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. He is proud to label himself a "foodie."

Bacon Bash Proves the Versatility of the Candy of Meats

by in Events, June 25th, 2013

Bacon BashNot many people can say they’ve had bacon tacos, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon cocktails or even bacon Twinkies — especially not all in one day. But at iAdventure.com’s second annual Bacon Bash, held at Bowlmor Times Square in New York City, you could find all those bacon goodies and more. If you thought bacon was just a breakfast side, Bacon Bash proved that it’s versatile enough to be made into main dishes and even dessert.

New York restaurants Guy’s American (Food Network’s own Guy Fieri‘s restaurant), House of ‘Que, Tres Carnes, Little Town and Bareburger, among others, were at the event offering unique takes on bacon recipes. And vendors such as Bacon Bites and Baconery had everything from chocolate-covered bacon to bacon soap, proving that bacon goes beyond edibles. FN Dish was on hand to taste all the porky goodness (except for the soap, of course).

See photos from Bacon Bash

What to Watch: Mexican Food with a Southern Twist, Bobby’s Barbecue, and Stars on the Silver Screen

by in Shows, June 21st, 2013

What to WatchThis weekend, Food Network’s new episodes cover a little bit of everything, including Mexican night, movie night, packed lunches to go, barbecuing, muffins, cupcakes and more.

Start your Saturday morning with recipe ideas for a packed lunch to go, as Ree prepares sandwiches and salads for a group meeting. Then Trisha gets to cooking a Latin-style menu with her workout instructors. Later, Giada shares her favorite muffin recipe with various mix-in ideas.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is preparing dishes for taco night with a Southern twist. Then Guy is cooking a special lobster dish. On Sandwich King, Jeff is remaking the sloppy joe to be healthier for his son Lorenzo. And Bobby is barbecuing bison short ribs and grilling fish tacos.

Then in the evening, come back for some competition, starting with a toy-themed episode of Cupcake Wars. Then it’s off to the movies on Food Network Star, where teams of the remaining finalists must cook and create movie trailers. And finally, on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert must help revitalize a Greek diner.

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Get to Know Charles Stiles, the Host of Mystery Diners

by in Shows, June 18th, 2013

Charles StilesOn Food Network’s Mystery Diners, Charles Stiles and his team of mystery diners go behind the scenes with hidden cameras to find out what restaurant employees are up to when the boss is not around. What they discover just goes to show how bad customer service can get when employees don’t put the success of the business first. What you might not know is that Charles’ company has been servicing businesses in need of help for the past 18 years. Business Evaluation Services uses undercover mystery shoppers and diners to get to the root of an establishment’s problems.

FN Dish recently chatted with Charles to find out more about his company and what it does for restaurants and retail shops around the nation. He talked about how his company came to be, how people can become mystery shoppers and how to prevent the failure of a business. Read the Q&A with Charles and watch the new season of Mystery Diners on Fridays at 10pm/9c.

Get to know Charles Stiles in his Q&A

What to Watch: A Special Chopped/Star Crossover and Father’s Day in the Kitchen

by in Shows, June 14th, 2013

ChoppedThis Father’s Day weekend, Food Network has new episodes geared toward the guys. First, Paula is cooking “dad food” with her son Jamie. Then Ree is cooking breakfast and lunch for her cowboys. Then Trisha is making “manly” food for her husband, Garth, and his two buddies. Afterward, Giada is making a special dinner for her husband, Todd. Then on Sunday, Guy is in the kitchen with his two sons, nephew and dad. And Jeff is taking a stroll down memory lane with his dad.

Right after, watch the season premiere of Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. Bobby is preparing a Mexican feast with bold flavors. And on Sunday evening, it’s a special night of Chopped (also, don’t forget to watch the After Hours episode online right after the show). On Food Network Star, the 10 remaining contestants get put through a Chopped challenge judged by Alex Guarnaschelli. And last, it’s Robert Irvine to the rescue on a new episode of Restaurant: Impossible.

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7 Food-Filled Ways to Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

by in Recipes, June 13th, 2013

coffee cakeThis Father’s Day, spend the entire day with Dad by planning ways to celebrate him with the foods he loves. A special meal surrounded by the people that appreciate him is not only an opportunity for reminiscing about the past; it’s also a chance to make new memories. FN Dish has seven great ideas for food-filled occasions that will make his day unforgettable.

Choose from any of these ideas that cover everything in between breakfast and late-night and see Food Network’s Father’s Day page for more recipes.

Get the 7 Celebration Ideas

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Maneet Chauhan

by in Shows, June 12th, 2013

Maneet ChauhanYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Maneet Chauhan is a regular judge on Chopped. Viewers may also remember her as a contestant on Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef. After 8 years leading Vermilion restaurant, Maneet started Indie Culinaire, an avant-garde culinary and hospitality company that services events around the country. Her cookbook, Flavors of My World, was recently released. What you may not know about Maneet is that she hates cooking with pineapple. Find out more about Maneet in her Q&A.

Read Maneet’s Q&A

A Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Foodie Dad — 10 Homemade Ideas

by in Holidays, June 7th, 2013

Dad's Gift GuideIf you’re thinking of buying another tie for your dad this Father’s Day, stop right now. Does he really need another one? Instead, go for a homemade gift. It’s the perfect present for a food-loving dad who will appreciate a jar of tangy barbecue sauce, a caramel sauce made with beer or even a box of chocolate-covered bacon that he won’t stop raving about. But to complete the gift, add on a store-bought item, like a set of beer glasses for testing out some different varieties or a smoking kit for the next time he’s barbecuing. He’ll love that you’ve set him up with everything he needs for enjoying his favorite pastime.

FN Dish has done the work for you and come up with 10 ideas that pair a homemade food gift with a purchased item to make the perfect themed gift package. Find ideas for the beer lover, the barbecue enthusiast, the coffee lover and more.

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What to Watch: Quality Time With Family and Friends, Fran Drescher on Cupcake Wars, and Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 7th, 2013

Fran DrescherThis weekend on Food Network, spend your day picnicking with Ree, going on a staycation with Trisha or kiddie camping with Jamie Deen. And learn something new: Giada delves into the best ways to cook and bake with apples and Guy teaches his son how to smoke chicken. Then visit Chicago’s Southside with Jeff Mauro to discover an ultimate sandwich recipe. Hang around on Sunday evening for a cupcake party with Fran Drescher and tune in for a burger bash on Food Network Star. Plus, watch Robert Irvine help a man find his way who is completely lost running his first restaurant.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Geoffrey Zakarian

by in Shows, June 5th, 2013

Geoffrey ZakarianYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Geoffrey Zakarian is the chef of The Lambs Club and The National, both in New York City. His former New York City restaurants, Town and Country, both received three stars from The New York Times. Besides his judging duties on Chopped, you’ll also find Geoffrey on Iron Chef America. He won the title of Iron Chef in the third season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. One thing you might not have known about Geoffrey is that if he hadn’t become a chef, he might have been a concert pianist.

Read Geoffrey’s Q&A

Macaroon vs. Macaron: Two Very Different Cookies With a Linked Past

by in Recipes, May 31st, 2013

macaroonsWhen you think of macaroons, do you recall those sweet lumps of shredded coconut with a golden crust? Or do you think of those vibrantly colored airy meringue sandwiches that the French refer to as macarons? Though these cookies share similar names, they look and taste different; they do, however, share a similar past.

If you’ve found yourself scratching your head at the bakery counter not knowing which to buy, or which is which, you’re not alone. In honor of National Macaroon Day, which is today, May 30, FN Dish is demystifying the history of these sweet, enticing confections. Read on to learn more about these cookies and get some great recipes to celebrate this food holiday with.

What makes a macaroon, plus recipes to try

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