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Chicken Enchiladas With Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa — The Weekender

by in View All Posts, May 3rd, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas With Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

My husband and I have some friends who have an annual cookout on the first Saturday in May. They call it their Cinco de Mayo party, though it only occasionally falls on the fifth of May. Still, there’s always a bounty of chips, guacamole, carne asada and other appropriately celebratory foods.

It’s always a challenge to come up with something to bring that will please a number of palates, will transport well (they live about an hour away) and is in keeping with the theme of the day. In past years, I’ve brought hand-chopped coleslaw with a cumin dressing, a vat of homemade pico de gallo and jars of my favorite roasted corn salsa. All good options, but this year I was ready to up my game a little.

I’ve been thinking that enchiladas would be a good way to go, but I didn’t have a recipe I really loved. Happily, there was a wealth of recipes to be found in the Food Network archives. I settled on Tyler Florence’s Chicken Enchiladas With Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa. I find that chicken is nearly always a crowd-pleaser, and I liked the idea of making the sauce from scratch.

These enchiladas are definitely a multi-step process, but they’re easy to make once you get an assembly line of sorts established on your kitchen counter (they go even faster if you enlist help). The finished product is an enchilada that is tangy, cheesy and pleasantly spicy. They are just the thing for your Cinco de Mayo Weekender!

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Bobby Flay Fit Episode 7: Overview — Have Fun

by , January 20th, 2013

Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 7 of Bobby Flay Fit is having fun: Take some time to relax and have fun; finding a balance will help you keep up your healthy habits.

In the final episode, Bobby recaps his tips: Moderation, motivation, mixing it up, discipline, inspiration and support. His last tip is just to have fun. Work hard, train hard and make good choices. Then take one day a week and enjoy it all.

Takeaways from Bobby Flay Fit:

Episode 1: Motivation
Want it: It feels good to push yourself and that good feeling will motivate you to continue.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 6: Support

by , January 19th, 2013


Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 6 of Bobby Flay Fit is support: Getting fit doesn’t have to be a lonely road. Friends are a great way to keep your health routine going. Make a day out of it — work out together doing a favorite activity, then prepare and eat a healthy meal together.

In Episode 6, Bobby gets in the gym with his pal and fellow Iron Chef, Michael Symon. Even though Bobby likes cardio and Michael prefers lifting weights, when the two friends exercise together, they learn new routines from one another that they can incorporate into their individual workouts.
After the gym, Bobby and Michael take to the kitchen to whip up a healthy post-workout meal of grilled lamb with quinoa salad.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 4: Discipline

by , January 17th, 2013

Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 4 of Bobby Flay Fit is discipline: Discipline applies not just to exercise, but to cooking and eating as well. Self-control is an important part of discipline, but it’s also important to choose lean ingredients, add bold flavors without extra fat and use healthy cooking techniques.

In Episode 4, Bobby cooks a new recipe in his Manhattan restaurant, Bar Americain: grouper steamed in parchment paper and topped with martini relish. Steaming fish in paper is an easy, healthy cooking technique that doesn’t rely on fats from ingredients like butter or cream. Bobby likes bold flavors in every bite of his food so he adds a drizzle of sour orange sauce to his fish, plus a spoonful of relish made with olives and hot peppers.

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Hot Spots: Three Unique American Chilis

by in Food Network Magazine, View All Posts, January 16th, 2013

Texas Bowl of RedWarm up with three regional chilis and see why each has a cult following. The experts share their recipes with Food Network Magazine.

In Texas, chili is practically a religion, with one important tenet: Keep it simple. That means no beans and, often, no tomatoes — just beef and spices. “Texas red,” as the locals call it, gets its distinctive dark red color from a big shot of chili powder (a mix of spices that usually includes paprika, cumin and cayenne). Texans cook it low and slow, just like their barbecue, until the chili gets thick and the meat is super tender. Texas Chili Parlor in Austin serves one of the most well-known versions: The Austin American-Statesman called it “legendary,” and owner Scott Zublin says his customers put away up to 250 gallons every week. You can order it mild, hot or extra-hot; the recipe Zublin gave us makes a moderately spicy chili. To turn the heat up or down, just adjust the amount of chili powder. 1409 Lavaca St.; txchiliparlor.com

Try the recipe: Texas Bowl of Red (pictured above)

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 3: Mix It Up

by , January 16th, 2013

Bobby Flay and Michael Symon
Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 3 is mixing it up: It’s easy to get bored with your exercise routine. That’s why it’s important to mix it up, try something new and get out of your comfort zone.

In Episode 3 of Bobby Flay Fit, Bobby and his pal, Iron Chef Michael Symon, get together in the gym to try some new exercises. Bobby isn’t as familiar with weight training, so Michael shows him some techniques to mix things up a bit. On the way to the gym, they share a healthy snack that Bobby made — Chocolate-Coconut Granola.

Takeaways from Episode 3:

  • Eat a little something before you exercise to fuel your workout.
  • Get advice from someone in the know before starting a new workout.
  • Workouts are more effective if you keep yourself interested and engaged by trying new things: Alter your routine or try a new sport.

Make it at home:
Chocolate-Coconut Granola

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 2: Motivation

by , January 15th, 2013

Bobby and Harold Stretching
Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 2 of Bobby Flay Fit is motivation: Stay motivated with a regular exercise schedule. Find a time of day that’s right for you and stick with it. The simple act of exercising can help motivate you to keep up your routine.

In Episode 2, Bobby motivates himself to get up early in the morning to exercise — running, biking or swimming. He knows that if he has a good workout first thing in the morning, the rest of his day will be better. He later meets up with his trainer, Harold, to do some stretching, which helps reduce his chances of injury. After his morning routine, Bobby goes to the kitchen to make a tea smoothie. It’s important to have something to eat after your workout to refuel, but make sure it’s something healthy; otherwise you run the risk of blowing all your hard work.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 1: Moderation

by , January 14th, 2013

Bobby Flay Portion Control
Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 1 is moderation: You don’t have to give up everything you like to eat, but the key is to eat less of it. Moderation means eating smaller portions and skipping seconds (most of the time).

In Episode 1, Bobby walks to work, and then prepares lunch for his team. With the help of his employee Christine, he makes a healthy crab pasta dish and an arugula and chickpea salad. Bobby proves that it’s possible to eat a meal that’s both flavorful and good for you. The key is to eat in moderation — don’t overeat, but also don’t skip meals because it will just make you want to eat more.

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Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs

by , October 27th, 2012

Can you ever make enough deviled eggs? Not when you’re talking about this Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs recipe. It’s perfect to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit. This versatile recipe can be served year-round; however, the gu...

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