All Posts By Joseph Erdos

Joe is the Online Entertainment Editor for FoodNetwork.com. When he's not writing about food you'll find him photographing food, cooking food and/or eating food — oftentimes all at the same time.

What to Watch: Family Traditions on The Kitchen and Athletes on Chopped Tournament of Stars

by in Shows, March 7th, 2014

Chopped Sports StarsThis weekend, watch all-new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Heartland Table and Sandwich King. Ree makes international meals in minutes. Amy cooks recipes on her wood-burning stove. And Jeff makes sky-high sandwiches.

On The Kitchen, the co-hosts reinvent their family-favorite recipes and offer viewers great ideas for how to do the same. On a new episode of Food Court Wars, two sisters and two best friends face off for food court space. Then it’s the premiere of the Chopped Tournament of Stars, where four athletes enter the Chopped kitchen to compete for a spot in the finale and the prize for charity. And on Cutthroat Kitchen, the sabotaging continues as one chef must cook with a clothes steamer and iron.

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Hit all the Flavor Notes with this Easy-to-Make Mussel Stew

by in Recipes, Shows, March 5th, 2014

Mussel CioppinoFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient mussels. One of the best ways to enjoy these iridescent shellfish is in a soup or stew, so the chefs came up with this recipe for a simplified cioppino. Traditionally the classic Italian-American seafood stew is made with a variety of fish and shellfish — and for a fisherman that would typically be whatever was the catch of the day. This version uses just mussels, which are relatively inexpensive and very flavorful all on their own. If you can imagine yourself taking a big hunk of bread and dipping it right into the sweet, spicy, tomato-based stew, then this Mussel Cioppino is meant for you.

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Home Cooks Compete for the Title of America’s Best Cook in the New Series

by in Shows, March 5th, 2014

America's Best CookIn the new culinary competition America’s Best Cook, premiering Sunday, April 13 at 9|8c, 16 home cooks, mentored by Food Network chefs, will have the opportunity to win the best cook title and a $50,000 grand prize. Ted Allen hosts the new series, which divides the competitors into four teams, each led by a chef-mentor representing a region of the country. Alex Guarnaschelli represents the East. Cat Cora leads the South. Michael Symon represents the North. And Tyler Florence is the leader for the West.

Read more and vote for your favorite region

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 3rd, 2014

Blue TeamOn Worst Cooks in America, 14 recruits have the opportunity of a lifetime: to be mentored by two renowned chefs, Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. They arrive at Boot Camp with some of the worst skills imaginable in the kitchen, but if they’re able to last seven weeks of competition without getting cut, they get the chance to be named the best of the worst and win $25,000 in prize money. Plus their mentor gets bragging rights — and this year Anne is fighting to win her title back after losing it to Bobby last season. Unfortunately, every week two recruits, one from each team, must be eliminated.

Every Monday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who went home on the Blue Team

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 3rd, 2014

Red TeamOn Worst Cooks in America, 14 recruits have the opportunity of a lifetime: to be mentored by two renowned chefs, Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. They arrive at Boot Camp with some of the worst skills imaginable in the kitchen, but if they’re able to last seven weeks of competition without getting cut, they get the chance to be named the best of the worst and win $25,000 in prize money. Plus their mentor gets bragging rights — and this year Anne is fighting to win her title back after losing it to Bobby last season. Unfortunately, every week two recruits, one from each team, must be eliminated.

Every Monday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who went home on the Red Team

The New Series Kitchen Casino Mixes Luck and Strategy in a High-Stakes Game of Chance

by in Shows, March 3rd, 2014

Bill RancicIn the upcoming series Kitchen Casino, premiering Monday, April 7 at 9|8c, four talented chefs play a high-stakes game in three rounds of gambling-themed challenges: slots, roulette and poker. But it isn’t just sheer luck that will get these contestants through the competition. Skill, speed and adaptability are the traits needed to win the $30,000 jackpot. The chefs must be at the top of their game if they want to beat Lady Luck.

In each episode, host Bill Rancic leads the contestants through the casino-style culinary competition. Each round will be critiqued by a roster of judges: Michael Chernow, Madison Cowan, Danyelle Freeman, Gavin Kaysen, Aliya Leekong and Kristin Sollenne.

Watch a sneak peek and get a breakdown of the challenges

Worst Cooks Skill Drills: Knife Strife

by in Shows, March 1st, 2014

Bobby and recruitOn Worst Cooks in America, every recruit’s goal is to be a cut above the rest, to make it all the way to the end. And one of the most-important skills that can help them get to that point is wielding a chef’s knife properly. The first person to master that culinary fundamental has a better chance of turning out dishes that show precision. A knife can also be an accident waiting to happen, especially for those who don’t use it properly — many recruits have shown it’s easier to cut your finger than an onion.

The lessons learned here: First, don’t be afraid of the knife. Hold it as an extension of your hand. Second, be careful. Keep the fingers of your free had way from the blade and curled under. And third, use a sharp knife. A dull knife can slip and cause injury.

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Dreaming Up Custom Doughnut Creations — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 28th, 2014

Bobby and AnneWhen it comes to doughnuts everyone has his or her favorite, whether it’s a simple glazed doughnut, a powdered, jelly-filled one or a Boston cream. A doughnut preference is also a reflection of one’s personality, as the recruits on the next episode of Worst Cooks in America prove. In a Skill Drill challenge, Chefs Anne and Bobby test the recruits’ abilities with flavor combinations by tasking them with making doughnuts from scratch — including the dough. There will be rising, kneading and punching down!

After tasting various options from a doughnut truck, the recruits will have their own chance to create doughnuts that the mentors have asked be unique, well-balanced and flavorful. FN Dish wants to know, if you were told to come up with your own personal doughnut creation, what would you make? What would be your winning doughnut flavor combination?

Watch a sneak peek of the episode and tell us your doughnut idea

What to Watch: The Kitchen Helpline, Ina’s Cocktail Party and High-Rolling Iron Chefs: Flay vs. Sosa

by in Shows, February 28th, 2014

Marcela and KelseyThis weekend, watch all new episodes from Ree, Trisha, Jeff, Giada and Ina. Ree is cooking up a breakfast for her brother Mike. Then Trisha gets in the kitchen and the gym with two Olympic gymnasts. On Sandwich King, Jeff reinvents classic steak sandwiches. Then Giada cooks grown-up versions of popular childhood recipes. And Ina is hosting a cocktail party for a fundraiser.

On Saturday, watch an all-new episode of The Kitchen, where the hosts answer viewers’ questions. Also Kelsey Nixon stops by to talk about her new book Kitchen Confidence, a copy of which will be given away tomorrow on FN Dish. On Sunday, watch a brand-new Food Court Wars, a Las Vegas-themed Iron Chef America with Chef Flay facing challenger Chef Angelo Sosa and a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

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A Colorful and Flavorful Rendition on Braised Bratwursts and Cabbage

by in Recipes, Shows, February 26th, 2014

brats and cabbageFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient acai juice. The goal of this challenge was to use the juice of the antioxidant-packed South American berry to its full advantage, for its color and distinctive flavor. This recipe for Bratwursts with Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage uses the acai juice as the braising liquid instead of water or broth. By doing so, the juice not only lends a gorgeous purple hue, it also adds sweetness and earthiness that elevates this classic comfort food. Your family will love the eye-catching appeal and flavor of this dish.

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