5 Downright Perfect Potato Dishes — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 21st, 2016

Twice-Baked Potato CasserolePotatoes are the perfect comfort food. Though these super-satisfying root veggies might not lend much in the way of flavor, that’s actually the perk. They work as a blank canvas, becoming whatever you want them to be — the salty crisps, soul-soothing casseroles and mashed mainstays that your family can’t get enough of — with just a little bit of love.

Instead of filling individual potato skins for the twice-baked classic, load everything but the skins into a casserole dish fit for a crowd Ree Drummond’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole (pictured above). Just like the original, the cheesy, bacon-laced side reaches new heights with two stints in the oven.

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8 Dishes Made Better with Buffalo Sauce

by in Recipes, January 21st, 2016

How is that the simple combination of hot sauce and butter, otherwise known as Buffalo sauce, can make everything seem right with the world? We know the beloved flavor best as the sticky-spicy coating on baked or fried chicken wings. But if you’ve been reserving Buffalo sauce for chicken and chicken alone, then you’ve barely scratched the comfort-food surface. Meatballs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and even cauliflower are all suitable canvases for this brilliantly easy sauce. You can even customize the basic recipe by adding in barbecue sauce for a sweet, tangy note — or you can swap out the butter for lower-fat alternatives, like chicken broth, maple syrup and lime juice. Here are just a few ways that you can expand your Buffalo horizons.

Buffalo Drumsticks (pictured at top)
We had to include this one — it’s a classic for a reason. Remember to pop the drumsticks back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes after tossing them in the Buffalo sauce. This locks in the flavor and ensures crisp, golden skin.

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Worst Cooks in America: The Best of Episode 3 in GIFs

by in Shows, January 20th, 2016

Nick grew a taste budRelive some of the craziest and funniest moments from Worst Cooks in America in the following GIFs.

The effect of tasting oysters with watermelon (Nick, pictured above).

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Horchata Rice Pudding

by in Recipes, Shows, January 20th, 2016

Horchata Rice PuddingThis week the contestants on Chopped Junior were faced with some interesting beverage ingredients in the mystery baskets, like cream soda in the appetizer round and horchata for dessert. In case you’re not familiar with horchata, it’s a super-refreshing Mexican drink that is made from rice, sugar and cinnamon. The rice is soaked in water and then blended with sugar and sometimes almonds into a very fine pulp. It’s then strained, mixed with water and served chilled, usually over ice.

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3 of a Kind: Jersey Pork Roll Sandwich

by in Restaurants, January 20th, 2016

Split BreadIf you don’t know what pork roll is, you’re clearly not from New Jersey. Known regionally by brand names such as Taylor ham, Case or Trenton, it’s a cured and smoked processed meat that tastes like a spicy and salty version of SPAM (though it’s sold in a roll, rather than a can). It’s also the main ingredient in a signature breakfast sandwich along with American cheese and a fried egg. Outside Jersey, it’s long been popular in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware, but today the sandwich is evolving and expanding geographically, thanks to chefs who share a sense of nostalgia for this classic diner fare.

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Apple-Raspberry Crumb Bars — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, January 19th, 2016

Apple-Raspberry Crumb BarsCraving both cookies and pie? A classic crumb bar is just what you need! It’s got a tender, sweet cookie base, real fruit filling and a chewy crumb topping. More portable than pie and more satisfying than a cookie, I’d say a crumb bar with a tall glass of milk would even make a pretty good breakfast (if there were any leftovers from the day before, that is!). Read more

Splurgeworthy Resolution Breakers

by in Recipes, January 19th, 2016

birthday cake pancakesEven if you have lofty ambitions for a healthier 2016, a decadent splurge is OK every once in a while. Everything in moderation, we say. Our only provision: Make sure it’s insanely tasty. If you broke your resolution for a stale doughnut or a sad hamburger, was it really worth it? Here’s our list of splurgeworthy treats that you’ll love and won’t feel guilty about (they’re too good!). So go ahead and treat yourself.

Birthday Pancakes (or Really Anything with Lots of Rainbow Sprinkles)

You might have the willpower to skip the shortstack swimming in maple syrup, but it’s nearly impossible to say no to sprinkle-speckled birthday pancakes with cream cheese frosting. Don’t even try.

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Torturously Hot But Temptingly Good: The Top 5 Hot and Spicy Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, January 19th, 2016

Spicy gumboHotheads, get ready for some of the hottest, spiciest foods around. Top 5 Restaurants recently revealed the five best places to get blazingly hot dishes — one features the world’s hottest pepper, and another requires the signing of a waiver. If you like that kind of taste bud torture, then these top picks are right up your alley. The dishes wouldn’t have made the list if they weren’t also packed with flavor, but after a couple of bites you might not taste a thing. But no worries: Just make sure there’s a glass of milk in arm’s reach. We’ve got the restaurants that made the list.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite

Portobello-Chickpea Wraps — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 18th, 2016

Portobello-Chickpea WrapsWhen you take away the meat from a sandwich, you want to be left with more than just a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread to guarantee a hearty sandwich. Fresh vegetables, bold spreads and a mix of textures are all key to turning out a satisfying meal, and Food Network Magazine’s Portobello-Chickpea Wraps deliver on all fronts.

In place of a beefy filling, this easy-to-make recipe stars earthy portobello mushrooms, which become tender and full of concentrated flavor when roasted with sweet onions and herbs. Roll them up in a lavash with a smear of smashed chickpeas and tangy balsamic vinegar, plus a duo of creamy cheeses and peppery arugula, then quickly bake the wraps so the bread toasts and the cheese turns gooey. To keep the meal simple and fresh, round out the sandwich with a quick-fix salad of simply dressed arugula, juicy tomatoes and more chickpeas.

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One-Pot Pastas That Will Change Your Life Forever

by in Recipes, January 18th, 2016

Sometimes recipes billed as one-pot meals can mislead you. With most pasta dishes, for instance, sure, you can make the sauce from start to finish in one pot and then stir in the cooked pasta, but you’ve still got to boil the pasta somewhere, and that somewhere is another pot that needs to be cleaned. Then you need to strain the pasta – does a colander count as a third pot? Sigh.

Thus we bring you the true one-pot pasta dinner. This revolutionary method of pasta preparation allows you to skip the separate boiling and throw the dry noodles right into a pot with the other ingredients. As it cooks, the pasta’s starch helps the sauce thicken simultaneously. Food Network Kitchen created a version with fresh tomato sauce and a spin on classic mac and cheese, both with magical results. Try one for yourself tonight and you may never bother with two-pot pasta again. Read more