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How to Make a Fired-Up, Lightened-Up Firehouse-Inspired Chili

by in Recipes, Shows, August 16th, 2016

Firehouse ChiliBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, firefighters from across the country competed for the chance to win up to $20,000. While these cooks haven’t (yet) won any James Beard Awards, they certainly know how to cook for a crowd.

Feeding a station full of firefighters is no easy task. Guy’s games kicked off with a kiddie cart challenge, meaning each contestant’s groceries had to fit into child-sized carts. This spur-of-the-moment change was no problem for the firefighters who are used to adapting to new situations quickly.

Balancing healthy and hearty was a recurring theme for these firehouse cooks. They made burgers with portobello buns, stir-fries with quinoa and lean pork tenderloin to create dishes that married lean proteins with classic comfort foods.

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5 Tips for Making Better Mac and Cheese

by in How-to, Shows, August 10th, 2016

Mac and CheeseBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, things got cheesy while the chefs competed for the chance to shop for $20,000 in Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Market. In each of the three games, cheese was the focus. The chefs demonstrated their expertise in working with this ingredient by incorporating triple-cream cheese into ice cream bases and using shredded Gouda for a crunchy frico. In the first game, the chefs added everything from pungent blue cheese to classic cheddar into ooey-gooey comfort food dishes.

Not surprisingly, more than one contestant chose to go the macaroni-and-cheese route in Game 1. Here in Food Network Kitchen, we took note of their triumphs and shortcomings in attempting to produce the ultimate macaroni and cheese for the judges. With some tips from the show, as well as a few of our own, we’ve put together a checklist for making the ideal bowl of rich, molten cheese with macaroni.

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Fig-uring Out Fresh Figs: What to Buy, How to Store and the Best Ways to Enjoy

by in Shows, August 2nd, 2016

figsBy Angela Carlos

This week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games was a real blast from the past. Four competitors from Food Network Star, Season 2 arrived in Flavortown ready for their 10-year reunion and the chance to compete against each other for a $20,000 shopping spree. As with all reunions, there was a certain amount of reminiscing that went on, even within the games themselves.

For Game 1 Guy asked his friends to make a Five Star Dish that would represent who they are, with one catch. In an homage to the competitors’ first challenge on Food Network Star, each dish had to include five items: wine, pork, steak, shrimp and onion.

Then came the figs. Reggie Southerland made a surprise appearance midway through game one with his favorite ingredient. The sweet addition threw a wrench into the contestants’ culinary plans. But they made do, tossing the dried figs into their sauces and demi-glace to add a little sweetness to their savory main courses.

Watching the chefs work with the surprise ingredient got us thinking about how we like to use figs in the kitchen. Read more

3 Ways to Cook with Tomatillos — Chopped Junior

by in Recipes, Shows, July 27th, 2016

Grilled chicken with tomatillosBy Angela Carlos

This week on Chopped Junior the budding chefs attempted to dice and saute their way to the $10,000 prize. The competitors opened basket after basket until only one contestant was left standing.

These young cooks proved they are well-versed in cooking techniques: vacuum-sealing proteins in marinade to infuse flavor quickly, turning sloppy joes into elevated meatballs, and churning mayonnaise into creamy and cold ice cream.

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3 Sweet Ways to Use Avocados in Dessert — Chopped Junior

by in Recipes, Shows, July 21st, 2016

Avocado PieBy Angela Carlos

On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, judges marveled at the contestants’ skills at transforming mystery basket ingredients into culinary revelations. In the entree round, Ethan’s perfectly seared branzino received a nod from judge Chris Santos, and the sense of balance in Tara’s crema sauce, which topped her boar tacos, left a lasting impression on the discerning judge.

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3 Ways to Master Sweet-and-Savory Flavor Combinations — Chopped Junior

by in Recipes, Shows, July 14th, 2016

Thyme and Honey Ricotta SpreadBy Angela Carlos

This week on Chopped Junior we saw the contestants battle the clock and each other through three rounds of dishes that challenged the young cooks’ ability to balance flavors.

In each round of mystery basket ingredients, sweet and savory items upped the ante. In Round 1, the bacon soda and maraschino cherries needed to be neutralized so they wouldn’t overpower the smoked chicken breasts and bitter puntarelle. In the entree course, the sweet grape mini balloon dogs challenged the contestants to incorporate sweetness with their gamey goat, and in the dessert round, the final two struggled to work farmhouse cheddar cheese and duck fat into their caramel-apple-dominated desserts.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Watermelon Sandwiches

by in Recipes, Shows, July 7th, 2016

watermelon sandwichesBy Angela Carlos

Summer has officially arrived on the Chopped Junior set. This week contestants unpacked their summer-themed baskets filled with fresh eggplant, watermelon gelatin and beach-ball cake pops. The challenge, as always, was how to make something tasty out of so many incongruent items.

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3 Ways to Make a Crisp and Juicy Pork Cutlet – Chopped Junior

by in Recipes, Shows, June 30th, 2016

Japanese porkBy Angela Carlos

On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, contestants opened their mystery baskets to find a collection of unusual ingredients, including alligator, a century egg and cashew cheese, but for these young cooks, it was the familiar pork cutlet that proved a challenge.

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From the Competition to Your Kitchen: Global Ingredients

by , July 29th, 2015

From the Competition to your Kitchen: Global IngredientsThis week, the five remaining Food Network Star contestants needed to nail their food POVs during the Mentor Challenge. Some struggled with the concept of their food brand (we’re talking to you, Dom), while others knew exactly who they were (Hi, Ar...

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From the Competition to Your Kitchen: How to Make a Ramen Noodle Burger Bun

by , July 21st, 2015

We 100 percent loved Arnold’s ramen sliders from this week’s food truck challenge. We’ve been seeing those around New York City for a bit lately, thanks to Keizo Shimamoto — a second-generation Japanese-American blogger turned ramen chef ...

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