With the first day of spring only a few weeks away, Food Network Magazine editors have their taste buds focused on drinks piled high with cold ice cubes. And with so many opinions about exactly how to use ice in beverages, the editors want your thoughts. Do you dare put ice in a glass of red wine? How many cubes go into your morning iced coffee? You’ll find these questions and more in the poll, below. When you’re done, be sure to pick up a summer issue to see how your answers stack up against the rest of America. Read more
At the end of a long day, it can feel daunting to walk into the kitchen and stare down a complex, multi-step recipe when all you want is some dinner. But, of course, despite the time crunch, you’re still craving a satisfying meal — and perhaps a sweet treat too. The good news: You can, in fact, enjoy all the food you want while retaining your weeknight sanity. The secret is to take a few welcome shortcuts, both in terms of store-bought ingredients and tools that make the process of prep work speedy and simple. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast showcased an entire menu of weeknight-friendly recipes, and with those how-tos came helpful kitchen hacks. Read on below for all the details.
1. Save time with store-bought ingredients.
Sunny Anderson’s Honey Chipotle Chicken Wet Burrito (pictured above) can be on the table in a hurry, thanks in large part to a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken. By starting with already cooked meat — chicken that’s juicy and tender straight off the bone — she cuts her prep time significantly, though she doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture. Similarly, a can of honey-chipotle beans goes a long way in boosting the flavor of the hearty filling, while a flavor base of adobo sauce, barbecue seasoning and fresh scallions adds homemade comfort.
The Waldorf salad, with its sweetness and its crunch, is a classic for a reason. There’s a lot to love about its blend of apples, celery, walnuts and lettuce, with just the right amount of mayo and lemon, maybe some grapes. For most of us, the Waldorf seems like a salad staple, something that’s always been there. But, on the occasion of this week’s closing (temporarily, for renovations) of its namesake New York City hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Times has recalled the salad’s origins.
Here is the lowdown on how one of America’s favorite salads came to be — and why a Waldorf salad is called a Waldorf salad:
The stars have aligned in the Chopped kitchen as 16 of the biggest internet sensations, athletes, comedians, and film and television actors compete in the star-studded Chopped: Star Power tournament, premiering Tuesday, March 28 at 10|9c. Through this five-part competition, the celebrities must prove their culinary skills as they are tasked to create delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from mystery baskets of ingredients in a limited amount of time. The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize, $50,000 for charity.
While standing in line at the supermarket, it’s kind of fun (admit it) to sneak a peek into the shopping cart of the people around you and, perhaps (OK, definitely), piece together a portrait of who they are and how they eat based on the groceries they’re buying.
The rise of online shopping, however, makes it more difficult to do that. But Amazon has given us a little insight into the shopping behavior of others by revealing the best-selling items among its Prime customers from last year. And the revelations are kind of nuts, or, really, totally bananas.
By Diana Chang
I love dogs. I’ve always loved dogs. I had two growing up, a Maltese named Joy and a Labrador retriever named Jackie. If I wasn’t living in a typical, tight-fitting apartment in New York, I’m pretty sure I would be a dog lady and own at least two today. But as it stands, I have only one, Mwaji.
Having said that, I was never one of those pet owners who took the extra step to look into what my dog was eating. My dog, who is practically my baby and is treated as if I birthed her myself, always ate whatever brand I saw first at the store that had the word “healthy” or “natural” on the packaging. So when I was asked if I would ever consider eating the same food as Mwaji, I said a very hesitant “Yes?” because I figured this might be a great opportunity to find out what exactly should be in my dog’s diet.
After some research (aka searching on Google and asking some dog-owning friends), I discovered that there is a surprisingly large number of people who cook for their own fur babies. The recipes used the same stuff I usually put in my own dinner (except onions and garlic because those are poisonous to dogs — who knew?!). So with that, I embraced the challenge.
We would argue that one of the best parts of the weekend (aside from sleeping in and days off of work) are the seemingly unlimited possibilities surrounding breakfast. Sure, you can pour yourself a bowl of cereal like it’s any other morning, but we have a better idea: Take the time this weekend to hunker down at home and craft an over-the-top breakfast that would make your brunch-going friends jealous. Read on below for a few of our favorite recipes.
Kale and Tomato Eggs Benedict (pictured above)
Served on a whole-wheat English muffin with vitamin-rich kale and dressed with a light mustard-laced Hollandaise sauce, this surprisingly healthy dish will leave you feeling guilt-free and oh so satisfied.
Start the weekend out by making three lunches with Ree Drummond featuring dishes like chicken wings, potato salad and an apple and celery slaw. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen share their best recipes for quick and easy weeknight dinners. And Valerie Bertinelli is cooking for her friends’ dinner party. After that, head down to Savannah, Georgia for the premiere of Ms. Polly’s Cakes where Ms. Polly and her kids are baking a replica of a large home and a large peacock cake.
On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri welcomes four pork-loving chefs to Flavortown Market for Triple G’s second Big Bacon Battle and on Worst Cooks, the final two recruits face off in their final challenge, preparing a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts.
People tend to have strong opinions on what separates a good brownie from a damn good brownie. Is it a soft, gooey center? A dash of espresso powder — to really make the chocolate sing? Maybe it’s the density of the corner pieces, prized for their thick and chocolatey crust. Sometimes our opinions change depending on our mood, and when it comes to selecting the right recipe for a particular moment, timing and setting are everything. So, whether you’re rushing to assemble dessert for your best friend’s dinner party or just sitting around at home with chocolate on your mind, you’re guaranteed to find a brownie that suits your needs somewhere on this shortlist.
The On-the-Go Brownies
Looking for a dessert that can survive a couple of hours in your lunch bag? Many will emerge from their packaging dry and crumbly by afternoon, but Trisha Yearwood’s marbled creation certainly won’t. The toothsome top layer of cream cheese pairs perfectly with the dense, fudgy base.
Brooklyn Extraction Lab’s sticker-shock-inducing java is, Eater recently pointed out, the “most expensive coffee in the U.S.” It nudges into second place a $16 cup sold by a high-end San Francisco coffee purveyor, Blue Bottle, Gothamist notes. And that in turn unseated the $15 pour-over at Berkeley, California-based coffee joint Equator, which we’re sure unseated some $14 cup of coffee … somewhere.