And Then There Were Three — Star Blog

by in Shows, August 12th, 2011

food network star final three
The season finale of Food Network Star is this Sunday and fans are certainly vocal about their favorite contestant over on the Star blog. This week, Jeff, Susie and Vic will face the judges one last time, but a surprise Camera Challenge will send one home early.

Watch the finale: Sunday, August 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central

How To Eat on the Road

by in How-to, Recipes, August 12th, 2011

Can you make it off your block before a little voice in the backseat proclaims “I’m starvingggg” or begs “Are we there yet?” If not, it’s a good idea to be prepared for hours-long road trips with plenty of snacks, drinks and eats to avoid stopping at every questionable road-side convenience store along interstate. While royal-blue gas station slushies and their pre-packaged, deep-fried side dishes are sweet and unquestionably delicious, homemade snacks are worlds healthier and cheaper. As you squeeze in that last summer trip and prepare for the Labor Day weekend, use our recipes below to make go-to snacks everyone in the car will enjoy.

There’s no denying that potato chips are a classic road-trip pick; they’re easy to eat, pleasing to everyone’s taste buds and available at every rest stop. However, they’re often laden with fat and covered in sodium. Our Curry Potato Chips (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are baked, not fried, and dusted with warm curry powder. Pack these in plastic baggies to easily dole them out to the back seat crew.

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From the Garden to the Grill: White Eggplant

by in In Season, August 12th, 2011

white eggplants
After making such a delicious and simple meal with my garden-fresh summer squash, I decided the trek home would again be worth my while in order to get my hands on another great veggie: white eggplant. While both kinds are great when grown in your own backyard, the white eggplant variety produces many more individual eggplants — the five pictured above are just a quarter of what is on the plant on any given day.

Eggplant holds up great on the grill. You can have it as an appetizer, like in Bobby’s Spicy Hoisin Glazed Eggplant or Giada’s Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad. Or use it in classic (and cheesy) Eggplant Parmesan. Grilled eggplant also gives a great smoky flavor to Baba Ghanoush.

In order to really showcase the eggplant, I chose to serve it marinated in a miso glaze and grilled.

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Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

by in Recipes, August 12th, 2011

chocolate covered peanut butter pie
This post is dedicated to our fellow food blogger Jennifer Perillo, of In Jennie’s Kitchen. Her husband died suddenly and Jennie’s request of the world was to make a peanut butter pie to give to someone you love. Peanut Butter Pie was Mikey’s favorite and in his honor, Food Network is sharing one of our favorite recipes with you.

There’s something about peanut butter pie that puts a smile on everyone’s face — a chocolate wafer crust is the foundation for a silky-smooth peanut butter filling. So wrap up the week on a sweet note: with family and friends and Emeril’s irresistible pie, slathered in chocolate to make it extra special.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

Browse more of Food Network’s peanut butter recipes.

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50 States, 50 Pizzas

by in Food Network Magazine, August 11th, 2011

50 states 50 pizzas
Before you click through these pizzas, let’s be clear: In regard to pizza, we, the editors and writers of this story, do not discriminate. When we set out six months ago to find the greatest pizzas in America, we did not insist on thin crust over thick or red sauce over white. We didn’t even care if the pizzas were round. We just needed them to be awesome.

Inevitably, some of you will be alarmed by our choices, shocked that so-and-so was snubbed because their crust has the perfect crunch or their cheese oozes just so. But passionate disagreements about pizza reveal one great truth: There is no single best way to make it. In the bellow gallery, you will see by-the-book classics right next to brash pies that break every rule.

But all of them have one important thing in common: They’re well worth the trip.

View the gallery: 50 States, 50 Pizzas

Off the Beaten Aisle: Anchovies

by in How-to, Recipes, August 11th, 2011

flatbread pizza with anchovies
If anchovies gross you out, know this: Compared to what people ate before there were anchovies, they’re practically cake and ice cream.

Because until about the 16th century there were no anchovies as we know them today. That is, small silvery fish that are boned, salt-cured and packed in oil.

Instead, there was garum — the juice of salted and fermented fish guts. Garum lost favor about 500 years ago when people learned how to make anchovies.

Can’t imagine why.

Anchovies, however, are not a singular fish. Most cuisines around the world have their own “anchovy,” most of which tend to be variants of one variety of fish, a relative of the herring.

Anchovies demystified »

Recipe of the Day: Grilled Lasagna

by in Recipes, August 11th, 2011

grilled lasagna
If you’re looking to keep your kitchen cool this summer, but don’t want to miss out on your favorite pasta dishes like lasagna, try experimenting with no-cook noodles. Becoming tender with just a drizzle of water inside a foil pouch, you can layer with whatever sauces, cheeses, meats and veggies you like.

Get the recipe for: Grilled Lasagna

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

Sips for Hot Summer Nights — Outsmarting Wine

by in Drinks, August 10th, 2011

summer wine
Every week, Mark Oldman — wine expert, acclaimed author and lead judge of the hit series The Winemakers — shares with readers the basics of wine, while making it fun and practical. In the coming weeks, he’ll tell you what to ask at a wine store, at what temperature to serve it and share his must-have wine tools.

There’s no shame in the expression, “I don’t want to have to think,” when it comes to selecting wine for the sizzling soirées of summer.  At this steamy time of year, even wine aficionados want their pleasure immediate and their price tags moderate.  When contemplating which corks to pull, strive for the alcoholic equivalent of a steel drum or the Black Eyed Peas’ exuberant “I Gotta Feeling” — these wine types are guaranteed to make “tonight a good night.”

Prosecco, Vinho Verde and Beaujolais »