Like Father, Like Son: Pat LaFrieda Sr. and Pat LaFrieda Jr. Dish on Faves and Father’s Day

by in Holidays, Shows, June 16th, 2012

pat lafrieda jr pat lafrieda srWe often refer to Pat LaFrieda, Jr. as the “Magician of Meat,” but we seem to forget that Pat LaFrieda, Jr. comes from a meat empire — a family-run meat empire. Pat Jr. runs a third-generation wholesale meat purveyor business in New Jersey with his dad, Pat Sr., and while we see the dynamic duo take viewers on a high-”steaks” ride with a side of humor on Meat Men, we wanted to know just how much the two agreed on meat.

We asked father and son the same questions to see how different (or similar) their answers would be, including who’s the better grill master in the family.

What’s the best cut of pork in your opinion?
Pat Jr.: Pork butt
Pat Sr.: Rib chops

 

If you had to choose between having beef, pork, veal or chicken as your last meal what would you pick?
Pat Jr.: Boneless loin lamb chops
Pat Sr.: Shake ‘N Bake pork chops with applesauce (laughing out loud) — because they’re good.

Find out who the grill master is

Barbecue Essentials — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, June 15th, 2012


This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and this weekend’s spread is all about barbecue.

The secret to creating down-home barbecue is cooking it in a way that lets the meat become tender and juicy. In this video, Pat and Gina Neely, the self-proclaimed “First Family of Barbecue,” share simple tips and tricks — like using hickory chips to smoke the meat and tongs to turn it — for grilling succulent pork, brisket, ribs and more every time.

The Neelys’ overflowing pork sandwich from Food Network Magazine (pictured above) is representative of Memphis-style barbecue, dry rubbed and with a vinegar-based sauce. Check out these step-by-step photos to see how Pat and Gina prepare this barbecued beauty.

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In Season: Kale

by , June 15th, 2012
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Are you crazy for kale?

Many of my gal pals email me photos of their homemade kale chips. Everyone is talking about and making them. Luckily, this green, leafy bunch of goodness is now in season so you can make your own kale chips or any of our healt...

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A Chocolate-Filled Father’s Day Simple Soirée

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 15th, 2012

chocolate sheet cake
Father’s Day is all about chocolate and letting Dad watch whatever TV he wants that day. At least it is in my family. You see, in our family of four, there is only one guy, my dad. We out number him in everything. He wants to watch football? Too bad, we’ve got the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy to watch. Game seven of the playoffs? Nope, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just started. So you see, the girls win almost all of the time. But not on Father’s Day. We’ll let Dad watch just about whatever he wants and we promise to only complain a few times.

My dad is a chocolate fanatic. I don’t know how he manages to stay so fit when he always has a constant supply of homemade chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate brownies, chocolate layered cake etc., stocked in the freezer in case of a sweet tooth “emergency.” So when Father’s Day rolls around, it’s a no-brainer that we’re going to make him something that’s going to satisfy his chocolate sweet tooth.

This year’s Father’s Day treat is The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake.

It’s decadent to say the least and it’s exactly what Dad needs this coming Sunday. Plus, it makes a boatload of cake that you could share with your neighbors or fellow dads celebrating this special day.

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On the Blogs: Twitter Smoothies and a Positive Message From Coca-Cola

by in Community, June 14th, 2012

breakfast to go smoothiesK Frantzis: What does a Twitter smoothie taste like? The data visualization experiment Tasty Tweets blends together smoothies based on fruit-specific tweets.

Creativity Online: There is a lot of controversy about soda lately, but this video by Coca-Cola is sure to make you smile. Using security camera footage, “Little acts of love, kindness, silliness and happiness” are pieced together to help you look at the world a bit differently.

Saveur: Top chefs share their kitchen tool fantasies, including a time machine and a hologram-projecting cookbook. What’s yours (laws of physics aside)?

The Kitchn: You may be heading to Starbucks for lunch soon. The coffee chain giant recently purchased Bay Area-based chain La Boulange Bakery and will be introducing the French bakery sandwiches to its menu.

MSNBC: Get more sleep, make healthier choices: Why being sleep deprived makes us reach for doughnuts.

Perfect Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Magazine, June 14th, 2012

Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs
In the June issue of Food Network Magazine, I put my own spin on fried chicken and eliminated what I think is the worst part of making the much-loved dish at home: the frying part. My kitchen always ends up spattered with oil. Not to mention, disposing of all the oil is a big pain.

To make this recipe, I took a technique I learned for making Italian chicken spiedini (essentially skewered chicken). Instead of deep frying, you coat chicken kebabs in bread crumbs and then grill them for a crispy, crunchy crust.

It took a couple of tries, but the natural fat in the chicken literally fries the bread-crumbs as they grill.  You get the best of both worlds — the crispiness of frying and the smoky taste of grilling. Just make sure to keep the heat of your grill on medium so the chicken doesn’t get overly charred.

Try it: Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

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Grilled Meat, 5 Ways

by , June 14th, 2012
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Make dad a meaty meal for Father's Day this weekend.

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day then by cooking dad a meaty meal? Show dad some love with any of these 5 mouthwatering meat recipes.

Tex-Mex Steak
Chili-spiced steak steak topped wi...

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Poll: Who’s On Thin Ice?

by , June 14th, 2012

Week after week Star hopefuls are sent to the pitch room, and one by one they are eliminated while others remain. The pardoned finalists have survived to cook another day, but how long will they remain safe? Whether it’s because the clock has be...

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