All the Ways to Love Alfredo Sauce (in 25 Minutes or Less)

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2015

Fettuccine AlfredoMarinara often takes the crown in terms of quick-fix pasta sauces, but with just a few key ingredients, Alfredo sauce, too, is a go-to pick on nights when you have next to no time to make dinner. Whether you’re a fan of the classic recipe with little more than cream and cheese or you’re looking to dress up the original with bright, bold flavors, check out our top five ways to dig into this satisfying supper.

Add a squeeze of lemon.

Giada De Laurentiis opts for a two-part approach to adding refreshing lemon flavor to her 10-minute sauce: the juice as well as the grated zest. After simmering the lemon juice with the cream and butter, she adds the pasta and nutty Parmesan before tossing it with the zest ahead of serving.

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Turning Culinary Dreams Into a Reality — Sunny Anderson’s Advice for Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Sunny AndersonOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Sunny Anderson joined Rachael to help dole out the challenges and judge the competition. The focus of the challenges was to help the kids develop their storytelling techniques so they can learn to talk about their food fearlessly in front of the camera, which is important for when one of them wins his or her own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. FN Dish caught up with Sunny to chat about the episode, the kids and more. She reveals her best piece of advice for the kid competitors and how she found her own voice in the business.

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Is 2015 the Year of the Bagel?

by in News, September 14th, 2015

Is 2015 the Year of the Bagel?According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep. But the trend trackers at New York magazine have declared it to be the year of the bagel — at least in the city that never sleeps, yet nevertheless loves nothing more than waking up to a nice brunch.

In its Fall Preview issue, NYC’s namesake mag heralds the “rebirth of Jewish appetizing” and a “brewing bagel war” — a “schmear campaign,” its headline writers cleverly dub it — pointing to the opening, this autumn, of several new bagel eateries and a few “microfactories” determined to bring satisfaction to anyone with a hankering for a bagel, cream cheese, lox and all the fixins.

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Cheesy Scrambled Egg Fajitas — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 14th, 2015

Cheesy Scrambled Egg FajitasMuch like a pizza crust, a tortilla is a blank culinary canvas; there are hardly any rules for what you can and can’t stuff inside it or pile on top of it. While some of the most-classic approaches are the fan-favorite taco or fajita, how you put those together is up to you. When it comes to making meatless fajitas, beans are surely a go-to pick, but when you want to try something new, look to eggs to bulk up the meal.

Ready to eat in only 30 quick minutes, Food Network Magazine’s Cheesy Scrambled Egg Fajitas (pictured above) make for a hearty breakfast as well as a quick-fix dinner. Just like traditional fajitas, these feature tender sauteed peppers and onions, plus buttery scrambled eggs, which add welcome heft. Don’t forget to add a decadent bite with Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese as the eggs finish cooking — it will slowly melt within minutes. Fill warm tortillas with the fluffy eggs, plus the colorful veggies, then top with a quick-fix combination of creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes and a jalapeno for subtle heat.

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Rock and Roll: Where to Eat in Cleveland

by in Restaurants, September 14th, 2015

ClevelandBy Douglas Trattner

As more and more curious outsiders are taking a good, hard look at Cleveland, a city currently in the midst of a Rust Belt revival, they are seeing a chef-driven food scene a good 20 years in the making. These days, you can’t toss a bagel without hitting a big city bistro, craft brewery and taproom, or small-batch ice cream shop, all of which thrive alongside decades-old Cleveland classics.

Check out the full gallery for more Ohio enticements.

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Q&A with Competitor Barry Williams — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 14th, 2015

Barry WilliamsSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

As one-ninth of the iconic television series The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams inhabited the role of the older brother. Although he’ll forever be known as Greg, which is suggested by the subtitle of his autobiography, Growing Up Brady: the Story of a Teenage Greg, Barry has gone on to become a commensurate performer. He’s appeared on Broadway in Romance/Romance and toured with the cast of Pippin, The Sound of Music and West Side Story, among others. Currently he can be found performing in the 70s Music Celebration in Branson, Mo., where he resides.

Get to know Barry better and discover what made him decide to sign up for Boot Camp. Hint: He neglected to learn anything from Alice. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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A Food Network Kitchen Field Trip

by in Behind the Scenes, September 14th, 2015

A Food Network Kitchens Field TripOn a warm afternoon a few days back, the Food Network culinary team took the F train to the banks of the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn’s very own Superfund site, for a private tour of Gotham Greens’ third New York sustainable farm. “Don’t touch the greens,” Nicole Baum, Gotham’s marketing and partnerships manager, tells us on the way up to the roof. This is a rare event — to keep the facility sterile, the farm is closed to the public.

It’s hard not to rub a leaf or two between our fingers as we wander through rows of spiky lettuces and purple baby kale. We can smell the basil as we walk toward the herbs; Nicole says that during the daily morning harvest, the whole roof fills with the smell as workers snip and pack it to sell in the store below. That’s hyperlocal distribution, and it keeps GG’s carbon footprint to a minimum. (And allowed Gotham to deliver locally when Hurricane Sandy shut down most access to the city.)

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For Comedian David Alan Grier, It’s All a Bit “Off” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 13th, 2015

It’s not every week that a newcomer joins the ranks of judges to enter the hollowed arena that is Cutthroat Kitchen, but tonight comedian David Alan Grier became one of the lucky few. And in true evilicious fashion, host Alton Brown‘s sabotages of the day were nothing short of diabolical.

In what proved to be a doozy of a challenge during the Round 2 Italian wedding soup assignment, one chef was forced to harvest all of his ingredients from — what else? — a wedding cake, stuffed with everything from peanut butter and a root beer to ground beef and carrots. But for David, it wasn’t these savory flavors that stuck out the most in Chef Justin’s dish, though the judge couldn’t quite decipher what it was that he found. “I taste a sweetness, and I don’t really know if this is rice, pasta or grain. I mean, I don’t know what it is,” David said during tasting, and on Alton’s After-Show, he finally learned from Alton what he ate. “Cake, sir, and a little bit of frosting to boot,” Alton told David, who admitted to being stumped by that flavor of “mystery.” When it came to the all-important meatballs in Chef Justin’s Italian wedding soup, David was once again unsure of what to make of them, and Alton finally revealed why: “He decided to put cocoa powder in his meatballs,” Alton said. “I didn’t perceive chocolate,” David told him. “I just perceived off — a little sweet, not what I was expecting.” Ultimately these oddball flavor combinations were enough for David to send Justin home once and for all.

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5 Honey Desserts for a Sweet Jewish New Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 13th, 2015

Honey-Almond Lace CookiesFor those of you gathering around the table for Rosh Hashana, you know that dipping apples in honey symbolizes the promise of a sweet new year. It’s a time-honored combination that, for many Jews, harks back to the days of Hebrew school, or to a time when their own kids were huddled around the table. This year, in honor of the first of the High Holy Days, revel in the sweetness of the coming Jewish new year with festive, honey-laced treats that are blissfully sweet and celebratory.

Set out a plate of these delicate yet crispy Honey-Almond Lace Cookies (pictured above) after dinner with a platter of fruit for an easygoing holiday dessert. A flourless batter of honey, brown sugar, butter and sliced almonds gives these treats their distinctive thin, holey disposition.

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Q&A with Competitor Kendra Wilkinson — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 13th, 2015

Kendra WilkinsonSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Not your average girl next door, Kendra Wilkinson came to fame as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends in the reality TV series The Girls Next Door. This former Playboy playmate has since gone on to star in the series Kendra and now Kendra on Top, which features her facing the realities of life as a mom and wife. She’s also made guest appearances in TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage. Other reality TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp. Kendra is the author of two books, Being Kendra and Sliding into Home.

Learn more about what home life is like for Kendra, and find out why she signed up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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