Tangy, (Sea)foodie Whites for Anne’s Scallops

by in Drinks, August 24th, 2011

wine for seafood
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.

Anne Burrell’s Seared Scallops With Citrus, Arugula and Pomegranate Salad represents the best of both worlds: It’s light and citrusy enough to refresh the summer palate, but it’s also deeply delicious thanks to its caramelized scallops and garlic and onion accents.  These three white wines will harmonize beautifully with this sumptuous seafood salad:

Sauvignon Blanc: Because the dish is dominated by lip-smacking notes of lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate, your primary goal should be to choose a wine with a tanginess to match that in the recipe.  Sauvignon Blanc — especially plumper versions from California and New Zealand — will provide the citric snap that this dish deserves, while bringing enough weight to stand up to its piquant flavors.  Moreover, the wine’s famously herbal “grassy” quality in wine-speak makes it a bull’s-eye choice with greens like arugula.

Pair seafood with Chardonnay and Albarino »

Three Ways to Use: Hummus

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

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Every month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test:  Create three inventive recipes with common supermarket ingredients like root beer and ice cream cones.

Hummus, a relatively modern refrigerator staple, is often used as a light, healthy dip for crackers, celery sticks and pita triangles. This month, Miriam Garron, Jay Brooks and Bob Hoebee put a fresh spin on the Mediterranean classic made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Try the three recipes and add hummus to turkey sliders to keep them moist and rich, create a creamy soup or whip up a chickpea flatbread.

Get the recipes and vote for your favorite »

What’s Your Favorite #FoodMovie?

by in News, August 24th, 2011


We can’t help but love a good Twitter trend, especially when it deals with food. Right now, the hashtag #foodmovies is trending — not movies that feature great food scenes, but titles that are morphed into something delicious. Food Network has some of the most dedicated food followers on the web, so we’re asking you: Can you come up with a creative #foodmovie? Include the @foodnetwork handle in your response on Twitter and we’ll feature six of our favorites on the blog.

Easy Chicken Salad for Lunch — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 24th, 2011

chicken salad with fresh herbs
Chicken salad from the local deli never tends to be as good as homemade, and you also won’t get 4-6 servings out of the container you purchased. When making this recipe, don’t throw out the leaves on top of the celery stalks. Instead, incorporate them into the salad.

Editor’s note: If you don’t like avocados or have them handy, place chicken salad in lettuce cups or between bread.

Get the recipe: Chicken Salad With Fresh Herbs

Browse more of Food Network’s chicken recipes.

Robert’s Fitness Rules, Bobby’s New Palace and Alton’s Book Tour

by in Food Network Chef, August 23rd, 2011

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Robert Irvine recently shared his rules for balancing food and fitness with Gourmet Guy on MensHealth.com. Maintaining his chiseled physique isn’t always easy with his busy schedule, which includes traveling, filming his shows and running a restaurant. Regardless, Robert follows a simple guide to keep him motivated. Find out what his routine includes, as well as the four easy rules he strictly follows, Robert Irvine’s 4 Rules of Food and Fitness.

Bobby Flay has opened a new location of Bobby’s Burger Palace on K Street in Washington, D.C. The restaurant opened for lunch with a crowd of approximately 400 hundred people waiting outside. Bobby spent opening day taking pictures with fans and signing autographs. According to The Washington Examiner, Chef Flay has hopes that President Obama will stop by for a burger and share his thoughts on what should top the local Washington, D.C., burger.

Alton Brown’s book tour »

Alex Advises: Pots and Pans in the Kitchen

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, August 23rd, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

I cook at home a lot of the time. Now, as a professional chef, I’d be lying to you if I said I always did. Sure, I grew up in a house where almost everything was made from scratch, but after a 15-hour shift at the restaurant, my first instinct wasn’t always to run home and bake a lattice-topped apple pie from scratch. In the past couple of years, that has definitely changed.

For me, cooking at home has been a great way to build better eating habits.  When I shop at the green market for the restaurant, I now pick up a handful of vegetables for myself. I don’t always have the time to cook the way I’d like to, and I also don’t have a lot of room in my Manhattan kitchen. That makes my choices all the more important — I don’t want to deal with kitchen clutter.

Alex shares her ideal collection »

Spicy Tomato Salsa — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 23rd, 2011

tomato salsa
When you’re thinking of appetizers to serve Labor Day weekend or just any barbecue, don’t forget to include salsa and chips. While jarred salsa can be boring, try a homemade version packed with tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Giada incorporates orange juice in her recipe, which gives it a burst of citrus.

Get the recipe: Spicy Tomato Salsa

Browse more of Food Network’s Labor Day recipes.

Free Lunch Fridays: Korilla BBQ and Devilicious

by in Events, August 22nd, 2011

korilla bbq truck crew
Last week, Food Network launched The Great Food Truck Race: Lunch Is On Us campaign, with Korilla BBQ and Devilicious Food Truck each serving out 100 free lunches this past Friday in New York City and San Diego, respectively.

Fans that waited in line on Friday for Korilla BBQ got to choose anything off their menu, including their famous burritos. Over on the West Coast, fans were treated to Devilicious’ decadent butter-poached lobster grilled cheese sandwiches.

“This has been a great experience — such an incredible turnout,” said Eddie from Korilla BBQ. “We’re ready to make 200-300 meals today, possibly 500 including dinner.”

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And the Food Network Star Fan Favorite Is…

by in Shows, August 22nd, 2011

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Fans of Food Network Star can’t choose the winner, but they are the voice behind choosing a fan favorite. All season long, viewers voted for their favorite season 7 contestant as many as 10 times a day.

With over 400,000 votes, it’s no surprise that this year’s winner, Jeff Mauro, was also crowned our Sandwich King. Not far behind him with 360,000 votes was Orchid Paulmeier, who fans loved for priding herself on her Southern barbecue.

Tune in to Sandwich King: Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/ 10:30 a.m. Central