How Much Do Olympic Athletes Eat?

by in News, August 1st, 2016

How Much Do Olympic Athletes Eat?The countdown to the Rio Olympics, which kick off Friday, Aug. 5, is ticking away fast, and final preparations (the pretty and the not so pretty) are underway.

How do Olympians themselves prep for competition? For one thing, they eat a lot of food. For a recent video, The Washington Post surveyed statements some of them had made to the press about their diets and crunched the numbers to come up with their approximate daily caloric intake.

Here are the calorie counts for three U.S. athletes on the Post’s list:

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Grilled Pizza Beats Baked Pizza Every Time

by in Recipes, August 1st, 2016

You’d have to be crazy to diss pizza fresh from the oven. But give a za some time to crisp up on a fiery grill — just enough to melt the cheese, char the crust and emboss it with blackened grill marks — and you’ve taken your pie game to the next level. If you’ve never grilled pizza before, check out our step-by-step instructions for How to Make Grilled Pizza. Or pull out all the stops with a Grilled Pizza Bar, an easy summer party idea that will prove to your friends and family why grilled pizza trumps oven-baked every time.

To make his Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage, Grilled Peppers and Onions and Oregano Ricotta (pictured above), grill master Bobby Flay starts by charring pizza dough crust over some sizzling-hot grates, then adds grated fontina, hot Italian sausage, and grilled peppers and red onions. But his secret ingredient is dollops of fresh ricotta mixed with fresh chopped oregano. Read more

Farro and Corn Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 1st, 2016

Farro and Corn SaladThere’s no doubt that sweet corn is irresistible eaten right off the cob, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try shaving off the kernels for a new twist on taste. Try it tossed with grains and other veggies to make a simple standout salad, like this one featured above. Read more

Exclusive: Chatting with the Runners-Up of Food Network Star

by , August 1st, 2016

After 10 weeks of challenges, Food Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis announced the newest member of the Food Network family in a life-changing finale on Sunday night. Damiano, Jernard and Tregaye all showed bright flickers of ...

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Welcome to the Family, Tregaye! Here Are 8 Tidbits of Food Network Wisdom for You — Alex’s Star Report

by , August 1st, 2016

Food Network StarThe finale of Food Network Star — wow. It has been a long journey to this point, and I have genuinely enjoyed getting to know the finalists far more intensively than ever before. It has been a privilege to watch them spread their wings, make mistak...

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Exclusive: One-on-One with the Winner of Food Network Star

by , July 31st, 2016

Food Network StarAfter 10 weeks of challenges, Food Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis announced the newest member of the Food Network family in a life-changing finale on Sunday night. If you haven't watched the episode yet, don't read any furthe...

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Tyler’s Ultimate Paella — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 31st, 2016

The Ultimate PaellaThis week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated recipe from Tyler Florence, brings the mouthwatering aromas of Spanish saffron to your dining room table. He starts with a homemade sofrito, a sauce made from onions, garlic, parsley and tomato, which he cooks the rice in so every grain absorbs maximum flavor. Tyler then adds a mix of proteins — think hearty chicken and chorizo, plus seafood, including shrimp and clams. He rounds out the dish with peas and fresh lemon wedges just before serving for a bright, vibrant finish.

For more crowd-pleasing dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Paella

10 Things I Ate About You: Jackson Hole, Wyo.

by in Restaurants, July 31st, 2016

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10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

Fresh air can feed the appetite — and there’s plenty of it in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This outdoorsy destination is a top spot for those seeking nature in spades, as it’s nestled alongside the Teton Range. Jutting straight out of the earth, with none of the usual foothills in front, the mountain range is one of the country’s most stunning. In addition to the breathtaking views, visitors flock to these majestic slopes for world-class skiing. But winter isn’t the only busy season. Along with the copious outdoor activities offered year-round in the natural environs that surround it, Jackson Hole also draws tourists with its myriad of dining options. The town’s Old West vibe belies its sophisticated culinary scene, which features a diverse array of cuisines informed by both local and international influences. Here’s where to satiate your appetite in any season.

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The Fairest of the Fair Foods: 7 Must-Have Delights

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2016

Mini Corn DogsWith the first day of August mere hours away, we’ve officially entered the “close of summer” portion of the year. This means sweltering days, vacation escapes and, for many Americans, state fairs! I’m a native Midwesterner; the state fair holds a place near and dear to my heart. Where else can you ride a roller coaster, bet on a pig race, eat a Koolickle and see a Jason Derulo concert — all in the same day?

But the real reason to attend your local state fair? The food, of course! These days fair fare is crazier and tastier than ever, unabashedly presented in an “anything goes” atmosphere. Here are seven ways to get your fair fix at home.

Mini Corn Dogs with Homemade Mustard (pictured above)
For this fair-inspired finger food, Nancy Fuller bathes cut-up hot dogs in a classic cornmeal batter before dousing them in zippy homemade mustard.

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Caption It: Balancing Act Edition

by in Shows, July 30th, 2016

Caption It: Balancing Act EditionWith the Summer Games just around the corner, the co-hosts of The Kitchen let their Olympic spirit shine this weekend when they featured a globally inspired feast complete with recipes from around the world (think Mexican burgers, Vietnamese hot dogs and Brazilian chocolates) — and indulged in some friendly competition. They created an over-the-top obstacle course that demanded not only balance, agility and focus but also a hearty appetite as they tried Bobbing for Doughnuts on a string.

Take a peek at the photo above from this morning’s episode. Here Jeff Mauro is enduring the Spoon Balance test, in which he’s attempting to navigate tricky pool toys while keeping the lime on the spoon in his mouth. Next up for him will be the doughnut station, and then it’s on to Marshmallow Archery in a race against the clock.

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