How to Host a Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party

by in Family, Holidays, March 16th, 2013

Green Eggs and HamWhen you think of St. Patrick’s Day, what comes to mind? Beer, corned beef, cabbage, crowded bars and more beer. Kid-friendly favorites? Not so much.

This weekend, instead of forgoing a St. Paddy’s day celebration simply because you have kids in tow, tweak your celebration to make it friendlier for young party guests. The key to planning a bash that both kids and grownups will enjoy is offering a menu centered not on the mature tastes of traditional Irish delicacies like colcannon and shepherd’s pie, but rather on the signature color of the Emerald Isle: green. Let green be the theme of your dishes by getting creative with your meal choices and incorporating naturally vibrant ingredients — plus a bit of food dye — into crowd-pleasing eats and drinks. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite deliciously green recipes below, then tell us in the comments how you’ll be spending St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow.

Instead of saving the party until late in the day, start the celebration in the morning with a St. Paddy’s Day brunch. A casual, relaxed get-together that’s ideal to host with other families, this simple meal is a cinch to pull off, especially when you make it a potluck so you can split cooking duties with other parents. No matter what dishes your friends bring, Paula’s Green Eggs and Ham (pictured above) will be the talk of the table: this easy scramble features fluffy eggs that are made wonderfully green with the help of a few drops of food coloring. Don’t look to green bottle to do the trick, however. It’s the blue dye that will mix with the yellow eggs and emit a green tint in seconds. Incorporate diced ham to add heft and texture to the eggs, and serve with a side of shaped buttery toast to transform this 25-minute plate into an all-in-one meal.

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Bonding With the Bikers — Worst Cooks in America Caption It

by in Shows, March 15th, 2013

Chefs Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in AmericaHeading into their fifth week of Boot Camp, the Worst Cooks in America recruits will be forced to face one of their top culinary fears: cooking for others. Many of the competitors have admitted to making their friends and families sick with haphazardly prepared dishes from kitchen attempts past, so it’s no surprise that they’re leery about unsuspecting strangers sampling their latest offerings. Have their skills come so far in the past month that they can now be trusted to feed the public? How will the taste testers react to the contestants’ meals?

After Sunday’s initial challenge of making Asian-inspired dumplings for supermarket shoppers, it will be up to Chef Anne and Bobby‘s teams to prepare a spread of bar snacks for a crowd of hungry motorcycle riders. In the above sneak-peek shot from the all-new episode, the mentors are seen chatting with one of the bikers, and so far, the group seems to be enjoying the experience the contestants are providing. Do you think these happy faces will last throughout the cook-off, or will a partygoer ultimately encounter a disastrous dish? Which samplers — the shoppers or bikers — will be more lenient with the recruits’ culinary shortcomings? Will the mentors be wowed by the contestants’ progress, or will they find some making too many rookie mistakes?

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8-Spice Squash and Chicken Thighs Stew — The Weekender

by in Recipes, March 15th, 2013

Eight-Spice Squash and Chicken Thighs StewOne time when I was in college, I brought a few friends home for the weekend. It was a 4-hour drive from Walla Walla, Wash. — where we went to school — to my hometown of Portland, Ore. Knowing we’d be hungry, my mom had dinner waiting for us when we arrived. She’d made a big pot of her chicken curry, with brown rice to sop up the juices and plenty of garnishes like yogurt, diced apple and fresh cilantro leaves.

I was thrilled to see what she’d prepared. It was just the sort of flavorful, interesting food I’d grown up eating and didn’t see much of in the dining hall at school. My friends, on the other hand, weren’t so excited. I didn’t know it until we sat down at the table, but they weren’t fans of chicken on the bone or saucy dishes that include cooked raisins.

I am grateful that my parents chose to be amused by my friends’ collective reluctance to eat the meal and willingly served them lots of rice with just a little sauce for flavor. I am also appreciative that my parents made sure to make interesting food throughout my childhood, as it has made me a more adventurous eater as an adult.

Recently, I had a craving for a dish like the hippie curry that my mom served to my friends and me that night. A phone call to her was dissatisfyingly vague, so I did a little digging in the hopes that I’d find something with a similar flavor profile. What I settled on was Rachael Ray’s Eight-Spice Squash and Chicken Thighs Stew With Lentil Rice.

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What to Watch: Food-Filled Days With Ree, Ina and Giada, Cupcake Wars in Paradise and More

by in Shows, March 15th, 2013

Cupcake WarsIf your idea of a perfect day involves food at just about every turn, then you’re in for a treat this weekend on Food Network. On Saturday watch new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Barefoot Contessa and Giada at Home, all of which involve a day filled with comfort foods and sweet treats. Then it’s competition time on Sunday, with a Hawaii-themed episode of Cupcake Wars (pictured above) and an episode of Worst Cooks in America that has the Boot Campers facing their biggest fear — serving food to others. Finish Sunday evening with a life-changing transformation on Restaurant: Impossible.

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Chef Wanted: Ola Update

by in Shows, March 14th, 2013


Chef WantedOla restaurant is located at Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Chef/owner Fred DeAngelo opened the restaurant eight years ago with his wife, Cheryl. Fred was looking for an executive chef who could relieve some of the pressure from his workload, as he has a new restaurant to run. His hope was to find a chef who could expertly work with the local island ingredients and who shares his philosophy for the restaurant, which is reflected in the name Ola, meaning “life.” Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help with the search. After two tests and two dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Casey Barnes.

Casey is an unemployed chef from Los Angeles — he actually quit his job with a Michelin-rated chef just to interview at Ola. He recently got engaged to his girlfriend and is ready to move to Hawaii to start fresh with this new job.

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Geoffrey Zakarian to Host Food Talk Radio Show With Fellow Chefs

by in Food Network Chef, March 14th, 2013

Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Scott ConantHaving already conquered the professional kitchen as the chef-owner of two New York City restaurants — The Lamb’s Club and The National — and Kitchen Stadium as a member of the Chairman’s elite team of Iron Chefs, Geoffrey Zakarian is setting out to take over the radio airwaves, if only for just one night.

From 8pm-9pm EST tomorrow evening, Friday, March 15, Geoffrey can be heard on the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Stars Channel 107 chatting with an impressive roster of chefs, including Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, Andrew Zimmern, fellow Chopped judges Scott Conant and Marc Murphy, and more. These industry A-listers came together in Miami, Fla., during last month’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and FN Dish was on hand as the show was recorded live, poolside from The James Royal Palm Hotel.

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Enter for a Chance to Win This Guy Fieri Battle Station Knife Block

by in Contests, March 14th, 2013

Guy Fieri Battle Station Knife Block GiveawaySpring is right around the corner, and spring cleaning is synonymous with the season. If you’re starting with your kitchen, don’t forget to organize your knives, gadgets and more to keep them in tip top shape. One way to do this is to organize them in a knife block or on a magnetic knife strip. Don’t have either around? FN Dish is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a knife block.

This 17-slot Battle Station Block (pictured above) organizes all your knives and tools, and it stores them within hands reach on your counter — not in a cluttered drawer. The bottom comes equipped with five nonslip rubber feet for a sure grip on any surface.

Battle Station Block offers:

  • 5 kitchen knife slots
  • 8 steak knife slots
  • 1 slot for a sharpener
  • 1 slot for scissors
  • 1 slot for a grater/peeler
  • 1 slot for a meat thermometer

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