The 2016 VMAs Snack List

by in Recipes, August 26th, 2016

No awards show is complete without an ample snack supply — and that includes the MTV Video Music Awards. If you’re hosting or attending a viewing party this Sunday, it’s time to start thinking about the menu. We know you can do better than popcorn and soda, but if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our VMAs snack list, a lineup of recipes that best capture the most-celebrated videos of the year.

“Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
We’re convinced that when the members of DNCE sing about the simple pleasure of eating cake by the ocean, they have this generously frosted, two-layer red velvet recipe in mind.

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11 Standout Chicken Dishes for Summer from Guy Fieri

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 26th, 2016

Grilled chicken wings with pickled red chiles dates and fresh mint Guy Fieri’s taking us on a trip to Flavortown, and this time it’s not on the road with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Instead, the feast of flavor is happening right at home. He’s known for bringing over-the-top bold flavors to any dish he makes, and the everyday chicken dinner is no exception. Follow his lead and amp up the flavor at your next get-together with one of his fan-favorite chicken recipes.

Smoky Grilled Chicken Wings with Pickled Red Chiles, Dates and Fresh Mint (pictured above)
It takes just three ingredients — rice wine vinegar, sugar and soy sauce — to pickle the chiles and dates that give these wings bold layers of flavor.

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What to Watch: Cheat Day on Valerie’s Home Cooking, and the Premiere of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 26th, 2016

Tyler Florence Food Truck RaceAs the summer comes to a close and schedules get busier, tune in this weekend for super-simple dinner inspiration from your favorite Food Network chefs. On Saturday’s The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond is looking for tasty ways to eat low-carb, like a cauliflower-crust pizza and grilled pork with baby bok choy. Up next, the hosts of The Kitchen are simplifying dinner with five-ingredient dishes like sausage carbonara and quick sausage gumbo. After that, it’s cheat day at Valerie Bertinelli’s house, where she’s whipping up guilty-pleasure dishes like vegetable pot stickers and mini zeppoles (aka Italian fried dough) with a caramel-Marsala dipping sauce.

Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is in Florence on Giada in Italy, and she’s celebrating the life of her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis. In his honor she’s cooking up some of his favorites, like Carbonara Cacio e Pepe and Olive Oil Sorbetto with Berries and Balsamic. Later, Guy’s Grocery Games kicks off a night of intense competition with the first installment of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games, where eight top celebrity chefs will battle it out over five weeks in Guy’s toughest challenges yet. Next, it’s the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race, where six family teams will go head-to-head on the road for a chance to win $50,000. After that, Cooks vs. Cons pits pro chefs against excellent home cooks as contestants must transform frozen vegetables into a restaurant-worthy dish.

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Best Eats in America’s National Parks

by in Restaurants, August 25th, 2016

National ParkThe national parks are an American treasure. On Aug. 25, the National Park Service — which manages and preserves the country’s 412 national park areas — will celebrate its centennial. In addition to its preservation efforts, the organization maintains myriad on-site dining options that keep campers, hikers and first-time explorers fueled for the day. Read more

Fairy Bread: So Basic, So Brilliant

by in News, August 25th, 2016

Fairy Bread: So Basic, So BrilliantIt may not be (OK, it definitely isn’t) the healthiest thing to serve your kids, but the latest Internet-pleasing food trend to emerge from Australia is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with them: Fairy Bread.

What, you ask, is Fairy Bread? It’s so basic yet so brilliant: white bread smeared with butter or margarine, then liberally covered with rainbow sprinkles and cut into triangles.

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End-of-Summer Swigs You’ll Want to Make by the Pitcher

by in Drinks, August 25th, 2016

Mojito LimeadeSummer is sadly on its way out, and the only logical reaction we have to this conclusion is to raise a glass. But don’t do it alone — toast the season’s end with a crew, and serve any one of our favorite big-batch drinks.

Grab your pitcher by the handle to house Bobby Flay’s zippy, refreshing and crowd-sized Mojito Limeade. Once it’s poured into everyone’s glasses, this triple dose of lime (muddled in with the mint leaves, stirred into a minty syrup, and poured in with the rum and club soda) will electrify the senses.

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Now Is the Time to Make Preserved Lemons — Here’s How to Do It

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, Recipes, August 25th, 2016

Fall is almost here, and the time for braises, roasts and slow-cooker stews is just around the corner. One of my favorite secret weapons for adding flavor and depth with nary an extra calorie is preserved lemon. Preserved lemon, or “lemon confit,” is essentially a pickled lemon that gets chopped up and used as a condiment. The flavor is intensely lemony, bordering on sweet, and it’s more briny than citrus-acidic. You’ll see preserved lemon in many North African recipes, and once you try them, you’ll find a hundred ways to add them into your cooking.

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Ready, Set, Take Aim — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, August 24th, 2016

Wild, unpredictable and downright diabolical, the sabotages that host Alton Brown is set to unleash upon the Camp Cutthroat 2 chefs are surely going to be some of his most evilicious ever. In tonight’s premiere, we saw just how challenging they would be — for both the competitors and the judge.

Chef Kate, who managed to earn Heat 1 glory and a spot in the finale, was forced to abandon her basket ingredients for meat and potatoes, and instead she had to use what Alton called a “potato gun” to shoot for subpar replacements in Round 2. Come the After-Show, Jet Tila was prepared to take aim with the same rifle, but unfortunately for the judge, he had to wear an unwieldly suit of sticks and moss; Alton said he hoped to “level the playing field a little bit,” noting Jet’s superior shooting skills. “You’re a much better marksman than I am,” Alton admitted. However, that’s not quite what happened when the guys took aim, Jet clad in his camo getup.

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5 Speck-tacular Ways to Serve Cured Ham

by in Shows, August 24th, 2016

5 Speck-tacular Ways to Serve Cured HamBy Angela Carlos

The Season 3 Chopped Teen Tournament kicked off this week, as the first four young chefs competed to secure a spot in the grand finale, where the finalists will face off for the $25,000 prize. Don’t let their ages fool you; these teens trained like athletes for the show, arriving prepared with the tools and professional know-how to meet the rigorous demands of each mystery basket challenge.

In the appetizer round, speck was plucked from the mystery baskets and really took center stage in each of the four contestants’ dishes. You may be more familiar with the term “prosciutto” for the popular Italian charcuterie. Speck, however, is a specific variation from Italy’s northern-most Italian region, Alto Adige.

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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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