Best 5 Casserole Recipes

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2014

Baked Penne with Roasted VegetablesWarm, comforting and hearty, casseroles may be the ultimate family-friendly meal. After all, when it comes to preparing nightly meals at home, many look to easy-to-make all-in-one dishes, and casseroles fit the bill every time. They’re a cinch to pull off in a hurry, and most recipes yield extra servings that guarantee you leftovers for lunch or dinner tomorrow. Check out Food Network’s top-five casseroles below to find the most-satisfying comfort foods from The Pioneer Woman, Rachael, Giada and more Food Network chefs.

5. Chicken Spaghetti — For added taste and texture, Ree uses both white and dark shredded chicken, plus cream of mushroom soup and cheddar cheese, which promise decadent results. Click the play button on the video after the jump to watch Ree make it.

4. Sunny’s Tuna Noodle Casserole — The secret to Sunny’s timeless recipe is the mushroom-herb sauce she makes to coat the tuna, peas and pasta. It’s laced with Worcestershire and horseradish for subtle bite, and the thick texture is deliciously creamy and rich.

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The Savory Side of Chocolate, Cake Pops Included — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, February 11th, 2014


When it comes to chocolate, most people think it’s meant for only dessert. But for chefs, especially Chopped-caliber chefs, it’s just another ingredient to transform. If they get chocolate in an entree basket — and in the case of the Chocolate Competition episode, they got chocolate items in every single basket — the chefs take on the challenge of creating savory dishes in stride. And the Chopped judges are no different.

In an episode of Chopped After Hours, Maneet, Marc and Aarón entered the Chopped kitchen to cook with the entree basket ingredients: chocolate cake pops, white chocolate cocoa mix, quail and serrano chiles. On the show, the three chef-competitors all seemed to have the most trouble with incorporating the chocolate cake pops, mainly because of their cakey centers. But not so for the judges, who used the pops in a marinade, mole sauce and stuffing — all their dishes proved to be enhanced by the chocolate treat. In the end Ted was amazed by all of their dishes: “I never would have thought cake pops and quail would have been so tasty.”

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Pick Your Pot: Top Tips for Nonstick, Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Cookware

by in How-to, February 11th, 2014

Every cookware surface has its own set of rules to guarantee correctly cooking food and a long life on your shelf. Whether your cabinets are stocked with nonstick, cast iron or stainless steel (or you’re thinking about a set to invest in), these tips will keep your pots and pans properly cared for.

1. Nonstick
When cooking with nonstick pans use medium heat or lower. High heat on a coated pan will shorten its shelf life. Because temperatures can soar, don’t preheat an empty pan. Add food or even oil from the start. Keep in mind that foods prepared in a nonstick pan will not brown well, as high heat is necessary for a seared surface to develop. Foods won’t be able to adhere to the surface and form the browned bits that make up a golden crust.

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December’s Name This Dish Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, February 11th, 2014

December's Name This Dish WinnerEach month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include a stacked salad (“Produce Stand“), a steak sandwich (“Kraut Pleaser“) and savory muffins (“Thyme Savors“). In the December 2013 issue, we asked readers to dream up names for this Santa ice cream treat (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Freeze Navidad
Denise Giarratano
Clearwater, Fla.

Jolly Ole St. Mint
MyLinda Kifer
Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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Gold-Medal Cookies for the Olympics

by in Events, February 11th, 2014

The Olympics are a big deal in my house — and not just during the official biennial games. A couple of summers ago, my 11-year-old daughter and her aunts came up with their own version of the sporting competition and recruited the whole family to participate. The events were varied — think obstacle courses through the woods, round-robin volleyball matches and paddleboard balancing contests — and the rivalries fierce. At the end of the weekend, the victors were presented with first-, second- and third-place medals my daughter had created from construction paper, glitter and striped ribbon. You can’t underestimate the pride each winner took in wearing the fluttering tokens. (Athletic triumph, even in the backyard, is still a triumph.)

Flash forward to this winter, when all of us at Food Network Kitchen were plotting our Olympic-themed offerings. “What can we make that both parents and kids would like?” I asked my daughter when I got home. “Cookie medals!” was her response. And behold the tasty creations we came up with in the Kitchen. You can duplicate them with pretty much any sturdy sugar-cookie dough; the one in our recipe will hold up to the handling of even the most-enthusiastic junior chef. And because these medals are easy to make in multiples (unlike the paper variety), you can bake enough for fourth-, fifth-, even sixth-place competitors (or those who are cheering them on). In other words, with these cute cookie trophies, everyone can be a winner (and victory is, indeed, sweet).

Check out the recipe and our step-by-step tips below for cookies that truly take the gold.

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5 New Red Velvet Treats

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2014

Red Velvet DessertsWhen it comes to red velvet, think beyond cakes and cupcakes. After all, you can now find red velvet ice cream and even red velvet tea in the grocery store. Inspired by this beloved flavor, the chefs in our Food Network Kitchen came up with five all-new red velvet recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day — or any day, really.

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An Interview with the Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Season 3 Champion

by in Shows, February 10th, 2014

RvG FinaleOn tonight’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, for the first time ever, four celebrities competed in the finale for the title of RvG Champion and the prize of a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice. After six weeks of honing their skills at a variety of cooking challenges, which included Medieval meals, Hawaiian luaus, supermarket product marketing, game-day foods and selling from a hot dog cart, the final four entered their most-difficult challenge yet. The celebrities were tasked with cooking a three-course meal for seven of the most-discerning celebrity chefs — and it all happened on a boat with one of the most-cramped kitchens. But the challenge wasn’t complete until they performed a presentation of their choosing. Who would show the judges that they could both cook a cohesive dinner and entertain effortlessly? FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who won

Outside the Chocolate Box: Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

by in Holidays, February 10th, 2014

Valentine's Day Dessert IdeasCall me crazy, but chocolate isn’t my first choice for dessert. If you follow my blog, then you know there are some exceptions to this rule, at least when Chewy, Bittersweet Brownies are involved. Brownies aside, my sweet tooth tendencies are likely satisfied with something like this Raspberry-Ricotta Mousse or Lemon Icebox Bars. Why should Valentine’s Day be any different? This year I say think outside the box of chocolates and whip up one of these homemade treats for your sweetheart.

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How to Make Tiramisu

by in How-to, February 10th, 2014

How to  Make TiramisuTiramisu is Italian for “pick-me-up.” It’s made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Giada’s version will make enough for you, your sweetie and then some.

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