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.
Leave 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
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.
There are probably those among us who consider bending an elbow to raise a beer to be the height of exercise. Those people may want to consider a relatively new product called MugMuscles.
A beer stein with one of those hand-grip exercisers built right into the handle, the product aims to let you work out and drink beer at the same time. (You may want to wait to squeeze the gizmo between sips, though, to prevent unfortunately timed spills.)
The ingredients for horchata vary depending on the particular recipe’s country of origin. For example, in Mexico and many parts of Latin America, horchata is made from white rice, almonds, sugar and cinnamon (sometimes with milk added). In Spain, it’s made from tiger nuts, also known as chufas (a dried root vegetable that is gaining popularity here in the United States). In Puerto Rico, sesame seeds and sweetened condensed milk form the basis for the drink. No matter how you make your own horchata, when served chilled, it’s a refreshing beverage for any time of day. Being the whole-food enthusiast that I am, I like to make horchata with brown rice instead of white rice, and with pure maple syrup in place of white sugar. I also soak the raw almonds overnight to increase their nutritional value. Thanks to the nuts, this horchata is rich and creamy without the addition of dairy milk. Although it’s irresistible plain, it can be fun to add in some of your favorite flavors. Blending in fresh fruits or berries is a great way to turn this otherwise light drink into a more substantial snack.
While you may be familiar with adding a punch of heat to traditional savory favorites like tacos — both hard-shelled and soft-shelled — as well as chicken, on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen the co-hosts shared three new ways to feel the sweet burn in sweet treats. To key to ensuring that spicy ingredients don’t overpower a dessert is to balance those flavors with naturally sweet ones, which Sunny Anderson, Geoffrey Zakarian and Katie Lee demonstrate in their must-try recipes. Read on below to see how they do it.
It takes only three ingredients to make Sunny’s Paprika Ganache, boasting the smoky heat of Hungarian paprika. After just a few minutes of resting together, the warm cream will melt the spice-spiked semisweet chocolate and the mixture will be ready to stir until smooth.
Trend alert: It may sound nutty, but pistachio cocktails are all the rage in drinking establishments across the country.
“Drink makers are not only rimming glasses with the crushed green nuts, but creating syrups, foams, orgeat and even infusing whiskey, sherry, and brandy,” Eater reports. “Almond who?”
At Gunshow in Atlanta, bartender Mercedes O’Brien is using infused pistachio rye as “the focus” of her Boulevardier-inspired Forager, combining it with strawberry Campari and coconut sweet vermouth, Eater notes. In Chicago, Sable Kitchen & Bar lead bartender John Stanton riffs on a mai tai, incorporating pistachio syrup into his Dans Le Nuit, which also includes Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac, lemon juice, Marie Brizard orange curacao and simple syrup, garnished with orange peel.
We’re just days away from Cinco de Mayo. Have you bought your tortilla chips yet? If not, there’s still time to shop — and make salsa — but perhaps the more important question is whether you’ve dug out your blender from the back of the cupboard. You’ll be using that trusty appliance to whirl together the only cocktail you need on Cinco: a frozen margarita. While a margarita on the rocks will surely get the job done, frozen margaritas are a bit more indulgent and worthy of a celebration, if you ask us, and thanks to the blender, they’re a cinch to pull together in a hurry. Start with Food Network Magazine’s easy recipe for a lime-flavored classic, then dress up the tequila-spiked original with flavorful, fruity add-ins.
May is a big month for celebrations — and eating. Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day are just around the corner, and Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it. Get inspiration for all three occasions, plus every day in between, from Food Network Magazine’s Color Issue! It’s filled with vibrant seasonal dishes to match the (hopefully) sunny springtime weather.
To help you decide which recipes to make first, editors and recipe developers weighed in with their favorites. Spoiler: You’ll want to host a pizza night soon. Staffers are very excited about the prebaked crust with customized toppings (pictured above). Find out below what else they’re loving.
Start building your Cinco de Mayo menu this weekend with Mexican-inspired recipes and spicy dishes from Food Network. On Saturday morning, The Pioneer Woman is cooking up a Tex-Mex feast featuring a layered Mexican Salad, Taco Potatoes, Green Chile Chicken and Key Lime Pie. Next, Trisha Yearwood is bringing on the heat with her Penne with Spicy Sausage Sauce on a new Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Then, on The Kitchen, the chefs are giving you the lowdown on three spicy ingredients you could use in everyday cooking and teaching a lesson on the differences between Tex-Mex and Mexican tacos. Also, special guest Marc Murphy will be serving a juicy and spicy skirt steak.
On Sunday morning, watch Giada at Home for a variety of savory 15-minute pasta recipes that are perfect for weeknight dinners. Then, don’t miss the spicy food lineups on Southern at Heart and Farmhouse Rules for flavorful recipes like Damaris Phillips’ Enchalasagna and Nancy Fuller’s famous Spicy Three-Meat Chili, Jalapeno Cornbread and a Fiery Triple Chocolate Cream Pie. In the evening, starting at 8|7c, tune in for action-packed competition and a whole lot of laughs on new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games, Spring Baking Championship and Cutthroat Kitchen.