Look Out for Sticker Shock at the Coffee Shop

by in News, August 11th, 2016

Look Out for Sticker Shock at the Coffee ShopBad news, coffee addicts: It may soon cost more to fill your cup.

Thanks to strong demand and a comparatively weak global supply, arabica and robusta coffee beans may get pricier; it’s possible they’ll become the priciest they’ve been since early 2015, Reuters reported, citing its own poll of 11 traders and analysts.

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Superhero Chefs Take On Sabotages — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 10th, 2016

Well, we’ve reached a new dawn in the land of Cutthroat Kitchen. On tonight’s special-edition superhero installment of Alton’s After-Show, host Alton Brown and judge Antonia Lofaso abandoned their earthly bodies and became Fry-der Man and Super Judge, respectively. For Alton, his impersonation involved none other than a jetpack-like backpack of oversize french fries, as well as a mask and hand made out of fry baskets; Antonia found herself flying (that is, hanging) in the air parallel to the floor, at the mercy of what Alton called “the four winds,” aka the Bobs. “It’s not my fault. I’m not in charge of them,” Alton explained to Antonia as she attempted to comprehend the predicament in which she found herself.

For this After-Show challenge, both Fry-der Man and Super Judge were tasked with putting their superhero spins on a classic hero sandwich, a simple task to be sure — or so it seemed. “I can’t even reach my olive oil,” Antonia declared at the outset, stretching her arms from the sling in an attempt to grab the bottle. Meanwhile, Alton was dealing with a struggle of his own. Thanks to the fry basket he was forced to carry in one hand, his chopping abilities were severely lacking, so much so that he resorted to simply smashing a lead of lettuce and a few olives for his sandwich. “That is unnecessary,” Antonia noted of the whacking going down on the station beside her. Both managed to put forth sandwiches, but ultimately only Antonia was able to experience the magic of superhero flight as the Bobs swept her around the kitchen to pick up plates.

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LeBron James’ Pizza Order Is Some Kind of Slam Dunk

by in News, August 10th, 2016

LeBron James' Pizza Order Is Some Kind of Slam DunkPop-quiz time! Which of the following toppings and extra ingredients does LeBron James order on his pizza: high-rise dough, spicy red sauce, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, green bell peppers, Kalamata olives, red onions, spinach, sea salt, oregano, arugula, olive oil drizzle?

It turns out that the answer is all of them. And while you’re at it, throw in an entree-size arugula with seasonal fruit salad (with chicken, please) and a S’more Pie — though presumably the NBA star prefers those on the side and not on the pizza itself. (Even if he did want the salad and campfire-evocative dessert on top of his ‘za, how would they fit with all those other add-ons?)

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5 Tips for Making Better Mac and Cheese

by in How-to, Shows, August 10th, 2016

Mac and CheeseBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, things got cheesy while the chefs competed for the chance to shop for $20,000 in Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Market. In each of the three games, cheese was the focus. The chefs demonstrated their expertise in working with this ingredient by incorporating triple-cream cheese into ice cream bases and using shredded Gouda for a crunchy frico. In the first game, the chefs added everything from pungent blue cheese to classic cheddar into ooey-gooey comfort food dishes.

Not surprisingly, more than one contestant chose to go the macaroni-and-cheese route in Game 1. Here in Food Network Kitchen, we took note of their triumphs and shortcomings in attempting to produce the ultimate macaroni and cheese for the judges. With some tips from the show, as well as a few of our own, we’ve put together a checklist for making the ideal bowl of rich, molten cheese with macaroni.

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Lunchboxes for Kids and Grownups Alike

by in Product Reviews, August 10th, 2016

Remember the feeling of arriving for your first day of the new school year sporting freshly sharpened pencils and a gleaming new lunchbox? It’s back-to-school season, which means the new wave of portable lunch options is here. But why should the kiddos have all the fun? Sure, these cute options are kid-approved, but their bright colors and clever designs will make grownups’ lunches “aldesko” more cheerful too.

You probably never imagined you and your kids would fight over a lunchbox, but Takenaka’s candy-colored bento boxes are colorful and sleek enough to appeal to both the kindergarten crowd and the 9-to-5 set. The Expanded Double Bento Box (pictured above, $36) comes with a built-in fork, a removable partition to separate foods and an elastic band to keep all the components together. Read more

Summer Crumbles, Cobblers, Crisps and More Go Savory

by in Recipes, August 10th, 2016

Tomato CobblerIf cobblers, pies, crumbles and more are your go-to way to get your fix of summertime fruit, why wouldn’t the same go for in-season veggies? Around here, we’re giving cobblers, crumbles, pies and crisps that were once strictly sweet a produce-packed, savory spin. Each one leaves the oven hot and bubbling (not to mention buttery and flaky) — and is well worth turning your oven on for.

Whether you get your tomato loot by picking tomatoes from the produce section or plucking them from your own vine, one thing is for sure: Food Network Magazine’s Tomato Cobbler is a prime (not to mention unexpected) way to put it to use. Simmered with garlic, herbs and just a touch of brown sugar, the cherry tomato filling is topped with drops of buttery biscuit dough.

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3 of a Kind: Lionfish

by in Restaurants, August 10th, 2016

Kiribati Sashimi
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

It can be difficult for conscientious diners to determine which seafood species to eat: Many options have been overfished and attacked by intrusive marine predators. Fortunately, chefs across the country have taken notice and are responding to oceanic issues by forgoing at-risk seafood and using alternatives like lionfish in their dishes instead. This beautiful but invasive reef fish is increasingly turning up in fishmonger displays and on restaurant menus.

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Maneet Chauhan and Elizabeth Falkner Preview the 2016 Roots Conference

by in Events, Food Network Chef, News, August 10th, 2016

Chefs Maneet Chauhan and Elizabeth FalknerHosted by Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden — a Huron, Ohio, vegetable farm run by Farmer Lee and his family — the annual Roots conference brings together chefs, food writers and culinary industry professionals for two days of conversation and critical thinking about the state of the food we grow, buy, cook and eat. This year’s conference, the fourth consecutive one since Roots launched in 2013, will take place Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at The Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. The events will focus on the theme of empowerment, both in the kitchen and out.

Food Network’s own Maneet Chauhan, a longtime Chopped judge, and Elizabeth Falkner, a two-time competitor on The Next Iron Chef, are on the roster of esteemed chefs projected to attend the conference. Maneet is set to join a panel in a discussion on Cooking Authentically as it relates to evolving cuisines, while Elizabeth plans to address attendees as a keynote speaker.

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Could This Be the End of Mushy Tomatoes?

by in News, August 9th, 2016

Tomatoes Get the Full GMO TreatmentThere’s nothing quite like a tomato at the peak of ripeness — firm, round and beautifully deep-hued, fragrant and sweet. Honestly, a good, ripe tomato is like candy.

Yet a few days later, that same tomato, past its prime, may be soft, puckered and hardly appealing — which is why, one imagines, the fruit is now getting the full GMO treatment from researchers.

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How to Perfectly Grill Your Favorite Cut of Steak

by in Recipes, August 9th, 2016

Skirt SteakThere’s nothing worse than buying yourself a nice steak for dinner, and then ruining the meat with a grilling misstep. Even though they make for a hearty meal, steaks require a little finesse to cook perfectly. To grill your favorite cut just right, take the advice of a few Food Network stars.

Skirt Steak
High heat helps this long, flat cut achieve a flavorful sear, but be careful not to overcook it; the meat can quickly become tough and chewy. Marcela Valladolid marinates the skirt steak in this recipe in citrus and beer to tenderize it.

Try It: Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (above)

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