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Sunny’s Viewing Party – “Burgers”

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 12th, 2009

Subbing for Bruce, Sunny Anderson gets the behind-the-scenes dish from the second episode of Ultimate Recipe ShowdownBurgers.

Resolution Watch ’09

by in View All Posts, January 7th, 2009


Seven days into ’09 feels like a good time for a check in…
ARE RESOLUTIONS BEING KEPT?

We took a quick poll around the office…

Alexis (runs FineLiving.com) — resolution:
Less take-out, more big-batch, healthy cooking on the weekends. Update: So far, so good. Alexis whipped up Giada De Laurentiis’ tasty lentil soup and has been enjoying all week.

Danielle (FN’s interactive marketing guru) — resolution:
Fewer processed frozen meals and more packed lunches. Update: Has fallen off the wagon twice this week with her frozen faves — but hey, there was a sale. To boost the healthy factor, Danielle makes her own side salads.

Mark (FN Dish contributor) — resolution:
Bank more green with bag lunches versus pricey pre-made sandwiches. Sense a theme here? Update: Three for three this week — two hand-rolled turkey wraps and one amazing pot of chili (inspired by some great tips and enhanced with his secret weapon — chocolate!).

Emily (FoodNetworkStore.com) — resolution:
Less coffee! Loves the taste, hates the jitters. Update: Tea and tea only for over a week! She attributes her mighty resolve to the Mighty Leaf variety pack.

Rachael (FN Dish producer) — resolution:
Joint plan with her boyfriend to give up beer FOR THE YEAR. Update: So far, so good! However, wine is still fair game and Rachael just enjoyed a great sparkling Bonarda from Italy.

How are YOU doing? Hanging tough? Need moral support?
We want to hear your secrets to success (or your downfall)…

And, if you do need encouragement, try the healthy eating tips and recipes on our new blog, Healthy Eats.

URS Viewing Party – “Comfort Food”

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 5th, 2009

Subbing for Bruce, Sunny Anderson hosts a viewing party for the first episode of Ultimate Recipe ShowdownComfort Food.

$25,000 AND Amazing Comfort Food??!

by in View All Posts, January 2nd, 2009

It’s hard to think of a better combo…

This Sunday, Ultimate Recipe Showdown returns — bigger and tastier than ever. Four contestants will be competing for a pretty big bowl of green — $25,000. [Plus, some serious bragging rights.]

Here’s the best part… In the first episode, they are making their signature comfort foods. I don’t know about you but that’s pretty much all I want on a long, lazy weekend like the one. It appears the challengers will be whipping up a variety of comforting cuisine, including a truly decadent mac and cheese.

Here’s the $25,000 question:
If you were battling for a big bag of money, which comfort food specialty would you serve up to win it all?

Happy 2009 from The FN Dish!

by in View All Posts, January 1st, 2009


It’s 2009 and the entire FN Dish staff wants to wish you a bright, prosperous, healthy and tasty new year. (!!)

Planning to tackle more challenging cooking techniques this year? (Julia would be so proud.) Perhaps you plan to get reacquainted with your old friend, the gym. We’d love to hear your resolutions.

If they DO involve living healthier in ’09, check out our new blog for the latest and tastiest in healthy food, HEALTHY EATS. I’ve just tried the Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce recipe this week. Not only could I knock it out without issue but it sure didn’t taste healthy. YUM!

On the flipside, if you’re struggling today from a little too much champers, Food Network’s got you covered.

Try the handy Hangover Guide, or Jamie Oliver’s Breakfast Pizza which he swears can cure most hangovers. Need more help? Paula Deen recipes are always a good bet. Get them all here.

Enjoy your day off!
~ Mark, The FN Dish

Burger Time with the Programming Team

by in View All Posts, December 31st, 2008

I’m sure it’s the same in offices across the country, but this week in the Food Network Programming department, you can quietly work and watch the tumbleweeds roll by. Holiday gift giving is over, everyone is on vacation, and only the few of us who are truly – truly – dedicated are holding down the fort, here at the Chelsea Market.

So how do the professionally food obsessed spend a quiet holiday week? Burgers! There are food perks at FN, food perks being in the Chelsea Market, and then there are food perks just being in this neighborhood.

In that spirit, here’s a quick tour of the burger offerings in our lovely hood that will make any carnivore happy. Note: it doesn’t hurt that we border the Meatpacking District.

Across the street is the legendary Old Homestead Steakhouse with the famous cow above the door. Next door to O.H.S. is Pop Burger, when you only need a small slider. One block down is The Diner, a rather more upscale version of it’s name. A few blocks away is Cafeteria, Tyler Florence‘s old haunt, and in the other direction there’s Corner Bistro, a truly old school tavern. Also in walking distance is the now mega-famous Spotted Pig, gastropub to the stars. You can find nearly any kind of food in the world in Chelsea, but it’s clearly a burger kind of town. You may not want to hit all of them in the same week though…

~ Fay, Programming

Photo: Thomas Censani

New Year’s Resolutions from Food Network Stars!

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, December 29th, 2008

The FN Dish shares New Year’s resolutions from Food Network stars! What New Year’s resolutions are all of you making for 2009?

Food Network Stars — Holiday Round-up

by in View All Posts, December 25th, 2008

Since we’re all home enjoying the holidays, we wanted to share some holiday memories from your favorite Food Network stars…

Tyler Florence: Best gift — moped as a ten-year old…and then, “…whatever my wife got me last Christmas. Thanks, honey!”

Sandra Lee: Best gift — a love letter from her honey.

Guy Fieri: Best gift — His horse, Rebel was his first thought. However, he changed his answer to his two sons instead.

Alton Brown: A jet from his wife. That’s right, a REAL jet.

Sunny Anderson: Beebee bear from her mom.

Danny Boome: Skiing lessons. Worst gift: Hospital bills after the skiing lessons.

Watch all the holiday memories from your favorite FN stars.

Here’s a toast to all of the FN Dish’ers!
And if your glass needs a great companion…
try Paula‘s Mama’s Eggnog. YUM!

Happy Holidays!
~ The FN Dish Staff

Baking with the Pros

by in View All Posts, December 24th, 2008


My dreams of a respite from work and a day of baking were both answered on Thursday with an invitation from the FN Kitchens to help them prepare for FN’s holiday cookie party!

SarahInstructingSarah Copeland, the kitchens’ very own recipe developer, led a group of us away from our computer monitors in the interactive department and into a gingerbread and sugar cookie extravaganza in which used our keyboard-weary hands to mix, flour, roll and bake over 1000 cookies.

Along the way we learned some handy tips from the pros, like how the use of a triggered cookie scoop promises even sized cookies along with even baking times, ensuring that all of your cookies will turn out looking professionally made. Sarah also taught us cookie decorating 101, from which the most important takeaway is that with decorating, less is more.

We had a blast, and today the cookies were devoured eagerly by the staff here at FN Chelsea as a holiday gift from the Kitchens. I can’t wait for the next invite upstairs!

Warmest wishes and happy baking!
Allison Dunmire
Interactive Video

Wendy Gets Your Tables Set

by in View All Posts, December 23rd, 2008

Wendy recently shared a bold tablescape which prompted:

Dear Wendy,
Every year something goes horribly wrong and I’m left with a mis-mash of clutter on my table. You mentioned bold colors (which I LOVE) but my walls are bright yellow and orange. Is it over the top to incorporate more bold colors in my tablescape or should I go subtle? I don’t want my guests to need sunglasses but I don’t want it to look blah! ~ Robin

Here’s what Wendy shared:

While table settings should connect to the immediate environ, it’s the type of gathering that determines the “flavor” of color…

  • High energy: If it’s a lively event with spicy foods and fun music, go bold!!! A tropical “bamboo” green would also be a great choice in your setting, Robyn.
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  • Down to earth: Neutrals or creamy textures are great for a more conversational, daytime mood.
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  • Tryouts: Test how your color vision works with your table and the rest of the room. Paint swatches are helpful. Or in a pinch, try book jackets, colorful clothes like sweaters and scarves, or simple objects around your home to achieve that preview.
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  • Start small: Still unsure? Use a touch of bold color via napkins or a table runner for a color splash with impact.
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Best,
Wendy

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