5 Spring Soups to Brighten Up the Dinner Table

by in Recipes, May 7th, 2015

Get excited, because your love for soup no longer has to be put away with your winter jacket and scarf. Just because it’s getting warmer outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a comforting bowl of avocado soup or a ginger-carrot creation. In fact, these soups were made for sunnier times. Just like as chili warms you up while it’s snowing outside, there are chilled concoctions that can cool you down and nutrient-rich spring veggie versions that can boost your energy. Either way, soup lovers, rejoice!

Chilled Avocado Soup (pictured above)
Move on over, guacamole — there’s a new avocado dish in town. Marcela Valladolid’s Chilled Avocado Soup, served cold , is a beautiful dinner option for the warmer months. With a bit of spice from serrano chiles and fresh flavor from the avocado and lemon juice, it would be a surefire hit at any spring get-together.

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6 Ways to One-Up Side Dish Favorites with Cheese — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, May 7th, 2015

Goat Cheese Mashed PotatoesCheesy does it, cheese lovers. In addition to taking your favorite food by the block, don’t forget that one of the most-splendid ways to use cheese is in go-to side dishes.

1. Mashed Potatoes + Cheese

Mashed potatoes are normally improved upon with a lake of gravy in the center, but they’re even better than that when a little cheese gets involved. Ina Garten stirs garlicky herb goat cheese (as well as sour cream, butter and half-and-half) into her Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes for Food Network Magazine (pictured above). After sprinkling the creamy side with Parmesan, she sets it in the oven so it gets a nice golden-browned top. You might never take your mashed taters without cheese again.

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8 Great Cookbooks to Give This Mother’s Day

by in Books, May 7th, 2015

What Katie Ate on the Weekendby Mandy Major

If you’re looking for something to add to — or in place of — that fruit basket or flower delivery this Mother’s Day, why not try a cookbook? The following titles are overflowing with fantastic recipes, but they contain far more than just food. Each of these new cookbooks offers its readers a window into a different world, providing a unique sense of place, and the dishes that go along with it.

What Katie Ate on the Weekend
Food photographer and world traveler Katie Quinn Davies is a superstar in her native Australia, and it’s easy to see why. This lush book is filled with snapshots of far-flung locations and picturesque food. The recipes look lavish but are easily accessible for home cooks — think chicken thighs with pomegranate molasses, puff pastry tarts with chorizo, and chocolate brownies with salted butterscotch and cherries. Clocking in at a hefty 320 pages, it’s eminently giftable, offering up kitchen inspiration and bedtime reading all in one. Avery, $40

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Restaurant Revisited: The Ambush at Tornatore’s Pizzeria

by in Shows, May 6th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleIt’s no secret that Robert Irvine does the impossible every weekend when he rescues another struggling eatery from the brink of failure. But on tonight’s brand-new episode, he also did the unprecedented: For the first time in 11 seasons, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team ambushed a business owner who wasn’t expecting or prepared for their arrival — or the mission.

Within moments of Robert running through the doors of Tornatore’s Pizzeria, owner Denny Tornatore struggled to hold back tears, and while he was indeed surprised to learn what was about to go down at his Orlando, Fla., eatery over the next several days, he welcomed Robert and team, optimistic about what they could do to help him and his wife, Gina. While the ambush indeed provided shock-and-awe value, it also forced the Restaurant: Impossible crew to work within all-new time constraints, as they didn’t have the luxury of a prep day before filming; every minute counted as they hauled in equipment and set up materials. No matter the hectic schedule, Robert, in true Irvine fashion, successfully completed his mission, and with wow-worthy results. Read on below to hear from Denny and find out how Tornatore’s is doing today.

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Cadbury Makes Sweets Lovers’ Dreams Come True with 7-Flavor Chocolate Bar

by in News, May 6th, 2015

Cadbury Makes Sweets Lovers' Dreams Come True with 7-Flavor Chocolate BarThree words: chocolate … bar … heaven.

Cadbury — perhaps still reeling from the great Cadbury Crème Egg brouhaha of 2015 — has just made an admirable attempt to turn its fans’ frowns upside down by issuing the Cadbury Dairy Milk Spectacular 7, a limited-edition product that somehow combines seven different kinds of Cadbury confections into a single brilliant bar.

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FoodNetwork.com Staffers’ Mother’s Day Recipe Picks

by in Family, Holidays, May 6th, 2015

If you’re lucky enough to spend Mother’s Day with your mom, or if you are a mom and get to spend it with your kids, a special meal is in order. Decadent brunches, picnics, teas and cookouts will abound across the country this Sunday. What should you make this year to truly spoil Mom? Get some inspiration from FoodNetwork.com staffers and our varied Mother’s Day traditions.  Read more

Chefs Reveal Their Most-Indulgent Guilty Pleasures on All-New Series

by in Shows, May 6th, 2015

Chefs Reveal Their Most-Indulgent Guilty Pleasures on All-New SeriesYou know those foods that are simply so sinful that it seems best to eat them in private, those near-taboo plates that are just so next-level decadent that you can hardly talk about them with your friends? Those deeply comforting dishes may be some of the best-kept secrets in the food world, but on the all-new upcoming series Guilty Pleasures, your favorite Food Network chefs will reveal where they go for over-the-top creations.

Beginning Monday, May 25 at 10|9c, Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Anne Burrell, Curtis Stone and others will come together week after week to take fans on a cross-country adventure, showing off their picks of all things especially meaty, cheesy, ooey-gooey and downright decadent. From a 24-layer chocolate cake to a bacon-spiked cheeseburger and a filet mignon with fried oysters, the stars will break down the ins and outs of each swoonworthy item and reveal where you can go to try them all. Plus, the chefs responsible for making these memorable indulgences will describe their now-infamous creations.

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How Do You Boil Corn on the Cob?

by in Food Network Magazine, Polls, May 6th, 2015

corn on the cob

It seems like we’re just finally saying goodbye to winter vegetables (we’ll miss you, Brussels sprouts!) and loading our baskets with asparagus, artichokes and peas. Not too far off: cherries, berries, zucchini and, perhaps most important, corn.

Slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt, corn on the cob is the ultimate side dish for a backyard BBQ. Many people agree that the boiling method is best but may disagree about how long you need to boil corn. Vote in the poll below to help with Food Network Magazine’s research for an upcoming issue.