by Sara Ventiera in Restaurants, March 19th, 2016
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 18th, 2016
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
With Easter comes egg hunts, lamb or ham, and plenty of fresh produce. But just as important to the day of feasting is the sweet culmination. Whether they crave an English pudding that celebrates fresh fruit or classic Italian and Mexican treats, several chefs share why they’re sweet on these Easter desserts. Read more
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 11th, 2016
A Bundt is the perfect cake to make when you want a beautiful showstopper without the fuss of frosting, layers or intricate decorations. It emerges from its namesake pan looking golden and gorgeous every time; a simple glaze makes the cake even more mouthwatering. But the key to a perfect Bundt is to make sure its interior is just as wonderful as the outside. With so little adornment, there are fewer ways to hide mistakes. Turns out, the secret to a light-textured, moist and flavorful cake is all in the mixing technique.
Well, to be specific, it’s all in the way you cream the butter and sugar. Sure, sweet butter, tangy buttermilk, fragrant orange zest and plenty of poppy seeds add deep flavor, but proper technique is the key to a fine, tender crumb.
by Maria Russo in Community, March 6th, 2016
Eating in season makes a lot of sense. Vegetables and fruits taste the best and are most nutritious and affordable when you enjoy them during the season in which they are grown and harvested. During winter and early spring, when it comes to savory preparations like dinner, the choices are clear: Root vegetables, onions and garlic are plentiful in the colder months. Stew, anyone? But while the air is cold and the days are short, what should we do about dessert?
Citrus is the delicious answer. In the winter months, when fresh berries and peaches are all but a distant memory, turn your attention to lemons, limes and oranges to make your desserts shine, as they do in this bright cheesecake tart.
by Maria Russo in Community, February 21st, 2016
Six ingredients — that’s all it takes to turn out this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a surprisingly simple dessert that’s ideal for not just a family-friendly treat but also your next dinner party. “It’s sort of like a brownie that hasn’t been allowed to cook all the way through,” The Pioneer Woman explains of her deep-chocolate indulgence, which boasts the gooey richness you know and love. Follow Ree’s lead and finish each individual serving with a scoop of fluffy whipped cream or ice cream for added decadence.
For more sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Baked Fudge
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, February 17th, 2016
Cakes, cookies and pies often claim the dessert-spread spotlight, but there’s indeed room for another creamy favorite to join the sweet party. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a gooey, rich banana pudding from Trisha Yearwood, wows the crowd with layer upon layer of decadent flavors, like classic vanilla wafers, fresh banana and a fluffy meringue topping. Perhaps best of all is that Trisha’s top-rated treat is easy to prepare and will feed a crowd, making it a go-to showstopper for your next get-together.
For more sweet ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Banana Pudding
by Lauren Piro in Holidays, Recipes, February 13th, 2016
Have you got a last-minute dessert emergency on your hands? Did you forget about the bake sale? Or maybe some friends stopped by unexpectedly. Consider this blondie your sweet life vest.
by Sara Levine in Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2016
Good news for all you V-Day procrastinators: The holiday that celebrates chocolate, floral arrangements and, you know, love is on a Sunday this year. So even if you’ve waited until now to plan a date night, you still have plenty of time to get it right. And might we suggest making your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year?
Here are some of our favorite dishes that take a wee bit more time and effort to complete than, say, your typical taco night. Resist the urge to scramble for a restaurant reservation, and give one of these a try instead. After all, nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal.
Coq au Vin (above)
Ina Garten convincingly (and unsurprisingly) proves that this classic French dish is easy to make, but it’s not really a one-pot meal. Still, the construction is rustic and uncomplicated, simple ingredients give way to deep savory flavors, and the dish feels special as soon its name leaves your lips.
by Maria Russo in Community, January 31st, 2016
Chocolate gets all the love on Valentine’s Day, but it’s even better as part of a couple — when it’s the right match. Here are our top picks for chocolate’s most-compatible food partners. (If we were you, chocolate, we’d swipe right for all of them.)
Chocolate + Peanut Butter
These two rich and creamy delicacies were truly meant for each other. When enrobed in milk chocolate, Food Network Kitchen’s peanut butter cookie dough (eggless and safe to eat raw!) takes on a whole new dimension. Ina Garten’s chocolate cupcakes are a perfect vehicle for fluffy peanut butter frosting, and Ree Drummond’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above) with a crunchy Oreo crust makes the case that these two should never, ever break up. Read more
by Maria Russo in Recipes, January 30th, 2016
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, which can mean one of two things, depending on how you feel about this day devoted to romance. Either you’re smitten with the idea of spoiling your significant other, in which case you’ll want to make him or her this over-the-top-decadent Pin of the Week, or you’re determined to look the other way about this holiday and focus on something else, like this Pin of the Week. Ina Garten’s top-rated dessert is ideal both as an extra-special treat for your sweetie — and as an indulgent treat to gift yourself. This gooey, rich showstopper boasts all the fudginess of a brownie but the thickness and shape of a tart.
For more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest. Check out these past fan-favorite pins for more recipe inspiration.
Get the Recipe: Brownie Tart
Meal planning over the weekend for a few nights’ worth of dinners during the week indeed has its merits; after all, who doesn’t want to come home to a nearly-ready-to-eat meal? But you know what’s perhaps even more enticing than supper at the ready? Dessert at the ready. Take a few hours today to prep one of these over-the-top indulgences — think towering chocolate cake, the easiest chocolate chip cookies and buttery lemon bars worthy of citrus season — and get set for some sweet treats during the week when the craving hits.