Fan Fare: Where to Score Olympic-Inspired Dishes and Drinks across America

by in Restaurants, August 5th, 2016

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The passion, the glory … the food. Conjure the celebratory spirit of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at these restaurants across America, where chefs and bartenders are taking cues from the classic culinary elements of host country Brazil. They’re drawing in the international flair of the global games and even gleaning inspiration from the nature-centric themes of the Olympic torch itself. Dig in to see why these dishes and drinks are worthy of a place on the winners podium.

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What to Watch: Chill Out on The Kitchen, and Fried Chicken 3 Ways on Chopped

by in Shows, August 5th, 2016

Chill Out on The KitchenFirst up, Ree Drummond’s boys are out boxing, so she’s cooking them a knockout dinner of Italian Sloppy Joes with garlic toast for when they get home. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts are looking for creative ways to beat the sweltering August heat. They’ve got tips for elevating your iced coffee, a recipe for chilly Sweet Corn Summer Gazpacho and Frozen Blueberry Daiquiris to top it all off. After that, Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfie, is home to celebrate his birthday. She’s whipping up a spread of all his favorite dishes, and she is surprising him with his favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Next, Patricia Heaton is throwing a pampering party with healthy picks, including citrus chicken lettuce cups and Avocado Hummus.

Then on Sunday, jet off to Florence, Italy, with Giada De Laurentiis as she reminisces about her grandmother, a stunning Italian beauty-turned-movie star known as Nonna Luna. Giada’s cooking some of grandmother’s favorite dishes, including Bitter Rice and White Chocolate Orzo Pudding. Up next, it’s the cheesiest episode of Guy’s Grocery Games ever, complete with cheesy dishes and an even cheesier joke counter. After that, Chopped is back with a fried-chicken-themed episode in which the chefs will have to incorporate the salty meat into every dish — even dessert.

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The Smithsonian Is Hiring a Beer Scholar (Casual Sippers Need Not Apply)

by in News, August 4th, 2016

Dream Job Alert: The Smithsonian Is Hiring a Beer ScholarIt’s a historic first in beer scholarship — or at least a first for beer scholars/historians. (And how many of us knew there even were beer scholars/historians?) Inspired, in part, by the craft beer movement, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C., is now looking to hire its first-ever beer historian/scholar to work on the Smithsonian Food History Project’s American Brewing History Initiative.

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What Do I Do with Peaches and Nectarines?

by in In Season, Recipes, August 4th, 2016

Peaches aren’t exactly a mystery fruit. The pleasure of eating a ripe summer peach out of hand can’t be overstated. But when they are in season and you’ve got more stone fruit than you know what to do with, you’ll want to figure out how to include them in every meal, in every course. Read more

7 Ring-Shaped Recipes to Make While Watching the Olympics

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2016

Homemade Glazed DoughnutsShow your patriotism during the 2016 Games by putting a ring on it. In honor of the Olympic Games, make recipes in the shape of the Olympic rings. Garnish these ringed foods with the logo colors (or red, white and blue!) to give your presentation a first-place finish. Go, team!

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts (pictured above)

Start this recipe the night before so the dough has time to rise before shaping it into ring or doughnut holes. After frying the rings, you’ll make a simple glaze with powdered sugar, water and vanilla extract. You can add food coloring to the glaze in hues that reflect the signature logo of the Olympics.

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7 Ways to Take Fresh Basil Beyond Pesto

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2016

Roast Basil ChickenListen, we’re not saying you and pesto need to go on a break. In fact, with basil being in season and all, now is a better time than any for you to be making your own Basil Pesto. But obliterating summertime basil in the blender isn’t the only way for you to put it to use. Sidestep the sauce for once with our favorite non-pesto ways to use up a fresh bunch of basil.

Dress meat up with basil.

Rub a spatchcocked chicken with homemade basil butter, made simply by pureeing two cups of basil with butter, garlic and lemon zest. The souped-up butter ensures the Roast Basil Chicken (pictured above) leaves the oven browned, crispy and flavorful.

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Chatting with Tia Mowry, a Mentor on the Brand-New Food Network Star Kids

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 4th, 2016

Food Network Star KidsYesterday we brought you an exclusive interview with Donal Skehan, one half of the powerhouse duo that’s set to mentor-judge 10 budding culinary talents on the upcoming premiere of Food Network Star Kids. Today it’s all about Tia Mowry, who knows what it’s like to be on TV as a child and what it takes to command a kitchen as the host of Cooking Channel’s Tia Mowry at Home. Read on below to get her take on what’s ahead on Star Kids and learn more about her own style in the kitchen.

What can fans look forward to seeing when this series premieres?
Tia Mowry: Heart. Number one, there’s a lot of heart in this show. I mean, you are seeing these kids’ dreams come true, but I also think why there’s a lot of heart, you see this show is about inspiration, so definitely a lot of heart. Great laughs [too]. These kids are extremely entertaining, because they’re not filtered. So, whatever comes out of their mouth, comes out of their mouth. Gosh, just lots of fun. I think what I love about this show, it’s creative, it’s very entertaining and it’s inspiring. Also, I think there’s some hard competition. You’re going to really see some excellent cooks in the kitchen with these kids. You’re going to see smart kids

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7 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Grilled Summer Fruit

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2016

Fresh and juicy stone fruits, berries and tropical fruit varieties are sublime on their own right now, at the peak of summer. But give them some time on a fiery grill and their natural sugars will caramelize and their delicate flavors will be heightened. Try these sweet and savory dishes showcasing grilled fruit.

Our Grilled Mango with Jalapenos (pictured above) makes a gorgeous side dish to serve alongside tacos, grilled pork or fish. Sear mango slices seasoned with cayenne until grill marks appear, then squeeze a fresh lime over the top. Finish the mango slices with some Mexican crema, sliced jalapenos and cilantro.

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“Fly Vision” Makes Bartending Tricky — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 3rd, 2016

Anne Burrell is no stranger to the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, as she’s both competed on and judged this evilicious competition before. But the sabotages took a particularly diabolical turn for her tonight, when she returned to her post as a guest judge and later got to experience a few of the challenges for herself during the After-Show. No sooner did she take in host Alton Brown’s “custom cat condo” did she feast her eyes on an oversize shoe for shoofly pie. “But that was really nothing,” Alton Brown told her, as he prepared to unleash a far trickier test that she’d ultimately be wearing. He gave Anne what he called “fly vision,” thanks to psychedelic goggles that severely warped her vision. “They make you feel kind of drunk,” Alton added.

With the oddball specs snugly on her head, Anne did her best to prep a cocktail — but the task wasn’t without its challenges. “This is hilarious,” she admitted after knocking over a glass and attempting to feel her way around the prep station to land the tools she needed. Though she managed to fill up the shaker with a few liquors and even slice a grapefruit while under the influence of the googles, the real test came when it was time for her to pour the drink. “Did I make any of that in the glass?” she asked.

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Spike It: Watermelon Vodka Soda Floats

by in Recipes, August 3rd, 2016

Watermelon Vodka Soda FloatsMy watermelon obsession runs deep. And it may or may not have all started with Dirty Dancing. When Jennifer Grey carried the watermelon into the dance club and then annoyingly scolded herself with “I carried … a watermelon?!” with the biggest rolled eyes ever, it spoke to me. It spoke to me so much that I used to make my mom rehearse all of the lines and even the dance moves with me in our living room.

The scene when they are practicing the lift in the water? I absolutely nailed that move by running through the hallway and throwing myself onto the arm of the couch. I managed to balance there for a minute or so before tumbling off, only to do it all over again. It was my LIFE.

So, long story long, I’ve loved watermelon ever since. Even if I didn’t actually love the fruit (which I do), I’d probably pretend to anyway just so I could literally carry a watermelon. And repeat that line. For the rest of my life.

One of my absolute favorite things to do with watermelon is to make my own “juice” by simply adding watermelon to a blender and pureeing until the entire mixture is liquid, and then straining it into a large pitcher. It’s super-refreshing and not as sweet as you’d think, but wonderfully sweet at the same time. Naturally sweet.

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