Chilled-Out Takes on Comfort Food Favorites

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2015

Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato SoupIf you’ve been on a hiatus from some of your piping-hot comfort food favorites as the weather’s been heating up, rest assured that you don’t have to wait till fall to dig in. Luckily, some of our most-beloved hot dishes have ice-cold alter egos that are well worth your time this summer. Zero in on dishes that are typically hot, hot hot, but this time take them chilled out.

As it turns out, gazpacho isn’t the only cold-soup wonder. Giada’s De Laurentiis’ Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato Soup has all the same ingredients as a steaming bowl of tomato soup (canned tomatoes, chicken broth, etc.) without the high temp. It may not be the best for dunking toasty grilled cheese, but it’s a bright and refreshing dish on a scorching day, for sure.

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The Top 3 Food Network Star Finalists Face Off with Snacks on The Kitchen

by in Shows, August 15th, 2015

Fresh off the past 10 weeks of culinary challenges and an intensive lesson in pilot-taping with Rachael Ray this week, the top three Food Network Star hopefuls stopped by The Kitchen this morning for — what else? — even more competition. Dom Tesoriero, Eddie Jackson and Jay Ducote joined the co-hosts on their all-new pool-party-themed show today, but they weren’t there to simply relax in the sun. Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson put the guys to work in an epic three-way face-off for pool-snack glory.

On the menu was watermelon, and each of the finalists had just 30 seconds to put his signature spin on simple fruit-focused bites. While Dom opted to hollow out watermelon circles and fill the rounds with balsamic vinegar for a tangy bite, Eddie went the chip-and-dip route by making a salsa and Jay opted for a next-level caprese salad on a stick. Click the play button on the video above to see the guys in action.

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Is Cold Brew Heating Up the Bean Scene?

by in News, August 15th, 2015

Is Cold Brew Heating Up the Bean Scene?Cold brew coffee is hot, hot, hot. Local coffee shops and big chains like Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Starbucks are increasingly switching to it from traditional iced coffee. It may also be heating up demand for coffee beans.

Cold brew, said to be smoother and less bitter than regular iced coffee (brewed hot, then cooled), calls for fresh ground coffee beans to steep in cold water for anywhere from 12 to a full 24 hours. But because the cooler temps and relative stillness in the process prevent as much flavor from being extracted from the coffee as regular hot brew, roasters use more (sometimes double) beans per cup.

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Emerald City Eats: A Newcomer’s Eating Tour of Seattle

by in Restaurants, August 14th, 2015

SeattleBy Chelsea Lin

Seattle is a city best known by tech-heads, outdoor adventurers and grunge rock fans still pining for the ’90s. But below the plaid-clad stereotype lies a scene of passionate, inventive chefs — and the well-fed food fanatics who support them — who forage mushrooms from local forests, troll the sea for fresh Dungeness crabs and visit Pike Place Market for the freshest produce. Obviously, you’ll find the bounty of the Pacific Northwest on the menus of rock star chefs around town, but you’re just as likely to see these ingredients in the mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, the plentiful pop-ups and the food trucks that feed the city’s growing work force.

Click here for the full gallery of top Seattle restaurants.

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12 Sandwiches Your Kids Won’t Swap in the Lunch Room

by in Recipes, August 14th, 2015

When you ship your little ones off to school with well-stocked lunchboxes, the last thing you want to worry about is whether they’re trading in those painstakingly crafted meals for someone else’s puddings. Start the new school year right by making better-than-basic sandwiches that kids will be proud to tote and eager to chow down on come lunchtime. They can even help make some of the recipes — lessening your burden, and ensuring they aren’t subsisting on a boxed meal from some other mom’s pantry.

Pastrami Football Finger Sandwiches (shown above)
Your little athlete will love these bite-size, football-shaped sandwiches filled with pastrami and a cheesy-pepper mixture. You might want to toss some extra finger sandwiches into the lunchbox — his fellow linebackers might intercept a few.

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Caption It: A Star Among Them

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Food Network StarRemember all of the trying challenges, the unexpected ingredient swaps, the timed camera tapings and the all-too-honest feedback from the mentors? The lessons the Food Network Star finalists learned from those tests and the judges paid off in the m...

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What to Watch: Pool Party Bites with The Kitchen and the Season Finale of Food Network Star

by in Shows, August 14th, 2015

Food Network StarSavor the final few weekends of summer with Food Network and tune in for all-new recipes that range from party-ready favorites and comfort food to easy date-night dishes. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond for her Tex-Mex feast where she whips up a hearty Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Then, learn pool party tricks from the cast of The Kitchen, who are joined by actress Melissa Gilbert for her take on fried chicken and also by Food Network Star finalists. Next, Valerie Bertinelli makes an Italian meal for date night with her husband, Tom Vitale, starring Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Arugula.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis visits an Italian eatery and joins the head chef in making Roasted Chicken Cacciatore as part of the lunchtime special. Then, Daphne Brogdon puts together an L.A.-inspired dinner menu, including her Very Berry LA Tart, for the mayor of Los Angeles and his family. On Sunday night, get ready for three hours of competition starting with Guy’s Grocery Games, where contestants must flip the ingredients of a Caesar Salad into a breakfast dish. Next, it’s the season finale of Food Network Star. Tune in to watch the finalists’ pilots and see whom Food Network President Brooke Johnson announces as the winner. End your night with Alton Brown’s fiery challenges on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Spirits Maker Shoots Alcoholic Beverages Into Space, Because Science

by in News, August 13th, 2015

Spirit Maker Shoots Alcoholic Beverages Into Space Because ScienceIf a whiskey is aged in space, will it be mellower? It sounds a bit like a Zen koan (“the sound of one hand clapping” and all that), but in fact it is a question that may soon have an answer.

On August 16, the spirits maker Suntory will rocket six samples — five kinds of distilled spirits of different ages as well as a liquid that is 40 percent ethanol — into space in order to explore, the company says in  a news release, the “development of mellowness in alcoholic beverage through the use of a microgravity environment.”

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8 Desserts to Check Off Your Frozen-Treat Bucket List — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 13th, 2015

Frozen Banana Ice Cream SandwichesBeach trips, backyard cookouts, outdoor movies and other excursions are the most-often-evoked examples of “summer bucket list” material. But these summery activities aren’t the only things you should be checking off during the warm-weather months. For a lot of us, summer is defined by the food we eat —which, oftentimes, is not food we can eat much of at any other time of year. Before summer’s end, be sure to knock these eight non-negotiable, must-eat frozen treats off your list. When it’s all said and done, will you have put your summer to good use?

8. Ice Cream Sandwiches
If a piping-hot burger off the grill is the only kind of sandwich-esque bite you’ve munched on this summer, it’s about time you savored a sweeter take. Don’t let summer pass before you assemble one like Giada De Laurentiis’ Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches, which feature cookies coated with chocolate-toffee candy bars.

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Enter to Win a Limited-Edition Camp Cutthroat T-Shirt

by in Contests, Shows, August 13th, 2015

Enter to Win a Limited-Edition Camp Cutthroat T-ShirtOn Camp Cutthroat, everything from wild animals to perhaps even “anything-that-stings,” according to Alton Brown, is set to test chefs’ outdoor survival skills — as well as their sabotage savvy, of course. For his part, Alton’s donning a themed camp counselor-esque getup, complete with a red beret, as he doles out diabolical challenges in the great wilderness. Now it’s your turn, fans, to support all things alfresco eviliciousness; enter the Camp Cutthroat T-shirt giveaway.

For a limited time only, the Food Network Store will sell themed Camp Cutthroat T-shirts, featuring the brand-new Camp logo, in addition to its usual lineup of Cutthroat Kitchen gear, including chef’s coats and cutting boards. You can purchase your own Camp Cutthroat T-shirt now, but FN Dish is giving away five of them for free. All you have to do to be entered to win one is leave a comment telling us which of the cocktails in this gallery you’d most like to try (find them all here; you must include the recipe URL to be entered to win).

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