A Quick-Fix Breakfast Secret: Smoothies Without the Blender

by in Food Network Chef, January 24th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianThey say breakfast is the most-important meal of the day because it kick-starts the day with energy-giving nutrients. I agree, and there is another reason why I think we should all give our breakfasts a second look: The choices I make early in the day impact the choices I make later in the day. And that means that eating a healthy breakfast means that eating healthier throughout the day will just plain be easier. (And I’m all for anything that makes healthy living easy living!)

I make no secret about how much I love a morning smoothie! I can toss just about anything in my blender and within seconds I have a portable breakfast that I can sip as I take the dog for her morning walk, or read my morning devotional. Both of my cookbooks feature smoothie recipes that range from the trusty Green Morning Smoothie in Ten Dollar Dinners to the caffeinated Coffee-Oat Smoothie in Supermarket Healthy. Ask me what my favorite kitchen appliance is and you’ll probably find me waxing poetic about my trusty blender and how I use it multiple times a day, making everything from protein drinks to fruity smoothies for the kids’ snacks to raw veggie soups.

But what about those days when I don’t have access to my blender? How does a smoothie lover go about making a blenderless smoothie?

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Football Fan Fare: What’s Your Favorite Game-Day Dish?

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2015

Katie Lee and Jeff MauroAs is the case in many homes on game day, The Kitchen co-hosts’ football fete featured the ultimate roster of tailgate classics on this morning’s all-new episode. From meaty nachos and next-level chicken wings to deep-dish pizza, chile con queso and boozy slushes, the cast showcased a savory spread of hearty eats and drinks all worthy of your big-game bash.

FN Dish wants to know, when it comes to indulging at your football party, what snack do you most prefer? Are you a fan of sticky, saucy Buffalo-style wings, or do you prefer the warming comfort of beefy chili? Do you dig into creamy dips right away, or do you skip the savory selects to save room for sweet brownies? Share your favorite fan fare by voting in the poll below.

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Made-Over Game-Day Recipes to Lighten Up Your Party

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 24th, 2015


Our Food Network Kitchen gave heavy game-day fare (think Buffalo chicken dip and potato skins) a healthy makeover with lighter takes on classic recipes. So now you can snack through halftime without feeling like you’ve eaten your weight in guacamole.

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Playing for Pride: Competition Without the Prize — Duff Goldman’s Take on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

Duff Goldman
Duff Goldman’s new show, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c (with a sneak peek Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c), might be the first of its kind: a competition show with no final prize, no money, nothing, nada, zilch, except for the Golden Whisk, the only physical reward. On Duff Till Dawn, it’s not $10,000 or $25,000 on the line; it’s pride. The Golden Whisk, well, it’s just the proverbial icing on the cake. It’s just about as good as any award show statuette, as any of the winning bakers is free to rub it in other bakers’ faces, having earned bragging rights. But at the bottom of it all, “it’s a really fresh take on competition,” Duff said, where everyone gets to show off what they can do.

FN Dish caught up with the artiste extraordinaire, owner of Charm City Cakes and maker of epically awesome cakes, to talk about the concept of the new show, actually competing from dusk till dawn in his bakery and why there is no monetary reward.

What Makes Duff Till Dawn so Unique in Duff’s Opinion

5 Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Cheese, Crackers and Carbs

by in Recipes, January 23rd, 2015

Carrots & Dip Taste TestGot a carb lover on your hands? A couple of pintsize cheese addicts? Me too. In fact, I have four small kids, and sometimes it seems like they’ll eat only cheese, crackers and other carbs (CCC), at least without a fuss. When we’re in a CCC rut, I break out a few of these delicious alternatives.

Carrots and Dip Taste Test: Hear me out. If your kids don’t like raw veggies, give them a choice of a few dips (salad dressings, hummus or whatever you have in the fridge), and ask them to pick a winner. Alternatively, pick their favorite dressing — say, ranch — and offer three to four kinds of raw veggies to dip right in. Have them declare a favorite vegetable instead.

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10 Great Ideas for Getting Your Kids Involved in Grocery Shopping

by in Family, Shows, January 23rd, 2015

Shopping with KidsHow often do you put off grocery shopping as long as possible to avoid having to take your kids with you? You can already hear them moaning, groaning and grabbing for every last food that you don’t want to buy. These ideas will have you actually excited to shop as a family, watching your little ones learning as they go, and excited about all the nutritious foods they will be asking to eat throughout the week!

10. Always have a list. Before you leave the house, make a list and stick to it.

9. Ask kids what they want to add to the list and then make them responsible for finding the items in the store.

8. Before you leave the house, take inventory of your kitchen. Assess what you actually use on a regular basis and notice which items sit in your pantry for months on end. Make a mental or literal note to avoid those items while shopping.

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What to Watch: Game Day Specials all Weekend Long and a Special Preview of Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

The KitchenPlan your big-game menu this weekend with Food Network. Tune in on Saturday for Ree Drummond’s two-way chicken nachos and desserts for game day. On The Kitchen, the chefs are offering countless party planning tips and slow-cooker recipes that will win over your guests. Chef Anne Burrell joins the cast to show off her mouthwatering turkey burgers.

On Sunday, watch Giada De Laurentiis and Daphne Brogdon cook up their special game-day snacks. Don’t forget to tune in at night, because the competitions are starting to heat up. Watch Guy’s Grocery Games, Worst Cooks in America, Cutthroat Kitchen and the special sneak peek of Duff Till Dawn.

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This Robotic Bartender Will Mix a Perfect Cocktail in Five Seconds

by in Drinks, News, January 22nd, 2015

SomabarLots of us enjoy drinking craft cocktails, but not all of us enjoy making them – or even really know how. And alas, perhaps all too few of us have a cute mixologist who will whip them up “with a little bit of love.”

A new gadget that’s just gotten funded (and then some) on Kickstarter is aiming to render that human mixologist obsolete and take the handmade beverage high-tech. The Somabar, which its makers describe as a “robotic bartender for your home,” is a craft-cocktail appliance that looks sort of like a SodaStream on steroids. Users download an app onto their smartphones (both Android and iOS) and then connect via WiFi to the Somabar, which they’ve preloaded with their favorite cocktail ingredients (spirits, mixers and the like), to order the mixed drink of their choice. Seconds later, they can be taking their first sip of a carefully calibrated, scientifically mixed cocktail.

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Power Balls — The Weekender

by in Recipes, January 22nd, 2015

Power BallsMy husband and I are working on buying our first house. So far we have done a ton of research, taken carloads of stuff that we don’t want to move to Goodwill and pulled way back on our spending in order to save every extra penny for this giant purchase.

One way we’re tightening our budget is by focusing on our food expenses. I’ve given up $4 cups of pour over coffee, and my husband is taking his lunch to work most days. We’re focusing on meal planning, reducing waste and eating less meat.

I’m also trying to make a few snack-y convenience foods to replace the ones I might otherwise buy while I’m out running errands, which is how Trisha Yearwood’s Power Balls came into my life.

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Chefs’ Takes on the Gooiest Mac and Cheese Ever — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 22nd, 2015

Macaroni and CheeseWhen you have a hankering for some serious comfort, a bowl of steamy macaroni and cheese is perhaps the only way to go. But before you put a from-the-box take on mac on the stove — or, dare we say, in the microwave — stir together a cheesy, comforting bowl of macaroni and cheese the from-scratch way. These mac and cheese recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs should help the cause.

The best things in life don’t need to be fiddled with, and Tyler Florence’s recipe for classic Macaroni and Cheese is creamy, dreamy proof. With elbow macaroni, grated cheddar, and a little depth from dry mustard and thyme, Tyler’s dish is a go-to recipe to have in your arsenal.

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