Star-a-Day: Emily Ellyn

by , May 5th, 2012

Emily Ellyn

To give you a sneak peek at the personalities of Team Alton, Team Bobby and Team Giada, we’re introducing a finalist per day leading up to the bigger-than-ever Food Network Star premiere on Sunday, May 13, at 9pm/8c. Don’t miss the casting special on Saturday, May 12, at 9pm/8c for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at each finalist’s road to Star-dom, including footage of their final one-on-one auditions with their respective team leaders.

Today we meet Team Alton’s quirky retro gal, 29-year-old Emily Ellyn. Emily grew up on a farm, trained at the Culinary Institute of America and Academie Internationale de Management in Paris and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in hospitality management.

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Emily’s Goose is Cooked

by in View All Posts, January 8th, 2009

Goose, cookedThough known as kitchen adventurer, I even surprised my family when I announced a menu inspired by the Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol. Yes… the Cratchits enjoying a humble yet festive Christmas Eve dinner, with a goose at the center. I wanted a challenge.

With a roasted goose as the key, I immediately flocked to Emeril’s recipe for Roast Port Glazed Goose with Tawny Port Gravy because of the stellar reviews.

As I’m entrenched in the Food Network Store, the right equipment is a must, and I made sure I had sufficient roasting pan. With any type of poultry — chicken, turkey, duck, or goose- a rack is critical. The bird is elevated; allowing heat to circulate fully. Without it, your goose will be cooked — and not in a good way. Some of my faves are here.

Another vital tool is the bulb baster. Basting with pan drippings while it cooks will help to keep the meat moist. Once an internal temp of 180F is reached, your goose is good to go. Need a temperature check? These are solid choices.

I finished with a port glaze, followed by a brief broil to crisp up the skin. As the skin quite brown in areas, I worried about overcooking, but it was actually great, if I do say so myself. It was more delicate than duck and more richly flavored than turkey, which I find bland at times.

I accompanied with goose fat-roasted potatoes, tawny port gravy and a side of steamed green beans. For Dickensian desserts, I made mincemeat pie and hot wassail, and my mom made my great-grandmother’s Christmas pudding with traditional hard sauce.

Despite potential for disaster, it ended up as a great experience for my family to share a special meal. Goose sounds daunting, but recommend the experience for any great dinner. Though inspired by a holiday story, this special gathering with family and friends could be enjoyed all year long.

EmilyFood Network Store guru and kitchen equipment geek

The 10 Best Things We Ate at the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 27th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAfter a four-day marathon of eating and drinking alongside your favorite chefs and stars at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it’s safe to say that we. are. full. But as we look back on this sunny weekend along the Miami shore, we can’t help but crave a few particularly memorable dishes that we were enjoying mere hours ago. From an over-the-top-cheesy burgers at Burger Bash to a sweet treat of Trisha Yearwood’s coffee cake at her Southern Kitchen Brunch, these are 10 of our favorite tastes of SOBEWFF.

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Burger Bash 2017 Winners: Little Jack’s Tavern and Jr’s Gourmet Burgers

by in Events, News, February 24th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe soft sand, the cool ocean breeze, the sound of partygoers mingling along the shore — this was the scene at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday night. This plus a whole lot of burgers, of course. Friday marked the 11th annual Burger Bash at SOBEWFF, and like in years past, Rachael Ray hosted the fan-favorite extravaganza, which brought together nearly three dozen chefs from across the country. As hungry burger enthusiasts lined up to sample chefs’ between-the-bun offerings, all-star judges, including Ayesha Curry, Rev Run, Adam Richman and Emilio Estefan, took their places on a perch inside the tents to get down to the business of tasting as well. Up for grabs this year was the sought-after Schweid & Son’s The Very Best Burger Award, which would be decided by the judges, and the equally coveted Heineken Light People’s Choice Award, which celebrates the chef or restaurant that earned the most votes from guests. After reveling in the meaty burgers (and plentiful sides) on display, we watched as two restaurants earned the highest honors. Read on below to find out who took home the trophies, and take an insider’s look at some of our favorite bites from the night.

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7 Reasons Why Italian Food Is Best Enjoyed on the Beach, As Learned at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, News, February 24th, 2017

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe team here at Food Network is enjoying a mini spring break of sorts. Along with some of your favorite chefs and many of the most-revered names in the restaurant industry, we headed south to Miami and are spending the weekend at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which brings together stars like Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Trisha Yearwood, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis for four days of celebrating all things food and drink — and plenty of eating and drinking, of course.

Thursday marked the first night of this 16th annual culinary extravaganza, and in true Florida form, sun-kissed guests donned their sandals and packed into the seaside tents to join pals Alex Guarnaschelli and Valerie Bertinelli as they hosted an opening-night soiree. At Italian Bites on the Beach, as guests danced in the sand to the sounds of a live band, chefs and restaurateurs doled out some of Italy’s most-craved comfort foods, from pizza, pasta and saucy meatballs to lemony cupcakes and rich cannoli. And here’s the thing: ordinarily we wouldn’t consider these plates beach fare. After all, they’re often warm and covered with sauce, not often an ideal combo when you’re already sitting in hot, messy sand. But as we made our way from booth to booth, tasting each of the items up for grabs, we couldn’t help but realize just how right it is to eat Italian food on the beach.

Here’s why:

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12 Gilmore Girls Food Moments We’ll Never Forget

by in News, View All Posts, November 25th, 2016

By Allison Robicelli

It’s been nine long (very long!) years since we last spent time in Stars Hollow — and we’ve got so many questions. Do Luke and Lorelai live happily ever after? Does #TeamJess emerge victorious over #TeamLogan, or are we in for a #TeamDean plot twist? How many jobs has Kirk held since 2007 that we don’t know about?!?!

It’s time to laugh, cry and, in true Gilmore fashion, stuff ourselves with food until we can’t move. And in honor of the show truly made for binge-watching and binge-eating alike, we’re reminiscing about every iconic Gilmore food moment that makes us smile — and offering advice on how to serve some of the foods yourself.

Corned Beef & Pastrami Sandwiches

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life derails a freight train full of pickles in your town, you make corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. There’s no finer nosh for an evening where the wind whispers “garlic dill.”

The Rory Cocktail

There’s only one cocktail to toast this revival with — the signature drink Emily created for Rory’s 21st-birthday fete. Shake up some vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine, then top with some champagne and a maraschino cherry. As Luke says, “It tastes like a My Little Pony.” Which is maybe not such a bad thing, after all.

Pop-Tarts (Party Style!)

There’s no time of day where Pop-Tarts aren’t a good idea (says the Gilmore creed), and they make a great dessert for a crowd. Layer whipped cream, vanilla pudding and your favorite Pop-Tarts in a 9-by-13-inch cake pan and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, it will be the most-amazing icebox cake you’ve ever made. Serve with lots of sprinkles, because it’s only logical.

Magic Risotto

Sookie’s magic risotto isn’t just good — it’s brought people back from the brink of death. True story! Sookie managed to add three years to her mother’s life with this dish, so technically it’s a superfood.

Mock Turtle Soup

When Gilmore patriarch Richard’s mother died, he wanted nothing but a bowl of her “turtleneck soup” to comfort him. Sadly, Edward Herrmann (the actor who played Richard), passed away in 2014, and his character’s death will be a major plot point in the revival. So we, too, will be comforting ourselves with mock turtle soup, undoubtedly sobbing into our bowls.

Santa Burger

Burgers taste better when they look like people, and there’s no better person than Santa Claus. Luke knows this to be true, and of course, we agree.

Cajun Blackened Toast

Kirk acquired a taste for this special Luke served him, which Lorelai pointed out was just burnt toast. Kirk’s a weird guy.

Deviled Eggs

“Take the deviled eggs!” the baby-shower hostess insisted. Rory and Lorelai might have used them to egg Jess’ car, but we’d probably throw one and eat the rest.

Jalapeno Chipotle Mac ‘n’ Cheese

It’s a good idea when catering a party for adults. It’s a terrible, terrible idea for a party for children. Learn from Sookie’s mistakes.

Weston’s Candy Cane Coffee

Downing 17 cups of coffee during a Gilmore Girls binge could totally happen. Throw a festive curveball into one of those cups by adding a candy cane, just like they do at Weston’s Bakery. Perfect for a day when the air smells like snow.

Dessert Sushi

Lorelai believed that this invention would earn her her first million. And with ideas like “Tootsie Roll-marshmallow-Twizzler rolls” and “Butterfinger-Junior Mint-chocolate chip-Jujube rolls,” we can see her point. Don’t forget to serve with Red Hots, aka “dessert wasabi.”

Devil’s Starchy Fingers

Mrs. Kim, mother of Lane and health food nut, may have vocally disapproved of french fries, but feasting on a gigantic plate of them is most definitely Lorelai- and Rory-approved. And since it’s Gilmore Girls and not Mrs. Kim Girls, you won’t feel the least bit guilty eating a pound or two.

Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty

What Do Food Network Staffers Eat the Night Before Thanksgiving?

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 22nd, 2016

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving requires a ton of preparation, from planning the menu and shopping for ingredients to ensuring the bird, side dishes and dessert turn out exactly the way you want them. For many of us, that means getting a head start on planning — sometimes as far as a month in advance. If any night is the most critical, it’s the night before, when many Americans will bake pies and prepare reheatable dishes, like casseroles and soups, so that Thursday morning doesn’t dissolve into chaos. Once those tasks are finished, we’re left with little time to figure out dinner on Thanksgiving eve. What do most people eat? Takeout Chinese? Quick pantry pasta? We polled Food Network staffers to find out what exactly they’re planning to rustle up the night before the big feast. Some of the answers might surprise you!

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7 Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Host, As Chosen by Food Network Staffers

by in Holidays, Product Reviews, November 21st, 2016

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is no simple feat — so if there’s anyone who deserves a show of gratitude, it’s the host. Find out how Food Network staffers plan to say “thanks” to their Thanksgiving hosts at this year’s feast.

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Pie Bakery

by in Restaurants, November 20th, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

For many, the Thanksgiving spread just wouldn’t be complete without that one holiday dessert staple: pie. And in recent years, bakeries have begun offering new riffs on the old standbys, so tried-and-true classics such as apple and pecan can now be found nestled next to novel twists such as tahini pumpkin and bourbon sweet potato. Regardless of what filling it features, pie is one American tradition that brings a sweet taste of nostalgia to the Thanksgiving table. Read on to find out where the chefs head to hunt down their favorite pies. Read more

These Super-Tidy Pantries Are Everything You Want in Kitchen Storage

by in How-to, September 14th, 2016

The thing about a kitchen is that no matter how diligent you are about keeping it clean, no amount of counter-wiping, dish-washing, or leftovers-eating is ever going to combat the inevitable clutter. Kitchens come with stuff — which is probably why you have a Pinterest board full of pantry organizing ideas, all promising a neater, more efficient space (plus, they’re just really cool to look at). We asked four bloggers with fabulous pantries how they keep things tidy, and we suggest you steal all of their genius ideas.

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