Cheesy Brunch Sides — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, May 8th, 2014

Cheesy Brunch Side Dish RecipesOn a lazy weekend morning, whether you set an alarm or not, what better way to wake up than with melted cheese stringing from a pan to your plate? FN Dish is down for cheesy dishes all day long, but some of our favorite cheesy sides are a match made in heaven for eggs, sausage, toast and more. Especially with these recipes on your plate, you can bet a weekend brunch featuring cheesy sides is in the works.

Peeling and shredding potatoes can be a process, especially when you wake up hungry. Buy frozen hash brown potatoes — pre-peeled and shredded — to satisfy a last-minute potato craving. Easy Cheesy Potato and Sharp Cheddar Hash is so crispy and good that you won’t need ketchup.

This Southern staple is made that much better when a cheesy trinity is involved: Food Network Magazine’s Bruleed Cheese Grits are rich with a blend of cheddar, Gruyere and gouda. Placing the grits in the broiler at the very end leaves the cheesy top nice and bubbly.

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Green Smoothies Are Having a Moment

by in News, May 8th, 2014

Green SmoothiesNow that spring is really and truly finally here (oh, please, let that be so), greenery is everywhere: on the trees, on our lawns and even in our blenders. Interest in green smoothies — healthy, hydrating blended drinks made with fresh leafy green vegetables, like spinach, kale, chard or collard greens, or green herbs, like mint, parsley, cilantro or basil — seems to be peaking, piqued, perhaps, by New York Times Recipes for Health columnist Martha Rose Shulman’s recent paean to verdant beverages.

Martha overcame her longtime reluctance to green drinks not long ago and dedicated herself to concocting some she could really relish, experimenting with fruits like bananas, pears, blueberries and pineapples, and ingredients like fresh ginger, which she said “made these drinks sing.”

“The drinks are loaded with phytonutrients and they’re filling,” she concluded. “They are definitely meals in a glass. When I was testing the recipes I enjoyed every sip and felt very energetic for hours afterward. So no more rolling my eyes: I’m a green smoothie convert.”

Martha’s zeal for green smoothies may be new, but plenty of bloggers have been singing their praises — and sharing tips and recipes — for some time.

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Hearty Spring Brunch: Ham and Cheese Frittata

by in Recipes, Shows, May 7th, 2014

Ham FrittataFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient spiral ham. But instead of using the ham in the most-conventional way, say baking it or even cubing it, this recipe takes it to the Chopped-like extreme: The ham gets pulsed in the food processor, basically deviling it and turning it into a creamy pate that is sauteed and combined with beaten eggs to make this Deviled Ham Frittata with Jalapeno and Scallion Relish. A layer of sharp cheddar is sprinkled on top before the skillet goes into the oven. This dish is ideal for a spring brunch with family and friends — and you’ll have everyone guessing as to the secret ingredient that makes it so flavorful.

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Should You Tip Your Barista?

by in News, May 7th, 2014

Should You Tip Your Barista?A recent poll conducted by Marketplace found that most people don’t tip and that those who do tip tend to give $1, though some just drop the change they’re handed right into the tip jar.

But should you tip your barista? And if so, how much? Those deeper questions seem to be open to ongoing debate. A recently released Starbucks app that allows customers to tip with their orders — .50 cents, $1 or $2 — would seem to imply that some tip is expected.

Some people argue you should always tip. Many etiquette experts insist that tipping baristas, who in many states make at least minimum wage, unlike, say, bartenders, who are paid a “server’s wage” on the understanding that they will make up for it in tips, is not required. But they also point out that it’s a nice thing to do, especially when someone carefully traces a picture in your cappuccino foam and hands it to you with a smile, gracefully fulfills your complicated order, or adds a little extra whipped or other frothy accessory to make your day a little brighter.

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Top 10 Recommended Eats from the South: On the Road with America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, May 7th, 2014

barbecue ribsOn America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks battle it out for the chance to win the title of America’s best cook, all while representing their specific region of the United States. The cooks are split into teams from the North, South, West and East. Each of these regions has its characteristic foods that make up an integral part of its identity. To celebrate the competition show, each week FN Dish has featured the top 10 reader-recommended eats from one of the regions. This week it’s all about the South.

When it comes to describing Southern cuisine, “flavor” is not a word that can be left out of the vocabulary. Just think of the deep richness of classic dishes such as gumbo, biscuits and gravy, and barbecue. The South wouldn’t be the same without barbecue ribs, pulled pork and everything in between. There you’ll find all these traditional dishes, with particular specialties and styles in each state. You may even come across some Southern twists on burgers, quesadillas and more. Check out Food Network’s listings to find all the top-rated restaurants from Nashville to New Orleans.

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Mom’s Best Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 7th, 2014

Mom's Best RecipesIn anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked staffers in Food Network Kitchen to share favorite recipes from their mothers (and grandmothers, too). Their personal picks ranged from classic Chocolate Pudding and creamy Cheesecake to bright Vietnamese Chicken Salad and hearty Pasta e Fagioli, all of which prompted us to clean our plates and politely ask for more during tastings in the test kitchen. One thing’s for sure: These moms raised some amazing cooks. Share one of their recipes with your mom this Mother’s Day, or get inspired by the staffers’ stories and treat her to a favorite dish from your own childhood.

Mom’s Chocolate Pudding
This pudding, made with a mix of cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate, was a favorite childhood treat of Food Network test kitchen manager Claudia Sidoti, who says the dessert “makes me remember my mom and all the fun and nostalgia of my childhood in the 1960s and ’70s.”

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