America’s Best Burrito? You Be the Judge

by in News, October 21st, 2014

Carne Asada BurritoOn the flour-tortilla-wrapped face of it, finding America’s best burrito sounds like an impossible quest. For starters, how, given all the burrito-serving restaurants across the United States, do you taste all possible winners? And how, given the myriad permutations of burritos — the sheer volume and variety of techniques and fillings and flavors — do you compare different prospects? And then, how exactly can you quantify which is the best?

You’d have to be full of beans and un poco loco to even try such a thing, right?

Well, we don’t want to pass any judgments, but the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight.com recently flung itself full-force at the challenge, biting into burritos and crunching numbers — as only the site founded by statistician Nate Silver can — to arrive at a quantifiable winner.

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10 Simple Halloween Party Food Hacks for Kids

by in Family, Holidays, October 21st, 2014

10 Simple Halloween Party Food Hacks for KidsHere are 10 of the simplest ways to bring tons of Halloween fun to a party, classroom or family table in just minutes.

1. Creepy-Crawly Caterpillars (pictured above): Thread green grapes onto a long wooden skewer until it’s completely covered. Add mini chocolate chips to each grape on the very end for eyes (use a little frosting or cream cheese for glue).

2. Spider Sandwiches: Use a biscuit cutter to cut bread into 3- to 4-inch rounds. Spread with the usual favorite fillings like PB&J. Add four pretzel sticks to each side for legs, then put the sandwich top on. Use peanut butter for glue as you add two raisins for eyes.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Food Network in November

by in Shows, October 21st, 2014

Bobby FlayThanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming! And it’s certainly not something we take lightly here at Food Network. Why? Because it’s all about food, of course! If you love this indulgent holiday as much as we do, join in on all of the festivities that are planned throughout the month of November. There’s an almost endless amount of shows to inspire your Thanksgiving feast, or to simply entertain you, holiday style.

Feeling like a little competition? These Thanksgiving-themed game shows will have you on the edge of your seat:

Guy’s Grocery Games: Thanksgiving Grocery Trot

In this Thanksgiving episode, it’s all about holiday tradition. Guy Fieri has the contestants prepare a meal with autumnal ingredients, prepare snacks for game day and put together an upscale Thanksgiving dinner.

Sunday, Nov. 9 8|7c

Holiday Baking Championship

It’s cookies galore as the contestants battle it out to see who can make the most-delectable batch despite all of the obstacles thrown their way.

Sunday, Nov. 9 9|8c

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Pizza? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 21st, 2014

Richard Blais and Giorgio Giova on Hungry GamesNo matter how you slice it, the convergence of crispy crust, rich tomato sauce and pools of cheese is irresistible in a pizza. Now how about the toppings? That’s up to you. On last night’s episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais revealed what senses we use to taste our toppings. The results were really surprising. And when it comes to salesmanship, Richard has upselling pizza down pat. He proved that the more descriptive the language on a menu, the higher the price people are willing to pay for a pizza — and the more pleasurable it is to eat as well.

Take the quiz to find out how much you know about pizza and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter by using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Pizza IQ

Restaurants Revisited: The Gross, Grosser and Grossest

by in Shows, October 20th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleFrom creepy crawling insects in the kitchen to appliances overrun with mold and caked in grease, Robert Irvine has seen all manner of filth in eateries over the course of nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible missions. But no matter how off-putting and seemingly impossible to tackle a scene may be when Robert arrives, with the help of his team, he’s always able to resurrect the space and reopen the business as a shining, safe restaurant worthy of a second chance.

On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans had the chance to look back at not just the dirty restaurants that have been featured on the show, but those simply too gross to forget, like Mama Lee’s, where a cockroach landed on Robert’s shoulder, and Smitty’s Restaurant, which required the aid of a professional exterminator.

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The Carnivore’s Ball, A Meat Lover’s Dream: Meatopia at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 20th, 2014

Michael, Josh and Lee at MeatopiaIf the name Meatopia isn’t clear enough, its subtitle, The Carnivore’s Ball, definitely explains what the festival, hosted by Michael Symon, is about. Ten years in, it’s still bringing the meat lovers in full force. This year Meatopia partnered with the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Michael, Josh Ozersky, the event’s founder, and Lee Brian Schrager (pictured above) introduced the event. “When Josh started this 10 years ago I thought it was brilliant,” says Michael, a self-professed meat lover. The festival began simply to bring together meat-devoted chefs to cook their best dishes. With this new partnership, explains Michael, “not only is it a wonderful gathering of chefs … but the money goes to a great cause to boot,” calling it “the perfect event.”

The first thing festivalgoers saw upon entering the tents was (vegetarians need not read further) an entire steer roasting over coals, which definitely brought out the carnality in the crowds atop Pier 92 as the sun set on a chilly Sunday afternoon in New York City. Chefs from as far as London were on hand to put their best meaty dishes on display. And the food offerings weren’t just limited to the four-legged variety like pork, beef and lamb, as birds of a feather such as chicken, duck and quail were also included.

Read on to see some of the most-noteworthy dishes

Trisha Yearwood Hosts a Down-Home Brunch — and Demos New Music

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 20th, 2014

Trisha YearwoodBefore this weekend’s New York City Wine & Food Festival came to a close, fans flocked to Midtown Manhattan on Sunday afternoon for one final indulgent feast, this time a hearty Southern-style meal that only country superstar Trisha Yearwood could offer. Set in an elegantly adorned hotel ballroom, Trisha’s Down-Home Country Brunch offered classic Southern fixings, like grits, greens and fried catfish, a Bloody Mary bar complete with traditional toppings, and a musical surprise from the host that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet. FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, sounds and tastes, and we caught up with Trisha to find out what the weekend brunch scene looks like at her house.

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