POLL: Which Eliminated Food Truck Would You Bring Back?

by in Polls, Shows, September 12th, 2012

The Great Food Truck Race
Just four short weeks ago, Tyler Florence met eight eager teams of first-time food truckers, each with big dreams of running their own mobile business. But now, after a month of racing halfway across the country, only four of those hopeful teams remain after Under the Crust, Barbie Babes, Pizza Mike’s and Coast of Atlanta were eliminated in Los Angeles, Flagstaff, Amarillo and Fayetteville, respectively.

Though this competition is designed to separate the contenders from the pretenders, all eight teams were made up of food truck rookies with a similar lack of experience, so the race could have been anyone’s game. Do you think that the eliminated teams simply suffered a case of beginners’ bad luck, or did their tactics alone lead to their early exits? If you were to give just one team another chance at food truck royalty, which would it be?

Tell us: Which eliminated food truck team would you bring back if you had the chance?

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Let’s Go Apple Picking — Summer Fest

by in In Season, September 12th, 2012

french apple tart
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 apples.

If you live in the Northeast, the introduction of apple season means more than a wide-eyed experience in the produce section. Instead, it means a trip to the farm for some apple picking. Donning your favorite comfy outfit and making your way into the country, this trip should be one of the first things you do when the air becomes crisp and the leaves turn golden. Don’t be afraid to pick apples by the crateful this year — Food Network has plenty of ideas to keep you busy.

For breakfast, drizzle maple syrup over Ellie Krieger’s Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes, blend Fuji and Golden Delicious apples together for Alton Brown’s 10 Minute Apple Sauce and eat a warm, hearty Zucchini and Apple Bread fresh out of the oven.

With so many apples, try incorporating a few into lunch and dinner, too. Tyler Florence’s classic Roast Loin of Pork With Baked Apples embodies everything that’s good and hearty about the fall, while this recipe for Apple and Brie Quesadillas brings an unconventional edge to a Tex-Mex mainstay. As for sides, look to simple Baked Apples and an Israeli Couscous With Apples, Cranberries and Herbs.

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Fry Like a Pro

by in Food Network Magazine, How-to, September 12th, 2012
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Fried Zucchini and Mozzarella

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Next time you’re battering food for frying, make sure the flour or cornstarch thoroughly coats your ingredients before you dip them in batter or egg because batter tends to slide off bare spots. Dip food in the flour a second time, then tap or shake off any excess before battering so it doesn’t clump in the fryer.

Try it: Fried Zucchini and Mozzarella (pictured above)

Road Trip: You Can’t Go Wrong With Comfort Food in Arkansas

by in Shows, September 11th, 2012

on the road map arkansas
Go big or go home. This week, contestants of The Great Food Truck Race took on the college town of Fayetteville and the students from the University of Arkansas. The challenge: Adjust their menus, prices and strategy to attract their demographic. The Food Truck teams learned a very important lesson this weekend: Good food doesn’t have to be pricey.

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 the best that Arkansas has to offer. Come back next week for our picks in Nashville.

Whole Hog Café
Whole Hog Café founders Ron, Mike and Steve have long devoted themselves to the pursuit of barbecue perfection. Their devotion is reflected in the wildly popular dishes Rachael checked out when hunting for the best barbecue: pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken and award-winning ribs.

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Reinvented: Pancakes 5 Ways

by in Recipes, September 11th, 2012

pancake recipes 5 ways
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.

Pancakes are a great way to personalize breakfast. From bacon and corn to triple chocolate, these tasty flapjacks will definitely spice up the most important meal of the day. Here are five of our new favorite pancake recipes.

First, start with the classic version

Nut-Free Lunch Options

by , September 11th, 2012

kitchen sink cookies
Nowadays, making classrooms or school lunch tables “nut free” is necessary to keep kiddies with allergies safe. Whether you have a little one with an allergy or kiddos that attend an allergy-sensitive school, here are some delicious replacements...

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July/August’s “Name This Dish” Contest Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, September 11th, 2012

patriotic potato salad
Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include bite-sized cakes (winning name: “Swirly Temples”), a hot dog sandwich (“Triple Dog Dare”) and even an egg tart (“Breakfast in Bread”). In the July/August 2012 issue, we asked you to dream up names for this hot dog sandwich (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Spuds and Stripes
Melissa Hall
Tully, N.Y.

Grand Old Spud Salad
Janet Hukle
Erlanger, Ky.

More favorites and the winner announced

Our Summer Fest Bloggers Join the Back-to-School Communal Table, Too

by in Community, Recipes, September 10th, 2012

tidy mom's cinnamon swirl peanut butter cookies
You can never have enough ideas for school lunches. In honor of back-to-school season, Summer Fest contributors are gathering together to share their favorite recipes at our Communal Table.

Today, browse through recipes that will put a smile on your kid’s face and make their friends envious at the lunch table. But don’t forget to treat yourself — we’ve got back-to-school recipes for adults, too, like this Spicy-Korean “Ramen” Noodle Soup from Jeanette’s Healthy Living and Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches from This Girl Can Eat.

Tidy Mom: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies (pictured above)
Made by Michelle: Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Chez Us: Healthy Tuna Salad
And Love It Too: Healthy Lunchbox 2012: The Ultimate Collection
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Back to School Roasted Chicken Legs
Bacon and Souffle: Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad
Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette

Adult options:
Haute Apple Pie: Edamame Hummus
Feed Me Phoebe: Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Swiss Chard Turnovers With Parmesan and Pistachios
Weelicious: Tandoori Chicken: From Dinner to the Lunch Box