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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, January 11th, 2011
Know Your Cheeses

That’s The Cheddar: Since everything tastes better with cheese, spread the word about how these 8 popular cheeses got their names. [mentalfloss.com via eatocracy.cnn.com]

Food Pyramid Controversy: A nonprofit doctors’ group is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health for failing to recognize a vegetarian alternative to the traditional food pyramid. The organization claims that the pyramid “recommends meat and dairy products despite overwhelming evidence that these foods are unnecessary and unhealthy.” [latimes.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

Really Really Old Wine Discovered: What’s thought to be the earliest example of a wine-producing facility has been found in Armenia, the BBC reports. Scientists found grapes and dozens of dried vines from 6,000 years ago in one of cave, as well as a basin where workers could stomp the grapes with their feet. [bbc.co.uk]

What All Restaurant Websites Share: Is this the real reason we get so excited to go out to eat? And here we thought it was because it meant no cleanup. [mcsweenys.net]

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.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

by in View All Posts, January 8th, 2011
Happy Birthday, Elvis!
Elvis Waffles - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Happy Birthday, Elvis! The groundbreaking crooner would be 76 today. To celebrate, we’re breaking out the sideburns, some records and a few of his favorite foods. Serve these meals fit for the King of Rock and Roll all day long.

Breakfast: A Classic Combo
It’s no secret that Elvis loved what’s now a classic combo: peanut butter and bananas!  Aaron McCargo, Jr turns the classic sandwich into breakfast fare with these Elvis Pancakes: two buckwheat pancakes filled with…well, you know.   Or, make these snack-perfect Elvis Waffles from Food Network Magazine (pictured above.)

Elvis Waffles
Aaron McCargo, Jr's Elvis Pancakes

Lunch and Dinner: Southern Fare
As a good Southern boy, Elvis loved down-home classics, like this straight-from-Graceland recipe for Country Fried Steak and Gravy.  And don’t forget the barbecue  — Memphis-style, of course.  Pat and Gina Neely know a thing or two about Tennessee barbecue; make their tried-and-true recipe for Hickory-Smoked Ribs tonight.

Neelys Ribs
The Neelys' Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs

Sweet Tooth: Elvis-Themed Desserts
Don’t forget dessert! These banana-flavored cupcakes from a Cupcake Wars winner are decked out with chocolate and peanut butter frosting. Top each one with a mini-electric guitar and get ready to start humming. Or, mix up a decadent chocolate-banana milkshake.

The King of Cupcakes
The King of Cupcakes

Here’s hoping Elvis’s favorite foods get your friends and family, ahem, all shook up!  What are you making to commemorate the King?

Healthy Inspiration: Weekend TV Preview

by in View All Posts, January 7th, 2011
Crispy Baked Fried Chicken
Cat Cora's Baked "Fried" Chicken

We’re one full week into the new year, and at Food Network, that means that our chefs are ready to show you how to cook up light, healthy and still-flavorful dishes that will have you eating better all year long. (Start now with Cat Cora’s Baked “Fried” Chicken, pictured above.)

All day Saturday and Sunday, tune in for a get-healthy block of your favorite cooking shows. Here’s a preview of the mouthwatering, better-for-you shows, and a few recipes to tide you over.

Healthy how-to highlights »

Twitter Recap: What Foods Do You Want to Learn to Cook in 2011?

by in News, Recipes, View All Posts, January 7th, 2011
Tweet, tweet! Let us know what you're thinking, we are listening!

The new year brings a fresh start and new challenges — especially in the kitchen. We asked you via Twitter what recipes you wanted to learn to cook this year, and there were a few common themes. Perhaps you’ve stumbled on some 2011 cooking trends — could 2011 be the year of Pad Thai? Risotto? Here are a few of our favorite tweets, and some recipes to get started on your culinary goals. Read more

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?