by Amy Reiter in News, May 13th, 2014
by Foodlets in Events, Family, May 12th, 2014
The Carrot, Not the Stick: Plenty of parents have been known to offer their kids rewards for behaving well while eating out. Far less frequently are the parents spontaneously rewarded for their kids’ good restaurant behavior. But Redditor looseONtheGoose writes that, after “Mother’s Day brunch … with our one year old daughter” at Carino Japanese Bistro, in Calgary, Canada, the family received a surprise on its check: The restaurant had deducted $5 as a discount for “Well Behaved Kids.” “This should be a thing at every restaurant worldwide,” one commenter opined. Hear, hear! [Reddit]
Sriracha State Swap? Texas is continuing its effort to get Huy Fong Foods to relocate its sriracha factory from Irwindale, Calif., where residents have complained that its chili-pepper aroma is making their eyes water and itch, to the Lone Star State. A bipartisan “sriracha delegation” of Texas lawmakers has traveled to the hot-sauce maker’s California factory this week to meet with the company’s officials. “It’s obviously early and preliminary to suggest that they’re going to take that next step, but at least they’re open to considering it,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told the Texas Tribune. “This is a serious endeavor.” The company’s owner, David Tran, recently told NPR he doesn’t intend to close the California factory, but might open another site in another locale. [Texas Tribune, NPR]
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 12th, 2014
From low-sugar options to decadent cakes sure to make any sweet tooth swoon, here are some of FN Dish and Foodlets’ favorite ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in spring.
Rainbow Four-Layer Cake from Food Network Magazine (pictured above): Spring showers bring rainbows to mind and with one color per layer, this dessert makes cutting a cake even more fun. Kids can choose the colors they want, or you can make it a surprise.
Fluffy Confetti Birthday Cake: Who can resist a cake covered in sprinkles? Get the how-to tricks from Food Network Kitchen right here.
Tie-Dyed Cupcakes: Sandra Lee brings a burst of color to this batch of bright and cheery cupcakes.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 11th, 2014
Whether you maintain a meatless diet just one day a week or adhere to a vegetarian lifestyle, eggs are surely a welcome addition to your meat-free menu, as they’re versatile, packed with protein and, perhaps best of all, quick to prepare. Because there are multiple ways to cook eggs, you can incorporate them into nearly any meal — even lunch and dinner. The next time you make fried rice, try serving sunny-side up eggs atop the dish to add substance, or bake eggs in tomato sauce for a rustic Italian supper.
Food Network Kitchen sticks with a scrambled centerpiece in its fuss-free recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Ricotta and Broccolini (pictured above). While this 20-minute meal is a cinch to prepare, it’s a dressed-up version of the everyday scrambles you likely ate as a child; instead of calling for American cheese, this recipe incorporates rich ricotta to create a creamy taste, and it swaps in vibrant Broccolini in place of traditional peppers and onions. It’s important to stop cooking the eggs once they’re set to yield tender, fluffy results every time. Finish the eggs with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and serve with bread to round out the meal.
by FN Dish Editor in Community, Drinks, May 11th, 2014
Cutthroat Kitchen competitors know that when they begin their time in the contest, they’re agreeing to as many as three rounds of unforeseeable problems; chances are high that no matter what dish host Alton Brown asks for, the chefs won’t be able to execute their dream versions of it, be that on account of sabotage, poor planning or simply bad luck. Adapting to challenges is the name of the game on Cutthroat Kitchen, and a contestant’s inability to do that may ultimately do him or her in.
That’s precisely what happened on tonight’s all-new episode when Chef Kristina was gifted a can of spiced ham to use in place of fresh meat in her sloppy joes dish. “I think she wasn’t willing to embrace an ingredient,” Alton told judge Jet Tila on the After-Show. “She saw something that she knew came out of a can, and it was, like, checkout,” he added. Instead of sticking with a traditional approach of ground protein in sloppy joes, Chef Kristina simply sliced the canned product, and Jet wasn’t willing to pardon her for that. “It was slop on a plate,” Jet admitted, and Alton reminded fans, “You’ve got to embrace the ingredient, regardless of its origin.”
by Heather Ramsdell in Family, Holidays, May 10th, 2014
Big-batch drink recipes are great for entertaining — especially as the weather gets warmer. This week’s Most Popular Pin(s) of the Week comes from Food Network Magazine and its endless list of punch possibilities. Here’s a tip for warmer-weather drinking: Keep the ice on the side (not in the punch bowl) so it doesn’t water down your drink.
For more entertaining recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: 50 Punch Ideas from Food Network Magazine
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, May 10th, 2014
It’s almost Mother’s Day: the day to appreciate motherhood even more than we do on other, ordinary days. Who cares that the holiday was invented by a greeting card company? Moms rock, and we love them.
Moms make us think of babies, and babies are cute. They’re just designed that way. We like to look at them. We like to talk about them using teeny voices. Baby fruits and vegetables are basically our two favorite things rolled up into one: Babies plus Food.
On this special day we wanted to send out some love to the hardworking vegetable and fruit moms for giving birth to them. First up (above): baby ghanoush.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, May 10th, 2014
On the next episode of America’s Best Cook, the remaining five chefs must take on the challenge of cooking one of the top five most-intimidating ingredients, considered so by professional chefs. The challenge will test their adaptability and ability to work with some unfamiliar and difficult items. Luckily, the home cooks have mentors waiting in the wings to help them out. If only cooking at home were just like that when you needed guidance, with Tyler, Alex, Michael or Cat just an SOS button away.
For this challenge, the “deadly” ingredients are Arborio rice, quail, baby octopus, scallops in their shell and chicken livers. And at the end of the cooking, the home cooks will be judged by Chef Marcel Vigneron, who is known for taking big risks in the competitive kitchen. Will the home cooks flourish or falter? Which ingredient will get the better of them?
Watch a Sneak Peek and Vote on the Ingredients
by Amy Reiter in News, May 9th, 2014
Before Mom even rolls out of bed on Mother’s Day, show her you care with a cheery breakfast-in-bed spread. With this easy option, the egg whippers, pancake flippers and table setters in your life — aka the kids — can lend a hand without waking Mom.
If Mom has so much grace she can balance a plate of pancakes with maple syrup in bed, you should undoubtedly flip some of Trisha Yearwood’s blueberry pancakes. Whether from a box or made totally from scratch, a short stack is sure to start Mom’s day off right. Or, let the kids dip thick slices of brioche or challah in a sweet egg mixture for the Perfect French Toast.
by Virginia Willis in Recipes, May 9th, 2014
Does your state have an “official state snack?” Utah has Jell-O. (The state’s residents consume more of it per capita than any other state in the U.S., The Wire notes.) In South Carolina, it’s boiled peanuts, a “truly Southern delicacy.” In Texas, tortilla chips and salsa have been so honored for their popularity and proud tradition. Illinois adopted popcorn as its official snack in 2003.
Now New York is taking steps toward designating its own official state snack: yogurt. On Tuesday, members of the New York State Senate engaged in a spirited, comically protracted debate over the spoon-able fermented dairy product’s worthiness to wear the “state stack” mantle.
Given that yogurt production is big business in upstate New York and that the state is now, as the bill notes, “the number one processor of yogurt in the country,” you might expect it have slid smoothly through the Senate. In fact, after the bill, initiated by a class of fourth-graders (awww), was introduced for a vote by its sponsor, State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, things got a little messy.
While working on my first cookbook, I got into a squabble with my editor over a recipe title. I had created a grits casserole recipe called “Funeral Grits,” and my Harvard-educated, California-residing editor was appalled. She said no one would want to cook something associated with a funeral. I countered her argument, noting that a bowl of grits after a funeral would evoke comfort, not sorrow.
Who wouldn’t want a bowl of creamy, comforting grits when feeling sad? Comfort food means safety, satisfaction and simplicity. Grits are easy to prepare, can be a main meal or a side dish, will hold for hours in a low oven and reheat wonderfully as leftovers, even in the microwave. I’m suggesting this Grits Casserole for Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch. It’s easy enough that Dad can help the kids make it the day before or that morning. And, worst-case scenario, if the lady of the house has to cook her own Mother’s Day Grits Casserole, it can be made ahead by her too! Read more