Chefs’ Picks: Mother’s Day Recipes

by in Restaurants, May 7th, 2016

Chocolate Nut SquaresChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Most everyone wants to show Mom love on her special day. For those who plan to prepare homemade gifts, we polled a few chefs around the country on what they cook to make their moms feel treasured on Mother’s Day. Take your pick of recipes, from French berry tarts to a Mexican Love Cake, and make your mother’s day!
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A Tea Party Fit for Mom

by in Entertaining, Holidays, Shows, May 7th, 2016

A Tea Party Fit for MomIf you’ve dropped the Mother’s Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.

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How to Serve Mom Breakfast in Bed the Right Way

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 7th, 2016

If you’re planning a special meal this Mother’s Day, leave dainty fruit cups and low-fat yogurt parfaits off the menu. This Sunday, Mom’s only goal should be relaxation and enjoyment — and that, we believe, starts with a hearty breakfast in bed. Once the lady of the house has awoken (hopefully long after sunrise), load up her breakfast tray with wholesome goodies she can enjoy in big bites and generous forkfuls. Here are some of our most-satisfying breakfast dishes, perfect for a leisurely morning under the covers.

Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole
A basic shortcake pales in comparison to this decadent breakfast casserole from Food Network Kitchen. The assembly is simple: Start with a layer of fluffy flapjacks, then sprinkle some banana slices and chocolate chips over the top. Don’t forget to douse the whole thing with a sweet and creamy egg mixture, then repeat the layers until your casserole dish is filled to the rim.

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Delightfully Floral Treats for Mom That Beat Out the Bouquet

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 6th, 2016

Victorian Rose Geranium CakeA bouquet of flowers will never go out of style, but these fresh, floral spins on Mom’s favorite things will have her feeling all warm and fuzzy on her special day. From flowery cocktails garnished with petals and sprigs to springtime confections that taste just-bloomed after baking, any one of these special treats will prove the perfect companion for your Mother’s Day brunch.

You’d better be extra-sweet to Mom on Mother’s Day, and baking her this pretty-in-pink cake is one festive way to do it. Anne Burrell’s Victorian Rose Geranium Cake for Food Network Magazine is imbued with the essence of real rose geranium leaves, both in the pink-tinged frosting and in the cake itself.

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Caption It: Premiere Giggles at the Judges’ Table

by , May 6th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Let's call this the calm before the storm. Comeback Kitchen premieres Sunday (at 8|7c), and for the seven returning hopefuls, that means there's just days left until they begin the winding road to redemption. Challenges, critiques and constant press...

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8 Things You Should Make (for Yourself!) This Mother’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 6th, 2016

PancakesWe’re certainly not suggesting that you tell the kids to put the brakes on hand-delivered breakfast in bed this year. But when was the last time you made exactly what you wanted, and just plain had fun whipping it up? We thought so. Treat yourself to one of these friendly, tasty dishes this Mother’s Day — it’s up to you whether you share it with the family or not (aw, we know you will!).

Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter (above)

This batch is just a little bit more enticing than the faded, dateless box of pancake mix hiding in your pantry, don’t you think?

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What to Watch: Mother’s Day Celebrations and the Premiere of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen

by in Shows, May 6th, 2016

Comeback Kitchen FinalistsThis weekend, get last-minute ideas for Mother’s Day from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is getting pampered by her kids and cowboy as they cook up filets with shrimp-peppercorn sauce and oven-roasted potatoes and asparagus. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their ideas for a foolproof brunch complete with mini club sandwiches, roast beef sliders and Katie Lee’s asparagus-and-spinach frittata.

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Mint Julep-Inspired Desserts You Better Race Toward — and Fast

by in Events, May 5th, 2016

Mint Julep-Inspired DessertsIt’s off to the races this weekend at Churchill Downs for the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Though the race itself is only a matter of minutes, Derby fanatics turn it into the biggest party of the year. Right up there with finding the floppiest hat you can wear without tipping over is pinning down your viewing party menu. We’ve got dessert covered on race day, with boozy and minty sweet treats inspired by the Southern cocktail favorite the mint julep. Trust us, even after the horses cross the finish line, you’ll find any excuse to down these refreshing, bourbon-spiked desserts.

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Food Network Star Finalists Answer: “Who’s Been Your Culinary Mentor So Far?”

by , May 5th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown is on to the premiere of Food Network Star, when this year's eager hopefuls will begin the job interview of their lives. They've been working toward this moment their entire careers — their entire lives, really — and what happens af...

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6 Recipes That Prove Smashed Is the New Mashed

by in Recipes, May 5th, 2016

Cheesy Smashed PotatoesSilky mashed potatoes, pulverized peas and more smooth sides spell out pure comfort, and it’s no wonder why  these stick-to-your-ribs instances of mashed glory line our holiday tables year after year. Really anyone can eat them (we mean it, even babies can), but just because you can mash something to a different state of matter, doesn’t mean you always should. Before obliterating your veggies beyond recognition, those who dig more texture in their food should exercise some restraint and adopt a chunkier approach: what we like to call the “smash.” And we’ve got the most-smashing ways to do it right here.

Pounding and pureeing and ricing potatoes works when your side of mashed will hold a lake of gravy, but going the smashed route imparts the root veggie side with a whole lot more character. Rachael Ray doesn’t get carried away with the mashing of her Cheesy Smashed Potatoes, which are loaded with cheddar, sour cream and chives for the ultimate year-round side.

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