How to Use Berbere — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, Recipes, August 19th, 2011

chicken burgers with berbere
Imagine the best Southern barbecue — cooked up in northern Africa.

That’s what this week’s ingredient — the Ethiopian seasoning blend known as berbere — tastes like. And it’s as good as it sounds.

Berbere is the flavor backbone of Ethiopian cooking, a cuisine built around heavily seasoned meats and stews served with a spongy flatbread called injera.

Berbere ties all of that together, doing duty as a dry rub for meats, a seasoning for stews, lentils and grains — even as a tableside condiment.

As with so many traditional seasoning blends, what goes into berbere can vary by region, town and by house.

But most versions begin with a base of ground chiles, ginger, fenugreek, cumin, cloves, coriander, cardamom, black pepper and salt.

Incorporate berbere into chicken burgers »

Jeff Mauro Talks to Fans on Facebook

by in Food Network Chef, August 19th, 2011

jeff mauro
Earlier this week, we sat down with the Sandwich King himself for a Food Network Facebook chat. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights:

Lisa Graham Goulet: What is the one sandwich you’ve tried and will never make again?
JM: Blood sausage sandwich — whoa.

Jon Barsanti Jr.: What was it like living with everybody under one roof?
JM: Difficult at times, but at the end of the day, we were all in the same boat experiencing the same things.

Sara Levine: What was your favorite challenge? Least favorite?
JM: Rachael Ray was a blast, but Iron Chef was very difficult.

Katie Lascano: What were you thinking on your first day of Food Network Star?
JM: Oh. My. Heavens. What did I just sign up for? There’s a dude with holes in his ears and a tanned up kid from Jersey — so many tattoos.

Find out what Jeff ate as his celebratory meal »

Southwest Turkey Burgers — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, August 19th, 2011

rachael ray southwest turkey burger recipe
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free and this weekend dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Rachael sure loves burgers and in this version, she uses ground turkey seasoned with jalapeno peppers, cumin, cayenne, garlic and shallots. You won’t miss the beef — these juicy burgers are topped with turkey bacon and sliced pepper jack cheese.

Main Dish: Rachael’s Southwest Turkey Burgers
Side Dish: Fresh Corn Salad
Dessert: Bittersweet Double Chocolate Coconut S’mores
Drink: Ina’s Pink Lemonade

Planning on making one of these dishes? Snap a photo and post it on Food Network’s Facebook wall.



Super-Fan Star Giveaway — Day 2

by in Contests, August 18th, 2011

food network star season seven
You’ve dedicated your Sunday nights to watching Food Network Star all season and because of that, you’re considered a Star super fan. We thought we’d say “thank you” by giving away two $30 gift cards to FoodNetworkStore.com — one each day for the rest of this work week (Thursday and Friday).

So how can you enter? From August 18-19 at 4 p.m EST, Food Network will post a question to fans our Twitter account @FoodNetwork about something that happened during the season — they might even help fans by posting a hint. If you know the answer to the question, come back to this post and leave your answer in the comments section of this blog post. One lucky commenter (with the correct answer), will be randomly selected to will win one $30 gift card.

Read the official rules and leave a comment »

Cool-Down Cooking: Mint

by in In Season, Recipes, August 18th, 2011

mint limeade
I know I love the cooling effect that a midsummer Mojito has on my system, but I didn’t realize that mint in general is a great antidote to hot weather. It makes sense, considering how popular mint tea is in arid countries like Egypt and Morocco. I’m not sure I’ll be drinking hot mint tea anytime soon, but I’ll definitely be adding this soothing herb to my summer fare.

In the morning I’ll use it in Food Network Magazine’s Mint Limeade (pictured above). For a post-work treat I’ll toss it into a bourbon-spiked Mint Julep.  While I normally think of basil when I think of pesto, Giada’s Pea and Mint Pesto Crostini is an inspired take on the classic. For a completely no-cook appetizer, Paula’s Watermelon Salad With Mint Leaves is the best bet. It’s simply dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar, then sprinkled with feta cheese and mint.

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Two New Shows This Fall: Crave and Sweet Genius

by in Shows, August 18th, 2011

troy johnson
While summer might be coming to a close, Food Network is just beginning to ramp up its schedule with two new shows for September: Crave and Sweet Genius. So after you’ve unpacked after that last trip to the beach, gather the family and check out the latest Food Network has to offer:

Crave
Hosted by food critic and journalist Troy Johnson, Crave takes viewers on a cross-country journey for the most perfect versions of the foods he craves like pizza, pork, fried chicken and ice cream. Enthralled by the culinary wonders surrounding him, Troy will travel anywhere and try anything in pursuit of his obsession.
Premieres: Monday, August 29 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/ 7:30 p.m. Central

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Ingredients We Can’t Live Without

by in Community, August 18th, 2011

salt, bacon, butter, garlic
Recently, Food Network asked fans on Facebook, “What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without?” With more than 5,000 comments, it wasn’t surprising to see that these four items made it to the top of the list: salt, bacon, garlic and butter. In fact, when you combine those four, you’re on your way to an amazing dish — maybe a little salty, but none the less comforting. Cheese, cracked black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and onions were closely behind, but not nearly as popular.

But what makes these foods so popular? Is it because they remind you of home or because of their simplistic nature? Salt is added to almost every dish, even in baking. Butter and olive oil are sometimes interchangeable and garlic and onions are a staple in Italian cooking. Bacon, well, bacon will always be popular and delicious.

But what about the others? What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments or start the conversation on Twitter by including this hashtag: #1ingredient.

Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2011

grilled rhubarb brown betty recipe
A brown Betty is a dessert that dates back to Colonial times and is made from fruit and sweetened crumbs. Here, panko is combined with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Get the recipe: Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty

Browse more of Food Network’s dessert recipes for summer.