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Dining Out with Kids? Follow These 6 Tips So Others Don’t Dislike You

by in Family, Restaurants, June 9th, 2015

Dining Out with Kids? Follow These 6 Tips So Others Don't Dislike YouThree of our four small kids were born in Italy, where eating out is practically the national pastime. That meant toting our tots to a lot of restaurants. Here are the tricks we learned along the way — and still use for our group that now includes one baby, a toddler, a preschooler and even a kindergartener.

1. Take a “Fun Pack.” Our oldest daughter was a toddler when she started filling up a bag she called her “Fun Pack” for restaurants. Whatever she could fit in, went: toys, dolls, sunglasses. I also brought crayons and a coloring book, which weren’t automatically handed out in Rome. She may spend only a few minutes with each thing, but she’ll have enough stuff to explore during the meal to stay occupied.

2. Go early. This was a bit of a moot point in Europe, where dinner typically isn’t served until 8 p.m., but boy have we used it ever since we moved to the U.S. We are out the door by 4:30 p.m., trying to arrive at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The kids don’t get overly hungry, and the restaurant will likely be less busy.

3. Practice restaurant manners. For toddlers and preschoolers, role-playing ahead of time makes all the difference. (We did this before flying on planes too.) We physically sit at the table and explain what will happen at the restaurant. We tell them that a waiter will arrive to ask questions, there are menus, there is no getting up from the table unless you need to go potty — tell them whatever your family rules are. And we ask silly questions: “Any climbing under the table?” Which gives the kids a chance to yell, “No!” Yelling at home? Good. Yelling at the restaurant? Bad. Hence the dry run.

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Summer Desserts

by in Community, Shows, June 9th, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Summer DessertsThere’s nothing quite like a scoop — or two or three — of ice cream to cool you down during the steamy months of summer. On yesterday’s all-new episode of Guilty Pleasures, Curtis Stone showed off the over-the-top ice cream sundae he grabs in Santa Monica, Calif., a chocolate- and caramel-laced beauty topped off with chopped brownies and slivered almonds for welcome crunch.

Recently Food Network asked you to tell us about your best-ever summer desserts, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just writing back but also showing photos of sweet-tooth-satisfying treats that range from cool treats like Curtis’ to a cupcake-inspired take on a campfire classic. When it comes to all thing sugar, frosting and sprinkles, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see of FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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Bank Cafes May Boost Your Mood — If Not Your Balance

by in News, June 8th, 2015

CafeBanks, traditionally, are all about the bucks. You go there to make a deposit, make a withdrawal or deal with some other money-related business. Most of the time, you’re just dropping in for a quick transaction at the ATM. Now, though, you may be as likely to stop in to visit your local banker as you do your favorite barista.

Yep, increasingly, banks are getting into the coffee game. Capital One, for instance, has opened Capital One 360 Cafés, which it insists are “not your average coffeehouse,” in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Cloud, Minn., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Sweet and Savory Guilty Pleasures Curtis Stone Style, Plus 2 Decadent Recipes

by in Recipes, Shows, June 8th, 2015

Pulled Pork Sandwich with Homemade Coleslaw and Grilled PineappleWhen it comes to being face-to-face with a super-decadent dish, like a frosted buttery cake or an ooey-gooey, cheesy lasagna plate, there are two ways to approach it: Avoid it at all costs, or embrace it for the wild indulgence that it is. Each week on Guilty Pleasures, your favorite Food Network stars come together to share those over-the-top plates that they simply cannot — and do not want to — ignore. Curtis Stone surely isn’t shy about his picks for guilty pleasures, including a DIY ice cream sundae that he seeks out in California.

Recently Curtis took his penchant for decadence one step further by sharing with fans six of his richest dishes, from crispy fried chicken to fruit-laced whipped cream on his blog. “Whether it’s churning creamy pasta or whipping up chewy brownies, sometimes the desire to be naughty just cannot be stopped,” wrote Curtis. Just in time for summer cookouts, he shared his take on a seasonal staple, pulled pork, and in true Curtis style, he took the dish to the next level with bold toppings. His Pulled Pork Sandwich with Homemade Coleslaw and Grilled Pineapple (pictured above) features a simple barbecue sauce made with a mixture of orange juice and soy sauce, promising a tangy bite. Read on below to get both of these recipes from Curtis, then head over here for more how-tos from Curtis.

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Ina’s Broccoli with Bow Ties and Peas — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 8th, 2015

Broccoli with Bow Ties and Peas If you’re a true carnivore, curbing your meat intake might seem like an impossible task — even if it’s just for one day of the week. That’s why it’s a good idea to start with pasta. Not only can it be ready to serve in a jiff, but it also can easily be made with pantry staples. When you combine the starch with vegetables, cheeses, and hearty ingredients like olive oil and nuts, pasta quickly becomes a satisfying meal.

Just as bright as it is flavorful, Ina Garten’s Broccoli with Bow Ties and Peas (pictured above) is the perfect pasta to make this summer. The vitamin-packed veggies — broccoli and peas — are certainly the stars of this dish, but fresh lemon zest and Parmesan cheese give it a tang, and are perhaps what makes it a crowd-pleaser. By infusing a mixture of olive oil and butter with garlic, Ina ensures a delicious base for this dish. Once the pasta is al dente, add it to the lemon-and-garlic base along with the broccoli and peas. Next, add a healthful serving of cheese and watch as it gently melts against the warm bow ties. Garnish with pine nuts for extra heartiness and crunch — you won’t miss the meat with this one.

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No Sabotages Doesn’t Mean No Problems — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 7th, 2015

Given the time constraints on the clock and the process of adapting to a brand-new kitchen, cooking in Cutthroat Kitchen can be tricky — and that’s not even taking into the consideration having to maneuver sabotages. Add in those unexpected and downright diabolical challenges, and it may seem like all bets are off when it comes to turning out winning food. But that wasn’t the case on tonight’s all-new episode, when in the first two rounds, the two chefs who did not have any sabotages to contend with were sent home.

In Round 1’s French omelet, Chef Craig was gifted by Chef Paul a tightly coiled pan in which he was forced to make his omelet, and he did it — and did it well. But Chef Paul, who had enjoyed a round of sabotage-free cooking, was eliminated, as judge Jet Tila explained, “It was just a weird plate. Nothing about that plate reminded me of an omelet.” Host Alton Brown noted that Chef Paul had focused on making an accompaniment for his eggs, and Jet warned against that: “Cook to the expectation of just the dish. Don’t go crazy.”

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Jeff’s Easy Eggs Benedict Sandwich — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, June 7th, 2015

Eggs BenedictwichWhile eggs can be enjoyed in several forms, there’s nothing quite like cutting into a hot, runny yolk. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Jeff Mauro puts a twist on traditional eggs Benedict — he nixes the usually necessary cutlery and transforms this brunch-time favorite into a decadent sandwich. Despite its hybrid name, eggs Benedict purists shouldn’t be alarmed. This dish features all of the classic ingredients: runny eggs, smoky ham and a velvety hollandaise sauce, which Jeff makes extra simple. Instead of tempering the mixture of egg yolks and butter, he combines the ingredients in a blender.

For more breakfast recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Rise and Shine board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Eggs Benedictwich (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine.

6 Times French Toast Totally Outdid Itself

by in Recipes, June 7th, 2015

waffled french toastFrench toast, the breakfast food that’s almost dessert (it’s basically bread pudding that gets served with OJ and a side of bacon, right?) sometimes goes out of its way to be totally amazing, like when it got itself waffled, above.

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New Eight-Hour Bourbon Is Not for the Old Fashioned

by in Drinks, News, June 6th, 2015

New Eight-Hour Bourbon Is Not for the Old FashionedKentucky bourbon is all the rage these days. You’d think that would be nothing but good news for distillers — but they’re finding it difficult to keep up with demand.

Because bourbon is generally given years to age in wooden barrels, even if makers were to ramp up production now, the new supply wouldn’t be available for a long time to come.

Aging in charred white oak barrels is considered essential to bourbon’s taste and hue. The liquor’s process of expansion and contraction over time, as seasons and temperatures change, imparts richness and complexity. Some whiskey experts cite five to 10 years of aging as the sweet spot for better bourbons, depending on how it has been aged.

You can’t rush flavor, the thinking has always gone. But wait … can you?

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Think Beyond the Sandwich: 3 New Ways to Use Pita Bread

by in Recipes, Shows, June 6th, 2015

Crispy Personal Pita PizzasWhen it comes to dressing up an ordinary sandwich, opting for pita bread instead of the sliced stuff is a welcome change of pace. But beyond stuffing the pita with deli meats and cheeses, the options for putting this bread to work may seem somewhat limited. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts took to this everyday pantry staple to show how simple it is to let it shine in three different dishes — one of them a sweet treat. From family-friendly pizzas to a 15-minute dessert, get the chefs’ best-ever ideas, each ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.

When the pizza craving strikes — and it always does, of course — but you don’t have time to roll out the dough, skip delivery and opt for Jeff Mauro’s Crispy Personal Pita Pizzas (pictured above) instead. He tops the pita rounds with melty cheese, then fresh tomatoes and garlic salt to create a traditional pie layered with flavor. Perhaps best of all, it takes just minutes to cook these pizzas in the oven.

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