In Japan, People Will Pay Big Bucks for Ultra-Fancy Fruit

by in News, April 3rd, 2017

In Japan, People Will Pay Big Bucks for Ultra-Fancy FruitWould you pay $27,000 for a couple of melons (if you had $27,000 to throw around)? In Japan, that happens.

Last May, a deep-pocketed bidder shelled out a record-setting 3 million yen ($27,240) for two premium cantaloupe melons in an auction in the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. And that bidder is not alone in blowing big bucks on primo produce.

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Chefs’ Picks: Thai Takeout

by in Restaurants, April 2nd, 2017

Shrimp Pad Thai

The rainy days of April provide the perfect excuse to indulge in restaurant takeout in the comfortable confines of your own home. And what better way to channel the sunny days that lay just ahead (hello, May!) than by diving into the vibrant, heat-packed dishes that characterize Thai cuisine. Here, chefs around the US fill us in on their favorite Thai takeout dishes.

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Vote for the Iron Chef America Episode You Want to Watch on TV

by in Polls, Shows, April 1st, 2017

Vote for the Iron Chef America Episode You Want to Watch on TVBefore the action of Iron Chef Gauntlet begins, Food Network is setting up a whole day dedicated to the world of Iron Chef on Sunday, April 16. Ahead the premiere of Iron Chef Gauntlet, which airs at 9|8c, we’ll look back on some of the most-iconic moments in Kitchen Stadium on The Legend of Iron Chef, which premieres at 8|7c. And before that, we’ll spend the day in an action-packed marathon of back-to-back Iron Chef America episodes — but for that we need your help, superfans.

We want to know which episodes of Iron Chef America you’d like to watch on TV the afternoon of Sunday, April 16, starting at 3|2c. We’ve picked eight of the most-unforgettable Kitchen Stadium showdowns, and now it’s up to you to tell us which five of them you want to binge-watch during the Iron Chef America marathon. Check out clips of the top-eight episodes below, then vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of this post. The five videos that receive the most votes will go on to air during the marathon on Sunday, April 16.

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What to Watch: A Bottomless Breakfast on The Kitchen and Vintage Dessert Makeovers on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 31st, 2017

The Kitchen
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making an egg-centric breakfast menu, and she’s whipping up her version of classic recipes like Steak and Eggs Benedict with Spicy Hollandaise, Eggs in Tomatoes and Spicy Eggs on Toast. Then, Trisha Yearwood is making a menu inspired by one of her favorite food spots, the co-hosts on The Kitchen and making rich and decadent breakfast recipes, and Valerie Bertinelli is cooking healthier versions of her family’s favorite Italian recipes.

On Sunday evening, four more Triple G winners are returning to Flavortown Market, and their first task is to make a high-end dinner using a hodgepodge of ingredients. Then, on Spring Baking Championship, the five remaining bakers are making over mom’s classic dessert recipes.

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5 Fresh Pasta Dishes Showcasing Spring Peas

by in Recipes, March 30th, 2017

After a long produce slump, vibrant spring vegetables are finally back at the marketplace. The one seasonal gem we’re most-eager to cook with? It’s not trendy and elusive ramps — and it’s not pop culture’s darling avocados either. Yes, that’s right: We are giving peas a chance. (You knew that was coming.)

But seriously, guys. Tender and earthy with a subtle hint of sweetness (especially when softened in butter), this versatile veg is one of our favorites for a reason: It makes an A+ companion to any and all varieties of pasta. And in most cases, if you can’t get your hands on fresh peas, using frozen is perfectly fine.

From long and luxurious fettuccine to petite and plump orzo, here are a few of our favorite pasta-and-pea pairings to try out this spring.

Pasta, Pesto and Peas (pictured at top)
Ina Garten fortifies humble basil pesto with the addition of spring peas and a little bit of spinach, too, when creating this beautiful yet simple pasta dinner.

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7 Game-Day Recipes You Can Totally Eat While Glued to the Couch

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, March 29th, 2017

Even if your team got knocked out in round two or your bracket is totally busted (isn’t everyone’s this year?), tuning in for the last of college basketball’s March Madness typically rewards with suspenseful, fun games to watch with a group. Plus, a last-minute party is a great excuse to bust out those hearty, cheesy recipes one last time before the warm weather truly hits across the country. These dishes are satisfying to munch on and easy to eat when you’re squished on the couch with your friends.

Game Day Chili (above)

A big pot of chili is a no-brainer for a crowd. Serve Sunny Anderson’s turkey-and-chorizo-filled recipe in mugs so guests can pile on toppings and enjoy dinner wherever they can find a spot.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 1, Web Stars Winner

by in Shows, March 29th, 2017

Lazarus and Josh get ready to do dessertIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the Web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the first episode, Web cooking show hosts Hilah Johnson, Lazarus Lynch, Justine Ezarik and Josh Elkin are putting on the Chopped jackets to compete. We’ve seen them cook for their fans on YouTube, but what the esteemed panel of Chopped judges think will rule. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, a single star rose to the top. Find out who earned the chance to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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10 All-in-One Casseroles to Add to Your Weeknight Dinner Rotation

by in Recipes, March 28th, 2017

Chicken, Sausage, Pepper and Onion Fake-BakeThere’s something so satisfying about serving a warm casserole for dinner, especially when it covers all the bases by combining a protein, grain and vegetable. But there’s more to love about the casseroles we’re talking about today: You can almost always prep them ahead of time or double them up as you go. Make one for now, and save the other in the freezer for later or for a friend.

Chicken, Sausage, Pepper and Onion Pasta Fake-Bake (pictured above)
Not every casserole requires hours of time in the oven. Rachael Ray saves time by cooking the pasta, sausage and veggies separately, then popping the whole casserole under the broiler for a few minutes at the end.

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Junior Grill Masters Compete in a Fired-Up Season 2 of Kids BBQ Championship

by in Shows, March 27th, 2017

Damaris and EddieKids BBQ Championship is back for Season 2 on Monday, May 1 at 8|7c, with more kid grill masters along with co-hosts Damaris Phillips and Eddie Jackson leading the fiery action. Each episode finds four young chefs entering the outdoor ranch kitchen for two rounds of red-hot challenges, which can include barbecuing baby back ribs, cooking hearty chuck wagon meals and more. A rotating roster of guest judges, including Shannon Ambrosio, Diva Q, Jess Pryles, Roger Mooking, Kent Rollins and Michael Mixon, will also be on hand to critique the kids’ grilling prowess. The most-successful kid competitor in each episode will win $10,000 and BBQ glory.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/KidsBBQ for more on the challenges and the competitors. Fans can weigh in on their favorite moments on social media using the hashtag #KidsBBQ.

Candy Sandwiches Hit a Sweet Spot on Twitter

by in News, March 27th, 2017

Candy Sandwiches Hit a Sweet Spot on TwitterSomeone on Twitter posted pictures (apparently originally shared by someone else on Instagram) of two very unusual sandwiches on yummy-looking baguettes — one featuring “liquorice allsorts” (those colorful, stripey, sugary, sometimes fruity, gelatinous liquorice candies) and another boasting slices of “chocolate orange” and lettuce, but “no butter.”

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