3 of a Kind: Artisan Ice

by in Restaurants, August 24th, 2016

Artisan Ice, The Doris Cocktail

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Mixologists have been shaking things up behind the bar with rare spirits and unexpected ingredients ever since the craft cocktail movement gained momentum across the country, but some are now expanding their creativity even further by experimenting with an oft-overlooked element of the drink: the ice cube. Their efforts — part science, part art — have resulted in a whole new way to change the flavor profile of a cocktail or balance out a single spirit.

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A Watermelon Cake to Put a Grin on Your Face

by in Recipes, August 24th, 2016

It’s widely known that cakes shaped like other foods are the foolproof secret to wowing party guests. Just look at Food Network Magazine’s nacho cake, popcorn cake or guacamole cake and try not to smile. Before summer ends, we suggest you give our watermelon cake a try too.

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Camp Cutthroat Takes Over Snapchat

by in Shows, August 24th, 2016

Alton Brown is out for revenge. After last summer’s evil sabotages and ridiculous antics, Camp Cutthroat is coming back for its second season with even more surprises and challenges. But before you tune in for the premiere on August 24 at 10 p.m., head over to Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel, because Camp Cutthroat is taking over. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the madness that is Camp Cutthroat. Don’t wait too long, though, because Alton’s crazy antics and savvy sabotages will stay on Snapchat for only 24 hours.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Battle 1 Winner

by in Shows, August 23rd, 2016

Jared and KamrynChopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s first round, four teens entered the prestigious kitchen to try their hands at decoding the mystery baskets. Even with advanced practice, nothing can prepare a chef for the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. And the key to unlocking the ingredients isn’t always obvious from the get-go. The teens took the challenge in stride, bringing their raw talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner

Spike It: Frosty Coconut Margaritas

by in Drinks, August 23rd, 2016

Frosty Coconut MargaritasI’m getting on the frozen-margarita train! There is a time and a place. Luckily, for us that time and place is right now.

My first-ever margarita was on the rocks with salt — this was how my mom always ordered them, and I didn’t even want to try a frozen one. I thought that a frozen margarita probably came from one of those frozen-concentrate tubes in the freezer. I wanted the real thing; hence my love for rocks and lots of salt. But then! A few years ago I had a frosty mojito and it was to die for. It tasted legit, not like a fake store-bought mix blended with ice. I started making them at home, and then one day, when it was super-hot and we had friends over, I decided to try it with a margarita.

Here’s what makes this magical: frozen coconut-milk cubes! Instead of making ice, a day before (or whenever … I think it’s lovely to have these on hand for a spur-of-the-moment frosty cocktail), pour some coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. These cubes not only prevent the drink from being watered down by lots of ice, but add some extra creamy coconut flavor. It’s reminiscent of a really good pina colada, but with tequila and lime, and minus the pineapple.

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Lunches for Your Sandwich-Hating Kid

by in Family, Recipes, August 23rd, 2016

Sandwiches have been the default lunchbox meal for generations. Rightfully so: They’re easy, they’re portable, they require no utensils, and — if well-constructed — they hold up well until lunchtime. But what to do if your kid is just not that into meals between bread this year? Never fear. These kid-friendly recipes are nearly as simple — and just as portable — as a PB&J. Read more

Take a Tour of Marc Murphy’s Beachside Oasis

by in Food Network Chef, August 23rd, 2016

The FoyerAt Marc Murphy’s Hamptons home, every day feels like a vacation. His seven-bedroom Bridgehampton, N.Y., house is complete with getaway favorites, including a bocce court, a swimming pool and hanging outdoor lounge chairs. But the real highlight of the 7,000-square-foot home is its expansive deck space. The outdoor lounge and dining area (complete with a 12-foot dinner table and state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen) was made for Marc’s favorite pastime: entertaining. “There are people literally always here,” says Marc’s wife, Pam. Take a peek at their waterfront home and you’ll see why. Read more

Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than Ever

by in Drinks, News, August 22nd, 2016

Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than EverBack in the ’80s, wine in a box was pretty much the opposite of a status symbol — an indication that you clearly favored quantity and convenience over quality, when it came to wine. Boxed wines were a bottom-of-the-barrel, bulk affair. (You millennials will have to take your elders’ word for it.) Serious sippers wouldn’t go near anything that didn’t come in a bottle, with a cork.

In recent years, of course, a lot has changed when it comes to wine packaging, and now boxed wines are a different breed than they used to be. That is to say that many of them are actually quite good.

Here are a few things to know about wine in a box — then and now:

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7 Nut-Free Snacks to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2016

Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.

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Watch the Premiere of Food Network Star Kids to Enter Our Lucky Star $10K Giveaway

by in Contests, Shows, August 22nd, 2016

Food Network Star KidsIt was just last month that Tregaye Fraser joined the Food Network family after besting 12 finalists in a game-changing season of Food Network Star. Now the search for Star power is on again, but this time it’s all about the next generation.

Food Network Star Kids premieres tonight at 8|7c with a pintsize competition featuring 10 ambitious young cooks, each with uncanny culinary chops and a too-cute-for-words personality. These finalists must prove to mentors Donal Skehan and Tia Mowry that they have skills in the kitchen and a natural air on camera, if they want to be crowned Food Network’s first-ever Star Kid in just six weeks. And fans watching at home can take home a starry prize just by tuning in.

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