Kid-Friendly: Spaghetti Nests with Bird Eggs

by in Family, October 1st, 2013

Spaghetti Nests with Bird EggsGetting kids to eat spaghetti probably isn’t too hard, but night after night it can be a bit dull. That’s why I like to throw a few surprises at the little guys when I can — especially when it’s this easy to make a big impression. Here’s how:

Cook spaghetti for 3 minutes less than the package suggests and drain. Add marinara sauce (you don’t even have to heat it up), plus one lightly beaten egg. Butter a muffin pan and fill each cup with half a cup or so of pasta and sauce, then use your fingers to push the pasta up along the edges, making a well in the middle. Pop the pan into the hot oven at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. During the last minute, add two small mozzarella balls to the “nest” and you’ll have eggs. Keep an eye on the nests and if they melt down, that’s OK — now you have snowcapped mountain-tops.

Build a Better Pot Roast

by , October 1st, 2013

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Pot roast doesn’t typically get a nutritional nod, but that’s likely because of the marbling (striations of fat not found in top round or loin). But for just 176 calories, 3 ounces of chuck roast (the cut that makes the best pot roast) b...

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Switch Your Nutmeg

by in Food Network Magazine, October 1st, 2013

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Ground spices lose flavor after about six months, but you probably won’t use a full jar of nutmeg that quickly. Buy whole nutmeg instead (it stays potent for two years) and grate just the amount you need each time. Use a fine grater and add the nutmeg sparingly — it will taste stronger than the pre-grated kind.

New Celebrities, New Challenges, New Season — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, September 30th, 2013

RvG Celebs Season 3Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off returns for Season 3 with all-new celebrities and challenges on Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c. And this time the show is back in New York City. The new roster of stars, including actors, athletes, comedians and musicians, will be split into two teams and coached by mentors Rachael Ray or Guy Fieri and will then compete in cooking challenges in an effort to win a cash donation to their favorite charity. The winner will also gain bragging rights as the RvG Champion and join the ranks of past season winners Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott.

Find out the new season’s star lineup

Interview with the Runner-Up of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4

by in Shows, September 30th, 2013

Tikka Tikka Taco and Aloha PlateThere could be only one winner of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4. Three teams made it into the finale, but halfway through, one was eliminated, leaving two teams to duke it out in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. As the finish line drew closer, the challenges got even more difficult. But by the end, one of them won the final challenge and earned a cash prize. The other team had to hope their sales were good enough to get them a lead. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up from the race. Read the winner’s interview here.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who got second place

50 Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin, Yes, 50

by in Food Network Magazine, In Season, September 30th, 2013

50 Things to Make with Canned PumpkinComing up with 50 of anything for Food Network Magazine‘s monthly 50-recipe booklet can be daunting — in the past, the booklet has featured 50 tacos, 50 stuffed potatoes and 50 muffins. But this month Food Network Kitchens tackled a single ingredient: canned pumpkin.

Put this fall favorite to good use in soups, scones and more.

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Sunny’s “Scrambled Eggs with Personality” — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2013

San Antonio MigasForget about the dry, tough scrambled eggs of breakfasts past. Sunny Anderson is introducing a new recipe that promises light, fluffy results full of flavor every time. Packed with crunchy tortilla strips, tender vegetables and pepper Jack cheese, her San Antonio Migas (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are next-level eggs with Southwestern flair. “Migas are scrambled eggs with personality and texture,” Sunny recently told the magazine, which means they’re similar to the classic morning meal your family craves but dressed up with creative ingredients and textures.

The secret to making migas is layering flavors and incorporating them into whisked eggs before they’re scrambled. To start her 20-minute recipe, Sunny sautes tortilla strips until they’re buttery and crisp, then adds colorful bell peppers, green chiles and sweet onions. Together, the chips and vegetables will offer both crunchy and tender textures in the finished dish, while the eggs will be soft after just a few minutes of stirring. Be sure to lower the heat on the stove once you add the eggs to the pan, as too high a flame can dry them out quickly. Before serving, mix in chopped tomatoes, then top with creamy cheese for a fresh, bold finish.

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Break Out of a Veggie Rut!

by , September 30th, 2013

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Have the desire to eat more vegetables but find yourself always turning to the same familiar picks? Figure out which other veggies might be in your comfort zone with these comparisons.

If you like kale, try Swiss chard
This popular leafy green has a...

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Rachael vs. Guy: Sweets Cook-Off

by in Recipes, Shows, September 30th, 2013

Rachael vs. Guy: Sweets Cook-OffOn Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Rachael and Guy coach teams of talented kid chefs to culinary victory. Here on FN Dish, we’re serving up some of the mentors’ best family-favorite, cook-together recipes in a friendly face-off. Whose dish scores more points with your family? Cast your votes below!

To celebrate the Kids Cook-Off finale, this week is a showdown of sweets. First up, the mentors bring you dueling recipes for dessert-in-a-glass.

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Mastering the Garnish — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 29th, 2013


No matter the competition, judges aren’t shy about their desire to receive thoughtfully plated dishes. After all, the saying goes that we eat with our eyes before our mouths, and it’s important for food to look as appetizing as it tastes. But oftentimes contestants take the notion of inspired plates too far, opting to include edible — or not — garnishes atop their offerings. In a supposed effort to showcase their commitment to elegance and simple visual appeal, they end up self-sabotaging what would have been a fine meal with unnecessary toppings.

A frequent judge on Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America, Simon Majumdar knows what he likes to see on a plate, and superfluous finishes is not on his list of must-haves. In this week’s battle, several chefs learned the hard way that too much of a garnish — or the inclusion of something inedible — could be disastrous, as he explained on Alton’s After-Show. “Putting … what was for all intents and purposes a Christmas tree atop your steak is not a good idea,” Simon said of the oversize sprig of rosemary on one contestant’s steak. “Chefs really need to learn how to garnish when they’re doing a competition like this.”

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