Portable Desserts

by , August 31st, 2012

cheesecake brownies
Are desserts your job for the potluck picnic? You’re in luck! We’ve got treats for every kind of sweet tooth.

Cookies
Perfectly portioned and finger-licking good. Bring some fresh fruit along too – we suggest watermelon slices or a bushel of j...

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Grilled Sardines With Garlic Walnut Sauce — The Weekender

by in Recipes, August 31st, 2012

grilled trout with garlic sauce
With summer drawing to a close (and boy, did it go fast this year), I’m trying to mark as many warm weather cooking projects off my culinary bucket list as possible. This season, that list has included homemade frozen yogurt, tomato cobbler, blueberry buckle and whole grilled fish. I managed to get the first three checked off in delicious fashion weeks ago, but the grilled whole fish has been haunting me since June.

Last week I decided it was time to be brave and tackle Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sardines With Garlic Walnut Sauce before Labor Day arrived. I figured that sardines would be easy, since they’re small fish (my assumption being that tiny fish would be more manageable than giant ones). Of course, when I paid a visit to my local fish market, I was told that sardines are hard to come by this time of year and that I shouldn’t expect to see them in the Philadelphia area until November.

Instead of letting my hopes be dashed entirely, I decided to pick a different small fish that could stand in for the sardines. I landed on tiny trout, and though the flesh isn’t as dense and oily, I had a sense that they would still go nicely with the sauce.

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Show Us Your Mug Shot: Editor’s Picks From #FoodNetworkFaves

by in Community, August 30th, 2012

food network coffee mug shot
Last week we asked Food Network fans to show us their favorite coffee mug on Instagram. We couldn’t have asked for a better response from fans who have excellent taste in morning sip-ware (not that we expected anything less). Our editors share some of their favorite fan “mug shots” below.

Find out if yours made the cut

On the Blogs: Peach Season and Japan’s Trendiest Ingredient

by in Community, August 30th, 2012

peachesYum Sugar: These nifty tips for peeling peaches will have you baking up delicious peach pies in no time.

The Salt: The thought of eating insects is probably still scary and unappetizing to most. They’re packed with protein, however, environmentally friendly, and they may be a solution to hunger in refugee camps.

LA Times: The hottest trending ingredient in Japan right now is shio koji, and it’s making its way over to the U.S.

Slate: Let’s be honest: not everyone loves to cook.  Here are some reasons you should get to work in your kitchen anyway.

Reinvented: Bloody Marys 5 Ways

by in Drinks, Recipes, August 30th, 2012

bloody marys
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.

With Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s time to get our barbecue menus ready for family and friends (check out Food Network’s 5 Best Labor Day recipes). But don’t forget about brunch, too. Start off with a classic: the Bloody Mary. We love cocktails but hate hangovers. Here are five of our favorite “hair of the dog” Bloody Mary hangover cures.

First, start with the classic version

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of Dish, The Perfect Coffee-Table Book

by in Books, Contests, August 30th, 2012

dish: colorful, wonderful dinner plates book
Sometimes the dish you choose for breakfast, lunch or dinner is just as important as the food itself. Everyone’s collection of dishes is unique and tells a different story, and in Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates, House Beautiful Features Editor Shax Riegler examines the wide array of culture and history as it relates to dinner plates.

You can buy your own copy of Dish here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us about one of your favorite dishes in your collection and why in the comments. We’re giving away a copy of the book to three lucky, randomly selected commenters.

Read official rules before entering

Restaurant Revisited: Gusanoz

by in Shows, August 29th, 2012

Gusanoz

When Robert Irvine arrived at Gusanoz in Lebanon, N.H., husband-and-wife owners Nick Yager and Maria Limon were struggling to keep their six-year-old restaurant afloat. Locals once flocked to Gusanoz to taste Maria’s authentic Mexican food, but growing pains got the best of the restaurant and Maria had all but lost her passion for the business. Robert faced a big and expensive mess to clean up, from the decor to the tired menu. A few months after their Restaurant: Impossible makeover, Nick filled us in on how the new-and-improved Gusanoz is doing.

After a slow start, Nick reports that sales at Gusanoz are now steadily growing. To improve their bottom line, the owners took Robert’s advice and cut down on labor costs significantly: “Our total labor is approximately 28% weekly, slightly higher than the 27% Robert asked us for, but definitely in the right ballpark,” says Nick.

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POLL: Which Food Truck Do You Identify With the Most?

by in Polls, Shows, August 29th, 2012

food trucksTwo trucks have already been eliminated on The Great Food Truck Race and fans are voicing their opinions for their favorite in the Fan Vote (you can vote up to 10 times per day). This week, we said goodbye to Barbie Babes and their Down-Under dishes. So that got us thinking: If you had to open up your very own food truck, which truck theme would you most likely identify with? Are you the king or queen of Italian cuisine like Pizza Mike’s or Nonna’s Kitchenette? Or do you dabble in the kitchen with international flavors like Seoul Sausage and Barbie Babes?

So tell us: