POLL: The Kitchen Gets Set for Soup Season

by in Community, Shows, September 18th, 2014

Asparagus and Bread Soup with PancettaWith the days shorter and the weather turning chilly, you’re likely setting your sights on the warm, comforting flavors of autumn. Just in time for fall, The Kitchen is getting set to dedicate an entire episode to one of the season’s most-satisfying dishes: soup. From rich, creamy purees to simple broths studded with noodles and veggies, the co-hosts want to help you make your best bowl yet this year, and they need you — the fans — to tell them how you enjoy soup and what you’d need to make your soup recipes better. Answer the first round of poll questions below, then check back on Monday to cast the rest of your votes.

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Scoop ‘Em: Towering Layer Dips — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, September 18th, 2014

Towering Layer Dip RecipesWhen it comes to our favorite dip recipes, the more layers, the better. That’s why we’re digging Food Network’s finest every-layer dips, ranging from five layers to a towering 10.

Five: Inspired by the diner sandwich staple, Five-Layer Reuben Dip (pictured above) stacks all the ingredients that make up a good Reuben. From the bottom to the top, shredded Swiss, thin-sliced corned beef, toasted rye bread, Russian dressing and extra-crunchy sauerkraut are addictive in deconstructed form. Take heaping scoops with rye bread toasts for the full package.

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Best 5 Lentil Soup Recipes

by in Recipes, September 18th, 2014

Lentil Vegetable SoupThe key to making soup a meal is ensuring it goes beyond basic broth and vegetables with hearty, satisfying ingredients that will fill you up. That’s where lentil soup comes in. Satisfying and good for you, lentils are packed with protein, and they pair well with a variety of flavors and textures, from hot sauce to tangy tomatoes and nutty Parmesan cheese. Check out Food Network’s top lentil soup recipes below to find a mix of classic and creative renditions from Rachael Ray, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten and more chefs.

5. Spicy Lentil Soup — A serrano chile and a bit of grated ginger add heat to this quick-fix soup, but the spice is balanced by a final mix-in of cool, creamy Greek yogurt.

4. Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup — Rachael mixes Tuscan kale into a base of sausage, carrots and potatoes before adding a splash of white wine for flavor, and then adds the lentils.

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Restaurant Revisited — Military: Impossible at Green Beret Club

by in Shows, September 17th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible“This is very special,” Robert Irvine said not long after arriving at Fort Bragg, N.C., for a mission near and dear to his heart. A former member of the British Royal Navy, Robert was honored to be asked to transform the decades-old Green Beret Club, an on-base eatery for service men and women of the United States Army. While the structure of the Green Beret Club was clean and boasted a fine floor, its food could be improved, especially if they swapped in fresh ingredients in place of frozen alternatives. With only two days to work and a budget of just $10,000, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team reworked the menu at Green Beret Club to make sure it fit the needs of the soldiers. They changed the decor inside as well, to pay tribute to the building’s history. Read on below to hear from Mikki Morris, the manager of the restaurant, and Michelle Hagwood, who is the Family and MWR Business Operations Officer, to find out how the newly renamed Smoke Bomb Grille is doing today.

By July, Smoke Bomb Grille boasted a more than 48 percent increase in business, according to Mikki and Michelle, and “about 10 percent” of diners are new customers.

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Take Your Breakfast Out to Dinner for a Rich Risotto

by in Recipes, Shows, September 17th, 2014

Oat RisottoChopped, with its unconventionally combined ingredients, is all about the chefs’ creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. And this Chopped Dinner Challenge recipe for Oat Risotto with Roasted Cauliflower is certainly a dish that requires a degree of inventiveness. Because in this risotto, there isn’t any actual risotto involved. The Food Network Kitchen chefs selected steel cut oats as the basket ingredient to substitute the main ingredient — rice — and, no, they aren’t cooking up breakfast. The steel cut oats, fused with chicken broth, white wine, pungent garlic, parsley and Parmesan, serve as the perfect complement to the crisp, lightly seasoned roasted cauliflower.

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Hump Day Snack: Psychedelic Rainbow Swirl Lollipop Cake

by , September 17th, 2014

Lollipop Cake

Summer, fall or whatever season it may be, there’s one dessert that’s satisfying no matter what the weather: cake. We like it layered, frosted, drizzled or stuffed, and this recipe for Psychedelic Rainbow Swirl Lollipop Cake has it all, plus a spectrum of eye-catching color and a crackling surprise! The base of the three-layer masterpiece is a simple vanilla bean cake, but the twist comes from tingly, fizzy tablet candies mixed into the royal vanilla icing. Use gel food coloring to achieve the vibrant drips and drizzles of tie-dye, and top the cake with different sizes of giant, swirly lollipops. When it’s finished, the lollipops will look like they are melting into the cake, and you’ll have a dessert that looks as zany as the weather.

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Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to Food Network in Concert at Ravinia This Saturday

by in Contests, September 17th, 2014

Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to Food Network in ConcertFood Network Magazine is throwing its first-ever concert this Saturday (September 20) — not just a music festival with a few food trucks on the side, but a full-blown food and music event with big stars from both worlds. Food Network stars are joining forces with more than 50 of the area’s greatest chefs for cooking demos, meet-and-greet opportunities and the ultimate tasting event, and seven-time Grammy Award winner John Mayer will take center stage to round out a full day of great food and music. It’s all happening at Ravinia, a picturesque outdoor venue in Highland Park, Ill.

Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian will all be at Food Network in Concert. For a chance to win a pair of tickets (travel is not included), comment below and tell FN Dish why you want to go to Food Network in Concert. Or head over to the official website to get your tickets before they sell out. The event will benefit Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry campaign — dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day. The winner will receive:

  • (2) Two tickets to The Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Tasting Event (Pavilion seats for John Mayer and Phillip Phillips)
  • (2) Two tickets to Rock N Rolls with Jeff Mauro

Enter now to win

Friends Turns 20 with Central Perk Pop-Up and Free Coffee in NYC

by in Events, News, September 17th, 2014

James Michael TylerIt was 1994 when fans first met Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachael and Ross, the six now-beloved friends who made up the heart of the cast on NBC’s Friends. Over the course of a decade, fans watched as this tight-knit group took their places on a cozy orange couch in the coffee shop downstairs to navigate their 20s before ultimately saying goodbye to them as 30-year-olds settled into their careers and relationships in the Big Apple. Although the show took place in New York City, James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, the wonderfully awkward barista at the Central Perk coffee shop, revealed that the set was located in sunny Los Angeles. Now, however, 10 years since Friends’ finale, Central Perk is finally getting its chance to shine on the streets of Manhattan as Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O’Clock Coffee team up to launch a Central Perk pop-up shop in the SoHo neighborhood.

Beginning today through October 18, fans of Friends in New York City can visit Central Perk and take in the sights and sounds of the cast’s cherished hangout spot for themselves. Complete with the same orange couch and gilded espresso machine that were featured on the Central Perk set, plus more original memorabilia from the show, like Monica and Chandler’s wedding invitation and Phoebe’s guitar, the pop-up Central Perk is located at 199 Lafayette Street and will be serving free cups of Eight O’Clock Coffee daily. Not located in New York? Look out for Eight O’Clock Coffee’s limited-edition Central Perk roast at grocery stores near you or online.

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