FN Fan Bites: Sunny’s Military Roots, Tyler’s Growing Empire and More

by in Food Network Chef, May 24th, 2011

sunny anderson
Sunny Anderson gave us a sneak peak of a special she’s filming for Food Network about the military, her family and food on her blog this week. A surprise for many fans, Sunny is a veteran Senior Airman herself and her father was a member of the historic 82nd Airborne, as well as an Army Ranger. As you plan your Memorial Day weekend, enjoy a meal with your favorite service member or simply honor them while sharing these tasty picnic recipes with your friends and family: Memorial Day Favorites.

Tyler Florence has been profiled by Forbes magazine in recognition of his growing entrepreneurial empire. Chef Florence has created an impressive $50 million business with four restaurants, 3 retail shops, a wine label, cutlery and cookware, a gourmet food line, a baby food brand called Sprout and more is expected to evolve with the help his wife and business partner Tolan Florence. You can see his video interview with Forbes on YouTube.

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A Little Pink Is Alright: USDA Lowers Pork’s Minimum Cooking Temperature

by in News, May 24th, 2011

pork chop with red onions

According to MSNBC and the AP: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce today that it has lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees. That’s a change from the agency’s longstanding guideline and means pork will be held to the same standard as beef, veal and lamb.”

Previously, the USDA recommended pork be cooked until an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit had been reached.

“With its lower temperature recommendation, the USDA also called for letting the pork rest for 3 minutes after removing it from the grill or oven. The meat’s temperature will remain constant or rise during that period, killing any pathogens,” says the AP.

Read more on MSNBC.

Try these 5 new pork recipes tonight or make the dish pictured above: Guy’s Cuban Pork Chops With Mojo.

Recipe of the Day: Sunny’s Patriotic Berry Trifle

by in Recipes, May 24th, 2011

patriotic berry trifle

Whether you’re having guests over or need to bring a dessert to a friend’s party this Memorial Day weekend, this trifle will be your showstopper, not to mention it’s extremely easy to put together. Light and fluffy angel food cake, along with fresh blueberries and strawberries are layered with luxurious homemade whipped cream — it’s patriotic perfection!

Get the recipe: Sunny’s Patriotic Berry Trifle

Browse more of Food Network’s Memorial Day recipes.

Portable Dishes for Memorial Day Weekend

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 23rd, 2011

poppy see potato salad
If you’ve been invited to a party this upcoming Memorial Day, chances are you’ve also offered to help cook or bake something. But what can you bring that can be made ahead, travels well and holds up to the weather (which is hopefully warm)?

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

1. There’s a good chance that your host’s refrigerator will be packed that day, so if your dish has to be kept cool until serving, bring along your own carrier with ice packs — the thought will go a long way.
2. Transport your cooler in the air-conditioned car, not in the trunk.
3. Come prepared with your own serving utensils just in case your host has run out.

Now browse through Food Network’s travel-friendly recipes:

Salads: When it comes to salads, try and stay away from recipes that include mayo. If your recipe calls for a dressing, wait until you are about to serve the dish to mix it in.
Poppy-Seed Potato Salad (pictured above)
Daikon-Carrot Salad
Avocado Salad

Browse more portable recipes for mains and desserts »

Recipe of the Day: Chicken Fingers With Curried Ketchup

by in Recipes, May 23rd, 2011

chicken fingers with curried ketchup

Let’s face it: Everyone loves chicken fingers — both kids and adults. So why not eat chicken fingers you can feel good about? Ditch the ones available in the frozen aisle and roll skinless chicken breasts in crunchy panko breadcrumbs, then bake them off until crisp and cooked through. Add lime juice and curry powder to ketchup for an upgraded dipping sauce.

Get the recipe: Chicken Fingers With Curried Ketchup

Browse more of Food Network’s chicken recipes.

8 New Food Trucks Ready to Roll

by in Shows, May 21st, 2011

great food truck race contestants
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race is hitting the road, with chef Tyler Florence returning as host. While you’ll have to wait until Sunday, August 14 to watch the first episode, we can give you a first look now.

Eight trucks from around the country, with three contestants each, embark on a culinary road trip, coming face-to-face with conditions including: weather problems, location mishaps, food sourcing issues and ever-changing customer taste buds. Let’s not forget to factor in the dynamic of the teams, many of them with existing relationships such as: brother and sister, best friends, mother and son and husband and wife to-be.

What’s on the line? The last truck standing wins $100,000 ($50,000 more than last year’s grand prize) and bragging rights.

Meet the road warriors after the jump »

Watermelon Works

by in In Season, Recipes, May 20th, 2011

watermelon
It’s almost summer and high time to take advantage of the season’s most succulent fruit: fresh watermelon. Ruby red, juicy and naturally sweet, this jumbo superfruit can be sliced and diced in a salad, grilled over an open flame or pureed and frozen. Our recipes boast welcomed ease and summer comfort and, best of all, they won’t leave you stressing over a single seed.

Food.com’s recipe for Marinated Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Salsa is an easy summer meal that celebrates the classic flavors of the outdoors.  Herb-Chicken is grilled and served with a heaping scoop of fruit and veggie salsa. Also great atop grilled seafood, this salsa will become a summer staple in your recipe box.

Looking to cool off after a day in the sun? Whip up a batch of Cooking Channel’s recipe for Watermelon Vodka Gazpacho. This chilled soup is packed with watermelon and fresh garden vegetables. No need to reheat this dish, so save some to bring to work tomorrow.

Browse more delicious watermelon recipes »

Recipe of the Day: Hash-Brown Eggs

by in Recipes, May 20th, 2011

hash brown eggs
Looking for the ultimate breakfast or brunch recipe for this weekend? Look no further. Boring hash browns are woken up by grating an onion and adding it to a skillet with the potatoes. After they’ve crisped up, add cheddar cheese to the top along with two eggs. After the eggs have set, top it with your choice of mild, medium or hot salsa.

Get the recipe: Hash-Brown Eggs

Browse more of Food Network’s breakfast recipes.

Food Network Stars Shine at the Show Me Music and Arts Festival

by in Events, Food Network Chef, May 19th, 2011

ellie krieger

Our sister site, GACtv.com, announced today that the Celebrity Chef Pavilion Stage at the first-ever Show Me Music and Arts Festival will feature three Food Network stars: Chefs Robert Irvine, Ellie Krieger and Aaron McCargo, Jr.

According to the site, “Chef McCargo, the 2008 winner of Food Network Star and host of Big Daddy’s House will start things off.  Chef Krieger, host of Healthy Appetite will be up next and chef Irvine, host of Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America and Restaurant: Impossible, will close things out.”

Visit GACtv.com for more information about the event.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-next-food-network-star/index.html