Take 5: Weeknight Dinners Kids Can Make

by in Family, Recipes, May 7th, 2017

Depending on their ages (and your tolerance for mess), you may or may not want to turn dinner prep over entirely to the young chefs in your home. But these easy-enough-for-a-busy-weeknight recipes are perfect for involving both big and little kids in the kitchen, and they make tasty meals that everyone will have fun devouring. Read more

Spread the News: Nutella Has New Competition

by in News, May 6th, 2017

Spread the News: Nutella Has New CompetitionNutella has just opened its first permanent standalone cafe, bringing a spreadable chocolate-hazelnut haven to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. (Check out the menu and the decor. Yum.) But even as it marks this milestone, the richly popular bread spread may want to watch its back — because Krispy Kreme may soon be breathing down it.

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What to Watch: Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners and Classic Flavor Combos on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, May 5th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is solving your weeknight dinner woes with more of her 16-minute recipes like Pepperoni Chicken, Shrimp Tacos and Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making recipes perfect for entertaining, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a meal inspired by her grandmother’s gnocchi. On Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is making a trio of Italian sweets and Ayesha Curry is making grown-up versions of classic childhood recipes.

On Sunday evening, it’s the ultimate family food feud in Flavortown Market as two families battle for a chance at winning up to $20,000. Then, the remaining chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet are making dishes using classic flavor combinations, and the chefs on Iron Chef Eats are taking you to their favorite pork-tastic and Italian eateries.

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5 Authentic Tequila Cocktails That People in Mexico Actually Drink

by in View All Posts, May 5th, 2017

As Cinco de Mayo celebrations gear up today in the United States, so does the imbibing of frozen lime margaritas. But in actuality, the margarita is hardly Mexican in origin, and the Fifth is not as widely celebrated in Mexico as it is in the United States.

Mixologist Alex Valencia, from the Jalisco region of Mexico himself, wanted to create “real” Mexican cocktails, inspired by his own personal history as well as some local insight into how tequila is actually enjoyed in the country.

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All the Ways to Flavor Guac

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2017

Smoky GuacamoleThe only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.

Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)

Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
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Chefs’ Picks: LA Mexican Food

by in Restaurants, May 5th, 2017

Mexicokosher BurritoChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Home to the largest population of Mexicans outside of Mexico, Los Angeles is in no short supply of the country’s native cuisine. It’s easy to sink your teeth into all sorts of asada and al pastor, when there is, almost literally, a taco truck on every corner. Yet that’s also what makes choosing ‘the best’ such a herculean task; sorting through this immense talent pool could take a lifetime. Mercifully, you can rely on the expert advice of LA’s accomplished professionals to help narrow down the field. They’ve put in the proper legwork. Regardless of the cuisine they prepare in their own kitchen, every chef in this town seeks off-day comfort in the form of tortillas and salsa, et al. Read more

Beer Maker Aims to End Food Waste One Beer at a Time

by in News, May 4th, 2017

Beer Maker Aims to End Food Waste One Beer at a TimeA new beer made from old bread is the toast of England — and now it’s set to arrive stateside.

Toast Ale, which is made using “fresh, surplus” breads that haven’t sold at bakeries day’s end and unloved end pieces from loaves used to make sandwiches at delis and sandwich shops, has become quite popular across the pond, where it has been available at London eateries, via distributors and online, since it was introduced in 2016.

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The Big Weekend Face-Off: Margaritas Vs. Mint Juleps

by in Drinks, Polls, May 4th, 2017

It’s rare – and perhaps with good reason – for two of the nation’s most-highly anticipated drinking events to converge on the same day. But the gods of inebriation have spoken, and that’s the reality we now face.

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, the commemoration of Mexico’s 1862 victory over imperial France at the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., the holiday has morphed into a more generalized celebration of Mexican-American culture fueled by chips, “guac,” and a deluge of half-priced margaritas.

Here’s the conflict: The 2017 Kentucky Derby, Louisville’s annual horse race, also kicks off tomorrow afternoon – which means mint juleps will be as ubiquitous this weekend as the event’s famously flashy spring fashions.

This leaves us with one question: As revelers line up at their local watering holes, which drink order will keep bartenders the busiest? Will it be the mint julep, a perfect marriage between fresh mint and the honeyed taste of bourbon? Or the margarita, with its invigorating flavor collision of salt, sugar, lime and – of course, tequila?

Here at Food Network, we’ve reached an impasse, so we’re calling on our fans to settle this one for us:

Plan on celebrating from home this weekend? Try these recipes from Food Network Kitchen:
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May the Fourth Be with You: These Are the Galaxy-Inspired Treats You’re Looking For

by in Recipes, May 4th, 2017

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Since 1977, these words have sparked our imaginations and fanned our love for the stories of the Star Wars universe. And thanks to a pun, the internet has given us #StarWarsDay. Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite spacefaring hero (as Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar once did, donning the white garb of  Princess Leia) or sitting through a 17-hour movie marathon today, here are some space-inspired treats worth enjoying.

Chocolate Tart From Another Planet

The galaxy tastes like chocolate, at least according to Raiza Costa on The Sweet Side of Life. Watch her build a tart, with a rich chocolate ganache and buttery chocolate shortcrust (with the help of a few droids and time travel), inspired by the solar system.

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Thurby, How Locals Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

by in View All Posts, May 4th, 2017

While the Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for horse racing and julep sipping, in recent years the Kentuckian holiday has become somewhat of a national celebration — and, thus, more difficult for locals to attend.

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