Breakfast PLTs — The Weekender

by in Recipes, January 8th, 2015

Breakfast PLTsI am always grateful when the calendar flips to a new year. It means a less-cluttered schedule, a break from the heavy eating of the holidays, and a chance to initiate a new habit or two.

For most people, the goals they set this time of year have to do with diets, exercise and self-improvement. And while those are all admirable endeavors, my January hopes tend to revolve around activities designed to bring more fun into my life.

That’s why I’m declaring that 2015 will be the year of brunch party. To my mind, it’s a nearly perfect way to entertain. It’s a kid-friendly time of day (an increasingly important element). A homemade brunch is almost more affordable than going out (even when you spring for smoked salmon). And it’s easy enough to adapt to nearly every food allergy and aversion (a reality of our times).

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5 Hearty Casseroles Ready to Warm You Up — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 8th, 2015

Ree's Chicken SpaghettiToday kicks off the very first week of the annual Comfort Food Feast series. If you’re bundled in sweaters and scarves like many of us, can you think of a better way to greet January than with the comfort of a hot casserole? This week, serve your family hearty, crowd-pleasing casserole recipes that are just what the dead of winter calls for.

A heaping plate of cheesy spaghetti would be comforting on its own, but Ree Drummond’s Chicken Spaghetti is a baked pasta dish that leaves the oven nice and bubbly. Strewn with tender morsels of chicken and made even creamier with mushroom sauce, Ree’s dish is fixed with broken pieces of spaghetti so it’s extra-easy to eat.

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Fan Favorites: Your Picks for the Best. Pizza. Ever.

by in Shows, January 8th, 2015

Best. Pizza. Ever.Just this week your favorite Food Network chefs and stars came together for a mouthwatering hour dedicated to perhaps the ultimate in cheesy comfort food: pizza. As they highlighted their picks for the most-crave-worthy creations on Best. Pizza. Ever., FN Dish asked fans: When it comes to the top slices to savor, what’s your favorite? From tried-and-true pies with cheese and pepperoni to next-level creations, readers responded in droves on FN Dish and on Food Network’s Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages with their selections for the best-of-the-best pizza near them. Even Ludacris, who lives in Atlanta, joined his hometown’s mayor, Kasim Reed, in taking to Twitter to show support for Atlanta’s Antico Pizza Napoletana, much beloved by Aarón Sánchez as well.

Read on below to see Ludacris’ tweet and get a snapshot of fans’ pizza picks; it turns out that Seattle and Texas locals are especially proud of their pies. Then, browse all of the pies featured on Best. Pizza. Ever. and learn where to find them.

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Serena Williams Fills Her Hopman Cup — with Espresso

by in News, January 7th, 2015

Tennis Balls and Coffee BeansThat coffee craving can find you anywhere — even on the tennis court.

Those of us who are hopelessly addicted to drinking coffee have all probably found ourselves, at one time or another, in the middle of our workday, thinking, “Without a cup of coffee right now, I simply cannot go on.”

But while most of us can probably walk to the office kitchen or pop out to the coffee shop around the corner to satisfy our urgent java jones, Williams had to get an official to sign off when, midmatch against Italy’s Flavia Pannetta at the Hopman Cup in Australia, she made a desperate plea for a double shot of caffeine.

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Caption It: Worst Cooks in America, the Game Show

by in Shows, January 7th, 2015

Worst Cooks Family FoodOn Sunday’s upcoming episode of Worst Cooks in America, the remaining 12 Boot Camp recruits will be put to the test, but it won’t be in a way anyone has seen before. Enter Family Food, a game show geared at testing recruits’ food IQ.

In this sneak peek photo, one member of the Blue Team and one member of the Red Team are quizzed with a question. The one who buzzes in first can take a jab at the answer, which in this case has caught mentors Tyler and Anne off-guard, as Tyler is left in stiches and Anne’s left awestruck. Can you guess what was said that was so funny for the mentors?

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“A Family That Stays Together Shops Together” — Guy Fieri’s Grocery Shopping Strategy

by in Shows, January 7th, 2015

Guy Fieri shoppingWhen it comes to grocery shopping, everyone has a strategy, whether it’s to get in and get out as fast as you can, or to stick to the list no matter what and not veer off. Guy Fieri, host of Guy’s Grocery Games, says that his important tip is shopping together. And that not only applies to himself and his family on an individual level, but it’s also advice for the families competing in Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Style, airing Sundays in January at 8|7c.

Guy is proud to say he personally loves grocery shopping, but when it comes to shopping with the family, he has “really strict rules,” especially in a big-box store. Find out what he says in his interview with FN Dish about the show’s family competition.

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Healthy Sandwiches, Minus the Bread

by in Recipes, January 6th, 2015

Breadless SandwichesWhether we’re cutting carbs, going gluten-free or scaling back on sodium, fewer loaves of bread are landing in our shopping carts these days. But what does that mean for our favorite hand-held meal, the sandwich? Though you might think that a sandwich, by definition, requires two slabs of bread, these breadless creations prove your sandwich days are far from over. Cutting out the loaves, buns and slices? These ingenious substitutes are the best things since sliced bread:

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The Soup Club Cookbook — Off the Shelf

by in Books, January 6th, 2015

The Soup Club CookbookNow that the holiday season is over and life is falling into its new 2015 routine, it’s time to get back to your weeknight cooking routine. Nothing hits the spot in the dead of winter quite like a piping-hot soup, and nothing makes keeping your freezer stocked with delicious soup dishes easier than The Soup Club Cookbook. It was written by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow and Julie Peacock, four friends who wanted to find a way to eat more soup and cook less. The book features big-batch recipes of all your favorite soups, from Winter Minestrone (recipe after the link for you to try at home) and Chicken Noodle to Faux Ramen and Potato Leek Soup. They have hearty soups (The Dudes’ Chili is a winner) and cold soups for summer (including Green Gazpacho and Tomato Gazpacho, both of which are exactly what summer should taste like). The book goes beyond just soup, though. You’ll also find salads, dressings, sides, snacks and bigger dishes, all designed to complement and round out soup meals.

The Soup Club Cookbook is designed to help you and a couple of friends start a soup club. The idea is simple: Four friends each commit to making a large batch of soup one week out of the month. The recipes in the book are all designed to feed four families, but they are easily divided in half, making the book a treasure trove of soup recipes either way. The idea with the soup club is that you get a month’s worth of soup for one week’s worth of cooking effort (plus you’ll keep up with your food-loving friends!).

Each recipe includes seasonal and flavor variations, delivery tips, and garnish and serving suggestions. The book is full of hilarious anecdotes, the four authors’ friendships with one another shining through their personal stories and lists of tips and suggestions. The book is a wealth of information, and it has all of the instructions you need to found your own soup club, from process information to supplies you’ll want on hand. Some of the best tips in the book include:

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Holy Mackerel! An All-Canned-Seafood Restaurant Aims to Leap Across the Pond

by in News, January 5th, 2015

TincanYou may not think of eating something straight out of a can as being the pinnacle of fine dining, but the people behind Tincan, a pop-up restaurant that just wrapped up a months-long London run, are apparently hoping to change that. The all-canned-food eatery – serving fancy, tin-packed “artisan” seafood from all over the world – has vowed to take its aluminum-encased concept to New York City in 2015.

Don’t call the idea fishy. And no, this is not your mother’s tuna.

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The Kitchen Needs Your Help: Vote Now!

by in Shows, January 5th, 2015

The Kitchen Co-HostsThe marathon holiday season may have wrapped up just days ago, but the crew of The Kitchen has been looking ahead to 2015’s all-new episodes for a while. FN Dish recently asked fans to share with the co-hosts a few of their favorite ways to enjoy soup and, sure enough, these results were shared on the air in the series’ first-ever Souped-Up Soups episode. Now the team needs your help with a new series of questions.

When it comes to morning meals, how often do you eat breakfast, and are you more likely to indulge in a platter of bacon and eggs, or do you opt for grab-and-go granola? And, now that the January chill has settled in, what do your comfort-food favorites look like, and at what time of day are you most likely to cozy up to them? Share your preferences below, and stay tuned for future episodes of The Kitchen to find out the results.

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