Grilled Scallops With Orange-Scented Quinoa — The Weekender

by in Recipes, April 20th, 2012

grilled scallops with quinoa
Sometime last season, a seafood stand appeared at my local Saturday morning farmers’ market. I live in Philadelphia, so the Jersey shore and its world of fish, clams, mussels and more really aren’t more than an hour or so away. Still, it took me a while to adjust to the idea that I could pick up a pound of cod along with my carrots, kale and apples.

However, once I made the mental shift, I’ve found that having regular access to seafood that’s no more than a day out of the ocean has been incredible. It’s so fresh and quick to cook, and the people who work the booth are fantastically knowledgeable about the product they’re selling.

It’s thanks to them that I finally took the plunge and learned to cook scallops at home. I’ve long been a fan of these sweet bivalves and frequently ordered them when eating at restaurants. But for the longest time, I had it in my head that they were hard to cook and easy to ruin. At $20 or more a pound, I didn’t feel like it was something I could experiment with.

But after a bit of encouragement from my friendly seafood stand, I decided to give it a go. I bought 2/3 of a pound (plenty for just my husband and me) and cooked them in a little butter until they were brown on both sides and just firm to the touch. It was a dining revelation that we’ve repeated regularly since then.

Before you start grilling, read these tips

On the Blogs: New York Times’ Pizza Issue, Plus a Skeptic Eye on Food Holidays

by in Community, April 19th, 2012

pizzaThe New York Times: The pizza issue is a great source for tips and trends for everything pizza. Try some of Food Network’s favorite pizza recipes.

Bon Appétit: Some see the hundreds of food holidays as marketing ploys. So tell us: Are you in support of today as National Garlic Day?

Architectural Digest: Take a look at some of the world’s most visually stunning restaurants. Which one do you dream of dining at most?

Huffington Post: Why are Big Macs so popular? A recent study suggests that people associate larger portions of food with status.

TIME: Don’t underestimate the power of food. José Andrés and René Redzepi, two major food world players, made the cut for Time‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Eat Out/ Eat In: Fried Pickles

by in Behind the Scenes, Recipes, April 19th, 2012

fried pickles
Recently, several members from the Food Network Kitchens headed down to Nashville for three weeks to film Trisha Yearwood’s new show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Most nights we would wrap up late and go to Rotier’s, a dive restaurant famous for their grilled and fried Southern food. We saw deep-fried spicy pickles on the menu and once we tasted them, we fell in love. Every time we ate them, we would tell each other, “OK, no more fried food,” and then we would find ourselves ordering them again. The balance of the cool, crispy pickle spears with a crunchy, flavorful crust was perfect with the spicy ranch dipping sauce. When we got back to Food Network Kitchens, I wanted to re-create the dish for Family Meal. The recipe below combines crunchy dill pickle spears with a smoky, crispy crust and a spicy dressing that reminded me of my times in Nashville.

Get the recipe for Fried Pickles

POLL: Which Chopped All-Stars Ingredients Would You Actually Cook With?

by in Polls, Shows, April 18th, 2012

aarti sequeira and ted allen
Week two of Chopped All-Stars had gourmet globetrotting contestants Marcela Valladolid, Keegan Gerhard, Jeffrey Saad and Aarti Sequeira dealing with some offbeat ingredients. Some would even argue that the ingredients were more difficult than those dealt to the Iron Chefs the week before.

While we may not be running out to the market to pick up a pound of tripe, some of the ingredients are more commonly used, like chicken feet, which are great to flavor chicken broth.

This leads us to ask you:

 

Spring Clean Your Supper

by in Community, In Season, April 18th, 2012

spring peas with dates and walnuts
Let’s face it, spring cleaning isn’t the most exciting chore of the season, but it’s so gratifying after it’s all done. The same notion also applies to making over meals, especially when the produce starts to become so abundant. Our friends over at Yahoo! Shine have invited FN Dish readers to join their Supper Club. This month, they’re challenging readers to make weeknight dinners that are as fresh and bright as the season.

Don’t know where to begin? Food Network’s Spring Produce Guide is a good place to start. From asparagus to rhubarb, you can find tips and recipes for cooking up spring produce at its peak.

Spring Peas With Dates and Walnuts from Food Network Magazine (pictured above) is a market-fresh salad that calls for not one but three kinds of spring peas: English, sugar snap and snow peas.

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Win These Chia Seed Bars!

by , April 18th, 2012

chia seed bars

Chia seeds aren’t just for growing a fuzzy green pet or getting that annoying jingle stuck in your head. This small, nutty seed is gaining popularity thanks to its long list of nutrients. Full of fiber, protein and antioxidants, chia seeds...

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Reinvented: Sweet Popcorn 4 Ways

by in Recipes, April 18th, 2012

sweet popcorn
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.

We were tired of the same-old buttered popcorn, and these sweet toppings brought out our inner kids.

Make Alton’s classic Perfect Popcorn recipe and then get creative.

Click here for sweet popcorn 4 ways

Eat More of Your Greens

by in Food Network Magazine, April 17th, 2012

creamed chard
Hot tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

You can eat the stems of sturdy greens like Swiss chard, kale and collards. Just note that the stems take longer to cook: When you’re chopping, set the stems aside so you can cook them separately, like we did for Food Network Magazine‘s Creamed Chard. Or start by cooking the stems, then add the leaves to the same pan.

Nuts About Peanuts

by , April 17th, 2012
peanuts

We're nuts about this . . . legume!

We’re nuts about peanuts, but they’re actually not a nut! Peanuts are part of the legume family along with lentils and beans. Seems we’re not the only ones going crazy for them. The average American eats ...

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