7 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas That Aren’t Banana Bread

by in Recipes, May 31st, 2016

Banana Got a couple of aging bananas lounging on your kitchen counter, practically begging for a small army of fruit flies to move in? Don’t pitch them yet! Brown bananas mean extra flavor, and every one of these recipes will be more delicious for it.

Banana “Ice Cream” Fakeout
When bananas start to turn brown, it’s time to make your move. Slice them up and store them in a zip-top bag in your freezer. Now you have the makings for Rachael Ray’s banana “ice cream”: Just blend your frozen bananas in a food processor, adding a little milk if needed.

Read more

WATCH: Aaron’s Tough Parting Words for the Mentors

by , May 31st, 2016

No finalist enjoys being sent home from the Food Network Star competition. After all, this contest has the potential to change hopefuls' lives and ultimately set them on a much-coveted career path, so when the mentors deliver the news of eliminatio...

Read more

The 10 Dishes Hitting FoodNetwork.com Staffers’ Grills First

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2016

Staffer Grilling FavoritesIf you’re asking us, Memorial Day — not the solstice or any other date on the calendar — kicks off summer. That means grills across the country are being dusted off, scraped clean and fired up, likely for the first time all year. Our FoodNetwork.com staffers have been ogling these charred beauties, both tried-and-true favorites and brand-new recipes from our test kitchens, for months already. Behold the juicy meats, charred veggies and other surprising foods they simply cannot wait to throw on the grill.

Read more

Roasted Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Blue Cheese — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2016

Roasted Portobello Mushroom Burger with Blue Cheese You’ve planned everything perfectly for your Memorial Day barbecue, but an entree for the vegetarians has you stumped? No worries: Portobello caps make a wallet-friendly and easy pick when you want to sidestep the burger meat. The mushrooms are meaty (but meatless) and satisfying, making them a go-to swap for even the biggest meat eaters. And since the portobellos are mild in taste, they’re incredibly versatile, so you can serve them with the same sides and buns as the rest of the burgers on the grill.

Read more

6 Important Pitfalls to Avoid, Plus the Makings of a Mash-Up Pizza — Alex’s Star Report

by , May 30th, 2016

Food Network StarWhat a mash-up of an episode! A challenge where our beloved Food Network Star finalists work in pairs? Fun, right? Just hide behind your teammate if your food or presentation is weak. That sounds good, right? Hmmm. Maybe. If you haven't seen the prem...

Read more

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , May 29th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

Read more

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , May 29th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

Read more

What Do I Do with Ramps?

by in In Season, May 29th, 2016

Spring PizzasIf there is a niche vegetable that garners more controversial attention from the foodie set, it would be hard to name. Still cool? Yesterday’s news? Please. Read more

Ina’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 29th, 2016

Linguine with Shrimp ScampiWith summer just around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to the heavy, creamy sauces that are a staple in winter comfort food. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a simple pasta dish from Ina Garten, brings together garlicky shrimp and a zesty lemon sauce over linguine to make a fresh, satisfying dinner. To boost the flavor in this dish, which takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, Ina adds the cooked pasta to the skillet while the sauce simmers, allowing ample time for all the flavors to be absorbed.

For more impressive dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Ina Garten’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Chefs’ Picks: Picnic Dishes

by in Restaurants, May 28th, 2016

Charcuterie Plate

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

When the warm weather hits, it’s time to start packing … a picnic, that is. Creating a spread that goes beyond the standard picnic fare may require a bit of thinking outside the basket, however. For some inspiration, we consulted chefs across the country on their favorite picnic dishes for wowing the crowds. Read more