Weekend Cookout Menu: Ready in 30 Minutes

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2011

bobby flay la burger
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 will cook up in 30 minutes or less. So fire up the grill this weekend and make it a family affair.

Main Dish: Bobby’s L.A. Burger (pictured above)
Side Dish: Smokey Corn On the Cob
Dessert: Grilled Banana Splits
Drink: Peach-Ginger Iced Tea (in honor of National Iced Tea Month)

Planning on making one of these dishes? Snap a photo and post it on Food Network’s Facebook wall.


The Sweetest Time of the Year: National Candy Month

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2011

For some of us with an affinity for all things candy-coated, sugared and dipped in or filled with chocolate, every month seems to be candy month. However, June is a particularly sweet four weeks thanks to its designation as National Candy Month. Our quick and simple candy recipes below are sure to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Food Network Magazine’s recipe for a Balloon Bouquet (pictured above) with jelly beans and a cherry licorice bow is every kid’s dream snack on a stick. Taking just moments to put together, this fun sweet treat is an ideal last-day-of-school indulgence.

Bring a concession stand favorite into your kitchen with Food 2’s video of Alton Brown making Easy Homemade Cotton Candy. Using just a whisk and a metal rack (no fancy equipment needed here!), you can make stove-top fluffy candy clouds any day of the week.

Browse more sweet recipes after the jump »

Recipe of the Day: Bobby’s Grilled Pizza

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2011

grilled pizza with sausage, peppers and onions
Move over delivery, there’s a new pizza joint in town and it’s coming straight from your grill. While it will take you longer to make this pizza than it would to order takeout, it’s healthier and worth the effort. This recipe is also great for getting the entire family involved in dinner — young children can roll out the dough while an adult is at the grill.

Bobby tops his grilled pizza with hot sausages, sweet peppers and red onions. Tone it down for the little ones by using sweet Italian sausage or create a make-your-own pizza bar with multiple toppings to choose from.

Get the recipe: Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage, Grilled Peppers and Onions and Oregano Ricotta

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

Food Network Star Insider Tips from Melissa d’Arabian

by in Shows, June 9th, 2011

Melissa d’Arabian
Melissa d’Arabian, host of the popular budget-friendly series Ten Dollar Dinners, knows exactly how it feels to be a contestant on Food Network Star — she beat out thousands of hopefuls to claim the “Star” title in Season 5. Now, as she watches from her couch, she’s offering the new cast ten tips, or pieces of advice, on how to survive the season:

45 is the new 20.
Forty-five minutes sounds like an eternity to cook one dish, right? And it is — at home. Forget what you think you know about time. Forty-five minutes is nothing.

Do not make major predictions your first day.
It’s just plain old bad luck. It tempts the gods of great television just too much.

Head over to Food Network’s Star blog now to read Melissa’s top tips.

Watch an all-new episode of Food Network Star this Sunday: 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central


Off the Beaten Aisle: Mint

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2011

feta mint penne pasta
It’s time to move mint beyond juleps and mojitos.

Because in the U.S., mint has struggled to land on the dinner table. We tend to associate it with sweets (after all, it does pair nicely with chocolate) and breath mints.

But elsewhere in the world, especially North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, mint is used to lend a crisp, almost peppery contrast to savory dishes, especially fatty ones (think lamb with mint sauce).

First, the basics.

You’ll find mint sold with the other herbs in the produce section, often in large bunches that you’ll never manage to entirely use. No worries — it’s cheap.

Most of the mint sold in American grocery stores is spearmint or peppermint, just two of the many varieties (that grow like weeds) available. It should have a mix of large and small leaves that are bright green and firm.

Find out what you can make with mint »

Recipe of the Day: BLT Pasta Salad

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2011

blt pasta salad
Need a new and kid-friendly side to complement grilled chicken this summer? The classic sandwich is transformed into a pasta salad complete with works: bacon, lettuce and tomato.

Get the recipe: BLT Pasta Salad

Browse more of Food Network’s pasta salad recipes.

On the Blogs: Groupon’s Next Target, Guy Fieri’s Tattoos and a Bottle Opener for iPhone

by in Community, June 8th, 2011

Enter For a Chance To Win a Copy of Guy Fieri’s New Cookbook: Guy Fieri Food

by in Books, Contests, June 8th, 2011

guy fieri food cookbook
Guy Fieri and his dad prefer to spend Father’s Day grilling out in Guy’s Santa Rosa, CA backyard over a restaurant dinner to celebrate their special day. For the Fieri’s, cooking is a multi-generational family affair — Guy’s kids get involved, cooking alongside their dad and grandfather. They plan the menu well in advance, choosing recipes that everyone loves and that everyone can help cook, too. For inspiration, they look no further than Guy’s new cookbook, Guy Fieri Food — now a New York Times bestseller — for recipes spanning Guy’s whole career.

To celebrate dads everywhere (and Guy’s book making the bestsellers’ list) we’re giving away 3 copies of Guy Fieri Food! All you have to do is let us know, here in the comments, how you’re celebrating Father’s Day this year. Do you and dad cook together, or does he prefer a restaurant meal? Do you whip up a special dessert just for him, or grill him a juicy steak? We’re giving away one copy of the cookbook to three randomly-selected, and very lucky commenter’s.

Find out how to enter and read contest rules after the jump »

Recipe of the Day: Alton’s Molasses-and-Coffee Pork Chops

by in Recipes, June 8th, 2011

molasses and coffee pork chops
Alton Brown’s lip-smacking marinade of molasses, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard will have your family begging for these thick-cut pork chops all summer long. If you don’t have a grill, use a grill pan — over medium-high heat, these pork chops will cook up in less than 10 minutes.

Editor’s tip: Make the marinade the night before — the longer the pork is submerged in it, the more flavorful it will be.

Get the recipe: Alton’s Molasses-and-Coffee Pork Chops

Browse more of Food Network’s pork recipes and head over to Grilling Central for all your BBQ needs.


June Food Festivals

by in Events, June 7th, 2011

summertime peaches
Get outside and enjoy the early summer crops, seasonal foods and refreshing brews at these festivals across the country.

Virgina Pork Festival, June 8, Emporia, Va.: Every year, over 43,000 pounds of sausage biscuits, pig’s feet, pit-barbecued pork, loin chops and more are grilled to perfection — a ticket includes all of your food and beverages.

Big Apple BBQ, June 11-12, New York, N.Y.: For two days, Madison Square Park transforms into a block party with some of the country’s top pitmasters and over 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts.

Johnson County Peach Festival, June 16-19, Clarksville, Ark.: From peach eating contests to a cobbler, jam and jelly bake-off, peaches are front and center. The family will also enjoy fair favorites like frog jumping and greased pig chases.

More festivals after the jump »