Celebrities Take Center Stove in the Kitchens of Their Favorite Restaurants on Star Plates

by in Shows, August 16th, 2016

Marcus and MindyThis fall it’s time to see which celebrities can take the heat in a professional kitchen on Food Network’s newest series, Star Plates, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 11/10c. The show will follow six celebrities as each navigates the grueling responsibilities of working as a line cook in his or her favorite chef’s restaurant. Working side-by-side with the chefs, the stars will learn how to make their favorite dishes and must help service a dining room full of hungry, paying customers. The restaurant novices will learn some unusual cooking techniques, make some of the chefs’ signature recipes and take criticism from both the chefs and the customers.

Find out who is on the show.

Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the Numbers

by in News, August 16th, 2016

Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the NumbersThe year 2016 has the potential to go down in history for various reasons. One of them: It’s the year bottled water will outsell soda in the United States for the first time.

The national beverage-preference milestone, which has been on the horizon for a while, stems not only from health concerns about soda — which, Bloomberg recently noted, drove consumption to a 30-year low in 2015 — but also a large uptick in Americans choosing bottled water over tap. Bottled water is valued because of its portability as well as its potability. After lead contamination issues in places like Flint, Mich., Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., made headlines, people became concerned about the safety of the H2O flowing from their taps.

Here are a few illuminating numbers plucked from Bloomberg’s recent report about bottled water’s big year:

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Have You Subscribed to Our Brand-New Dining Newsletter?

by in Community, August 15th, 2016

Top Ten French FriesHere at Food Network, we have a newsletter for just about anyone. You might already rely on our daily or weekly editions for must-make dishes, tips and TV highlights to stay in the loop. Now, our brand-new Where to Eat newsletter is your one-stop shop for restaurant recommendations and dining tips.

Each Friday, just in time for weekend outings, it dishes up the best picks for local favorites and coast-to-coast classics. Whether you’re on the hunt for the very best French fries, pizza in all 50 states or the top fried chicken spots you’ve seen on your favorite Food Network shows, Where to Eat has you covered.

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The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an Uproar

by in News, August 15th, 2016

The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an UproarInstagram alert: Social media’s current food-nerd obsession is the avocado bun. What’s that, you ask? Why, it’s precisely what it sounds like: an entire ripe-and-ready avocado, halved and used as a sesame-seed-topped burger bun, with a cheeseburger, onion, tomato, pickles, lettuce and a “secret sauce” tucked between its gorgeous (yet mushy) twin mounds of green.

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10 Outside-the-Box Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Taco BarWhile summer is winding down, your family is gearing up for a new school year. That means brand-new backpacks, fresh kicks and boxes of freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils. Kick off the new year with fresh lunchbox recipes your kids will love. Read on for 10 lunches they won’t want to trade. Read more

Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray Return to Coach Cooking-Challenged Celebrities on Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, August 15th, 2016

Rachael and AnneAn all-new star-studded cast of recruits joins the new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c. Anne and Rachael will lead their teams of disastrous cooks through an intensely challenging Boot Camp. One by one, the stars will be eliminated until there are only two remaining to face off in a restaurant challenge judged blind by noteworthy chefs. In the end, the most-improved cook will walk away with $50,000 for his or her favorite charity, and gain bragging rights for either Anne or Rachael.

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Summer Vegetable Chili — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Summer Vegetable ChiliThough the weather outside is steamy, you needn’t wait for the cooler months to make a pot of chili. The secret to enjoying this hearty bowl in the summer is opting for lighter, fresher ingredients than the usual bases of chicken and beef. By opting for a veggie-packed version, you get the same depth of flavor but with a seasonal feel. Read more

10 Ice Cream Truck Classics That Still Make Us Come Running

by in In Season, Product Reviews, August 14th, 2016

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Who else remembers the sheer unadulterated pleasure of scoring a treat from the ice cream truck? How about the excitement upon first hearing the telltale jingle in the distance, the race to form a line, and the dizzying menu of seemingly endless choices plastered on the door? Snow cones, firecrackers, ice cream-cookie sandwiches … the list went on and on. The treats weren’t gourmet; they weren’t sourced from organic, free-range dairy. But they sure hit the spot. Every. Single. Time. Even if its been years since you last tasted or even thought about your favorite flavor from yesteryear, the mere crinkle of an ice pop wrapper is likely to transport you back to simpler, more-carefree days. Read on to find out which of the classics made our all-time favorites list.

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How to Pickle Basically Everything

by in Recipes, August 14th, 2016

Easy Pickled JalapenosOdds are, you believe a burger is not nearly complete without a good slice of dill pickle, or you just can’t help but devour pickle spears straight from the jar, one by one until they disappear. Hey, maybe you’re even one of those people who slather their pickles in peanut butter (yes, that’s a thing). Not only does the practice of real-deal pickling extend summer produce longer, but submerging veggies in a saltwater or vinegar-based brine imparts a distinctively tangy and addictive flavor. And there’s so much more to the world of pickling than cucumbers. In fact, the practice of pickling can extend to all kinds of summer produce.

If you always have a jar of pickled jalapenos on hand for topping chili, tacos, sandwiches and more, then perhaps you should try your hand at making your own Easy Pickled Jalapenos (pictured above). While the store-bought variety are often limp and soft, these pickled peppers retain their crispness, since the hot brine is poured over them, rather than the jalapenos being boiled in it.

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6 Ways to Nail Meal Prep This Week (and Every Week!)

by in Family, August 14th, 2016

Meals in JarsIf you’ve ever envied the perfectly portioned-out rows of Tupperware meals you spot on Pinterest, we understand. Meal-prepping (a timeless tradition and yet somehow also a totally new internet phenomenon) can make your week go more smoothly and help you stick to eating healthy. But if you don’t already do it, getting started can be daunting. Here’s some advice to get going — just in time for the onset of the busy school year.

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