OK, so technically spring doesn’t start until Sunday, but for the sake of that “spring forward” business we dealt with last week, let’s just assume that we’re already in the next season. Along with longer days and warmer weather (hopefully coming soon), spring brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, from strawberries to bright peas and onions. As you peruse your local farmers market or browse the aisles of your grocery store, look for stalks of rhubarb; it’s a seasonal spring pick that, while a bit bitter on its own, can be easily sweetened up in some classic desserts and pairs well with naturally sweet fruits, like those fresh strawberries. Read on below to check out some of the best ways to put rhubarb to work.
When the sun is out and the grill is fired up, what’s your drink of choice? We’re just now nearing the official start of spring, but the editors of Food Network Magazine have their minds on summer. Answer the questions below to share your sipping preferences, then see how your opinions stack up to others’ in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
Got a few overripe bananas lying around? Don’t throw them out. Making banana bread is the perfect way to use them up and have breakfast (or dessert!) all week long. You can’t go wrong with a traditional banana bread recipe, but you might also like to try one of our favorite twists by adding nuts, chocolate chips or a tasty spread.
Momma Callie’s Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter (pictured above)
The sour cream in this pecan-studded banana bread offers a slight tang and guaranteed moisture. Don’t forget to serve with homemade honey butter for a decadent finishing touch.
This weekend, spring officially begins and so does the one-week countdown to Easter. Fear not, because your favorite chefs are prepared with fresh recipes that’ll help you spring into the new season and get your table set for celebration. First up, Ree Drummond is making a spread of brisket, homemade almond crackers and an amped-up angel food cake. Then, Trisha Yearwood is hosting a recipe swap and sharing her lightened-up tomato bisque and a new take on avocado toast. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are celebrating Easter with an Easter Bunny Cake and sharing new ideas for DIY decorations for spring. After that, Valerie Bertinelli is whipping up shepherd’s pie and a special dessert for her neighbors.
On Cooks vs. Cons, only the competitors themselves know what kind of culinary background they’re bringing to the battle before them; not even the judges or host Geoffrey Zakarian have been told who’s a professional cook and who’s a kitchen con artist. The panel, like viewers at home, can only guess the contestants’ skill levels, but by watching their use of ingredients and their expertise (or lack thereof) with the tools they handle, the judges and fans alike can begin to deduce who are the masters and who are the novices among the group.
Now it’s your turn to learn what level of kitchen proficiency you would bring to the competition. Do you have what it takes to be worthy of the professional title, or are you a cooking con artist? Take the quiz below to find out. Read more
Hey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).
2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it seems we’re either donning head-to-toe green, rushing out to join a band of revelers, or sitting down to an austere dinner of dry corned beef and over-cooked cabbage. If only we started pickling our briskets at home rather than slapping a few store-bought slices onto a plate with a side of bland vegetables, this traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish would likely have a different image altogether. Perhaps corned beef will never achieve the pizzazz of, say, a sky-high double-bacon cheeseburger. But what it lacks in visual bravado it makes up for in intensely meaty, almost buttery flavor — if it’s done right. If you’re giving corned beef a second try this year — and we highly recommend that you do — there are a few things to know.
All cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.
Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.
The little chefs are back — with just as much ambition and endless talent as before! The kids are taking over the Chopped kitchen for Season 2 of Chopped Junior, premiering on Tuesday, April 26 at 8|7c. Just as on the original Chopped, these young chefs will face cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets in a limited amount of time. But, one by one, the kids will be eliminated until just two remain to face off in the last round. The single winner will walk away with the $10,000 cash prize.
This season the roster of guest judges is also new. In addition to the rotating panel of regular Chopped judges, fans will see Jerome Bettis, Ayesha Curry, Haylie Duff, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carla Hall, Tony Hawk, Eddie Jackson, Ali Larter, Kelsey Nixon, Andrew Rannells, Rico Rodriguez, Debby Ryan, Alison Sweeney and Christine Taylor, among others.