7 Tips for Making a Better Burger — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Recipes, Shows, March 17th, 2016

burgerThis week it was all about burgers on Guy’s Grocery Games. And the contestants got pretty crazy with their burger toppings (hello, lobster and fancy mushrooms), so we in Food Network Kitchen decided to go back to basics. Here are some tips for making your burger patties great:

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QUIZ: Could Your Culinary Chops Cut It in a Professional Kitchen?

by in Shows, March 17th, 2016

On Cooks vs. Cons, only the competitors themselves know what kind of culinary background they’re bringing to the battle before them; not even the judges or host Geoffrey Zakarian have been told who’s a professional cook and who’s a kitchen con artist. The panel, like viewers at home, can only guess the contestants’ skill levels, but by watching their use of ingredients and their expertise (or lack thereof) with the tools they handle, the judges and fans alike can begin to deduce who are the masters and who are the novices among the group.

Now it’s your turn to learn what level of kitchen proficiency you would bring to the competition. Do you have what it takes to be worthy of the professional title, or are you a cooking con artist? Take the quiz below to find out. Read more

5 Stunning Cakes with Sky-High Fan Reviews

by in Recipes, March 17th, 2016

Beatty's Chocolate CakeHey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).

2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.

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Give Corned Beef and Cabbage a Chance

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 17th, 2016

On St. Patrick’s Day, it seems we’re either donning head-to-toe green, rushing out to join a band of revelers, or sitting down to an austere dinner of dry corned beef and over-cooked cabbage. If only we started pickling our briskets at home rather than slapping a few store-bought slices onto a plate with a side of bland vegetables, this traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish would likely have a different image altogether. Perhaps corned beef will never achieve the pizzazz of, say, a sky-high double-bacon cheeseburger. But what it lacks in visual bravado it makes up for in intensely meaty, almost buttery flavor — if it’s done right. If you’re giving corned beef a second try this year — and we highly recommend that you do — there are a few things to know.

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Sandwiches Are Good, but These 10 Sweet Sandwich Cookies Are Better

by in Recipes, March 16th, 2016

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesAll cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)              
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.

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Chopped Junior Returns for Season 2 with More Talented Kid Chefs and New Guest Judges

by in Shows, March 16th, 2016

Chopped JuniorThe little chefs are back — with just as much ambition and endless talent as before! The kids are taking over the Chopped kitchen for Season 2 of Chopped Junior, premiering on Tuesday, April 26 at 8|7c. Just as on the original Chopped, these young chefs will face cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets in a limited amount of time. But, one by one, the kids will be eliminated until just two remain to face off in the last round. The single winner will walk away with the $10,000 cash prize.

This season the roster of guest judges is also new. In addition to the rotating panel of regular Chopped judges, fans will see Jerome Bettis, Ayesha Curry, Haylie Duff, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carla Hall, Tony Hawk, Eddie Jackson, Ali Larter, Kelsey Nixon, Andrew Rannells, Rico Rodriguez, Debby Ryan, Alison Sweeney and Christine Taylor, among others.

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3 of a Kind: Seafood Charcuterie

by in Restaurants, March 16th, 2016

Preserving meat and fish was once a necessity, and now it’s a trend — so much so that chefs are expanding their charcuterie programs by subbing pork for poisson. Bites like salmon pastrami, swordfish prosciutto and tuna ’nduja are filling boards for diners to share at the start of the meal, and the typical accompaniments of jams and mustards are finding apt replacements in small jars of creme fraiche. PB Catch in Palm Beach, Fla., Fiola Mare in Washington, D.C., and Kinmont in Chicago serve up some the finest line-caught “sea-lami.”
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9 Ways to Eat Green (Naturally!) on St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 16th, 2016

Smoothie BowlRepeat after us: “Just because food could be dyed green doesn’t mean it should be.” And while we’ll gladly take a slice of a bright green cake once a year, we can’t help but feel that St. Paddy’s Day is the perfect reason to celebrate all those delicious dishes that are already green. This list is a mere smattering of our faves.

Green Smoothie Bowl (above)

Because we all know that holiday celebrations didn’t really happen unless you Instagram them — and this bright green breakfast bowl is totally ready for its close-up.

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12 Ways Ground Turkey Will Rescue Mealtime

by in Recipes, March 15th, 2016

Spicy Turkey Meatballs and SpaghettiGround turkey can be a welcome alternative to red meat. Lean ground turkey is often used in healthy meals, and any selection of this protein can provide a great base for strong flavors in a dish. Try using ground turkey in a traditionally beef-centric dish like shepherd’s pie, or make turkey the star in a stir-fry or wrap. For more recipe inspiration, read on to discover our favorite ground turkey dishes.

Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti (pictured above)
Ina Garten uses three different proteins for her meatballs: ground turkey, prosciutto and sweet Italian pork. Worried that homemade spaghetti and meatballs is too time-intensive? Don’t be. Ina uses jarred marinara sauce to cut back on prep time.

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Christmas at Bobby’s Earns a James Beard Foundation Award Nomination

by in News, Shows, March 15th, 2016

Christmas at Bobby'sThe holiday season just keeps on giving. This afternoon the James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 nominees for Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards, and like in years past, Scripps Networks Interactive programming earned high industry praises.

Christmas at Bobby’s scored a nomination in the Specials category of the Broadcast Media Awards, alongside fellow nominees CBS Sunday Morning: The Food Issue: Eat Drink & Be Merry, which airs on CBS, and PBS’ Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays. Premiering in December 2015, Christmas at Bobby’s brought together Bobby Flay and some of his closest Food Network pals, like Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian, at Bobby’s New York City apartment; they enjoyed a seasonal slumber party complete with eats, drinks and a game of Secret Santa. Missed the premiere? Check out behind-the-scenes photos to see what went down at Bobby’s place.

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