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  • Scovie Early Bird Special 30 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am

    We are now accepting entries for the Early Bird Special section of the 2016 Scovie Awards Competion. From now until July 29. Continue reading →

  • Amberfyre: Manhattan Black Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce: Burn! Tested 29 Jun 2015 | 4:52 pm

    Amber Button and CaJohn Hard brainstormed this sauce during talk of the big city steakhouses popularized during the 1950s and `60s. It's a blend of Kentucky bourbon, marinated cherries, a touch of vanilla, chile peppers, and what you'd expect to find in many barbecue sauces. Continue reading →

  • Superhot Marinated Jamaican Jerk Pork 28 Jun 2015 | 11:36 pm

    The technique of soaking a food in a liquid to flavor--or in the case of meats, to tenderize the cut--was probably brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish. A marinade is easier to use than a paste, and when grilling your jerk meats, the marinade can also be used as a basting sauce. “In Jamaica,” notes food writer Robb Walsh, “like Texas barbecue, jerk is served on butcher paper and eaten with your hands.” Serve this version of jerk with a salad and grilled plantains. Continue reading →

  • Cured and Pecan-Smoked King Salmon with Hot Sauce 28 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am

    The key to preparing salmon this way is to make certain that your smoke is rather cool, about 100 degrees. If it is warmer, decrease the smoking time. This recipe takes a fair amount of time, but most of that is spent waiting rather than working. The selection of sauces served is up to the cook, so feel free to experiment. A horseradish sauce will work also. The salmon can also be served on bagels, as pictured here. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation. Continue reading →

  • Spicy Belizean Grilled Fish Burger 26 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm

    This particular “burger” is a fired-up re-creation of a fish sandwich one of our editors devoured in the tiny town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The restaurant was called Elvies Burger Isle, and the diners sat outside under a tamarind tree on picnic benches. If ever there was a simple to prepare, quick and easy fish recipe with significant heat, this is it. Continue reading →






  • Sonic Dresses Up the Hot Dog by Putting It in a Flaky Croissant 3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Sonic Dresses Up the Hot Dog by Putting It in a Flaky CroissantNothing says America like a hot dog nestled in a croissant. OK, that’s not even a little true, but it is an actual fact that you can enjoy that very unlikely combo — for a limited time only — at Sonic Drive-In restaurants.

    In order to mark National Hot Dog Month (it’s July) and to hop on the croissant-hybrid food bandwagon, Sonic is introducing its new Croissant Dog, which the company is touting as “a reimagined and reinvented premium take on an American classic.”

    A beef frankfurter nestled in a delicate, buttery, “refined and complex, yet approachable and scrumptious” croissant bun, the Croissant Dog comes topped with bacon, cheese and mustard (either spicy or regular — you choose). Because it is totally true that nothing says America like putting everything but the kitchen sink on your dog-dog-doggie!

    Photo courtesy of SONIC and Business Wire

  • 6 Corn Recipes Begging for a Place at Your Summer Table 3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Grilled Corn on the CobThe heavyweight champion of cookout season, sweet summer corn knows how to dance with every main dish at the table and often comes out swinging against even the pickiest eaters. From simply grilled corn on the cob to a fun spin on salsa and a shortcut way to revamp a classic dessert, get ready to find out why corn deserves the title of “Best Add-On” at your summer table.

    Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob
    Bobby Flay keeps things simple by grilling his corn (pictured above) in the husk (sans silk) till it’s tender, then slathering it with an infused butter. If you’re looking for some spice, try his BBQ Butter with paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper, and if you’d like something a little mellower, opt for his Herb Butter with chopped fresh herbs like basil or chives.

    Grilled Breakfast TacosGrilled Breakfast Tacos
    Corn? For breakfast? On the grill? You’d better believe it. Make a summery salsa by grilling corn, cherry tomatoes, a jalapeno, scallions and limes on skewers, then wrap chorizo, soft-scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack cheese and a dollop of the salsa in a warm corn tortilla. Brunch never looked better.

    Fresh Corn SaladFresh Corn Salad
    Ina Garten’s bright, beautiful corn salad requires only seven ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to come together. Serve it alongside grilled fish, or pack it up for an easy picnic or summer party side.

    Grilled Corn SalsaGrilled Corn Salsa
    Forgo jarred salsa for an all-star corn salsa that’ll win at every happy hour. Grill corn and vine-ripened tomatoes for approximately 12 and 15 minutes respectively, then combine with pickled red onion, basil and olive oil for a salsa one reviewer called “a staple for parties.” Serve the salsa with tortilla chips and a pitcher of your favorite adult beverage.

    Mexican Street CornMexican Street Corn
    Kick your corn on the cob up a notch by rubbing it with Sunny Anderson’s spicy mayo mixture and a healthy squeeze of lime once you take it off the grill (or indoor grill pan). To make the mixture, combine chili powder, garlic salt and black pepper with half a cup of mayonnaise. Consider extra toppings, like Cotija cheese and cilantro, to make it a more filling side dish, or serve it with your favorite grilled main.

    Strawberry Corn CakesStrawberry Corn Cakes
    We’re cheating a bit with this one, which calls for corn muffin cake mix, but we love the idea of marrying two beautiful summer flavors: strawberry and corn. Food Network Magazine uses corn muffins as the perfect vessels for individual strawberry short cakes served with generous dollops of whipped cream.

  • What to Watch: A Summer Celebration on The Kitchen and the Return of Battle America on Triple G 3 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    The KitchenToast to the warm summer months with Food Network this weekend and get all-new recipes from your favorite chefs. On Saturday, catch up with Trisha Yearwood as she hosts an impromptu get-together for her singer-songwriter friend Sunny Sweeney. She makes delicious finger foods like Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Slaw. The celebration continues on The Kitchen, where Bobby and Jamie Deen join the cast for fun recipes like Grilled Butterflied BBQ Chicken and Watermelon Margarita with Espelette Salt.

    Kick off your Sunday morning with Daphne Brogdon for her backyard summer party, where her menu features Chorizo Sliders with Spicy Avocado Spread and Cool As a Cucumber Soup Shooters. Next, Damaris Phillips throws a fancy white party where she makes Roasted Chicken, Brie and Peach Pizza, White Summer Sangria and Orange Blossom Bundt Cake that she drizzles with a decadent White Chocolate Ganache. On Sunday night, prepare for three hours of competition, starting with Triple G, where Battle America returns to Flavortown. Then, watch as Food Network Star finalists pair up and collaborate on a dish for first-time daters on Match. Finally, it’s a circus-themed episode on Cutthroat Kitchen. Clown cars, a ring of fire and three-wheeling are all fair game for these daring chefs!

    Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Impromptu Get-Together

    Trisha Yearwood’s friend singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney is in town, so Trisha decides to throw an impromptu get-together. Her summer menu stars Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Pulled Chicken and Spicy Slaw, Cucumber Bites, and a creamy and tangy Grape Salad. Sunny joins Trisha in the kitchen, and then the two sing a duet for their friend Mandy.

    Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

    The Kitchen: Summer Celebration

    The Kitchen’s throwing a summer party, and the menu starts with a Grilled Butterflied BBQ Chicken with Macaroni Salad. Then, Bobby and Jamie Deen share a Molasses Grilled London Broil (pictured above) with Chopped Grilled Summer Salad. Plus, there are recipes for three fun dips, tips to plan the perfect party, edible craft ideas and a refreshing cocktail for a crowd: a watermelon margarita garnished with homemade espelette salt.

    Saturday 11a|10c

    Daphne Dishes: Sum Sum Summertime

    Daphne Brogdon turns her backyard into a summer oasis after being inspired by a recent charity event on the beach. She’s serving up a menu fit for a summertime party, including Chorizo Sliders with Spicy Avocado Spread and Chula Vista Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions and Carlsbad Cream. Plus, she makes a chilled cucumber soup that she serves in shot glasses.

    Sunday 11:30a|10:30c

    Southern at Heart: Pizza Jammin’ All Night

    Damaris Phillips throws a fancy white party to celebrate summer and she whips up spectacular party food out of pale ingredients. Her menu stars pizza that is topped with roasted chicken, Brie cheese, and a homemade peach and moonshine jam. She also makes White Summer Sangria with fresh raspberries, peaches and cantaloupe, and, to end the party on a bright note, an Orange Blossom Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache.

    Sunday 12|11 c

    Guy’s Grocery Games: Battle America II: Cook or Be Cooked  

    Four chefs proudly represent their regions in the return of a Triple G favorite, Battle America. The competitors must make a regional feast without meat, because the even aisles — including the meat department — are off-limits. Next, the remaining three chefs are tasked with making an all-American burger without any of the classic ingredients. Don’t miss the final showdown, where the chefs make a presidential dinner featuring a sweet Red Light Special: jelly beans.

     Sunday 8|7c

    Food Network Star: The Perfect Match

    In the Mentor Challenge, finalists must think outside the box when preparing a dish for Giada and Bobby, because their favorite ingredients are switched with those of another finalist. Then, they arrive at Patina Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, where they pair up and collaborate on a dish to present to first-time daters from Match. Anne Burrell and the master chef of Patina Restaurant Group, Joachim Splichal, join the mentors at the judging table.

    Sunday 9|8c

    Cutthroat Kitchen: Circus Spectacular

    Don’t miss all-new challenges tonight, which begin on a funny note when chefs make corn dogs in a clown car. Then, a ring of fire drives another chef nuts, and finally, a competitor goes three-wheeling while making a funnel cake.

     Sunday 10|9c

  • Caption It: Here, Fishy Fishy 3 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    Food Network StarCome Sunday night, it’s all about culinary pairs, both in terms of mashed-up ingredients on the plate and in terms of finalists working together as duos in the kitchen. After a classic ingredient swap in the Mentor Challenge, finalists head out of Food Star Kitchen and to downtown Los Angeles, where they’ll meet up with the mentors, plus Anne Burrell, for a collaborative challenge at Patina Restaurant. While Anne’s used to searching for the best of the worst on her show Worst Cooks in America, on this weekend’s all-new episode of Food Network Star she’ll work with Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis to seek out potential glimmers of stardom among the best-of-the-best finalists.

    Check out the sneak-peek photo above for the first look at what’s to come on Sunday. Jay’s getting up close and personal with a fish, which is staring him down as herbs fluff out the side of its gills. What do you think Jay’s looking for on the fish, and how do you anticipate him using the seafood?

    Before you tune in on Sunday at 9|8c to find out what’s going on here, we’re challenging you, Star fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

    Don’t miss Food Network Star this Sunday at 9|8c.

  • Would You Name Your Kid Quinoa for $10,000? 2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm FN Dish – Food Network Blog

    QuinoaWould you name your kid Quinoa? How about in exchange for $10,000 worth of bar food and booze?

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, a casual-restaurant chain with 163 restaurants in 20 states, has announced that it will award $10,000 in BJ’s gift cards to the first parents in the United States to name their child after the healthy high-protein grain, which it is featuring in two new dishes on its light-fare menu: Roasted Chicken with Spinach Quinoa Bowl and Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl.

    The baby must be born or adopted between Tuesday, June 22, 2015, and, appropriately enough, Labor Day, with parents submitting the birth certificate or adoption papers as proof by October 21. (Official rules can be found here.) Only one family will win — the one who names their kid Quinoa first. And when BJ’s says first, it means first. The chain said that, despite the popularity of names inspired by other healthy foods, like Apple, Brie and Kale, it couldn’t find a single person in America named Quinoa.

    BJ’s executive VP and chief marketing officer, Kevin Mayer, said in a release that the company “wanted to do something big, maybe even a little crazy” to promote its new quinoa bowls, but also hoped the contest would have a bigger impact.

    “At the end of the day, we think Quinoa could be a great baby name,” he said. “And who knows? Maybe it will start a trend.”

    Girl name? Boy name? Nicknamed Kiki or Noa? That’s for the parents to decide, I guess. But even people who are not expecting the imminent arrival of an infant can get in on the discount action: Anyone who changes the first name on his or her Twitter account to “Quinoa” can collect a coupon worth $10 off $35. It’s not $10,000 worth of grub, but it is something.

    Photo courtesy of iStock

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