8 Stews That Are As Easy As They Are Comforting

by in Recipes, November 7th, 2015

Chicken StewMuch like warming soups and chilis, stews are a cool-weather classic that often deliver a complete meal in just one bowl. A hearty beef base may be the most traditional, but there are plenty of options for mix-ins: chicken, seafood, beans, sausage and more. It all comes down to layering flavors and complementary ingredients when simmering a pot of hearty stew. Check out some of Food Network’s best-ever stews below for new and tried-and-true ideas alike to stay warm all season long.

Chicken Stew
“Make a big pot. It tastes even better the next day,” Giada De Laurentiis explains of her top-rated recipe, which she beefs up with fresh veggies and kidney beans. She also gets it on the table in less than an hour.

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Caption It: Way to Go, Bro

by in Shows, November 7th, 2015

Caption It: Way to Go, BroThe Kitchen co-hosts are known for doling out countless good-to-know tips, family-favorite recipe ideas and tried-and-true culinary hacks — and having their share of fun on set. (Remember that time Jeff Mauro donned his best bodysuit and performed an impromptu floor-skating routine?) Just this morning, Jeff and Geoffrey Zakarian once again showed off their silly sides as they put the finishing touches on their banana breads. After Katie Lee declared his rum-soaked banana bread a “home run,” Jeff could hardly contain his excitement and met GZ in the kitchen for a hearty high-five.

Take a look at the photo above that captures the guys’ grinning moment. We’re challenging you, The Kitchen fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

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Chefs’ Picks: Must Love Dogs

by in Restaurants, November 7th, 2015

Dogs are a man’s — and woman’s — best friend, and chefs love to hang with their pups when they’re not on the job. Now that New York City has OK’d dogs at sidewalk cafes, we asked some of the country’s top culinary talent where they like to take their dogs when they want to relax and grab a bite.

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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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