How to Make a Fired-Up, Lightened-Up Firehouse-Inspired Chili

by in Recipes, Shows, August 16th, 2016

Firehouse ChiliBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, firefighters from across the country competed for the chance to win up to $20,000. While these cooks haven’t (yet) won any James Beard Awards, they certainly know how to cook for a crowd.

Feeding a station full of firefighters is no easy task. Guy’s games kicked off with a kiddie cart challenge, meaning each contestant’s groceries had to fit into child-sized carts. This spur-of-the-moment change was no problem for the firefighters who are used to adapting to new situations quickly.

Balancing healthy and hearty was a recurring theme for these firehouse cooks. They made burgers with portobello buns, stir-fries with quinoa and lean pork tenderloin to create dishes that married lean proteins with classic comfort foods.

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How to Make 3 Delicious Dinners Out of 1 Pork Roast

by in Family, Recipes, August 16th, 2016

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork RoastWith a big family at home, making a hearty dinner — and doing it quickly — is one of my biggest tasks of the day. It’s also relentless. That’s why I love cooking one big meal early in the week and transforming the leftovers into two more dinners, each with totally different flavors. It’s fast and efficient, and guess what: There’s even less food wasted, which is good for the planet and my budget, too.

That leads to another important point: In order to stretch your pork roast as far as possible, focus on adding sides. No matter if you opt for fresh or frozen, this is the time to load up on vegetables. Add starches like bread, rice and potatoes, and not only will you be consuming less meat, but you’ll also be buying less meat — a win all around.

Dinner #1: Giada De Laurentiis’ Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast (pictured above)

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Have You Tried Tomatillos?

by in Recipes, August 16th, 2016

While wandering your farmers market, you may have spotted a curious-looking green globe that looks like an unripe tomato encased in a papery skin and wondered: “What is that?” This farmers market find is a tomatillo, a fruit that is part of the nightshade family that tomatoes also belong to, but is actually more closely related to the gooseberry.

Now that you know the tomatillo’s quirky botanical background, let’s move on to more important matters: it’s delicious. Long used in Mexican and Southwest American cooking, tomatillos are most often used raw (that’s why they’re still green) to impart a tart vegetal flavor with hints of lemon and herbs. Read more

Celebrities Take Center Stove in the Kitchens of Their Favorite Restaurants on Star Plates

by in Shows, August 16th, 2016

Marcus and MindyThis fall it’s time to see which celebrities can take the heat in a professional kitchen on Food Network’s newest series, Star Plates, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 11/10c. The show will follow six celebrities as each navigates the grueling responsibilities of working as a line cook in his or her favorite chef’s restaurant. Working side-by-side with the chefs, the stars will learn how to make their favorite dishes and must help service a dining room full of hungry, paying customers. The restaurant novices will learn some unusual cooking techniques, make some of the chefs’ signature recipes and take criticism from both the chefs and the customers.

Find out who is on the show.

Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the Numbers

by in News, August 16th, 2016

Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the NumbersThe year 2016 has the potential to go down in history for various reasons. One of them: It’s the year bottled water will outsell soda in the United States for the first time.

The national beverage-preference milestone, which has been on the horizon for a while, stems not only from health concerns about soda — which, Bloomberg recently noted, drove consumption to a 30-year low in 2015 — but also a large uptick in Americans choosing bottled water over tap. Bottled water is valued because of its portability as well as its potability. After lead contamination issues in places like Flint, Mich., Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., made headlines, people became concerned about the safety of the H2O flowing from their taps.

Here are a few illuminating numbers plucked from Bloomberg’s recent report about bottled water’s big year:

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Have You Subscribed to Our Brand-New Dining Newsletter?

by in Community, August 15th, 2016

Top Ten French FriesHere at Food Network, we have a newsletter for just about anyone. You might already rely on our daily or weekly editions for must-make dishes, tips and TV highlights to stay in the loop. Now, our brand-new Where to Eat newsletter is your one-stop shop for restaurant recommendations and dining tips.

Each Friday, just in time for weekend outings, it dishes up the best picks for local favorites and coast-to-coast classics. Whether you’re on the hunt for the very best French fries, pizza in all 50 states or the top fried chicken spots you’ve seen on your favorite Food Network shows, Where to Eat has you covered.

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The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an Uproar

by in News, August 15th, 2016

The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an UproarInstagram alert: Social media’s current food-nerd obsession is the avocado bun. What’s that, you ask? Why, it’s precisely what it sounds like: an entire ripe-and-ready avocado, halved and used as a sesame-seed-topped burger bun, with a cheeseburger, onion, tomato, pickles, lettuce and a “secret sauce” tucked between its gorgeous (yet mushy) twin mounds of green.

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10 Outside-the-Box Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Taco BarWhile summer is winding down, your family is gearing up for a new school year. That means brand-new backpacks, fresh kicks and boxes of freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils. Kick off the new year with fresh lunchbox recipes your kids will love. Read on for 10 lunches they won’t want to trade. Read more

Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray Return to Coach Cooking-Challenged Celebrities on Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, August 15th, 2016

Rachael and AnneAn all-new star-studded cast of recruits joins the new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c. Anne and Rachael will lead their teams of disastrous cooks through an intensely challenging Boot Camp. One by one, the stars will be eliminated until there are only two remaining to face off in a restaurant challenge judged blind by noteworthy chefs. In the end, the most-improved cook will walk away with $50,000 for his or her favorite charity, and gain bragging rights for either Anne or Rachael.

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Summer Vegetable Chili — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Summer Vegetable ChiliThough the weather outside is steamy, you needn’t wait for the cooler months to make a pot of chili. The secret to enjoying this hearty bowl in the summer is opting for lighter, fresher ingredients than the usual bases of chicken and beef. By opting for a veggie-packed version, you get the same depth of flavor but with a seasonal feel. Read more