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The Cat’s Meow

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, November 17th, 2008

The FN Dish’s Bruce Seidel visits Iron Chef Cat Cora at a book signing and Bon Appétit culinary demo.

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FN Dish on Dishes

by in View All Posts, November 14th, 2008

One tiny canister corner

One of the best kept secrets in NY is tucked beneath Food Network. In an undisclosed location (think: the warehouse in Indiana Jones), lies a vast storeroom of the dishes, props and accessories FN has used for the past 15 years. Rachael Ray’s original GBs, Mario Batali’s favorite ravioli rolling pin, Sunny’s entire kitchen — it’s there.

One artistic visionary, FN set decorator Wendy and her creative prop coordinator, Jamie, have the awesome responsibility of maintaining, organizing, expanding and decorating with the massive collection.

FN Dish will start showcasing certain pieces, like this giant bowl that’s great for “kicking light” — (being highly reflective on set). Wendy stumbled across it and knew it would be perfect for a dramatic Iron Chef America ingredient.

Questions about a Food Network set? Need inspiration for an innovative tablescape? Curious about culinary “minis”? Post and Wendy will attend to the most burning questions…

Ask Aida — FN Dish Exclusive

by in View All Posts, November 11th, 2008

Aida Mollenkamp, Ask Aida
Want to Ask Aida your food question? Can’t wait for the episode?

The FN Dish will be on set with Aida and Noah this week. If you have a food question, post it below. The FN Dish will select a couple of burning questions, will Ask Aida and then we’ll post the answers here on The FN Dish shortly.

UPDATE: Check out Aida’s answers to your questions in the comments!

Giving Thanks to Share Our Strength

by in View All Posts, November 11th, 2008


As the season of giving (thanks and otherwise) approaches, it feels like a good time to revisit an important Food Network friend and ally.

Share Our Strength, FN’s official charity partner, tackles a vitally critical, yet simple mission. They work to ensure that no child in America grows up hungry.

Chef Duff (Ace of Cakes) and Sandra Lee (Semi-Homemade) The Great American Bakesaledid their part at The Great American Bake Sale earlier this year. Want to do your part? Get your notification for the 2009 Great American Bake Sale.

Read more about Share Our Strength and their partnership with Food Network or watch a quick video. It’s just another way the entire Food Network family gets involved behind the scenes.

Iron Chefs vs. Iron Chefs

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, November 10th, 2008

New Iron Chef coats will be revealed during the Iron Chef America Thanksgiving battle Sunday, and we’re here to give you a sneak peek! To see more, watch as Bobby Flay and Michael Symon go head to head with Morimoto and Cat Cora, Sunday at 8:30pm/9:30c.

FN Recipes: Social & On the Go!

by in View All Posts, November 7th, 2008

Sometimes, The FN Dish has a light news day and we need inspiration. It’s like planning dinner every night. Luckily, FN can help with the latter. Check out Food Network’s Recipe of the Day widget.

Even if you’e never heard of a widget, this easy (and free) tool offers up a fresh printable and shareable recipe daily. If it looks tasty, click View to read the full recipe. Don’t like today’s pick? There’s also an easy recipe Search button.

Click here to get started and then click on the red Grab It button. Easy instructions walk you through placing our Recipe of the Day on your Facebook or MySpace page, blog or social network.

If you prefer to have recipes when and where you shop, try Food Network Mobile. Quick, concise recipes…at your fingertips and on your phone.

Clock’s ticking on TNFNS 5 Casting

by in View All Posts, November 6th, 2008

Aaron McCargo Jr.  The Next Food Network StarWant to be our next star? Time is running out for aspiring The Next Food Network Star 5 contestants. Fire up your stove, your camera, your best dish and send it in.

If you missed the memo, casting submissions are still being accepted until November 14, 2008. Get the full details on what you need to know and how you need to do it. If you need inspiration, watch a few entries first.

Want some other shots to land on Food Network?
Check out the full list of upcoming opportunities to be on-air.

While you are waiting for your big Food Network break, try out Aaron McCargo Jr‘s Chicken Parmesan, Lisa Garza’s White Bean Cassoulet or Kelsey Nixon‘s Macadamia Crusted Tilapia with White Chocolate Beurre Blanc (hard to say, easy to make…easier to eat). Good luck!

Seeing Food Network Stars

by in View All Posts, November 5th, 2008

Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen

An partial list of upcoming appearances by some FN faves:

November 8 – 9
Washington DC: Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis will all be featured at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. Details here.

November 10
Atlanta, GA: Alton Brown will be at a book signing with Shirley Corriher, the James Beard award winning author of Cookwise at the historic Margaret Mitchell house. Info here.

November 10
Natick, MA: Ina Garten will be signing books at Williams Sonoma from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Not in Natick? No fear… Ina will be on a multiple city book tour across the country throughout November and December. Full details on those locations can be found here.

November 12
Atlantic City, NJ: Rachael Ray will be appearing for two shows at Harrah’s. She’ll be sharing personal stories and anecdotes, followed by a Q&A. Details here.

November 13
Baltimore, MD: Chef Duff, the Ace of Cakes, will be part of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Green Carpet Event. Get your cookies and all the details here.

November 23
Long Island, NY: Bobby Flay will be doing a book signing at Bobby’s Burger Palace in the Smithhaven Mall. He just opened this Palace back in July and will be flipping burgers there in the morning. Details here.

Know of others? Post in the comments below…

Anne Burrell Shares More Secrets

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, November 3rd, 2008

The FN Dish gets an on-set sneak peek of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, season two!

Wardrobe Malfunction Averted on Semi-Homemade

by in View All Posts, October 31st, 2008

SandraLeeHalloween
FN’ers love their holidays but no one does Halloween like Semi-Homemade star, Sandra Lee. Aside from coming up with some of the most inventive tricks, treats, cocktails and tablescapes of this spooky season, Sandra knows costumes.

We aren’t talking about bedsheet ghosts and rubber masks. Sandra could literally step onto movie sets with the costumes she discovers.

We caught her between takes, wardrobe changes and a million other things as she shot her AMAZING Halloween Queens episode which aired earlier this week. Imagine cooking, hosting and finishing a long day of shooting — all while balancing a huge, top-heavy wig on your head.

What’s Halloween without tricky costumes?

If you missed Halloween Queens, fear not. Another great Sandra-fied Halloween episode airs today at 4pm ET / PT. Sandra…or should we say Marilyn, or Liz, or Vivien, serves up spicy bat wings and sweet & sour eyeballs, to name a few.

Can’t wait? Check out Sandra’s Greatest Halloween Hits:

12 Sandras in 60 Seconds

Want more Sandra Lee Halloween ideas? Check out her Halloween Sock Hop!