Where to Eat Dinner in Chicago

by in Food Network Magazine, Restaurants, September 9th, 2014

Where to Eat Dinner in ChicagoIf you’re attending Food Network in Concert this September 20, your dinner plates (and wine glasses) will be in the hands of the city’s greatest chefs. Surrounded by succulent barbecue, dreamy pasta and sushi like you’ve never seen it before (to name just a few), it’s safe to say you won’t have to worry about food on the night of the festival. But what about the rest of your trip? Here, Food Network stars and headliner Phillip Phillips share their dinner recommendations to continue your culinary adventure in Chicago.

Geoffrey Zakarian: Paul Kahan’s restaurants Avec and Blackbird, and Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat. 

Anne Burrell: The Purple Pig, BellyQ, and I always have to go for a piece of BIG MEAT, so I like to go to Gibsons! 

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With Brisket, the Key Ingredient Is Patience

by in News, September 8th, 2014

Smoked BBQ BrisketBrisket, that slowly cooked, soft-to-slice, sometimes stringy staple of your grandmother’s holiday table, humble and homey as it is, has been known to capture occasional media attention. President Obama serves it every Passover at the White House Seder, after all. Now barbecued brisket, of which the POTUS is also an apparent fan, is enjoying a moment in the spotlight.

New York Times food writer Julia Moskin recently observed that New York food obsessives, currently in the throes of a love affair with barbecued meats like “brisket, beef ribs and spicy beef sausage … turned out in authentic fashion,” are zeroing in “on brisket alone,” and giving it their own city twist by serving it “in untraditional sandwiches or with more up-to-date side dishes.”

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The Lighter Side of Comfort Food

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2014

Comfort food is notoriously indulgent. Butter, cheese and potatoes make appearances in nearly every dish. Even though it’s not the healthiest cuisine in the world, we turn our heads away from the calorie count in the name of comfort and deliciousness. But even these down-home dishes can be lightened up by replacing fat-laden ingredients and opting for the oven instead of the fryer. By being more conscious about ingredients, you can enjoy these classics with a little less guilt.

Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese
If you often find yourself craving a big bowl of cheesy goodness, this recipe is going to be your new best friend. Instead of heavy cream, this version uses skim milk and low-fat sour cream, and includes part-skim mozzarella and low-fat Swiss. And for a little indulgence in the flavor department, it calls for a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.

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Vegetable Paella — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2014

Vegetable PaellaWhile some meat-focused recipes may suffer if you remove their beefy components, paella — often made with chorizo, chicken and shellfish — isn’t one of them. This classically Spanish meal is rice based, and so long as you keep the bold flavors of spices like paprika and saffron, it will maintain its tried-and-true flavor when you swap out the meat for nearly any and all of the vegetables in your refrigerator.

Food Network Magazine’s Vegetable Paella (pictured above) is a big-batch dinner that’s surprisingly simple to prepare. This stir-fry-casserole hybrid starts with fresh veggies like fennel, baby artichokes and eggplant seared on the stove, then it’s moved to the oven for the final minutes of cooking. Because this hearty meal is made with short-grain paella rice, similar to risotto rice, it needs that time in the oven so the rice can absorb the rich taste of the tomatoes and white wine and become tender. A final addition of salty capers and sweet piquillo peppers promises next-level flavor and texture, while parsley will offer a welcome burst of freshness before serving.

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Top-Notch Chefs to Turn Evilicious in Cutthroat Kitchen’s First Superstar Sabotage Tournament

by in Shows, September 8th, 2014

Alton BrownFor most A-list chefs, certain things are expected when they enter the kitchen: quality ingredients, sufficient space to work and adequate tools to get the job done. In the first-ever Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament, however, 16 culinary masters will learn the hard way that when it comes to Alton Brown‘s Cutthroat arena, these luxuries aren’t guaranteed.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9|8c, an impressive roster of famed chefs will try their hands at eviliciousness and face off against each other over the course of four heats, plus a finale of tournament-style competition. While some of the chefs may know each other and have histories of working together, don’t expect the contest to turn friendly. In true Cutthroat Kitchen form, the sabotages will be hilariously brutal, the auctions fierce and the mind games in full effect.

Meet the chefs

4 Back-to-School Breakfast Shortcuts

by in Family, September 8th, 2014

4 Back-to-School Breakfast ShortcutsFrom Our Sponsor Toaster Strudel™

Ready or not, whether you welcome or dread it, it’s here. It’s time to get back into the school routine. Most of us need all the help we can get with that, and no one needs the guilt that comes with worrying if your kids are eating well before starting their busy days. Here are four ideas to get them out the door with full stomachs:

Shortcut No. 1: Make the most of your limited time in the morning by thinking about breakfast when you’re cooking dinner the night before. Cook extra chicken, ham, bacon or steak for additional, filling protein to add to scrambled eggs or an omelet the next morning.

Shortcut No. 2: If you’re having a breakfast-for-dinner night, double the pancake or waffle recipe and freeze the leftovers (be sure to let them cool first). Another breakfast is down with just a quick toaster or skillet reheating.

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Success in the Face of Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 7th, 2014

There are days in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena when the challenges seem simply too great for any chef to overcome, but of course, all of host Alton Brown‘s evilicious sabotages have indeed been tested and proven possible, so surely victory is achievable, if only through sheer determination and perseverance. One chef learned that lesson firsthand on tonight’s all-new episode after facing — and ultimately overcoming — what judge Simon Majumdar deemed “two of the most-heinous sabotages.”

Chatting with Alton on the host’s After-Show, Simon proclaimed, “I think this makes Chef Todd the best chef that’s ever come into Cutthroat Kitchen” after he learned of the double-decker of doom that the competitor had to endure in Round 3′s crepe suzette test. Not only did Chef Todd face a rotating work station that forced him to walk in circles as he prepared his dessert, but he was also saddled with a warped crepe pan. It turns out that, despite the contestant’s difficulties, he managed to achieve the proper tastes in his offering, and often that’s enough to earn the win on Cutthroat Kitchen. “I can fully understand why it was just a complete mess,” Simon said of Chef Todd’s finished dish, before adding, “but all the flavors I wanted were there.”

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Exclusive Interview with the Latest Food Truck Team to Exit the Race

by in Shows, September 7th, 2014

Madres Mexican Meals on The Great Food Truck RaceOn this week’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the teams headed to Oklahoma City. On Day 1, unbeknownst to the teams, Tyler already had a Speed Bump challenge in play, timing the teams on who would open first. Despite getting a speech from Tyler about the importance of time management, not all the teams rushed to open. In an ironic turn of events, the team that won the Speed Bump challenge ended up being the team to go home. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with the latest team cut from the race.

Find Out Which Team Was Eliminated

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 7th, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesEven though it’s still technically summer, with the Labor Day holiday come and gone, the shift from light, bright warm-weather foods to autumn’s hearty meals and comforting flavors has started. If you’re already craving the classic tastes of fall, look no further than this week’s Most Popular Pin of the WeekPumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These surprisingly healthy treats are laced with fragrant spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and thanks to the use of canned pumpkin puree, they’re a cinch to prepare too. Best of all, these chocolate-studded bites are ready to eat in just over 30 minutes.

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