What to Watch: A Weekend of Comforting Meals and Competition

by in Shows, February 1st, 2013

Ree Drummond and her daughtersIf you’re looking for comforting meals, quick family dinners, restaurant-inspired recipes and some celebrity competition, then tune in to Food Network this weekend.

Start off Saturday morning with Paula and a special episode of Italian comfort food. Then let Ree show you how to accomplish a family dinner in 16 minutes flat. Later, on Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s in Napa having dinner with her husband, Jeffrey, and Chef Michael Chiarello. In the afternoon, there’s a new episode of Sugar Dome inspired by cops and robbers.

On Sunday, catch up on all the drama and action on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off with a marathon starting at 6pm/5c; then watch an all-new episode at a special time of 10pm/9c. The celebrities will take on food trucks in their next challenge.

Paula’s Best Dishes: “Bottle of Red, Bottle of White

Paula gets in the kitchen with restaurateur Steve Martorano to make some classic Italian comfort food. Steve shares his famous recipe for Eggplant Stack while Paula makes Cheesy Manicotti, Grilled Chicken Parmesan and Easy Garlic Bread. Any of the dishes work well with a bottle of red or white wine — it’s up to you to decide.

Tune in: Saturday, February 2 at 9:30am/8:30c

The Pioneer Woman: “Sixteen Minute Meals

Dinner doesn’t have to take over an hour to make. Let Ree show you how to get dinner on the family table in no time. In this episode, she offers up a sampler of quick recipes, all of which can be achieved in just 16 minutes. Recipes include Chicken Quesadillas, Beef With Snow Peas and Chicken Florentine Pasta.

Tune in: Saturday, February 2 at 10am/9c

Barefoot Contessa: “Dinner in Napa

For a casual dinner with Jeffrey in the garden of their vacation rental in Napa, Ina’s making Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad and for dessert, there’s Raspberry Crumble Bars. The next day, Ina and Jeffrey are meeting up with Chef Michael Chiarello for dinner. He’s making his incredible Chicken a la Vendemmia with grapes picked directly from his own vineyard.

Tune in: Saturday, February 3 at 11am/10c

Sugar Dome: “Cops and Robbers

It’s the classic game of cat and mouse, cops and robbers on this new episode. Each team is made up of a cake artist, sugar artist and fruit carver who join forces to take on the challenge of creating edible creations capturing an epic story of thievery. The prize is $15,000.

Tune in: Saturday, February 2 at 1pm/12c

Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off: “Lights, Camera, Lunch Trucks

Four celebrities remain to take on this week’s challenge, which will have them working out of food trucks. The celebrities must choose a concept, create menu items that fit the theme and then serve 100 customers in a limited amount of time. The customers will choose the single winner of the challenge and the three remaining celebrities will battle it out in a double elimination challenge to see who goes on to the finale.

Tune in: Sunday, February 3 at 10pm/9c

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