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Relax, It’s Just Quinoa

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2016

Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”), certainly the “it” girl of the whole-grain world for quite some time now, is actually a seed, but it’s treated and cooked like a whole grain. It’s mild and delicious, with a satisfying texture, and it takes beautifully to all kinds of seasonings. It’s got a crazy-high protein count (8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa), so it’s a boon to vegetarians and vegans; it contains a nice dose of fiber. Quinoa is also gluten-free. It’s quite popular these days, but actually it was a staple in the diet of the ancient Incas because it was able to grow in the high altitude of the Andes. It also cooks up much more quickly than most other whole grains, and any of us who have stood watching a pot of brown rice take its own sweet time to become tender will appreciate that. Read more

Why Sliders Are the Perfect Party Food

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 27th, 2016

buffalo chicken slidersThe best move when hosting a party: Make food that guests can eat with their hands. When they’re mingling and/or seats are limited, juggling a plate filled with food and using a fork and knife can be awkward. You’ll want to serve something hand-held that they can polish off in a couple of bites. Sliders are the solution. And somewhere on our list of favorite recipes is a slider you should be making next Sunday (February 7) for the biggest game of the year.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Leave it to Jeff Mauro to prove that most things are just as good, if not better, in sandwich form. His take on Buffalo chicken has everything you love about the wings — hot-sauce glaze, blue cheese and ranch dressing — plus soft and fluffy bread, like Hawaiian or Parker House rolls.

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6 Ingenious Ways to Pair Peanut Butter and Banana

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2016

Peanut butter and banana: It’s a combination that some of us know and love, while others may turn up their noses at the mere thought of it. For those of you who have experienced the magic that takes place when sweet, ripe banana and salty-smooth peanut butter collide, get ready to add a few ideas to your recipe arsenal — beyond the basic PB&B on white bread. For the skeptics: Stay with us, as there’s some seriously comforting stuff ahead.

Grilled Banana S’mores (pictured at top)
Where have you been all our lives? This take on the traditional campfire treat features peanut butter and grilled banana slices in place of chocolate — because sometimes even a classic could use a remix. Once the bananas are soft and slightly charred, toast the marshmallows while the grill is still hot. Perfection.

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Kit Kat Bar’s Shape Is Distinct, But Not Enough to Trademark, Court Rules

by in News, January 26th, 2016

Would you recognize a Kit Kat in a lineup by its shape alone? Maybe, but a U.K. judge has decided that, although the candy bar’s break-apart four-finger design may be easily identifiable to consumers, it is not distinctive enough to be trademarked in the U.K.

According to the court, consumers rely on other information — like packaging and logos — to identify a Kit Kat, rather than recognizing the chocolate-covered wafer confection by its shape alone; therefore it failed to meet the bar (no pun intended) for the trademark to be issued.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pioneer Woman

by in Food Network Chef, January 26th, 2016

The Pioneer WomanYou’ve toured her Oklahoma ranch, explored her her town and even had breakfast with her family. But how well do you know The Pioneer Woman when it comes to her kitchen favorites and go-to meals? Recently FN Dish caught up with Ree as she launched her new line of serveware, and she dished on some of her culinary picks, plus what she’s listening to — and watching — while she cooks. Read on below for the answers, as well as a bonus rapid-fire session with all of Ree Drummond’s favorite flavors.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
Ree Drummond: Anything remotely related to bananas. Banana splits, banana cream pie, banana bread … I want nothing to do with them. BLECH.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
RD: I’m never awake at midnight! I’m a morning person. Read more

It’s a Chocolate Lover’s Dream: The Top 5 Chocolate Desserts in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, January 26th, 2016

chocolate sundaeIf you’re the kind of person who can’t go a day without chocolate, even stashing a bar in your office drawer, or you always order a chocolate dessert when you’re eating out with friends, this list of the best chocolate desserts was made just for you. Recently Top 5 Restaurants revealed the desserts that are optimally chocolatey and devilishly decadent. Find out where to get these amazing creations.

Find out which dishes made the list, and vote on your favorite

Catch This: Tom Brady Has Never Even Tried Coffee

by in News, January 25th, 2016

Catch This: Tom Brady Has Never Even Tried CoffeeWe’ve been hearing a lot about the strict “plant-based diet” that Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen and their kids adhere to — and surely there’s a lot to marvel at. (Our sister blog Healthy Eats recently parsed its healthfulness.)

According to their personal chef, Allen Campbell, the New England Patriots quarterback, his supermodel wife and their two young children eat a diet that is 80 percent organic vegetables (only “the freshest,” of course) and 20 percent lean meats: “grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken” as well as the occasional “wild salmon.”

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 25th, 2016

Spinach and Mushroom LasagnaWhile most lasagna recipes are relegated to weekend cooking, when you have the time to devote to a slow-simmering sauce and baked casserole, this showstopping how-to from Food Network Magazine is set to change that with the help of one key kitchen tool: the slow cooker.

Thanks to this trusty machine, you can simply assemble this Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna in the afternoon and then come back to a ready-to-eat dinner hours later. Just like a traditional lasagna, this hearty recipe comes together with plenty of decadent cheese — including a creamy ricotta-herb mixture studded with spinach and earthy mushrooms, as well as gooey mozzarella — but instead of being built in a baking pan, it’s layered right in the slow cooker. Bonus: There’s no need to make a tomato sauce from scratch. Pick up your favorite jar of marinara instead, and let it shine in this top-rated supper.

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Flatbread Prep Goes Flat — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 24th, 2016

It’s not uncommon for Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages to throw competitors off their A-game, but one challenge in particular knocked them off their feet tonight — literally. Ever a fan of culinary puns, host Alton Brown auctioned off a sabotage that challenged two chefs to prep flatbread as they laid flat on their backs. In theory the execution seems simple: Just use your hands to feel, right? But what happens when it comes time to roll out the dough or chop ingredients? Simon Majumdar learned these lessons the hard way tonight, when he experienced the challenge firsthand during the latest installment of the After-Show as he was challenged to make flatbread.

“Chapati is a wheat-flour Indian bread,” Simon explained of the dish he set out to make, though in true Cutthroat fashion, he wasn’t allowed to prep it in a straightforward manner. Enter the flat-top prep table. “I want you to experience this the way that the competitors had to,” Alton told Simon. “So just hop up on here and lay flat.” While Simon managed to roll out his dough on a block atop his torso and ultimately move it to the stove, he dodged slicing duties, thanks to Alton. The host took over chopping the cucumber for Simon’s raita — and once again Simon’s midsection proved to be a worthwhile prep area, and Alton set up another cutting board there so the judge could lie down. “Lay still now. This knife is sharp. I’ve never cut on a moving surface like this, and I could slip,” Alton joked as he maneuvered the knife just inches from Simon’s face.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 24th, 2016

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home