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Eat, Drink and Give Back During Negroni Week

by in News, Recipes, View All Posts, June 5th, 2017

NegroniWhen Italy’s Count Negroni first stirred together gin, Campari and vermouth to make his namesake cocktail in 1919, he never could have predicted the craze that would follow nearly 100 years later. The drink was pretty obscure until the recent cocktail culture brought attention to it, and today the Negroni is a fixture on trendy cocktail menus across the country — both in its classic form and in fun new creations. Read more

POLL: Tell Us How You Tailgate!

by in Polls, View All Posts, June 3rd, 2017

Duff TailgateThe Food Network Magazine editors are taking a cue from Duff and already planning their pre-season spreads. Burgers and hot dogs play a big role at any football tailgate, but we have a feeling some of you get even more creative with your grub. Take the poll below to share your tailgating tips and tricks, then pick up a fall issue to see how your spread stacks up against the rest of America. Read more

Cost It Out: How to Win at Bake Sale Economics

by in View All Posts, May 30th, 2017

Bake sales are a classic fundraiser — who doesn’t like to support a good cause and pick up a sweet? But if you spend too much making your treats, it could eat into the “profit” you make from selling them. Should you make oatmeal cookies or crispy rice treats? Banana bread or pound cake? Cookies or cupcakes?

If you’re on a budget, take a good look at a recipe’s ingredients list before choosing. Avoid mix-ins like nuts and dried fruit, which can quickly add up (see our chart below). Instead, consider treats made with less expensive items, like egg-based meringues. Or opt for cakes such as banana bread and doughnuts, which contain oil instead of butter. Old-fashioned picks like oatmeal cookies or snickerdoodles also have low-cost main ingredients.

Using a national grocery provider’s average prices, we priced out some of our favorite bake sale items to help you decide what to make and how much to spend. See how these classics compare.

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8 Brunch Dishes That Totally Win Mother’s Day

by in Holidays, View All Posts, May 11th, 2017

On Mother’s Day, there’s no such thing as too much. So pull out all the stops at brunch and make some seriously fun, seriously delicious dishes (stale bagels, limp French toast and overcooked scrambled eggs need not apply). These recipes are impressive, but employ short cuts and tricks to make them easy enough for even novice home cooks to execute. Mom will be so proud.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (above)

Cinnamon rolls are a quintessential special-occasion dish, but they require a significant amount of prep time. And because Mom deserves better than the stuff from the tube, we suggest this genius alternative: Pancakes that are just as gooey and cinnamon-y as their inspiration, but are ready in about a half hour.

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5 Authentic Tequila Cocktails That People in Mexico Actually Drink

by in View All Posts, May 5th, 2017

As Cinco de Mayo celebrations gear up today in the United States, so does the imbibing of frozen lime margaritas. But in actuality, the margarita is hardly Mexican in origin, and the Fifth is not as widely celebrated in Mexico as it is in the United States.

Mixologist Alex Valencia, from the Jalisco region of Mexico himself, wanted to create “real” Mexican cocktails, inspired by his own personal history as well as some local insight into how tequila is actually enjoyed in the country.

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Thurby, How Locals Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

by in View All Posts, May 4th, 2017

While the Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for horse racing and julep sipping, in recent years the Kentuckian holiday has become somewhat of a national celebration — and, thus, more difficult for locals to attend.

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Plan Your Entire Cinco de Mayo Menu Around Tequila

by in View All Posts, May 2nd, 2017

We know you’ll be thinking about margaritas come May 5 (and we’ve got a pretty genius recipe for them below!). But that’s not the only dish that is served well by tequila. With these ideas for cocktails, main dishes and desserts, you can celebrate tequila’s unique flavor throughout an entire meal.

Ice Cream Maker Margaritas (above)

For a margarita with the perfect slushy consistency, grab your ice cream maker (you know, the one that’s been gathering dust since your wedding). It’s a great party trick, and if you chill the base ahead of time, the cocktails will be ready even quicker.

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Take 5 This Week: Shortcut Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour

by in Recipes, View All Posts, April 30th, 2017

Sunny's Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo SauceUnless your meal prep game is seriously strong and you head into the week with 5 dinners ready to go (kudos, if that’s you), getting something fresh and delicious on the table every night can be a daunting task. Our favorite ingredient shortcuts, like rotisserie chicken or canned beans, cut a ton of time in the kitchen and can save you from another night of greasy takeout. Experimenting in the kitchen is a perfect weekend activity, but during the week there’s something to be said for effortless and tasty.

Sunny’s Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo Sauce (pictured at top)

No need to set up a pot of boiling water for this quick and easy vegetarian meal. Cook fresh fettucine with mushrooms and frozen peas in some chicken stock, which thickens up and becomes the base of this creamy alfredo sauce.
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Rustic Meaty Comfort from Josh Cellars and Chef Daniel Doyle

by in View All Posts, April 24th, 2017

JCW Blog 4 Chef DanielHumble beginnings often lead to great ends. Daniel Doyle, executive chef and managing partner of Poogan’s Porch and Poogan’s Smokehouse, and Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars, both started at the bottom in their first restaurant jobs: Dan as a dishwasher and Joseph as a bus boy. Since those early days, both have ascended in the ranks of the culinary and wine worlds. Together, they’ve collaborated on the ultimate comfort food pairing of short ribs and Josh Cellars Legacy red blend. It’s a combination that pays homage to their down-to-earth roots while elevating a rustic dish.

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Easy Family-Style Italian Pasta from Josh Cellars and Chef Amalia Scatena

by in View All Posts, April 19th, 2017

nullWhen a single bottle of wine does double-duty as cooking ingredient and dinner drink, it’s a definite winner. That’s been true for ages with Italy’s classic Fettuccine with Clams. Amalia Scatena, executive chef of Cannon Green in Charleston, South Carolina, knows that intimately. Born and raised in a close-knit Italian family in San Francisco, she went on to train professionally as a chef at the Advanced Culinary Arts Professional Program from the Culinary Institute of Florence. While living in Italy, she learned first-hand how closely entwined food and wine are at every meal. Wine was always served, but it was often used in cooking too.

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