All Posts By Ricky Smith

What to Watch: All-Star Gingerbread Build and the Premiere of Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champions

by in Shows, November 27th, 2015

All Star Gingerbread BuildNow that you’ve had your fill of turkey, stuffing and your extended family’s company, it’s time to move on to cookies, competition and new ideas from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond’s menu of make-ahead dishes for a cocktail party, including Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Caprese Skewers with balsamic drizzle. After that, Nancy Fuller hosts a feast for her farmer friends featuring Short Rib Stew and Savory Garlic Scones. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are kicking off the holiday season with Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef and DIY holiday wreaths. Next, Patricia Heaton cooks Bite-Size Chicken and Waffles and a signature cocktail for a surprise anniversary party she’s throwing for her husband. And finally, Valerie Bertinelli is surprising her friends with a party featuring a home-cooked meal for their birthdays. On Saturday night, Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott go head-to-head against Duff Goldman and Drew Scott on All-Star Gingerbread Build. Then, Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown a holiday cookie master on Christmas Cookie Challenge.

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“Pickles without Borders” — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 26th, 2015

Having a glass or two of wine in the Chopped kitchen isn’t a rare occurrence, but during this round it’s almost a necessity. That’s because judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Alex Guarnaschelli are taking on the appetizer basket from the Pub Food episode of chopped. On the all-new episode of Chopped After Hours, they’re required to use house-cured bacon, deviled eggs, fish cheeks and housemade pickles in a completely original appetizer.

Amanda is not shy about admitting her love for the basket: “I look at the whole thing and I think, ‘Thank you.’ You have acid, you have fat, you have bacon, you have eggs and you have fish cheeks!” She starts off using the brine from the pickles, which she and Ted Allen both agree is underutilized at home and should be saved more often. “Amanda and I are starting an organization called Pickles without Borders,” Ted says. Alex is using the pickle brine in a vinaigrette to go alongside a frito misto — a platter of fried foods that she does not think she has enough time to finish. When Ted disagrees, Alex replies, “I appreciate the vote of confidence, my friend, but, you know, we’re only human, Ted.”

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What to Watch: Out with Turkey, In with Cookies — It’s Holiday Time on Food Network

by in Shows, November 26th, 2015

The Kitchen Holiday EpisodeYou’ve conquered the first holiday of the season, so now it’s time to enjoy what the last month of the year has in store. From holiday-themed episodes of your favorite competitions to new ideas and recipes from the chefs you trust, Food Network has everything you need to get into the holiday spirit.

Starting this weekend, catch brand-new specials like All-Star Gingerbread Build, Christmas Cookie Challenge and Celebrity Food Fight. What’s more, The Kitchen’s got three holiday-themed episodes to help you out with everything from cookie swaps to entertaining hacks. Of course, Ina Garten’s got a brand-new special, A Barefoot Holiday, to showcase her best recipes for a Christmas Eve lunch and a romantic midnight dinner. And don’t miss Christmas at Bobby’s — a one-hour party with ideas from Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian and the newest Food Network Star, Eddie Jackson.

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Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 24th, 2015

The dessert basket in the Cooking with Bass episode of Chopped may seem like a great start to dessert, but judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Marc Murphy aren’t too enthusiastic. On a new Chopped After Hours, they must cook a final course using zucchini, chocolate-covered raisins, peanut brittle and vanilla liqueur. “What’s the first initial problem with all of this?” Ted Allen asks. “Too sweet!” the judges reply unanimously.

They all realize the zucchini is going to be their saving grace when it comes to toning down the sweetness. Marc points out that you can make a zucchini cake just as easily as you can make a carrot cake, to which Maneet replies, “You can — ’cause that’s exactly what I’m going to do!” They all get off to a quick start, with Marc whisking up a batter for zucchini fritters. Amanda doesn’t want to give away her dish, so she just shouts, “I’m making a cake — that’s all you need to know!”

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What to Watch: All-Star Thanksgiving, and Turkey Day-Inspired Desserts on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 20th, 2015

Holiday Baking Championship JudgesThis weekend, the Food Network chefs have you covered for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving needs. On Saturday morning, catch an all-new episode of The Kitchen featuring all of the co-hosts’ best turkey ideas, including Jeff Mauro’s Turkey in Pieces and Sunny Anderson’s Deep-Fried Turkey. Then, on Sunday night, don’t miss the All-Star Thanksgiving special featuring favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Nancy Fuller and Damaris Phillips.

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What to Watch: Martha Stewart on The Kitchen and A Barefoot Thanksgiving with Ina and Bobby

by in Shows, November 13th, 2015

Geoffrey Zakarian and Martha Stewart on The KitchenIt’s time to break out the Thanksgiving recipes and start planning your holiday meal, and the Food Network chefs have you covered with easy make-ahead recipes to make this year’s feast easier than ever. First, Ree Drummond is fixing up a campfire meal complete with Cheesy Bacon Hot Dogs and Big Time Sangria (but don’t miss her turkey-day tips in a special episode on Monday night). Next, Nancy Fuller is putting timesaving spins on everything from the turkey to the pie on her Thanksgiving special. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts have you covered with a timeline for the big meal, and a special appearance by Martha Stewart. Then, Patricia Heaton creates a cozy meal of Cranberry Cornbread Bites and Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli hosts her own Thanksgiving celebration filled with Sweet and Salty Pepitas and a Deep-Fried Turkey you have to see to believe. And on Saturday night, don’t miss two new episodes of Unwrapped 2.0.

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When Things Go Up in Smoke, Try, Try Again — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 10th, 2015

While it’s almost always difficult to make a cohesive meal from one of the Chopped mystery baskets, the judges were thankful that this week’s ingredients were all usual suspects for a dessert. After a group of talented military vets left the kitchen, judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian and Marc Murphy attempted to make a third course out of lemonade, ballpark peanuts, marshmallow cereal treats and peaches on an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Alex mentioned that she was glad they left the peanuts in the shell for an extra layer of flavor, but Marc immediately disagreed. “I like the peanuts with the shell, too, but not on Chopped,” he said before pointing out how much time they take to shuck. He ended up attempting to make a sort of brittle out of them, which became the source of a fun game of hide-and-seek between Marc and the others. “Somebody evil has hid Marc’s, hopefully, peanut brittle from him, and now I’m going to join that game and I’m putting it on a high shelf in the pantry,” Ted said.

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What to Watch: Slow-Cooker Hacks on The Kitchen and the Premiere of Giada’s Holiday Handbook

by in Shows, November 6th, 2015

Giada's Holiday HandbookIt’s officially comfort food season, and all of the Food Network chefs are sharing their easy, cheesy and downright indulgent eats. It starts Saturday morning, when Ree Drummond is offering up tips for minimal-prep dorm room food like Waffle Maker Pizzas and Tea Kettle Noodle Soup. Next, Nancy Fuller is treating her grandkids to a feast of Honey Fried Chicken and Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen share three new slow-cooker hacks, and Amanda Freitag stops by to make her “Pork on Pork” Chops. Patricia Heaton is hosting a game-day party filled with comfort food like Sloppy Joe Pockets and Kickoff Cupcakes. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli is spicing up poker night with southwestern egg rolls and ham sliders. On Saturday night, it’s two brand-new episodes of Unwrapped 2.0 that include behind-the-scenes looks at circus peanuts, Tootsie Rolls and more.

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What to Watch: It’s Turkey Time on Food Network

by in Holidays, Shows, November 5th, 2015

Guy Fieri ThanksgivingWith plenty of time left to prepare for your holiday festivities, you can watch your favorite Food Network chefs reveal their best ideas during all-new Thanksgiving-themed episodes. Get ready for a brand-new spread of indulgent recipes, timesaving tips and creative hacks to make this year’s feast easier and more delicious than ever.

The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Valerie’s Home Cooking, Brunch at Bobby’s and Southern at Heart are all proving that Thanksgiving can be reinvented every year with new recipes. Guy Fieri is doing double duty with two new turkey-themed episodes of Guy’s Big Bite, while Bobby Flay joins Ina Garten for A Barefoot Thanksgiving in the barn with a dazzling spread and foolproof strategies for the busy day.

If you’re in the competitive spirit, Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped Junior all have a turkey-day twist. Looking to indulge outside the house? Top 5 has the season’s best Thanksgiving comfort food, and a special episode of Guilty Pleasures will have chefs and stars spilling their favorite holiday eats. Head to Thanksgiving Central for all the details, and don’t forget to watch the Food Network Kitchen turkey roast, live on starting at 10a|9c.

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What to Watch: Special Guest Raven-Symoné on The Kitchen, and the Season Premiere of Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, October 30th, 2015

Raven-Symone on The KitchenThis weekend, whether you’re feeding a crowd or just yourself, your favorite chefs have you covered with new recipes and easy kitchen tips. First up, Ree Drummond has the house to herself, and she’s cooking up lamb chops and Dulce de Leche Coffee for dessert. Next, it’s a romantic alfresco dinner on Nancy Fuller’s farm with Shrimp Scampi with Bucatini Noodles and bourbon-soaked bread pudding. Then, Ming Tsai stops by to demonstrate fall-flavored fried wontons while Jeff Mauro shows actress Raven-Symoné around the kitchen. After that, Patricia Heaton is hosting a party for her lady friends and serving Mini Quiche and Classic Cheese Fondue. On Saturday night, go behind the scenes of the making of your favorite foods with Unwrapped 2.0.

On Sunday morning, Duff Goldman bakes fantasy creations based on the challenges from Holiday Baking Championship on Duff’s Sweet Spot. Next, Damaris Phillips is recreating her favorite fair foods as bite-sized appetizers like Corn Dog Muffins and Meyer Lemon Shake-Up Tarts. Then, on Sunday night, a lineup of talented young chefs hits the aisles on Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, 10 new bakers take on a nutty chocolate dessert during the first challenge on the premiere of Holiday Baking Championship. And Alton Brown ends the night with brand-new sabotages on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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