Say Buenos Dias with Our Best Mexican Breakfast Recipes

by in Recipes, April 29th, 2017

For me and most of the people I know, celebrating Cinco de Mayo has always involved a quick after-work injection of Mexican food straight to the belly. Tacos dispensed from beloved neighborhood food trucks, salty chips and big batches of “guac” mashed table-side at local Oaxacan restaurants — even a good-old fast-food burrito dressed in silver foil are all distinct possibilities. But this year at Food Network, we’re excited to start a new Cinco de Mayo tradition. Here’s a hint: It involves waking up early.

Hold the groans and just imagine the cheesy, eggy delights you might expect to find on the breakfast table — now imagine them dressed in Mexican flavors, like zingy salsas, juicy pico de gallo, freshly torn cilantro leaves, a runny egg, crumbled cotija or queso fresco … I could go on and on. But without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Mexican breakfast dishes that make rolling out of bed totally worth it. And if you really can’t bear the thought of waking up, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy these dishes for lunch or dinner, too!

Mexican Breakfast Burrito

Here’s a peppery, vegetarian take on an enduring favorite. Skip the basic Mexican cheese blends you’ll find at the supermarket and try to get your hands on some Oaxaca cheese instead; it has a similar texture to mozzarella and melts beautifully.

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Clear, Colorless Coffee That Looks Like Water Now Exists

by in News, April 28th, 2017

Clear, Colorless Coffee That Looks Like Water Now ExistsRemember when clear cola was a thing? Crystal Pepsi, Tab Clear — they were supposed to seem healthy and pure. Ah, the ‘90s. Now someone’s trying something similar with coffee.

A London-based company founded by two brothers is making see-through coffee it claims is “the first colorless coffee in the world!” CLR CFF (apparently the creators are as averse to vowels as they are to the color brown) looks, but doesn’t taste, like regular water. What it does taste like is a strong cup of joe, but — and this is apparently the point, in case you were wondering — it won’t stain your teeth.

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What to Watch: New Hot and Spicy Recipes and a Sweet and Savory Battle of Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, April 28th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
This weekend, Food Network is heating things up and bringing you a batch of spicy new recipes from some of your favorite cooks. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is spicing up some of her family’s favorite recipes, making Spicy Sriracha Popcorn, Spicy Cowgirl coffee and Kung Pao Chicken. Then, Trisha Yearwood is trying fiery hot chicken, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with Chef Michael Psilakis, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a spicy feast for her brother’s birthday. Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a cocktail party and Ayesha Curry is serving up tacos and smoky margaritas.

On Sunday evening, strangers are teaming up in Flavortown Market, and the winning pair must decide if they want to split the prize money or compete in a winner-takes-all challenge. Then, the remaining chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet are cooking with classic sweet and savory combos, and the chefs on Iron Chef Eats are sharing some of their favorite breakfast spots and “no-fork needed” bites.

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Star-a-Day: Trace Barnett

by , April 28th, 2017

Trace BarnettIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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Orange Delights: 6 Carrot-Centered Side Dishes

by in In Season, Recipes, April 27th, 2017

Carrots are in-season (now and for nearly the rest of the year) and it’s time to give these bright-orange beauties a real spot on the dinner table. We might be used to mincing and dicing carrots into oblivion for use in fried rice or shepherd’s pie, but they can be the star in a stellar side dish, best prepared simply to enhance their sweet, earthy flavor.

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette
Forget about dicing or shredding. Left in their full-form glory, these sophisticated knife-and-fork carrots are steamed until tender and dressed with a sweet and tangy sauce of honey, lemon, Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar.

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Standalone Ikea Restaurants May Be Coming Soon

by in News, April 27th, 2017

Standalone Ikea Restaurants May Be Coming SoonDo you find yourself going to Ikea for the Swedish meatballs, the salmon wraps or the inexpensive vanilla ice cream cones as much as for the Billy bookcases or Besta storage combos? The modern-furniture mecca’s top brass has noticed.

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Star-a-Day: Toya Boudy

by , April 27th, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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Now You Can Get Your ‘Green Juice’ in Gummy Form

by in News, April 26th, 2017

Sugarfina sure knows how to spot a trend, capture it in candy and conjure a coast-to-coast, crazy-big appetite for its toothsome, tastefully packaged creations. People went crazy for those rosé gummy candies the high-end candy company introduced last summer; the pink-wine-infused sweets sold out in under two hours and launched a wait list thousands upon thousands of eager buyers long.

Then again, sometimes even Sugarfina’s idea-meisters may not realize just how hungry the public is for one of their high-concept confections. See again, those pink-wine-infused gummies – but also, the company’s latest groundbreaker: “Green Juice” Bears, billed as the first of their kind.

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Star-a-Day: Suzanne Lossia

by , April 26th, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentii...

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Andrew Zimmern Crowned Outstanding Personality/Host at the James Beard Foundation Awards

by in Events, News, April 26th, 2017

James Beard Foundation Media AwardsTV actors have the Emmy Awards, movie stars the Oscars and Broadway greats the Tonys. For chefs, restaurateurs and food-media professionals, it’s all about the James Beard Foundation Awards. Each year the Foundation celebrates not only the newest, best eateries and the talent that helms their kitchens, but also the esteemed cookbook authors, journalists, TV personalities and digital videos that make up the ever-growing food-media industry. Just days before next week’s James Beard Awards Gala (taking place Monday, May 1 in Chicago) at which the restaurant and chef awards will be bestowed, the most-respected names in the publishing, television and digital worlds came together for the Media Awards in New York City Tuesday night.

For Travel Channel’s own Andrew Zimmern, the ceremony was both a business dinner — he hosted the jam-packed event that featured an elegant dinner prepared by previous James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs — and a time to revel in his own work in media as well. He was nominated in two categories, including the prestigious Outstanding Personality/Host category, in which he ultimately took top honors for his multiple programs on Travel Channel: Andrew Zimmern’s Bucket List, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Through tears Andrew thanked the team at Travel Channel and his family, and he explained what drove him to share the world’s (most-unique) food through his experiences. “What I really wanted to do was make a show about people and about a quality in the world that seemed to be having it less and less of it all the time,” he said, “and telling stories about the things that brought us together rather than the things that divided us.”

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