Order This, Not That: Jamba Juice

by , February 3rd, 2014

jamba juice
Ice-cold smoothies are a delicious treat at this quick-serve joint. But not all beverages are created equal.

The Menu
Over the years, Jamba Juice has expanded its menu to include a variety of drinks, breakfast wraps, fro-yo, baked goods and even kid...

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How I Got My Kids to Try — and Love — Sugar Snap Peas

by in Family, February 3rd, 2014

How I Got My Kids to Try and Love Sugar Snap PeasThis year I’ve figured something out. Raising kids who eat healthy, whole foods seems to be half recipes, half behavior. While I’ve been focused on the healthy recipes for the last couple of years, I’ve also read tons of great books, and my new favorite piece of advice comes from, It’s Not About the Broccoli. When trying new things, let kids be critics, says author Dina Rose, Ph. D. So when I made a new dish with a new ingredient, sugar snap peas, I told my 4 and 2-year-olds that I wanted their opinions. Thumbs-up, thumbs in the middle or thumbs down — and if it’s either of the latter options, that’s OK because we’ll try this dish again another time and maybe they’ll like it better.

Call me an amateur psychologist, but releasing the pressure and allowing them to like or not like a new food seemed to yield just the results I was looking for. Not only did they give this one a thumbs-up, they stood up on their booster seats to stretch their arms even higher in the air — like two tiny Statues of Liberty at my kitchen table. That’s what I like to see.

Get the recipe for Ginger Pork Over Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas at Foodlets.com.

Round 2, Take 2 — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2014

Surviving a round of Cutthroat Kitchen is no small feat, and for most chefs, each of the 30 minutes on the clock is precious. On this week’s all-new episode, however, one competitor learned what it’s like to attempt a round in half that time — in only 15 quick minutes.

In what judge Jet Tila deemed “the worst sabotage I think I’ve heard of,” Alton announced halfway through Round 2’s huevos rancheros challenge that the mid-round sabotage was to begin the entire challenge over again, from scratch. Chef David was gifted this task, and he was ultimately forced to not just start over in cooking, but to also grocery shop and prep his ingredients for a second time. “It totally makes sense why his dish didn’t come together,” Jet noted to Alton during the host’s After-Show. “You can’t hit the reset button,” Alton added.

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Pie in the Sky Plans for Pizza — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2014

When Chopped competitors are presented with a mystery basket that contains a very specific ingredient, for example, pizza dough, what you’ll oftentimes get is four different iterations of the same dish. But not so with the Chopped judges — their creativity takes pizza dough to new heights. Facing the same entree basket as the contestants from Chopped: Pizza Perfect, judges Amanda, Geoffrey and Alex took up spots in the Chopped Kitchen for an After Hours competition where they cooked with deep-dish pizza dough, rabbit escabeche, Swiss chard and pineapple cheese spread.

On the show, none of the three competitors in the entree round thought outside of the box — or the pizza pan, in this instance. The chef who was ultimately chopped went home for a pizza that had everything wrong with the dough. Amanda, Geoffrey and Alex immediately looked at the challenge as an opportunity to show these chefs the possibilities with pizza dough. Although one of them did make a pizza, it was cooked in an unconventional way.

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Spiked Salsas for Game Day

by in Entertaining, February 2nd, 2014

If you’re serving beer on game day but are still craving your favorite cocktail, look no further than these adults-only salsas. They’re inspired by mixed-drink classics like bloody marys and martinis and make a perfect pairing with the best brews. Food Network Kitchen even came up with the perfect dipper for each, like serving celery sticks instead of tortilla chips with a Bloody Mary Guajillo Salsa.

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7 Days of Healthy Dinners

by , February 2nd, 2014

Presenting a simple weeklong meal plan that will make dinnertime a snap. These recipes are sensible on calories, filled with nutrients and big on flavor. And there’s something for everyone: turkey burgers, tofu, salmon, chicken, pizza and past...

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10 Snacks Under 250 Calories — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 2nd, 2014

10 Snacks Under 250 CaloriesThe big game can be full of heavy dishes, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, this week’s Most Popular Pins of the Week offer a reprieve for the next couple of days when you might be looking for something lighter. Try making one of these healthy snacks; they’ll tide you over until the next meal and give you some added nutrients in the process.

For more healthy everyday recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipes: 10 Snacks Under 250 Calories

Do You Want Fries with That? — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, February 1st, 2014

Florence and RachaelIt’s off to Coney Island on Monday’s upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which has the celebrities cooking on the boardwalk in two challenges. First, a french fry-off will determine who gains an advantage in the second challenge, which involves iconic New York hot dog carts. In a sneak peek photo from the episode, mentor Rachael stops by to help Florence cook up some fries. The two share a moment that has them completely cracking up.

Who do you think cracked up whom? And what could they be laughing at? Does Florence have a funny tactic that she’s willing to employ in order to win the advantage? It sure looks like they’re having fun times at the fryer. Maybe it’s an inside joke?

Write Your Best Caption and Get a Sneak Peek of the Challenge

How to Make Perfect Buffalo Wings

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2014

Buffalo WingsAre you the kind of football fan who judges a sports bar by the quality of its Buffalo wings? I’ll admit it: Good wings are my prerequisite for a Sunday destination. My all-time favorites can be found at Moriarty’s in Philadelphia, where the colossal wings tossed in a tangy, spicy sauce always score big points. When I moved away from Philly years ago, lack of access to these wings inspired me to try making my own (with mixed results). Fortunately for all of us, Food Network Kitchen came up with a fantastic recipe for super-crispy, fried-then-baked Buffalo wings that will wow your Super Bowl crowd. These wings might just turn your place into the football-watching crew’s regular Sunday haunt.

Check out a step-by-step how-to for Buffalo wing perfection.

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Easy Dishes Done Right on The Kitchen, Plus Quick-Fix Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2014

Pepperoni Pizza PocketWhether it’s because of late nights at the office, your kids’ after-school commitments or simply unexpected traffic on the drive home, quick, easy dinner recipes are essential for most families, and it’s always a good idea to have a few timesaving favorites in your arsenal for go-to meals. The Kitchen‘s co-hosts showed off their simplest suppers on this week’s all-new episode, as Marcela prepared her Pizza Dough Chicken Empanadas and Katie opted for her breakfast-for-dinner Fridge Frittata.

The keys to any easy meal are preparation and the taking of a few shortcuts where appropriate. Marcela’s empanadas came together as quickly as they did thanks to prepared pizza dough. Since it can take time to perfect from-scratch pizza dough, there’s no reason not to reach for a supermarket variety, especially on hectic weeknights. Also, the next time you scour the aisles, pick up some extras of your family’s most-used ingredients; that way you’ll always have these workhorse products stocked in your pantry. When it came to relying on ready-to-go ingredients, Katie followed suit, although she reached for leftovers — potatoes. Try repurposing remnants of earlier dishes instead of simply tossing them in an effort to not only make mealtimes easier, but to also save money.

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