Fries to Feed Your Late-Night Cravings

by in Recipes, March 21st, 2015

After a long day (or night), few things will bring you as much joy as a big plate of crispy french fries. And while it’s easy to stop at the nearest fast-food joint, there are so many flavor-packed versions you can make in your own kitchen. Why settle for the drive-thru stuff if you can whip up your own? Think thin fries smothered with chicken and cheese, and crinkle-cuts piled high with spicy poblanos. Whatever your vice, you’re bound to find something to curb your cravings in this list of the best fry creations.

Chicken and Cheese Poutine (pictured above)
There’s something about deep-fried potatoes covered in cheese that makes all of life’s problems seem to melt away. When you add chicken and gravy — game over. This sinful treat from Food Network Magazine is ready in 30 minutes, but it probably won’t be on the table for too long. With Worcestershire sauce, peas, paprika and scallions, no flavor gets left behind.

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How to Spring-Clean Your Pantry in 6 Easy Steps, According to Melissa

by in Food Network Chef, March 21st, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianWe moved into a new house last weekend. While it was only a few blocks away from our old house, the logistics were deceptively still monumental. The upside of moving, however, is that you purge, if only to save yourself from having to tape up, carry and unpack yet another box. So, in the spirit of celebrating spring (and because this is all so very fresh in my mind with our move), I’m sharing with you exactly how I do my favorite kind of spring cleaning: Clear the Pantry Week.

First, I should admit up front that I don’t love to clean in general. When friends say they find it soothing or relaxing, it only makes me wonder if they’ve never been to a spa. So let that shed a little bit of light onto my loose use of the term “favorite” when I’m describing any cleaning task. But stay with me here, because Clear the Pantry is a fun game, and I don’t mean that in the same way I try to talk my daughters into making their beds every morning by singing our way through the steps. I actually like Clear the Pantry (CTP) Week. And, unlike lots of spring cleaning tasks, CTP will actually save you cash immediately, which is the same thing as making money, except better because the saving is after-tax.

CTP, at its simplest, is a commitment to shop from our own pantries instead of the store, which reduces clutter and improves inventory rotation and cash flow. We’ll have fun, your pantry and fridge and freezer will be clean, and you’ll have some extra cash in your pocket. Ready?

How to CTP in 6 Easy Steps:

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Why You Need Sweetened Condensed Milk in Your Pantry

by in Recipes, March 21st, 2015

Frozen Lemon Cream PieMilk in a can? You better believe it. If you don’t already have sweetened condensed milk in your pantry cupboard, it’s time to hit the grocery store, because this thick, creamy liquid is chock-full of sweetness in the best way possible and quickly turns everyday desserts into over-the-top treats with little effort. Add it to fillings, batters, bars and shakes for next-level richness and a moist finished product every time. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off three of their all-time favorite ways to put this culinary miracle worker in a can to good use, including s’mores-inspired truffles made with only a handful of ingredients. Read on below for top recipes from Sunny Anderson, Geoffrey Zakarian and Katie Lee.

Frozen Lemon Cream Pie:
When it comes to pie crust, it doesn’t get simpler than a buttery graham cracker base. Just press the golden mixture into the pan, then bake it for only a few minutes. For her flavorful filling, Katie opts for a bright, refreshing combination of fresh lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk. Once the pie is frozen, she finishes the dessert with fluffy whipped cream for a crowd-pleasing presentation.

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How to Pour an Artsy Latte

by in Drinks, Food Network Magazine, March 21st, 2015

latte art

Lesson learned by Food Network Magazine editors while working on the April issue: Leave latte art to the professionals. Those pretty heart and rosetta foam patterns you splurge for at the coffee shop are no easy feat. They require hours of practice and a very precise foam consistency. However, if you can master the perfect pour, it’s a great party trick to show off at your next brunch. So if you’re feeling ambitious and have a home espresso machine and milk frother, it’s worth a try. Don’t worry if you fail, though. In Maile Carpenter’s editor’s letter, the editor-in-chief admits that her attempt ended up looking like a “beach ball with arms.” At the very least, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for your local baristas and feel better about dishing out close to $5 for a cup of fancy espresso.

Read on to learn which tools you need, how to froth like a pro and the technique for the perfect pour.

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QUIZ: Are You an Egghead?

by in Food Network Magazine, March 20th, 2015

fried egg

Whether you enjoy them scrambled, poached or fried (on just about everything) or used in pancakes, waffles or French toast, eggs are the ultimate breakfast food. But how much do you know about the carton in your refrigerator? Take Food Network Magazine’s quiz below to find out if you’re a “rotten egg, aspiring eggspert or true egghead.” Then browse through the delicious egg recipes from the new issue and get cracking!

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Embrace the Freezer Aisle: 3 Frozen Foods to Always Have on Hand

by in Recipes, March 20th, 2015

Frozen FoodsIf you love home cooking but think you don’t have time for it on busy weeknights, guess again. The solution is simpler than you think: your supermarket’s frozen food aisle.

Veggies: Most vegetables are quickly blanched (plunged into boiling water, then immersed in cold water to stop the cooking process) before being frozen. The reason for this step is to stop the enzymes from breaking down, which results in loss of flavor, color and texture. So those bags of frozen veggies are comparable to their fresh counterparts, and in some cases, they’re a better choice if the vegetable you’re craving isn’t in season.

Pizza Dough: This is another staple in my house. You can stock up on your favorite brand from the supermarket, or make a few batches and store it in zip-top bags. All it needs is a little advance planning to thaw in the fridge overnight, and you’re ready for a quick weeknight meal. These doughnuts from Giada De Laurentiis, while not quite dinner, are on my to-make list too.

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All-Star Academy: The Competition Continues in Food Network Kitchen

by in Recipes, Shows, March 20th, 2015

If you’re like some of us in Food Network Kitchen, then competition shows make your heart race right along with the contestants! That was the case this past Sunday, during the third episode of All-Star Academy, when Alex Guarnaschelli’s and Bobby Flay’s teams went head-to-head in a sweet-turns-savory cook-off. Who else wanted to hide behind a couch cushion when Ted Allen revealed the elimination challenge was cooking with marshmallows in a savory dish? Read more

What to Watch: A Sweet Start with The Pioneer Woman and Cooking Tips and Tricks from the Cast of The Kitchen

by in Shows, March 20th, 2015

The Pioneer Woman's Raspberry FoolDon’t miss great recipes, tips and tricks this weekend on Food Network. Tune in Saturday morning for a sweet start on The Pioneer Woman as Ree Drummond shares quick and easy desserts the whole family will enjoy. Next, on The Kitchen, the cast has a lineup of pantry staple recipes, freezer fixes, and unique ways to use your kitchen leftovers. On Sunday, join Nancy Fuller and her bowling team for a pre-tournament brunch of Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast, Sausage and Bacon Hash, Berry Granola Parfait and a special punch.

On Sunday night, sit back and enjoy three hours of competition filled with new obstacles and challenges on Guy’s Grocery Games, All-Star Academy and Cutthroat Kitchen starting at 8|7c.

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You Spend Less of Your Money on Groceries Than Your Grandma Did

by in News, March 19th, 2015

You Spend Less of Your Money on Groceries Than Your Grandma DidWhen you look at your grocery bills, you may feel like you’re blowing the bank on food, but guess what? Americans today actually spend less money on food than they did in 1960.

According to a chart recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average share of per capita income spent on food in U.S. households in 2013 was 9.9 percent, up a teensy bit from 2007, when it was 9.6 percent, but dramatically lower than the 17.5 percent spent in 1960.

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The Brisket Buzz: It’s All About That Bark, About That Bark

by in Events, March 19th, 2015

Brisket with Pickled Carrots and DaikonBy Jacob Schiffman, culinary purchasing manager, Food Network Kitchen

On the evening of Monday, March 16, Food Network Kitchen entered the 5th annual Brisket King NYC competition. A few hundred giddy patrons were able to taste some of the best briskets, which ranged in style from smoked and cured to downright innovative. There were 13 players fighting for the crown, and everyone put their best brisket forward. Below are three of my most-noteworthy bites of the night.

Richmond Flores of Food Network Kitchen created and served a beautiful brisket, which he first marinated and rubbed in a fermented black bean “love mixture” and then oak-smoked for 14 hours. He served it over a lemongrass-scented jasmine rice topped with pickled carrot-daikon with a crunch of fried shallot. Delicious umami flavor and soft, slightly tacky texture, to say the least.

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