Go Orange in September and Help End Childhood Hunger

by in Community, September 8th, 2013

Go Orange to Help End Childhood HungerToday, cable networks, including Food Network and Cooking Channel, will join together in an effort to end childhood hunger. You’ll notice iconic logos in orange in support of September being Hunger Awareness Month. Go Orange is designed to raise public awareness for an issue that affects almost 50 million people every day — 16 million of those going hungry are children. The impact of hunger on society runs deep: It’s It’s a health issue, it’s a school-performance issue and it’s an economic issue. The hope is that it can soon be a nonissue. September’s Go Orange campaign strives to engage the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

For more info, go to FoodNetwork.com/Hungry or NoKidHungry.org.

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Fans, Can You Name That Set?

by in Community, September 7th, 2013

Name That SetWeek after week you tune in to see your favorite stars’ shows and watch as they turn out signature specialties with ease. You’re familiar with their cooking styles, can list their go-to ingredients and have memorized some of their best recipes. But could you identify the set on which each tapes if they weren’t standing in it? If the space was simply empty? FN Dish is kicking off a brand-new series in which we’re challenging you, the fans, to name that set.

Take a peek at the photo above for the premiere challenge. Do you know which chef calls this space his or her own? For help in answering, check out the clues below to find hints; then click to find out if you guessed correctly.

1. This set was also home to an epic Thanksgiving throwdown with Bobby Flay back in 2010.

2. For the chef and popular blogger who cooks here, this space isn’t just a set; it’s also his or her recipe test kitchen, and he or she lives just down the road from here.

3. Not pictured above are the pair of basset hounds and several cats that frequently make guest appearances on this star’s show.

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3 Ways to Build a Better Lunchbox — School Days

by in Family, Recipes, September 7th, 2013

Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta SaladSchool is officially in session, which means that for the roughly nine months ahead, you’ll be facing an almost daily challenge of deciding with what lunch to send you child to school. This year, instead of finding kids’ half-eaten sandwiches and untouched celery sticks at the end of the day, guarantee a happier lunchtime — and, more importantly, full bellies — with these three easy strategies for building a better lunchbox. Check out Food Network’s suggestions, then start the conversation about your child’s favorite school lunches in the comments below.

1. Embrace Little Helpers
To improve the lunchbox-packing process, start at the beginning: the grocery shopping for lunch ingredients. Invite your kids to come to the supermarket with you and let them suggest what kinds of foods you buy. It may be as simple as asking them if they prefer apples or orange segments as the fruit of the day, deli turkey or ham on their sandwich, and carrots or cherry tomatoes as the veggie of choice, but the idea is to make kids feel included in the building of their lunches. Ultimately, if kids are invested in their food, they’re more likely to eat it. (This notion holds true come dinnertime, so if you struggle with picky eaters at supper, consider these grocery shopping trips as a means of getting kids excited about all of their meals.)

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You Asked Food Network Stars

by in Food Network Magazine, September 6th, 2013

September 2013 Food Network Magazine

Food Network stars answer your burning questions in the September 2013 issue of Food Network Magazine.

Giada, your daughter, Jade, has such a mature palate. As the mother of an 8-month-old, I wonder if you have any advice to ensure my child will like different cuisines and not just kid stuff.
Ann Kording from Woodbridge, Va.

You can’t feed her kid stuff. As soon as she starts eating solids, you need to make her real food. Eight months is a little young because there are a lot of things she can’t eat yet, but as soon as possible she needs to eat what you eat. I grew up eating adult food with my parents, and Jade eats what we eat, too.
Giada De Laurentiis

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The Sloppy Lo — The Weekender

by in Recipes, September 6th, 2013

The Sloppy Lo - The WeekenderDuring my first few years of elementary school, my family lived in Los Angeles. Because it was almost always warm enough to eat outside, my school didn’t have a cafeteria. Instead, we just had an outdoor courtyard with plastic picnic tables and a small window through which hot lunches were dispensed.

I was mostly a brown-bag kid in those days, but occasionally, when something on the monthly menu particularly spoke to me, my parents would give me a dollar and let me buy lunch. I always asked to buy lunch on the days when they served sloppy joes.

I think part of the reason had to do with how it was served. The saucy meat came packaged in a little aluminum tray, covered tightly with foil. On top, they’d stack a waxed paper dish that held the bun and a plastic cup of applesauce or fruit cocktail. You’d go to your seat with a carton of milk, a napkin and a plastic spork to assemble your very own sandwich. I loved it.

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Premieres of Cupcake Wars and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off

by in Shows, September 6th, 2013

RvG Kids Cook-OffThis weekend, it’s all about the competitions on Food Network. First, on Saturday, four cupcake bakers will compete to win an opportunity to cater a launch party for Jessica Alba’s new brand, The Honest Company. Then on Sunday, eight kids enter into competition, joining either Team Rachael or Team Guy, ready to cook for the chance to win a Web series. On The Great Food Truck Race, the five remaining teams race to South Dakota, where the challenges include cooking buffalo. Then tune in for the ultimate in sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen and watch a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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Chef Wanted: The Pear Southern Bistro Update

by in Shows, September 5th, 2013

Chef Wanted chefsOn tonight’s Chef Wanted, chef/owner Rodney Worth was looking for an executive chef for his restaurant The Pear Southern Bistro in Napa, Calif. He and his wife, Natalie, own and operate six restaurants in Northern California, and handing over the reins of The Pear to another chef would allow Rodney to spend more time with their kids. Anne Burrell brought in four viable candidates for the job opportunity, but only one got the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.

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2013 Food Network Stadium Eats Touchdowns

by in News, September 5th, 2013

2013 Food Network Stadium Eats TouchdownIt’s official: Football season has arrived with the Ravens taking on the Broncos in the kickoff game tonight. From now until February, the majority of Sundays will be spent on the couch watching the games and eating ultimate comfort foods like chilis, wings and dips galore. But if you find yourself headed to the stadium, check out Food Network’s all-new concession lineup straight from the chefs at Food Network Kitchens.

Six NFL stadiums are serving up offerings like sloppy joes, hot hogs, brisket sandwiches, and mac and cheese. The signature sloppy joes are a drool-worthy combination of ground beef and slab bacon chunks with slow-cooked tomatoes topped with shredded pepper Jack cheese and fried onions. The hot dogs are topped with baked beans, mustard and corn chips. Don’t forget to snag a locally inspired menu item at each stadium.

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