Recipe of the Day: Guy’s Cuban Pork Chops With Mojo

by in Recipes, June 1st, 2011

cuban pork chops with mojo
Impress the family tonight with Guy’s Latin-inspired pork chops with a spicy rub and citrus marinade. While the total time of this recipe says it takes “1 hour 45 minutes” to make, don’t fret. The pork chops will marinate in the refrigerator for an hour, leaving you time to help the kids with their homework or to make a refreshing side salad like this Avocado Salad With Tomatoes, Lime, and Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette.

Get the recipe: Guy’s Cuban Pork Chops With Mojo

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FN Fan Bites: Iron Chef Jose Garces, Marcela on Jimmy Fallon and More

by in Food Network Chef, May 31st, 2011

jose garces
Iron Chef Jose Garces will participate in The Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia, Penn. on Tuesday June 14 in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex Scott, a young girl with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, founded the organization. Every year she opened a lemonade stand in front of her home with the proceeds going to benefit pediatric cancer research. Alex inspired people from all over the world, motivating them to hold their own lemonade stands and donate to her cause. In August of 2004 at the age of 8, Alex passed away knowing she had helped raise over $1 million dollars to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $40 million towards fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure by funding over 150 research projects nationally. If you would like to attend the event featuring Chef Garces visit: The Great Chefs Event.

Chef Marcela Valladolid stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon late last week to whip up recipes perfect for the warm summer weather. Marcela taught Jimmy the fine art of sipping tequila and guided him through the steps of making a Mexican style burger. Watch the video clip: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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Recipe of the Day: Turkey-Avocado Clubs

by in Recipes, May 31st, 2011

turkey avocado club sandwiches

After all the BBQ parties, salads and juicy burgers, try something a bit lighter for lunch today. Send the entire family off to work or school with this savory sandwich made with turkey, avocado and whole-grain bread. Mayo is swapped out for a lighter, healthier condiment with nonfat, plain Greek yogurt for a protein and fiber-packed meal.

Get the recipe: Turkey-Avocado Clubs

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Memorial Day Breakfast Recipes

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2011

french toast with grilled bananas
It’s not often the entire family can sit down together for breakfast on a Monday morning, so take advantage of the time by making one of these indulgent breakfast recipes together:

The Neelys’ French Toast Panini With Grilled Bananas (pictured above)

Sunny’s Big Ole Tex-Mex Burrito Omelet

Almost-Famous Cinnamon Buns

Bobby’s Grilled Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

Ina’s Breakfast Bread Pudding

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Memorial Day Menus: Editor’s Pick

by in Holidays, May 28th, 2011

memorial day menu
With so many delicious recipes to choose from Food Network’s Memorial Day and grilling roundups, where does one start? Trying to make your crazy and hectic weekends easier, the editors of FoodNetwork.com and CookingChannelTV.com have shared their favorite recipes and packaged them up into two menus — mix and match, substitute or just make one recipe. Whatever you do, enjoy them with family and friends and share your food photos with us on Food Network’s Facebook page.

Menu 1:
Appetizer: Pineapple Polenta Squares With Shrimp
Main: Southern Fried Chicken
Side Dish: Avocado Salad
Dessert: Blueberry Crumble With Cornmeal-Almond Topping

Get our second menu after the jump »

Memorial Day Drinks Roundup

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 27th, 2011

memorial day drinks
Put a chill into your grilling and chilling weekend this Memorial Day by mixing up a few simple and refreshing summer drinks. Our diverse ideas below will please the kids – and kids at heart – while offering some grown-ups-only favorites and unique twists on classic cocktails. Whether you’re simply barbecuing in the backyard with your family or hosting a neighborhood holiday cookout, these cool recipes are sure to quench everyone’s thirst.

Nothing says summer like a refreshing frozen marg and Bobby Flay feels the same way. His Frozen Pomegranate, Mango, Tangerine, Watermelon and Cactus Pear varieties boast cool flavors and the famed frosty consistency.

A traditional Spanish and Portuguese cocktail, sangria is most often made by mixing red or white wine with fresh fruit, sparkling soda water and various liqueurs. Food Network Magazine’s Red and White Sangria recipes are classic examples of this European summer sipper.

Like sangria, the mojito has evolved from its original Cuban mixture of white rum and mint into a transformable cocktail capable of pleasing everyone. Not a rum fan? Not a problem. Guy Fieri’s Double Apple Mojito is made with vodka and apple juice. Similarly, Tyler Florence’s Blueberry Ginger Mojito Pitchers combine vodka, soda and fresh ginger.

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Recipe of the Day: American Macaroni Salad

by in Recipes, May 27th, 2011

macaroni salad
Potato and macaroni salads: two of most iconic summer dishes in America. Here, elbow macaroni is tossed with ripe tomatoes, crunchy celery and a creamy dressing. Make it more personal by adding additional veggies for like diced bell peppers and cucumber.

Get the recipe: American Macaroni Salad

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10 Grilling Safety Tips

by in Holidays, May 26th, 2011

grilled food
With summer right around the corner, there’s never a better time to brush up on grilling safety. Yes, you may be the master of your grill; however, you can never be too careful.

1. Gas grilling should be done outside the home at least 10 feet away from the house.
2. Check all connections for leaks by turning on the cylinder valve and spraying the connections with a solution made by mixing equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water. If bubbles appear, those connections need to be tightened or replaced.
3. Keep the grill away from heavy foot traffic. It’s also highly recommended to keep children, pets and outdoor games like football away from the grill.
4. Always place lighters and matches away from the grill and children.
5. Wear fitted clothing. While you may be warm, you’re safest when wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes.

Read the remaining 5 tips after the jump »

Off the Beaten Aisle: Fig Jam

by in Recipes, May 26th, 2011

tomato, avocado and feta salad
A jam would seem an unlikely ingredient to be overlooked.

After all, legions of parents rely on the many offerings of the grocer’s PB&J aisle to maintain peace with the lunch-box crowd.

Except that when you peer past the usual suspects — strawberry, raspberry, grape, apricot — you find some seriously wonderful hidden jam gems that belong as much at the dinner table as they do slathered between slices of bread.

My favorite? Fig.

Fig jam has a thick, almost dense consistency and a rich, full sweetness that isn’t cloying the way many preserves are. My theory on that? Much of the sweetness comes from natural sugars; figs have one of the highest sugar contents among fruits.

Except they aren’t technically a fruit. Figs actually are flowers folded in on themselves. The tiny, crunchy seeds inside are the fruit. But I digress.

Find out what you can make with fig jam »

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in News, May 26th, 2011

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Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy appeared on Conan, where she revealed that, despite being unable to wear glasses on the back of her head, her character in the movie was inspired by Guy Fieri. [eater.com]

• The good folks at New York Magazine have found 51 restaurants coast-to-coast worth visiting. Your summer road trip just got more delicious. [newyork.grubstreet.com] [FN Local]

• Speaking of trips, interested in having or attending a destination wedding abroad? Here are some culinary customs for the big day that justify a plane ride. [epicurious.com]

• The New York Times takes a look at how organic farming, both in Europe and stateside, has boomed despite economic hardships and inflation issues. “Many farmers and analysts expect the sector to remain strong in coming years, helped by increased public awareness of environmental and potential health benefits [and] better organization and production techniques.” [nytimes.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.