5 Things to Know About ‘Natural’ Wine

by in Drinks, News, February 23rd, 2016

5 Things to Know About 'Natural' WineThe word “natural” is notoriously indistinct and ill-defined when it comes to food (though that may one day change). The term may seem especially cloudy when it is applied to wine. Yet, NPR’s The Salt blog notes, “natural wine” is currently a cult hit.

WBUR reporter Andrea Shea, clearly a fan, has offered a primer on natural wine. Here are a few things to know:

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10 Homemade Hummus Recipes to Make Right Now

by in Recipes, February 23rd, 2016

Hummus TrioFreshly made hummus with veggies and pita is perfect for a quick snack, or an easy way to impress guests when entertaining. You can never go wrong with a traditional recipe of tahini and chickpeas, or try one of our favorite twists on this Middle Eastern dish by adding yogurt, veggies or various spices for bold flavor.

Hummus Trio (pictured above)
This assortment of hummus uses the same base of chickpeas and tahini for all three, making variety easier than ever. Just stir in extra toppings like pine nuts, peppadew peppers or spinach and artichokes to create three all-new dips.

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Join Us at the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Community, Events, February 23rd, 2016

Join Us at the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalNothing breaks up the seemingly constant deluge of winter’s snow, sleet and slush quite like a getaway to a sunny beach, and this weekend all eyes will be on the Florida coast as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to Miami. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the South Beach festival, which begins tomorrow, February 24, and runs through Sunday, February 28; this means that the parties will be grander, the music a bit louder, and the eats and drinks a bit bolder as your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs make their way to the sand to celebrate the weekend.

If you’ve purchased a ticket or two, get set to mingle with stars like Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine as they bring their best beachside bites to life at walk-around tastings, intimate sit-down dinners and late-night bashes alike. But if you can’t head south this weekend, be sure to stay tuned to FN Dish all weekend long. Our editors will be onsite at the festival’s fan-favorite events, including Rachael Ray’s famed Burger Bash and Duff Goldman’s Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, bringing you all the sights, sounds and tastes up close.

For the first time ever, this year Food Network will be broadcasting live on Facebook from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival as we stream segments from the Grand Tasting on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check out Food Network’s Facebook page at about 2:45 p.m. EST both days to catch Alex and Robert hosting Saturday’s event and then Anne Burrell and Andrew Zimmern hosting Sunday’s. They’ll be chatting about the ins and outs of the festival and answering all of your questions live, so get ready to post a question as you watch.

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Margarita Monday: The 12 Best Recipes for National Margarita Day

by in Drinks, February 22nd, 2016

MargaritaCelebrate National Margarita Day by honoring this beloved tequila, Triple Sec and lime cocktail with an assortment of recipes. Traditional margaritas aren’t for you? No worries. Check out our favorite variations — some sweet, some spicy and all packed with flavor.

Margarita (pictured above)
The touch of sugar from simple syrup balances out the tartness of freshly squeezed lime juice in this refreshing recipe.

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Broccoli Pesto Pizza — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 22nd, 2016

Broccoli Pesto PizzaHomemade pizza in 30 minutes — yes, it’s possible, and it’s shockingly easy to pull off. The key to any speedy pie is a ready-to-go pizza dough so you’re not waiting on the yeast to rise. After that, it’s all about layering the sauce and toppings and baking it for just a few minutes.

In this go-to recipe for Broccoli Pesto Pizza, a store-bought whole-wheat dough provides the crust for this fuss-free pie, while a blanket of no-cook broccoli-basil pesto serves as the base layer of flavor on top. When it comes to the cheese, opt for a creamy, crumbly goat cheese for a welcome tangy bite in place of the usual mozzarella, and add fresh tomato slices for brightness. After just a quick bake in the oven, finish this top-rated pizza by sprinkling it with nutty Parmesan, fragrant basil and red pepper flakes for subtle heat.

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The Making of a Culinary Wingman — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, February 21st, 2016

Where there are cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there’s also likely a wingman, and that principle of barhopping held true on tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. Host Alton Brown turned one chef into a literal winged man during a cocktail-and-hors d’oeuvres challenge, strapping Chef Joshua’s arms into a feathered harness that outstretched both of his arms for the duration of Round 1. But before this feathered sabotage could make an appearance at auction, the Cutthroat culinary crew had to bring it to life in a test — not with a set of wings yet, but with perhaps the next-best thing, a broom handle.

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10 Things I Ate About You: Taos, N.M.

by in Restaurants, February 21st, 2016

St Bernard Hotel & Condiminiums10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

Ski destination Taos, N.M., may not generate the global attention of Colorado ski towns and New Mexican cultural centers like nearby Santa Fe, but the high-desert city is just as worthy a destination for its stunning views, year-round outdoor activities and unique heritage. All those aspects also show up in the food. Talented toques combine local flavors and influences into a wide array of dishes inspired by cultures from around the globe. Read more

Trisha’s Easy Banana Pudding — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 21st, 2016

Banana PuddingCakes, cookies and pies often claim the dessert-spread spotlight, but there’s indeed room for another creamy favorite to join the sweet party. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a gooey, rich banana pudding from Trisha Yearwood, wows the crowd with layer upon layer of decadent flavors, like classic vanilla wafers, fresh banana and a fluffy meringue topping. Perhaps best of all is that Trisha’s top-rated treat is easy to prepare and will feed a crowd, making it a go-to showstopper for your next get-together.

For more sweet ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Banana Pudding

Chefs’ Picks: Miami Burgers

by in Restaurants, February 20th, 2016

Sweet Liberty

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

We’re making our way across the country, finding chefs’ favorite burgers in a variety of cities. We’ve talked to chefs about their picks in New York City and Chicago. Now we’re hitting Miami, just in time for the 15th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Read more

Popcorn Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

by in Recipes, Shows, February 20th, 2016

Silver and Golden Popcorn Confetti Bundt CakeNo matter if you’re a butter-and-salt purist, a fan of the vibrant-orange cheese powder or a sweets lover who’s craving all things gooey caramel, the popcorn you’re most used to having is likely simply popped and served in a big ol’ bucket or bag. But these puffy corn kernels can indeed rise above the ordinary toppings and presentation — all it takes is a few how-tos. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced a duo of next-level takes on popcorn just in time for awards season, which celebrates perhaps the ultimate popcorn-eating pastime: movie watching. Read on below for two sweet and savory renditions, both easy to make and endlessly impressive.

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