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.

The Top 5 Most-Intimidating Ingredients to Cook — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, May 10th, 2014

Episode 5On the next episode of America’s Best Cook, the remaining five chefs must take on the challenge of cooking one of the top five most-intimidating ingredients, considered so by professional chefs. The challenge will test their adaptability and ability to work with some unfamiliar and difficult items. Luckily, the home cooks have mentors waiting in the wings to help them out. If only cooking at home were just like that when you needed guidance, with Tyler, Alex, Michael or Cat just an SOS button away.

For this challenge, the “deadly” ingredients are Arborio rice, quail, baby octopus, scallops in their shell and chicken livers. And at the end of the cooking, the home cooks will be judged by Chef Marcel Vigneron, who is known for taking big risks in the competitive kitchen. Will the home cooks flourish or falter? Which ingredient will get the better of them?

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What to Watch: Special Mother’s Day Recipes and the Season 2 Premiere of Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, May 9th, 2014

Melissa and GuyThis weekend on the Food Network is all about Mom, with a range of cooking shows offering recipes all geared to please Mom on her special day. Then, on Sunday night, it’s competition time as a new season of Guy’s Grocery Games kicks off the evening with four moms behind grocery carts.

This Saturday on The Pioneer Woman, Ree is cooking for Ladd’s grandmother. Then on Farmhouse Rules, Nancy’s having three moms over for a special celebration. And on The Kitchen, the co-hosts cook Mother’s Day brunch recipes. On Sunday, it’s all about pasta on Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day. Later in the morning, on Southern at Heart, Damaris has the ladies over for afternoon tea. On Giada at Home, Giada cooks a Mother’s Day lunch for her sister. Right after, Guy’s cooking his mom Penny a Mother’s Day meal on Guy’s Big Bite.

In the evening, come back for more Guy with the Season 2 premiere of Guy’s Grocery Games in a heartwarming Mother’s Day episode. Right after, watch America’s Best Cook: The home cooks must face dreaded ingredients to create chef-worthy dishes for guest judge Marcel Vigneron. Finally, in a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs must cook Sloppy Joes with mystery meat.

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Regional Foods Face-Off — Announcing the America’s Best Cook Bracket Challenge Winner

by in Shows, May 8th, 2014

Bracket WinnerAmong the many things that define the United States, foods are at the top of that list with a specialty for every region. In the past five weeks, FN Dish has had you, the fans, vote on your favorite regional dishes to celebrate the series America’s Best Cook, airing Sundays at 9|8c. On the show, home cooks from the four corners of the country are mentored by Food Network chefs and battle it out for a chance at winning the title of best cook.

This bracket challenge began with 16 dishes that you voted on, and round by round, the dishes were narrowed down until just two dishes remained: tacos and barbecue, basically West vs. South. Today, FN Dish is revealing your winner.

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Hearty Spring Brunch: Ham and Cheese Frittata

by in Recipes, Shows, May 7th, 2014

Ham FrittataFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient spiral ham. But instead of using the ham in the most-conventional way, say baking it or even cubing it, this recipe takes it to the Chopped-like extreme: The ham gets pulsed in the food processor, basically deviling it and turning it into a creamy pate that is sauteed and combined with beaten eggs to make this Deviled Ham Frittata with Jalapeno and Scallion Relish. A layer of sharp cheddar is sprinkled on top before the skillet goes into the oven. This dish is ideal for a spring brunch with family and friends — and you’ll have everyone guessing as to the secret ingredient that makes it so flavorful.

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Top 10 Recommended Eats from the South: On the Road with America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, May 7th, 2014

barbecue ribsOn America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks battle it out for the chance to win the title of America’s best cook, all while representing their specific region of the United States. The cooks are split into teams from the North, South, West and East. Each of these regions has its characteristic foods that make up an integral part of its identity. To celebrate the competition show, each week FN Dish has featured the top 10 reader-recommended eats from one of the regions. This week it’s all about the South.

When it comes to describing Southern cuisine, “flavor” is not a word that can be left out of the vocabulary. Just think of the deep richness of classic dishes such as gumbo, biscuits and gravy, and barbecue. The South wouldn’t be the same without barbecue ribs, pulled pork and everything in between. There you’ll find all these traditional dishes, with particular specialties and styles in each state. You may even come across some Southern twists on burgers, quesadillas and more. Check out Food Network’s listings to find all the top-rated restaurants from Nashville to New Orleans.

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What to Watch: Bobby Flay Visits The Kitchen and Geoffrey Zakarian Judges America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, May 2nd, 2014

Bobby Flay on The KitchenWhether you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party or you simply want some foolproof Mexican recipes, tune in to Food Network this weekend for a bit of both. Nancy Fuller, Damaris Phillips, Guy Fieri and the co-hosts of The Kitchen are all cooking Mexican dishes. Bobby Flay even stops by The Kitchen, as does Food Network Magazine’s editor, Maile Carpenter. Also tune in for three hours of competition Sunday night, starting with a new episode of Food Court Wars, then America’s Best Cook and Cutthroat Kitchen. It’s a special brunch challenge on America’s Best Cook, which will be judged by guest tastemaker Geoffrey Zakarian.

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Regional Foods Face-Off — America’s Best Cook Bracket Challenge, Round 4

by in Shows, May 1st, 2014

Round 3 Bracket ChallengeAmong the many things that define the United States, foods are at the top of that list. And every region has its specialty, whether it is pizza from the East, chili from the North, barbecue from the South or tacos from the West. On the new series America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks from the four corners of the country have come to Food Network headquarters to be mentored by FN chefs and battle it out for a chance at winning the title of America’s Best Cook.

To coincide with the show, FN Dish has launched the Regional Foods Face-Off, a bracket challenge in which you, the fans, can vote for your favorite regional food. The editors have narrowed it down to four famous dishes from each of the regions, but after four rounds of voting, only one dish will come out on top. Round 4 is now closed. Find out which dish won.

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Reinvent Cube Steak as Crispy Open-Faced Tacos

by in Recipes, Shows, April 30th, 2014

Steak ChalupasFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient cube steak. The key to cooking with cube steak is not overcooking the meat, because it can get tough. Typically used for chicken-fried steak, cube steak is often tenderized with a meat mallet to produce a thin cutlet, which makes it easier to cook and eat. But the technique the chefs came up with for making these Steak and Black Bean Chalupas was to sear the thinly sliced meat in a screaming-hot pan, and then simmer it in broth briefly to eliminate the need for tenderizing. Paired with mashed black beans — a take on refried beans — and a tangy chili-lime mango salsa, these open-faced tacos are filling and refreshing, perfect for Cinco de Mayo or a simple Mexican Night any day of the week with the family.

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Top 10 Recommended Eats from the West: On the Road with America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 30th, 2014

CioppinoOn America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks battle it out for the chance to win the title of America’s best cook, all while representing their specific region of the United States. The cooks are split into teams from the North, South, West and East. Each of these regions has its characteristic foods that make up an integral part of its identity. To celebrate the new competition show, each week during the season, FN Dish has the top 10 reader-recommended eats from one of the regions. This week it’s all about the West.

If you were to characterize the West in just two words, they would be “fresh” and “bold” — and you can apply those words to everything from the local ingredients to the cuisines, including the Latin-inspired dishes and American Indian foods of the Southwest. But the West is also well known for its fusion foods, one of the most popular being California cuisine, which was made famous by Chef Wolfgang Puck. Look no further for Asian-inspired pizzas, burgers or tacos. Among all the regions, the West is one of the most diverse in its offerings. Pick any city or town on the West Coast to find flavors from all across the nation and even around the world, all in one square mile or even in one single restaurant.

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What to Watch: Damaris’ Derby Party and Ron Ben-Israel Guest Judges on America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 25th, 2014

Ron Ben-IsraelThis weekend, tune in for all-new episodes that run the gamut from cooking and planning for parties to competition shows that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Start Saturday morning with a new episode of Farmhouse Rules. Nancy’s cooking for a game night with her in-laws. Then on The Kitchen, it’s make-ahead freezer-friendly meals, plus how to tackle artichokes. Then on Sunday morning, Rachael has five weeknight meals that use bulk purchases for the biggest bang for your buck. On Southern at Heart, Damaris is planning a Derby party. Then on Guy’s Big Bite, Guy is cooking up appetizers and making a cocktail to match. On Sunday night, tune in for America’s Best Cook, where pastry chef extraordinaire Ron Ben-Israel judges dessert creations, but one competitor may be going home early due to an injury. Then on Cutthroat Kitchen, one chef will have to separate grains of rice for risotto.

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