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A Day in the Life of a Guy’s Grocery Games Judge: Part 2

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 5th, 2016

Guy's Grocery GamesLast time we chatted, I shared how a typical morning unfolds as we judges prepare for heading to set to film the actual show. So if you missed Part 1, click here.

Lights, Camera, Action

The chefs are introduced and then jog through the grocery store to join Guy in front of the kitchens, just as you see on TV. The chefs are told which game they are playing, and they scoot around to their carts. At that point, we stop down (stop filming) for just a minute or two to make sure the chefs truly understand the rules of that particular game. But that lasts only moments, which is woefully too short to plan out a menu. Guy then counts them off and they run with their carts. Here’s a little inside scoop: The chefs always head down Aisle 6 first, so the cameras can capture that cool shot of all the chefs racing with their carts together. So even if they want to go to produce first, for instance, it’s only after they hit the magical Aisle 6. One thing that was a huge surprise to me when I cooked on GGG for a charity episode is how physically exhausting it is to run around that HUGE store! If you need something in Aisle 9, you’d better remember to get it while you’re there, because running back may not be an option timewise!

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How to Eat Mexican Food All Day Long on Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2016

Huevos RancherosIf you’ve been looking forward to Cinco de Mayo since last May 6, we suggest you go big (or, er, go home?) this year. It’s likely you’ve already planned after-work margaritas and tacos, but don’t miss out on the perfect occasion to grab Mexican flavors for breakfast, snack time and dessert, too.

Huevos Rancheros (above)

This classic zesty dish subscribes to a cooking notion we’ll always agree with: Put an egg on it.

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Our Best Sips for Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

With Cinco de Mayo just one day away, we’re already busy chopping cilantro and chiles for our favorite salsas and guacamoles to serve with big bowls of crisp, salty tortilla chips. But when it comes to the drinks menu, there are too many craveable Mexican-inspired cocktails to pick just one. From tart margaritas to fruity aguas frescas and spicy eye-openers like the michelada, Mexico’s many drinks are as vivid, flavorful and satisfying as the foods they accompany. Here are some of our favorite Mexican and Mexican-inspired refreshers for your Cinco celebration.

Margarita
No tricks here — just the staples of a classic margarita: Tequila, lime juice, orange-flavored liqueur, salt and sugar. Add a touch of homemade simple syrup if you like yours on the sweeter side.

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7 Rules for Making Mother’s Day Sweeter

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

BrowniesMother’s Day comes once a year and we (the moms) love it. It’s our day to get pampered and appreciated; we’re treated like queens. It’s the one morning per year that we’re given undisputed permission to sleep in. We revel in it. That said, we want to help you (and ourselves) get the very most out of this special holiday. You may think that cooking us breakfast or a sweet treat is a good move, and we wholeheartedly agree that it is, but we have a few tips. When cooking for Mom, follow these seven rules to make this the sweetest Mother’s Day yet.

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7 Dips You Need at Your Cinco de Mayo Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

Chile con QuesoYou’ve bought all the tortillas you’ll need for the tacos and enchiladas, and you’ve readied the blender for frosty margaritas. But have you considered what to offer in your spread of starters? Look no further than this collection of party-ready dips ideal for Cinco de Mayo (or any other bash), complete with both classic and creative picks like creamy queso, tangy salsa and even something sweet.

Chile con Queso
The Pioneer Woman bulks up the tried-and-true chile-laced cheese dip with crumbled sausage for meaty, comforting heft.

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3 of a Kind: Horchata Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 3rd, 2016

Bajo Sexto

 3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious. 

Tequila, mezcal, micheladas, even Mexican Coke: Mexican beverages are having a moment. Surfing the wave of south-of-the-border sips is rice-milk-based horchata. All across the U.S., creative bartenders are mixing the traditional drink into boozy, cinnamon-scented concoctions.
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5 Nacho-Inspired Dishes That Will Make You Forget Tortilla Chips Even Exist

by in Recipes, May 3rd, 2016

What is a tortilla chip but a mere vessel for delivering ample amounts of seasoned meat and melted cheese to our mouths? If you don’t care for tortilla chips — or can’t eat them, perhaps due to a corn allergy — that doesn’t mean nachos are out of bounds. We’ve expanded our definition of nachos by applying popular topping combinations, such as meat, cheese, avocado and salsa, to other foods — think baked sweet potatoes, crunchy sweet peppers and more. Purists will balk at the suggestion of nachos sans corn chips, but try these no-chip recipes and you’ll find that the best part is the toppings.

Fried Zucchini
We invite anyone who believes you can’t have nachos without tortilla chips to try Food Network Kitchen’s cheesy Zucchini Fry Nachos. The crisp fried zucchini offers a juicy quality that you can’t get from corn chips. For toppings, we recommend diced shredded cheese, avocado, lime juice and pickled jalapenos for the right balance of fresh and comforting flavor.

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Highlights and Winners from the 2016 James Beard Awards in Chicago

by in Events, News, Restaurants, May 3rd, 2016

JBFAChefs took center stage last night to celebrate the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which are two years into a three-year stint at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Hometown pride was on full display, with Chicago’s high-concept culinary temple Alinea taking home the Outstanding Restaurant award. Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped kick off the evening, kidding, “Chicago is known for cuisine and the way we count ballots, so you might as well all go home — we won.”

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5 Desserts for Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 2nd, 2016

Margarita PieWhether you’re truly celebrating Mexico’s triumph over the French in 1861’s Battle of Puebla or merely looking for a reason to eat your weight in churros, Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to revisit dessert recipes that celebrate the flavors and ingredients of Mexican cuisine. From classics like rice pudding and tres leches cake to new interpretations like Mexican chocolate brownies and margarita pie, we’ve rounded up our favorite Mexican-inspired sweets.

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12 Less-Spicy, Still-Tasty Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, May 2nd, 2016

12 Less-Spicy, Still-Tasty Ways to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with KidsIt’s never a problem convincing my kids to celebrate. They’re even pretty game for trying new foods. But the non-negotiable part about feeding most small fry is heat: They just don’t like anything spicy. You see where I’m going with this, right? It’s time for a made-over Cinco de Mayo party, one with kids in mind. This collection of delicious recipes is perfect for introducing a flavor blast of fun, without turning your first grader off salsa for life. Check out my tips below for kid-friendly party starters, new twists on taco night and even make-ahead meals you’ll thank yourself for later.

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