by Nora Horvath in Community, August 7th, 2016
by Emily Lee in Recipes, August 6th, 2016
Pasta, beef and cheese are the foundation of many crowd-pleasing dinners: spaghetti and meatballs, pasta Bolognese and these top-rated manicotti, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Giada De Laurentiis stuffs large tube-shaped noodles with a mixture made from ground beef and three cheeses — ricotta and mozzarella for rich creaminess, and nutty Parmesan for a welcome salty bite — and covers them with her favorite bottled sauce. Before baking it, she tops the dish with another layer of mozzarella and Parmesan, which will begin to bubble in the oven.
For more hearty dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: Beef and Cheese Manicotti
by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, August 6th, 2016
We’ve learned a valuable lesson this summer: Turning on the oven or stove during a heat wave is no way to live. Then again, neither is a diet of straight salads. If you’ve resigned yourself to choose between sweaty, miserable meal prep and monotonous bowls of leafy greens, we’re here to throw you a lifesaver. We’ve been hard at work planning no-cook summer meals to keep you cool and satisfied throughout the day. Here’s a sample menu to keep on hand for the next time temperatures rise:
You don’t need fried eggs and bacon to give yourself a morning energy boost. Rachael Ray’s Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits will fill you with protein and fiber without requiring you to fire up your griddle. If you have an abundance of fresh fruit on hand, try Ina Garten’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello; the silky lemon yogurt topping comes together in mere seconds.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, August 6th, 2016
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
Summer isn’t complete without the ultimate campground dessert: s’mores. But no ordinary combination of store-bought graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows will do for the pros. Pastry chefs across the country are taking the snack staple up a notch with innovative riffs that still pull in those nostalgic flavors. These elevated desserts will leave you craving s’mores, whether or not you’re cozied up by a campfire.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, August 6th, 2016
Let’s be honest. Chicken noodle, broccoli-cheddar and minestrone are all well and good soups, but when it’s roughly 100 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is cozy up to a bowl of piping-hot liquid, right? But what about chilled soup? It’s just as light and satisfying as its steamy counterparts, but you can enjoy it without all of that … steam. On this morning’s new Chill Out episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee showed two ways to indulge your craving for soup without sweating it out in the kitchen. The secret lies in their simple recipes for cold soups, both easy to make and full of summertime flavors.
by Nora Horvath in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 5th, 2016
The first medal events of the 2016 Rio Olympics kick off today. Whichever sport is your jam — be it swimming, cycling, soccer, gymnastics … the list goes on — it’s Team USA that we’re fired up to watch. Prep for a Summer Games viewing party with our favorite patriotic party foods, perfect for cheering on our nation’s athletes.
While the athletes are getting in the zone in Rio de Janeiro, why not toast to their athleticism in your own way: by fixing yourself a drink. Our Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiri comes stacked with layers of red watermelon and strawberry, white coconut and blue curacao liqueur. Plus, these swigs are surprisingly healthy, so you deserve your own kind of medal for choosing them.
by T.K. Brady in Entertaining, Recipes, August 5th, 2016
Though Alex Guarnaschelli is an esteemed Iron Chef and a tough-love Chopped judge with a reputation for excellence in the kitchen, many of her recipes are downright easy to make, like these top-rated summer picks. Check them all out below for sweet and savory seasonal inspiration.
Tomato and Watermelon Salad (pictured above)
Follow Alex’s lead and make this vibrant salad with room-temperature tomatoes and cold watermelon. “The contrast of temperatures will give the salad an extra-fresh taste,” she explains.
by Sara Levine in In Season, Recipes, August 5th, 2016
It’s the biggest event in international sports, so it’s only fitting to throw a themed party. If you’re not sure what to make, take inspiration from Food Network Magazine’s brunch spread worthy of a gold medal. Start with a classic Brazilian cocktail, then support your home team with a healthy schmear from the bagel bar. Finally, raise your fruit torch high and let the games begin!
by Erin Cassin in Restaurants, August 5th, 2016
A couple of summers ago, zucchini noodles, aka “zoodles,” became the go-to answer to the perennial seasonal quandary: What do I do with the pounds and pounds of zucchini in my garden/CSA share/farmers market haul? Now that the spiralizer has established itself as a must-have kitchen tool the question becomes: What new variations can I make so I never tire of zucchini noodles?
Never fear, we have answers. Just as one can never (never!) have too much pasta in life, the same can be true for zucchini noodles in season. Here at Food Network, everyone is getting in on the zucchini-noodle game and putting their own spin on it — and if you don’t have a spiralizer, a vegetable peeler works in a pinch. Check out these ways to maximize your zoodle game for the rest of the summer.
by Nora Horvath in Shows, August 5th, 2016
The passion, the glory … the food. Conjure the celebratory spirit of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at these restaurants across America, where chefs and bartenders are taking cues from the classic culinary elements of host country Brazil. They’re drawing in the international flair of the global games and even gleaning inspiration from the nature-centric themes of the Olympic torch itself. Dig in to see why these dishes and drinks are worthy of a place on the winners podium.
First up, Ree Drummond’s boys are out boxing, so she’s cooking them a knockout dinner of Italian Sloppy Joes with garlic toast for when they get home. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts are looking for creative ways to beat the sweltering August heat. They’ve got tips for elevating your iced coffee, a recipe for chilly Sweet Corn Summer Gazpacho and Frozen Blueberry Daiquiris to top it all off. After that, Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfie, is home to celebrate his birthday. She’s whipping up a spread of all his favorite dishes, and she is surprising him with his favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Next, Patricia Heaton is throwing a pampering party with healthy picks, including citrus chicken lettuce cups and Avocado Hummus.
Then on Sunday, jet off to Florence, Italy, with Giada De Laurentiis as she reminisces about her grandmother, a stunning Italian beauty-turned-movie star known as Nonna Luna. Giada’s cooking some of grandmother’s favorite dishes, including Bitter Rice and White Chocolate Orzo Pudding. Up next, it’s the cheesiest episode of Guy’s Grocery Games ever, complete with cheesy dishes and an even cheesier joke counter. After that, Chopped is back with a fried-chicken-themed episode in which the chefs will have to incorporate the salty meat into every dish — even dessert.