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A McConaughey and Fieri Feast

by in View All Posts, December 17th, 2010

Guy and Matthew rocked it out on the bongos between takes on Guy's Big Bite.

What’s one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive doing playing the bongos and making soy-glazed green beans on Guy’s Big Bite? Turns out, Guy and Matthew McConaughey are buddies—they’ve cooked together several times, and one day at Matthew’s house they decided it would be fun to do so on Guy’s show.

Don’t miss the special one-hour episode tomorrow night, December 18, at 8pm/7c. Matthew loves to cook—he’s all about healthy, flavorful food—and brings along some recipes of his own, like Malibu Oysters and JKL Peso Pork, named for his charity, the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation.

Check out our behind-the-scenes gallery of Guy and Matthew on set, and don’t miss the episode tomorrow night at 8pm/7c.

Live on FN.com: Aarti’s Fan Favorite Web Series

by in View All Posts, December 16th, 2010

In her online videos, Aarti shares useful tips, go-to techniques and surprising myth-busters about Indian cuisine.

Aarti Sequeira pretty much cleaned up on The Next Food Network Star, Season 6. Her series of web-exclusive videos, a prize awarded to each season’s Fan Favorite, is now live on FoodNetwork.com.

“Fan Favorite was probably even more rewarding than winning the competition in certain ways because it’s coming from the audience,” Aarti says. “There is something very democratic about the fans being able to vote you in as well, to have their voice heard. I’m really thankful.”

For her four-video series, Aarti chose topics that give viewers new insights into the Indian cuisine she’s cooking up on Aarti Party, which just debuted its second season. For example: The ever-mysterious curry. “The number one question I get is definitely ‘how do I make a curry?’” Aarti says. “I am so glad to finally have the chance to explain what it is, what it isn’t, and that it’s actually not all that hard to prepare.”

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, December 15th, 2010
The Queen of Semi-Homemade Cuisine Reigns Big in 2010

2010′s Food Themes: Pies vs. cupcakes. GIY (grow it yourself) produce. Designer ice cubes. And yes, Sandra Lee as NYC’s First Lady and the Cooking Channel. We didn’t even pay the foodie folks at SeriousEats.com for those last nods, but they included them in their fun roundup of the top 10 themes and memes in food for 2010. See what else made their list and tell us what trends are on tap for 2011. [seriouseats.com]

Go Ahead, Waste Your Food: In the first move of its kind in the U.S., a Portland company has grand plans for your unwanted leftovers from local dining spots: They’ll turn them into enough methane gas and then electricity to power 5,000 homes. And there are further environmental pros to the project, the company’s president, John McKinney, told OregonLive.com. “We’re capturing the benefits of food waste that would otherwise be hauled long distances to a landfill.” [OregonLive.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

Breakfast’s Ultimate Happy Meal: Like Starbucks and Jamba Juice before it, McDonald’s 14,000 nationwide chains are poised to start serving oatmeal by the end of this week. A cup of fruit and maple oats, with optional brown sugar, will set you back $1.99. [chicagotribune.com]

Don’t Eat Your Vegetables: Use them for art instead! That’s what one visual MacGyver, China’s Ju Duoqi, is doing with cabbage, potatoes, ginger and more. She’s reproduced Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona List,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe,” among others, using garden finds as her paint. [good.is]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Instead of a Cookie Swap: Easy DIY Pizza Party

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 10th, 2010
Homemade Pizza
Start a homemade pizza party tradition today!

Baking up pizzas at home creates an instant party vibe, and it’s easier than you think. Follow the lead of Food Network Magazine to start a homemade pizza party tradition at your house today!

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, December 7th, 2010
Where Do You Bite? - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Dissecting the Gingerbread Man: Two-thirds of those polled in a Dunkin’ Donuts survey say they go straight for the jugular when biting into a gingerbread man. What’s more is that this act, according to neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, reveals something about one’s inner workings. Head-biters are “achievement-oriented individuals,” Hirsch tells the New York Daily News. As for leg-eaters, they’re so sensitive they probably apologized to the cookie before nibbling off its lower extremity. [nydailynews.com]

Top 10 Food Scenes from Christmas Movies: The folks at LA Weekly tapped Christmas movie authority Alonso Duralde, who watched 122  yuletide films, to curate their roundup of the awesomest holiday eating scenes on film. Duralde highlights some unusual suspects (Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, Huston’s The Dead), but since it’s not Christmas without Tim Allen, the Santa Clause graces his list, too. [blogs.laweekly.com]

We All Scream for Snow Cream: When life gives you ice (falling from the sky), make ice cream. The clever cooks at Eatocracy share their all-natural recipe for snow ice cream, which basically involves waiting for a blizzard, placing a clean bowl outside and far away from an “animals’ splash zone,” and letting the flurries fill ‘er up. If you can find your bowl under the accumulation, just add some mix-ins and you got yourself a snow sundae. [eaotcracy.cnn.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Drawing Inspiration: Rudolph Serving Spiced Smoothies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 6th, 2010
Artist Angela Matteson of Columbus, Ohio, conjures a whimsical holiday mixer: Santa, his reindeer, and a frozen frappe worthy of sharing. Click the image to expand it.

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 drawn 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 recipes showcased as art.

What could possibly be cuter than the idea of Rudolph whipping up a batch of delicious mango frappés for his coworkers and boss? Artist Angela Matteson tells us, “This is something I invented a few weeks ago. I thought mango and cinnamon might make a nice taste combo, and it quickly became one of my favorite treats. I only use a splash of milk to keep it thick, and blend it until it becomes like ice cream. I add some vanilla protein powder, and it’s a great breakfast I can take to work with me, or a pick-me-up treat anytime.” And, of course, the extra shot of protein is essential for the long night these guys have ahead of them!

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out more festive drink recipes here on FoodNetwork.com:

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

Lots of Latkes

by in View All Posts, December 2nd, 2010
Calico Potato Latkes from Food.com

If you like hash browns, you will love latkes (also known as potato pancakes).  Savory and warming, latkes are fried pancakes made from grated potatoes and other vegetables. From the seemingly infinite number of variations on this classic Hanukkah dish, here are some of our favorite recipes:

Calico Potato Latkes from Food.com incorporate carrots for color and flavor, and taste as good as they look. Top them with green onion-studded sour cream or your favorite applesauce.

Alongside a big salad or bowl of soup, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes with Chunky Five-Spice Applesauce make a special weeknight dinner. The earthy vegetables provide a perfect contrast to the sweet and spicy applesauce.

Savory squash and onions form a delicious base for vegetarian-friendly Butternut Squash Latkes from Food2.com. This healthier twist on tradition is also baked, not fried.

From the CookingChannel.com, the holiday flavors of cinnamon and orange come together in the Brass Sisters’ Sweet Sweet Potato Latkes, dusted with powdered sugar and served as a special dessert.

Learn more about how potato pancakes are made in a short clip from The Secret Life Of…Pancakes shot in Milan’s restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

For more Holiday recipes and ideas, visit FoodNetwork.com/holiday.

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, November 30th, 2010
Imagine Eating Nothing But These for Two Months

The Potato Non-Famine: Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, announced last October that he was going to eat nothing but potatoes for 60 days. His reason? “It seemed as if the potato was being blamed for the obesity crisis, for diabetes, that it was the scourge of the earth,” Voigt explained to the Seattle Times. WIth the two-month mission just about up — which resulted in him pounding down 20 potatoes a day and dropping almost as many pounds — Voigt has every reason to be pleased. [seattletimes.com]

A Few Reasons Why One Should Never Make Ketchup: If you’ve ever thought about concocting that sweet tomato condiment at home, read on as humor rag McSweeny‘s throws a rotten tomato at the idea. “You need mustard to make this ketchup?” the writer asks on more than one occasion. “Give up now.” [mcsweenys.net]

One-Item Menu Restaurant Trend: In urban areas, it’s not uncommon to find restaurants that serve one thing and one thing only. Whether the niche item is mac & cheese, meatballs or rice pudding, these hot spots are succeeding with featured dishes that spark a nostalgic response from the patron. “Fried chicken is comforting because it has an emotional touch point, but it’s also cravable,” Elizabeth Karmel, chef at NYC’s Hill Country, told the New York Times. “We had no idea just how desperate people would be to eat fried chicken.” [nytimes.com]

Red Bees Swarm Brooklyn: Bees living in urban environments have, evidently, lots of distractions from foliage. In Brooklyn, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company is calling to the little guys with promises of sweet (and Red Dye No. 40-colored) nectar. When the bees return to the hive, their honey is turning out red and metallic tasting. But not all’s lost, according to one Brooklyn beekeeper, David Selig. “When the sun is a bit down, they glow red in the evenings,” Selig told the New York Times. “They were slightly fluorescent. And it was beautiful.” [nytimes.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Easy Cookie Swap

by in View All Posts, November 29th, 2010
Gingerbread Cookies from FoodNetwork.com

Are you having visions of sugarplums dancing or hallucinations from too much turkey? There’s no denying that the holiday season is already in full swing. Make this year easier with a cookie swap—a great way to try new recipes without having to bake them all yourself. We’ve chosen some of our favorite recipes for cookie-swapping and invite you to gather some friends and share the fun.

Animal crackers began as edible ornaments, sold in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. Giada’s simple Animal Sugar Cookies are probably quite a bit tastier and definitely more colorful. Appease your flock with a batch: They’re perfect to eat, share or hang on the tree.

Believe it or not, Paula Deen has put a healthy twist on classic Peanut Butter Cookies, just in time for those sugar-free cookie lovers on your list. And for a treat less traditional, try the winning recipe from Emeril’s Cookie Contest, Chris’ Kicked Up Spicy Walnut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. This cookie literally has something for everyone.

If baking is not your thing, Cooking Channel’s Michael Chiarello has you covered with No Bake Chocolate Amaretto Cookies.  Or, visit Food.com for No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. Both recipes come together in a matter of minutes and set in the refrigerator.

For a sweet adult treat, whip up some Limoncello Cheesecake Squares or Boozy Blondies from Food2.com to share. There’s nothing like a cookie to melt away the stress of all that holiday shopping.

Sign up for the Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies newsletter and get a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes, one per day starting today.

Fall Fest: Bounty to Be Thankful For

by in View All Posts, November 24th, 2010
Mashed Potatoes
Tyler's Mashed Potatoes

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.
Sure, we all love the Thanksgiving feast: The turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, mashed potatoes, all covered in gravy.  But no matter what you serve, it’s about who you’re passing the platter to year after year: your friends and family.  These are the things we look forward to making, eating and enjoying every year.

Our Thanksgiving favorites »