All Posts By Ricky Smith

What to Watch: An Updated Set Is Revealed on The Kitchen and A-List Chefs Compete on Triple G All-Stars

by in Shows, August 28th, 2015

Take your mind off of the heat this weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share new recipes and tips for everything from family entertaining to post-workout refueling. On Saturday morning, Nancy Fuller is making some tried-and-true favorites like Fresh Peach and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake  for two of her granddaughters. Then, the co-hosts reveal an updated set on The Kitchen as they offer foolproof cocktail party tips and slow-cooker hacks. And Valerie Bertinelli is making healthy snacks and a Blueberry Smoothie for her friends and trainer after a hard workout.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis is creating fresh Italian dishes like Shrimp and Grapefruit Skewers using the beautiful seafood and citrus found in Sorrento. Then, on Sunday night, another group of A-list chefs hit the aisles on a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars as they compete to win money for charity. After that, the trucks must incorporate a unique local ingredient into their dish during the second leg of The Great Food Truck Race, and four chefs battle Alton Brown’s sabotages on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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What to Watch: Cooking with Kids on The Kitchen and the Premiere of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 21st, 2015

TylerThis weekend, gather the family and kick back with your favorite Food Network chefs as they prepare meals with and for their own families. Start your Saturday with Ree Drummond as she and her daughter put together a care package filled with family favorites like Zucchini Cake topped with sweet cream cheese frosting. Then, Nancy Fuller shows her grandkids how to master a few easy dishes like her bite-size Chicken Taco Pacos. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen give their tips on how to cook with kids while they plan a camping party. Plus, restaurateur and author John Besh and his son stop by to make an easy school-night dinner. And Valerie Bertinelli invites her family over for do-it-yourself Homemade Pizzas.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis continues her Italian journey with an outdoor pizza party. Next, Daphne Brogdon prepares for a road trip by making car-friendly snacks and sweets. On Sunday night, the tables turn on Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars as the judges compete to win money for charity. And it’s all about meals on wheels as food truck owners hit the road for a new season of The Great Food Truck Race, and four food truck chefs battle Alton Brown’s sabotages on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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A Rookie Mistake Ruins the Cake — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, August 18th, 2015


Trying to upstage a group of rock stars isn’t easy, but when the stage is the Chopped kitchen, judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Aarón Sanchez definitely have an advantage. After an episode dedicated to rock stars, they took on the wacky dessert basket filled with spiced German liqueur, lemon rolls, rock candy and ginger for an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Aarón immediately starts melting the brightly colored candy down into some of the liqueur. Ted Allen asks, “That’s not going to be blue, is it?” Aarón isn’t sure, but he says he needs to cut the sweetness a bit by tempering the candy with some cream. Alex is also trying to change the flavor of the liqueur to make a sauce. “I’m actually trying to spice it because I think the spices and the heat from the ginger might just kind of freshen it up a little,” she says.

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Culinary Wunderkinds Take the Stage on Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off

by in Shows, August 6th, 2015

In Food Network’s new series Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, premiering Monday, Aug. 24 at 8|7c, eight junior chefs will put their exceptional cooking chops to the test as they compete for a $20,000 culinary scholarship and their own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. The pintsize competitors will be tested with on-camera challenges and high-pressure cooking obstacles as they attempt to impress host Rachael Ray. But they’re not only gaining the approval of Rachael — they’ll also be competing in front of an all-star guest judge each week, including Sunny Anderson, Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli.

The kids range in age from 11 to 13, but you’d never guess that by the looks of the food they can produce, including out-of-this-world pasta dishes and pastries you have to see to believe. The chefs have their own signature styles, coming from California, Colorado and everywhere in between. Tough challenges will allow the best of the best to rise to the top, but only one can be crowned the champion.

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Anthony Anderson Visits America’s Best Fests on the New Show Carnival Cravings

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2015

Anthony AndersonThere isn’t much you can’t wrap with bacon or deep-fry, and Anthony Anderson is out to prove it, trying every insanely indulgent treat along the way on his new show, Carnival Cravings. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10|9c, this epic coast-to-coast trip promises all of the crispy, crunchy, cheesy and chocolatey snacks you can imagine (and some you can’t).

One of the most-exciting parts about summer is getting to eat outdoors in the sun, and there’s no better collection of open-air options than at a carnival. Anthony’s getting the most out of these massive gatherings, trying blow-your-mind bites like mac-and-cheese-stuffed burgers, lobster dogs and even a deep-fried root beer float (yes, you read that right). And he’s having plenty of fun along the way, with everything from a pig race to a bubblegum-blowing contest.

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Take a Seat at the Table for Valerie’s Home Cooking

by in Shows, July 8th, 2015

Valerie Bertinelli is showing viewers how easy it is to prepare modern versions of her family favorites. Starting Saturday, Aug. 8 at 12|11c, the Golden Globe winner, best-selling cookbook author and co-host of Kids Baking Championship invites her closest friends over for mouthwatering meals and, of course, lots of laughs on Valerie’s Home Cooking.

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From Trash Fish to Treasure — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, July 7th, 2015


Things got fishy tonight on an all-new Chopped when Ted Allen announced that the entree basket would contain something known as trash fish, or porgy — a type of fish that used to be a cast-off. That along with olive tapenade, blood oranges and vermicelli (rice) noodles made up the required ingredients, which proved challenging. Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian took on the basket during a new installment of Chopped After Hours.

Amanda’s plan gets off to a rough start as she tries to deep-fry the rice noodles and realizes they’re not getting crisp. She makes some adjustments to speed up the process. “I cranked this, too, because I know my other chef competitors, they would like to use the fryer as well,” she says. “Look how considerate I am!” Geoffrey is convinced otherwise, asking where she put his pink peppercorns, which are actually on the ledge above his stove.

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A Side of Crazy with Your ‘Cue — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, June 16th, 2015


There was no escaping smoky flavors on tonight’s episode of Chopped, as each basket contained barbecue-themed ingredients. That was no problem for judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan as they dug into the entree basket after the competitors left the set. On an all-new Chopped After Hours, they took on some classic ‘cue ingredients: North Carolina BBQ sauce, avocado, rainbow chard and spareribs.

“The other barbecue sauce, you’re kind of stuck going down one road,” Marc says. “Here you can go maybe more on the Asian side or probably maybe Indian direction.” Everyone else agrees that they are happy about the choice of sauce. Maneet ends up going in a completely different direction, trying her hand at making a Brazilian stew called feijoada. It includes rice, which she decides to make in the microwave. Ted thinks it’s a great time-saver, saying “I don’t know why more people don’t do that!”

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Maestros of Spice — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, June 2nd, 2015


Things got spicy on tonight’s episode of Chopped, with all of the baskets packing some heat — including dessert. While most would be hesitant to make something sweet from a basket full of fiery foods, the Chopped judges — Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan — handled it flawlessly, using some very out-of-the-box combinations after the episode ended. On an all-new Chopped After Hours, they try their hand at the dessert round with chile pepper honey, devil’s food tres leches cake, pink lemons and canary melon.

“You’ve got to make sure you taste your ingredients before you cook with them,” Marc says as he coughs from the heat of the chile pepper honey. When Ted points out that he can assure Marc the canary melon is not hot and will offer some relief, Marc doubts his assurance, saying, “Well, maybe — you know — in the Chopped basket they might have infused the hot in here somehow. They might have put, like, a syringe in here!”

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May the Best Cake Win: Bakers to Battle for $10,000 in a New Series

by in Shows, May 28th, 2015

In the new series Cake Wars, premiering Monday, June 29th at 8|7c, four expert bakers aim to win their jaw-dropping cake a spot at a major party or special event. With Jonathan Bennett hosting, each of the bakers will bake one-of-a-kind creations with the hopes of impressing well-known pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, Fonuts co-owner Waylynn Lucas and some very special guest judges. Each week, only one contestant will take the cake to headline the main event, and take home the sweet grand prize of $10,000.

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