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.

Summer Fruit Pie and Tart Recipes — The Only Reason to Turn on Your Oven This Season

by in Recipes, July 29th, 2013

Fruit CrostataThere aren’t many reasons to turn on the oven during summer, especially in the middle of a heat wave. But if there ever was a reason, it would be to bake a seasonal fruit pie or tart. Summer is the time to bake with beautiful fruits like blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, strawberries, plums and more because that’s when these fruits are in their prime.

FN Dish has put together a great selection of 10 pie and tart recipes to bake this summer, along with tips for making the best pie yet. If you can take the heat for a couple of hours (with the a/c turned on high), then make one of these amazing pies.

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Food Court Wars: Middle Eastern Flavors vs. Chip-Stuffed Sandwiches

by in Shows, July 28th, 2013

Chip-n-Wich and Oasis
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode in the Midland Mall in Michigan, two teams waged a battle of Lebanese foods vs. sandwiches. Diana, the owner of Mediterranean restaurant World Cafe, and her chef and general manager, Melania, wanted to open up a Lebanese food court eatery to expand their business. Jonathan and his friend Craig — both restaurant employees — want to be their own bosses and open up Chip-n-Wich, selling sandwiches that feature potato chips stuffed inside. Both teams had great concepts, but would their offerings live up to the expectations of discerning mall shoppers?

Spoiler Alert: A Life-Changing Win

What to Watch: Ina’s Fun in the City, Bobby’s International Barbecue and Robert Irvine as Guest Judge on Star

by in Shows, July 26th, 2013

Robert IrvineThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about making the best recipes, eating family favorites, uncovering restaurant secrets, creating new twists on the classics and cooking from scratch. All these things make food that’s much more exciting to eat because you know you’re getting something special.

On Saturday morning, Ree is making her personal best recipes. Then Trisha is in the kitchen with her sister Beth cooking up family recipes. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s in the city visiting some famous restaurants to learn some of their secrets. Then Giada is making pasta from scratch and turning it into three different dishes.

On Sunday morning, Bobby’s putting international twists on classic American barbecue. In the evening, it’s a new episode of Food Court Wars, with one team serving Middle Eastern food and one making creative sandwiches, trying to outsell the other in order to win a restaurant space. On Food Network Star, Robert Irvine challenges the remaining finalists to remake failed dishes from a restaurant’s menu. And on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a husband and wife — who both dream of retiring debt free — revitalize their restaurant.

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What’s Your Dream Mall Eatery? — Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 25th, 2013

Food Court WarsFood Court WarsFood Court Wars is changing the landscape of food courts in malls across America. The series helps aspiring restaurant business owners open their dream eateries in food courts. Each team has something unique and homemade to offer shoppers who are excited to try something different while at the mall.

With every episode, the team that wins is given a food court space rent-free for one year, which is a big financial relief for a starter business. Popular demand for their food helps the leading team win — and outearn the other team. If you could dream up your own food court eatery, what would it be? Do you have a winning concept that you think would rock the food court?

What’s Your Dream Mall Eatery?

Introducing Bubba and His Custom Bubba-Q Grills

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2013

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your very own custom-made barbecue, but didn’t know where to get one, you’re in luck, because there’s one man who’s the expert. Bubba, Texas-born but Philadelphia-based, builds custom, made-to-order grills — there’s almost no grill he can’t create. Check him out on Food Network’s new series Bubba-Q, which premieres Monday, August 19 at 10:30pm.

As a genuine Texas pit master with more than 40 years of barbecue experience, Bubba knows what he’s doing. When he’s not building custom smokers and grills, he runs a catering outfit and cooks for weekly hoedowns at the Hedger House Bar and Grill. But even the best ‘cue master can’t do it all by himself. Bubba has help from his family and friends, characters who all bring their own specialties to the table.

Meet Bubba and His Cast of Characters

Food Court Wars: Casual Comfort vs. Healthy Offerings

by in Shows, July 21st, 2013

Food Court Wars Episode 3
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode at the Wausau Center in Wausau, Wis., two teams with polar opposite food concepts attempted to win over the locals’ appetites and score a food court restaurant. Tyler, chef and owner of a local restaurant, The Black Sheep, and his employee Sarah, the managing waitress, wanted to open up a comfort food spot called Casual Joe’s. Carlie and Brianna, two roller derby girls, wanted to open The Wrap Trap, a healthy eatery that offers salads and wraps. But which team would have what it takes to win the battle in a town with a soft spot for comfort food?

Spoiler Alert: A Surprising and Emotional Win

What to Watch: Trisha’s Favorite Foods, Giada’s Kid-Friendly Recipes and a Star Returns to the Competition

by in Shows, July 19th, 2013

Trisha and BethThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes that cover cooking for special occasions, for special guests and even for yourself. And if you’ve been watching Star Salvation, you know that one eliminated Food Network Star will be returning to the competition this Sunday.

First on Saturday morning, Ree is banking a few family-favorite recipes for the freezer to have on hand for later. Then, Trish and her sister Beth are cooking up all of Trisha’s favorite foods. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is back in Brooklyn visiting a few famous eateries for inspiration in her own cooking. On Giada at Home, Giada is cooking kid-friendly recipes for her daughter’s dance class.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is celebrating his brother, Bobby’s, birthday with a menu of all of Bobby’s favorite dishes. Then Bobby Flay is cooking up a Spanish barbecue menu. Come back in the evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars as two teams try to win over the citizens of their town, Wausau, Wis., with a casual diner versus a healthy food spot. Afterward on Food Network Star, the finalists are surprised to find out a former finalist returns to the show. This episode’s challenge will have them taping a food show that tests their storytelling skills. And on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert must help revitalize a 26-year-old family restaurant business that’s in desperate need of more motivated management from the family.

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The Great Food Truck Race Hits the Road for Season 4 with New Teams, Trucks and Cities

by in Shows, July 17th, 2013

The Great Food Truck RaceThe Great Food Truck Race, hosted by Tyler Florence, kicks off Season 4 on August 18 at 9pm/8c with new teams who are hitting the road for the longest route in the history of the series, 4,181 miles to be exact. Much like last year, these competitors are not seasoned food truck operators; instead the teams are made up of talented cooks who have dreamed up unique food concepts and want to turn their dreams into a reality, which is to operate a food truck business.

Eight teams of three are provided with a truck for the cross-country race. Each episode will test the teams’ resilience in a series of challenges and the team that has made the least in sales will be sent home packing. In the end, only one team will win the grand prize of $50,000 and the keys to their truck.

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Food Court Wars: Empanadas vs. Tacos

by in Shows, July 14th, 2013

Tyler and Tirados
Food Court WarsOn Food Network’s new show, Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that tests their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode at the West Gate Mall in Spartanburg, S.C., the current owner of two taco restaurants, V.J., and his employee and store manager, Michael, opened The Taco Spot. And the team of Trish and her daughter Jenn, who previously quit her job to work at her mom’s food cart, opened Tirado’s Empanadas & More. In the end, the empanadas came out on top of the tacos, securing the Tirado women their very first restaurant business.

Do you think the right team won?

What to Watch: Fast and Easy Recipes, Grilling Seafood, and Empanadas vs. Tacos on Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 12th, 2013

Ree DrummondThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about quick and easy cooking for everyone from busy moms to young adults. Then it’s competition time with new episodes of Food Court Wars and Food Network Star.

Start Saturday morning off with a lesson in time management from Ree, who is testing herself to see how fast she can cook a meal, starting with a 30-minute dish and moving on to a 5-minute challenge. Then Trisha is showing her friend who’s a mom how to get a great weeknight supper on the table in no time at all. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is visiting some New York City hot spots before heading home to cook a few inspired dishes. Then Giada is cooking up fast recipes that young adults living on their own can easily tackle.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is preparing a picnic menu inspired by nature’s sweetener, honey. Then Guy is cooking up dishes that he hopes his restaurant-owner friend will appreciate, including duck sliders and squash chips fried in duck fat. Later, Bobby is grilling a Northeast seafood menu that features lobster rolls.

Come back Sunday evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars where two teams battle it out to win a food court restaurant. One team specializes in empanadas and the other in tacos. On Food Network Star, the remaining hopefuls must create a dish featuring a unique ingredient and then auction it off to a roomful of foodies. On Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a foul-mouthed restaurant owner clean up her act, get her staff on her side and improve the restaurant.

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