Guy Fieri recently met with a couple who have made a hobby out of traveling to all of the places featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So far, Food Network fans Ben and Barb Stillwagon have been to 249 locations and have created a scrapbook collection of their travels. But it’s their latest stop at Guy’s own Johnny Garlic’s that brought them face-to-face with their inspiration and gave them a chance to share their memorabilia with him. SJ-R.com reports that “Guy asked Ben and Barb if they could leave the albums in Santa Rosa for a while so their souvenirs could be scanned into a computer for possible use in the future.” Ben described the meeting as a dream come true.
We took the best part of this classic soup — all the sweet caramelized onions — and left behind all the fat. A small sprinkling of Gruyere cheese (or your favorite) at the end is all you need for a satisfying main dish.
Get the recipe: French Onion Soup
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Your family will be smiling from ear-to-ear when you top buttermilk and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cream and a milk chocolate glaze.
Make it a complete meal by serving these little treats with Smoked Pork Chops With Corn from Food Network Magazine.
Get the recipe: Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato Basil Sauce for Target has been receiving some attention after Consumer Reports conducted a taste test of celebrity food products. The taste testers concluded that: “Most consumers would not be able to tell her sauce came from a jar.” With a great taste and affordable price, Giada’s brand received a Consumer Reports best buy ranking. Try making Giada’s Simple Tomato Sauce or Bolognese Sauce at home.
Bobby Flay has teamed up with Aetna for their Healthy Food Fight campaign, which teaches people about the benefits of eating healthy. A national cooking contest, with a chance to win $10,000 worth of groceries is up for grabs, as well as feature appearances from Chef Flay. Visit Healthyfoodfight.com to submit an original healthy recipe for chance to win.
Last week Troy Johnson, host of Crave, dropped by for a Food Network Facebook chat. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights:
Kate Farber Gold: What is your favorite thing to eat?
TJ: I would have to say Thai food — drunken noodles with duck, so hot it hurts. Or Fruity Pebbles in ice cold milk.
Michelle Buffardi: Is there any food that you hated as a kid but learned to like as a grownup?
TJ: I hated liver, now I love it. Especially one that’s a little enhanced.
Conway Obleman: What would be your last meal?
TJ: It would have to do with mussels, a little roasted bone marrow (meat butter) and a salad so that I can go into the afterlife with a svelte figure.
In case you haven’t heard, FN Dish is participating in Healthy Eats’ Brown-Bag Challenge. The challenge: Bring your lunch to work each weekday for the month of September. We know this isn’t an easy feat, so we’ve asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share their experience and favorite recipes to help keep everyone motivated.
This week, Gaby Dalkin from What’s Gaby Cooking is getting us through the work-week with her easy Quinoa Cowboy Caviar.
I’ve always been a brown-bag luncher. It wasn’t always by choice, but I’m glad I started this habit early in life.
My mom always sent my sister and me to school with a lunchbox. To be honest, I was totally embarrassed because all my friends got to order the hot lunch at school, and I was stuck with something from home. But my mom wasn’t into us eating pizza every day for lunch so there was just no way around it. In high school I had a little more freedom, and I bought lunch a few days a week. After the initial excitement of eating whatever was in the cafeteria that day, I decided I preferred bringing my lunch from home and begged my mom to continue to pack my lunch. In college I strategically scheduled my classes so I had time to run home and whip up a quick salad or something semi-healthy to get me through the day. And now, in the real world, I’m still all about packing lunches and planning ahead.
Anne Burrell has been hitting the bowling lanes in preparation for her Sept. 29 event, Rock & Bowl, at this year’s New York City Wine and Food Festival. Metromix New York has exclusive photos of her practice session at a retro New York bowling alley. Wearing size nine bowling shoes and a mismatched pair of pink-and-yellow socks, she admitted her first ball was a gutter ball.
Mark Dacascos burned some rubber doing several laps on the new surface of Phoenix’s International Raceway. Speedway Digest reports that the Iron Chef chairman exceeded speeds of 100 miles an hour and found the experience to be “the best video game in the world.”