Can You Guess the World’s Most-Instagrammed Food?

by in News, October 12th, 2015

The World's Most-Instagrammed Food Is ...Guess what the world’s most-Instagrammed food is. Go on. Guess.

Ice cream? Nope. It’s hard to capture ice cream looking its best before it melts. (Find social-media-friendly ice cream styling tips here.) Salad? Sandwiches? Cupcakes? Nope, nope and nope.

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Spicy Macaroni and Cheese — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 12th, 2015

Spicy Macaroni and CheeseWhile some recipes require a bit of (worthwhile) finagling to make them meatless, macaroni and cheese isn’t one of them. Kids and adults, meat eaters and vegetarians, picky eaters and voracious culinarians — seemingly everyone is pleased when a bowl of piping-hot, ooey-gooey mac and cheese is set before them.

When it comes to classic recipes, this one for baked macaroni and cheese and this one for the stovetop variety are go-to places to start. But for a next-level twist on the traditional version, try Sunny Anderson’s 5-star Spicy Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above). It boasts all of the cheesy richness you crave — there are a whopping three kinds of cheeses in this indulgent recipe — but the pinch of cayenne adds a welcome boost of heat. To add to the creamy texture in this big-batch casserole, Sunny adds a bit of tangy sour cream to the cheese mixture, and then she balances out that texture with a crispy-crunchy topping of buttery croutons.

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10 Recipes Every Alex Guarnaschelli Fan Should Master

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, October 12th, 2015

10 Recipes Every Alex Guarnaschelli Fan Should MasterYou may know Alex Guarnaschelli best as a judge on Chopped or for mentoring All-Star Academy home cooks to culinary success. As a skilled Iron Chef, Alex wows fans with her elegant and approachable dishes, which combine the comforting flavors of American, Italian and French cuisines. Keep reading below for more of Alex’s best-ever recipes, like her tried-and-true chocolate cake and her decadent eggplant parmigiana that is sure to please a crowd. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at Butter Restaurant in New York City, where she cooks up seasonal dishes when she’s not on camera or at home.

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Judge Jet’s “Tip to the Chefs” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 11th, 2015

Cook the assigned dishes and win the game — that’s all there is to Cutthroat Kitchen, right? Yes, but of course there are those tricky sabotages to contend with as well. But even in the midst of daunting challenges, many competitors make the rounds harder on themselves by going far beyond what’s asked of them. After tonight’s brand-new episode, judge Jet Tila and Alton Brown sat down on the host’s After-Show to dish about how one chef’s determination to do more and put more on the plate ultimately cost her the competition.

In the first round’s Monte Cristo assignment, Chef Jourdan was saddled with working with bread from a French onion soup to make her sandwich. While Jet suggested ideas for making the sabotage work, Alton noted that Chef Jourdan did not pursue them. Perhaps that was because, as Alton said, she was “too busy making soup and a tomato salad,” neither of which is a required element of a classic Monte Cristo. “A tip to the chefs: Don’t ever do more dishes than what is required,” Jet told Alton as the judge pondered Chef Jourdan’s elimination, and Alton agreed. “Do the required one correctly,” the host added. For Chef Jourdan, no matter the seemingly superfluous items on her plate, her sandwich wasn’t a win either, as Jet found it to be “beefy” on account of the soup sabotage.

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When Kids Face the Chopping Block: Ted Allen on the Astonishing Maturity of Chopped Junior Competitors

by in Shows, October 11th, 2015

Ted Allen“I’m over-the-moon excited with how fun this series is,” said Ted Allen when we chatted on the set of the new kids’ competition show, Chopped Junior, premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8|7c. Ted hosts the series, in which 10- to 14 -year-olds compete in a very mature arena. The Chopped set may be decked out in primary colors, but the challenge is the same: Transform a set of basket ingredients into a cohesive dish that’s flavorful and well-presented. But these kids, unlike most, can do just that — they’re halfway to being adults when it comes to knowing food.

“These are kids who really love to cook, who have been inculcated with the values of chefs,” said Ted, adding that just like professional chefs, the kid competitors want to cook real, fresh, unprocessed foods. Give them a frozen pizza bite, Ted gave as an example, and they will “lecture you about the ingredients that are in processed foods.” These kids know their stuff, whether it’s how to use a unique ingredient like lemongrass or how to dice an onion like a pro. And Ted was floored by the kids’ mastery of tastes. “They know that if something’s too sweet, you have to balance it with something acidic, like lemon juice or lime juice or vinegar. They like vinegar. They like things that are bitter.” Is there anything that these kids are bad at?

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Mini Banana Beignets — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 11th, 2015

Mini Banana BeignetsLet’s chalk this one up to the weather: Now that the air has turned chilly and the days shorter, it seems only right that we’re craving the warming comfort of sweet treats. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, two-bite dough balls are laced with fresh banana and tossed in a tried-and-true mixture of cinnamon and sugar while they’re still warm from the fryer. Perhaps best of all is that these next-level doughnuts, featured in Food Network Magazine, can be ready to eat in only 25 quick minutes, making them a go-to dessert when you need something easy yet impressive.

For more ways sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Mini Banana Beignets from Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Survey

by in Food Network Magazine, Polls, October 11th, 2015

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just appreciate an excuse to eat chocolate, Food Network Magazine wants to know how you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Vote in the survey below to share your opinions and help provide research for an upcoming issue. Even if you don’t like the day (there’s a question about that too!), we know you have some things to say.

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Spice Blends

by in Restaurants, October 10th, 2015

Fennel SpiceChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

To say spices are an important part of cooking is to put it mildly: Spices have started wars, inspired love, spawned exploration and made food much better tasting. From curry to BBQ rubs, custom blends to single seasonings, four chefs from across the country share their most-loved spice.

Fennel Spice Rub

Chef Eric Donnelly of the seafood-centric RockCreek in Seattle creates his own self-described “totally bulletproof” spice rubs throughout the menu. “I use it on a ton of items including fish, some lighter meats such as rabbit and pork, even roasted vegetables like cauliflower and potatoes,” he says.

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Apple Picking in New England and What I’m Cooking with 20 Pounds of Apples

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, October 10th, 2015

Apple Crumbple with Cardamom-Vanilla Caramel SaucePhilippe and I took our family apple picking last weekend in a lush, green New Hampshire orchard, and my love for this perfectly crisp, juicy, sweet fruit has been renewed. Watching my sweet daughter Charlotte reach up to a tree heavy with ruby-red fruit and pluck her first apple ever warmed my heart. And seeing Océane nibble on two different apples — one in each hand, while the picking bag, full of fruit, hung heavy looped around her tiny forearm — had me smiling (and mentally preparing for the aftermath of letting four girls freely pick as many apples as they wished). I wondered just how many apples the Transportation Security Administration would let us stash in our carry-on suitcases (the answer: a lot, but only after being pulled out of line for a thorough swabbing of the 20 or so pounds of apples we packed).

During the past few days since our trip to the orchard, we’ve snacked on more apples than I thought possible, given apples to each of the girls’ teachers (and the girls’ teachers from last year, because why leave them out?) and we still have two huge fruit bowls brimming with apples of all kinds. We have tart, firm cooking apples, crisp eating varieties, thick-skinned greenish apples that I don’t recognize but love once I get past the reptile-like skin, trusty red apples and Golden Delicious apples. I’m baking up some basics: my favorite Classic Apple Tart (with an easy butter crust that’s unbelievably good!), a Quick Cinnamon Apple Tart (perfect for when I’m feeling rushed) and my Apple Crumble with Cardamom-Vanilla Caramel Sauce (pictured above). But apples don’t have to be just for sweets. I’ll add a cup or two of cubed (or julienned) apple to my Fennel and Cabbage Slaw or to my Asian Coleslaw (my personal favorite), where some apple will add just the right level of tangy, sweet and tart to complement the warm ginger and spicy Sriracha. And if we still have a few stragglers left next week that somehow didn’t make it into a recipe or someone’s mouth for an after-school snack, I’ll cube them up and simmer them in a bit of water with a cinnamon stick, a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of maple syrup (also from our New England trip) and make an easy, chunky compote. (Or you can blend up the mixture for a smoother applesauce.) Now I feel like autumn is official.

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Autumn Squash, Reimagined: 2 New Ways to Eat It All Season Long

by in Recipes, Shows, October 10th, 2015

Spaghetti Tossed with Butternut Squash and Sage ButterApples and pumpkins and spiced lattes, oh my! There are many reasons to love fall, and perhaps chief among them is the influx of produce. While summer often claims the spotlight in terms of garden-fresh goods, autumn too turns out its share of plentiful crops, including squash. From butternut and acorn to delicata and spaghetti, there’s no shortage of squashes hitting store shelves this time of year. And on this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off their takes on two of them.

Who says pasta must be served with red sauce? Not Marcela Valladolid, who prepared Spaghetti Tossed with Butternut Squash and Sage Butter, an easy-to-make meal that brings together satisfying butternut squash with another fall flavor: fragrant sage. After melting the butter, she infuses it with garlic and the chopped herb, creating a silky sauce that will coat each strand of pasta. Chopped hazelnuts add a welcome crunch, while a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese brings the decadence you crave.

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