Spring Asparagus Tart — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, April 6th, 2015

Spring Asparagus TartAlong with (slightly) warmer weather and longer days, the spring season brings with it an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. From ruby-red rhubarb and a plethora of pea varieties to vibrant stalks of asparagus, there’s no shortage of produce ripe for the picking this time of year, and surely there’s a myriad of ways to put it to work in your favorite dishes. When it comes to asparagus, simply roasting the veggie is a tried-and-true method — and for good reasons; it’s a quick fix and family-friendly — but when you want to dress up these simple stalks, try pairing them with fresh lemon and herbs in a buttery tart.

Food Network Kitchen’s recipe for a Spring Asparagus Tart (pictured above) takes advantage of store-bought puff pastry to turn out this golden-brown, satisfying tart in less than an hour. While the buttery pastry provides a satisfying base with a chewy, crispy bite, the lemony spread of mascarpone mixed with chives and tarragon offers a rich, creamy bed for the asparagus. Follow Food Network Kitchen’s lead and artfully arrange the asparagus stalks in opposite directions for a stunning presentation, then round out the meal with fresh greens for big-bash events and low-key gatherings alike.

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“I Have to Eat This Stuff; Just Remember That” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, April 5th, 2015

Canned whole chickens, vending-machine cheese, water-soaked hot dog rolls. Each of these items has been the focus of a Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage, and while they may be cringe-inducing (and downright hilarious) to fans watching at home, they’re nevertheless part of the offerings that the judges are forced to consume, as Simon Majumdar reminded us during the latest Alton’s After-Show.

“I have to eat this stuff; just remember that,” he told Alton Brown as he two looked back on a particularly doozy of a competition round on tonight’s all-new episode. The Round 3 challenge asked the chefs to make carrot cake in this spring-themed battle, and in the spirit of freshness and renewal in springtime, a sabotage forced one chef to “harvest ingredients new ingredients for their cake,” Alton explained. This involved digging through a makeshift garden for individually wrapped fixings, some classic like eggs and others not so traditional, like canned pickled carrots and cinnamon candies. “His sauce was odd, but now I know why,” Simon said of the offering from Chef Jeffrey, who was dealt this diabolical lot and called his dish Carrot Cake Surprise. “It’s Muggins here who gets to eat it,” he joked, adding of his own British sensibilities, “We never say something’s horrible. We go, ‘This is interesting’ or ‘This was a very brave choice.’ His was a very brave choice.”

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What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream?

by in Food Network Magazine, April 5th, 2015

chocolate ice cream

Food Network Magazine is on a quest to find out how America eats ice cream. From your favorite type of sprinkle to the age-old debate of cup versus cone, we want to know your idea of the perfect scoop.

Vote in the polls below, then tell FN Dish about your favorite ice cream flavor — there are too many options to list! To see how your opinion matches up to those of other Food Network fans, look for the How America Eats Ice Cream feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

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5 Breakfast Bowls for a Better Morning — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 5th, 2015

5 Breakfast Bowls for a Better MorningMornings can be rough. Amid getting the kids dressed for school and packing up essentials needed for the day, it may seem like there’s just not enough time to settle in for a relaxing breakfast. While you may indeed be rushed, there’s surely time for a fresh — and (bonus!) healthy — morning meal, thanks to these light breakfast bowls, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Whether you’re craving the sunny flavors of citrus, the sweet crunch of coconut or the savory taste of avocado, start your day with hearty bowls boasting satisfying bases of yogurt, oatmeal and chia seeds, among others.

For even more light recipes, check out Food Network’s Healthy Start board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipes: Healthy Breakfast Bowls (pictured above)

Forget Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, Because … Nachos on a Stick

by in News, April 5th, 2015

Nachos on a StickThe Milwaukee Brewers have hit it out of the park, culinarily speaking, on behalf of tortilla-chip-chomping baseball lovers who think everything tastes better on a stick.

This season, the company overseeing Miller Park concessions, Delaware North, says it will tempt Brewers fans with its Inside the Park Nachos: a stick of beef, covered with refried beans, encrusted with Doritos, deep-fried and topped with squiggles of sour cream and liquid-y cheese.

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Family Brunch with the d’Arabians and an Easy Easter Menu

by in Food Network Chef, April 4th, 2015

Ten Dollar DinnersIt’s Easter week, so we are loading up the minivan with the kids and heading out to spend the holiday with family. One of the great pleasures of my life is turning around from the front passenger seat of our minivan and seeing all four of my kids sitting in their seats, all buckled and excited for whatever adventure awaits the d’Arabians. Something about that view, even if they are just watching the DVD player that I swore I would never use when I bought the car, reminds me that at my core, the identity in life that brings me the most joy is that of being the mom of this family.

One of my favorite episodes of Ten Dollar Dinners is the one where my kids cooked with me. We made brunch: baked eggs with chorizo, a healthy smoothie and chocolate veggie pancakes. Valentine and Charlotte helped me cook (wow, they look young to me now in that episode!), while Margaux, Oceane and Philippe joined us to eat at the end of the episode. (It was the only time that gorgeous dining room table that our prop stylist had found at vintage shop was ever featured in an episode!) That was a real glimpse into what our family is like around the table, which is how I probably picture my family the most. The only unnatural part of that brunch (other than the cameras!) was the fact that we had to ask Philippe to speak in English to the girls for the purposes of TV. In real life, he speaks to them only in French. (In fact, for years the girls thought he didn’t know how to speak English! But that’s a story for another day.) If you listen closely, you can actually hear Oceane slip up and reply to Philippe in French in the last few seconds of the show.

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Sunny’s “One-Pan Plan” Chicken and Pasta Dinner

by in Recipes, April 4th, 2015

Sunny's Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with FettuccineAs you help the kids with their homework, unload grocery bags and (attempt to) catch up with your spouse on the details of the day, it seems like there’s hardly any time to prepare just one component of a dish, let alone all of the elements needed for a complete meal. That’s where Sunny Anderson’s “one-pan plan” comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, she introduced a fuss-free recipe that allows you to make all of the key parts of dinner — a protein, a starch and vegetables — in a single pan, which surely saves time and stress in the kitchen.

The secret to Sunny’s strategy is working in batches. For her Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with Fettuccine (pictured above), she starts by browning chicken thighs so they turn out moist and juicy, then she builds flavor in the sauce with charred cherry tomatoes, salty olives and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Sunny skips dirtying a separate pan by cooking the fresh fettuccine, which naturally cooks more quickly than dried noodles, with the spinach right in the liquid of the sauce — guaranteeing this dinner can be on the table in only one hour. For an extra punch of flavor, she serves the dish with a squeeze of lemon for welcome freshness.

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Must-Try Recipes from Food Network Magazine’s April Issue

by in Food Network Magazine, April 4th, 2015

fluffy chocolate chip pancakesThere’s something for everyone in the Big Breakfast edition of Food Network Magazine — even if you’re not a morning person. (Breakfast for dinner is a glorious thing.) Here, magazine staffers share their favorite April recipes. Included in the roundup: recommendations from a pancake enthusiast, a non-breakfast person and a skeptic of healthy baked goods. While their top picks vary, April’s lox dip was an office hit. So take that as a cue for what to make for your next at-home brunch. Grab the recipe below, and bookmark the following recipes in your magazine (or save them to your recipe box), starting with the cover pancakes (pictured above).

“Full disclosure: Pancakes are probably my favorite food. So I could not be more excited to try out the fluffy pancakes. Every time I make pancakes they look a little flat, but these ones look amazing (they are the ones on our cover!). I love that the pancake feature shows how to make any style you want, which will give me a great excuse to try out all four.”
— Erica Cohen, Market Editor

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50 Years Ago, Astronauts Smuggled This Corned Beef Sandwich Into Space

by in News, April 3rd, 2015

Corned Beef SandwichWhen you think “space food,” you probably think Tang and freeze-dried ice cream — not a whopping deli corned beef sandwich on rye. Turns out there’s a reason for that.

Fifty years ago, on March 23, 1965, a hefty corned beef sandwich achieved uncharacteristic weightlessness after it was smuggled into space aboard NASA’s Gemini 3 in the spacesuit pocket of astronaut John Young. Backup command pilot Wally Schirra, a noted prankster, had handed the two-day-old sandwich, which he’d bought at the now-defunct Wolfie’s Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to Young the morning Gemini 3, the first American two-man space flight, blasted off. Young, the pilot, surprised Gemini 3 command pilot Gus Grissom with it during their flight.

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We Asked, You Cooked: Banana Bread — Fan Photos

by in Community, April 3rd, 2015

Banana BreadJust last month Food Network asked fans on Facebook to try their hands at one of FoodNetwork.com’s best-ever recipes, Ina Garten’s mustard-roasted chicken, and to show us your results with photos of the finished dish. This time, however, we asked you to ditch the stovetop in favor of the oven for a sweet treat: a top-rated banana bread that’s one of the most-popular recipes on the site. In true superfan spirit, many of you took to the kitchen to make this moist, cinnamon-scented loaf; check out some of FN Dish’s favorite fan photos of the finished banana bread, then get the recipe for this easy dessert.

From Laura Mapel: Pictured above

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