All the Ways to Flavor Guac

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2017

Smoky GuacamoleThe only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.

Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)

Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
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Chefs’ Picks: LA Mexican Food

by in Restaurants, May 5th, 2017

Mexicokosher BurritoChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Home to the largest population of Mexicans outside of Mexico, Los Angeles is in no short supply of the country’s native cuisine. It’s easy to sink your teeth into all sorts of asada and al pastor, when there is, almost literally, a taco truck on every corner. Yet that’s also what makes choosing ‘the best’ such a herculean task; sorting through this immense talent pool could take a lifetime. Mercifully, you can rely on the expert advice of LA’s accomplished professionals to help narrow down the field. They’ve put in the proper legwork. Regardless of the cuisine they prepare in their own kitchen, every chef in this town seeks off-day comfort in the form of tortillas and salsa, et al. Read more

Beer Maker Aims to End Food Waste One Beer at a Time

by in News, May 4th, 2017

Beer Maker Aims to End Food Waste One Beer at a TimeA new beer made from old bread is the toast of England — and now it’s set to arrive stateside.

Toast Ale, which is made using “fresh, surplus” breads that haven’t sold at bakeries day’s end and unloved end pieces from loaves used to make sandwiches at delis and sandwich shops, has become quite popular across the pond, where it has been available at London eateries, via distributors and online, since it was introduced in 2016.

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The Big Weekend Face-Off: Margaritas Vs. Mint Juleps

by in Drinks, Polls, May 4th, 2017

It’s rare – and perhaps with good reason – for two of the nation’s most-highly anticipated drinking events to converge on the same day. But the gods of inebriation have spoken, and that’s the reality we now face.

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, the commemoration of Mexico’s 1862 victory over imperial France at the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., the holiday has morphed into a more generalized celebration of Mexican-American culture fueled by chips, “guac,” and a deluge of half-priced margaritas.

Here’s the conflict: The 2017 Kentucky Derby, Louisville’s annual horse race, also kicks off tomorrow afternoon – which means mint juleps will be as ubiquitous this weekend as the event’s famously flashy spring fashions.

This leaves us with one question: As revelers line up at their local watering holes, which drink order will keep bartenders the busiest? Will it be the mint julep, a perfect marriage between fresh mint and the honeyed taste of bourbon? Or the margarita, with its invigorating flavor collision of salt, sugar, lime and – of course, tequila?

Here at Food Network, we’ve reached an impasse, so we’re calling on our fans to settle this one for us:

Plan on celebrating from home this weekend? Try these recipes from Food Network Kitchen:
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May the Fourth Be with You: These Are the Galaxy-Inspired Treats You’re Looking For

by in Recipes, May 4th, 2017

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Since 1977, these words have sparked our imaginations and fanned our love for the stories of the Star Wars universe. And thanks to a pun, the internet has given us #StarWarsDay. Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite spacefaring hero (as Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar once did, donning the white garb of  Princess Leia) or sitting through a 17-hour movie marathon today, here are some space-inspired treats worth enjoying.

Chocolate Tart From Another Planet

The galaxy tastes like chocolate, at least according to Raiza Costa on The Sweet Side of Life. Watch her build a tart, with a rich chocolate ganache and buttery chocolate shortcrust (with the help of a few droids and time travel), inspired by the solar system.

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Thurby, How Locals Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

by in View All Posts, May 4th, 2017

While the Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for horse racing and julep sipping, in recent years the Kentuckian holiday has become somewhat of a national celebration — and, thus, more difficult for locals to attend.

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Should Restaurants Start Giving Us Fewer Choices?

by in News, Restaurants, May 3rd, 2017

Should Restaurants Start Giving Us Fewer Choices?To be on the safe side, it might be best to consider going out and eating your favorite restaurant meal sooner rather than later. If your go-to local eatery follows the example of the big fast-casual chains and advice from the restaurant-management service Upserve, it will dramatically scale back the number items offered on its menu. How dramatically? By around 70 percent.

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Plan Your Entire Cinco de Mayo Menu Around Tequila

by in View All Posts, May 2nd, 2017

We know you’ll be thinking about margaritas come May 5 (and we’ve got a pretty genius recipe for them below!). But that’s not the only dish that is served well by tequila. With these ideas for cocktails, main dishes and desserts, you can celebrate tequila’s unique flavor throughout an entire meal.

Ice Cream Maker Margaritas (above)

For a margarita with the perfect slushy consistency, grab your ice cream maker (you know, the one that’s been gathering dust since your wedding). It’s a great party trick, and if you chill the base ahead of time, the cocktails will be ready even quicker.

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Italy Has a Bank That Stores Cheese

by in News, May 2nd, 2017

Italy Has a Bank That Stores CheeseWhen it comes to innovation, you have to give credit to Credito Emiliano, a bank in northern Italy that accepts cheese as collateral for a loan. It has done so since 1953. Whey cool, right?

Based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, an area that is the sole official source of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese we all know and love, Credito Emiliano — or Credem, as it is also known — provides the region’s cheese producers with low-interest loans and accepts, as collateral, wheels of freshly produced cheese.

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Join Jeff and Audrey Dunham for a Culinary Adventure on Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams

by in Shows, May 1st, 2017

Jeff and Audrey DunhamComedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his food-blogging wife Audrey are hitting the highway on a culinary road trip of a lifetime, discovering the most delicious and unbelievable dishes across the country on the new series Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams, premiering on Monday, June 5 at 10|9c. The husband-and-wife duo have decided to take advantage of Jeff’s touring schedule, and when the comic is not on stage, will be turning their time on the road into an unbelievable food adventure. They’ll discover some of America’s most-mouthwatering meals and meet the mastermind chefs that create them.

Throughout each of the six half-hour episodes, the couple takes viewers on a culinary adventure visiting restaurants and sweet shops in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Along the way they are joined by some of Jeff’s most-loved characters while enjoying some over-the-top edible creations. Whether it is a yard-long sandwich stuffed with everything you can imagine including cheeseburger patties, Philly cheese steak, mozzarella sticks and more (yes, all in one sandwich), or deep-fried tater tots smothered with just about everything in the kitchen, or homemade soft serve ice cream on top of a sugar-coated doughnut cone, the Dunhams learn how local chefs are pushing the limits of culinary creativity to make the most taste bud-tantalizing food.

Fans can follow the Dunhams’ culinary journey and find out where you can taste their fascinating food finds at FoodNetwork.com/IncredibleEdibleAmerica. Online fans can share their favorite restaurant recommendations using #IncredibleEdibleAmerica.