Your Favorite Childhood Snacks

by in Community, September 5th, 2011

peanut butter on spoon
More than 1,500 Food Network Facebook fans responded when we asked: “If you could go back in time, what childhood snack would you eat?” The answers were all over the map, with lots of comments for Mom’s (and Grandma’s) home cooking, but a few nostalgia-inducing picks came out on top.

The overwhelming choice: anything with peanut butter. Nothing screams childhood more than ants on a log, a combination of celery, peanut butter and raisins. Another popular favorite, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches. Whether you called them “fluffernutters” or something entirely different, they still hold a place dear to your hearts.

MoonPies came in a close second, with Twinkies and Jell-O Pudding Pops holding a close third. Sugary treats like S’mores, Dunkaroos and Hostess Chocodiles (Twinkies covered in chocolate) were often listed, as well.

A surprise snack that many Southern fans can’t get enough of is a cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle with salted peanuts inside. Fried bologna sandwiches and homemade Rice Krispies also make you melt, but not as much as a pure peanut butter and sugar rush.

What are your favorite childhood snacks?

Nacho Night — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 5th, 2011

greek nachos
The ultimate finger food, nachos can be topped with just about anything and are a go-to crowd-pleaser. Food Network’s veggie-friendly nachos are inspired by classic Greek flavors and use heart-healthy pita chips instead of traditional tortillas. Top these with kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, tangy feta cheese and a yogurt-based tzatziki sauce. Add a 10-minute Greek Salad and Green Herb Hummus to complete your meatless Mediterranean menu this Labor Day.

Get the recipe: Greek Nachos

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.

10 Easy Labor Day Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2011

labor day recipes

Let’s face it: The last thing you should be doing this Labor Day weekend is cooking up a storm in your kitchen. You should utilize recipes that produce a lot of flavor in a small amount of time. These 10 recipes are quick and easy and include options for appetizers, sides, mains and sweet desserts.

Drink:
The Perfect Lemonade

Appetizers:
Food Network Magazine’s Pineapple Salsa
Rachael’s Macho Gazpacho

Recipes for easy sides, mains and desserts »

Seeing Stars in September — FN Fan Bites

by in Food Network Chef, September 2nd, 2011

duff goldman
Duff Goldman will appear with his band, Sand Ox, at the Wing Festival in Buffalo New York Saturday, September 3. The event marks the Buffalo Wing Festival’s 10th birthday celebration. Duff and members of his band will serve as judges in the birthday cake decorating competition. Visit the festival website for details on submitting a cake entry.

Iron Chef Jose Garces will be cooking at the 26th annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival in Pennsylvania on September 10, with a book signing to follow. Chef Garces is the author of Latin Evolution, which features the flavors and cooking styles of Spain and Latin America.

Find out what Bobby and Alton are up to »

August’s Top 10 Recipes

by in Recipes, September 2nd, 2011

august most popular recipes
Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in August? From Guacamole to French Toast and sweet Buttercream Frosting, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:

10. Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
9. Paula’s Beef Stroganoff
8. Guacamole
7. Bobby’s Fish Tacos
6. Giada’s Chicken Piccata
The top five recipes of August »

Laborless Dishes — Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

by in How-to, Recipes, September 2nd, 2011

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and after a long three-month vacation, kids will be heading back to school in just days. Savor these last homework and activity-free days with friends and family, and prepare quick and easy, in-season recipes that can be made in minutes.

Leave it to 30-minute mogul Rachael Ray to concoct an impressive and flavorful burger in just a half hour. Her BBQ Chicken Burgers With Slaw (pictured above) from Food Network are packed with tangy barbecue flavors, including Worcestershire and hot sauces, garlic and grill seasoning. Topped with a mayo-free cabbage slaw, these burgers are not only filling, but healthful as well.

More quick and easy Labor Day recipes »

September Food Festivals

by in Events, September 1st, 2011

shrimp and grits festival
Tomatoes are reaching their peak in several parts of the country, and the fall harvest is on the horizon: The ocean is offering a bounty of catches. September is one of the most abundant months for vittles, and the festival offerings that follow reflect that.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, Morgan City, La., Sept. 1-5: This 76th annual Labor Day weekend gathering celebrates industries crucial to the Bayou State’s economy and the individuals who work in the shrimping and oil businesses. Aside from tons of shrimp, Cajun classics like jambalaya and fried alligator will be on the menu. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, a car show and live music round out what is one of the most unique food festivals in the country.

Shrimp and grits, cranberries and more »

Jicama — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, Recipes, September 1st, 2011

shrimp and jicama rolls
Imagine crossing a monster potato with a water chestnut.

That’s jicama for you. And while not much to look at on the outside, the crisp, crunchy texture and clean, sweet flavor inside make this veggie worth seeking out.

First, the basics. Jicama (pronounced HICK-a-MA) is a tuber — a big brown round root. A relative of the bean family, it is native to Mexico and South America.

Though most often eaten raw, such as chopped into salads, jicama can be steamed, boiled, sautéed or fried. And so long as you don’t overcook it, jicama retains its pleasantly crisp texture (think fresh apple) when cooked.

The flavor is on the neutral side, with a hint of starchy sweetness. It really is quite similar to water chestnuts, and can be substituted for them.

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Fans Show Love for The Pioneer Woman With Launch Parties Across America

by in Events, September 1st, 2011

ree watch party
It’s no surprise that Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman, would have a strong following of Tweets during this past Saturday’s premiere show on Food Network, but fans took it one step further by throwing Pioneer Woman watch parties. Fans young and old gathered around the couch with delicious dishes of chocolate cake, macaroni and cheese, and complete breakfast buffets like @jenjenk enjoyed with her family (pictured above). Below, check out four more of our favorite watch party moments that were captured on Twitter.

Our four favorite watch party moments »

Chocolate Whoopie Pies — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, September 1st, 2011

whoopie pies
Enjoy more time with your guests this Labor Day weekend by making these small pies ahead of time; store tightly in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Browse more of Food Network’s Labor Day dessert recipes.