Countdown to the Big Game: Dessert Dips to Sweeten Your Super Bowl Party

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, February 4th, 2017

Skillet SmoresSure, everyone loves a hearty buffalo chicken dip, but don’t forget about the sweet stuff on Sunday. These dessert dips are total game changers and keep the party going all the way to the two-minute warning. Take them out during the fourth quarter when tensions are running high. Read more

Why Beer Belongs in Your Food, Not Just Your Glass

by in Recipes, February 3rd, 2017

Can o' Beer CakeIf the word “six-pack” doesn’t conjure an image of chiseled abs, but rather a cardboard carton tailor-made for carrying frosty bottles of ice-cold beer, then you are on the same page as we are. Now, you might call us crazy, but we think that real-deal beer lovers don’t just drink a frothy beer straight from the can. Even if pouring one out for a recipe feels wrong, sacrificing one of your six brings hoppy, bubbly qualities of the brewery-bred beverage into some of your favorite foods.

Beer belongs in cake.

When you stir some beer into cake batter, a little magic happens. Take this Can o’ Beer Cake. Beer’s innately bitter and floral notes cut the sometimes-cloying sweetness of all that sugar and frosting, so you get a more complex, ultra-tender finished product. Once you get a load of this slice, browse the beauty of our five other beautiful beer cakes.

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What to Watch: Re-creating Restaurant Favorites and a Valentine’s Day Dessert on Worst Cooks

by in Shows, February 3rd, 2017

The Kitchen
Curl up on the couch this weekend and get all the latest recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making some family-favorite dishes like her Butternut Mac and Cheese, and she’s making three dishes using Ready-to-Go Chili Packets. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing tips and tricks for making some of your favorite restaurant dishes at home, and on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is making snacks to enjoy while watching some of her friends’ homemade movies.

On Sunday evening, it’s Valentine’s Day at Boot Camp, and the Worst Cooks recruits are making romantic date meals for Anne and Rachael. Then, everything is left to chance during a Food Pyramid frenzy on TripleG.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Hearty Mains for Half-Time

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, February 3rd, 2017

Appetizers, chips and beer don’t have to the be only stars of your Super Bowl party spread. Skipping the main dish seems tempting, but seriously — an hours-long party cannot survive on dip alone. By the time the second quarter ends, your guests will start nosing around for a dish that’s a little more hearty. Add one of these savory mains to your buffet this year.

Cheeseburger Pizza (above)

Mash-up dishes are all the rage right now, but our cheeseburger-meets-pizza dish isn’t gimmicky — it’s just majorly delicious.

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Proof That Most Things in This Life Are Better in a Casserole Dish

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole

When you’re not donning finger-warming mittens in the great outdoors, you should be wearing mitts inside — to pull bubbling, piping hot casseroles out from the oven. These one-vessel, feed-a-crowd favorites cozy up the whole family in one fell swoop. And, if you’re asking us, the limits to attaining true casserole bliss are boundless, extending way beyond the tuna casserole, lasagnas and breakfast casseroles we load up on all season long.

Get a load of our favorite unexpected casserole creations.

Grilled Cheese

Slathered in butter, grilled until toasty and oh-so melty in the middle, a classic grilled cheese is a comfort-food win when it’s prepped on the stove, especially with a steamy bowl of tomato soup by its side. But layering all of the components into a cheesy Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole means you can do it for a crowd — and wow them with this mind-boggling concept.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Save the Day with Nachos

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Though we all love to look at and feast on impressive party centerpieces, some of us aren’t keen on all the preparation and planning that goes into these awe-inspiring creations.  For those of us on the lazier side, even game-day staples like wings can pose a challenge, from the time needed for meat to marinate to all the work of frying.

Our solution? Nachos. They’re quick, versatile and pretty hard to mess up. We’re not talking six-foot nachos, though we’d love to be at that party. These are dishes you can make less than an hour before game time.

Chili Dog Nachos

Rachael Ray’s 25-minute recipe puts a chili dog spin on basic ground beef with hot dogs, tomato sauce and chili seasoning. You’ll need to use the broiler for all of two minutes to melt the cheese.

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Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?

by in News, February 1st, 2017

Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?That bottle of good olive oil you just bought may claim on its label to have been made in Italy, but, since fraud is an issue, how can you know for sure that it’s the real deal? A new smartphone app aims to clear up any such murkiness.

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7 Pizza-Inspired Foods That Go Beyond the Slice

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Here’s a tasty question: What does it take to “pizza-fy” a dish? Is it mozzarella or Parmesan? Tomato sauce or tomato paste? Basil or oregano? Going by the recipes gathered here, we’d say there’s more than one right way to get the job done. Read on to see our favorite ways to “pizza” everything.

Dough It Yourself

It can be pretty satisfying to roll and stretch pizza dough into its traditional pie shape — if you’re able to keep it from tearing or coming out lopsided. It’s easier and even more fun to work small.

With Eddie Jackson’s Bacon-Cheese Pizza Bombs (pictured above), pie slices give way to two-inch round “bombs,” which are brushed with herb oil before and after baking for maximum garlic bread flavor, and filled with mozzarella, tomato paste, basil leaves and bacon. Make these for game day or any “bomb”-worthy gathering and serve fresh with warm marinara sauce.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Sandwiches with Major Flavor

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Turkey Burger Patty MeltIf you can’t agree on a winning team, you and your Super Bowl party guests can certainly find common ground on one thing — the fact that sandwiches are delicious (and satisfying) no matter how you slice ‘em.  And while traditional subs are never a bad idea, trying something a little different will take your party to the next level. Whether you’re piling on the spice or opting for something sweet, these unique sandwiches are sure to please any crowd.

Turkey Burger Patty Melt (pictured above)

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger hot off the grill to bring game-day bliss. But pair that patty with Gruyère cheese and two toasted slices of rye bread (like Guy Fieri does here), and you’ll never look back.

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Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every State

by in News, January 31st, 2017

Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every StateWhat do football fans in your state love to snack on during the Super Bowl? Is it the same as your favorite big-game food? Google has provided some insight, releasing a list of the most-searched-for foods in the run-up to the Super Bowl in every state.

And the snack preferences as are diverse as this great country of ours. In California and Connecticut, they favor cupcakes, while in Colorado, it’s all about queso dip. In Maryland, residents are apparently madly Googling chickpea soup ahead of kickoff time. Mississippians are searching for sweet potatoes shepherd’s pie, and fans in Oregon are looking to cook up a Tater Tot casserole. Not surprisingly, dips of various types are mega-popular across the country, as are jalapeno poppers.

The big game is Sunday, of course, but it’s hard not to get hungry while reading the list right now. Check out the foods below and get related recipes to tackle. (Hut, hut … hike!)

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