Inside Food Network Kitchens

by in Behind the Scenes, October 26th, 2011

fn kitchen staff
You’ve likely seen the name Food Network Kitchens featured in many our most popular recipes, such as Oven Fried Chicken, Baked Ziti and Creamy Tomato Soup. But have you ever wondered who the chefs are or what exactly goes on inside Food Network Kitchens? Food Network Test Kitchen Manager Claudia Sidoti recently offered some fun facts about the expansive and well-stocked kitchen of Food Network headquarters in New York City to Grub Street.

Split between two separate working kitchens, one for testing and the other for camera-worthy plates, the space features a rustic table large enough to seat a crowd, several stove stations and a whopping 18 refrigerators, including one walk-in and three freezers.

Read more

Doughnuts and Vegetables: An Unlikely Romance — Editor’s Pick

by in Recipes, October 26th, 2011

goat cheese, lentil and brown rice rolls
Food Network’s senior culinary editor, Liz Tarpy, picks her favorite recipe for October.

I went to my local garden center this weekend to buy lily of the valley bulbs. Instead, I walked out with a half dozen apple cider doughnuts. I couldn’t resist the colorful display of pumpkins and gourds, bunches of dried corn, gallons of cider and bags of these cakey doughnuts (or “fat pills,” as a former boss once called them). Normally, doughnuts don’t appeal to me. But with the colors and smells of fall all around, buying the doughnuts (and supporting the local farm to boot) just seemed like the right thing to do.

It’s OK to have treats now and again, I reasoned, as long as they are balanced with more healthy choices. I can have my cake, and my vegetables, too.

Get Liz’s October favorite » »

Halloween Costumes Good Enough to Eat

by in Holidays, October 25th, 2011

bacon and eggs
Is your child a Food Network fanatic? Is he or she eager to go grocery shopping with you, help you cook in the kitchen and try new foods? Celebrate his or her love of culinary creations by making them a Halloween costume of their favorite food.

Alton Brown’s creative Good Eats costume designer Amanda Kibler fashioned five foodie Halloween costumes that are almost good enough to eat for Food Network Magazine. Using simple, inexpensive and easy-to-find materials, Amanda made Good Eats, Great Costumes for kids.

The ultimate breakfast combo, bacon and eggs (pictured above) are ideal costume choices for sibling twins or best friends. When these trick-or-treaters go door to door, they’re sure to earn a few extra pieces of candy from the neighbors.

French fries, pizza and cupcake costumes »

Alex’s Perfect Mulled Apple Cider for Halloween

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 25th, 2011

mulled apple cider
This Halloween, I’m taking a break from the usual pumpkin-related suspects and immersing myself in apples. I love to mix different apples when cooking. I always look for crisp texture, not too sweet and slightly floral.  For reliable texture that stands the cooking test I go for Granny Smith and Rome. For snacking and raw in salads I prefer Macouin, Braeburn and Royal Gala. For pickling? Fuji. Another effective approach is to totally ignore what everyone tells you to buy and get the apples that look the best to you.

This week, I’m sharing my warm and comforting Mulled Apple Cider recipe.

Get the recipe »

Pumpkin Lasagna — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, October 25th, 2011

pumpkin lasagna recipe
It’s the perfect time of year to turn your classic lasagna recipe into a pumpkin-flavored treat.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Lasagna

Browse more of Food Network’s fall-entertaining recipes.

Three Ways to Use: Mixed Nuts

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, October 24th, 2011

nutty fig toasts
Each month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like root beer or hummus.

Mixed nuts come in all shapes and sizes, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. Packed full of protein, this blend of cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and peanuts are a great snack or, like in these three recipes, can add a little extra oomph to otherwise ordinary dishes.

This month, Jonathan Milder, Vince Camillo and Andrea Albin transform this nutty snack into pasta, toasts and toffee.

Get the recipes and vote for your favorite »

Mac and Cheese — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 24th, 2011

null

The ultimate family-friendly feast, macaroni and cheese is a timeless dish that can feed a crowd. Ina Garten’s dressed-up version of this classic favorite features smooth and creamy Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheeses and fresh tomato slices. Best of all, this easy weeknight pick bakes for just 30 minutes.

Serve Food Network Magazine’s Roasted Root Vegetables for a side of healthy, in-season eats.

Get the recipe: Ina’s Mac and Cheese

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner?

by in Community, October 24th, 2011

grilled steak and eggs
Recently, Food Network asked Facebook fans: “Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Which is your favorite, and which could you go without?” Growing up, you’re always told three meals a day are a necessity, but many of you (more than 1,300 to be exact) think that’s not the case. Lots of people would throwaway lunch, while breakfast was definitely the most hotly contested issue.

Many said no to breakfast, but even more of you said you’d devour breakfast any time of day.

Our solution? Breakfast for dinner. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you have a hearty meal at dinnertime that’s made of your favorite morning dishes.

Get the recipes »

VOTE: Your Favorite World Series Sandwich

by in Polls, October 22nd, 2011

world series sandwiches
This season, eight Major League Baseball stadiums in cities across the country rolled out sandwich carts featuring Food Network signature sandwich creations. As if the rivalry between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals could not get any more intense this weekend, both Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Busch Stadium in St. Louis will be offering their city-specific steak sandwiches, custom made with local flavors like St. Louis-style barbecue sauce during the World Series.

There’s no need to travel in order to taste these meaty fan favorites. Make the Texas Steak Sandwich or the St. Louis Steak Sandwich in the comfort of your own kitchen, just in time for Game 3 of the Series tonight.

Check out Food Network and Sandwich Central for more Food Network Eats.

 

Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie — The Weekender

by in View All Posts, October 21st, 2011

chicken pot pie
On weeknights, getting dinner on the table is more a matter of survival than it is an act of creativity. Monday through Friday, I rely on the same 10 or so meals to keep us fed. These are the things I know by heart and can make without consulting books or a website for measurements or cook times.

When the weekend rolls around, I’m ready to stretch my culinary legs a little bit and try something beyond my standard turkey burgers and roasted broccoli, delicious though they may be. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not cooking up 10-course gourmet meals, but I do try to pick at least one recipe per weekend that requires a bit more time and energy. Around these parts, we call that dish The Weekender.

This last Sunday, we had plans to gather with friends for dinner. My promised main dish needed to be portable, made with poultry and outrageously delicious. The recipe that fit the bill? Ina Garten’s glorious Chicken Pot Pie.

Read more