Revamp Your Desk Lunch with Just-Add-Water Meals

by in Recipes, January 11th, 2016

Avoid the sad-desk-lunch rut in 2016 by kicking things off with these genius just-add-water meals from Food Network Kitchen. No matter if your limited office “kitchen” doesn’t even have a microwave. All you need is boiling water from the coffeemaker and you’ve got a hot, satisfying lunch. Read more

“Let’s Get This Party Popping” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 10th, 2016

The garlic crusher, lemon squeezer, apple corer — each seems to serve only one purpose in the kitchen. But on tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, one chef proved that another such item, the popcorn popper, isn’t just for popping kernels. The name of the game was jalapeno poppers, and a sabotage forced a competitor to make that dish using only a traditional tabletop popcorn machine for a sole source of heat. Before host Alton Brown auctioned off this downright diabolical challenge, the Cutthroat culinary crew got to work in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages to make sure it was in fact feasible.

“Let’s get this party popping,” food stylist Abel Gonzalez joked as he prepared to drop his stuffed and breaded jalapeno into the pot of hot oil within the machine. Though it may seem easy enough to let the popper cook in the oil, he noted that there’s “a spinning, agitating device” inside the small container, and it would “mess with my poppers,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s going to, like, knock most of the breading off,” he added. While the breading stayed mostly attached to the pepper, removing the popper from the oil proved to be trickiest moment of the test. “This isn’t as easy as it looks,” Abel said as he tried to maneuver his tongs into the machine and grab the popper. He managed to grab it once and for all, and what emerged from the oil was indeed a jalapeno popper that he deemed “pretty decent.”

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

by in Shows, January 10th, 2016

Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

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

Find out who on the Blue Team went home.

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

by in Shows, January 10th, 2016

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

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

Find out who on the Red Team went home

San Francisco’s Best Cheap Eats

by in Restaurants, January 10th, 2016

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In a city famed for its food, where even sandwiches and salads can push $20, finding cheap eats is a challenge. From Mexican taquerias to upscale French brasseries and everything in between, we found some of the best under-$10 meals without resorting to a burger or a food cart.

Click here for the full gallery of 15 top Fog City finds.  Read more

All-in-One Chicken Spaghetti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 10th, 2016

Chicken SpaghettiOn nights when you don’t have time to execute multiple meal components to turn out a full, hearty dinner, look no further than this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated casserole from The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond’s easy, cheesy suppertime staple combines shredded chicken, fresh peppers and a creamy mushroom sauce with spaghetti to create a stick-to-your-ribs favorite that will feed a crowd.

For more satisfying recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti

6 Ways to Keep Breakfast Interesting

by in Recipes, January 10th, 2016

Stuck in a neverending cycle of boring — or worse, nonexistent — breakfasts? We’ve all been there. Nutrition experts have long lauded the health benefits of a balanced breakfast, and yet it’s still the most-overlooked meal of the day. But we need dishes that are worth waking up earlier for, and bland, soggy oatmeal just won’t cut it. However, a flatbread pizza topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon and sun-dried tomatoes might do the trick. Or how about ham, eggs and cheese served atop a bed of chewy quinoa and fresh spinach? Yep, that’s more like it. These recipes are no more complex than scrambled eggs with a side of toast and hash browns, but hopefully our refreshed presentations will inspire a new passion for the morning.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Caesar Salad (pictured at top)
Salad for breakfast? Trust us on this one. Since egg yolk is a crucial ingredient in traditional Caesar dressing, it makes perfect sense to top crunchy romaine with a sunny-side-up egg for your morning meal. The Food Network Kitchen chefs recommend swapping out the anchovies for sun-dried tomatoes, which have the same familiar umami pop, minus the fishy flavor.

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Chefs’ Picks: 2 a.m. Dinner

by in Restaurants, January 9th, 2016

After a long night of slaving away in a hot kitchen, most chefs crave a cold beer and a bite. We asked some of the nation’s top talent what they crave after turning off the stoves. Read more

Caption It: Breakfast the Anne Burrell Way

by in Shows, January 9th, 2016

Food Network's The KitchenWhat with the screaming alarm clock on your nightstand, the cup of coffee that always seems to run out too soon and the chilly air and dark skies awaiting you outside, mornings can be downright rough at this time of year. But breakfast doesn’t have to be a challenge — and on today’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast proved that breakfast can be easy, enjoyable and perhaps even a bit silly.

Anne Burrell stopped by to share her wake-up-worthy Crepes with Mascarpone and Chocolate with Cherry Compote, plus quite a few laughs with the co-hosts. Take a peek at the photo above of her and Jeff Mauro as they started to prep her breakfast. It seems that this duo is making the most of a sweet morning treat, with Jeff showing off a clever smile and Anne whooping it up behind the stove.

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All of the Alfredo

by in Recipes, January 9th, 2016

Fettuccine Alfredo is a nostalgic comfort food for me. When I was a young child, my absolute favorite meal was macaroni and cheese from the blue box (if my parents tried to pull a fast one and buy the store-brand red box, apparently I knew immediately by taste). Then, at some point in early elementary school, I tried Alfredo in a red-sauce Italian joint and was hooked. It was a sophisticated step up from my beloved mac and cheese, and I would order it whenever possible. A highlight of a family trip to Disney World was a visit to the “original” Alfredo’s restaurant (R.I.P.) in Epcot to eat the signature dish.

This cream-sauced Italian-American pasta dish still hits the spot when winter comfort-food cravings kick in. Here are five Alfredo recipes to try, including Giada De Laurentiis’ classic, Food Network Kitchen’s hearty chicken variation and even lightened-up versions that still deliver the right creamy-cheesy notes (one’s even vegan!). Read more