Sacre bleu! Zut alors! Insert any other French expression of surprise you may be able to come up with here. The French — longtime high-culinary-standard upholders and slow meal eaters — are now consuming unpretentious fast-food staples like burgers and pizza at an astounding pace.
That’s right: salads that kids will love. That kids do love. We have four small fry at my place, and believe it or not, they’re totally becoming salad converts. These recipes are the reasons why.
Simple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there’s perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce. From baked eggs and eggplant Parmesan to pizza and pasta, there’s no shortage of ways to put this quick-fix sauce to work.
Pie is finite. Pi just keeps going. That is one of the reasons it’s fun to think about: It goes on forever. When I was little kid, about 314 years ago, I would to try to imagine something going on forever. I would lie in the dark and think about the universe going on and on, but kept finding myself thinking about the end. And when that happened, I would make myself imagine that it kept going. This felt like the mental version of doing more sit-ups than you can comfortably manage. Making the pie in this video was a little like that, because it took a long time.
In Food Network Kitchen, we rolled out some pie dough and looked up the number for pi on one of our phones, and we cut out the numbers in order for what felt like forever, though it literally probably only took about 30 minutes. Then we ran out of dough. Then we put the numbers on a blueberry pie, baked it and ate it. It was pretty good! Soon there were no more slices. But, honestly, with pie you want that to happen, because finishing one pie leaves room for the next one. Happy Pi Day!
Trust us when we say that this isn’t your everyday fruit dessert. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week (pictured above) starts with juicy, fresh strawberries and transforms them with an ingredient sidekick: balsamic vinegar. Not just for your salad dressings, this tangy vinegar turns sweet and syrupy when reduced, and offers a welcome bite when paired with the berries. Serve the strawberries atop smooth vanilla-laced ricotta cheese for a cool, creamy treat that’s surprisingly healthy (yes, really).
For more sweet and savory favorites, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream
Like many people, I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. What this means is that I get a “share” of items from a particular local farm, or group of farmers, every week, an assortment of seasonal produce (and occasionally other things, like honey or eggs). Every week is a bit of a surprise, though if you are familiar with what is in season in your area you’ll have some idea of what might be in the box.
There are lots of benefits to joining a CSA. You get to cook in tune with the seasons, you get products that are super-fresh and local, you get to support your area farms and you get inspired to try things you might not pick up in a supermarket. But with this last benefit can come a challenge: “What the $#@! do I do with this (fill in the blank)?” Even if you’re a seasoned cook, you may not have cooked with every ingredient that comes your way; or perhaps you have, but you need some new inspiration for that rutabaga/kohlrabi/chard/what have you. That’s what this column is for: to provide you with inspiration and recipes to make the most of your little farmers market in a box. Read more
If you think pies are served only for dessert, with thick and syrupy sweetened-fruit fillings, think again. The co-hosts on The Kitchen introduced savory versions on this morning’s episode, just in time for Pi Day (March 14, aka 3.14). While Katie Lee’s next-level take on a chicken pot pie brings new possibilities for dinnertime decadence, Sunny Anderson’s breakfast-inspired pie reinvents the shepherd’s pie wheel. Read on below to get their recipes and see how they do it.
Instagramming your food may not do much for the people you’re eating with, especially if they feel compelled to sit there, politely waiting as their meals get cold, while you set up the perfect beauty shot, tinker with your filters, settle on the right hashtag and post a photo for the masses to admire. But stopping to snap a photo of your food may be helping you in ways you hadn’t even considered — ways that go way beyond impressing everyone following your feed.
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, but it’s become more socially acceptable to get drunk off of green beer and do a bar crawl than to actually sit down and enjoy some nice bar fare and a good beer. So, to break with that tradition, we asked chefs around the country to share their favorite Irish pub — no green bagels allowed.