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Being a Judge Doesn’t Keep You Safe from the Chopping Block — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, October 6th, 2015

Things are always a little scary in the Chopped kitchen, but judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian had the challenge of making it even more terrifying this week. After a special Halloween episode, they took on the spooky dessert basket filled with Day of the Dead cookies, a boo-nilla shake, chocolate-covered bugs and a watermelon brain for an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Alex quickly noticed that the basket ingredients would need some work, pointing out that the icing on the cookies was just powdered sugar, food coloring and water. “Deceptively brilliant in color and extremely light on flavor,” she said. All three judges opted for the watermelon as their main flavor-enhancer, using it in three frozen variations. Geoffrey also added slices right to his plate as Ted worried it’s too simple. “It’s going to stay that way,” Geoffrey said. “What I’m doing is so out there, it’s beyond me, even.”

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What to Watch: Danica Patrick Tailgates on The Kitchen, and the Season Premiere of Halloween Wars

by in Shows, October 2nd, 2015

The Kitchen cast
Fall is officially here, and that means your favorite chefs have tons of fun in store for both Halloween and football season. Join the party, starting Saturday morning, with Bobby Flay’s easy autumn brunch featuring Biscuit Sticky Buns and Riesling sangria. After that, Nancy Fuller is hosting a family reunion with Farm-Style Chicken and Drop Dumplings and a Rhubarb Reunion Cocktail. Next, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick stops by on The Kitchen to reveal her favorite tailgate recipe while the co-hosts offer tips on how to plan and pack everything. Then, Valerie Bertinelli is having her family over for a day of football, food and fun, including her quick-cooking gumbo and Sicilian Love Cake.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis prepares pound cake from her favorite bakery with limoncello zabaglione and adds Mascarpone Sorbetto with Rosemary Honey. Then, Damaris Phillips cooks Southern Sloppy Joe Sliders and Butternut Squash Slaw over the campfire while she and her husband go glamping on the lawn. Then, it’s a night of spooky competition shows. First, Guy Fieri hosts a Halloween cook-off complete with pumpkin bowling and frightening ingredients on Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, five teams kick off a season of terrifying battles on Halloween Wars as they are challenged to create a display that captures an infestation. Then, Alton Brown’s got even more sabotage planned for a special Halloween episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

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What to Watch: First Taste of Fall on The Kitchen and the Season Finale of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 25th, 2015

This weekend, start fall off right with new autumn eats from your favorite chefs and the crowning of the winning team on The Great Food Truck Race. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond celebrates the men in her life with their favorite sweets, like Lemon Bread Pudding and Mike’s Crispy Treats. Next, Nancy Fuller caters a meal for the local book drive, including Creamy Crab and Bacon Endive Boats and Apple Puffs with Meringue. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen serve up fall favorites and reveal which bar gadgets will save you time. Then, Valerie Bertinelli shows her appreciation for her fellow volunteers at a local animal adoption event with English and Italian Finger Sandwiches and Deviled Eggs Three Ways.

On Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis prepares an Italian supper of Lamb Osso Buco and Roasted Squash with Cherries and Pistachios. And on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges the chefs to create a pork dinner using just one ingredient from each aisle on a new Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, on the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race, the two remaining teams must sell three different ethnic dishes in three different ethnic neighborhoods before one is crowned champion and drives away with $50,000. Then, Alton Brown forces two chefs to cook on a seesaw on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 20th, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, and that means cookie season is fast approaching. While it might not be time to break out the holiday recipe box just yet, you can use this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week to fill the cookie jar and brush up on your baking skills. These beauties are perfect as a surprise treat in the kids’ lunchboxes or as an after-school snack, and since they’re topped with a simple lemon glaze, they’re a great light bite for this time of year. Plus, these 5-star sweets come in at around 113 calories each, so you don’t have to feel guilty about having one or two after the kids go to bed.

For more easy desserts like this, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

What to Watch: 15-Minute Dinners on The Kitchen and Pro Athletes Pair Up with Pro Chefs on Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, September 18th, 2015

Guy's Grocery Games All-StarsKick back this weekend with your favorite chefs as they show you how to plan, prep and cook last-minute meals when you’re crunched for time. It all starts on Saturday as Ree Drummond creates homemade takeout with her 16-minute cowboy meals, like Smothered Pork Chops and Tex-Mex Fried Rice. Next, Nancy Fuller is preparing a quick lunch for some friends, featuring Hot Pressed Reubens and Crispy Lemon Garlic Kale Chips. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen reveal their top tips for saving time while you cook. And finally, Valerie Bertinelli talks last-minute dinner solutions, including her Crazy Easy Quickbread and Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Sauce.

On Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a bocce-ball picnic for some of the locals, with portable eats like Prosciutto Cotto Pinwheels and Marinated Salumi Sandwiches. And on Sunday night, all-star chefs team up with professional athletes and hit the aisles on Guy’s Grocery Games for the chance to win up to $30,000 for charity. Next, the food trucks go old-school as Tyler Florence takes away their phones and Internet abilities, forcing them to market with roadside attractions. Then, Alton Brown sells a sabotage that challenges one chef to make gumbo by tossing the ingredients from a balcony.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Back-to-School Snacks and Valerie’s Best Bets for Entertaining

by in Shows, September 11th, 2015

Relax this weekend with your favorite chefs as they prepare tasty appetizers, back-to-school snacks and more. On Saturday, Ree Drummond is throwing a prairie picnic for her friends with tender Chicken Milanese and a boozy Pina Colada Tres Leches Cake. Next, Nancy Fuller and her friend Kardea Brown share soul food secrets with crawfish pie and biscuits with bacon butter. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen have easy back-to-school snack ideas and some fun tips on how to stay organized during the school year. Then, Valerie Bertinelli hosts a girls’ night in with her book club and lots of shareable treats.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy prepare an old family recipe, Sartu di Riso, inspired by Giada’s grandparents’ honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast. Then, on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges four all-star chefs to multiple cart swaps during Musical Carts on Guy’s Grocery Games as they compete for charity. Next, a steak-eating contest determines the seed money for the next round of The Great Food Truck Race, and things get romantic as two chefs get hitched on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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What to Watch: Labor Day Ideas on The Kitchen and a Grandma Takeover on Cutthroat Kitchen

by in Shows, September 4th, 2015

Say farewell to summer with your favorite chefs as they grill outdoors and celebrate the holiday weekend with their favorite party eats. Start your Saturday off right with a birthday celebration at Ree Drummond’s ranch, complete with juicy Smashed Burgers and Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites. Then, Nancy Fuller invites family over for a picnic-style lunch with BBQ Braised Brisket Sandwiches and a spread of decadent desserts. Next, The Kitchen is throwing a Labor Day party complete with tips for entertaining and a lightened-up take on creamed corn that’s perfect for any get-together. After that, Valerie Bertinelli is grilling with her family, serving up chicken kebabs and margaritas.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian journey continues with a trip down memory lane and some of her childhood favorites, like Pizza Bianca and Chocolate Ricotta Toast. Then, get ready for a backyard camping trip as Daphne Brogdon prepares some of her simple outdoor recipes for the kids. On Sunday night, another round of A-list chefs are competing for charity on an all-new Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars. Next, things get spiced up on the road as the remaining five teams use peppers to create a spicy Santa Fe meal on The Great Food Truck Race. And finally, knitting needles go flying as grandmas take over Cutthroat Kitchen.

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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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