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For the Win: The Best March Madness Eats

by in Recipes, Restaurants, March 15th, 2017

The annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament kicked off yesterday, which means college basketball fans around the nation will gather over the next month to cheer on their bracket picks. If that includes you, then tune in for our very-important PSA:

When hosting or attending a viewing party, please remember to supply more than hard pretzels and beer.

Whether you’re taking bets on the Final Four or have no investment in the games whatsoever, you’re destined to get into the spirit of things when the party snacks are on point. These eight schools are predicted to have a statistical edge in this year’s tournament, so while you monitor their progress, you can also set a celebratory mood with the universities’ local food treasures. If you aren’t able to savor Arizona’s incredible tacos or Kentucky’s excellent barbecue directly from the source, then check out a few of our crowd-pleasing recipes that are sure to complete any March Madness party.

Villanova
Villanova students benefit not only from a first-rate basketball team but from proximity to some of Philadelphia’s best cheesesteaks, including legendary local joint John’s Roast Pork. Of course, we’re always in support of the DIY option, and when it comes to homemade cheesesteaks, there’s none better than Dave Lieberman’s Fontina-loaded creation (pictured at top).

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Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)

by in News, March 15th, 2017

Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)Rise and shine, Starbucks addicts. It’s a brand-new day — and a brand-new season of cups at Starbucks. That’s right. Adorable coffee vessels aren’t just for the holidays anymore. For the first time ever, Starbucks is amping us up for the springtime with pastel-colored cups in blue, yellow and green.

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5 Obligatory Irish Foods You Should Be Eating on St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, March 14th, 2017

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Even if decking yourself in green on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t your thing, odds are you can get down with some traditional Irish foods. These hearty dishes are so good, we don’t wait around for St. Paddy’s Day to dig in — but we’re so glad to have another excuse.

Corned Beef

Tyler Florence treats brisket to a flavor-packed brine, before slow-cooking it in a Dutch oven for hours on end. In the end, he achieves fall-apart Corned Beef and Cabbage you’ll want St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

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Non-Pie Recipes to Make on Pi(e) Day

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 14th, 2017

Strawberry Pie CakeNot that you need a reason to get creative in the kitchen, but Pi Day seems as good an excuse as any. March 14th is a favorite holiday of mathematicians — and gives everyone else a reason to chow down on treats centered around, well, pie. In honor of 3.14, here are some pie-inspired dessert recipes that we’re irrationally excited to make. Read more

Green Pancakes, Corned Beef Pizza and Rainbow Treats: A Family-Friendly St. Paddy’s Day Feast

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, March 13th, 2017

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef HashFrom a vibrant-green pancake breakfast to hearty dinners with the requisite corned beef, we’ve got kid-friendly fare to keep St. Patrick’s Day festive. Check out all of our ideas below.

Breakfast

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash (pictured above)
Get things off to a delicious and satisfying start with these surprisingly velvety pancakes, plus all the fixings.

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An Infinite Number of Ways to Celebrate Pi(e) Day

by in Recipes, March 13th, 2017

CHocolate Peanut Butter PieThe Greek letter for Pi, which is used in math to represent a constant, can be calculated to more than one trillion digits after the decimal. Pie, on the other hand, is an edible sweet treat, and while it may not have one trillion variations, it can be made in many tempting ways. The classics versions — like cherry, apple and pecan — are all go-to picks, but you can’t forget the heartier savory versions as well. In celebration of March 14, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite recipes to represent our infinite love for pie.

Sweet Ideas
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above)
Not all pies require meticulous crust-making skills and a long bake time. Some, like Ree Drummond’s comforting recipe, call for an easy-to-make chocolate-cookie crust and a quick stay in the oven. The creamy filling brings to life the beloved chocolate-peanut butter combo.

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Chefs’ Picks: St. Patrick’s Day

by in Restaurants, March 12th, 2017

Fish and Chips
As the saying goes, “On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish.” This international holiday, which honors the patron saint of Ireland, provides the perfect excuse for everyone (whether actually Irish or not) to drink, eat and be merry. Get into the spirit with these chefs, who share their favorite spots to score Irish pub classics. Read more

What to Watch: Time-Saving Tips and the Premieres of Triple G: Supermarket Masters and Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 10th, 2017

Spring Baking Championship

Before your clocks spring ahead, spend this weekend with some of your favorite Food Network chefs who are sharing their recipes for easy, time-saving and make-ahead meals. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is whipping up a make-ahead dinner centered around her rich and savory Shepherd’s Pie. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing their best time-saving tips and tricks in the kitchen. And Valerie Bertinelli makes a menu packed with the tastes of Chicago.

On Sunday evening, it’s the first of a five-part tournament where past Triple G winners are back to take a second stab at the games of Flavortown Market. Then, it’s the two-episode premiere of Spring Baking Championship where some of the best bakers in America are tasked with making desserts inspired by Easter treats and spring vacations.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Desserts to Sweeten Your Weekend

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 10th, 2017

Tiramisu Layer CakeWeekends were made for baking. It’s the perfect time to master a recipe for a sweet treat (or two!) to last you through Sunday night’s TV lineup. This time swap your usual dessert for a recipe you’ve never tried before. You’ll add something new to your repertoire – and who knows, it might become your next go-to.
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Monti Carlo to Boost Restaurants’ Online Reputations on New Series Help My Yelp

by in Shows, March 9th, 2017

Monti CarloIf you’ve ever found yourself scouring the web for the latest reviews of a new restaurant in town — and deciding to either book or cancel a reservation because of what you found — then you know firsthand the importance of positive reputations online. On sites like Yelp, restaurant guests can post their thoughts about service, ambiance and, of course, food, leaving potential customers able to make future dining decisions based on what they’ve read. So it’s no wonder that it’s in an eatery’s best interest to do what they can to boost their favorability online. And for some struggling businesses, Monti Carlo is just what’s needed to bring them back into good standing.

On the all-new series Help My Yelp, premiering Monday, April 10 at 10|9c, Monti will work with chefs and business owners to overhaul their poor practices, given the feedback they receive from members of Yelp’s Elite Squad that have secretly visited their restaurants. The recommendations, critiques and ideas from those anonymous visitors, plus the behind-the-scenes antics that Monti sees on hidden cameras, will ultimately influence what Monti does to help set up the businesses for success. As a chef and restaurant consultant, she knows the inner workings of the industry, so she’ll be able to troubleshoot problems, ease tensions and offer concrete solutions on the spot — which will be crucial to do before a fresh batch of Yelp Elite Squad members stops by, ready to evaluate the business.

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