Food Truck Customer Etiquette 101

by in Shows, August 23rd, 2012

food truck customer etiquetteThis year’s contestants on The Great Food Truck Race are bound to learn lessons about the operational elements of a food truck that they’ll take with them and use after the show. While they’re learning lessons and taking notes, what about the other side of the truck — the customers?

We all know the rules of the game. Put your napkin on your lap, don’t eat with your hands (unless when appropriate), keep your elbows off the table and so on. But those rules apply to meals at a table. With a new generation of foodies comes an all-new set of rules for eating sans table at food trucks. You didn’t learn these tips in cotillion, no sir! So follow our guide to food truck etiquette to carve your way into the elite class of very polite food truck foodies.

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Best 5 Cheesecake Recipes

by in Recipes, August 23rd, 2012

sour cream cheesecake
With a silky-smooth center and buttery, crumbly crust, cheesecake is a go-to dessert that’s a perennial favorite and lends itself to so many flavors, mix-ins and toppings. Filled with classic and new flavors, our top five cheesecake recipes below are simple to prepare and range from cakes to cookies.

5. Honey Ricotta Cheesecake – Instead of a traditional crust, Giada uses a classic Italian cookie, the biscotti, as the base. A mixture of clover honey and orange zest sweetens the cake, adding sweet and flowery notes to the ricotta-cream cheese mixture.

4. Sour Cream Cheesecake – Made with tangy sour cream, this simple recipe (pictured above) is a top cheesecake pick. To cut a clean slice, Alton suggests placing your knife into a hot water bath and wiping it dry each time you make a pass through the cake.

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Enter for a Chance to Win the Dipr

by in Contests, August 23rd, 2012

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Cookies and milk are one of the most classic combinations out there. One of the biggest problems facing milk-and-cookie lovers, however, is the milky mess the dunking experience can sometimes become. You lose the cookie, you dip your dirty hands in the milk, your fingers get sticky — the list of problems goes on. Enter the Dipr: a new kind of spoon that will cradle your cookie when dunked in milk and prevent it from dropping or getting crumbly. You can even eat the cookie right off the spoon for a completely mess-free experience.

You can buy your own Dipr here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us about your favorite Food Network cookie recipe to dunk in milk in the comments (you must include the link to a recipe). We’re giving away a Dipr to six lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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Taste Test: Juice Boxes

by , August 23rd, 2012

apple juice
With all the so-called “healthy” messages on juice boxes, it’s tough to decipher which is really the best choice for your little ones. We’ve tasted and anylized popular juices so you’ll be better informed on your next trip to the market.

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Road Trip: Eat Like a Food Network Chef in Los Angeles

by in Shows, August 22nd, 2012

on the road los angeles
The third season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road last Sunday in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Not only is L.A. the most populous city in California, it houses thousands of food outlets including restaurants and food trucks, featuring every cuisine imaginable.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring Los Angeles, but come back next week for our picks in Arizona.

Los Angeles Eats

Want the perfect three-day foodie escape? We’re turning to the Los Angeles gal herself, Giada De Laurentiis, to start our trip off right. From a cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway for the ultimate sunset sangria to a helicopter ride for fish and chips on the island of Catalina, Giada has a packed food weekend planned. Click here for her picks.

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Live Tweet With Robert Irvine and Food Network Tonight

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 22nd, 2012

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Food Network superstar chef Robert Irvine will be live-Tweeting the 50th episode of his hit show, Restaurant: Impossible. Tune in and Tweet along with Food Network and Robert Irvine starting at the show’s all-new time: 9pm/ 8c. Follow @FoodNetwork and @RoberIrvine1 and share your commentary using the hashtag: #RestaurantImpossible.

There’s More to Melon — Summer Fest

by in In Season, August 22nd, 2012

fish tacos with watermelon salsa
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers and our friends at HGTV Gardens to host Summer Fest 2012, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today we’re exploring melons.

Picture this: You’re strolling through the produce section and the melon selection is juicier than ever. They’re so sweet and juicy, in fact, that they deserve a little more than a simple slice.

As you know, “melon” is an umbrella term, bringing to mind all of our thick-skinned, juicy-on-the-inside favorites, be it watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. Of course, nibbling unadulterated watermelon to the rind, wrapping cantaloupe in prosciutto and balling honeydew into a summer fruit salad are tried and true, but keep in mind that there’s more to melon at this time of year. Go for preparations that are entirely unexpected.

If you plan on growing your own melons, be sure to check out HGTV Gardens for great tips like watering your melons well in the beginning of the plants’ life, but backing off to minimal watering after the majority of the fruit is set. It’ll produce a sweeter meat in your melons.

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What’s the Difference: Crostini vs. Bruschetta

by in How-to, August 22nd, 2012

crostini vs bruschettaCrostini: Meaning “little toasts” in Italian, crostini are small, thin slices of toasted bread, which are usually brushed with olive oil. The word also describes canapés consisting of small slices of toast with a savory topping such as cheese, shrimp, pâté or anchovies. Sometimes crostini refers to the equivalent of a crouton used for soups or salads.

 

Bruschetta: From the Italian bruscare meaning “to roast over coals,” this traditional garlic bread is made by rubbing slices of toasted bread with garlic cloves, then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil. The bread is salted and peppered, then heated and served warm.

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Three Ways to Use: Potato Chips

by in Food Network Magazine, August 21st, 2012

potato chip crusted pork
Each month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like mixed nuts or hummus.

Potato chips are a must-have at summer barbecues. Follow the lead of Claudia Sidoti, Jay Brooks and Bob Hoebee as they give this supporting side the star treatment it deserves.

Recipe: Potato-Crusted Pork Chops With Pesto Sauce (pictured above)
Jay says: “Chips work great as a crust. They’re already salty and crispy — they just need to be crumbled.”

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$24 in 24: The Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, Has a Brand-New Show

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 21st, 2012

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Sandwich King Jeff Mauro joins the Food Network prime-time lineup this fall with a new half-hour series called $24 in 24, where Jeff discovers the best cheap local eats in cities across America. Each week, he’ll hit a new locale with a budget of just $24 to find the tastiest breakfast, lunch and dinner in town.

From unexpected mom and pop shops to globally inspired spots, Jeff’s coast-to-coast journey proves great food doesn’t have to break the bank. But can you really find good food for just $24? You absolutely can: “The beauty of this great country is that you can always find plenty of great food for a great price. There are so many interesting and affordable unearthed joints strewn about the ethnic enclaves that are so common in even the smallest of American cities,” Jeff added. He continued to say that showcasing great, family-run establishments that haven’t had much publicity and celebrating their food is one of his favorite things about this new show. “That, and watching myself eat on camera, which is always ultra-sexy!”

Jeff hits Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City and Philadelphia in the first season of $24 in 24, which premieres Monday, September 24, at 10:30pm ET/PT.

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