What to Watch: Fast and Easy Recipes, Grilling Seafood, and Empanadas vs. Tacos on Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 12th, 2013

Ree DrummondThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about quick and easy cooking for everyone from busy moms to young adults. Then it’s competition time with new episodes of Food Court Wars and Food Network Star.

Start Saturday morning off with a lesson in time management from Ree, who is testing herself to see how fast she can cook a meal, starting with a 30-minute dish and moving on to a 5-minute challenge. Then Trisha is showing her friend who’s a mom how to get a great weeknight supper on the table in no time at all. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is visiting some New York City hot spots before heading home to cook a few inspired dishes. Then Giada is cooking up fast recipes that young adults living on their own can easily tackle.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is preparing a picnic menu inspired by nature’s sweetener, honey. Then Guy is cooking up dishes that he hopes his restaurant-owner friend will appreciate, including duck sliders and squash chips fried in duck fat. Later, Bobby is grilling a Northeast seafood menu that features lobster rolls.

Come back Sunday evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars where two teams battle it out to win a food court restaurant. One team specializes in empanadas and the other in tacos. On Food Network Star, the remaining hopefuls must create a dish featuring a unique ingredient and then auction it off to a roomful of foodies. On Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a foul-mouthed restaurant owner clean up her act, get her staff on her side and improve the restaurant.

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DIY Ice Pops

by in Food Network Magazine, July 11th, 2013

freezie popsAmericans have been squeezing ice pops out of plastic tubes since Fla-Vor-Ice was invented more than 40 years ago. But we had to wait awhile to make them ourselves: For years the sleeves were tricky to find outside the Philippines, where homemade push-up pops are super popular. Now you can get the bags stateside, thanks to an ice-pop fan who recently started importing them. Fill with any fruit juice, tie the top and freeze. $10 for 100; icecandybags.com

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Best 5 Pasta Salad Recipes

by in Recipes, July 11th, 2013

7-Layer Pasta SaladHot dogs, burgers and barbecue may take center stage at your backyard cookout, but no matter the entree, you surely need a few side dishes to round out your spread. Easy to make in a hurry and guaranteed to impress party guests of all ages, pasta salads are go-to summertime picks, especially since they often can be customized to your family’s tastes, or the ingredients you have on hand. Check out Food Network’s best-five pasta salad recipes below to find top-rated classic and dressed-up creations from some of your favorite chefs, like Giada and Ina.

5. Tuscan Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables — Mix crunchy radicchio, fennel and fresh vegetables with pasta and cannellini beans to create a big-batch salad that’s best served at room temperature.

4. Pasta Salad with Steak, Bell Pepper, Green Beans and Bacon — Ready to eat in only 20 minutes, Food Network Magazine‘s hearty pasta salad is dressed with a creamy, cheesy topping featuring mayonnaise, fresh garlic and Parmesan.

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Food Network’s On the Road Summer Sweepstakes

by in Contests, July 10th, 2013

Food Network's On the Road Summer SweepstakesIt’s that time of year to pack your bags, pile in the car and head on a road trip. Whether you are cruising up the California coast or driving down Route 66, you can say goodbye to gas station food and drive-through meals. Make every stop delicious this summer with Food Network’s On the Road app. Find recommended restaurants and road trip ideas from top shows, like The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and more. You can also search Food Network-approved stops by your favorite chefs or nearby locations.

Once you’ve found your favorite new summer restaurants using the app, enter for your chance to win the On the Road Summer Travel Sweepstakes. Tweet @FoodNetwork sharing a newly discovered restaurant from the On the Road app or recommend something from a guide you enjoyed and use the hashtag #FNSummerTravel. One tweet before August 1 will enter you into the grand-prize drawing of a $500 gift card to the Apple Store. Make sure you’re following @FoodNetwork to get updates about the app and search the #FNSummerTravel hashtag to see what other Food Network fans are chatting about. For more details about the Sweepstakes read the Official Rules.

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Tomato Recipes Worthy of a Dinner Party

by in Entertaining, In Season, July 10th, 2013

Heirloom Tomato PieA good tomato sauce, a piping hot slice of margherita pizza, the iconic tomato soup — all of these are made possible by the juicy tomato. Tomatoes add richness to any number of home cooked dishes, whether roasted until the skin falls off or stewed into a multipurpose sauce. Though tomatoes have worked their way into our everyday lives, today we’re viewing them from a different angle. When you’re entertaining this summer, showcase the sophisticated side of the tomato, in all of its in-season glory.

As an appetizer, have guests smear Food Network Magazine’s Spicy Tomato Jam and goat cheese on a fresh baguette. Or create mini pizzas for a bite-sized starter. Giada De Laurentiis uses a cookie cutter in her recipe for Pizzette with Gorgonzola, Tomato and Basil, which will disappear the moment they’re set out.

Imagine slicing into Food Network Magazine’s picturesque Heirloom Tomato Pie (pictured above), with its red and yellow hues amplifying any main dish it meets. Or in Food Network Magazine’s savory Tomato Cobbler, fresh dough and a rich tomato filling reach bubbling perfection together in the oven.

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The Benefits of Berries

by , July 10th, 2013

mixed berries
Fresh berries are now in season, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only are these babies unbelievably delicious, they’re also brimming with health benefits. Here’s the lowdown on four favorites: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,...

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