Take the Right Temperature

by in Food Network Magazine, August 4th, 2012

meat thermometerHot Tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

To check a steak for doneness, insert a thermometer into the side, not the top. Aim the tip of the thermometer toward the center of the meat: You’ll get a more precise reading there than from the hotter areas near the surface. Move the steak to the edge of the grill before taking the temperature to prevent overcooking.

 

(Photograph by Antonis Achilleos)

Herb of the Month: Chives

by , August 4th, 2012

chives
We’re kicking off August with an herb that’s been historically used to help promote male fertility. Learn why chives are so good for you, then try our mouthwatering chive recipes.

Chives Basics
Chives are related to the garlic, leeks and onions ...

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Grilled Chicken 101 — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2012


You’ve heard it before about this most beloved white meat: Grilled chicken can be boring. Sure, on its own, plain grilled chicken can be bland and dry, but it doesn’t have to — and should not be that way. To take everyday chicken to the next delicious level, try switching up cuts of chicken, experimenting with new cooking techniques and adding marinades, rubs and sauces to ensure moist, flavorful results. Follow Food Network’s three simple suggestions below to cook up crave-worthy chicken in a flash.

Buy a Better Bird:
Instead of reaching for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, give chicken thighs a chance instead. Dark meat is a tad fattier, so it’s inherently juicer and more flavorful. If you prefer lean white meat, however, look for bone-in chicken breasts — cooking chicken on the bone helps the meat maintain moisture.

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3 Days to Open: Cove Lounge

by in Shows, August 3rd, 2012

cove lounge
Bobby Flay brought in the big guns not once but twice this episode as he took on his next project: Cove Lounge in Harlem, New York. With just three days to open, Alyah and Gloria found themselves knee-deep in bills, as well as dealing with a series of staffing and kitchen issues in their quest to open an upscale lounge. Bobby relied on the legends of Harlem’s food industry and Nina and Tim Zagat to help guide Alyah with constructive criticism. The ladies picked the perfect neighborhood for their venture, but that was only a small part of it.

Before Bobby could consider the task complete, he needed to help the Cove team fix these four crucial issues: staffing, menu, food quality and cocktails.

The signature cocktail, “The Cove,” has been created, and the French fries seem to be perfect. Alyah waited three years for this dream to come true, but did it all work out? One lesson we’re sure she learned was to proofread everything. We checked in with her and Gloria to see how things are going after their visit from Bobby. Click play on the video below for a 3 Days to Open update.

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Filet Mignon Crostini With Rosemary Pesto — The Weekender

by in Recipes, August 3rd, 2012

filet mignon crostini
Filet mignon was my maternal grandmother’s preferred cut of beef. She was forever dieting and firmly believed in the power of lean protein to help her keep her figure (she was decidedly ahead of her time when it came to slimming techniques). She would serve small rounds of filet, each briefly broiled (no extra oil) with little bowls of salad and a steamed green vegetable. My grandfather would satisfy his need for something starchy with several slices of buttered bread.

When we visited, I marveled at the smooth, tender steak, so different from what we ate at home. Always watching the grocery budget, my mom typically opted for hamburger or a chuck roast when she was shopping for beef.

Like my mom, I often find that filet is really too pricey to serve regularly. When I want a sturdy piece of beef, I go for flank steak or those little cuts that are sometimes marketed as ranch steaks. When I can stretch a small amount of filet to serve a number of people, however, I don’t mind spending a few dollars to get it.

One way to make a piece of filet go far is to slice it and serve it on top of salads or toast rounds. Jeff Mauro’s version, called Filet Mignon Crostini With Rosemary Pesto, is a particularly good rendition of this style of filet stretching. I used his recipe recently to serve to friends at an informal weekend cocktail party we were hosting and it was one of the first things to disappear from the table. Its combination of indulgence, flavor and ease makes it entirely perfect for The Weekender.

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Jose Garces’ Top 5 Places to Eat in Philly

by in Food Network Magazine, August 3rd, 2012

Jose Garces

We can’t fault Jose Garces for choosing one of his own restaurants as a top spot in Philadelphia: The guy has opened seven places there in the past six years. But after living in the city for 11 years, he knows some other great finds, too. Here are his top picks:

Middle Eastern ComboMiddle Eastern Combo from the Sahara Grill

When Jose is really hungry, he goes to this no-frills Lebanese restaurant. It’s small, he says, but the platters aren’t. The Middle Eastern combo includes hummus, baba ghanoush, marinated carrots and mushrooms, tabouli, eggplant salad, feta and olives. “It’s enough for four people,” he says. $11 for lunch, $12 for dinner; 1334 Walnut St.; 215-985-4155

Jose’s top four places to eat

Cucumbers, 5 Ways

by , August 3rd, 2012

cucumbers
This time of year farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are overflowing with cucumbers. There are so many ways to eat these crunchy and refreshing veggies — here are 5 favorites.

Tangy Pickles
Whether you prefer sweet, sour, hot or mild – ...

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Ball Freezer Jars Giveaway

by in Contests, August 2nd, 2012

ball freezer jars
Summer is known for its bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, as soon as the summer fades, so too do the juicy strawberries, succulent peaches, sweet tomatoes and the amazing dishes that come with them. With Ball Freezer Jars, however, you can preserve your favorite foods to enjoy year-round. With their locking lid design and leak proof seal, you can store everything from summer jams to soups for long periods of time without having to worry about anything going bad.

You can buy your own freezer jars, which come in both 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win a pack of three 8 oz. jars. To enter: Tell us your favorite Food Network summer dish to freeze and enjoy during the colder seasons in the comments. We’re giving away a set of three 8 oz. freezer jars to six lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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On the Blogs: Healthy Tips From Robert Irvine and Trending Pickles

by in Community, August 2nd, 2012

robert irvineThe Daily Meal: Even on the road, Robert Irvine eats well and stays fit. It may be easier than you think.

NPR: Wondering where all the watermelon seeds went? Don’t worry, the seedless variety tastes the same as the black-seeded, traditional kind.

Nation’s Restaurant News: Pickles are trending and on the rise amongst restaurant menus.

 

Huffington Post: The cupcake craze carries on. The world’s largest cupcake mosaic features more than 1,000 pounds of cupcakes.