Cool-Down Cooking: Mint

by in In Season, Recipes, August 18th, 2011

mint limeade
I know I love the cooling effect that a midsummer Mojito has on my system, but I didn’t realize that mint in general is a great antidote to hot weather. It makes sense, considering how popular mint tea is in arid countries like Egypt and Morocco. I’m not sure I’ll be drinking hot mint tea anytime soon, but I’ll definitely be adding this soothing herb to my summer fare.

In the morning I’ll use it in Food Network Magazine’s Mint Limeade (pictured above). For a post-work treat I’ll toss it into a bourbon-spiked Mint Julep.  While I normally think of basil when I think of pesto, Giada’s Pea and Mint Pesto Crostini is an inspired take on the classic. For a completely no-cook appetizer, Paula’s Watermelon Salad With Mint Leaves is the best bet. It’s simply dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar, then sprinkled with feta cheese and mint.

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Two New Shows This Fall: Crave and Sweet Genius

by in Shows, August 18th, 2011

troy johnson
While summer might be coming to a close, Food Network is just beginning to ramp up its schedule with two new shows for September: Crave and Sweet Genius. So after you’ve unpacked after that last trip to the beach, gather the family and check out the latest Food Network has to offer:

Crave
Hosted by food critic and journalist Troy Johnson, Crave takes viewers on a cross-country journey for the most perfect versions of the foods he craves like pizza, pork, fried chicken and ice cream. Enthralled by the culinary wonders surrounding him, Troy will travel anywhere and try anything in pursuit of his obsession.
Premieres: Monday, August 29 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/ 7:30 p.m. Central

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Ingredients We Can’t Live Without

by in Community, August 18th, 2011

salt, bacon, butter, garlic
Recently, Food Network asked fans on Facebook, “What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without?” With more than 5,000 comments, it wasn’t surprising to see that these four items made it to the top of the list: salt, bacon, garlic and butter. In fact, when you combine those four, you’re on your way to an amazing dish — maybe a little salty, but none the less comforting. Cheese, cracked black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and onions were closely behind, but not nearly as popular.

But what makes these foods so popular? Is it because they remind you of home or because of their simplistic nature? Salt is added to almost every dish, even in baking. Butter and olive oil are sometimes interchangeable and garlic and onions are a staple in Italian cooking. Bacon, well, bacon will always be popular and delicious.

But what about the others? What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments or start the conversation on Twitter by including this hashtag: #1ingredient.

Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2011

grilled rhubarb brown betty recipe
A brown Betty is a dessert that dates back to Colonial times and is made from fruit and sweetened crumbs. Here, panko is combined with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Get the recipe: Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty

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Some Like It Cool: Serving Temperature and Wine

by in Drinks, August 17th, 2011

wine in bucket
Every week, Mark Oldman — wine expert, acclaimed author and lead judge of the hit series The Winemakers — shares with readers the basics of wine, while making it fun and practical. In the coming weeks, he’ll tell you what to ask at a wine store, at what temperature to serve it and share his must-have wine tools.

The serving temperature of wine is like weather conditions in a city: Small differences can vastly change your attitude about what’s in front of you.  The following guidelines will cast your wine in the most flattering light:

White wine: It’s no surprise that most of us like our whites — along with our rosés and sparklers — fully chilled.  It’s just more refreshing that way. At the same time, if you are drinking a special white — say, an expensive California Chardonnay or French Pinot Gris — in a setting where you really want to appreciate its subtleties, you might allow a cold white to warm up 15 minutes or so before serving. As eating a frozen Snickers bar demonstrates, coldness numbs our perception of flavor.  A slightly warmer temperature, therefore, unleashes a fine white wine’s aromas and flavors.

Tips for red wine after the jump »

Super-Fan Star Giveaway — Day 1

by in Contests, Shows, August 17th, 2011

food network star season seven
You’ve dedicated your Sunday nights to watching Food Network Star all season and because of that, you’re considered a Star super fan. We thought we’d say “thank you” by giving away three $30 gift cards to FoodNetworkStore.com — one each day for the rest of this work week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

So how can you enter? From August 17-19 at 4 p.m EST, Food Network will post a question to fans our Twitter account @FoodNetwork about something that happened during the season — they might even help fans by posting a hint. If you know the answer to the question, come back to this post and leave your answer in the comments section of this blog post. One lucky commenter (with the correct answer), will be randomly selected to will win one $30 gift card.

Read the official rules and leave a comment »

Southwest Corn Recipes — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, August 17th, 2011

southwest corn recipes
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cherries and cucumbers. This week we’re getting creative with corn.

If you’ve been counting down all season long for sweet, crisp corn, the wait is finally over. Whether you roast corn on the stove or set it to sizzling on the grill, you can make juicy kernels the star of main dishes with a Southwestern flair.

Try Guy’s hearty Roasted Corn Quesadillas, bursting with corn, jalapenos, red onions, bell peppers and black beans for an easy weeknight meal. Add some chicken to the mix and you’ve got Robin’s Chicken Tostada With Corn, Pickled Jalapenos and Black Beans. Her cilantro-lime vinaigrette makes this Southwestern main the life of the party.

More corn recipes from family and friends »

Shrimp Po’ Bubba’s — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 17th, 2011

shrimp po boy recipe
Paula’s Uncle Bubba serves his classic deep-fried shrimp po’ boy, a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana, on a toasted hoagie roll with tartar sauce. If you want to feel like you’re in New Orleans, ask your family if they’d like their sandwich fully “dressed,” which means adding lettuce, tomato and mayo (in this case tartar sauce).

Get the recipe: Shrimp Po’ Bubba’s

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Easing Into Back-to-School Dinners — Simple Scratch Suppers

by in Family, How-to, August 16th, 2011

back to school
When I first wrote up my outline for this blog, back to school dinners seemed a sensible choice given school starts this week for many families around the country. Nowadays, we all seem to be running short on time. People rely on meals out of boxes and bags, thinking there’s not enough time to cook. I wanted to offer you tips and ideas for making weeknight cooking easier.

Then something happened to change my perspective and outlook.

My husband died suddenly.

When I say suddenly, I mean just that. He was helping our daughter ride her bike, told her he needed to sit for a moment, then keeled over from a massive heart attack. Some of you, perhaps many, probably know about this already given the amazing show of support and love that has filled the food community.

So, why am I here talking to you all about back-to-school dinner ideas?

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