Ron Ben-Israel Bakes a Better Chocolate Cake

by in Recipes, Shows, April 25th, 2012


It is no secret that Chef Ron Ben-Israel tastes some of the best, most impressive dessert dishes around on his show, Sweet Genius. But did you know that Chef Ron also creates his own ingeniously inspired and impeccably decorated cakes? Yes, he is a New York City-based wedding cake baker who has a passion for designing whimsical confectionary creations that taste as heavenly as they look.

A few weeks ago I caught up with the Sweet Genius himself and we chatted about what it takes to make a classic, tried-and-true dessert: chocolate cake. Not surprisingly, Chef Ron shared that he has discovered two tricks to baking the best-ever chocolate cake and they are both easy, no-fail techniques.

Get Ron’s best-ever chocolate cake recipe

Deciphering Health Studies

by in Uncategorized, April 25th, 2012
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Can chocolate make you thin? If a health study sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Reports on health studies appear on the news regularly. You might read one study that touts the benefits of a food – like chocolate, for example—while a di...

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Hey, Daddy Bloggers! #PullUpaChair for Mother’s Day

by in Community, Events, April 25th, 2012

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In honor of Mother’s Day, FN Dish is asking daddy bloggers to come together to celebrate a virtual Mother’s Day called The Communal Table, on Thursday, May 10, at noon EST.

Yes, our Communal Table events are usually open to everyone, but we wanted Mom to sit back today and watch as we aggregate recipes for a meal she’ll always remember. This is her big day, so we have to make sure we cover our ground for all possible meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Whether you’re a dad, grandfather, uncle, cousin or brother, we want you to participate. On Thursday, May 10, we’ll be launching our first dad-only Communal Table on the blog. Whether you write for a popular food website or you’re the owner of a small food blog, help us spread the word and pull up a chair.

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Best 5 Easy Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, April 24th, 2012


Though there’s a certain time and place in which it is exciting to experiment with hands-on, over-the-top recipes that require planning and patience, your busy kitchen at about 6 p.m. on a weekday is not it. Instead, that time calls for a no-fuss meal that your whole family will enjoy, and that can be quickly and effortlessly prepped. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s best five go-to dinner recipes, so that even on the busiest evening, you can cook up a complete, feel-good meal.

5. Grilled Pork With Grape-and-Arugula Salad — Lean boneless pork chops need just 5 minutes to marinate in a shallot-thyme vinaigrette to ensure they adopt bold, full flavor.

4. Tomato Gorgonzola Soup — A drizzle of cider vinaigrette before serving balances the richness of the creamy, cheesy soup, made with sweet onions, fresh garlic and crushed tomatoes.

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How to Make Instant Croutons

by in Food Network Magazine, April 24th, 2012

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Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

To give your salad extra crunch, just toss in some chopped toasted bread. For extra flavor, rub the toast with garlic first; we did this for Food Network Magazine‘s Grilled Chicken Salad With Gazpacho Dressing. These quick croutons are especially great in summer tomato salads — they soak up all of the tasty liquid.

Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, April 23rd, 2012


An ingredient nearly as beefy as meat, portobello mushrooms are hearty, earthy vegetables that can be roasted, grilled, sautéed and more. Once you break off their stems, portobello mushroom caps are roughly the same size and shape of the average pancake, and can hold their form when cooked. This durability means that they are often treated like meat patties. Paula features them in her Portobello Mushroom Burger, finished with a pesto mayonnaise and peppery arugula.

Food Network Magazine’s stuffed mushroom (pictured above) boasts a filling of vitamin-rich spinach, fresh tomato and pecorino and mozzarella cheeses. After the caps are quickly broiled, they are topped with the spinach mixture and creamy ricotta cheese, and are cooked again until the stuffing is warm. Serve each mushroom with a refreshing celery salad for a quick but satisfying weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe: Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Okey Dokey Artichoke-y

by in Uncategorized, April 23rd, 2012
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Baked, stuffed artichokes, from Robin's book, Quick-Fix Meals.

I adore artichokes. Every part of them, from the outer leaves to the tender hearts. They remind me of being a kid because my mom always stuffed and baked them for my birthday. Tender ...

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One Shining “Star” Joins the Chopped All-Stars Finale Lineup

by in Shows, April 23rd, 2012

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Vic “Vegas” Moea, Penny Davidi, Justin Balmes and Chris Nirschel know the pressures of competition cooking. They also know what it’s like to be in front of a camera. These four Food Network Star finalists gave it their all last season, but still came up short in the end. That wasn’t enough for them, though. They’re still out to prove that they’ve got what it takes and they’re still out to take down each other — they did just that on last night’s episode of Chopped All-Stars.

If you missed the show and recorded it, don’t read any further — we’re about to break down the episode and chat with the winner.

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