When people hear “Chicago,” they think deep-dish pizza. But when we asked chefs for their favorite places to go for lunch in the area, the infamous crust did not make the cut — Mexican food and banh mi sandwiches did. Find their recommendations below, keeping in mind that Jeff Mauro is a trustworthy local. Whether you’re heading to Food Network in Concert this September or are a Chicagoan yourself, this list will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for an afternoon bite in the Windy City.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Frontera Grill — Rick Bayless’ place.
Anne Burrell: The Tavern on Rush is always fun to sit outside and people-watch, and Kuma’s Corner (pictured above) has even better burgers.
It’s nearly impossible to not get excited at the sight of these chocolate cupcakes. Filled with strawberry and vanilla ice cream and covered by a crunchy layer of chocolate shell topping, they’re so scrumptious that the title “Ice Cream Cupcakes” doesn’t do them justice. That’s why Food Network Magazine is challenging you to come up with something clever and fun. Submit your best name and you could win big. Here’s how to enter:
1. Read the recipe, and come up with a creative name for the dish.
2. Fill out the official entry form here.
Hurry — the contest closes on Tuesday, August 26, 2014! The winner will receive a $500 gift card to FoodNetworkStore.com, and three runners-up will each receive a $50 gift card.
Turn basic flatbread into a quick dinner on the grill: Brush lavash, pocketless pita, naan or other flatbread with oil and grill until marked. Flip, top with cheese and let melt, then remove from the grill and top with arugula, tomatoes, corn or other fresh vegetables, or add some prosciutto or ham. Avoid traditional tomato sauce though — it can make the bread soggy.
If you’re cooking outside and need a stovetop, put a cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof pan right on the grill. Try making a quick sauce for meat this way: Drain your marinade into the pan and bring it to a boil while the meat cooks.
You probably know Marc Forgione for his five restaurants, cookbook and Iron Chef title, but did you know that his father was a culinary star long before Marc’s lustrous career? Known as the “Godfather of American Cuisine,” Larry Forgione was one of the first chefs to embrace “farm to table” cooking. He now serves as a director at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif. and continues to influence Marc in the kitchen.
October may seem far away to you — but not to the editors at Food Network Magazine. They’re on a mission to find out how America does Halloween. In the last poll, you voted on your preferred sweets. Now it’s time to share your two cents on trick-or-treating and answer more candy questions, including one about your favorite retro candy.
For the June issue of Food Network Magazine, artist Steve Casino turned ordinary peanuts into intricate Iron Chef caricatures. The “painter of nuts,” who is also a professional toy inventor, says the most difficult part of the process isn’t painting on such a small canvas, it’s finding the perfect nut — he’ll go through thousands of peanuts before finding the right shape.
Click play on the video above to catch a glimpse of the process and see the peanut chefs in the making.
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