15-Minute Pasta Dinners the Whole Family Will Love

by in Family, Recipes, November 6th, 2015

Garlic Oil-Sauteed Pasta with BroccoliWe have four small kids, and if there’s one thing I love about serving pasta dinners, it’s how popular they are. Who doesn’t like pasta? Less fussing, more enjoying. That’s a dinnertime ratio I can get behind. But if there are two things to love about pasta dinners, the other is this: Pasta cooks in a flash. Each of these dinners will hit the table in 15 minutes, and every one of them is kid-tested, totally approved.

1. Pasta with Garlic and Broccoli (pictured above): Melissa d’Arabian’s super-fast pasta has a secret step at the end: Deglaze the pan with red wine vinegar. Nothing like scraping up all those tasty bits with a whole lot of zing!

2. One-Pot Lemon Orzo with Cod: Orzo is the quickest-cooking pasta, because it’s so small. But that’s not what makes this dish so fast (or delicious). This is: Add the fish and the peas to the same cooking water and everything will be ready at the same time. Drizzle on a bit of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon, and dinner is served.

3. Chicken Mozzarella Pasta: With a jar of your favorite store-bought sauce plus fresh mozzarella, Parmesan and basil, it’s hard to beat the flavor — or the ease — of this 5-star recipe from Ree Drummond.

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The Many Delicious Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes

by in Food Network Magazine, In Season, Recipes, November 6th, 2015

marshmallow sweet potatoesSweet potatoes are brighter, sweeter (obviously) and more fun than your everyday spud. Plus, they’re the only vegetables that make eating marshmallows during dinnertime perfectly acceptable. (If you’ve tried Sunny Anderson’s kid-favorite and adult-approved recipe [pictured above], you get it.) Below are some of our favorite ways to cook the orange-fleshed beauties at this time of year.

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Sip on These Seasonal Pumpkin Cocktails Right Now

by in Recipes, November 6th, 2015

Pumpkin SangriaHey, pumpkin spice lattes shouldn’t be having all the fun. When it comes to seasonally spun drinks, your cocktails could use some of the warming, spiced vibes of the fall as well. Shake up these festive pumpkin cocktails all seasonal long and plan on them as you prep for Thanksgiving.

Treat yourself to Sandra Lee’s spirited Pumpkin Sangria, a festive drink full of fall flavors. It’s a blend of wine and fruit juice, just like classic sangria, but it deviates with the addition of pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and pumpkin spice liqueur. Stir it with a garnish of pumpkin candy-topped cinnamon sticks before you take the first sip.

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What to Watch: Slow-Cooker Hacks on The Kitchen and the Premiere of Giada’s Holiday Handbook

by in Shows, November 6th, 2015

Giada's Holiday HandbookIt’s officially comfort food season, and all of the Food Network chefs are sharing their easy, cheesy and downright indulgent eats. It starts Saturday morning, when Ree Drummond is offering up tips for minimal-prep dorm room food like Waffle Maker Pizzas and Tea Kettle Noodle Soup. Next, Nancy Fuller is treating her grandkids to a feast of Honey Fried Chicken and Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen share three new slow-cooker hacks, and Amanda Freitag stops by to make her “Pork on Pork” Chops. Patricia Heaton is hosting a game-day party filled with comfort food like Sloppy Joe Pockets and Kickoff Cupcakes. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli is spicing up poker night with southwestern egg rolls and ham sliders. On Saturday night, it’s two brand-new episodes of Unwrapped 2.0 that include behind-the-scenes looks at circus peanuts, Tootsie Rolls and more.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Eyes on the Surprise at Copper Still CD Vodka Lounge and Eatery

by in Shows, November 5th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhile Stephanie, the bar manager at Copper Still CD Vodka Lounge and Eatery, had reached out to Robert Irvine for help in reviving business, she never could have expected that he’d turn up unannounced. In a tricky double elimination, when he arrived with his Restaurant: Impossible team in tow, Robert shocked not only Stephanie but also Christina, the owner of the Crestwood, Ill., restaurant. Eight months after opening the doors to Copper Still, Christina had yet to make a profit on the eatery, and the financial struggle had begun to put a strain on her marriage to her husband, Dominic. It was up to Robert to reinvigorate Christina, mend her relationship and transform Copper Still — and he almost had to do it alone. Stephanie was so upset by Robert’s ambush that she nearly didn’t help in the renovation, but ultimately, in true Irvine fashion, that didn’t stop Robert from completing his mission. Read on below to hear from Christina and see how Copper Still is faring a few months since it reopened.

“The ambush has definitely opened my eyes to the different problems that we had with staff and training,” Christina says, reflecting on her Restaurant: Impossible experience. “I have now since become more aggressive with the direction I would like the staff to go into. I have had less toleration for the behavior we once overlooked.” She adds that there are now “new rules and procedures that the staff must understand and follow,” and she says that there is “a different training process” in place for new staff members.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Impossible, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, November 5th, 2015

Chopped: Impossible Part 3In this new Impossible tournament, Chopped is switching up the format: Chefs will compete in three preliminary rounds for a chance to earn a spot in the finale, where the champion will get the opportunity to compete against Robert Irvine in a wild-card round. Just for getting there, the champion will pocket $15,000, but upon beating Robert, he or she will win an additional $25,000, for a total of $40,000.

On tonight’s episode, four very accomplished chefs who’ve competed successfully on Chopped before have returned to take on the most-impossible mystery baskets. Only one of them will earn a spot in the finale and have an opportunity to get to Robert.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 3 Winner

Spike It: Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider Ice Cubes

by in Drinks, Holidays, November 5th, 2015

Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider CubesThe air is beginning to get crisp and chilly, and you know what that means … don’t you? All the best things! The coziest knitted sweaters, hot lattes and cider at any and all times of day, and warm, hearty soups. Not to mention stepping on all those crunchy leaves while wearing those favorite boots getting fresh air for the first time in, well … a while.

I’ve been frequenting the apple orchard nearly every weekend recently, and I just cannot seem to leave without a bottle of apple cider and a bag of fresh doughnuts. Have I mentioned that I love this time of year? I remember going to apple orchards as a little girl with my family and always being so eager to get lost in the corn maze with my brothers. After the relief from the hot weather of summertime, the little girl in me wanted to spend all day, every day out there. Fortunately, living near an apple orchard made my fall-loving dreams come true nearly every weekend. It was always necessary to warm up afterward with a steamy cup of hot apple cider.

The child in me is always game for a long walk in the orchard on those crunchy leaves, but the adult in me prefers warming up after a long day of fall activities with a big scoop of apple crisp and a yummy adult drink. Enter vodka and cranberry cocktail with apple cider ice cubes.

This is dangerously easy and delicious. Make it for any and all get-togethers this time of year, and of course plan on it for Thanksgiving. Not only does it taste sweet and spicy, but just look at it! Those colors! The ruby-red cranberries cover the surface, and the perfectly cubed apple cider cubes are the best additions and amp up the flavor. If you are feeling overzealous, you could create an entire tablescape to match: Spread those little cranberry cuties across the table, and add some glittery gold pumpkins. Always a good idea.

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The Only 5 Brussels Sprouts Dishes You’ll Need This Season — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, November 5th, 2015

Roasted Brussels SproutsOdds are you’ve not liked Brussels sprouts at some point in your life, whether it was when you were a kid or it lasted into your adulthood. With its slightly bitter flavor and sturdy structure, this multilayered green veggie can be a tough sell — but not when cooked like this. These top-rated, fan-favorite recipes prove that Brussels sprouts can be addictively delicious when they’re cooked correctly and with a little love, especially now that they’re in season.

You’ve heard it before: Sometimes the simplest things in life are also the best. A 5-star recipe with a whopping 500 reviews, Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts don’t call for any newfangled ingredients to achieve their beautifully blistered, tender state. It just takes a good drizzle of olive oil, plus some salt and pepper, and roasting on high heat for Brussels sprouts to reach pure, unadulterated perfection.

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What to Watch: It’s Turkey Time on Food Network

by in Holidays, Shows, November 5th, 2015

Guy Fieri ThanksgivingWith plenty of time left to prepare for your holiday festivities, you can watch your favorite Food Network chefs reveal their best ideas during all-new Thanksgiving-themed episodes. Get ready for a brand-new spread of indulgent recipes, timesaving tips and creative hacks to make this year’s feast easier and more delicious than ever.

The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Valerie’s Home Cooking, Brunch at Bobby’s and Southern at Heart are all proving that Thanksgiving can be reinvented every year with new recipes. Guy Fieri is doing double duty with two new turkey-themed episodes of Guy’s Big Bite, while Bobby Flay joins Ina Garten for A Barefoot Thanksgiving in the barn with a dazzling spread and foolproof strategies for the busy day.

If you’re in the competitive spirit, Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped Junior all have a turkey-day twist. Looking to indulge outside the house? Top 5 has the season’s best Thanksgiving comfort food, and a special episode of Guilty Pleasures will have chefs and stars spilling their favorite holiday eats. Head to Thanksgiving Central for all the details, and don’t forget to watch the Food Network Kitchen turkey roast, live on FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving starting at 10a|9c.

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Ree Sets the Table for a Cowboy-Friendly Feast on The Pioneer Woman’s Ultimate Thanksgiving

by in Shows, November 5th, 2015

Ree Drummond on The Pioneer WomanWhether it’s a steak-and-potato dinner or a hearty pasta buffet, Ree Drummond is known for offering up a bounty of hearty plates to her brood of kids and ranch hands on The Pioneer Woman. So you can imagine the feasts she puts forth come the holiday season. Just last year she hosted the first-ever Cowboy Christmas, and next week she’ll welcome fans to the ranch once again for a look at how she does turkey day on The Pioneer Woman’s Ultimate Thanksgiving.

Airing Monday, Nov. 16 at 8|7c, Ree’s brand-new special will not just showcase family-friendly recipes ideal for a seasonal centerpiece, but it will also introduce The Pioneer Woman’s tricks for making classic dishes ahead of time — without sacrificing flavor. Her secret? Starting preparations three days prior to turkey day, counting down and checking off all of the tried-and-true elements of a down-home feast. To guarantee a stress-free Thanksgiving, she gets a head start on preparing the bird — her Maple Whiskey Turkey — and then preps the dessert, a party-perfect Gingerbread Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce, so that come turkey day, she’ll only have to complete some last-minute quick fixes before savoring the holiday meal with her family.

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