Meet Baker Simone Faure, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 25th, 2015

Simone FaureEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Simone Faure

Jeff’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese: Layer by Gooey Layer

by in Food Network Chef, April 25th, 2015

Jeff MauroAs Food Network’s official Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro is no stranger to between-bread creations, and on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, he joined Geoffrey Zakarian for a Flavor Bombs segment focusing on one sandwich in particular: the grilled cheese. For GZ, the next-level taste came in the form of rich, hearty brioche bread, which promised to give heft to his over-the-top grilled cheese, while Jeff added a bold punch of spice to his jalapeno-spiked recipe.

FN Dish caught up with Jeff on the set of The Kitchen to get his take on what it takes to build not just an everyday grilled cheese but his ultimate, best-ever grilled cheese. From the necessary thickness of the slice of bread to sliced-versus-shredded cheese thoughts, read on below to hear from Jeff and find out what he considers to be “the four best bites” of the sandwich.

The Bread:
“White bread — country white, because it’s usually a little sweeter. It’s got a little more density to it,” Jeff says. “Thick slices, but you don’t want to get too thick. You want to get not, like, your standard bagged sandwich bread, but something a little heartier. But not Texas toast. It’s got to be thin enough to let that heat rise to the interior to goo out the cheese. But it can’t be too thin, where you’re going to take it off [the heat] and it’s going to be floppy. I hate floppy grilled cheese. [Also,] butter on my grilled cheese. Yes.”

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Ina Garten Wins James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Host

by in Food Network Chef, News, April 25th, 2015

Ina GartenIf next month’s James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala is the Oscars of the culinary industry, then last night’s James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards was the Golden Globes of the food world — at least according to the president of the James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro. At Manhattan’s Pier Sixty, nestled along the Hudson River with sprawling views of a shining city sunset, Ungaro joined more than 100 esteemed award nominees, plus revered chefs and tastemakers, and host Carla Hall, to celebrate the very best works in food media.

From the Photography and Podcast categories to that of the Personal Essay, the winners took the stage one by one to accept their James Beard medals and reflect on the journeys that brought them to that podium. Perhaps, however, no other award was more sought-after than the medal for Outstanding Personality/Host, as it was saved until nearly the end of the evening. For the second year in a row, Food Network’s Ina Garten earned the win in this venerable category for her hit show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics. Before and after her name was announced, the crowd looked back on familiar scenes from her show, as well as some of Ina’s most-mouthwatering recipes, which in true Ina form, she delivered with the relaxed and welcoming air that only she could provide.

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5 Unexpected Strawberry Desserts

by in Recipes, April 25th, 2015

From shortcake and pie to fruit salads and parfaits, this ruby-red berry is the star of some classic desserts. While no one can deny the appeal of traditional combinations — like strawberries and rhubarb, or strawberries and whipped cream — this versatile fruit pairs well with infinite other ingredients. Here are a few unexpected flavor combos to help you experience strawberries in a whole new light.

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Meet Baker Sandy Hunter, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 24th, 2015

Sandy HunterEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Sandy Hunter

Coffee Breaks in Space Are Getting a Whole Lot Better

by in News, April 24th, 2015

Espresso MachineEuropean cafe culture has spread across the globe — and now it’s about to travel beyond it. The International Space Station is getting its own coffee bar.

While astronauts and cosmonauts have long had to settle for instant coffee during their lengthy stays in the orbiting laboratory, now an espresso maker is rocketing their way.

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Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: The Freshly Cracked Egg Edition

by in Community, April 24th, 2015

#FoodNetworkFaves EggsNo 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!

Last week we asked you to get cracking with the best egg dishes of all time. And the truth is, we were surprised at the sheer beauty of these egg images; we couldn’t stop squirming in our seats over the runniest egg sandwiches, most-glorious omelets and all other examples of egg-crackin’, perfectly flipped glory you sent our way. Scrolling through our feed gave way to satisfyingly eggy sandwiches, tarts, quiches, hashes and then some.

But that’s enough talk. We are pleased to introduce this week’s #FoodNetworkFaves winners!

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What to Watch: Breakfast for Dinner on The Pioneer Woman and the Premiere of Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 24th, 2015

Spring Baking ChampionshipThis Saturday, watch Food Network for a twist on ordinary dinner, the ultimate comfort-food menu and simple, one-pan weeknight dinner recipes. Start the morning off with The Pioneer Woman as Ree Drummond makes breakfast for dinner, featuring dishes like Wild Rice Pancakes and Breakfast Quesadillas. Next up, Trisha Yearwood is serving a mouthwatering comfort-food feast on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Then, the chefs of The Kitchen are demonstrating quick and easy weeknight dinners and ways to boost the tastiness of ordinary grilled cheese.

Tune in on Sunday morning to get more great recipes from Food Network stars with new episodes of Giada at Home, Southern at Heart and Farmhouse Rules. On Sunday night, tune in for three hours of competition that will have you on the edge of your seat. First, watch as four chefs from different regions of the United States engage in combat for culinary triumph on Guy’s Grocery Games. At 9|8c, don’t miss a very sweet season premiere of Spring Baking Championship. Watch as eight extremely gifted bakers take on spring-inspired challenges to impress the judges. Cap the night off with a fresh episode of Cutthroat Kitchen to see which chef survives Alton Brown’s mischievous obstacles.

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Meet Baker Kristine de la Cruz, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 23rd, 2015

Kristine de la CruzEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Kristine de la Cruz

Why Side Salads Are the Best Salads — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, April 23rd, 2015

Why Side Salads Are the Best SaladsThe utterance “I’m going to get a salad” often evinces visions of diets and other streaks of healthy eating. But, if you’re asking me, leafy greens and their accompaniments are anything but punishment. On the contrary, our favorite green salads emanate fresh vibrancy with every invigorating bite. Plus, when they’re enjoyed as a main dish, they bring a certain brightness to the main event. Next time you’re on the hunt for a side dish, think of these glorious side salad recipes for all kinds of leafy greens.

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