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The Fiery Foods of Spring

The Fiery Foods of Spring

Ferns, Ramps, Morels, and Asparagus

Spicy Burgers on the Grill

Spicy Burgers on the Grill

Guacamole Salmon Burgers, Anyone?

Growing Peppers in Containers

Growing Peppers in Containers

Attention Apartment and Townhouse Dwellers!

Brazilian Gaucho Barbecue

Brazilian Gaucho Barbecue

Hope You Love Beef!

Spicy Spring Grilling

Spicy Spring Grilling

Here are Dave's Faves for Spring!

Part 2: Growing Seedlings

Part 2: Growing Seedlings

Your Chile Pepper Garden

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  • 7 Starter Bartending Tools for the Budget-Minded 27 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am

    While there are dozens of bar tools available from liquor stores to housewares, there are really only 7 tools that you need to get your home bar started, and most of them are very inexpensive, or at least have lower-priced alternatives. Here is a list of recommendations. Continue reading →

  • Vindaloo Voodoo: Recipe 25 Mar 2015 | 11:57 pm

    Earlier this week, we ran Mike Stines's feature Lamb: It's Not Just for Easter Anymore over at the Super Site. The Vindaloo recipe packs a .50 caliber heat wave so we're excerpting it here. Enjoy! Continue reading →

  • Scientists Profile 170 Year Old Beer 25 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am

    Apparently, beer sitting in a shipwreck for 170 years tastes about as skunky as you'd expect. Just as the scientists who smelled the funk off of a brew fitting that description in 2010. When they popped one open and took a whiff, the funk rivaled a middle school boys' locker room. Continue reading →

  • Santa Anita: California’s Largest KCBS Event Ever 23 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am

    This year's Santa Anita Winners Circle BBQ Championship was huge. At least for California. With 103 teams battling it out for $X in prize money, it was the largest KCBS event in the state's history. Continue reading →

  • The BBQ Guru’s Bob Trudnak: Interview 20 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm

    The BBQ Guru's Bob Trudnak and I have played phone tag for an interview for years. This is mostly my fault but we finally nailed down a Q&A session earlier this week. He's the main man for The BBQ Guru's competition team and I asked him about moving into barbecue, what he likes to make, and his plans for getting into the World Food Championships so he can add a second WFC rib win to his belt. Continue reading →

  • Save Some Coffee for Cocktail Hour 28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    A cup before work, a cup to get through 3 p.m. — why not have a cup during happy hour? Coffee cocktails might be exactly what you need: something that melts away the stress of the day while simultaneously boosting your energy for late-night laundry. Add in some rum or chocolate, and you’ll enjoy your caffeine fix more than ever. Whether you’ve just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these sips are sure to put a smile on your face.

    Pitch-Dark Coffee Stout (pictured above)
    Why not have both brews—coffee and beer—at the same time? Coffee liqueur and espresso give you a bit of a jolt while stout rounds out the richness of the drink.

    Vanilla, Almond and Cocoa Latte
    With vanilla, almond and chocolate flavors, this chilled drink is good enough to pass around for cocktail hour or dessert. Just dissolve espresso powder in some milk and add the liqueurs. Don’t forget the chocolate shavings on top—they’re essential.

    Dressed-Up Irish Coffee
    This cup of joe is satisfying no matter what you’re craving; it’s got brown sugar, Irish cream whiskey and peppermint schnapps. And just in case that’s not enough, a big dollop of whipped cream with dark chocolate tops it all off.

    Coffee Milk Punch
    Heads-up: This is no ordinary shake. The ice cream is traded for milk, half-and-half and some bourbon. And coffee, vanilla extract and sugar are added in for good measure.

    Chocolate Stout Affogato Egg Cream
    The ultimate in ice cream shop throwbacks, the egg cream, gets a makeover with coffee liqueur and chocolate stout. And if you can’t find chocolate stout, any stout will do. Then, just add a scoop (or two) of your favorite chocolate ice cream and enjoy!

  • Enter to Win an Easter Basket from The Kitchen 28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Sunny AndersonWith deviled eggs, roasted lamb, chocolate nests and party-ready punch on the menu this weekend, The Kitchen cast was set to kick off an all-new episode dedicated to celebrating next week’s Easter holiday. In true Kitchen fashion, the co-hosts turned the focus of the show to you, the fans, and let you take part in the party by giving you the chance to win an over-the-top Easter basket.

    At the start of the show, Jeff Mauro showed off a special Easter egg that would be hidden on set and later revealed two times throughout the episode; it was up to you, the viewers, to spot the egg for your chance to win one of these seasonal baskets, each filled with a Le Creuset 4.5-quart Dutch oven, a Le Creuset spatula, a Le Creuset spatula spoon, a tea towel set and a Kitchen mug signed by the cast.

    Think you spotted the hidden Easter egg? Leave a comment below with the location where you think you saw it on the set of The Kitchen on air. Five lucky, randomly selected fans will win one Easter basket each.

    If you missed the episode premiere, be sure to tune in to The Kitchen on Sunday, March 29 at 1|2c or Friday, April 3 at 10|9c to locate the egg on TV, then come back here and leave a comment for your chance to enter to win an Easter basket.

    So, tell us: Where did you spot the Easter egg on The Kitchen?

    No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2015. For full official rules, visit here. Sponsored by Television Food Network, G.P., 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

  • 6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use Them 28 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use ThemAs the mom of four kids under age 6, I’ve found the secret to stocking a useful pantry: Every item needs to be versatile. From breakfast to lunch and snacks through dinner, my favorite pantry items can be used over and over again in totally different ways.

    Old-Fashioned (Whole) Oats: I buy the generic store brand. While we make our share of oatmeal in the morning — three minutes in the microwave, then drenched in whole milk and sprinkled with chia seeds and dried fruit — there’s so much more!

    Breakfast: Banana Oat Cup Muffins with Peanut Butter and Jam

    Snack: 2-Ingredient Cookies

    Dinner: New Classic Meatloaf

    Raisins: Sure, they’re great as a snack straight up, but raisins are so good in so many other kid-friendly ways, like these:

    Snack: No-Bake Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bars

    Lunch: Gingered Coleslaw with Golden Raisins

    Dinner: Sausage and Spinach with Raisins Over Rice

    Honey: Consider honey for everything from a drizzle on top of plain yogurt to start the day to dinner’s secret ingredient. It is stocked in my pantry always.

    Breakfast or Snack: Blueberry Muffins Sweetened with Only Honey

    Dinner: Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Noodles

    Dinner: Apple Honey Drumsticks from Food Network Magazine

    Potatoes: Whether they’re russets, Yukon golds or babies, potatoes can become almost anything, anytime of day.

    Breakfast: Giada De Laurentiis’ Salami, Bacon and Spinach Hash

    Brunch or Dinner: Ina Garten’s Potato Latkes

    Lunch or Dinner: Slow-Cooker Potato Soup with Toppings

    Quinoa: The beauty of this seed is how fast it cooks, not to mention how that built-in pop of protein ensures a hearty dinner, even if you forgot to thaw the chicken. It’s an excellent base for baby food and works in tons of other family favorites:

    Breakfast or snack: DIY Fruit Bars with Quinoa

    Dinner: Guy Fieri’s Turkey-and-Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

    Dinner: Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chicken with Quinoa in Mustard Sauce

    Marinara Sauce: Yes, marinara sauce is typically limited to dinner, but, boy, are the options wide open from there. A few of our kids’ favorites:

    Baked Pasta with Spaghetti Squash

    The Pioneer Woman’s Easy Calzones

    Giada’s Eggs in Purgatory

    Charity Curley Mathews blogs at Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. Like Foodlets on Facebook and you’ll never miss a post.

  • Japan Has Apple Pie and Carrot Kit Kats for Easter 27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Kit KatsWhen it comes to Kit Kat creativity, we American candy-bar lovers have nothing on our Japanese counterparts. In Japan, where Kit Kats are crazy popular, Nestle offers a variety of limited-edition Kit Kat flavors, many of them season- and holiday-specific.

    You got your cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats (of various sorts), your pineapple Kit Kats, your kiwifruit Kit Kats, your maple Kit Kats, your choco-banana Kit Kats – even your baked potato Kit Kats and your soy sauce Kit Kats. You got your Christmas Kit Kats, your Halloween Kit Kats and your cherry-blossom-season Kit Kats.

    This year, for the first time, Nestle is offering special Easter-edition Kit Kats: Apple Pie and Carrot flavor.

    With a slice of pie, an egg and a cute bunny on the packaging and “Lucky Easter” messaging, the 12-pack of mini Kit Kats went on sale on March 16 for 540 yen (about $4.45), RocketNews24 reports. There will be 13 different Easter-themed designs featured on the chocolate bars themselves.

    Lucky Easter indeed.

    Photo courtesy of @Kitkat

  • Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: Best of the Cookie Batch Edition 27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    #FoodNetworkFaves CookieNo matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. Every other week, we’re coming your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we call out the theme on Instagram, put your cooking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to Food Network recipe, snapping a photo and tagging #FoodNetworkFaves for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!

    This time, we asked you to share your latest, greatest batch of cookies with us on Instagram — and, my, oh my, did you deliver. Our #FoodNetworkFaves hashtag blew up with cookie creations, from chocolate chipped and sprinkled to sandwiched and iced, with eye-popping batches of buttery beauty showing up in every square of our feed.

    Behold, our first round of #FoodNetworkFaves with our four favorites!

    Pictured above, @eunamaes has a batch of quintessential chocolate chip cookies cooling, just moments before they were probably devoured.

    #FoodNetworkFaves CookiesInstagrammer @creilly18 whipped up Food Network’s Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies, complete with a filling of marshmallow cream and cream cheese.

    #FoodNetworkFaves CookieValentine’s Day may be a thing of the past, but @lightandhealthydesserts has our hearts thumping for these pink Italian Lemon Almond Cookies with Meyer Lemon Icing.

    #FoodNetworkFaves CookieFood Network Magazine’s Red Velvet Crackle Cookies are lookin’ good when @kalo329 is in charge.

    Want in on the fun? Stay tuned next week for our next Instagram call-out. Happy cooking!

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