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50 Kebabs With Bob

by in View All Posts, July 2nd, 2010

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Here’s how it starts: The magazine staff pitches the idea to Food Network Kitchens. In this case, “How ‘bout 50 kebabs?” The concept is then assigned, by test kitchen vice president – Katherine Alford – to one of the recipe developers. 50 Kebabs went to Bob Hoebee, who has a special fondness for authentic, exotic foods from around the globe. And also, well, who else should develop a ton of kebabs but Bob . . .

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World Cup Eats: Go Team USA!

by in View All Posts, June 25th, 2010
Prosciutto-Wrapped Crudite
Need a simple soccer snack? Try Giada's prosciutto-wrapped veggies.

Run with the ball, because even if you aren’t a soccer fan, you can’t avoid World Cup fever. Go team USA! When Landon Donovan scored in the final minute against Algeria this past week, the overwhelming vuvuzelas never sounded so sweet. Can you say GOOOOOOOOOAL?!

When you tune in to the USA vs Ghana game Saturday have fast summer-stunner eats on hand. Each takes less than 20 minutes to prep; I’d suggest keeping your appetizers simple and fun so as not to distract from the screaming, high-fiving and even fist pumping.

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Bring on the chips and Rachael's seven-layer dip!

To increase Team USA’s odds welcome your guests with Rachael’s Lucky 7 Layer Dip or one of Food Network’s other crowd-winning dips. Party it up with Giada’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Crudite for a mix of fresh summer veggies. And go for the goal with Bobby’s Grilled Flatbread with Asparagus Pesto! You can always rely on your guests to bring a classic six-pack but in case you want to up the World Cup ante let them wash everything down with Ina’s luscious Long Island Iced Tea.

What will you be munching on while watching the World Cup?

Reena Mehta

Lovin’ Lobster Rolls

by in View All Posts, June 22nd, 2010

Our friends over at Tasting Table recently hosted a Lobster Roll Claw-Off featuring some of NYC’s finest versions of the classic. We were lucky enough to attend and sample all eight sandwich competitors.

Claw-Off Fan Favorite, Courtesy of Tasting Table
Claw-Off Fan Favorite, Courtesy of Tasting Table

You don’t have to be an East Coaster to enjoy this summertime favorite. Try these new takes on the traditional roll from Food Network hosts.

Bobby's Lobster Roll

Bobby’s rolls with curry mayonnaise

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Haute Hot Dog Toppings

by in View All Posts, June 16th, 2010
Grilled hot dog with Michael Chiarello's quick pickle relish
Grilled hot dog with Michael Chiarello's quick pickle relish

I think summertime is all about haute hot dogs hot off the grill! Living in New York City, I have found that street vendors have really upped their hot dog toppings game. My best friend introduced me to Summer Saturdays at the Brooklyn Flea, which has an amazing hot dog vendor called Asia Dog. The varied toppings on their organic beef dogs are out of this world! They serve them with everything from spicy kimchi to exotic daikon and cilantro deliciousness.

Sadly I cannot make a trip to the Brookyn Flea every Saturday, but I have learned to dress up my dogs at home. Michael Chiarello’s quick pickle relish is a ramped-up classic that takes only minutes to prepare. It includes diced dill pickles, hot sweet mustard, pickle brine and fresh chopped dill. The simplicity of this will liven up your spread, and the fresh dill will give it a garden-fresh flavor.

And if you really want to turn up the heat I would try Tyler Florence’s Spicy Slaw. The crunch of the fresh green cabbage and spicy red chili peppers will make any hot dog dance in your mouth!

What are your favorite hot dog toppings?

Reena Mehta

Tie-Breaking Dad’s Day Grub

by in View All Posts, June 15th, 2010
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How about Bobby's chipotle-spiked sliders for Dad?

Right around when your little boy or girl is three years old, buying Dad a tie—again—for Father’s Day feels tired. Instead, grab the grilling gear and win him over with Food Network as a revved-up sous chef. Guy’s on a family roadtrip with killer roasted turkey sandwiches, packed and ready to go. Big Daddy Aaron McCargo, Jr. is grilling marinated flank steak. And King of the Grill Bobby Flay has smoky chipotle baby sliders on the menu. That’s just the start of options for what to feed him.

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Very special utensils from Etsy: Everything is better with bacon.

But what to give him? Our younger sister site, Food2, is showing off a gallery of handmade gifts to buy for food-loving fathers from our crafty pals at Etsy. Choose from a rugged retro bottle opener or a hot-shot grilling mitt, or splurge on a high-end hand-hewn meat cleaver. My pick? Well, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but can be sure the Dad in our house has one (a bacon-gilded one) in his.

What are you doing for Father’s Day this weekend?

p.s. Cooking Channel is sifting through Father’s Day ideas, too–look at what they found.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

by in View All Posts, June 11th, 2010
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Who would you want to break bread with? Photo by Facebook fan Stephanie Petersen.

Facebook fans, we love you! We asked you which chef, real or fictional, alive or dead, you’d most like to set a place for at your dinner table. More than 3,000 of you wrote back!

Find out the dinner-guest favorites »

Fan-tastic!

by in View All Posts, June 9th, 2010

You’re our fans. Or you like us — whatever Facebook is calling it these days, we want you to know that we like you back. And we’re huge fans of the fabulous food photos you post on our wall. Take Layla’s Vegetarian Sushi, for example. It looks incredibly delicious (reminds us a bit of the veggie sushi Chef Morimoto created for Food Network Magazine) and we love her step-by-step instructions on her website.

Way to go, Layla. You rock. Keep sharing, we’re hungry for more.

Layla's Vegetarian Sushi
Layla's Vegetarian Sushi

This Farmer’s a Star

by in View All Posts, June 8th, 2010
Farmer Jones is this blogger's newest Facebook friend.

Celebrity chefs are everywhere these days, but I think I’ve just met my first celebrity farmer. Farmer Lee Jones supplies vegetables to top chefs all over the country, but he’s a star in his own right, always decked out in his signature bow tie-and-overalls ensemble. Check him out on Facebook—he’s got 4,832 friends!

If you caught Battle Cauliflower on Iron Chef America a couple of weeks ago, you may recognize Farmer Jones. He provided the secret ingredient straight from the farm, and also joined in on the judges’ panel. Chefs Michael Symon and John Fraser produced some incredible cauliflower creations, using not just the familiar white florets, but also Farmer Jones’s purple, orange and romanesco varieties. Notoriously finicky judge Jeffrey Steingarten called it “the most amazing battle ever.”

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The Plaza Food Hall

by in View All Posts, June 4th, 2010

Today marks the opening of the first-ever food hall in a New York City hotel. Chef Todd English is heading up the new operation at The Plaza. The hall features local and seasonal foods at 8 stations: The Grill, Pizza, Sushi, Noodles & Dumplings, The Bakery, Cheese & Charcuterie, Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar and The Wine Bar.

We ventured over from Food Network HQ to grab the first shots of the space. Take a look:

Plaza Food Hall

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