Secrets in Studio A…

by in View All Posts, February 10th, 2009

Greetings, Food Lovers!

This week we have Chef Anne Burrell in Studio A whipping up some of the most delectable dishes.  I have to mention that last night after shooting the commercial/restaurant kitchen scene (you’ll recognize this from the opening of the show) we were presented with some of her chocolate mousse!  It was out of this world – so rich, not too fluffy, and topped with perfect choco-covered espresso beans.  The perfect treat to the end of a long (but very successful) day.

I followed this up with a cup of tea and conversation, courtesy Ms Wendy Waxman – a delicious orange & apricot herbal tea.  Very relaxing.

And to think that was the end, ha!  I went into our FN kitchen to chat with my friend Ricky (by the way, he makes an incredible Jamaican jerk sauce) and noticed a huge pot of chicken cacciatorre (my fathers favorite Italian meal). I inquired what we were going to do with all of these leftovers – Ricky handed me a plastic container and said “go for it”!!  Needless to say, I called my father bragging – he has the recipe now and is very excited to try it out this weekend.

Today, Chef Anne is putting together some sandwiches and soups.  In my opinion, the most comforting food on a chilly, rainy, New York day. I simply can’t wait to taste!

Cheers,

Kendra, Operation Foodie

What to Watch: Celebrate America on The Kitchen and Special Guests Hannah Hart and Sunny Anderson on Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 30th, 2017

Food Network Star
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is sharing a collection of her all-time favorite summer recipes, perfect for entertaining or a quiet dinner for two. The menu includes Grilled Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa, Gazpacho and Ice Cream Pie with Easy Caramel Sauce. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are having a patriotic party and making a DIY confetti cannon. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is cooking eggs like a pro and later on Ayesha Curry is making an Italian feast.

On Sunday evening, carnival games come to Flavortown on Guy’s Grocery Games, and on Food Network Star, the remaining finalists are tackling Sunny Anderson’s kitchen hacks, and performing them in front of a studio audience.

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Star Recap: There’s a Lot to Love (and Hate) About Live Television

by , June 23rd, 2017

Food Network StarYes, there were two challenges in this episode, but the biggest OMG-what-just-happened moments came from the Star Challenge, which brought the finalists into their first forays of Live TV. There's no going back now. A few competitors rose to the occa...

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What to Watch: Prepped and Portioned Meals from The Pioneer Woman and the Premiere of Food Network Star

by in Shows, May 20th, 2016

Star castThis weekend is all about getting ready for summertime fun with easy meal-prep ideas from The Pioneer Woman, potluck recipes from Nancy Fuller and picnic ideas from the co-hosts of The Kitchen. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond’s get-ahead meal kits, including a spicy veggie stir-fry and stuffed bell peppers. After that, Nancy is hosting a potluck party with her friends and cooking some catering classics like peppery Parmesan orzo and cinnamon-and-sugar hand pies. Next, The Kitchen co-hosts are making amped-up cookout favorites like spicy kielbasa dogs and revealing the best tips for setting up a picnic.

On Sunday morning, Jeff Mauro and Marcela Valladolid are tackling the great cake vs. pie debate and providing recipes for the perfect pie crust and foolproof frosting. And on Sunday night, the final five Comeback Kitchen chefs will battle for a spot on Food Network Star. After that, the chef who won redemption will be revealed on the season premiere of Food Network Star. To end the night, Alton Brown’s got a special grilling episode of Cutthroat Kitchen with all-new sabotages.

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Star-a-Day: Melissa Pfeister

by , April 11th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Competitive Grilling in the Great Outdoors: Ted Allen on the Challenges of Chopped Grill Masters

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, July 6th, 2015

Ted Allen on Grill MastersFor the second time in the show’s history, Chopped headed out of the studio and into the great outdoors for Grill Masters. The cast traded in their dress shoes and city blacks for boots and overalls — well, almost! Production moved the entire crew to Queens County Farm on the outskirts of New York City to tape the special grilling tournament, premiering July 14 at 10|9c. FN Dish caught up with host Ted Allen to chat about the challenges the location posed as well as the challenges the competitors will face.

“We’re a studio show, for the most part, and you forget how easy you have it shooting indoors,” says Ted, referring to the fact that Chopped tapes at Food Network headquarters in New York City, which is a whole lot comfier than roughing it in the Tucson desert like the cast and crew did for the previous Grill Masters season — just think sand everywhere. For Season 2 everything still had to happen outdoors, and even though a more convenient location was chosen, it didn’t mean it would be that much easier — there was still the chance of inclement weather, among other uncontrollable factors.

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There’s a Plastic-Eating Fungus Among Us

by in News, January 17th, 2015

Plastic-Eating MushroomsThat classic scene from the movie The Graduate was all too true. There is a great future in plastics. The problem, though, is that future may be devastatingly long – in fact, no one really knows quite how long conventional plastics take to break down. It could be hundreds upon hundreds of years, and even when they break down, they never really go away completely. And that’s not great for our planet.

Now, science may have an answer. One word: mushrooms.

Austrian designers Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger, co-founders of the collaborative design firm LIVIN Studio, have teamed up with researchers at Utrecht University to devise a fungi food product they hope is capable of solving two global problems at once: too much plastic waste and too little food.

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Rachael’s Thoughts About Episode 9 and the One Thing Every Star Needs to Have

by , July 29th, 2014

Rachael's Thoughts About Episode 9
Rachael Ray hosted the final five, as well as Alton, Bobby and Giada, on her talk show during last week’s episode, and tasked the finalists with helping to solve a common problem: dinnertime struggles. After several successes (and also several failures), Star Talk wanted to catch up with the host herself to find out her thoughts on the show.

Star Talk: Rachael, what are your final thoughts on how the final five performed in this episode?
Rachael Ray: I think overall they did really well. I think some of them were a little more comfortable than others, but you know, it’s a really tough thing to try to master working in front of a camera and a live studio audience and having the family that you’re cooking for literally at the counter. So it was sort of a triple threat. I thought once they each got into it, even those that weren’t as comfortable found their rhythm eventually.

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Muffulettas to BBQ Shrimp: My New Orleans

by in View All Posts, March 4th, 2014

Muffulettas to BBQ Shimp: My New Orleansby Todd Coleman

I made my first trip to New Orleans in the late ’80s and remember one thing vividly: the muffuletta sandwich. Salty, sweet and tangy between two pieces of bread, it was delicious, perfect. Little did I know how important it was to become to me.

I grew up as an Air Force brat, moving all around, all the time, and had just moved from Germany to Florida with my family in 1986. It was a shock, to everyone. Quickly, instinctively, my dad took us on a trip to New Orleans. The relief set in immediately. I reveled in the old buildings, the Stephen King novel I was reading, the endless cultural thingamajigs and the food. I read about the muffuletta in my dad’s guidebook and begged to go the Central Grocery — the sandwich’s creator.

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Catch Geoffrey and Food Network Friends on the Radio Tomorrow

by in Food Network Chef, October 22nd, 2013

Geoffrey Zakarian on Food TalkYou’ve surely seen him on television as a Chopped judge and as an Iron Chef  America superstar in Kitchen Stadium, and you may have even seen him in person at some of his restaurants. But come tomorrow you can hear from Geoffrey Zakarian in one of the most unlikely of places: the radio. For only the third time ever, Geoffrey is teaming up with SiriusXM radio to host a Food Talk broadcast, and the latest show premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7am EST on Stars Channel 106.

This past weekend brought together the most renowned names in the culinary industry at the sixth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, and Geoffrey kicked off the celebration last Friday by bringing together some of your favorite Food Network stars, including Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson and Jeff Mauro, plus his fellow members on the Chopped panel, for relaxed chats — and plenty of laughs. Huddled in a studio at the SiriusXM headquarters high atop Manhattan, Geoffrey and his guests munched on sweet and savory bites from his restaurant The National, and dished about some of the most-talked-about topics in the food industry today.

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