Oscar Eats: True Grit and Winter’s Bone

by in View All Posts, February 25th, 2011

Oscar Eats

We’re celebrating the Oscars Food Network-style, with menus inspired by each best picture nominee (see all the posts here). Today, last but not least, two films starring young, strong-willed females: True Grit and Winter’s Bone. Both are set in the wild countryside and call for down-home country cooking (plus a few great puns).

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Scene at South Beach: Iron Chef Symon Scores Second Burger Bash Win

by in View All Posts, February 25th, 2011

Iron Chef Michael Symon scored his second win in a row at SOBE's Burger Bash.

Last night Iron Chef Michael Symon reigned supreme at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash. The field was tight and the competition tough, but Symon scored the People’s Choice award with his Yo! Burger, a towering artform of provolone cheese, fried salami, onions and a hot Hungarian mustard sauce. Symon stood front and center at the B Spot table to greet fans as they stepped up to get their hands on the juiciest burger at the bash. One bite of the burger left them searching for napkins while simultaneously going in for bite number two.

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Oscar Eats: The Social Network and Toy Story 3

by in Events, February 24th, 2011
Oscar night eats: The Social Network and Toy Story 3
Oscar night picks for the young at heart: Dishes to "Like" or "Share" and recipes that are child's play.

Young at heart, or just too cool for school? The cool kids will be on the small screen at the Oscars this weekend. In a Best Picture field crowded with serious films and old-school subjects, two movies stand out for their youthful appeal: The Social Network and Toy Story 3.

All week The Dish is offering winning menus and recipes tailored to the nominees for Best Picture. Today, the tale of a brainy techno-whizkid’s creation of Facebook is food-fighting with the classic toys adventuring as their kid heads off to college.

So, WWMZE? What might Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg eat to celebrate (or not) if The Social Network wins best picture at this weekend’s awards? WWBLE? What might Buzz Lightyear sit down and enjoy if Toy Story 3 rockets to the winner’s podium (and if he weren’t an animated character)? Consider this a friendly foodie faceoff–which of their food picks wins?

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A Whole Lotta Pasta

by in View All Posts, February 24th, 2011
Ellie Krieger

Did you know that the average American eats around 20 pounds of pasta per year, while Italians consume about 60 pounds? Tossed with red sauce, white sauce, or green sauce, meat, veggies, or cheese, noodles come in all shapes and sizes and are one of the most economical foods you can buy. So grab a pound of your favorite variety and whip up these creative crowd-pleasers.

Indulge in Giada’s Angel Hair Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. The fresh cheese melts perfectly atop chewy sun-dried tomatoes and adds a creamy touch to the sauce-less dish.

Want to try something healthier? You can feel great about Ellie Krieger’s Tricolore Penne Pasta With Chicken from cookingchanneltv.com. Whole-wheat pasta is packed with protein and fiber to leave you feeling full, and fresh herbs add punches of flavor without the fat.

No need to be intimidated by fresh clams anymore! Food2.com’s easy Linguine With White Clams is a cinch to make and will surely impress your guests. The recipe calls for classic Italian ingredients, like extra-virgin olive oil, white wine, garlic and some red pepper flakes for heat.

Not sure what to do with leftover cooked noodles? Add some bacon and mushrooms and make last night’s pasta dinner do double duty with Food.com’s Pasta Frittata With Mushrooms.

Celebrate Tortilla Chip Day

by in Recipes, February 24th, 2011
Jerk Pork Nachos Celebrate Tortilla Chip Day by making amazing nachos with fresh fried or baked tortilla chips.

We’re a little nacho crazy here (remember our Super Bowl nacho showdown?) so we’re celebrating National Tortilla Chip day with a few fresh tortilla chip-making recipes and tips from our favorite FN chefs. Because the ultimate nachos are even better with the ultimate homemade tortilla chip!

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What’s Cooking on the Web

by in View All Posts, February 23rd, 2011
Bobby Flay's Philly Burger
Bobby Flay's Philly Burger - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Every Thursday in this spot, FoodNetworkFans.com will give you the latest dish about chefs on the web. 

This week: Bite into Food Network chefs’ best burgers,  Iron Chefs battle for a James Beard Award and  Tyler Florence’s new restaurant.

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Oscar Eats: The King’s Speech and 127 Hours

by in News, Recipes, February 23rd, 2011

No glammed-up Oscar gala invite for you this year? Grab your ballot, don your best red carpet couture (or sweatpants) and make snacks instead, themed to match all the nominees for Best Picture.

Every day this week, we’re featuring a new batch of ideas for two of the films (See all the posts here.) Today: The King’s Speech and 127 Hours. Both movies recount true stories: World War II-era royal drama vs. the modern-day survival story of a (very good-looking) mountain climber trapped under a boulder. You’ll need some serious snacks.

See our movie-themed snack picks »

Cupcake Wars: Hollywood Glam

by in Shows, February 23rd, 2011
Casey's cupcakes captured the "glitz and glamour" of Hollywood.

Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about last night’s episode, Walk of Fame.

With Hollywood Walk of Fame as this week’s Cupcake Wars theme, I expected to be dazzled by exciting flavors and glamorous displays. And, certainly, Joanne from Lucky Cupcake delivered some excitement in round one with her martini cupcake complete with olive-mascarpone filling! But, in spite of her gutsy choice and dazzling star toppings, she was tripped up by a baking issue that left her cupcake basically inedible. I was sad that I didn’t get to really try what she could do.

Moving on to round two, I was certainly dazzled by Casey’s glitzy plate of cupcakes, including the rice paper “boa,” and Chrissy’s incredibly delicious cupcake trio. Her Elvis “sandwich,” in particular, is one of the best of this variety I have tasted on the show. Celeste disappointed us, though, with her decorations that felt too plain for the occasion.

In the third round, Casey went HUGE with her display and it was the most spectacular I have seen yet on the show. Although the height of the steps on her display meant guests had to bend over to retrieve a cupcake, there was no denying that she captured the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood. Casey from Casey’s Cupcakes waltzed away with the prize.

Bake up a batch of Casey’s winning Lavender Cupcakes and check out FoodNetwork.com for more about Cupcake Wars, plus dozens of our best cupcake recipes.

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, February 22nd, 2011
Mark Bittman - 'I’d rather eat wild cod once a month and sardines once a week than farm-raised salmon, ever.'

A Wish to Never Eat Farmed Salmon Ever: The New York Times’ Mark Bittman is concerned about the future of fish. Given that worldwide consumption of seafood has doubled over the past few decades and the state of the aquaculture industry (wherein wild-caught fish are turned into meal for farmed fish), the sea is being depleted of its stock. One piece of advice? “It would help if the world’s wealthiest fish-eaters (they include us, folks) would broaden their appetites. Mackerel, anyone?” [nytimes.com]

Sandra’s Story: A profile of Sandra Lee was released in the latest issue of Vogue, and it chronicles her rise from a chaotic childhood to becoming the first girlfriend of New York. And, of course, some semi-homemade cooking happened in between.  [vogue.com]

Cookie-Stuffed Cookies: Our minds are imploding at the possibilities for Girl Scout-stuffed Cookies. And at the thought of stuffing a double-stuffed cookie into another cookie. Triple-stuffed? Yes, please.  [seriouseats.com]

Insects: The Future of Meat? The introduction to this article says it all: “Insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste.” Are you bugging out over this news or are you contemplating how to cook those grasshoppers? [wsj.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.

Facebook Fans’ Favorite Italian Food

by in Recipes, February 22nd, 2011
Food Network Facebook fans "like" Fettuccini Alfredo

We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite Italian dish today and the response was overwhelming — over 1,000 fans commented! But most impressive wasn’t the number of posts, it was the list of mouthwatering ideas; scrolling through is like reading the ultimate Italian menu.

Many fans couldn’t decide on a favorite dish and commented that they loved anything Italian, while others got creative with “dish” and let us know their Italian crush — Giada De Laurentiis, Sophia Lauren, Antonio Sabato Jr., James Gandolfini, Jon Bon Jovi (is he Italian?), Al Pacino and someone named Sergio at a neighborhood pizzeria.

Other highlights from the post include Italian dishes both classic and unexpected:

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