Kid-Friendly Cheese Quesadillas — Meatless Monday

by in Family, Recipes, January 21st, 2013

Cheese Quesadillas
Just when you thought between the late nights at the office, your child’s after-school sports practices and a seemingly never-ending list of errands that you simply don’t have time to cook a from-scratch supper during the week, Paula introduces her recipe for Cheese Quesadillas (pictured above), a family-friendly dinner pick that is ready to eat in only 20 quick minutes. With just a handful of ingredients, she turns kid-approved favorites like cheddar cheese and soft tortillas into warming comfort food that can be finished with any number of Mexican-inspired toppings. If you have salsa, sour cream and guacamole left over from your big game tailgate last weekend, give those dips a second life atop the quesadillas — Paula looks to those tried-and-true favorites to complete this simple supper.

Cooking for adults or perhaps a young eater with an adventurous appetite? Try Rachael’s vegetable-packed quesadilla for another easy weeknight dinner. In her Wild Mushroom Quesadillas With Warm Black Bean Salsa, she flavors both cremini and shiitake mushrooms with fresh thyme and cooks the mixture with sharp white cheddar cheese inside tortillas until the cheese is melted and the tortillas have crisped slightly. A bold topping of warm salsa with hearty black beans, tender corn and barbecue sauce finishes this top-rated meal on a flavorful note.

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10 Interesting Facts About Tea — Iron Chef America Ingredients 101

by in Drinks, Shows, January 21st, 2013

Iron Chef America Battle TeaAs a very proud Englishman, I know that it is tea rather than blood that flows through my veins and that it’s a very rare day indeed when I don’t pop the kettle on the stove for a nice strong “cuppa” to fortify me through a long day of work.

Although I was disappointed not to be asked to judge this particular battle in Kitchen Stadium, I was just as keen as everyone else to see what magic Iron Chef Forgione and his challenger, Chef Kittichai could come up with to give inspiration on new ways to use one of my own kitchen essentials.

Here are 10 interesting facts that you might not know about tea:

1. The word tea comes from the Chinese T’e, which was the word in the Amoy dialect for the plant from which tea leaves came. In Mandarin, the word was ch’a, which is where the words char and chai are derived from.

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An Interview With the Latest Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Castoff

by in Shows, January 20th, 2013

Dean and Chilli
Rachael vs. GuyEvery Sunday night, FN Dish gives you the exclusive exit interview with the latest castoff from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the competition show that features celebrities cooking their way through challenges for a chance to win the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for their chosen charity. This season will have the celebrities facing real-life situations — far from the glamour of the red carpet — and will test more than just their cooking skills.

On tonight’s episode, the six remaining celebrities found themselves at Mel’s Drive-In. The challenge this time would be to create a full diner experience for the customers. One person from each team would be required to attend the front of the house while the remaining two cooked in the back. The goal was to test the celebrities’ adaptability in reinventing three classic diner dishes: the tuna melt, cheeseburger and club sandwich. Unfortunately, Team Guy was not allowed to choose who would make which sandwich, putting them at a disadvantage that landed them in the bottom again.

Find out which celebrity was eliminated

Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 20th, 2013

Low-Cal Fettuccine AlfredoThis week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week uses low-fat cream cheese to construct the perfect substitute for cream in this lighter alfredo by Food Network Magazine. It creates a thick, luxurious texture without extra calories.

For more recipe inspiration for healthy weeknight dinners, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy Board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine’s Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card to See’s Candies for Valentine’s Day

by in Contests, Holidays, January 20th, 2013

See's Candies GiveawayWhether you embrace Valentine’s Day or not, one thing is for sure: Any reason to indulge in chocolate and other sweets is surely enough for us. Between Strawberry Truffles, Hot Hearts, Scotchmallow chocolates (one of our editor’s favorites), Cinnamon Lollypops and something out of the ordinary — a make-your-own box — See’s Candies has something for the whole family.

You can buy your Valentine’s Day sweets here or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us your favorite candy to give on Valentine’s Day in the comments. We’re giving away $25 gift certificates to five lucky, randomly selected commenters — just in time for the holiday.

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Bobby Flay Fit Episode 7: Overview — Have Fun

by , January 20th, 2013

Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 7 of Bobby Flay Fit is having fun: Take some time to relax and have fun; finding a balance will help you keep up your healthy habits.

In the final episode, Bobby recaps his tips: Moderation, motivation, mixing it up, discipline, inspiration and support. His last tip is just to have fun. Work hard, train hard and make good choices. Then take one day a week and enjoy it all.

Takeaways from Bobby Flay Fit:

Episode 1: Motivation
Want it: It feels good to push yourself and that good feeling will motivate you to continue.

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Changing the Game: New Rules on Iron Chef America

by in Shows, January 19th, 2013

Iron Chef AmericaFans of Iron Chef America have probably noticed that there have been a couple of significant changes in the way that winners are selected in Kitchen Stadium recently.

No longer do the chefs get the benefit of a full hour of cooking before they are asked to present their first dish to the judges — the first dish is now expected in just 20 minutes. And to add to their discomfort, at some point during the 60-minute contest, the Chairman will also wheel out a small trolley to reveal a “Culinary Curveball” to be incorporated into the final presentation. Both of these new challenges carry with them significant points and how the chef performs can put them at a major advantage or disadvantage for the rest of the battle.

I can tell you that these changes have taken a bit of getting used to, both for the chefs and the judges. Now that I have taken part in a number of competitions under these new regulations, however, I can hold my hand up and say that I am a fan of the new format.

Get to know the new rules

Boost Meals With Smoked Fish

by in Food Network Magazine, January 19th, 2013

Curried Rice With Smoked Trout

Hot Tips for Healthy Cooking From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Smoked fish is an easy way to add flavor, protein and healthy fats to a dish, and you only a little. We used just 1 ounce of fish per serving for the Curried Rice With Smoked Trout from the January/February issue of Food Network Magazine. Keep some smoked salmon or trout on hand (it stays fresh for about a week in the fridge) and try it on a sandwich or salad, or toss it with pasta.