Calling All May Babies! Birthday Treat of the Month

by in Recipes, May 4th, 2015

Bourbon and Chocolate PieWe’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.

This month we’re celebrating May birthdays with pie — a whole lot of pie. Maybe it’s because we’re creeping closer to summer (or we’re just a little pie-obsessed), but we can think of no better way to celebrate the May baby in your life than with one of these beauties. These freshly baked recipes still work as the perfect foundation for a lit candle, meaning you can keep that tradition alive with these unconventional birthday treats.

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Chili-Pepper-Infused Maple Syrup Is Now a Thing

by in News, May 4th, 2015

Chili-Pepper-Infused Maple Syrup Is Now a ThingAre you in the mood for something sweet or something spicy? Actually, you may not have to choose.

Spicy honey — honey that has been infused with chili peppers — has increasingly become a hot commodity on the condiment scene. There’s Mike’s Hot Honey, launched in 2011, and MixedMade’s Bees Knees Spicy Honey, which made its debut in 2014. Both are made in Brooklyn (natch) and can be used to liven up foods like pizza, chicken, cheeses, fruits, veggies or baked goods (“even ice cream,” Mike’s suggests) — or crank up the flavor in your cocktail. Now, a saucy new hot-sweet syrup is set to share hot honey’s spotlight: spicy maple syrup.

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Pasta Primavera with Beets, Radishes and Radicchio — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 4th, 2015

Pasta Primavera with Beets, Radishes and RadicchioThe bright colors and seasonal produce packed into this quick-fix dish are a sure sign that it’s practically singing with springtime flavor — and the fact that the word “spring” is baked into the recipe title doesn’t hurt either. Food Network Magazine’s Pasta Primavera with Beets, Radishes and Radicchio (primavera means “spring” in Italian) comes together simply and in a hurry thanks to one key timesaving shortcut: precooked beets. When you’re shopping the grocery store, look for vacuum-packed cooked beets; using these instead of buying raw beets (then roasting and peeling them at home), will shave at least an hour off of dinnertime prep.

When it comes to the sauce for this satisfying pasta, simple is best. Sweet red onions and garlic form the flavor base, while the vinegar-laced beets, peppery radishes and crunchy radicchio combine to create an over-the-top mash-up of tastes and textures. For a welcome pop of green as well as a fragrant finish, toss the pasta with chopped basil, plus ricotta salata for an indulgent bite.

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The Competition Turns Bittersweet on Spring Baking Championship — Duff’s Recap of Episode 2

by in Shows, May 4th, 2015

Spring Baking ChampionshipSpring is definitely here, and while most of us are settling into baseball season, going on picnics or starting that gauntlet that exists between spring break and summer vacation, the remaining seven bakers on Spring Baking Championship are back in the kitchen and getting ready to bake some honey sweetness. It’s always interesting to see how the bakers react in week 2. One of their fellow bakers has been eliminated and now it is very real. You can be asked to walk the plank at any moment, but that $50,000 is that much closer to being yours. The level of competition just got steeper.

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Vote Now in Round 2 of the Chopped at Home Challenge

by in Shows, May 4th, 2015

Round 2 Chopped at HomeChopped fans, starting today (through May 18) you have the chance to vote for the finalist’s dish you’d like to win Round 2 of the Chopped at Home Challenge. The winner will earn the opportunity to compete in the Chopped kitchen at Food Network headquarters for a chance to win $10,000, just like a real Chopped champion.

Get the details on how to vote, how the challenge works and how you can enter upcoming rounds.

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7 Kid-Friendly Recipes to Serve on Cinco de Mayo

by in Family, Holidays, May 4th, 2015

Mexican LasagnaBefore they’re ready for margaritas and garlicky guacamole, we’re introducing our kids to a handful of starter Mexican recipes like these. Each one is simple and straightforward enough for busy parents who still love a delicious meal on a festive day.

Rachael Ray’s Mexican Lasagna (pictured above): With spinach tortillas in place of pasta, this 5-star recipe packs chicken breasts, black beans, corn, cheese and more into a dish you can make (and even freeze) ahead of time and then throw in the oven for a rich and bubbly Cinco De Mayo dinner.

Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Tex-Mex: Sometimes the best family meals are the ones that are easiest to make. This slow-cooker meal comes together while the kids are in school, politely waiting to be topped with sour cream, guacamole or salsa when the whole family is ready.

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Bobbing for Doughnuts — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 3rd, 2015

From climbing atop an oversize highchair to donning the now-infamous blueberry suitJet Tila will stop at nothing to prove his Cutthroat Kitchen allegiance and attempt to understand what chefs had to endure in the throes of sabotage. On tonight’s all-new After-Show, Jet, alongside Alton Brown, took his devotion one step further by trying his hand at a particularly sweet sabotage as they reflected on the challenges to befall the Evilicious tournament chefs.

The name of the game was doughnuts in Round 3, and in true diabolical fashion, Alton auctioned off a timesuck that forced one competitor to use only his mouth to free a row of doughnuts suspended from strings. Upon learning of this sabotage and seeing it for himself, Jet could do little other than laugh in sheer disbelief, though Alton was quick to challenge him to an impromptu attempt. “I’ll meet you in the middle,” Alton told him. And Jet admitted, “This sucks,” after just a few seconds of grabbing at the first doughnut. “I can’t do this!” he joked, later taking a light-hearted approach to the game, while Alton used all of his determination to power through the task at hand.

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Matcha: It’s a Trend

by in News, May 3rd, 2015

Though matcha has been around for centuries as part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, the finely ground green tea-leaf powder is taking cafes (and Instagram) by storm. Traditional green tea is made by steeping green tea leaves that are then discarded, but with matcha, whose name literally means “powdered tea,” you’re drinking the actual leaves. This whole-leaf consumption means a higher nutrition content and, more specifically, a higher concentration of antioxidants. But what about the buzz? One cup of matcha has 70 milligrams of caffeine per eight-ounce cup. Coffee has 96 milligrams for the same portion, but matcha drinkers say that their energy is more consistent, with less of a dive after the caffeine effect wears off.

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Almost-Famous Bloomin’ Onion — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 3rd, 2015

Almost-Famous Bloomin' OnionLeave it to the chefs in Food Network Kitchen to take a restaurant classic with a cult following and remake it for home cooks, stripping away the tricky chef techniques and leaving just the over-the-top flavor you crave. That’s the case with this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a crispy onion-and-dip starter inspired by the appetizer served at a steakhouse chain. This next-level recipe, featured in Food Network Magazine, features a sweet onion sliced bloomin’ style, then dredged in a cayenne-spiked batter and fried until golden brown.

For more appetizer inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Appetizers board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Bloomin’ Onion (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine

7 Taco-Flavored Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 3rd, 2015

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, get ready to reignite the age-old debate of what really makes a taco a taco. Many will argue that it’s all about the tortilla, while others claim it’s the filling that counts. And, of course, there are the endless topping options, including avocado, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro. But let’s not forget the essential herbs and spices that lend a taco its sought-after savory quality. With hints of garlic, onion, chili powder and sometimes cumin, this aromatic blend is synonymous with Mexico’s signature hand-held treat. With the right spice combination, you can have taco-flavored anything. (Think taco pizza or taco potatoes.) Try switching up your Cinco de Mayo menu with any of these clever takes on the authentic Mexican flavor.

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