Cowboy Bacon Beans — The Weekender

by in Entertaining, Recipes, August 30th, 2013

Cowboy Bacon BeansThe impending Labor Day holiday means that summer is rapidly drawing to a close. All across the country, people are starting to shift into their back-to-school and work routines. There’s still a little time left before you pack up the citronella candles, however, to squeeze in one more fiesta.

The secret to end-of-season party giving is to keep it super simple. No need for complicated cocktails or loads of decorations. Buy watermelon, corn on the cob and tomatoes. They are at their best right now and need nothing to be delicious.

Tell your guests to bring something to throw on the grill (and make sure you have a couple packages of backup hotdogs, just in case). Put out an easy green salad. And for your single cooked item, make a pot of The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Bacon Beans.

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What to Watch: Labor Day Grilling Essentials and Culinary Competition

by in Shows, August 30th, 2013

Bobby FlayGet ready to fire up the grill one last time and bid summer farewell this Labor Day weekend. Food Network has a great lineup of grilling episodes including Ina’s ultimate grilling guide on Barefoot Contessa on Saturday followed by Giada at Home, with Bobby Flay and Giada grilling together. On Sunday, Bobby throws a block party on Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, serving up a late-summer-inspired menu with Long Island flair.

Once you’ve wrapped up your weekend festivities, tune in for a night of competition on Sunday, starting with The Great Food Truck Race. The remaining teams roll into Idaho, where the potato is king. Then on Cutthroat Kitchen, watch as chefs dish out sabotages for one another — there will be mystery meat, cupcakes and pies. And finally, watch a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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Chef Wanted: Salvatore’s Update

by in Shows, August 29th, 2013

Chef Wanted Tavern 1757Chef WantedOn tonight’s episode of Chef Wanted, Salvatore Lupoli, owner of Salvatore’s in Boston, was looking for a new executive chef for the sixth location of his Italian restaurant chain. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team brought in four candidates for the job: Chefs Gustavo Romero, Robert Lia, Michael Ceraldi and Jonathan Lemon. Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. In the end the chef who showed the most leadership and control of his staff was offered the job of executive chef at the new Salvatore’s restaurant.

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Summer Showdown Finale: All-Star Labor Day Cookout

by in Recipes, Shows, August 29th, 2013

Summer Showdown Finale: All-Star Labor Day CookoutAll summer long, you’ve voted for your favorite Food Network Star winners or Chopped judges in head-to-head matchups of their best grill-out dishes. Week after week, it was a tight race, and with the start of September just around the corner, it’s finally time to reveal the Summer Showdown winner …

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Back-to-School Breakfasts

by in Family, Food Network Chef, August 29th, 2013

Back-to-School Breakfasts with Melissa d'ArabianFall is right around the corner and it’s perhaps my favorite season. As a child, I always loved how the air cooled just the tiniest bit when I would open the front door and head out to my first day of school, almost as if nature recognized the rhythms spelled out in my school district’s calendar. (Looking back, I wonder if it was simply chillier at 7am than at 10am?) I knew the tiniest wisp of cooler air meant the holiday season would soon follow, and I have always been someone who enjoys the anticipation of an event as much as the event itself. (I love sleep so much that I actually enjoy being tired, and I have been known to stay up an extra hour just to relish the thought of sleep to come.) I loved entering a new grade, finding out who my new teacher would be and scoping out the classroom on the first day for familiar faces. I welcomed routine and structure — beyond just goofing around with my sister at the local Woolworth’s, playing on the carts and enjoying free pong, much to the chagrin of Jan, the store manager in a mustard-colored smock.

My daughters started school this week: third grade, second grade and two girls in first grade. All four girls are at the same school now, which means we can ride our bikes together. School supplies and fresh fall outfits are bought and tucked away in their closets. I’ve stocked up on lunch-packing supplies (LunchBots for four girls can set you back a bit!). Back to School Night is in two days, and there will be signups, forms to fill out and probably a few more checks to write. But it’s all just part of the routine — the seasonal cycles of growing up.

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Best 5 After-School Snack Recipes

by in Family, Recipes, August 29th, 2013

Homemade Granola BarsNo matter how hearty the school lunches you may have packed for your children, chances are that by the time the last afternoon bell rings and they finally make it home after a long day, they’re ready for a snack. But while your kids may be hungry at 4pm and need something quick to fill their tummies, you don’t want this in-between meal to spoil their appetites for dinner, which is why it’s important to reach for snacks that are easy to prepare in the midst of supper prep and homework, and just filling enough to satiate them for a few hours. Check out Food Network’s top-five after-school snack solutions below for go-to picks from some of your favorite chefs.

5. Fruit Leather Roll-Ups — Just like the store-bought roll-ups in color and taste but made with far fewer ingredients, these easy-to-make bites boast a base of real fruit puree. You get to decide which fruits to use, so pick flavors you know your children enjoy, like grape, peach, apple or strawberry.

4. Galaxy Fruit Pops — Entice your little ones to eat fruit by using cookie cutters to shape watermelon and pineapple into their favorite shapes, like circles or stars. For older kids, follow Marcela’s lead and dust the juicy slices with chili powder for an unexpected hint of heat and taste.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Seoul Sausage T-shirt

by in Contests, August 28th, 2013

Enter for a Chance to Win a Seoul Sausage T-ShirtSeason 4 of The Great Food Truck Race is in full swing, and at this point it’s anybody’s game, as host Tyler Florence has pointed out. Whoever wins the $50,000 can look forward to many opportunities. The Season 3 winners, Seoul Sausage, went on to open a brick-and-mortar location in Los Angeles, where they sell their special kimchi balls, which became a perennial favorite during the run of the show. FN Dish is giving away five Seoul Sausage T-shirts to randomly selected winners for nominating the most appealing offerings that this season’s teams are bringing to the race.

To enter: Tell us in the comments which menu from this season’s food trucks you would most like to try. The contest starts at 3pm EST today and ends Thursday, Sept. 4 at 3pm EST. And don’t forget to watch The Great Food Truck Race on Sundays at 9pm/8c.

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Go Big with Fleeting Figs — Summer Fest

by in In Season, August 28th, 2013

Glazed Figs by Food Network MagazineGone are the days of shriveled, dried figs — at least for now. The plump, sweet orbs — actually flowers inverted into themselves — are now lusciously in-season, meaning they’re ready, willing and able to make your table’s acquaintance.

But there’s a catch with figs: Supple, soft and picked when ripe, the fruit is as fragile as a porcelain vase, and the journey home from the grocery store is enough to leave your little figs burst and bruised. Leaving them on the counter for a day or two also reveals the fruit’s intense perishability. The moral of the story: One must act fast when fleeting figs are involved.

With this looming expiration date in mind, FN Dish rounded up the ways to cook and bake figs into our favorite recipes. That way, they’ll disappear as they should.

When the alarm goes off, Food Network Magazine’s Nutty Fig Toasts are your only fighting chance of getting out of bed — yes, Monday too. The multigrain toast, ricotta cheese, roasted nuts and cushy fruit are steps above the cereal bowl.

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