Food Network Staffer Diary: I Tried (Basically) Every Food Beauty Myth Out There

by in Behind the Scenes, January 4th, 2017

After spending hundreds of dollars on beauty products that promise to make my hair shinier and thicker, and my face smoother and tighter, I am at a loss. (And my mom is going to kill me with my Sephora binges.) I’ve tried $20 practically sample-sized bottles of products claiming to give me “new hair in two uses!” (what does that really mean?) and face masks that will make me “as smooth as a baby’s butt” (whoever thinks that’s a great analogy needs to be fired) with nothing but bleak disappointment. So, naturally, when it came to testing which foods can be a cheap and easy beauty product substitute, my credit card thanked me.

However, this was not an easy road to beauty. Beauty can be painful — and very, very smelly (I’m looking at you, mayo). Some of the beauty hacks I found online are straight-up weird, while others are just wrong. Nevertheless, I tried them all for you. You’re welcome.

Here’s what I started with:

My Hair: Thin and wispy shoulder-length, light-blond hair with (fake) highlights. Dry shampoo is in every purse I own, thanks to the oil gods thrusting the oily life on me.

My Skin: Normal to oily, few breakouts

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7 Ways to Reset Your Lunch Game in the New Year

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 3rd, 2017

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to pack your lunch more often (or make better lunches — or, heck, eat lunch at all!), start here. These easy ideas prove that “make-ahead” doesn’t always mean “sandwich,” and that “nutritious” doesn’t have to mean “carrot sticks.”

Just-Add-Water Shrimp Paella Soup (above)

It only takes five minutes of night-before prep to be the envy of your office at lunch the next day. Rice, corn, peas, shrimp and chorizo just need a little hot water to turn into a warm dish at your desk. (Be a nice cubemate and give your work friends the recipe.)

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Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose From

by in News, January 3rd, 2017

Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose FromYou’ve just welcomed the new year by sending everyone you know a celebratory emoji depicting a bottle of bubbly popping its cork (approved as part of Unicode 8.0 in 2015) or two Champagne glasses clinking (approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016). Yet you find yourself perpetually yearning a new emoji, something new and different with which to let your food-nerd flag fly.

Breakfast fans have a bacon emoji, a pancakes emoji and — for those who take it continental — the croissant emoji. But where is the waffle emoji you crave? It’s enough to make you send out an unamused face emoji (approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010)!

The food-emoji approval process is something of a mystery for the lay-texter or tweeter, but in a “brief history of food emoji,” NPR’s The Salt blog provides or steers us toward a few insights. Among them:

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One Recipe, Two Meals: An Easy Baked Potato Bar

by in Family, Recipes, January 3rd, 2017

One Recipe, Two Meals: An Easy Baked Potato BarA baked potato is never a bad idea — ever. That said, I often forget about baked potatoes. Isn’t that awful? But, I’m vowing that in this new year, to make a change, people! More baked potatoes.

But! I wanted to make a little spread that would make my toddlers giddy and satisfy our adult appetites at the same time. So, I created a kid-friendly potato bar for them, and a more sophisticated bar for myself and Aaron, my husband. Hello, blue cheese and bacon.

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Food Network Magazine’s Readers Choice Survey: Vote Now!

by in Polls, View All Posts, January 2nd, 2017

FNM CoverComing to newsstands in late summer 2017: Food Network Magazine’s annual readers’ choice issue. The special edition will have more than 100 recipes inspired by your poll picks and preferences! Vote in the survey below to let the editors know what you think should be in the magazine. Then grab the link to Hearst’s sweepstakes page for a chance to win $500. Read more

9 Surprising Ways to Use a Can of Beans

by in Recipes, January 2nd, 2017

Kale, Bean and Egg StewInexpensive and full of protein, a simple can of beans can be used in so many delicious ways — and beyond the standard soups too (though I am sharing a clever trick for one soup recipe). From savory dips to sweet chocolate muffins, we’re transforming humble cans of beans so that you’ll never look at them the same way again.

Kale, Bean and Egg Stew (pictured above)
Who can’t use a vegetarian weeknight meal to add to their repertoire? If this one looks exotic for your crew, draw on what’s familiar about it: a fried egg fresh from the skillet.

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Cheesy Baked Ziti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 1st, 2017

Baked ZitiWe’ve arrived in one of the best seasons of the year — no, I don’t mean the holiday season, which is wrapping up with today’s New Year’s Day parties. Instead, I’m talking about comfort-food season, which celebrates all things cheesy, creamy, hearty and oh so decadent. Ease your way into 2017 and keep warm all winter long with piping-hot comfort food, like the recipe featured in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. The Pioneer Woman’s fuss-free Baked Ziti is layered with a gooey mozzarella mixture, a beefy meat sauce and, of course, plenty of pasta. This top-rated casserole yields a whopping 12 servings, so keep it in mind when you’re planning for a crowd.

For more indulgent recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ziti

Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Warming Cocktail

by in Restaurants, December 31st, 2016

Revived Corpse Cocktail
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Winter’s chill provides the perfect excuse to cozy up with a warming cocktail in hand. Get inspired by these pros who’ve shared their go-to drinks for warding off the cold-weather blues. Read more

So, You Want to Host a “Lazy Brunch” for the New Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, December 31st, 2016

Piece of Cake Today’s New Year’s Eve, and for many, the party to welcome 2017 will happen tonight (and into the wee hours of tomorrow). But for others, the celebration goes down tomorrow in the form of a casual Jan. 1 brunch. If you would like to get your brunch on but are worried about waking up tomorrow and having to work in the kitchen, plan to host a “Lazy Brunch,” like what the co-hosts showcased on The Kitchen this morning. Check out their top tips for an easy, enjoyable get-together that’s ideal for easing your way into 2017.

Who says you need fancy flapjacks or elegant eggs to win the brunch game? Opt for a “Toast to the New Year” Toast Bar (pictured above) to keep it simple for yourself and satisfy the crowd. Offer brunchgoers an array of breads, spreads and toppings — think traditional and creative ideas alike, including mashed avocado, ricotta and smoked salmon — then let them help themselves when it comes to building up their bread. Click here to find additional ingredient ideas and a fuss-free way to make poached eggs, if that’s more your style.

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Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?

by in News, December 30th, 2016

Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?No one knows exactly what the coming year will hold, but food experts have their suspicions — and a group of them are predicting that 2017 may be a big year for tea.

Green tea, for example, may be particularly hot. It has just landed on a list, based on a national survey of 1,700 dietitians conducted by food and health PR firm Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian magazine, of the top 10 superfood trends set to take off in 2017. Green tea’s rise reflects a trend toward more “mindful eating” and the consumption of foods with “health-promoting qualities,” Today’s Dietitian Mara Honicker said in a release about the survey.

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