This weekend is the perfect time to start a new tradition with your family as your favorite Food Network chefs continue their own. On Saturday, Trisha Yearwood keeps up with one of her favorite hobbies—building houses with Habitat for Humanity. She’s serving lunch for the crew, including baked potato soup and an epic biscuit sandwich. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their traditional Italian recipes, like olive oil cake and limoncello.
If winter was the time for stick-to-your-ribs meat sauces, hearty layered lasagnas and other forces of Italian-made comfort, spring is the time for dishes with a much fresher inclination. And if there’s anything that screams “spring” above all else, it’s peas. This week, we’re celebrating the season by giving peak-season peas the Italian treatment in pea-centric sides, pasta dishes and more. Though many of these recipes call for frozen peas, go the fresh route instead. ‘Tis the season, after all.
Giada De Laurentiis combines peas with an Italian mainstay, prosciutto, for the epitome of a fresh springtime side. Her recipe for Peas and Prosciutto is a stunner when served beside any main dish, and it takes just 18 minutes to prep.
Since everything looks cuter turned into a flower, spring is the time of year we totally advocate playing with your food. Here are a few truly impressive ways to eat a “flower” whenever you please, all season long.
Avocado Flowers (above)
Avocado smashed onto toast or blended into dip is already enough to get our hearts fluttering, but no one makes avocado as swoonworthy as Colette, the blogger behind Food Deco. Colette has an incredible knack for wrapping the green slices into the perfect little blooms. Follow along with her creations, like this “flower pot” with whipped feta and black quinoa, on Instagram.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Restaurants are serving up cauliflower in a whole new way — literally. Whole roasted heads of the cruciferous vegetable are the latest crowning glory at the table. After roasting them, chefs get creative with sauces and embellishments that take this vegetable from mundane to magnificent.
Puff pastry is a delicious dough with a delightful name. Its French name, pâte feuilletée, is even more evocative. The word feuilles means “leaves,” which is what the baked dough resembles — a buttery tower of flaky pastry leaves.
Tonight the Champions tournament returned for Season 5 with four previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In Battle 1, two very worthy chefs made it to the dessert round, and both put out strong desserts, but it was the sum of all three courses — appetizer, entree and dessert — that would determine who’d take the first finale spot. Find out who managed to sweep this preliminary battle with the best dishes.
Bacon was king on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, which made us remember that time we made a bacon lattice (yes, just like lattice on a pie) in Food Network Kitchen. And what exactly would you use a bacon lattice for? Well, we love it draped over a meatloaf or turkey — while the meat cooks, the bacon drippings add extra flavor. If you make a smaller lattice, then it’s a fun bottom garnish for a Caesar salad.
The beauty of pasta is that, like a pizza crust or a slice of bread, it’s a culinary blank canvas just waiting to be dressed up with your choice of flavors. The usual standbys, like marinara and Alfredo sauces, may be go-to picks for topping noodles, but there’s nearly no limit to the ingredients you can use to create a sauce all your own.