Food Network Star, Season 12: 1 Game-Changing Prequel, 13 Formidable Rivals and 2 Expert Judges

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Food Network Star, Season 12You heard it here first: Food Network Star is returning this summer, and just when you thought you knew what to expect from a summer of Stardom, this season is here to change the game. Before this year's hopeful finalists meet mentors Bobby Flay and ...

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5 Ways Peas Are Better with the Italian Treatment

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2016

Peas and ProsciuttoIf winter was the time for stick-to-your-ribs meat sauces, hearty layered lasagnas and other forces of Italian-made comfort, spring is the time for dishes with a much fresher inclination. And if there’s anything that screams “spring” above all else, it’s peas. This week, we’re celebrating the season by giving peak-season peas the Italian treatment in pea-centric sides, pasta dishes and more. Though many of these recipes call for frozen peas, go the fresh route instead. ‘Tis the season, after all.

Giada De Laurentiis combines peas with an Italian mainstay, prosciutto, for the epitome of a fresh springtime side. Her recipe for Peas and Prosciutto is a stunner when served beside any main dish, and it takes just 18 minutes to prep.

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6 Ways to Turn Your Food Into Flowers for Spring

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2016

Avocado FlowerSince everything looks cuter turned into a flower, spring is the time of year we totally advocate playing with your food. Here are a few truly impressive ways to eat a “flower” whenever you please, all season long.

Avocado Flowers (above)

Avocado smashed onto toast or blended into dip is already enough to get our hearts fluttering, but no one makes avocado as swoonworthy as Colette, the blogger behind Food Deco. Colette has an incredible knack for wrapping the green slices into the perfect little blooms. Follow along with her creations, like this “flower pot” with whipped feta and black quinoa, on Instagram.

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3 of a Kind: Whole Roasted Cauliflower

by in Restaurants, March 30th, 2016

Cauliflower

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. 

Restaurants are serving up cauliflower in a whole new way — literally. Whole roasted heads of the cruciferous vegetable are the latest crowning glory at the table. After roasting them, chefs get creative with sauces and embellishments that take this vegetable from mundane to magnificent.

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Pear and Gruyère Hand Pies — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, March 30th, 2016

Pear and Gruyère Hand PiesPuff pastry is a delicious dough with a delightful name. Its French name, pâte feuilletée, is even more evocative. The word feuilles means “leaves,” which is what the baked dough resembles — a buttery tower of flaky pastry leaves.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 1 Winner

by in Shows, March 29th, 2016

Meny and Elderoy stand for judgementTonight the Champions tournament returned for Season 5 with four previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In Battle 1, two very worthy chefs made it to the dessert round, and both put out strong desserts, but it was the sum of all three courses — appetizer, entree and dessert — that would determine who’d take the first finale spot. Find out who managed to sweep this preliminary battle with the best dishes.

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How to Make a Bacon Lattice — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Recipes, Shows, March 29th, 2016

bacon latticeBacon was king on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, which made us remember that time we made a bacon lattice (yes, just like lattice on a pie) in Food Network Kitchen. And what exactly would you use a bacon lattice for? Well, we love it draped over a meatloaf or turkey — while the meat cooks, the bacon drippings add extra flavor. If you make a smaller lattice, then it’s a fun bottom garnish for a Caesar salad.

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POLL: Would You Try Fried Chicken Ice Cream?

by in News, March 28th, 2016

POLL: Would You Try Fried Chicken Ice Cream?Four words that prove the weird-ice-cream-flavor phenomenon has burst out of its cage and pecked its way into bold new territory: fried chicken ice cream.

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Giada’s 30-Minute Pasta with Mushrooms and Asparagus — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 28th, 2016

Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Asparagus and WalnutsThe beauty of pasta is that, like a pizza crust or a slice of bread, it’s a culinary blank canvas just waiting to be dressed up with your choice of flavors. The usual standbys, like marinara and Alfredo sauces, may be go-to picks for topping noodles, but there’s nearly no limit to the ingredients you can use to create a sauce all your own.

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Here’s How to Use Up Your Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs

by in Recipes, March 28th, 2016

It’s the day after Easter, which means yesterday’s bounty of pastel-colored eggs becomes this week’s leftover food challenge. Chances are, you’ve got at least half a dozen of them stocked away in your refrigerator — and time is of the essence, since hard-cooking removes an egg’s natural coating, making it easier for bacteria to enter through the shell’s pores. In fact, we recommend that hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated no longer than one week. Here are a few simple, big-batch recipes to help you use them up quickly.

Asparagus Casserole
Hard-boiled eggs join forces with in-season asparagus in this comforting spring casserole that’s ready in under an hour. Top it off with simple Cheddar sauce and a saltine-crumb topping.

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