6 Love-Fueled Strategies for Crushing It on Valentine’s Day

by in Holidays, February 8th, 2016

Non-Candy Valentine's Day TreatsReady or not, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast — it’s this Sunday. Though your typical mode of operation might not entail much more than a dinner reservation and a trip to the florist (or, hey, even the drugstore for a last-minute box of waxy truffles), this is the year that everything is going to be different. No, we’re not charging you with the task of making a handcrafted molten chocolate lava cake, or even suggesting you make a multicourse meal. Instead, we’ve got thoughtful, unexpected and unconventional ways to show your love you care.

Skip the Sugar Rush

Stop right there! Before you reach for sugar-shock-inducing treats for the one you love, go for something less expected. We’ve got easy ideas for Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Treats that upgrade unassuming foods to giftworthy status. Plus, they work as quirky valentines for your kids as well.

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Chocolate Ramen, a Valentine’s Day Curiosity

by in News, February 8th, 2016

Chocolate Ramen, a Valentine's Day CuriosityValentine’s Day and chocolate go together like, well, anything else and chocolate. The idea that chocolate makes everything better, however, is being put to the test by a Tokyo ramen chain, Mensho, which has just introduced chocolate ramen as a special Valentine’s Day treat.

Chocolate plus ramen: two delicious foods together for the first time. What’s not to like? Plenty, as it happens.

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Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 8th, 2016

Rice Bowls with Fried EggsAs with soup and tacos, there aren’t exactly rules when it comes to creating a rice bowl, just a set of loose guidelines that you can follow to craft your ultimate finished product. Rice will provide a blank-canvas base, much like broth in a soup and a shell in tacos; then it’s up to you to pick the veggie add-ins and a protein. The options are seemingly endless — not to mention convenient. If you find yourself with a refrigerator full of strays, like that half-full container of prepared rice, those two random carrots and a handful of black beans, you’re well on your way to a complete dinner. Food Network Magazine utilized a similar approach in its recipe for Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs, which is easy enough that you can execute it on even the busiest of weeknights in just 30 quick minutes.

Featuring a hearty base of ready-to-go brown rice, these fuss-free bowls are topped with earthy shiitake mushrooms and tender broccoli, as well as bright snow peas. Sauteing the veggies in a mixture of tangy teriyaki sauce and a squeeze of Sriracha ensures that there will be plenty of flavor and a bit of subtle spice throughout. To bring even more heft to the bowl, finish the dish with a sunny-side-up egg for a boost of protein, and drizzle with more Sriracha for added heat.

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Spicy Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil: The Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 8th, 2016

Spaghetti Aglio e OlioThe hearts, the roses, the chocolate candy … It’s tough to escape the culture of Valentine’s Day once February 1 rolls around. If, for whatever reason, you’re not embracing all things red and pink these days — and instead running away from them — this Valentine’s Day dinner is for you.

It takes just 15 minutes and five everyday ingredients to make Geoffrey Zakarian’s Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, aka spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. This fan-favorite recipe gets a boost of welcome heat from a generous pinch of red pepper flakes, while the sauce comes together in a quick saute; just use a few splashes of pasta water to create a silky sauce out of the garlic slices and oil. Go ahead and slurp up each and every noodle and revel in that garlicky flavor.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 7th, 2016

Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 7th, 2016

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

Mardi Gras Must-Eats in New Orleans and Beyond

by in Restaurants, February 7th, 2016

King Cake

By Kiri Tannenbaum and Erin Zimmer

This Mardi Gras, whether you’re in the Crescent City or celebrating from miles away, you should track down a taste of Creole cuisine. We’ve rounded up the best places to celebrate, whether you’re kicking up your heels with signature cocktails in Washington, D.C., spooning out gumbo in Los Angeles or enjoying a locals-approved French Quarter feast. As they say in New Orleans, laissez les bons temps rouler: Let the good times roll!  Read more

Shockingly Healthy (and Easy) Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 7th, 2016

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and GritsWhile most comfort foods conjure images of hearty decadence and over-the-top indulgence, believe it or not, a satisfying meal can be healthy. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a good-for-you take on a traditionally rich pick, shrimp and grits; it features all the flavors and textures you know and crave in the classic rendition, with cheesy, creamy grits and tender, lemony shrimp, but it’s made sans cream and with only a bit of butter, so the results turn out lighter. Perhaps best of all, this fan-favorite dish can be on the table in only 30 quick minutes.

Visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest for more savory and sweet ideas for fill-you-up fare.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits from Food Network Magazine  

7 Gooey Chocolate Treats for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

by in Family, Recipes, February 7th, 2016

Chocolate FondueNothing says happy Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate. Stick with these seven recipes to wow your family with easy, sweet-tooth-satisfying treats.

Chocolate Fondue
This easy, creamy fondue comes together in minutes and works for dunking your pick of fresh fruit.

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Chefs’ Picks: Treats for a Snowy Day

by in Restaurants, February 6th, 2016

Cookie Butter Hot Chocolate

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

With winter storms blanketing the country, there are plenty of snow days. Before you turn to reheated leftovers and a packet of hot chocolate, borrow a recipe from these snow-inspired chefs who have the perfect ways to warm up after snowball fights or shoveling. Read more