Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like My Dog for 24 Hours

by in Community, March 3rd, 2017

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like My Dog for 24 HoursBy Diana Chang

I love dogs. I’ve always loved dogs. I had two growing up, a Maltese named Joy and a Labrador retriever named Jackie. If I wasn’t living in a typical, tight-fitting apartment in New York, I’m pretty sure I would be a dog lady and own at least two today. But as it stands, I have only one, Mwaji.

Having said that, I was never one of those pet owners who took the extra step to look into what my dog was eating. My dog, who is practically my baby and is treated as if I birthed her myself, always ate whatever brand I saw first at the store that had the word “healthy” or “natural” on the packaging. So when I was asked if I would ever consider eating the same food as Mwaji, I said a very hesitant “Yes?” because I figured this might be a great opportunity to find out what exactly should be in my dog’s diet.

After some research (aka searching on Google and asking some dog-owning friends), I discovered that there is a surprisingly large number of people who cook for their own fur babies. The recipes used the same stuff I usually put in my own dinner (except onions and garlic because those are poisonous to dogs — who knew?!).  So with that, I embraced the challenge.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up For

by in Recipes, March 3rd, 2017

Kale and Tomato Eggs BenedictWe would argue that one of the best parts of the weekend (aside from sleeping in and days off of work) are the seemingly unlimited possibilities surrounding breakfast. Sure, you can pour yourself a bowl of cereal like it’s any other morning, but we have a better idea: Take the time this weekend to hunker down at home and craft an over-the-top breakfast that would make your brunch-going friends jealous. Read on below for a few of our favorite recipes.

Kale and Tomato Eggs Benedict (pictured above) 
Served on a whole-wheat English muffin with vitamin-rich kale and dressed with a light mustard-laced Hollandaise sauce, this surprisingly healthy dish will leave you feeling guilt-free and oh so satisfied.

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What to Watch: Cowboy Lunches, Weeknight Dinners and the Finale of Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 3rd, 2017

Worst Cooks in America
Start the weekend out by making three lunches with Ree Drummond featuring dishes like chicken wings, potato salad and an apple and celery slaw. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen share their best recipes for quick and easy weeknight dinners. And Valerie Bertinelli is cooking for her friends’ dinner party. After that, head down to Savannah, Georgia for the premiere of Ms. Polly’s Cakes where Ms. Polly and her kids are baking a replica of a large home and a large peacock cake.

On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri welcomes four pork-loving chefs to Flavortown Market for Triple G’s second Big Bacon Battle and on Worst Cooks, the final two recruits face off in their final challenge, preparing a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts.

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A Brownie for Every Mood

by in Recipes, March 2nd, 2017

People tend to have strong opinions on what separates a good brownie from a damn good brownie. Is it a soft, gooey center? A dash of espresso powder — to really make the chocolate sing? Maybe it’s the density of the corner pieces, prized for their thick and chocolatey crust. Sometimes our opinions change depending on our mood, and when it comes to selecting the right recipe for a particular moment, timing and setting are everything. So, whether you’re rushing to assemble dessert for your best friend’s dinner party or just sitting around at home with chocolate on your mind, you’re guaranteed to find a brownie that suits your needs somewhere on this shortlist.

The On-the-Go Brownies
Looking for a dessert that can survive a couple of hours in your lunch bag? Many will emerge from their packaging dry and crumbly by afternoon, but Trisha Yearwood’s marbled creation certainly won’t. The toothsome top layer of cream cheese pairs perfectly with the dense, fudgy base.

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Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?

by in News, March 2nd, 2017

Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?Get this: A new coffee spot in Brooklyn (where else?) is banking that some people will shell out a full $18 for its premium bespoke brew.

Brooklyn Extraction Lab’s sticker-shock-inducing java is, Eater recently pointed out, the “most expensive coffee in the U.S.” It nudges into second place a $16 cup sold by a high-end San Francisco coffee purveyor, Blue Bottle, Gothamist notes. And that in turn unseated the $15 pour-over at Berkeley, California-based coffee joint Equator, which we’re sure unseated some $14 cup of coffee … somewhere.

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7 Ways to Reset Your Breakfast Game

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 2nd, 2017

We all know what it’s like to fall off the wagon with breakfast. First, you’re grabbing a handful of cereal as you run out the door. Then you’re telling yourself “at least the milk in my coffee has some protein.” And before you know it, the days on which you totally skip breakfast are really adding up. But a non-boring breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult (or full of sugar). Try these fun, nutritious and flavorful ideas to get back on track with your morning eating routine.

Breakfast Cookies (above)

We know — cookies for breakfast sounds like something a five-year-old might request. But you can satisfy your inner child and your responsible, grown-up self with Ellie Kreiger’s morning treat. These cookies boast a ton of good-for-you ingredients, like whole grains, walnuts and even a vegetable: Baby food carrot puree (!), which Ellie says adds sweetness and helps keep the cookies moist.

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The Quest for the Most-Coveted Culinary Title Returns with All-New Series Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, March 2nd, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet“Allez! Cuisine!”

Literally translated to “Go! Kitchen!” this simple yet powerful phrase began each and every battle in Iron Chef America’s Kitchen Stadium, signaling the start of a no-holds-barred quest to determine “whose cuisine will reign supreme.” Now, for the first time since 2013, chefs will be returning to the world of Iron Chef — but this time they’ll be going for the gauntlet.

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Your Kitchen Could Be Featured in Food Network Magazine!

by in Food Network Magazine, March 1st, 2017

Reader Kitchen FNM

Do you have a stunning kitchen like Food Network Magazine readers Julia and Chris Marcum? Food Network Magazine is looking for another amazing kitchen to feature in the upcoming readers’ choice issue. The Marcum’s concrete countertops and two Frigidaire ranges (yes, plural) in their home are spectacular, and Food Network Magazine editors have a feeling that even more fans across the states are cooking in some equally awesome spaces.

Think yours has what it takes? Send your best pics to fnmkitchencontest@hearst.com or post your pics on Instagram with the tag #FNMKitchenContest by March 15! (Your account must be public.)

Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved Children

by in News, Restaurants, March 1st, 2017

Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved ChildrenHow do you say genius in Italian? Because that may be just the word for the one restaurant owner who came up with an inspired method of dealing with kids’ behavior at his upscale eatery in Padua, Italy. He simply rewards the parents — when their kids behave well, that is.

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11 Shortcut Items This Mom of 4 Can’t Live Without, Plus Recipes for Using Them

by in Family, Recipes, March 1st, 2017

Penne with Sun-Dried TomatoesI love cooking for my family. Mostly fresh. Usually from scratch. Sometimes ethnic. But as a mom of four small kids (seriously, the oldest one is 7), my energy is limited. Plus, it’s a bit of a betting game at this stage. Will the kids appreciate all of my effort when I set their food on the table? Yes, everyone’s clear on the expectations: Try everything and be a good sport about it. But will they actually enjoy it? In order to keep the cooking requirements and expectations in check, I take advantage of a few shortcuts for getting meals on the table quickly, easily and deliciously. Check them all out below.

Jarred Items: Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

Ounce for ounce, sundried tomatoes may have the most flavor of any single ingredient in your pantry. It takes a mere handful of ingredients to pull off Giada De Laurentiis’ Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (pictured above), which boasts a stellar 5-star rating.

Green olives create an almost instant sauce for either pork or chicken, giving either one a signature tang in seconds. Two of my favorites are Pork Tenderloin with So Many Olives and Chicken Mirabella: Chicken with Prunes & Olives.

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