Chia Seeds — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, March 9th, 2012

chia seed almond pudding
The trouble with this week’s underappreciated ingredient is that for the next few days you’re going to have its only-available-on-TV jingle stuck in your head.

Ch-ch-ch-chia!

That’s right, we’ve wandered into the Chia Pet aisle. Because the same seeds used to grow fluffy green pets also happen to be delicious and nutritious.

First, the basics.

Chia seeds — which are a relative of sage — resemble poppy seeds, but have a nuttier, less assertive flavor. They have gobs of fiber and a fair amount of protein.

Chia-Almond Pudding

On the Blogs: DIY Urban Gardening and an $8,100 McNugget

by in Community, March 8th, 2012

herbsFood52: Urban gardening for the city slicker: Tips to grow fresh herbs and vegetables in your apartment.

Eater: A McNugget in the shape of George Washington’s face sells for $8,100.  Do you see the resemblance?

New York Times: How much sugar has your little one had today? Cavities are on the rise among preschoolers.

 

Complex: Stay in the know and follow these top 25 foodies on Twitter.

YumSugar: Expand your sushi expertise with these fascinating facts from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, premiering in theaters this Friday.

Top 10 Places to Eat in Austin for SXSW

by in Events, March 8th, 2012

fn local austin, tx mapIf you’re heading to SXSW this weekend in Austin, Texas, you’re going to need to fuel up in between all of the interactive, film and music events. You can’t possibly focus on having a great time without some delicious eats in your belly. We’ve rounded up a few Food Network favorites from Giada’s Weekend Getaway in Austin to Guy’s best bets from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

 

Find more of Food Network’s favorite eats in Austin on Food Network Local.

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Dos and Don’ts: Accommodating Dietary Needs at Dinner Parties

by in Entertaining, March 7th, 2012

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So, you’re hosting a dinner party and one (or more) of your guests has a food allergy. What do you do? How do you manage this? Some people do not accommodate special dietary needs at their dinner parties. And while I understand the frustration with the myriad of food needs out there, the question I would ask before I make that decision is: Do I want all my guests to feel welcome? If the answer to that question is yes, then here are a few dos and don’ts to help you navigate this social minefield:

Do:

• Share your menu plan (including a full ingredient list) with your food-allergic guests. If you are using prepared food, like sauces or spice mixtures, save all the ingredient lists for those as well. Ask them to bring up any concerns they might have.

More dos and don’ts

Bobby Flay and Food Network are Looking for Food Entrepreneurs

by in Community, March 7th, 2012

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Think you’ve got what it takes to open a restaurant? Food Network’s own Bobby Flay is lending a helping hand to first-time restaurateurs. In an exciting new series, Bobby helps people with no previous culinary experience overcome the obstacles and inherent pitfalls in opening a successful eatery.

Are you a passionate self-starter who has dropped everything, traded careers or invested it all in the cutthroat restaurant industry? Do you want Bobby Flay to help make sure the doors don’t close before they even open?

Series shooting now until June 8.

Email FNDish@foodnetwork.com now with your story.

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier

by in Books, Contests, March 7th, 2012

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier
Ree Drummond, city girl turned rancher’s wife turned food blogger turned Food Network host, has another cookbook to add to her long list of accomplishments. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier is a collection of recipes in constant rotation at Ree’s Oklahoma ranch.

Cowgirl Quiche, Sloppy Joes, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Fancy Mac and Cheese are just a few of Ree’s step-by-step recipes perfect for any occasion. Planning something special? Ree has recipes for that, too: Osso Buco, Honey-Plum-Soy Chicken or even Rib-Eye Steak With Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce. Don’t forget sinfully easy desserts like Strawberry Shortcake Cake and Apple Brown Betty.

You can order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one that Ree has autographed. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Ree Drummond’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five signed copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.

Find out how to win

Collecting Treasures in the Belly and the Hand

by in Events, March 7th, 2012

knivesIt’s interesting to hear what people collect during their travels. From postcards to original artwork, the choice of what to carry home reveals an intimate peek into the traveler’s life. As a food professional, it’s not surprising I hanker for edible souvenirs. Unfortunately, they don’t last any longer than the time it takes to eat a sausage sandwich on the cobbled streets of a German village, or lick the buttery crumbs off my fingers from an unbelievably good French croissant. A bottle of Italian olive oil might make it out of the country, but its lifespan is only as long as the number of home-cooked dinners it lasts for. Although the foods may be long gone, the memory lives on.

What do you collect when you travel?