Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Shrimp Chip Snack Mix

by in Shows, January 6th, 2016

snack mixWe love shrimp chips and were super-excited to see them as an ingredient in one of the Chopped Junior mystery baskets this week. With lunch in mind, we decided to use some shrimp chips to make our ideal Asian-inspired snack mix.

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Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party Secrets

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2016

Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party SecretsThough the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.

What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains? 
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.

Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.

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6 Casseroles You Won’t Believe Are Healthy

by in Recipes, January 6th, 2016

By now we’re two weeks into winter (and counting down the seconds until spring), so hopefully your freezer is packed with comforting meals that are ready to be reheated at a moment’s notice. If not, that’s okay — there’s still time to prepare a bevy of cozy dishes to have on hand for upcoming snow days. These easy, make-ahead casseroles are perfect for nights when the idea of heading out to the grocery store is simply unfathomable. It’s hard to believe, but each recipe contains under 500 calories per serving. And they don’t skimp on the creamy, cheesy layers that make a casserole a casserole, either. Find out what tricks you can use to lighten up the quintessential winter comfort food.

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Chocolate Chunk Snack Cake with Chocolate Malt Frosting — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2016

Chocolate Chunk Snack CakeAt first glance, this may just look like your average vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. But it’s so much more than that. I’ve enhanced the classic to make a snack cake worth talking about.

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A Smoothie Recipe for Every Month This Year

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2016

smoothiesSticking to a healthy-eating resolution can be tough. Eating kale salad every day or putting a ban on cookies isn’t realistic (or fun). A year of smoothies, however, is a challenge we happily accept. Instead of dwelling on foods that you shouldn’t be eating, make an effort to incorporate more seasonal, good-for-you ingredients into your diet. Blending them into a refreshing frothy drink is an easy and delicious way to reach that goal.

We’ve got satisfying smoothie recipes for every month this year. Below is what you can look forward to for breakfast in the next few months. Scroll through the full calendar here to get all 12 recipes. January’s refreshing Green Smoothie is a great way to kick off 2016, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were already craving July’s Blueberry-Almond Smoothie. (Yay for frozen fruit!)

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5 Things to Make with a Jar of Nutella

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2016

Hazelnut-Chocolate Icebox CakeThough it originated in Italy, Nutella has become a celebrated staple right here in the U.S. Made from a combo of hazelnuts and cocoa powder, Nutella can be paired with just about anything. Read on to discover our best Nutella recipes for all-new ideas on how to use this craveable spread.

Hazelnut-Chocolate Icebox Cake
Take a make-ahead dessert to the decadent level with this chocolatey icebox cake from Food Network Magazine. Silky layers of vanilla-mascarpone whipped cream and chocolate-hazelnut whipped cream separate the chocolate graham cracker layers, which become soft after absorbing the moisture from the cream.

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Fried to Perfection: The Top 5 Fried Chicken Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, January 5th, 2016

Fried chicken and wafflesOn this past episode of Top 5 Restaurants, Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson revealed that fried chicken is the No. 1 most-ordered restaurant dish in the country. Do you even have to ask yourself why? What makes fried chicken so enjoyable is its crunchy exterior and its moist and meaty interior. Your mouth has to be watering by now! Find out which five fried chicken dishes made it onto the top-five list and then vote on your favorite. Warning: There’s more mouthwatering ahead.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite

Behind the Scenes: All Is Quiet in the Chopped Kitchen

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, January 4th, 2016

Behind the Scenes: All Is Quiet in the Chopped KitchenThe wildly popular show Chopped films here, in New York City, right next to Food Network Kitchen in a giant studio that houses a chaotic frenzy of mystery baskets, eager cooks and expert judges. But there’s an entire behind-the-scenes crew of incredibly talented people who keep the machine that is Chopped well oiled. There are a million moving parts to the show, and rarely is there downtime on set, so I took advantage of one of their small breaks and took some photos of the eerily quiet kitchen (I hope they don’t mind!). Take a look at these insider photos below.

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Healthy Two-Bean Chili That’s Easy Enough for a Weeknight — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 4th, 2016

Weeknight Two-Bean ChiliThe New Year is here, and with the arrival of January 1 likely comes a healthy-eating mindset as well. But no matter how strictly you plan to adhere to your resolutions, chances are you’re not willing to compromise on flavor — or the time it takes to prep a meal. Enter Food Network Kitchen’s fast-fix chili to save the day.

Every bit as hearty as a beefy main dish, this Weeknight Two-Bean Chili gets its heft from a duo of beans and a welcome punch of bold, smoky flavor from a combination of chili powder and Chinese five-spice powder. All it takes is a few minutes of simmering to bring the flavors of the tomato-based chili together, while a bed of brown rice and a topping of cheddar cheese when serving rounds out the meal and offers the decadent bite you crave. Since this good-for-you chili can be on the table in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to pick on hectic nights when supper can’t come soon enough.

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Perfectly Portioned Sweets to Keep Resolutions in Check

by in Recipes, January 4th, 2016

So you’ve hopped on the resolution bandwagon and vowed to eat more responsibly in 2016. After all that holiday excess, we don’t blame you. But it doesn’t mean you have to eliminate dessert from your diet entirely. For someone with sweet tooth like mine, that would only result in a disastrous leftover-holiday-cookie binge on day two. Instead, allow yourself to indulge in responsible, restrained portions of the sweet you crave most — whether it be chocolate, gummy candy or crème brulee. Read more

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