5 Burger Don’ts From Meat Master Pat LaFrieda, Jr.

by in Holidays, How-to, May 26th, 2012

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Last year, we polled FN Dish readers: Burgers or hot dogs for Memorial Day weekend? While 44 percent said they would be indulging in both, 35 percent said they were all about the burger. To ensure you cook up tender and juicy burgers this upcoming long weekend, we asked the “Magician of Meat” Pat LaFrieda, Jr. to offer up some tips.

5 Things to Avoid Doing to Your Burger

Never place your burger on a grill that is not preheated. Always make sure your grill is hot enough and ready to cook on before placing the burger down. Too often people turn on the grill and immediately place the meat down to start cooking — and the end result is never pretty. If the grill is preheated to the right temperature, you’ll notice the difference.

Don’t do these four things to your burger

VOTE: Now’s Your Chance to Pick an Upcoming Secret Ingredient

by in Shows, May 26th, 2012

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The famed Secret Ingredient: It’s destroyed some chefs while others have succeeded in Kitchen Stadium. In past years, we’ve seen the Chairman unveil everything from eggs, canned tuna, kale and mozzarella to cowboy rib-eyes, seaweed, whole pigs and sea whistle. From everyday ingredients to hard-to-find cuts of meat and fish, the culinary wizards of Food Network can find just about anything.

Have you ever wanted a say in the Secret Ingredient? Now’s your chance.

Instructions: Vote once a day until next Tuesday for your favorite Secret Ingredient in our poll below. Then stay tuned to an upcoming episode to see if your ingredient was chosen.

Caption It: Goofing Around

by , May 25th, 2012

This Sunday’s new episode of Star is an intense one. Just when they’re getting comfy in their teams, the finalists must compete against their own teammates in Chopped-style dessert battles. When the wacky mystery baskets are revealed, th...

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Beyond Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: Grilled Favorites for Memorial Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 25th, 2012


This Memorial Day weekend, as you fire up the barbecue and host the first backyard cookout of the season, think beyond basic burgers and hot dogs — though there is nothing wrong with either of those classics — and let other main dishes shine in your holiday spread. We’ve rounded up five must-try meat and fish recipes, for beef, pork, trout and more, that can be quickly and easily cooked on the grill. Check out Food Network’s favorite selections below and tell us what you’re grilling this Memorial Day weekend.

The ultimate in finger-lickin’ barbecue, the Neelys’ Wet BBQ Ribs (pictured above) are juicy, succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender. The secret to cooking these saucy beauties is to grill them over indirect heat in a slow-and-low process, allowing the meat to become soft and rich. Pat recommends basting the ribs during only the final 30 minutes of cooking, so as to prevent the ketchup-vinegar-brown sugar sauce from burning.

More favorites for Memorial Day

The Once and Future Beans — The Weekender

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 25th, 2012

the once and future baked beans
So often, when I think back to the food of my childhood, all I remember is the seriously healthy stuff. Dark brown whole-wheat bread, carob chips and apple slices dominate my memories of what we ate during those years. However, a recent conversation with my sister brought up a whole other set of food memories.

She remembers the toasted cheese on white sourdough, fruit snacks in our lunches and the fact that just about every Saturday, we ate hot dogs and baked beans for lunch. I don’t know if our parents relaxed their food standards when my sister came along or if my memory is deeply selective. I do know that once prompted, I vividly recalled that baked beans were one of our pantry staples.

Part of the reason my mom was so willing to keep baked beans in the pantry and hot dogs in the freezer was that they were things we could easily help prepare. Opening the beans taught can opener dexterity and the frozen hot dogs could easily be wrapped in a paper towel and microwaved until warmed through. Plus, I’m sure she figured it was a meal that offered plenty of protein for our growing bodies (my mother is a big believer in the power of protein).

With this memory fresh in my mind and Memorial Day looming, it seemed the perfect time to try my hand at a batch of from-scratch baked beans. As is so often the case, a little digging led to a recipe from culinary mastermind Alton Brown. His recipe for The Once and Future Beans helped me nail it on the first try. The active work is fairly minimal, but the beans do need a solid eight hours in the oven, which makes them perfect for a lazy weekend supper and a definite candidate for The Weekender.

Before you soak your beans, read these tips

On the Blogs: An Ice Cream Lock, Cupcake Sausage and a New Cut of Steak

by in Community, May 24th, 2012

ice creamHuffington Post: Sick of people breaking into your ice cream stash? Keep your pint safe with Ben and Jerry’s Euphori Lock.

NPR: How does Vegas Strip Steak sound to you? Oklahoma State University has discovered a new steak and is in the process of patenting the hidden cut of meat.

Wall Street Journal: Men enjoy being in the kitchen, too. Men of Generation X are catching up to women in cooking household meals.

Cupcake Project: What would happen if you filled a sausage casing with cupcake batter and threw it on the grill? You’ve got a cupcakewurst.

Bon Appétit: Have you ever cooked with white asparagus? Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner believes it is “something like foie gras or caviar,” and offers his expertise for the precious vegetable.

Best 5 Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 24th, 2012


Memorial Day
weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and what better way to kick off a sun-filled season than with a menu of relaxed, casual eats and drinks? Check out Food Network’s top five recipes for Memorial Day weekend and serve these beauties at your backyard cookout, holiday barbecue or neighborhood get-together.

5. Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes – Boasting layers of strawberry-laced whipped cream and in-season berries, stacks of cocoa-scented shortcakes from Food Network Magazine are the ultimate summertime dessert.

4. Beer Punch – Sunny’s adults-only punch bowl features fresh berries, a squirt of lime juice, grenadine and two bottles of beer.

Get the top three recipes for Memorial Day

22 Healthiest Summer Desserts

by , May 24th, 2012
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End your meal with Ellie Krieger's Balsamic Strawberries With Ricotta Cream.

Looking to keep your svelte summer figure? Here are 22 healthy and delectable desserts that have less than 250 calories per serving.

Fruity Treats
Juice and delicious se...

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