Load Up the Kids’ Lunchboxes for Back-to-School

by in Family, September 4th, 2014

Fruit Leather Roll-UpsEspecially if you have picky eaters on board, it can be hard to pin down kid-friendly recipes that translate from the kitchen to the lunchbox. Luckily, Food Network’s guide to Kid-Approved Lunches and Locker-Friendly Foods makes cafeteria glee an everyday affair. These recipes for stackable sandwiches, DIY meals and wholesome desserts are champs in a lunchbox, and they are just the fuel your kids need to get back in the swing of things.

With a recipe like Ellie Krieger’s Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad for Food Network Magazine on hand, it’s a cinch for your kids to “eat the rainbow.” In between bites of whole-wheat bow tie pasta comes corn, edamame, red bell pepper and carrots.

Tyler Florence’s lunchtime comes with a dose of ingenuity: He packs a sandwich, among other things, inside an empty tennis ball canister. Tyler Florence’s Fresh Mozzarella BLT with Pesto on a baguette for FN Magazine easily one-ups the lunch pail.

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Caption It: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off Gets a Taste of the South

by in Shows, September 4th, 2014
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G. Garvin, guest judge on Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-OffOn the upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, G. Garvin, host of Cooking Channel’s Road Trip with G. Garvin, stops by to judge the kids’ culinary creations in the main challenge, which has the young chefs cooking the Southern dish of their choice. As a Southern boy himself, G. has an idea of what he’s looking for in the quintessential dish of the South, and the kids know they can’t get away with just anything when it comes to G.’s discerning palate. But it’s not necessarily the food that ends up blowing away Mr. Garvin.

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This Giant Burger is Topped With Fried Ravioli and Alfredo Sauce

by , September 4th, 2014

The culinary world has undertaken a noble — and never-ending — quest to combine each and every food in existence. The resulting creations are called Franken-foods, although instead of pitchforks the villagers get out their dinner forks (da dum dum.) In any event, here is the newest entrant: Rustic Ravioli Burger. 

This massive burger creation, invented by California eatery Slater’s 50/50, starts with a 1/2 pound patty sourced from both beef and sausage. That is topped with a hefty fried ravioli, Alfredo sauce, roasted tomato and, for some reason, broccoli. The four food groups.

If this burger sounds up your alley, you only have the month of September to get your Franken-food loving Franken-butt to Franken-fornia.

8 Creative School Lunch Ideas, No Edible Markers Needed

by in Family, September 4th, 2014

8 Creative School Lunch Ideas, No Edible Markers NeededI don’t know about you, but I think making a brilliant school lunch doesn’t have to be so hard. (Just open any parenting magazine and you’ll find glossy photos showcasing hula dancer sandwiches with cucumber skirts, rice pandas complete with sly little smiles and more.) These simple-but-special ideas will punch up your crew’s lunchboxes with nary a hand-carved cow sandwich in sight.

1. Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad by Food Network Magazine: Did you know bow tie pasta is called farfalle in Italian and means “butterfly”? Ellie Krieger opts for this colorful cold pasta dish (pictured above) full of fresh carrots, corn, edamame, red peppers and, of course, a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Restaurant Revisited: Take It or Leave It at El Bistro

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhat was supposed to be a welcome challenge quickly turned into a nightmare when Renae Bowens, the owner of El Bistro restaurant in Titusville, Pa., found herself facing significant financial losses. With nowhere left to turn, the single mother looked to Robert Irvine to reinvigorate her eatery, but it was ultimately up to him to reignite Renae’s hunger for the business as well. After two days of renovations on a $10,000 budget, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team reopened El Bistro as Renae’s Corner to a packed house. Read on below to hear from Renae and find out how her restaurant is doing today.

“After the team left, our profit went up about 50 percent,” Renae explains. ” I have been at the restaurant much more, and I have implemented many of the changes suggested to me.”

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Hump Day Snack: Homemade Toaster Pastries

by , September 3rd, 2014

Toaster PastriesWhile you’re stocking up on new pencils, notebooks and back-to-school shoes, don’t forget cool new things for your kid’s (or your own) lunchbox. In lieu of store-bought finds, try this recipe for homemade Pop-Tarts. Toaster pastries are ideal for racing-out-the-door breakfasts, but taking the time in advance to make your own pastry dough is worth the extra effort. As the autumn nears, use the season’s first batch of apples to make a delectable pie filling, then make a cinnamon glaze to top the squares. Serve them at room temperature or gently warm them in the toaster or microwave, and we can bet you won’t miss the packaged equivalent. Happy snacking!

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How to Turn Frozen French Fries into a Soothing Soup

by in Recipes, Shows, September 3rd, 2014

French Fry Soup - Chopped Dinner ChallengeWatch any episode of Chopped and you’re bound to find one competitor who’s blender-happy — he or she will puree anything, oftentimes most of the basket ingredients, into a dish. Although that isn’t always the best method for impressing the judges, sometimes it works, as in the case of the recipe in this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge. The chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose frozen french fries as the basket ingredient, and they wanted to transform them without the typical frying, so this French Fry and Scallion Soup was born. It’s a comforting potato soup in half the time, because you’ve just skipped the peeling and cubing.

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How to Host a Cardboard & Kraft Paper Birthday Party

by in Entertaining, September 3rd, 2014

How to Host a Cardboard and Kraft Paper Birthday Partyby Camille Styles, photography by Melanie Grizzel

Entertaining a group of kids can be tricky, to say the least. Between the menu, the decor and the activities, things can get out of hand (and expensive) in the blink of an eye. This party concept simplifies the process by limiting all decor to projects that can be made using inexpensive materials, and by basing the party around a cookie-decorating activity, so kids will be well-fed and entertained throughout.

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