FN Fan Bites: Sandra Among the Most Powerful, Ina Supports Conservation and Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, July 5th, 2011

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Sandra Lee has been named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. You can meet Sandra and join Crain’s in commemorating the accomplishments of all 50 honorees on September 19 at an exclusive luncheon — pre-register for the event here.

Ina Garten and Alec Baldwin have joined forces for the charity event, Barefoot Under the Stars, which has helped raise $600,000 for conservation and environmental protection groups that work to restore habitats along eastern Long Island.

Watch this week’s videos after the jump »

Alex Eats: Strawberries

by in Recipes, July 5th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

I love that the strawberry plant is a member of the rose family. There are so many things you can do with strawberries during the season, both sweet and savory. If you have a few strawberries in the back of the fridge, try boiling them with sugar and a splash of sherry vinegar to make jam for toast or a glaze for duck breasts or pork loins. You can also purée them in the blender — mix with sugar, lime juice and some chilled seltzer water for a refreshing summer spritzer. Below is a simple recipe I like making when I get home from work with some really great strawberries.

Get Alex’s Strawberry Tart recipe after the jump »

Recipe of the Day: Giada’s Grilled Chicken With Pesto

by in Recipes, July 5th, 2011

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If you’re tired of barbecued chicken, try Giada’s Italian-styled grilled chicken with a quick and creamy pesto made from baby spinach, pine nuts, lemon and Parmesan — it takes this dish from easy to elegant in less than 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken With Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Browse more of Food Network’s grilled chicken recipes in Grilling Central.

Weekend Cookout: A Quick and Easy 4th of July Menu

by in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2011

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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 week, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free and will be table-side quickly. This weekend, sport your red, white and blue with sweet and tangy barbecued chicken, macaroni salad and even something for your vegetarian guests:

Main Dish: Carolina-Style Barbecue Chicken (pictured above)
Meat-Free Main Dish: Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese

All-American sides and dessert recipes after the jump »

Summer Food Safety: Mayonnaise

by in How-to, July 1st, 2011

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During the latest “Ask the Editor” chat on Food Network’s Facebook page, many readers inquired about mayonnaise in salads and how long they can be left out during summer months. With Fourth of July celebrations upon us, it’s important to practice food safety –you don’t want your guests missing the fireworks because they’re not feeling well. Even if you place Grandma’s famous potato salad in the shade, it has a timely expiration.

So how long is too long?

Read the rules after the jump »

Red, White and Blueberries

by in Holidays, Recipes, July 1st, 2011

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This Fourth of July, whether you’re hosting a holiday cookout or will be a guest at a backyard bash, Food Network has recipes for simple, patriotic party desserts to celebrate this all-American holiday. These fruit-filled, flag-inspired treats can be easily packed for spill-free and frosting smudge-proof car rides, and will be enough to feed a whole crowd of firework-happy friends.

Food Network Magazine’s Fruit-Tart Flag (pictured above) is the ultimate star-spangled sweet. Store-bought mini tarts are filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with colorful fresh berries. Best of all, these two-bite stripes and stars are easily transported in shoe boxes and can be assembled at the party.

More patriotic dessert recipes »

June’s Top 10 Recipes

by in Recipes, July 1st, 2011

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Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in June? From Buttermilk Baked Chicken to BLT Pasta Salad and sweet Peach Cobbler, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:

10. The Neelys’ Buttermilk Baked Chicken
9. Paula’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
8. Ina’s Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake
7. Alton’s Good Eats Meatloaf
6. BLT Pasta Salad

Get the top 5 recipes for June after the jump »

This Week on Food Network’s Star Blog

by in Shows, June 30th, 2011

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The seventh season of Food Network Star is in full swing and the writers on the Star blog are dishing. This week, Melissa d’Arabian gives the finalists pep talks, Paula makes a surprise appearance and Orchid reins in Chris. If you missed last week’s episode, catch up with this recap or watch the latest exit interview.

Watch an all-new episode: Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central

July Food Festivals

by in Events, June 30th, 2011

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Summer is here, and with it comes a mixed bag of  July food festivals that cool down and spice up Americans nationwide.  Check out where to festively eat this month.

SIB: Seattle International Beerfest, Seattle, Wash., July 1-3: Summer without beer is like Christmas without eggnog. One of the Northwest’s best beer cities is offering visitors the opportunity to sample beer in all its quaffable glory. From Galactic Imperial Red and Franziskaner to Mikkeller Green Gold and Love & Hoppiness by Rogue, 130 beers will be available. Classic bar games, including darts, will be free to play and live musical entertainment will tickle your ears as palates are pleased. However, if you miss this one, the Portland International Beerfest will be held July 15-17.

7 more July food festivals after the jump »