You Asked Food Network Stars

by in Food Network Magazine, July 30th, 2013

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Food Network stars answer your burning questions in the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine.

Sunny, what is the perfect rub for slow-roasted pork butt and ribs?
John R. Verdensky via Facebook

The butt, or shoulder, is my favorite thing to slow-roast. Pork accepts flavor really well, so it’s fun to tailor the seasoning blend to your meal. The easiest is my grandma’s recipe, which is just Old Bay, sweet paprika, garlic and onion powder. I also like pumpkin pie spice blends or curry blends with plenty of salt and pepper. For ribs, I’m a daughter of the Carolinas, so I lean toward vinegar in my sauce. Or try rubbing the ribs with a blend of chili powder, lime juice and honey.
—Sunny Anderson

Aarón, what’s the best way to introduce dishes with heat to non-adventurous eaters?
Daren McDougal via Google +

With people who aren’t adventurous with food, you have to slowly build up the heat. Start with something like pureed chiles topped with a sweet fruit like mango and work your way up to hotter dishes.
—Aarón Sánchez

Kelsey, why do potato salad leftovers become watery the next day?
Kathy Hildebrand from Rochester, N.Y.

The primary ingredients in traditional potato salad — potatoes, celery, onions — contain a lot of water. When salt is added to season the salad, it makes the problem even worse by drawing the water out of these ingredients. I think the best way to combat this is to make and eat the salad the same day. The longer it sits, the more watery it will become.
—Kelsey Nixon

Ron, what is your favorite confection to make at home?
Melody Durham via Facebook

I love to bake yeast cakes, such as kugelhopf (similar to a Bundt cake) and babka (a Ukrainian sweet bread). And my braided challah is as elaborate as some of my cakes: Try the recipe.
—Ron Ben-Israel

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Comments (3)

  1. del says:

    I love watching foodnetwork, but recently some of your chefs dressed a little bit showy, not good for little children.

    please consider, thank you

  2. Donna says:

    I really have enjoyed Pioneer woman. It is so pleasant to see "life on the ranch" and a loving, hard working family. I really have not missed Paula………

  3. Chris says:

    Food Network gets it wrong for 3rd year in a row! This show is now officially irrelevant. Big Daddy, Arti Party, and now this. Viet, The BBQ Guy, and Russell would all make better shows that teach better food. Bobby and Alton, I am sorry but how can you be associated with these winners? The last 3 years' winners are never on when most people watch, are never interesting, and never put forth new recipes that people love. Guy has been the only real success of this show and the best new personalities (Pioneer Woman) do not come from this show. Cancel it or do it right. What a joke. I'd watch Viet everyday, but Damaris will fade to nothing in 3 weeks, just like her past 3 predecessors have.

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