What to Watch: Damaris and Giada Welcome Spring with New Recipes and the Premiere of America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 11th, 2014

America's Best CookOn Saturday, Ree is putting on a big Cajun-style party for her father-in-law, and on Heartland Table, Amy is bringing back the supper club. Sunday morning, tune in to Rachael for a week’s worth of meals prepared in one day. Later Damaris helps her uncle create a spring lamb feast. Then Giada makes an Easter luncheon for her family. And Guy’s Big Bite is all about one of Guy’s favorite comfort foods: hot dogs.

On Sunday evening, tune in to a new episode of Food Court Wars — one team specializes in sub sandwiches, the other team focuses on comfort food. Then on the premiere of America’s Best Cook, 16 cooks from four regions compete for just eight spots. Mentors Alex, Cat, Michael and Tyler will each pick the two home cooks they think will best represent their region (East, South, North and West, respectively) during competition. Only one home cook will walk away the winner of $50,000 at the end of six weeks. Then on a new Cutthroat Kitchen, one chef must use a cement mixer while making a layer cake.

The Pioneer Woman: “Happy Birthday, Pa-Pa

The whole family is pitching in for a big party to celebrate the birthday of Ree’s father-in-law, Chuck. Everyone is gathering at the lodge for a Cajun Surf and Turf feast, with rare beef tenderloin and juicy jumbo shrimp, and Cajun Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls on the side. The girls are helping Ree make a delicious Strawberry Shortcake Cake, while her sister-in-law makes salad and her mother-in-law takes the boys shopping. It’s one birthday Chuck will never forget.

Saturday 10a|9c

Heartland Table: “Steak Night

In this episode, Amy’s kitchen spins out a traditional nostalgic supper club meal with a few updates: Steakhouse Deviled Eggs, Rib Eye with Homemade Steak Sauce and Glorified Hash Brown Cake with Frying Peppers.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day: “Ahead of the Game

Rachael Ray makes five 30 minute make-ahead meals: Beef Goulash with Blue Cheese, Toasted Spaghetti Minestra with Tuscan Kale, Sweet Sausage and Eggplant Penne, Boneless Chicken Chasseur, and Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. That’s five make-ahead meals, up to a week’s worth of food, done — in just one day!

Sunday 8a|7c

Southern at Heart: “Family Feast

Damaris helps her kitchen-challenged Uncle John tackle the traditional Phillips spring lamb feast. Taking the intimidation out of preparing a large roast, Damaris demonstrates an easy cooking method and simply layers fresh flavors to bring out the best qualities of Roasted Lamb with Mint Chimichurri. Feta roasted new potatoes and togarashi-glazed carrots round out this crowd-pleasing menu that shows a fresh take on traditional Southern fare.

Sunday 10a|9c

Giada at Home: “Springtime in Italy

Giada makes a very traditional Italian Easter luncheon for her family using the fresh flavors of Italy. The menu features Italian Springtime Lamb, Artichoke Risotto and Whipped Ricotta Salad.

Sunday 10:30a|9:30c

Guy’s Big Bite: “Danger Dog

For Guy, hot dogs are pure family comfort. They’re a staple at ballparks and family cookouts, and Guy likes his with coleslaw and apple pie — and you know he does all three with an outta-bounds, Guy-style twist! We’re talking bacon-wrapped Danger Dogs with Spicy Fruit Relish, Creamy Broccoli Fennel Slaw and a Moonshine Apple Pie Cocktail.

Sunday 11:30a|10:30c

Food Court Wars: “Submarino’s vs. Molly’s Kitchen

Friends and co-workers Randy and Brandon are ready to bring Randy’s family-run submarine sandwich food truck concept to the food court. Close friends Michelle and Lindsey love home-cooked comfort foods; ever since Michelle was forced to close her bakery, she has dreamed of getting back into the culinary world. Watch as these two teams bring their dreams to the mall in Logan, Utah.

Sunday 8|7c

America’s Best Cook: “Making the Cut

Sixteen of the country’s best amateur cooks arrive in New York for their chance at $50,000 and the title of America’s Best Cook. But first, they must compete to represent their region, in one of two spots on a superstar chef mentor’s team. Iron Chef Michael Symon will be choosing from the North, Iron Chef Cat Cora takes the South, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is heading up the East and Food Network star Chef Tyler Florence is representing the West. The mentors will be choosing wisely, as they will also be out of the competition if both of their cooks are eliminated.

Sunday 9|8c

Cutthroat Kitchen: “Layer, I Hardly Know Her!

One chef is forced to serve a hot version of cobb salad, someone must build his or her own kitchen from random items inside a shopping cart, and another chef gets down and dirty when forced to make a layer cake with a cement mixer.

Sunday 10|9c

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Comments (10)

  1. Peggy Smith says:

    I find it strange that the Food Network is unaware of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I happen to be from your map's nonexistent Upper Peninsula & I take great umbrage at this omission.

  2. Carol says:

    Wow, no UP or Door County, Wisconsin. I think someone needs to hire a new graphic designer for the show….or whomever was responsible for the omission.

  3. Steve Maki says:

    Who is the idiot that made and used this map? You totally left out the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I could see, maybe, leaving off a small peninsula here and there. But the U.P. of Michigan is rather large.

    Well, on second thought, maybe it's a good thing that you forget about us Yoopers. We'll keep all the beauty, culture and serenity to ourselves.

  4. Laurie says:

    Hey! You missed some of the best parts of the US! Come visit my website and I'll show you how we cook up in northeast Wisconsin and the UP.

  5. Bruce solka says:

    In cooking, as in many other fields, such as cartography, attention to detail is often key to success! The background map in the accompanying picture for ABC indicates a lack of care for cartographic accuracy. Does this carry over to your other content?

  6. JAJ says:

    Interesting. Maybe you need to hire a new map maker that knows the geographics of the United States. Part of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are missing. It doesn't surprise me. This has happened more than once on national maps of the US. Sometimes it is ommited or sometimes people think we are part of Wisconsin.

  7. Nathy says:

    Why would you leave off a part of Michigan? You got all of Florida on your map,why couldn't you get all of Michigan on there too? Imagine how upset half of the people in Florida would have been if you just ignored them. I think you get the idea that the Yoopers won't like it too well that you didn't get the Upper Peninsula on your map!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Until the Food Network finds a map that includes the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the rest of Wisconsin, I think my cable box will have to skip over the Food Network channel.

  9. Liz says:

    It would appear that you have forgotten to include the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Door County in Wisconsin on your map of the United States. But I guess you have figured that out from all of the other comments posted. Perhaps you should visit these awesome places. However, you might need to get a new map…….

  10. Gwen Dickerson says:

    Welcoming spring and not even considering the upper peninsula of Michigan is just wrong. No one gets spring fever like a YOOPER. And the Food Network is clearly missing out on some pretty amazing food by not checking out Gods country and very unique recipes and food traditions passed down through the generations.

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