6 Ways to Keep Breakfast Interesting

by in Recipes, January 10th, 2016

Stuck in a neverending cycle of boring — or worse, nonexistent — breakfasts? We’ve all been there. Nutrition experts have long lauded the health benefits of a balanced breakfast, and yet it’s still the most-overlooked meal of the day. But we need dishes that are worth waking up earlier for, and bland, soggy oatmeal just won’t cut it. However, a flatbread pizza topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon and sun-dried tomatoes might do the trick. Or how about ham, eggs and cheese served atop a bed of chewy quinoa and fresh spinach? Yep, that’s more like it. These recipes are no more complex than scrambled eggs with a side of toast and hash browns, but hopefully our refreshed presentations will inspire a new passion for the morning.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Caesar Salad (pictured at top)
Salad for breakfast? Trust us on this one. Since egg yolk is a crucial ingredient in traditional Caesar dressing, it makes perfect sense to top crunchy romaine with a sunny-side-up egg for your morning meal. The Food Network Kitchen chefs recommend swapping out the anchovies for sun-dried tomatoes, which have the same familiar umami pop, minus the fishy flavor.

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Chefs’ Picks: 2 a.m. Dinner

by in Restaurants, January 9th, 2016

After a long night of slaving away in a hot kitchen, most chefs crave a cold beer and a bite. We asked some of the nation’s top talent what they crave after turning off the stoves. Read more

Caption It: Breakfast the Anne Burrell Way

by in Shows, January 9th, 2016

Food Network's The KitchenWhat with the screaming alarm clock on your nightstand, the cup of coffee that always seems to run out too soon and the chilly air and dark skies awaiting you outside, mornings can be downright rough at this time of year. But breakfast doesn’t have to be a challenge — and on today’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast proved that breakfast can be easy, enjoyable and perhaps even a bit silly.

Anne Burrell stopped by to share her wake-up-worthy Crepes with Mascarpone and Chocolate with Cherry Compote, plus quite a few laughs with the co-hosts. Take a peek at the photo above of her and Jeff Mauro as they started to prep her breakfast. It seems that this duo is making the most of a sweet morning treat, with Jeff showing off a clever smile and Anne whooping it up behind the stove.

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All of the Alfredo

by in Recipes, January 9th, 2016

Fettuccine Alfredo is a nostalgic comfort food for me. When I was a young child, my absolute favorite meal was macaroni and cheese from the blue box (if my parents tried to pull a fast one and buy the store-brand red box, apparently I knew immediately by taste). Then, at some point in early elementary school, I tried Alfredo in a red-sauce Italian joint and was hooked. It was a sophisticated step up from my beloved mac and cheese, and I would order it whenever possible. A highlight of a family trip to Disney World was a visit to the “original” Alfredo’s restaurant (R.I.P.) in Epcot to eat the signature dish.

This cream-sauced Italian-American pasta dish still hits the spot when winter comfort-food cravings kick in. Here are five Alfredo recipes to try, including Giada De Laurentiis’ classic, Food Network Kitchen’s hearty chicken variation and even lightened-up versions that still deliver the right creamy-cheesy notes (one’s even vegan!). Read more

7 Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About Kale

by in Recipes, January 8th, 2016

The hype about kale has not worn down. Kale is everywhere: fancy restaurants, cafes, juice bars and home kitchens across the globe. But not everyone is on board the kale train … for now at least. If you’re still not sold on the leafy green, a raw kale salad is not for you. But you wouldn’t even notice it in this creamy artichoke dip, and maybe you’d come to love it in this mac and cheese. Here are our favorite recipes to feed kale newbies. (Kale fans, you’ll obviously love them too.)

Kale and Artichoke Dip

This lightened-up recipe tastes just as creamy and decadent as everyone’s favorite warm party dip. Kale adds heartiness and a wide array of nutrients without overpowering the cheesy goodness. Read more

All-Star Academy Is Back in Session for Season 2 with New Mentors Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern

by in Shows, January 8th, 2016

MentorsOn the new season of All-Star Academy, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern are joining returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone. The four mentors will each lead a team of home cooks through intense cooking challenges beginning on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10|9c. In each school-themed lesson, special guest professors will judge the home cooks’ dishes, with an elimination every week. The top student who makes it through all of the eight episodes will leave with a $50,000 grand prize and earn bragging rights for his or her mentor.

Watch a preview of the new season and meet the guest professors.

One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken Burritos

by in Family, Recipes, January 8th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken BurritosI always get super giddy when it’s burrito night. I think about it during the day. I fantasize and strategize when to start prepping. It’s not that burritos take long to put together! I’m just a weirdo and think about my next meal approximately 26 months before I eat it.

But these, these chicken burritos are SO easy to pull together. A. Hello, we’re using a rotisserie chicken. Shred, shred, shred; done. B. The kid version is crazy-simple, with black beans and a kiss of salsa, and takes, like, four seconds to make. C. The adult version is BAMMIN’ with fresh flavors and spice. No idea why I said “bammin'” just now.

You just need to make these. What takes them over the top is a little jaunt under the broiler. Oh my. You guys, the cheese will brown and bubble. Your face will sing praises. Your legs will involuntarily do a little jig.

In other words, it’s winter and you really need these in your life.

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What to Watch: Anne Burrell on The Kitchen and a Game of Family Food on Worst Cooks

by in Shows, January 8th, 2016

Worst Cooks Family Food
Getting back into a routine after the holidays is always difficult, but your favorite chefs have new breakfasts, dinners and snacks to help get your grocery list made in no time. On Saturday, Ree Drummond starts things off with a hearty meal of slow-cooked ribs and ice cream cake to serve while the family is hauling hay. Next, Trisha Yearwood cooks Memphis style, including barbecue pork nachos and an Elvis-inspired pancake sandwich. After that, The Kitchen is serving better breakfasts like baked eggs with salami and Anne Burrell’s crepes. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli is rewarding her husband after a day of chores with his favorite Spicy Coconut Shrimp, Prosciutto Bruschetta and butterscotch cake.

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Go on the Ultimate Culinary Adventure with the Fieris on Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation

by in Shows, January 7th, 2016

Hunter and Guy FieriFather and son Guy and Hunter Fieri are embarking on the ultimate food-filled adventure, trekking through Europe on the hunt for unique culinary experiences on Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation, premiering Friday, Feb. 5 at 10|9c.

Food Network fans have seen Hunter grow up before their eyes on Triple D, Triple G and Guy’s Big Bite. Now as Hunter graduates high school, his dad is surprising him with one of the best gifts, an experience of a lifetime: a trip to visit 13 different cities across Europe. The adventure is sure to open up a whole new world of cuisine for Hunter, who’ll be taking up hospitality studies as he starts college at UNLV.

Find out where the father-and-son duo is headed.

Soup’s On! 5 Warming Must-Make Bowls — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 7th, 2016

Chicken Noodle SoupOdds are, if you’re simmering a pot of soup at home, it’s because you really need it. Perhaps you’ve got a cold, the weather is seriously chilly or you’re just in need of some old-fashioned comfort you can slurp up with a spoon. No matter the reason, these are five of our favorite super-comforting soup recipes, bound to become the newest additions to your soup recipe arsenal.

There aren’t many dishes as comforting as a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Chock-full of vegetables, tender morsels of chicken and hearty noodles, Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup is the classic recipe you long for. The key is simmering a whole chicken to create a savory, flavorful broth.

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