Congratulations Eliza and thanks for sharing this deliciousness with us.

Be sure to visit the FN Dish tomorrow to see who the first-place winner will be. Meantime, check out FoodNetwork.com for great New Year’s recipes.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Contest Countdown: They Draw and Cook’s Third-Place Pick

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 29th, 2010
California artist Paula Pertile extends the holidays, coming in third place for They Draw and Cook's contest.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

As we come to the final days of our month-long celebration of artistically illustrated holiday recipes, it’s time to recognize (and reward!) four artists whose recipes represent all the good things we love about drawing and cooking at holiday time. We at They Draw and Cook will reward four artists with cash prizes totaling $2,000, to be announced here today through the 31st. Because Salli and I love all the recipes you’ve seen this month we could never in a million years pick favorites! So, we asked our friends at Weldon Owen Publishing (they will publish the upcoming They Draw and Cook book, available next fall) and here at the FoodNetwork.com to be the judges. From a batch of 250 holiday recipes, they picked four top favorites.

Today, we’d like to congratulate Paula Pertile, an illustrator from California, for being our third-place winner. Paula will receive $300 from They Draw and Cook for her wonderful ahortbread illustration. The judges told us that they loved the cuteness (reindeer with apron), humor (reindeer listening to music while the shortbread is baking) and simplicity (such an easy recipe to follow!) of this illustration. They also loved the sweet story this conveys through Paula’s use of the happy reindeer family all helping out and enjoying this holiday treat. Her color palette and exquisite hand-lettering were the icing on the cake, or, in this case, shortbread cookie.

Come back tomorrow to see who the 2nd place winner will be.Meantime, check out FoodNetwork.com for great New Year’s recipes.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Picking Favorites

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 28th, 2010
London artist Weef brings us across the pond as we wind down our month of drawings and wind up for They Draw and Cook

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

As we come to the final days of our month-long celebration of artistically illustrated holiday recipes, it’s time to recognize (and reward!) four artists whose recipes represent all the good things we love about drawing and cooking at holiday time. We at They Draw and Cook will reward four artists with cash prizes totaling $2,000, to be announced here on December today through the 31st. Because Salli and I love all the recipes you’ve seen this month we could never in a million years pick favorites! So, we asked our friends at Weldon Owen Publishing (they will publish the upcoming They Draw and Cook book, available next fall) and here at the FoodNetwork.com to be the judges. From a batch of 250 holiday recipes, they picked four top favorites.

Today, we’d like to congratulate Weef, an illustrator from London, for being our 4th place winner. Weef will receive $200 from They Draw and Cook for his amazing Turkey Curry illustration. The judges told us that in addition to his great artwork and wonderful layout, they loved this recipe for its innovative and fresh solution to a common holiday dilemma: what to do with all that leftover turkey. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your talents with us Weef! Be sure to visit the FN Dish tomorrow to see who the 3rd place winner will be.

Meantime, check out FoodNetwork.com for great New Year’s recipes.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Beat the Blizzard: 5 Warm-Up Favorites From Alton

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010

Alton is at the ready with his Food Network Magazine Buffalo Wings, helping me wing it through the next 24 hours of snow.

Connecticut friends stuck in Los Angeles. Manhattan friends stuck in Texas. My three kids, my mom, my husband and I (or is it me? delirious, clearly), very much stuck at home. Warning, Florida, Arizona and other sunny outposts–this post may not be for you.

Here in New York City, a snowball fight is sounding like a good idea, if you know what I mean. Maybe some fresh air will make quality time in the family room seem more appealing. Meantime, what can I run out to the neighborhood store for, so that, as winter becomes a wonderland outside, we can warm things up inside? I’m dreaming of a ski vacation and the comfy-cozy lodge food that goes with it. Alton Brown recipes, to the rescue:

  1. Alton’s Hot Wings Butter and garlic makes these Food Network Magazine wings even better, and not only in snowy Buffalo.
  2. Hot Cocoa His secret? Confectioners’ sugar. Sweet memories in the making. Will use extra marshmallows to keep the kids’ energy up, so to speak.
  3. Cheese Fondue Alton uses a double dose of cheeses (smoked Gouda and Gruyere) and a double shot of spikes (hard cider and brandy) to make your heart melt.
  4. Alton’s Pressure Cooker Chili No pressure, all ease. Spicy and meaty and soul-warming, and without much effort. Bonus: When else will I put that pressure cooker I got last Christmas to use?
  5. Ultimate Nachos Corn tortillas, jalapenos, guac, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Six servings, so there’s enough to share.

How will you be cooking your way through the snow?

Showing Favoritism: FoodNetwork.com’s Top Recipes of 2010

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010

2010 is drawing to a close, and many of us may find ourselves looking back over the year at goals achieved, trials overcome, times spent with friends and family and – if you’re anything like us – meals eaten. We’ve pulled together your favorite recipes from the past year in one place, so if you’re looking to revisit a beloved mac ‘n cheese dish or you’re searching for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, look no further; we’ve got you covered! As a little taste, here are five of my favorite recipes from the roundup.

Paula's Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup

Paula’s irresistible French Toast Casserole can be pulled together ahead of time, and then popped in the oven for an early-morning treat. Waking up to the sweet, cinnamon smell of the baking casserole is a real pleasure, as the 1,346 reviewers can attest to!

Good Eats Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a tried-and-true classic, a comfort food tradition for many. Messing with that sort of thing can be risky, but Alton changes up the flavors in his Meatloaf with skillful aplomb, punching up the spice mixture with cayenne and chili, and adding cumin and hot pepper sauce to the glaze. A no-fail, knockout recipe for meatloaf novices and masters alike – as evidenced by the 432 rave reviews.

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Drawing Inspiration: Last Call for Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010
Artist Abz Hakim of Toronto, Canada, nods to holiday cookie baking. Click the image to expand.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

It doesn’t get any more festive than this recipe and illustration by Abz Hakim. We love the elaborately rendered details and all of the holiday sparkle. Every milk pitcher needs to be decorated with a string of lights and a Santa hat! And of course, this is a classic holiday cookie recipe made really yummy by adding buttermilk and cinnamon. Abz is quite the cook and artist. By the way, Santa has given us permission to print his secret recipe. But wait, there’s more!

Artist Sandee M. Chamberlain of Atlanta, Georgia, left a particularly sweet treat for Santa and his reindeer. Click the image to expand.

Cherries, chocolate, and nuts? Some people call this a cookie; we call it dinner. The artist who created this recipe, Sandee Chamberlain, gave us a little background information about this recipe. She said, “This recipe is near and dear to my heart. I have been making it with my family for the past 30 years–it’s our Christmas Cookie!” We love holiday recipes like this, which bring out the tradition in families everywhere. It’s great to have something special like this to look forward to once a year, every year. And, isn’t the cherry on Rudolph’s nose an awesome little touch?

See more great illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook. And count down to 2011 with great sweets, appetizer and drink recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Snowman Cheese Ball

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 24th, 2010
Frosty the Cheese Ball

‘Tis the season for last-minute appetizers. Here’s one to be merry about; it’s easy, cheesy and doubles as table decor. It’s a cheese ball . . . snowman. Learn how you can make one in minutes. Read more

Drawing Inspiration: Chocolate-Dipped Delight

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 21st, 2010
California artist Shirley Ng-Benitez dips berries, candy canes and pretzels in chocolate for chocolate-dipped treats that are surefire hits. Click the image to expand.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

Everything is made sweeter with a velvety coating of chocolate AND an illustration by Shirley Ng-Benitez. Her wonderful watercolor style and sense of playfulness brings instant joy. She is truly an inspiring artist. Her characters are every bit as sweet as this caravan of critters luxuriating in chocolate. Her simple recipe for “Chocolate dipped…anything” makes it so easy to add that extra sweetness to your holiday menu. Strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows–all just the beginning.

Feast your eyes on more wonderfully illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook. Get all sorts of last-minute sweets and treats at FoodNetwork.com.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.