One-on-One with the First Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

Blue Team Elimination on Worst Cooks in AmericaThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

One-on-One with the First Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

Red Team elimination on Worst Cooks in AmericaThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

5 Reasons to Get Braising Now

by in How-to, In Season, January 4th, 2015

By Patricia Reilly

In the chilly season, simmering your supper using the easy and age-old technique of braising will bring warmth, coziness and fragrance to your kitchen. This simple, satisfying mode of cooking is perfect for the holidays and winter months, when hibernating at home allows time for a leisurely back-burner braise, building layers of flavor into fork-tender foods.

1. If you love comfort food, you’ll love braising. Think melt-in-your-mouth short ribs (pictured above), osso buco (much simpler than it sounds) and braised pork tacos. This is food that warms the soul while at the same time offering the terrific texture and flavor complexity you might associate with chef-y fare. Bottom line: Make enough for seconds and superior leftovers.

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Trisha’s 4-Ingredient Biscuits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 4th, 2015

Daddy's BiscuitsWhile making from-scratch bread may seem tricky and time-consuming, many DIY recipes are a cinch to prepare, and surely it’s possible to prepare fresh dough in a hurry at home. All you need is a go-to recipe, and for that, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week fills the bill. Made with only a handful of ingredients, Trisha Yearwood’s Daddy’s Biscuits come together in just 30 quick minutes, and the recipe turns out moist, fluffy biscuits every time.

For more crowd-pleasing recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Daddy’s Biscuits (pictured above)

Palcohol Isn’t in Stores Yet, but States Have Already Banned It

by in News, January 3rd, 2015

VodkaPalcohol, the new powdered alcohol that promises to be portable, potent and, with the addition of water, potable hasn’t hit store shelves yet. Currently awaiting label approval, it may not do so until next spring. But that hasn’t stopped several states — Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont – from banning it. Yes, already.

Minnesota, Ohio and New York are also considering pre-emptive bans on powdered liquor, and according to the Associated Press, you can now add Colorado to that list.

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POLL: Lighter Recipes Fit for 2015

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2015

The KitchenFrom better-for-you breakfasts to surprisingly light desserts, this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen celebrated healthier cooking as the cast kicked off 2015 with fresh new recipes. But just because the new year often signals the start of smarter-eating resolutions doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods; in fact, the co-hosts greeted 2015 by introducing made-over recipes for a few classically indulgent dishes, including pasta with Alfredo sauce and cheesy nachos (click here to get all of the recipes featured on the show).

FN Dish wants to know: As you settle into the new year and perhaps begin a better-for-you eating plan, what dish would you most like to lighten up? Do you have a strong sweet tooth that craves made-over chocolate cake, or do you tend toward savory plates and prefer healthier chips and dip? Cast your vote below for the food you’d like to make cleaner, then browse more of Food Network’s made-over meals.

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Best 5 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

by in Recipes, January 3rd, 2015

The new year is here, and no matter how staunch your healthy-eating resolutions may be, when time is tight, smart choices can take a backseat to simplicity, especially when it comes to breakfast. By planning ahead and keeping your refrigerator stocked with good-for-you ingredients, you can surely turn out lighter dishes in a hurry for the most-important meal of the day. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five healthy breakfast recipes for sweet and savory ideas from Rachael Ray and more of your favorite chefs, then browse all of Food Network’s Best Healthy Breakfast Recipes.

5. Tropical Breakfast Parfait — With only four ingredients and five minutes, Rachael puts a bright, refreshing spin on the everyday parfait. She layers crisped rice cereal between vanilla yogurt, juicy mandarin oranges and fresh pineapple for texture and extra-special presentation.

4. Breakfast Burrito — Classic burrito fixings like creamy avocado, pepper Jack cheese and fresh tomatoes shine in this easy-to-prepare morning meal. To make the egg yolks go further in this fluffy scramble, opt for a mixture of four whole eggs plus four additional whites.

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Cat Cafes Are Purrfect for Some, but Soon the Dog Cafe May Have Its Day

by in News, January 2nd, 2015

The Dog CafeCat cafes have been getting a lot of attention of late. But a cuddly new concept is hot on the kitty coffee shop’s tail: The Dog Cafe.

Animal aficionados in Los Angeles are aiming to bring America its first dog cafe. Aspiring Dog Cafe founders Sarah and Aaron Wolfgang have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo in hopes of raising $200,000 to make their dog-and-java dreams a reality.

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A Whole Year of Smoothies

by in Recipes, January 2nd, 2015

A Year of SmoothiesNow that you’ve knocked back your last glass of celebratory champagne, it’s time to put all that talk of a happy, healthy new year into practice. This year, take advantage of A Year of Smoothies, ready to take you from January back to December. Dynamic, satisfying and healthy, each of these 12 blended beauties gives you every reason to make your blender an always-on-the-counter staple in your kitchen. Plus, if you happen to crave August’s smoothie in February, the frozen aisle at your supermarket makes it easy to blend fruits that aren’t yet in season.

Get a taste of what’s to come. Check out the first three months:

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Fermented Vegetables — Off the Shelf

by in Books, January 2nd, 2015

Fermented Vegetables“Don’t think of vegetable fermentation as drudgery suitable only for the DIY homesteader,” Kirsten Shockey, co-author of Fermented Vegetables says. “It is ready-to-go convenience food — fresh tasty salads and condiments are in your refrigerator just waiting for you to add them to your meals.” That captures exactly the balance of science, beauty and tastiness food fans will find in Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey. Kimchi is having its moment, but the possibilities of home fermentation stretch far beyond that, encompassing everything from simple pickles and spicy sauces to more advanced fermenting techniques. You’ll also find composed recipes in which you can use your new preserved foods, delicious dishes like the Northwest Gingered Carrot Cake (recipe after the link for you to try at home), Fish Tacos, Kraut Balls, Kimchi Latkes, cocktails and more (plus all the condiments, pickles and toppings you could ever dream of).

Kirsten Shockey shared with us her top tips for getting started fermenting foods at home:

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