Wild Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Farrotto — The Weekender

by in Recipes, February 7th, 2014

Wild Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Farrotto - The WeekenderI discovered risotto when I was 27 years old. Before that, my only experience of anything even remotely risotto-like came from a box or involved a can of cream of mushroom soup. For a time, I made it every week as a way to stretch leftovers.

Lately I’ve been trying to eat more whole grains and fewer things that are blindingly white. I thought this meant that I’d need to give up my risotto habit entirely, but I’ve discovered that white rice isn’t the only grain with which one can make a savory pudding that stretches the end of a roast chicken into a brand-new meal.

I’ve tried it with barley, wheat berries and even oat groats, but the grain that has come out on top is definitely farro. Though some people argue about what farro is exactly, most typically believe it’s the whole-grain version of cereal crops known as einkorn, emmer and spelt.

A risotto made with farro won’t be quite as creamy as one made with rice, but it is worth making nonetheless. I really enjoy the sturdiness and texture of the grain. Unlike traditional risottos, this version reheats beautifully (though sadly, that means there’s no need to make risotto cakes).

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5 Kitchen Skills Every Health-Loving Cook Should Learn

by , February 7th, 2014

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Even if you have no aspirations of becoming your generation’s Julia Child, knowing your way around the kitchen can make cooking easier, faster and more enjoyable. Learning a few key skills can mean the difference between a healthy home-cooked ...

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What to Watch: KC from the Sunshine Band Cooks with Guy, and Chocolatey Episodes from Trisha and Giada

by in Shows, February 7th, 2014

Guy and KCThis weekend on Food Network, watch all-new morning episodes from Ree, Trisha, Rachael, Guy, Jeff, Giada and Ina. On The Kitchen, the hosts have great new ideas for using kitchen tools in different ways. Both Trisha and Giada are inspired by chocolate in cooking their recipes. Jeff’s cooking his and hers French sandwiches. And on Guy’s Big Bite, KC from KC and the Sunshine band joins Guy in the kitchen to make mole.

In the evening on Saturday, watch a special Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and on Sunday night watch a special all-burger episode of Chopped, plus a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen where the chefs must cook potato skins without either the flesh or the skin of the potato.

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Foods to Torch (on Purpose) for the Opening Ceremonies

by in Events, Recipes, February 6th, 2014

Foods to Torch (on Purpose) for the Opening CeremoniesTo us, nothing says Olympics like a pie on fire. On Friday, one of the most-epic torch relays in recent memory comes to an end at the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia. If you’re feeling inspired to follow along, here’s some food to set alight in the privacy of your own home.

Let’s start simple, with torched desserts. Alton’s Creme Brulee is classic and straightforward; Food Network Kitchen’s Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake has a bit of a twist.

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#TBT: Marcela Valladolid

by in Food Network Chef, February 6th, 2014

Marcela ValladolidIt’s Thursday, and while that means everyone is just one day away from the weekend, it also means it’s time to throw back — to an earlier period in Food Network’s history. Check back on FN Dish every Thursday to find the latest #tbt of your favorite chefs and get a retro look at their earliest days on TV.

While Marcela Valladolid may be one of five fresh faces on the all-new series The Kitchen, she got her start on Food Network as the premiere resource on Mexican cuisine. Born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, this culinary school-trained chef spent time as a caterer before moving stateside to pursue her first-ever Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy.

Marcela recently told FN Dish that her culinary point of view is “quick, easy, approachable and Mexican at the core,” which is likely why her go-to recipes from Mexican Made Easy have become some of fans’ favorite Mexican dishes. With her relatable explanations and helpful tips, she’s broken down traditional cooking techniques to make them simple for home cooks and has shared recipes for reinvented classics, like Mexico City-Style Tacos, Easiest-Ever Chicken Mole Enchiladas and Shrimp Ceviche.

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Vote for Your Favorite Celebrity — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 6th, 2014

CelebritiesYou’ve watched all season long as eight celebrities have cooked, competed, won and lost on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. Now with just four celebrities remaining, the Season 3 finale, Monday 9|8c, will determine the one who will be named the Rachael vs. Guy champion. On Team Rachael there’s Florence and Penn, and on Team Guy there’s Tiffany and Herschel. Who do you think has what it takes to win it all? FN Dish breaks down the MVPs.

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Winning Chicken Dinners — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 6th, 2014

Winning Chicken DinnersChicken got its crown as the darling of the dinner table for a reason. It’s lean, versatile and easy to cook, and it also lays the foundation for some of our favorite comforting recipes. Your mother’s chicken noodle fixes you up like nothing over the counter ever could, and a spicy Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili proves that comfort foods don’t have to be dull. Whether you’re cutting into a full chicken, nibbling it by the wing or taking in tender shreds with a spoon, these comforting chicken recipes are stick-to-your-ribs good.

This time, what’s comforting is what’s crunchy. Pat and Gina’s Oven-Fried Chicken skips the deep-fry dunk for a lighter dose of home-cooked goodness — without forsaking that vital crispy exterior. For another oven-baked main, Ina’s bright Lemon Chicken Breasts are boneless, but she keeps the skin intact for added flavor.

When it comes to comfort, a big bowl of soup is the name of the game. For some, a steaming bowl of Matzo Ball Soup or Ree’s Chicken and Noodles is a weekly necessity. For others, Southern-style recipes like Sunny’s Easy Chicken and Dumplings bring it all home.

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Dessert Doyenne Kerry Vincent Answers the Call for Help on Save My Bakery

by in Shows, February 6th, 2014

Kerry Vincent Viking PastriesStale bakeries are no more when Kerry Vincent comes in and works her expertise in Food Network’s new series Save My Bakery, premiering March 19 8|7c. With years of professional experience to call upon, Kerry revives bakeries’ selections of sweets as well as their sliding sales. Kerry’s mission is to reinvigorate local bakeries and put them back on the neighborhood radar. At the same time, she mends strained relationships that often are at the center of these failing businesses. As a master sugar artist and cake designer, and an inductee in the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame and the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame, there’s no better person for the job. Food Network fans may also remember Kerry from Food Network Challenge, where she served as head judge.

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5 Brilliant Ways to Build a Better Taco

by , February 6th, 2014

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Breaking news in the No-More-Excuses Department: Even tacos can be healthy when you prepare them the right way. Step 1: Try these recipes. Step 2: Never look back.

1. Tofu Tacos (above, from Food Network Magazine)
Yep, you heard that right: tofu. If...

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Watch: Aras Baskauskas (Survivor Winner) Talks His One Last Bite

by in View All Posts, February 6th, 2014

YouTube Preview ImageThe question has been asked many times: What would you eat for your last meal? Food Network decided to ask some of the most-interesting people around the world this very query. If you really sit down and think about it, it’s not so easy to answer.

Click play on the video above to watch Aras Baskauskas, winner of Survivor: Panama and a contestant on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, tell Food Network about his choice for “one last bite on Earth” and the story behind it. Prepare to drool.