Classic Pound Cake, Plus 6 Variations to Try This Spring

by in Recipes, April 15th, 2016

Easy, versatile and wildly unappreciated by the calorie-conscious, pound cake is the sweet star of bake sales and brunches alike. But no matter the audience, this old-school cake captivates with its uniquely rich and dense texture. Its name comes from the traditional recipe that calls for a pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs — though the name “pound cake” is now synonymous with any buttery cake prepared in a loaf pan or Bundt mold. Choose one of our crowd-pleasing recipes, then use it as a canvas for ice cream, caramel sauce, fresh fruit or glaze.

The Classic
A classic pound cake should live up to its name, so don’t be surprised to see a whole pound of butter in the ingredients list of this Purely Pound Cake recipe. If you aren’t serving the cake right away, wrap it in parchment paper to help keep it moist.

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Star-a-Day: Yaku Moton-Spruill

by , April 15th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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What to Watch: The Pioneer Woman Answers Fan Questions and The Kitchen Co-Hosts Share Restaurant Secrets

by in Shows, April 15th, 2016

Marcela and Sunny on The KitchenEver wonder how your favorite chefs make their food taste and look so good? Tune in this weekend as Food Network chefs reveal secrets from their own kitchen, their time working at restaurants and more. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is answering her fans’ most-asked questions while she makes Mexican chicken soup and white sandwich bread from scratch. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are spilling the secrets restaurants use to make your food taste more delicious, while making potato chip-crusted salmon and a pickle-brined pork chop.

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7 Ways to Make Pasta Primavera, aka the Most-Springy Dish Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, April 14th, 2016

Pasta PrimaveraIf you’re like us and are just about ready to dance down the streets and proclaim your excitement over spring’s long-awaited arrival, you need to celebrate by taking advantage of the best parts of spring — and, of course, that means the bounty of seasonal produce. In Italian, primavera means “spring,” and the classic dish of pasta primavera brings together the bounty of in-season veggies in a single light, bright dinner that’s ideal for longer days and warmer nights. Read on below to check out our favorite takes on this tried-and-true staple.

Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta Primavera
With nearly 400 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada’s go-to recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to the primavera party. She lets the sweetness of the roasted carrots, zucchini and bell peppers shine in her no-sauce sauce, which is made just before serving as the hot noodles get tossed with the tender veggies and a generous splash of the cooking liquid.

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Watch the Northern Lights Emerge on Your Coffee Cup

by in News, April 14th, 2016

Watch the Northern Lights Emerge on Your Coffee CupIf seeing the Aurora Borealis is on your bucket list, maybe you should put it on your “cup” list instead. Now you can see the Northern Lights — a natural phenomenon in which charged solar particles collide with gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere and create a colorful light display that stretches across the sky — emerge every day with your morning coffee.

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6 Ways to Bundle Up Asparagus This Spring

by in Recipes, April 14th, 2016

Asparagus BundlesWinter may have been the time to bundle yourself up in sweaters and coats, but springtime calls for bundling of a whole different sort. This season, bundle up slender spears of asparagus — which is at its very peak right now — in all kinds of ways. Not only does this all-wrapped-up method mean easy, breezy serving, but it also brings big flavor to fresh, tender spears, which are tall, skinny and made for bundling.

Make a Bacon Blanket

Hey, if you’re going to wrap anything in anything, one of those things should definitely be bacon, right? In her Asparagus Bundles, Trisha Yearwood doesn’t stop at wrapping the asparagus with the salty staple. From there, she douses the dish in a buttery brown sugar-soy sauce mixture before baking.

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Star-a-Day: Tregaye Fraser

by , April 14th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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4 Ways with Radishes — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Recipes, Shows, April 13th, 2016

radishesWe continue down redemption road on Guy’s Grocery Games this week, as previous contestants get a chance to show off their culinary talents and impress the judges for a win.

In the first round, contestants were challenged to make a chicken dinner using radishes and tofu. And we loved that most of the contestants weren’t scared off. In fact, one was excited to use radishes, because she thinks of them as the “underdog of vegetables.” We couldn’t agree more. And now that spring is upon us, we can’t wait to cook with and eat those crunchy and spicy little roots.

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3 of a Kind: Baked Alaska

by in Restaurants, April 13th, 2016

Oleana3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Which dessert is simultaneously hot and cold, old-fashioned and new? Baked Alaska. This sweet treat, which looks somewhat like an igloo, was inspired by the 1867 land deal in which Russia sold much of Alaska to the United States. Today its newfangled flavors and awe-inspiring presentation continue to impress. Read more

Star-a-Day: Rob Burmeister

by , April 13th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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