An Infinite Number of Ways to Celebrate Pi(e) Day

by in Recipes, March 13th, 2017

CHocolate Peanut Butter PieThe Greek letter for Pi, which is used in math to represent a constant, can be calculated to more than one trillion digits after the decimal. Pie, on the other hand, is an edible sweet treat, and while it may not have one trillion variations, it can be made in many tempting ways. The classics versions — like cherry, apple and pecan — are all go-to picks, but you can’t forget the heartier savory versions as well. In celebration of March 14, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite recipes to represent our infinite love for pie.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above)
Not all pies require meticulous crust-making skills and a long bake time. Some, like Ree Drummond’s comforting recipe, call for an easy-to-make chocolate-cookie crust and a quick stay in the oven. The creamy filling brings to life the beloved chocolate-peanut butter combo.

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Chefs’ Picks: St. Patrick’s Day

by in Restaurants, March 12th, 2017

Fish and Chips
As the saying goes, “On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish.” This international holiday, which honors the patron saint of Ireland, provides the perfect excuse for everyone (whether actually Irish or not) to drink, eat and be merry. Get into the spirit with these chefs, who share their favorite spots to score Irish pub classics. Read more

6 Dishes That’ll Meet Your Cheesy Needs All Day Long

by in Recipes, March 12th, 2017

Hankering for some sharp cheddar or the gooey texture of American cheese? Whether you’re craving a dish drenched in melted Gruyere or a crunchy bite of Parmesan, here are six dishes that can cater to your cheesy needs all day long.

Croque Monsieur

This classic French dish is essentially a ham and cheese sandwich, but better. Instead of cheese slices, a bechamel-based cheese sauce is poured over the sandwich, which is then broiled to golden brown perfection.

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Meat and Potatoes, Perfected: Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipes

by in Recipes, March 11th, 2017

When it comes to the “meat-and-potatoes” of comfort food, there’s one dish we think puts it together the best: Shepherd’s pie. With a juicy ground meat filling and a topping of fluffy mashed potatoes, it’s a dish more than 160 years in the making and an all-in-one meal that’s all at once simple and satisfying. Here are some of our favorite ways to make this classic dish.

Shepherd’s Pie

Though it closely resembles a traditional recipe for shepherd’s pie, Food Network Magazine’s dish includes smoked bacon for an extra burst of umami. For the mashed topping, the recipe adds turnips for a depth of earthy flavor.

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What to Watch: Time-Saving Tips and the Premieres of Triple G: Supermarket Masters and Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 10th, 2017

Spring Baking Championship

Before your clocks spring ahead, spend this weekend with some of your favorite Food Network chefs who are sharing their recipes for easy, time-saving and make-ahead meals. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is whipping up a make-ahead dinner centered around her rich and savory Shepherd’s Pie. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing their best time-saving tips and tricks in the kitchen. And Valerie Bertinelli makes a menu packed with the tastes of Chicago.

On Sunday evening, it’s the first of a five-part tournament where past Triple G winners are back to take a second stab at the games of Flavortown Market. Then, it’s the two-episode premiere of Spring Baking Championship where some of the best bakers in America are tasked with making desserts inspired by Easter treats and spring vacations.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Desserts to Sweeten Your Weekend

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 10th, 2017

Tiramisu Layer CakeWeekends were made for baking. It’s the perfect time to master a recipe for a sweet treat (or two!) to last you through Sunday night’s TV lineup. This time swap your usual dessert for a recipe you’ve never tried before. You’ll add something new to your repertoire – and who knows, it might become your next go-to.
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Monti Carlo to Boost Restaurants’ Online Reputations on New Series Help My Yelp

by in Shows, March 9th, 2017

Monti CarloIf you’ve ever found yourself scouring the web for the latest reviews of a new restaurant in town — and deciding to either book or cancel a reservation because of what you found — then you know firsthand the importance of positive reputations online. On sites like Yelp, restaurant guests can post their thoughts about service, ambiance and, of course, food, leaving potential customers able to make future dining decisions based on what they’ve read. So it’s no wonder that it’s in an eatery’s best interest to do what they can to boost their favorability online. And for some struggling businesses, Monti Carlo is just what’s needed to bring them back into good standing.

On the all-new series Help My Yelp, premiering Monday, April 10 at 10|9c, Monti will work with chefs and business owners to overhaul their poor practices, given the feedback they receive from members of Yelp’s Elite Squad that have secretly visited their restaurants. The recommendations, critiques and ideas from those anonymous visitors, plus the behind-the-scenes antics that Monti sees on hidden cameras, will ultimately influence what Monti does to help set up the businesses for success. As a chef and restaurant consultant, she knows the inner workings of the industry, so she’ll be able to troubleshoot problems, ease tensions and offer concrete solutions on the spot — which will be crucial to do before a fresh batch of Yelp Elite Squad members stops by, ready to evaluate the business.

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Now You Can Run a Bar Tab Without Handing Over Your Credit Card

by in News, March 8th, 2017

Now You Can Run a Bar Tab Without Handing Over Your Credit CardRaise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You’ve opened a tab at a bar and had a few drinks with friends, only to realize, after you’ve responsibly made your way home, that, in your post-cocktail haze, you’ve left your credit card or ID with the bartender and have to find your way back to the bar to claim it. Bummer. Or, how about this: At the end of the night, you’re looking to settle up your tab with the bartender, but the bar is so packed with other revelers that you can barely get near it, let alone catch the bartender’s eye. (I, personally, seem to don some sort of cloak of invisibility every time I get near a bar. What is that about?)

Mastercard has just come up with something to solve both of those problems. “Open Tab,” a new feature on the company’s mobile order and payment platform, Qkr! With Masterpass, lets you to open a tab at a bar, club or restaurant without having to hand over your credit card or ID. (Qkr! With Masterpass, in use in several countries around the world, is expanding to the United States this year.)

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6 Shrimp Dinners That Are Ready in a Hurry

by in Recipes, March 8th, 2017

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp with GritsAny dinner that comes together in 30 minutes or less hits the sweet spot at my house, which makes quick-cooking shrimp a favorite for weeknight meals. Shrimp cooks so quickly, in fact, that the most-important advice I ever learned about preparing shrimp was simple: Don’t overcook it! For the best taste and texture, keep a watchful eye for those little beauties until they just turn pink. That mean’s dinner’s on!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Grits (pictured above)
This Southern favorite cooks up in just 30 minutes, and though it’s packed with the bold flavors of nutty Parmesan cheese, garlic and bright lemon, it’s a surprisingly healthy option.

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Breakfast

by in News, March 7th, 2017

9 Things You Didn't Know About Your Favorite BreakfastIt’s National Cereal Day! And to help you celebrate, we’re going to dish on some totally cool facts about your breakfast food of choice.

Cereal is one of those foods you just can’t help but associate with the good old U.S. of A. Invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, according to reporting by The New York Times, and then popularized by the Kellogg brothers and beloved at our breakfast tables ever since, cereal is still a staple in most American homes.

But how much do you really know about it? Below, check out nine fun facts.

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