Meet Your St. Paddy’s Day BFF: The Boozy Green Mint Milkshake

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 11th, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Mint Schnapps ShakesYou know those seasonal mint milkshakes that are sold at a certain fast-food joint around St. Patrick’s Day? Those can be expensive and packed with ingredients you may or may not be able to pronounce. Not ideal, right? Enter your new favorite frosty March treat.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Lee

by in Food Network Chef, March 11th, 2016

Katie LeeYou’ve met her too-cute-for-words pup Fionula, and you know that she’s a self-confessed “major workoutaholic.” But did you know that Katie Lee happens to carry hot sauce around in her purse? Yep, that’s true. FN Dish caught up with Katie at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where she showcased the brand-new recipes she created with Nutchello, a craveable drink made with plant-based milk. Read on below to hear more about those hot-sauce packets, and find out more little-known facts about this co-host of The Kitchen.

Is there one dish or ingredient that you just stay away from completely? Something you really hate?

Katie Lee: I hate wasabi. And I love spicy food, so I’m not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it. Like, wasabi mashed potatoes are, like, blah. No way.

Do you have a favorite guilty-pleasure food?
KL: French fries. I think that the french fries are, basically, they’re just to harbor ketchup. So, french fries with a lot of ketchup and really salty.

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Lemon Cheesecake Tart — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, March 11th, 2016

Lemon Cheesecake TartEating in season makes a lot of sense. Vegetables and fruits taste the best and are most nutritious and affordable when you enjoy them during the season in which they are grown and harvested. During winter and early spring, when it comes to savory preparations like dinner, the choices are clear: Root vegetables, onions and garlic are plentiful in the colder months. Stew, anyone? But while the air is cold and the days are short, what should we do about dessert?

Citrus is the delicious answer. In the winter months, when fresh berries and peaches are all but a distant memory, turn your attention to lemons, limes and oranges to make your desserts shine, as they do in this bright cheesecake tart.

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What to Watch: An All-Burger Night on Grocery Games, and Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian on All-Star Academy

by in Shows, March 11th, 2016

Alex, Geoffrey and ScottThis weekend, don’t miss all-new recipes from your favorite chefs as they celebrate old traditions. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond with comforting meals her family is always asking for, including Tamale Pie and Bean and Bacon Soup. Then, Trisha Yearwood is reminiscing with her sister, Beth, as they make “Barbie-Q” Chicken Sliders and all the fixings to go along with them. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are celebrating Pi Day with everything from traditional pies to a Sliced Pie Cocktail from Geoffrey Zakarian.

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An Eye-Opening Look at Potatoes

by in News, March 10th, 2016

An Eye-Opening Look at PotatoesTo the uninitiated, one potato may seem as good as another. But experienced cooks know that all potatoes are not all-purpose. Some are better for frying, others more suitable for salads. As with so many things, it may come down to chemistry.

“There are hundreds of different breeds of potatoes, and it turns out that beneath that yellow or brown or purple or red skin, they have quite different chemistries,” the BBC noted in a recent examination of the “humble spud.”

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6 Ways to Make Over-the-Top Foods More Over the Top … with Bacon

by in Recipes, March 10th, 2016

Chicken and Bacon WafflesLet’s have a heart-to-heart. Is there a single place where bacon does not belong? Beyond crumbling it over a once-good-for-you salad or splaying a few slices beside scrambled eggs, there are boundless ways to put salty, crispy, addictive bacon to use. Celebrate bacon and all it’s done for you by not holding back one bit; bring it into your favorite over-the-top dishes to make them even more indulgent.

Chicken and Waffles

If you thought that classic Southern combination of fried chicken and waffles was the best thing you could slather in maple syrup, think again. It’s Chicken and Bacon Waffles that’s the real win, made with diced, pan-fried bacon for a dose of salty smokiness.

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Duff Goldman and His Baking Crew Are Back in the New Series Cake Masters

by in Shows, March 10th, 2016

Duff GoldmanKnown for some of the most-massive, mind-blowingly elaborate cakes, Duff Goldman and his experts in cake design are back on Food Network with the new series Cake Masters, premiering Monday, April 11 at 9|8c. In each of the six hourlong episodes, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes view of how the unconventional cakes come to life in Duff’s shop Charm City Cakes West in Los Angeles. Throughout the season, the incredible and unpredictable cake requests test the talents of Duff and his crew of culinary masters, sculptors, special effect artists and architects, featuring some familiar faces such as Geof Manthorne.

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Cozy Up to These Extra-Cheesy Sandwiches

by in Recipes, March 10th, 2016

Mac and Cheese Grilled CheeseWhen it comes to sandwiches, you can skip the bread in favor of a wrap or skip the meat in favor of hearty veggies, but you absolutely, positively cannot skip the cheese. It’s the glue that holds everything together and usually the best part of any between-the-bread meal, so do yourself a favor and indulge in one of these masterfully cheesy creations.

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese (pictured above)
No need for spoons with your mac and cheese when you’ve got Jeff Mauro’s recipe. Refrigerate a sheet of mac and cheese before you add two slices of bread, more cheese and bacon. Cheese level: expert.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Faded Star at Starlite Restaurant and Pizza

by in Shows, March 9th, 2016

Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Starlite Restaurant and PizzaIn the new-season premiere of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his Ambush team gave one New Jersey restaurant owner the shock of her life when they showed up with an offer to renovate her West Orange, N.J., eatery, Starlite Restaurant and Pizza. Patty’s son reached out to Robert after noticing his mom’s struggles, and only after arriving did Robert see for himself the filth that had accumulated in the kitchen, as well as the stubborn staff and sorry financials. Read on below to hear from Patty to find out how her business has fared since Robert and his team overhauled her restaurant and gave it the second chance for success it deserved.

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Competitors Get a Second Chance on Guy’s Grocery Games Redemption Tournament

by in Shows, March 9th, 2016

Guy Fieri Redemption TournamentGuy Fieri welcomes back former Triple G competitors for a chance to redeem themselves and prove their culinary skills on Guy’s Grocery Games Redemption Tournament, premiering Sunday, April 3 at 8|7c. Returning contestants will battle it out in some of the toughest games Guy has ever thrown down, for a chance at up to $20,000 in the shopping spree, along with a coveted spot in the tournament’s finale. The one chef who can survive all the challenges will be crowned the Redemption Tournament Champion and earn the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 with a second shopping spree!

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