Spike It: Boozy Cherry Cola Slushies

by in Drinks, March 15th, 2016

Boozy Cherry Cola SlushiesWhen I was growing up in Pittsburgh, it definitely felt like we were one of the few cities that were completely excluded from pro basketball season. And it still kinda feels that way, but we get a big boost from colleges and universities during the big basket tourney that tips off in March, which, for me, means time to make all the snacks!

Little apps, snack mixes, milkshakes, meat-lovers’ pizza and … wait for it … homemade slushies! You can even make them into shooters.

That’s what I’m talking about.

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Get Ready to LOL at Jeff Mauro’s Kitchen Fails

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, March 15th, 2016

Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King himself and co-host of The Kitchen, knows how to have fun while cooking — just watch his Sandwich King blooper reel if you don’t believe us. In fact, some of the most-sidesplitting moments in the kitchen happen when you’re not trying to be funny. Usually they happen when you just plain fail.

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How to Make a Stunning Rainbow Cake with Gold Ombre Layers for St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 15th, 2016

Rainbow Cake with Gold Ombre LayersOne of the most-colorful symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I set out to make a cake that incorporated a little of both: the bright, bold colors of the rainbow as well as the mysterious gold at the end! This cake has a simple buttercream rainbow design complemented with gold sprinkles around the upper edge. But that is not where the fun ends — once you cut into the cake you will see three beautiful golden ombre layers!

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The French Are Going Gaga for Burgers and Pizza

by in News, March 14th, 2016

The French Are Going Gaga for Burgers and PizzaSacre bleu! Zut alors! Insert any other French expression of surprise you may be able to come up with here. The French — longtime high-culinary-standard upholders and slow meal eaters — are now consuming unpretentious fast-food staples like burgers and pizza at an astounding pace.

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12 Salads That Even Kids (and Adult Picky Eaters) Will Want to Eat

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2016

12 Salads That Even Kids (and Adult Picky Eaters) Will Want to EatThat’s right: salads that kids will love. That kids do love. We have four small fry at my place, and believe it or not, they’re totally becoming salad converts. These recipes are the reasons why.

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Weeknight Dinner Workhorse: Giada’s Easy Marinara Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2016

Marinara SauceSimple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there’s perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce. From baked eggs and eggplant Parmesan to pizza and pasta, there’s no shortage of ways to put this quick-fix sauce to work.

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The Ultimate Pi Day Pie

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2016

Pie is finite. Pi just keeps going. That is one of the reasons it’s fun to think about: It goes on forever. When I was little kid, about 314 years ago, I would to try to imagine something going on forever. I would lie in the dark and think about the universe going on and on, but kept finding myself thinking about the end. And when that happened, I would make myself imagine that it kept going. This felt like the mental version of doing more sit-ups than you can comfortably manage. Making the pie in this video was a little like that, because it took a long time.

In Food Network Kitchen, we rolled out some pie dough and looked up the number for pi on one of our phones, and we cut out the numbers in order for what felt like forever, though it literally probably only took about 30 minutes. Then we ran out of dough. Then we put the numbers on a blueberry pie, baked it and ate it. It was pretty good! Soon there were no more slices. But, honestly, with pie you want that to happen, because finishing one pie leaves room for the next one. Happy Pi Day!

The “Shock-Shuka” of a Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, March 13th, 2016

It’s the name of the Cutthroat Kitchen game: Chefs don’t know which sabotages in particular will befall them in any given round of competition. But two contestants on tonight’s episode were in for perhaps the ultimate shock when host Alton Brown unveiled the “shock-shuka” challenge.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 13th, 2016

Balsamic Strawberries and Ricotta CreamTrust us when we say that this isn’t your everyday fruit dessert. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week (pictured above) starts with juicy, fresh strawberries and transforms them with an ingredient sidekick: balsamic vinegar. Not just for your salad dressings, this tangy vinegar turns sweet and syrupy when reduced, and offers a welcome bite when paired with the berries. Serve the strawberries atop smooth vanilla-laced ricotta cheese for a cool, creamy treat that’s surprisingly healthy (yes, really).

For more sweet and savory favorites, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

What Do I Do with Jerusalem Artichokes?

by in In Season, Recipes, March 13th, 2016

Like many people, I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. What this means is that I get a “share” of items from a particular local farm, or group of farmers, every week, an assortment of seasonal produce (and occasionally other things, like honey or eggs). Every week is a bit of a surprise, though if you are familiar with what is in season in your area you’ll have some idea of what might be in the box.

There are lots of benefits to joining a CSA. You get to cook in tune with the seasons, you get products that are super-fresh and local, you get to support your area farms and you get inspired to try things you might not pick up in a supermarket. But with this last benefit can come a challenge: “What the $#@! do I do with this (fill in the blank)?” Even if you’re a seasoned cook, you may not have cooked with every ingredient that comes your way; or perhaps you have, but you need some new inspiration for that rutabaga/kohlrabi/chard/what have you. That’s what this column is for: to provide you with inspiration and recipes to make the most of your little farmers market in a box. Read more

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