Swoon Over Steak Dinner: 4 Meaty Meals to Make on Valentine’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 7th, 2015

Steak PizzaiolaValentine’s Day may be all about hearts, roses and chocolate, but when it comes to indulging in a fancy dinner on Feb. 14, look to a juicy, meaty steak to treat your sweetie. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, Katie Lee prepared the ultimate in beefy decadence: filet mignon. She opted for a filet cut of beef to guarantee soft, buttery meat, then she doctored up the dish with sides of golden-brown potatoes and simple asparagus studded with pine nuts. Read on below to find three other ways to serve a simple yet stunning steak supper for your valentine.

For a lighter alternative to the classic steak dinner, try Food Network Magazine’s Steak Pizzaiola (pictured above), ready to eat in only 35 minutes. This healthy recipe boasts seared sirloin steak simmered in a bold tomato sauce with bell peppers and onions, plus a pinch of red pepper flakes to offer welcome spice.

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My Favorite Recipe: Potato-Bacon Torte, and the Surprising Reason Why

by in Food Network Chef, February 7th, 2015

Potato-Bacon TorteThere are questions that I am asked over and over — by journalists, fans, and TV and radio hosts. One of them: What is my favorite thing to cook? The answer: my Potato-Bacon Torte (which, interestingly, seems to be my fans’ favorite too!). But the reason may surprise you. It actually surprised me, once I took the time to give real thought to the follow-up question, “Why?” — which no one ever seemed to ask, until recently.

The Potato-Bacon Torte (pictured above) is certainly tasty comfort food: rich with cream, slightly smoky from bacon and deliciously encrusted with the unmistakable aroma of buttery crust that flakes under the pressure of teeth sinking in for a bite. The entire house smells like a fluffy, warm croissant when I bake it. A small sliver served with a simple green salad with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette is the perfect winter supper, if you ask me. And the recipe costs pennies per serving to make, so it aligns with the frugal me.

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Better Together: Broccoli and Cheddar + Best 5 Recipes

by in Recipes, February 6th, 2015

Broccoli-Cheddar PotatoesTomatoes and mozzarella, peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and bananas — some flavors are simply better when enjoyed together, and broccoli and cheddar cheese are no exception. While bright florets of broccoli promise freshness, the gooey, often-melted cheese alongside the vegetables offers welcome richness, and together they shine in soups, potatoes, dips and more. Read on below to get Food Network’s top-five takes on this classic culinary pair, from tried-and-true favorites to next-level creations.

5. Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread — An unlikely ingredient — cottage cheese — guarantees that Pat and Gina Neely’s 5-star cornbread turns out moist every time. The Neelys pour the rich batter of chopped broccoli, blanket the bread with cheddar and bake until it’s golden brown.

4. Broccoli-Cheddar Oven Risotto — While most risottos require careful attention and slow simmering on the stove, Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix recipe is largely hands-off, as the broccoli and wine-laced rice are baked separately. Once they’re combined with cheese, this updated risotto becomes creamy and comforting.

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Escarole Pie — The Weekender

by in Recipes, February 6th, 2015

Escarole PieWe have a houseguest coming to stay for a couple of nights next week. Whenever we have people come to visit, I try to do a few things before they get here. The first is to make sure the bathroom is relatively clean (we have but one, so it degrades to messiness quite easily). The second is to make sure that our extra bedding is cleaned and aired out. And the third is to make some extra-tasty thing to have on hand to feed them.

Now, cooking for guests is a tricky thing these days, because just about everyone has some dietary exception. This means it’s always best to ask ahead of time, to ensure that you make something they will be able to enjoy. Happily, my impending guest is relatively free of food avoidances or aversions.

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Starbucks Can Boost Your Mood — and Your Home’s Value

by in News, February 6th, 2015

Coffee Shop SignFor many of us, proximity to coffee is the key to happiness. But did you know it might also be the secret to boosting your home’s value?

In an excerpt from “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate,” Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of the real estate website Zillow, and Stan Humphries, its chief economist, grind a few numbers and brew up a fairly convincing argument that the nearer your home is to a Starbucks, the faster it appreciates. “Moreover,” the real estate mavens contend in the excerpt, posted on Quartz, “Starbucks seems to be fueling — not following — these higher home values.”

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What to Watch: It’s All About Chocolate on Food Network

by in Shows, February 6th, 2015

Alton Brown and Simon MajumdarThis weekend express your love for chocolate by watching a whole block of chocolate-themed episodes from Ree Drummond, the cast of The Kitchen, Giada De Laurentiis and a special Outrageous Chocolate episode. Then tune in for Valentine’s Day-themed competition on Guy’s Grocery Games and see what Alton Brown has in store for the chefs on a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

In addition, Daphne Brogdon has a girls’ night out party, and on Worst Cooks in America, the recruits cook for their loved ones.

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5 Comforting Casseroles That Are More Vital Than a Winter Coat

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2015

Broccoli and Orzo CasseroleIf you think winter thus far has been especially punishing and demoralizing, just know that all hope has not been lost. Even though the infamous groundhog left us in disappointment in our moment of need (6 more weeks of winter?!), there is still reason to keep trudging through the snow and slush with your chin up. In fact, if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that these times of meteorological despair require more than a quality winter coat to get you through; they call for a casserole leaving the oven in warm, stick-to-your-ribs splendor. If you’re searching for a beacon of hope in this frosty weather, these comforting casserole recipes are it.

Just like snow goes hand in hand with snow boots, broccoli and cheese are connected on a very real level. Combine the two for an ultra-comforting Broccoli and Orzo Casserole. Food Network Kitchen opts for mild, creamy Havarti cheese for its stellar melting tendencies and tops the finished product with buttery panko breadcrumbs for a crunchy finish.

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In the Kitchen With: Lisa Fain, the Homesick Texan

by in Books, How-to, Recipes, February 5th, 2015

The first thing you notice about Lisa is her cowboy boots. Cherry red, spit polished and worn-in just enough, they tell you everything you need to know about the Houston transplant’s cooking: It’s bright, approachable, comes from the West and will linger in your memory for days afterward. To bring some welcome variety to the winter kitchen, we invited the James Beard Award winner to our Manhattan headquarters in Chelsea Market to make Chicken Spaghetti, one of her favorite dishes from her latest volume, The Homesick Texan’s Family Table. Make this simple and comforting recipe in your own kitchen with help from Lisa’s step-by-step how-to.

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A Short Stack of Perfect Pancake Recipes — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2015

Pancake Breakfast CasseroleA staple everywhere from diners and bed and breakfasts to your breakfast table, pancakes are a morning win every time you flip them. They’re killer in their purest form, simply smeared with butter and smothered in maple syrup, but there’s something to be said for adding a little more dimension to the average flapjack. Highlighting all kinds of add-ins, this roster of pancake recipes is sure to make you flip.

You’ve savored your fair share of pancakes, but there’s a new griddled beauty in town: the Pancake Breakfast Casserole (pictured above). By baking pancakes in a rich, creamy custard and topping them with bursting blueberries, your pancake intake can embody a whole new level of comfort. Plus, even if you’re a pancake-producing maven, ready-made frozen pancakes can be swapped in for an easy timesaver.

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40 Cloves and a Chicken: The Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 5th, 2015

40 Cloves of GarlicFrom greeting cards and red roses to candy hearts and chocolate boxes, much is made of Valentine’s Day every year. But if, for whatever reason, you’re not embracing the day devoted to love this Saturday, there’s still a way to celebrate: Swoon over a bold — and, ahem, pungent — meal without fear of recoil from your partner.

Set up an appetizer to remember by crafting an elegant cheese plate with a deliciously funky blue cheese at the center, then dig into Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken (pictured above) for dinner. This 5-star supper is made with only four ingredients, but together they pack a flavorful punch. While dozens of garlic cloves may surely seem over the top, don’t shy away from adding all of them; they turn soft and surprisingly sweet as they roast, and together with the thyme, the garlic complements the chicken.

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