“Time to Go Fishing for Chicken” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, August 2nd, 2015

When it comes to new ways to make chefs suffer at the hands of the everyday chicken, Alton Brown is somewhat of a master saboteur (Chicken in a can: Need we say more?). He proved that theory once again on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, putting a chicken in a bottle and forcing one chef to extract it before executing a dish of jerk chicken.

As is the case with every evilicious sabotage, this one was attempted by the Cutthroat culinary crew before it reached Alton’s auction table, and just like Chef Guy did on the show, food stylist Hugo Sanchez struggled before finally pulling out the bird piece by piece. “Time to go fishing for chicken,” he said, attempting to use a makeshift skewer hook to pry out the meat. Unfortunately for Hugo, though, the bird proved too slippery to stay on the hook, and it sunk back into the bottle, leading Hugo to try the manual approach with “brute force.” After losing his grip repeatedly, though, it was time to try a sharper tool: a knife. “I’m just going to start hacking this bad boy away,” Hugo confessed. “Maybe shredded jerk chicken it is.” He admitted, “There is nothing pretty about this sabotage.” But it was nevertheless possible to complete the sabotage within the allotted time — and with favorable results. Read more

Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: Fat

by in News, August 2nd, 2015

Scientists Say They've Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: FatFirst, there were four basic tastes: sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Then scientists said they’d uncovered a fifth: umami, the savory flavor of, say, truffles, meat and anchovies, summoned by monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Now researchers at Purdue University say they’ve found evidence that there’s a sixth basic taste: fat.

Fat — the longest of the three fatty acids you can find in a mouthful of steak or a dribble of olive oil — “is likely another one of the basic tastes. I think we have pretty clear evidence for this,” Purdue professor of nutrition science Richard Mattes, the new study’s lead author, told the Washington Post.

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Blackberry Cheesecake Squares — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, August 2nd, 2015

Blackberry Cheesecake SquaresSince fruity treats are highly requested favorites at summer potlucks, there’s no better time to try this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ree Drummond transforms traditional cheesecake with a sweet and nutty crust made with vanilla wafers and pecans, and blankets the creamy filling with a sweetened blackberry topping. Cut it into squares for an eat-with-your-hands portable dessert.

For more dessert recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry Cheesecake Squares (pictured above) from Ree Drummond

Out of the Frying Pan: Our Picks for Nashville’s Best Fried Chicken

by in Restaurants, August 2nd, 2015

HuskBy Erin Byers Murray

Few things shout Southern hospitality like a heaping plate of crisply fried chicken — and Nashville knows how to do hospitality. The fried chicken in Music City runs from the traditional, skillet-fried Sunday version to the now-iconic Nashville hot. Whichever you’re after, these ten 10 spots are sure to satisfy your craving — and even offer up a little bit of love on the side.

Check out the full gallery for more fried favorites.

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A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea Sommeliers

by in News, August 1st, 2015

A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea SommeliersSommeliers in restaurants, as we all know, usually recommend the right wine to drink with a dish. The right pairing can summon amazing flavors, just as the wrong one can completely knock the taste of everything off track.

Now there are people who do the same thing for tea, NPR’s The Salt blog reports. Yes, tea sommeliers are an actual thing.

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Easy, Speedy Paella — Yes, It’s Possible, and Geoffrey Shows You How

by in Recipes, Shows, August 1st, 2015

Geoffrey ZakarianLeave it to an Iron Chef not only to find a way to prepare a traditionally involved dish simply and quickly, but also to guarantee flavorful, classic results with his made-over method. On this morning’s all-new seafood-focused episode of The Kitchen, Geoffrey Zakarian took on the beloved Spanish dish of paella, known for its crimson-hued, saffron-scented rice, shellfish and meat — and its lengthy prep time. But instead of presenting a tried-and-true intricate recipe, he transformed the dish into something that’s easy enough to make in a Dutch oven, no special paella pan required.

In his recipe for Quick Paella with Chorizo, Shrimp and Chicken (pictured above), GZ celebrates all of the tastes and textures you know and love, but he brings them to life in a can-do way. His secret is layering the ingredients: first building a flavor base of chorizo, garlic and onions, then adding the saffron for warmth and color, and finally bringing in the rice. After working in the moisture — white wine and chicken broth — he recommends leaving the dish alone to cook for about 20 minutes. This will allow the rice to absorb the liquid and become nearly tender. A seafood duo of shrimp and mussels, plus a generous addition of peas, brightens up the dish, and perhaps most importantly, promises authentic flavor just like that of classic paellas.

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6 Kid-Tested Cold Dinners for Hot Summer Nights

by in Family, Recipes, August 1st, 2015

Capellini with Tomatoes and BasilThe idea of cooking a hot dinner in the summertime reminds me of asking my kids to clean up their rooms, because the answer to both is the same: “I’m too tired!” That’s why I love this list of cook-ahead or no-cook ideas for easy summer dinners. Each one is kid-tested by my own four rascals but delicious enough for every adult at the table to enjoy as well.

Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil (pictured above): Just another 5-star recipe from Ina Garten, this one has tender noodles soaked in sweet tomato juices. These noodles practically beg to be slurped, so have those napkins ready.

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The Kitchen Needs Your Help, Fans

by in Community, Shows, July 31st, 2015

The KitchenFrom wow-worthy giveaways like the Easter basket to their segments that answer questions, provide money-saving tips and inspire your next meal, The Kitchen co-hosts keep fans who are watching at home at the forefront of the show, with recipes, tips and how-tos that’ll help you conquer your own kitchen with ease. As the show gears up for its next round of tapings, the crew needs your help in answering two questions. Check out the questions below, then leave your answers in the comments section. Your responses may influence what’s shown on-air.

Question 1: The kids are going back to school soon, so it’s time to get prepped with fun after-school snacks. Do you need help getting creative with these treats?

Question 2: Craving a new twist on Mexican food for your family? Marcela can make that happen — just tell us what you want to see her whip up!

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9 (Mostly) No-Bake Icebox Cakes

by in Recipes, July 31st, 2015

Mocha Chocolate Icebox CakeWhen summer decides to crank up the heat, it’s almost impossible to think about turning on the oven. Blueberry cobbler and cherry pie may be your favorite seasonal treats, but baking isn’t fun when the temperature rises past the 90s (as it did in much of the country this week). Don’t discount, however, the possibility of a showstopping cake. On the hottest of days, icebox cake is your secret weapon.

Traditionally, icebox cake is composed of layers of whipped cream and chocolate wafers. Left to chill in the fridge overnight, the wafers soften and take on the texture of cake but keep the taste of cookie. While the classic formula is perfect in itself, there’s a lot of room for creativity using the same technique. Take Ina Garten’s 5-star recipe, for example, which sandwiches spiked mocha mascarpone cream between crispy chocolate chip cookies. The result is known to “make grown men weep,” according to Ina, and she herself has declared it as being not only the easiest cake she’s ever made but also her favorite. That said, her recipe is a good place to start. But don’t fret if you’re not a coffee lover — there’s an icebox cake for everyone.

Get the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe here, and scroll down below for more amazing icebox-cake recipes to satisfy every type of sweet tooth.

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