Explore America’s Best-Ever Pizzas, BBQ, Breakfasts and Burgers on All-New Series

by in Shows, November 25th, 2014

Ted AllenWhen you consider classic eats like pizza, barbecue, breakfast and burgers, there’s surely no shortage of restaurants at which to find them; from popular chain restaurants and elegant cafes to takeout joints and hole-in-the-wall dives, these tried-and-true bites are everywhere. But how many places make the single best rendition of the dish, those one-in-a-million plates that keep you coming back again and again? Those next-level dishes are hard to come by, but in the all-new series Best. Ever. (premiering Monday, Jan. 5 at 10|9c), Food Network stars are revealing where to find them.

Over the course of four weeks, host Ted Allen and more of your favorite faces, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Anne Burrell, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez, will showcase America’s top pizzas, burgers, barbecue picks and breakfast plates alike. With the utmost mouthwatering detail, they’ll share the ins and outs of these must-try specialties and reveal the hot spots at which to find them from coast to coast. Tune in every Monday night for an in-depth look at each of these four foods, and watch as the stars speak out about what makes their dish picks in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., Chicago, Boston and more cities the best of the best.

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Get a Head Start on Thanksgiving Dinner: 5 Easy Recipes to Make the Day Before

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 25th, 2014

Baked Mashed PotatoesMaking dinner on a regular Thursday night is hard enough for most of us, but Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings can be a full-day affair. Now, I love cooking, but I also have four kids and our oldest is five, so I need to be strategic to pull it off and not spend the afternoon yelling at everyone to get out of the kitchen. Even if you aren’t swamped with little rascals running through your kitchen this year, I bet you’ll appreciate getting a few things done by Wednesday too. Here’s my plan:

Giada De Laurentiis’ Baked Mashed Potatoes
These twice-baked mashed potatoes (pictured above) end up in a casserole dish, making them perfect for reheating on the big day. And with store-bought breadcrumbs and two kinds of cheese, they’re also my favorite mix of delicious food that’s easy to make. Grazie, Giada.

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How to Dress Up a Store-Bought Thanksgiving

by in Holidays, November 25th, 2014

Go ahead, we won’t judge — sometimes you need to serve a few store-bought items at your feast. And why not? A few of these dishes can save you a ton of time on turkey day. But just in case you want to add a little homemade flair to an otherwise purchased item, these simple touches are just as easy as tossing the item into your shopping cart.

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Flavour of the Month

by in News, November 24th, 2014

FlavourSifting through the thousands of restaurants in New York City to find the right place to eat is always a chore. It’s usually a multistep process. I consult various sites and apps, check user reviews, and cross-reference all of the information I find with recommendations from the critics I respect and follow.

Whew. That’s a lot of work for a quick Monday night dinner, or even a special weekend outing. Luckily, I recently found Flavour.

Flavour is a new app that helps you find the right place to go with no fuss. You can search by cuisine, neighborhood or feature. It aggregates recommendations from the best critics and bloggers in NYC, San Francisco and Chicago, and also pulls in social data for the most-popular and most-visited venues. You can also book in-app through OpenTable, view menus and get recommendations.

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Restaurant Revisited: Without a Prayer at Mama E’s Wings & Waffles

by in Shows, November 24th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleTonight marked the first time Oklahoma City’s Mama E’s Wings & Waffles appeared on Restaurant: Impossible, but it wasn’t the business’ first time on Food Network; just a few years ago it was a bustling eatery that enjoyed a showcase on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Problems began, however, when husband-and-wife owners Keith and Stephanie Patterson wanted to open a new Mama E’s outpost. Ultimately the venture proved unsuccessful, and, perhaps worst of all, the trials nearly cost them their relationship. It was up to Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team to mend Keith and Stephanie’s damaged marriage before he could begin overhauling Mama E’s, and they had only 48 hours and $10,000 to do it all. Read on below to hear from Stephanie and find out how her restaurant is faring today.

“Over time the revenue has doubled or more,” Stephanie explains. “I love the walls with the recipes and so do the customers.”

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This Pizza Bedding Lets You Get Your Z’s in Cheese

by in News, November 24th, 2014

Pepperoni BedPizza is no longer just your go-to dinner for parties, game watching and nights you really don’t feel like cooking anything else. Now it’s also something you can slide under and lay your weary head on at the end of a long day. Because … pizza bedding.

The whimsically named website Emotional Rainbow, which has previously offered primarily elaborately decorated sweatshirts, has just introduced “Pepperoni Bedding.”

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Three Slices of Pie Aren’t Necessarily Better Than One — Dante’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 24th, 2014

Dante presenting his piesPie was the theme this past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship. After creatively baking non-pies with ready-to-bake pie crust in their pre-heat challenge, the bakers moved on to the real challenge, making three holiday pies to wow the judges. Unfortunately not everyone’s pies came out equally as nice. Luckily Bobby let them get rid of their least successful one, a blessing in disguise for most, but not for Dante, who had to make a choice between two pies that were equally as bad. Ultimately it ended in his elimination from the competition. But this former navy man turned pastry chef has had a memorable time on the show.

Relive Dante’s journey in GIFs

Broccoli and Orzo Casserole — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, November 24th, 2014

Broccoli and Orzo Casserole
Broccoli is a versatile ingredient that’s unfortunately gotten a bad rap since childhood. But we’re casting away that stereotype and giving it the chance to show off what it’s got. This Meatless Monday, indulge in a creamy, cheesy and soothing meal of Broccoli and Orzo Casserole (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchen. The broccoli serves to complement the orzo, Havarti, butter, onion, garlic, pepper, Parmesan, sour cream, kosher salt and panko breadcrumbs, taking a back seat to stronger-tasting ingredients while holding the meal on its steamy shoulders.

Despite its rich texture and overall heartiness, this meal is relatively easy to make. And another added benefit is that you get a daily dose of vegetables while indulging in delicious Havarti cheese. On a frigid and busy Monday, you can’t ask for a meal more agreeable than that. In fact, you may just go back for seconds.

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Sanity-Saving Thanksgiving Tips, Tricks & Hacks

by in Entertaining, Holidays, How-to, November 24th, 2014

This year is going to be different. You’ve decided on the menu two weeks before the big day, convinced your Aunt Charlotte that you really can live without her famous oyster green bean casserole and remembered to ask your sister to bring her big coffee urn. But no matter how well you plan, you know some problem is going to pop up. No biggie, we say. Here are Food Network Kitchen’s 10 tricks for tackling everything from “Yikes, who borrowed my fat separator?” to “Where am I going to put everything?” Let the holidays commence!

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“You Think That Twins Are Connected? No” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, November 23rd, 2014

For the first time in Cutthroat Kitchen history, the limits of evilicious sabotage were tested tonight as two sets of twins took their places in the no-holds-barred arena for a brother-versus-brother battle. In true diabolical fashion, the contestants proved that while siblings’ will to stick together may be strong, their desire to win is ultimately more compelling, as one by one, brothers fell until just one was standing victorious.

Host Alton Brown relived the auctioning and game play that went on in tonight’s episode as he dished with judge Antonia Lofaso during the latest installment of the After-Show. Together they reflected on the competitors’ offerings, and Alton revealed some of the most-extreme sabotages to befall the rivals, including those that required teamwork in the unlikeliest of settings. “You think that twins are connected? No,” Alton told Antonia, who agreed, after she learned of the plank-walking sabotage with which two brothers were forced to contend. “Hilarious,” she said of this challenge, which made two brothers sync up their strides in order to finish the Caribbean-dinner round on time.

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