Chopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s first round, four teens entered the prestigious kitchen to try their hands at decoding the mystery baskets. Even with advanced practice, nothing can prepare a chef for the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. And the key to unlocking the ingredients isn’t always obvious from the get-go. The teens took the challenge in stride, bringing their raw talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.
I’m getting on the frozen-margarita train! There is a time and a place. Luckily, for us that time and place is right now.
My first-ever margarita was on the rocks with salt — this was how my mom always ordered them, and I didn’t even want to try a frozen one. I thought that a frozen margarita probably came from one of those frozen-concentrate tubes in the freezer. I wanted the real thing; hence my love for rocks and lots of salt. But then! A few years ago I had a frosty mojito and it was to die for. It tasted legit, not like a fake store-bought mix blended with ice. I started making them at home, and then one day, when it was super-hot and we had friends over, I decided to try it with a margarita.
Here’s what makes this magical: frozen coconut-milk cubes! Instead of making ice, a day before (or whenever … I think it’s lovely to have these on hand for a spur-of-the-moment frosty cocktail), pour some coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. These cubes not only prevent the drink from being watered down by lots of ice, but add some extra creamy coconut flavor. It’s reminiscent of a really good pina colada, but with tequila and lime, and minus the pineapple.
Sandwiches have been the default lunchbox meal for generations. Rightfully so: They’re easy, they’re portable, they require no utensils, and — if well-constructed — they hold up well until lunchtime. But what to do if your kid is just not that into meals between bread this year? Never fear. These kid-friendly recipes are nearly as simple — and just as portable — as a PB&J. Read more
At Marc Murphy’s Hamptons home, every day feels like a vacation. His seven-bedroom Bridgehampton, N.Y., house is complete with getaway favorites, including a bocce court, a swimming pool and hanging outdoor lounge chairs. But the real highlight of the 7,000-square-foot home is its expansive deck space. The outdoor lounge and dining area (complete with a 12-foot dinner table and state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen) was made for Marc’s favorite pastime: entertaining. “There are people literally always here,” says Marc’s wife, Pam. Take a peek at their waterfront home and you’ll see why. Read more
Back in the ’80s, wine in a box was pretty much the opposite of a status symbol — an indication that you clearly favored quantity and convenience over quality, when it came to wine. Boxed wines were a bottom-of-the-barrel, bulk affair. (You millennials will have to take your elders’ word for it.) Serious sippers wouldn’t go near anything that didn’t come in a bottle, with a cork.
In recent years, of course, a lot has changed when it comes to wine packaging, and now boxed wines are a different breed than they used to be. That is to say that many of them are actually quite good.
Here are a few things to know about wine in a box — then and now:
Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.
It was just last month that Tregaye Fraser joined the Food Network family after besting 12 finalists in a game-changing season of Food Network Star. Now the search for Star power is on again, but this time it’s all about the next generation.
Food Network Star Kids premieres tonight at 8|7c with a pintsize competition featuring 10 ambitious young cooks, each with uncanny culinary chops and a too-cute-for-words personality. These finalists must prove to mentors Donal Skehan and Tia Mowry that they have skills in the kitchen and a natural air on camera, if they want to be crowned Food Network’s first-ever Star Kid in just six weeks. And fans watching at home can take home a starry prize just by tuning in.
If your usual salad routine has you feeling uninspired (and maybe a little bored), look no further for a craveable solution: pizza. Yes, that’s right. Salad meets pizza. In this Tricolor Salad Pizza recipe from Food Network Magazine (pictured above), Ellie Krieger tops a cheesy crust with classic salad fixings, like greens and tomatoes, for a lightened-up dish that has all the gooey indulgence of a takeout pie, plus some welcome fresh additions. She starts with store-bought pizza dough, on which she melts a trio of cheeses: mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta. She then mixes peppery arugula, crisp endive and juicy grape tomatoes with balsamic vinegar for a colorful, healthful topping.
Get the recipe: Tricolor Salad Pizzas from Food Network Magazine
It’s just as easy to make a fresh pasta sauce as it is to boil water, thanks to the one-pot method in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. All the ingredients for a simple tomato sauce — think garlic, fresh basil and chopped tomatoes — are cooked at the same time and in the same pot as dried pasta and water, allowing the flavors to blend seamlessly and quickly. The water acts as both a cooking liquid for the noodles and the base of the sauce, while the addition of nutty Parmesan cheese at the end of cooking helps thicken the mix. Bonus: This fuss-free dinner is ready to eat in only 20 minutes.
For more hearty recipe ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: One-Pot Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce