What to Watch: Fast and Easy Recipes, Grilling Seafood, and Empanadas vs. Tacos on Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 12th, 2013

Ree DrummondThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about quick and easy cooking for everyone from busy moms to young adults. Then it’s competition time with new episodes of Food Court Wars and Food Network Star.

Start Saturday morning off with a lesson in time management from Ree, who is testing herself to see how fast she can cook a meal, starting with a 30-minute dish and moving on to a 5-minute challenge. Then Trisha is showing her friend who’s a mom how to get a great weeknight supper on the table in no time at all. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is visiting some New York City hot spots before heading home to cook a few inspired dishes. Then Giada is cooking up fast recipes that young adults living on their own can easily tackle.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is preparing a picnic menu inspired by nature’s sweetener, honey. Then Guy is cooking up dishes that he hopes his restaurant-owner friend will appreciate, including duck sliders and squash chips fried in duck fat. Later, Bobby is grilling a Northeast seafood menu that features lobster rolls.

Come back Sunday evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars where two teams battle it out to win a food court restaurant. One team specializes in empanadas and the other in tacos. On Food Network Star, the remaining hopefuls must create a dish featuring a unique ingredient and then auction it off to a roomful of foodies. On Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a foul-mouthed restaurant owner clean up her act, get her staff on her side and improve the restaurant.

The Pioneer Woman: Time Tested

Ree is challenging herself to cook meals in less and less time. Today she’s cooking a 30-minute Mini Meatball Sandwiches — then 20-Minute Penne Alla Betsy and a 10-minute Buffalo Chicken Salad with Fast Blue Cheese Dressing. She’s even able to whip together a bonus 5-minute meal of Easy Green Chile Enchiladas.

Tune in: Saturday, July 13 at 10am/9c

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Weeknight Suppers

Trisha gives her busy mom friend some great recipes for weeknight suppers. Recipes include Pork Chops and Rice, String Beans and Tomatoes, and Lemon Squares.

Tune in: Saturday, July 13 at 10:30am/9:30c

Barefoot Contessa: Heard It on the Grapevine

Ina’s checking out New York hot spots everyone’s talking about, starting at The Meatball Shop, where she makes their signature Smash Meatball Sandwich. Then Ina meets a friend for fondue in Cafe Select, a speakeasy-style bar. At All Good Things market, Ina arranges flowers French style. Back at home Ina makes cinnamon baked doughnuts and coffee inspired by her adventures.

Tune in: Saturday July 13 at 11am/10c

Giada at Home: Viewers’ Choice 2

Giada De Laurentiis reached out to her Twitter followers to find out what they’d like to see her make. The most requested recipes were for college students and young adults living on their own for the first time. So in this episode Giada offers easy and delicious recipes like Corn and Tomato Soup, Lemony Shrimp Scampi with Orzo and Arugula, Pearl Couscous with Chicken and Peas, and Blueberry-Banana Bread.

Tune in: Saturday, July 13 at 11:30am/10:30c

Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen: Playground Picnic

Jamie Deen loves honey, and he’s built an entire meal around nature’s sweetener. He’s making Baked Sticky Honey Chicken, Honey Glazed Carrot and Parsnip Coins, and Olive Oil Honey Cake for the family to enjoy at their playground picnic. For the adults, there’s a Warm Bourbon Cider Drink with a Splash of Lemon.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 10am/9c

Guy’s Big Bite: Duck, Duck, Booze

Guy Fieri is on a mission to add a dish to the menu at his friend’s restaurant. He’s making Duck Confit Sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls with fennel and celery root slaw and a spread of homemade cranberry jam. On the side there’s Butternut Squash Chips, fried in duck fat and dusted with a brown sugar-chile spice mix. And for a refreshing cocktail, Guy’s mixing up Ginger Negronis.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 10:30am/9:30c

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction: Northeast Barbecue Feast

Bobby Flay is barbecuing with the freshest catch from the Northeast. He shares his go-to summer dishes like Hot Lobster Rolls with Lemon-Tarragon Butter, Caramelized Scallops with Fresh Green Pea Vinaigrette, Grilled Swordfish and Eggplant-Grilled Pepper Salad, and a homemade Raspberry Ginger Ale.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 11:30am/10:30c

Food Court Wars: Tirado’s Empanadas & More vs. The Taco Spot

In Spartanburg, S.C., mother-daughter team Jenn and Trish have taken their Puerto Rican family tradition of making empanadas and turned it into a small business at local festivals, but these ladies are now ready to expand from the food cart to the food court and build a lasting family business. Taco Spot owner J.V. and employee Michael currently have two existing restaurants, but meager revenues barely keep their doors open. These taco entrepreneurs will need to bring on the heat if they want to build their taco empire. Watch to find out who will win their very own food court restaurant after this south of the border showdown.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 8pm/7c

Food Network Star: Star Charity Auction

This week, the finalists are challenged to be adventurous, both on screen and in the kitchen. Each must create a dish using an unusual ingredient and then auction the dish to a roomful of adventurous eaters. The finalist whose dish fetches the highest price is safe from elimination. The selection committee will pick the best overall dish and send one finalist home.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 9pm/8c

Restaurant: Impossible: Kalico Kraziness

Chef Robert travels to Douglas, Mich., to save the Kalico Kitchen. Longtime owner Catherine is boisterous and blunt, with a vocabulary so colorful that it’s turning the staff against her, including her own son, Donny. Despite all the yelling, cursing and putdowns, the staff hasn’t been whipped into shape — the restaurant is failing, the food is subpar and the kitchen is absolutely filthy! Robert has just two days to get the place cleaned up, the staff back on track and the owner shaped up.

Tune in: Sunday, July 14 at 10pm/9c

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Comments (4)

  1. Tina says:

    I cant believe you took paula deen off the air for something she said 20 yrs ago….your channel is getting very boring….looks like your trying to fill the time in with stupid shows.
    i have been watching your show for yrs…….looks like the cooking channel is looking better to me.

  2. bhart says:

    Pionner Woman,
    Did you know that the word "THEM" is actually pronounced just as it's written with the "TH" before the "EM?" You use that word quite often, but for some reason you always say "EM." I'm pretty sure you've been educated, so would you mind pronouncing the word "THEM" correctly???

  3. Cathy says:

    Posting a comment on a website, is a first for me, mostly because I have NO free time, and BTW…who cares? Oops excuse me, all due respect is intended, sorry.

    …The reason for taking this time, and choosing this issue to comment on, was because how strongly I feel about the show, The Pioneer Woman. My weekends begin on Sat. mornings, (well, not really, but for the sake of family shows and family posted comments; as a single woman, 50-ish) my weekends begin on Saturday mornings with my coffee on the couch and watching Food Network and The Cooking Channel until noon; relaxing and dozing off, it's a luxury money can't buy, which is good 'cause I don't have any. I was really surprised this morning when Ree Drummond had to take a picture at every stage of the preparation of the food. R E A L L Y?????? Ok, I appreciate "blogging" and I am sympathetic, to those folks who feel they need a photo of the food at every stage, but, really,shouldn't that be another show???. Can you imagine Bobby Flay or Chef Simon taking the time to take a picture of the food at each stage of his preparation??

    I would love to hear from anyone else that found this a bit perturbing today. For all others, pour your hearts out, I just did. Ok, now I am starting to "get" the "blogging thing"

    One more thing, I adore Ree Drummond, this is not a comment about her or her ability as a wonderful chef. I also own one of her cookbooks, she's a wonderful author as well. Good thing she doesn't read to us! I love her approach to all her recipes; "no holds barred" attitude….And her emphasis on just enjoying good food! I'm not sure if her family is as idyllic as the show portrays, but in my mind …IT IS! I grew up in a large family (8 of us), and we always had dinner at 6:00pm, everyone, the phone could not be answered between 5:30 and 6:30 pm in order that we would sit and have dinner together. Nobody talked to each other, but, that's besides the point!

    Ok, the purpose of this comment is to ask why we have to watch Ree taking pictures? Shouldn't that be another show? I am so happy for her, and her fellow bloggers, how helpful this must be, BUT…when I watch a cooking show, I don't give a "care" about how the food looks in a picture!

    Ok, to sum up, I hereby declare I really resent the photographs being taken. I understand it only takes a nano second, it is, however, an interruption! Taking pictures while you are preparing a recipe should be another show…hmmmm, that is, in my humble opinion….

    Ok, I'm starting to get the benefit of blogging; it's a great way to air your feelings! Ok, then, one more comment I'd like to get off my chest; Robert Irvine is "S M O K I N' H O T" I was thinking of opening a restaurant, a shitty one, so…..he could come in and make it awesome! He'd just need to stand there, ok, maybe smile too.

  4. gem says:

    i think you use your children as child labor, there up early in the am,work hard then home work, and most time do the dishes. you seem to just cook and take pictures.

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