by Julie Hines in Holidays, Recipes, June 24th, 2017
by T.K. Brady in Recipes, View All Posts, June 23rd, 2017
Between the backyard barbecues, beachy picnics and fireworks viewing parties, summer is packed with patriotic events. When planning your next party don’t limit the theme to the decor – food can be patriotic, too! And while a surprise-inside flag cake looks amazing, not everyone has the time to make one. We rounded up our favorite red, white and blue dishes that will look great, but won’t take all day to make.
American Flag Caprese Salad (pictured above)
The addition of purple potatoes to the classic mozzarella and tomato salad makes for a patriotic side dish, perfect for any summer party. It looks adorable in the flag design, but will look equally tasty mixed together in a bowl if you don’t have the patience to set it up. Read more
by Amy Reiter in News, June 23rd, 2017
Chain restaurants tend to evoke a sense of nostalgia, which is why it’s no surprise any American can instantly pinpoint their favorite fast-food burger. White Castle — the pioneer of the fast-food burger — hasn’t lost its luster to passionate diners and new chains like Shake Shack are flipping the idea of fast-food on its head. Not to mention, you can’t go to California without making a stop at In-N-Out — and if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen? Food Network Magazine asked the test kitchen to re-create some of Americas most beloved burgers, so you can have a taste of your favorite anytime, anywhere. Read more
by Joel Raneri in Shows, June 23rd, 2017
That red liquid dripping from your raw filet mignon or rump roast? Blood, right? Nope, not blood … “weep.”
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy-worthy feast of some of her best Tex-Mex recipes. She’s whipping up Simple, Perfect Chili, Cheese Enchiladas, and decadent, individual Piña Coloda Tres Leches Cakes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making dishes perfect for outdoor entertaining and sharing some gardening tips to give your party the perfect Instagram-worthy setting. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is preparing make-ahead desserts, perfect for a dinner party, and Ayesha Curry is making a manly meal for her husband Stephen and his friends.
On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is seeing double in Flavortown Market when three sets of twins compete for the $20,000 grand prize, and on Food Network Star, the remaining finalists must bring elegance to the wilderness in a special glamping-themed competition with guest judges Melissa d’Arabian and Andrew Zimmern.
by FN Dish Editor in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017
Yesterday we introduced you to Natalie Sideserf, one half of the Sideserf Cake Studio business — and one half of the Sideserf family. Today it’s all about Natalie’s business partner and husband, Dave. Together, the Sideserfs are set to star on the all-new upcoming series Texas Cake House (premiering Monday, July 10 at 9|8c), which will give fans an insider’s look at how this power couple bring their next-level cake creations to life and manage to navigate their marriage along the way.
While Natalie handles much of the design elements of their business, Dave’s role runs the gamut, he tells us. But he’s quick to add that when it comes to eating and working with cake, “The taste test is my favorite part!” Read on below to hear more from Dave and find out how what he thinks is the trickiest part of running Sideserf Cake Studio. And learn all about his and Natalie’s too-cute dog, Mrs. Robinson.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work with Natalie.
Dave Sideserf: I have always liked cooking and worked in kitchens growing up. After graduating college, I worked in the tech field, where I learned a ton about business development. After years of building the foundation of Sideserf Cake Studio, the time finally came where we both realized my full-time assistance was needed.
What was it like leaving your career to work with Natalie at Sideserf Cake Studio?
DS: My previous employer was a startup that was hired by some pretty major companies. Much of my time was spent working with those organizations onsite, which allowed me to gain a lot of exposure to the inner workings of businesses of varying sizes. That experience has been extremely helpful in building our brand. Read more
by Maria Russo, June 22nd, 2017
Hannah Hart has over five-million followers on social media, a killer sense of humor, a passion for food and this summer, she’s taking a flavor-filled journey to some of the country’s favorite regional food spots in the new Food Network series I Hart Food. In the six-episode series, food enthusiast Hannah follows her appetite to discover incredible local dishes and awesome conversations. From investigating Santa Fe’s fiery fixation with green and red chilies to catching New England lobsters with her bare hands in Portland, Maine, Hannah’s food adventures explore every angle of these local specialties and the stories behind them. I Hart Food premieres Monday, August 14 at 10|9c on Food Network.
by Julie Hines in In Season, Recipes, June 21st, 2017
Nearly four weeks into the Food Network Star competition, several finalists have already experienced the sting of elimination and left the contest in defeat — but perhaps they'll be back. Starting Sunday night immediately after the new episode of F...
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 21st, 2017
Summer means tons of fresh fruits and vegetables showing up at the grocery stores and farmers markets, but if we’re totally honest, strawberries make us giddy for the season and gets our creative cooking juices flowing. While frozen strawberries keep our cravings at bay throughout the year, there are some things that are just better with super-sweet fresh strawberries. Take a look at some tasty ways to get your fill while strawberries are in season.
Strawberry-Stuffed Cupcakes (pictured above)
They look like standard cupcakes from the outside, but take a bite and you’ll be surprised with a mouthful of strawberry baked right in! Read more
by Amy Reiter in News, June 21st, 2017
Let’s just say that Natalie Sideserf isn’t your everyday cake decorator. While many bakers look to a sheet of fondant and a few roses to craft a birthday cake, Natalie pushes the limits of what you know cake to be by building from the base up hyper-realistic designs that are as much works of art as they are desert. Together with her husband and business partner, Dave, Natalie will offer fans an insider’s look at the start-to-finish process she and her team employ on their all-new series, Texas Cake House. The show premieres on Monday, July 10 at 9|8c, but we caught up with Natalie ahead of time to learn more about her style in the kitchen and the business she and Dave run, Sideserf Cake Studio.
How did you get started in this business?
Natalie Sideserf: After graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my friend Kelsey suggested I try to make a sculpted cow skull cake for our friend’s upcoming birthday. I gave it a try and immediately realized I had found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being able to combine my love of food and art is a dream come true.
Where did you learn to sculpt cake?
NS: I learned the basics of cake decorating while working at local bakeries, but I taught myself how to create elaborate cake sculptures by experimenting at home. It has taken me many years of practice, and I still learn something new with every cake.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are not only herbs you keep in your kitchen spice drawer and lyrics you sing in the shower (Are you going to Scarborough Fair?). They’re also artful temporary tattoos you can wear on your arm. In fact, you can wear them wherever you like. Oh, and also? They’re scented.