3 of a Kind: Savory Beignets

by in Restaurants, November 30th, 2016

Sweet Potato Beignets at République
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Few can resist the siren call of sizzling fried dough, whether it comes in the shape of a fritter, a doughnut or some other old-school treat. One such confection that has received renewed attention in recent years is the beignet, which is essentially the French version of a fritter. Pastry chefs are tweaking the traditional recipe in ingenious ways to transform the sugary snack into something more akin to a salty appetizer. Here are a few spots serving savory beignets. Read more

Familiar Food Network Faces Among People’s Sexiest Chefs Alive

by in Food Network Chef, News, November 29th, 2016

Franco NoriegaBeing handy in the kitchen is a deeply attractive quality — the way to the heart is through the stomach and all that. So we probably didn’t need People magazine to tell us that a man who cooks is sexy. Still, it’s nice to see the chefs honored in the publication’s “sexiest man alive 2016” package get some deserved recognition for heating up the kitchen without firing up the stove.

Several friends of Food Network made People’s list, including Franco Noriega (pictured above), a former underwear model and New York restaurateur (the Lower East Side Peruvian chicken spot Baby Brasa). And while the magazine celebrates him for his “ripped” abs and “drool”-worthy Instagram snaps, we’re equally as likely to drool over the Peruvian-style chicken recipe he recently shared on The Kitchen.

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Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your Grapefruit

by in News, November 29th, 2016

Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your GrapefruitMany of us consider grapefruit’s natural granular mate to be sugar. But it seems generations of Americans were more inclined to pair their grapefruit with another easy-to-sprinkle crystal: salt.

In fact, in a post on NPR’s The Salt blog (which is not, of course, a blog only about salt), science historian Nadia Berenstein dubs grapefruit and salt an “unlikely power couple,” noting that during much of the 20th century marketers linked the two, claiming the latter was capable of making the former taste sweeter.

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Enter to Win a Copy of Alice Waters’ New Book, Fanny in France

by in Contests, November 29th, 2016

It was just yesterday that we introduced you to Alice Waters’ latest publication — Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef’s Daughter, with Recipes — a part storybook, part cookbook that’s largely geared toward children. Waters, who has long been credited with establishing the farm-to-table effort at her beloved California eatery Chez Panisse, chatted with us and dished about all things French cuisine and cooking for children, including her memories of cooking with and for her own daughter, Fanny, the titular character in her book. From cover to cover, Fanny in France not only details Fanny’s explorations of a new world as she took in the best sights and tastes in France, but also provides more than 40 authentic French recipes.

“I wanted things that were very, very simple to make,” Waters said of the recipes included in the book. “I wanted to have the feeling that French cooking, at least what I experienced in the South of France, is very, very straightforward and simply dependent on the goodness of the ingredients, the ripeness and the aliveness of the foodstuffs.” You can find the recipe for her Croque-Monsieur (Grilled Cheese Sandwich), a French take on the ham-and-cheese mash-up we know and love, in our interview with Waters here, but to get all of the recipes from Fanny in France — for dishes such as Pommes Frites (Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes) and Chocolate Soufflé — you’ll have to order a copy for yourself.

Or you can enter to win our giveaway. That’s right — we’re giving five lucky, randomly selected fans the chance to each receive one copy of Fanny in France. To be entered to win, all you have to do is tell us what was your favorite food to eat as a child.

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A Cookie Baking Challenge for the Ages

by in Shows, November 28th, 2016

The Christmas Cookie Challenge, hosted by Alison Sweeney, is a furious but festive battle to determine the best cookie baker in the country with the winner taking home $10,000. Five bakers’ holiday delights were judged in three rounds of competition by chef and culinary entrepreneur Sharone Hakman, American Idol-winner and seasoned baker Jordin Sparks and Food Network Star Season 12 finalist Damiano Carrara.

Find out whose cookies took home the grand prize.

12 Lunches You Can Pack in a Thermos

by in Recipes, November 28th, 2016

Kid-Friendly Pasta SaladAt the first sign of frost, it’s time to whip out the thermoses and start filling them with as many hearty, warming lunches as possible. (Yes, that’s right. You can put more than just drinks in those things.) I often rely on two categories of thermos-friendly dishes — pasta and soup — to get the job done. Read on to get some of my favorite recipes for both.

Pasta

Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad (pictured above)
I love a dish like this one from The Pioneer Woman because it can be served at room temperature, which means there’s no need to fill the thermos with hot water in the morning.

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The Quest for the Ultimate Culinary Title Returns with Brand-New Epic Series Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, November 28th, 2016

Alton BrownKitchen Stadium die-hards, we have breaking news for you. Just this afternoon, Alton Brown sent this tweet, and with only one word and a single hashtag — “Finally. #IronChefGauntlet” — he announced an upcoming series. Here’s what we know: Beginning in the spring of the new year, an all-new reboot of the beloved Iron Chef America is set to roll out. The name of this reimagined competition is Iron Chef Gauntlet, and as Alton hinted with an accompanying photo, he’s set to reprise his role as the host and master of ceremonies.

Like both Iron Chef America and its big brother based in Japan, this newfangled series will celebrate the highest echelon of cooking. Look for some of your favorite elements of battle from Iron Chef America, plus new twists that will leave you craving more.

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Chatting with Alice Waters: French Food Culture, Cooking for Kids and a Dressed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by in Books, November 28th, 2016

Alice WatersLong credited with launching the now-ubiquitous farm-to-table effort, Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971, and it’s been a landmark fixture of American cuisine ever since. But despite owning a restaurant with deep roots in Berkeley, Calif., Waters has spent a significant amount of time in France, and it’s her time abroad that influenced her style of cooking with local, market-driven ingredients. “I went to France when I was 19, and I came from a basically fast-food culture in America, and I arrived in the early ’60s in France when it was still a slow-food culture,” she told us when we chatted recently. “The kids came home and had lunch with their parents for two hours every day from school. You know, they went to the market twice a day just so that everything could be fresh and ripe, and people always ate with their family. I think these values are terribly, terribly relevant, because they are values that are universal and have been around since the beginning of civilization, really.”

Waters’ time in France was indeed formative for her, but it turns out that it made a lasting impact on her daughter, Fanny, too — so much so that she became the subject of Waters’ latest book, Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef’s Daughter, with Recipes. “I wanted to tell a story that children were amused by,” Waters told us. Told from Fanny’s point of view, Waters’ part storybook, part cookbook recounts Fanny’s bike ride with friends on Ile de Bendor, her time snacking on strawberries at the market in Nice and moments with her mom as they traveled throughout France. There are also more than 40 of “Fanny’s French Recipes” included, from kid-friendly picks like Pizza with Quick Tomato Sauce to more dressed-up dishes like Roasted Herbed Rack of Lamb and Chocolate Soufflé.

In chatting with Waters, we talked more about cooking with and for kids, both her own daughter and children who may be picky eaters. She offered advice to parents and stories of serving vegetables to Fanny, as well as her thoughts on a typically kid-approved dish, Croque-Monsieur (Grilled Cheese Sandwich), the recipe for which you can get below. Read on to hear from Waters, then learn how to make that craveable sandwich.

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Giada’s Easy Limoncello — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, November 27th, 2016

LimoncelloWith Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is officially underway. And that means it’s time to start looking ahead to shopping for everyone on your “nice” list. But when it comes to finding a gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative, skip the usual gift cards and look to this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Giada De Laurentiis’ bright lemon-vodka liqueur comes together with just four ingredients, and she says, “It makes wonderful gifts.”

For more party-ready recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello

3 Ways to Infuse Cocktail Flavors Into Party-Time Snack Mixes

by in Recipes, Shows, November 26th, 2016

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack MixChips and dip, carrots and ranch, maybe a fruit platter — these are all fine party starters. They’re great ones, actually. But when it comes to holiday parties, sometimes we like to up the appetizer ante a bit, all while keeping it casual and easy, of course. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of snack mixes that are the kind of next-level recipes that will transform your seasonal spreads. Combining two party-time favorites — booze and bites — the co-hosts made three cocktail-inspired snack recipes that range from savory and salty to sweet and oh so crunchy. Read on below to find out how they turned a Bloody Mary, a White Russian and a tequila-based cocktail into eat-with-your-hands nibbles. (Spoiler: It all comes down to spiking, pouring and mixing.)

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack Mix

The flavors you know and love in a classic Bloody Mary are well-represented in this big-batch mash-up of rice cereal, bagel chips and pretzels. Just as tomato juice and vodka form the base of the drink, this snack mix is made with tomato paste and vodka, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, which deliver the salty, deeply umami flavor you love in a Bloody Mary. Once the mixture is warmed, it’s poured over the munchies, which get microwaved for just a few minutes so the flavors can marry.

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