Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Whoopie PiesWhen I first started making cookies, I always baked them one tray at a time in the center of the oven. It certainly drew the process out, but I had found that two trays baked at the same time never produced consistent results. Baking one sheet at a time was the only way to guarantee perfect treats. This all changed, however, when I got an oven with a convection setting — and it just happens to be ideal for baking these peanut butter whoopie pies. Read more

3 of a Kind: Hummus

by in Restaurants, January 27th, 2016

Hummus, the smooth and creamy Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, has become a supermarket staple. Now it’s taking off in restaurants across the country, whether simply drizzled with olive oil or dressed up with slow-roasted tomatoes and dusted with paprika. Israeli chefs are bringing the authentic stuff into the spotlight, so grab a pita and dig in. Read more

Worst Cooks in America: The Best of Episode 4 in GIFs

by in Shows, January 27th, 2016

Donna shoos AnneRelive some of the craziest and funniest moments from Worst Cooks in America in the following GIFs.

Donna shoos Anne (pictured above). Can’t Anne get some respect?

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Relax, It’s Just Quinoa

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2016

Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”), certainly the “it” girl of the whole-grain world for quite some time now, is actually a seed, but it’s treated and cooked like a whole grain. It’s mild and delicious, with a satisfying texture, and it takes beautifully to all kinds of seasonings. It’s got a crazy-high protein count (8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa), so it’s a boon to vegetarians and vegans; it contains a nice dose of fiber. Quinoa is also gluten-free. It’s quite popular these days, but actually it was a staple in the diet of the ancient Incas because it was able to grow in the high altitude of the Andes. It also cooks up much more quickly than most other whole grains, and any of us who have stood watching a pot of brown rice take its own sweet time to become tender will appreciate that. Read more

Why Sliders Are the Perfect Party Food

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 27th, 2016

buffalo chicken slidersThe best move when hosting a party: Make food that guests can eat with their hands. When they’re mingling and/or seats are limited, juggling a plate filled with food and using a fork and knife can be awkward. You’ll want to serve something hand-held that they can polish off in a couple of bites. Sliders are the solution. And somewhere on our list of favorite recipes is a slider you should be making next Sunday (February 7) for the biggest game of the year.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Leave it to Jeff Mauro to prove that most things are just as good, if not better, in sandwich form. His take on Buffalo chicken has everything you love about the wings — hot-sauce glaze, blue cheese and ranch dressing — plus soft and fluffy bread, like Hawaiian or Parker House rolls.

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6 Ingenious Ways to Pair Peanut Butter and Banana

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2016

Peanut butter and banana: It’s a combination that some of us know and love, while others may turn up their noses at the mere thought of it. For those of you who have experienced the magic that takes place when sweet, ripe banana and salty-smooth peanut butter collide, get ready to add a few ideas to your recipe arsenal — beyond the basic PB&B on white bread. For the skeptics: Stay with us, as there’s some seriously comforting stuff ahead.

Grilled Banana S’mores (pictured at top)
Where have you been all our lives? This take on the traditional campfire treat features peanut butter and grilled banana slices in place of chocolate — because sometimes even a classic could use a remix. Once the bananas are soft and slightly charred, toast the marshmallows while the grill is still hot. Perfection.

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Kit Kat Bar’s Shape Is Distinct, But Not Enough to Trademark, Court Rules

by in News, January 26th, 2016

Would you recognize a Kit Kat in a lineup by its shape alone? Maybe, but a U.K. judge has decided that, although the candy bar’s break-apart four-finger design may be easily identifiable to consumers, it is not distinctive enough to be trademarked in the U.K.

According to the court, consumers rely on other information — like packaging and logos — to identify a Kit Kat, rather than recognizing the chocolate-covered wafer confection by its shape alone; therefore it failed to meet the bar (no pun intended) for the trademark to be issued.

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Fans Show Off Their Guilty Pleasures: January Edition

by in Community, Shows, January 26th, 2016

Fans Show Off Their Guilty Pleasures: January EditionWhat with that, um, little blizzard many of us saw this past weekend and the general feeling of “it’s chilly outside so let’s warm up with hot food inside” that’s going around at this time of year, it’s no surprise that what’s ending up on your plate these days isn’t just comfort food but over-the-top indulgences. Recently Food Network asked fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to show off those guilty pleasures — the creamy, extra-rich, and super-sweet picks — they dig into when no one is watching, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves.

Check out some of our favorite fan submissions on Instagram, then see what Food Network stars like Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro are indulging in on the latest episodes of Guilty Pleasures as well.

Check out photos of Food Network fans’ most-over-the-top guilty pleasures.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pioneer Woman

by in Food Network Chef, January 26th, 2016

The Pioneer WomanYou’ve toured her Oklahoma ranch, explored her her town and even had breakfast with her family. But how well do you know The Pioneer Woman when it comes to her kitchen favorites and go-to meals? Recently FN Dish caught up with Ree as she launched her new line of serveware, and she dished on some of her culinary picks, plus what she’s listening to — and watching — while she cooks. Read on below for the answers, as well as a bonus rapid-fire session with all of Ree Drummond’s favorite flavors.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
Ree Drummond: Anything remotely related to bananas. Banana splits, banana cream pie, banana bread … I want nothing to do with them. BLECH.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
RD: I’m never awake at midnight! I’m a morning person. Read more

It’s a Chocolate Lover’s Dream: The Top 5 Chocolate Desserts in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, January 26th, 2016

chocolate sundaeIf you’re the kind of person who can’t go a day without chocolate, even stashing a bar in your office drawer, or you always order a chocolate dessert when you’re eating out with friends, this list of the best chocolate desserts was made just for you. Recently Top 5 Restaurants revealed the desserts that are optimally chocolatey and devilishly decadent. Find out where to get these amazing creations.

Find out which dishes made the list, and vote on your favorite