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Secrets to Flourless Cakes, Starches and Desserts for Passover

by in Holidays, March 21st, 2013

Flourless Red Velvet CakeIt’s no surprise to see an abundance of flourless chocolate cakes and incredible matzo bark covered in chocolate and butter during Passover — leavened products are forbidden during the holiday, so decadent substitutions are available. In the most-recent issue of Food Network Magazine, the Test Kitchens prepared five cakes without using all-purpose flour (pictured above is Flourless Red Velvet Cake, get more recipes below) to try at home and the results were tremendous. That led us to picking baker and co-owner of Breads Bakery in New York City Uri Scheft’s brain, to dive a little deeper into the subject. The world of starches, flours and desserts is so vast and can be overwhelming — so we turned to an expert.

What would kosher potato starch do to a cake? What type of cakes would you use this substitution in?

Uri Scheft: Potato starch sucks all of the liquid out, but because of the lack of gluten, it doesn’t really bind the ingredients. It leads to a more crumby, more dense cake that hasn’t risen as much. It is good for brownies because they don’t need to rise a lot. Additionally, they are better when not cooked completely through.

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Burger Bash 2013 Winners: Bobby Flay and Jeff Mauro

by in Events, February 22nd, 2013

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It was a just a matter of time until Michael Symon’s three-time People’s Choice-winning streak was broken. And no one wanted to claim that victory more than Bobby Flay. For years, Rachael Ray has said that Michael has taken the win, but with Bobby just a few short votes shy (sometimes just one or two).

Last year Bobby told FN Dish that he’d rather come in tenth place, than be second to Michael once more. “He only wins because of his laugh,” Bobby jokingly told FN Dish last night. He continued to say that if he didn’t win this year, he might just hang his hat up. No need for that. Even though Bobby was up against 33 other burgers, his Green Chile Burger, crunchified of course, was the ultimate combination of savory, salty and fatty.

What’s the secret to this winning burger? “We let Michael Symon win three years in a row. This year we broke out the roasted poblano chiles. Game over everybody,” proclaimed Bobby.

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Bump, Set, Spike: The First Annual Let’s Get Spiked Volleyball Tournament

by in Events, February 22nd, 2013

Let's Get Spike Volleyball Tournament - South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2013Before the pressure of Burger Bash and Best of the Best really set in Friday night, Spike Mendelsohn gathered some of the best chefs for some friendly competition in his first-ever Let’s Get Spiked Volleyball Tournament on the beach. Comprised of four teams, there was no shortage of smack-talking, interesting uniforms and creative team names:

Team Dolphins: Josh Capon, Andrew Zimmern, Chuck Hughes and Kris Wessel
Team Love Machine: Justin Warner, Pat LaFrieda, Jr., Tim Love and Adrianne Calvo
Team Goose Dies in the End: Jeff Mauro, Stephanie Izard and Curtis Stone
Team Beach Cutlets: Johnny Iuzzini, Todd Erickson, Spike Mendelsohn and Edward Lee

Rumor had it that the chef to watch out for was Curtis Stone, but after the tournament got underway, my eye was on Tim Love, who would dive for the ball just about every set.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Havaianas Burger Bash-Inspired Flip Flops

by in Contests, February 21st, 2013

Havaianas Burger Bash-Inspired Flip Flop GiveawayFor Food Network and burger enthusiasts who can’t make it to the Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year, there’s still a chance to feel like you were there. Havaianas and Chef Michelle Bernstein recently teamed up to create the ultimate flip flop — almost good enough to eat. In honor of the festival and its most popular event, whimsical pins featuring burgers, pickles, ketchup and fries (dubbed The Meal) will be available on site for purchase, along with Michelle’s custom golden sandal.

You can buy these limited-edition Burger Bash-inspired flip flops and pins right now (until Feb. 24) or you could enter to win a pair of your own, plus the pins. To enter, leave a comment in the field below with the answer to this question: What’s your favorite Food Network burger recipe (must include the recipe URL to qualify)? We’re giving away a pair to five randomly selected commenters, so enter now for your chance to win.

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 17th, 2013

The Pioneer Woman's Cheesy Broccoli SoupIf you’re looking to switch up your soup routine, but still need to get dinner on the table fast, try this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: Cheesy Broccoli Soup. With just a handful of everyday ingredients, Ree Drummond creates a hearty, comforting soup filled with fresh broccoli and creamy cheese that will be ready to serve in just 45 minutes.

For more everyday recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Recipe of the Day board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Parade Route Eats: Gras Dogs

by in Holidays, February 12th, 2013

Gras Dogs by David GuasThe Mardi Gras parade, dating all the way back to the late 1830s, included street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders — some carrying fascinating gaslight torches. Fast-forward to present day, the parade now consists of over-the-top floats, exotic costumes, lots of beads, balls and never-ending feasts of King Cakes.

Louisiana native David Guas knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras, especially when it comes to food. His restaurant, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, is the first Washington, D.C. establishment to offer authentic delectable Southern sweets and savory casual eats. While King Cake gets all the glory during this time (as it deserves), we went to David and asked him, “If there were such a thing as parade route food, what would that be?” His answer: the classic hot dog. Well, sort of classic: “the Gras Dog,” he dubs it.

Why hot dogs? “There’s something to be said about the all-beef hot dog,” David says. “It’s about as American as they come and I think they’re the best. This is how you make a Gras Dog — Louisiana-style — and when it’s Mardi Gras time, your most important concern is how you juggle catching beads and keeping a cocktail or beer in the other hand. So when you take a break to eat and free up one hand to get some food fuel in your system, it has to be easy and take only a few bites to finish. After that, back out to catching beads.”

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French Three Onion Soup — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 10th, 2013

French Three Onion Soup

This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week takes a classic and hearty soup and makes it healthy: French Three Onion Soup. A small dose of gruyere cheese on top of a bowl of steaming French Onion Soup goes a long way, so you don’t have to pile it on to get the flavor.

For more recipe inspiration for healthy weeknight dinners, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: French Three Onion Soup

Simple Pizza Toppings, and Lots of ‘Em — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 3rd, 2013

Margherita PizzaBored of the old pepperoni and cheese combo? This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week opens up the realm of possibilities for pizza toppings with 50 different and easy varieties of this classic comfort food.

For an instant party, try the BBQ Chicken pizza (#27) topped with chicken, barbecue sauce, jalapenos and cheddar. Or try a tasty breakfast-for-dinner twist on pizza night with #33, a Bacon-Egg Pizza.

For more comfort food recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Seasonal: Comfort Food Feast board on Pinterest.

Get 50 Easy Pizza ideas from Food Network Magazine

Jeff Mauro’s Big-Game Favorites

by in Events, Holidays, January 29th, 2013

Jeff Mauro's Big Game FavoritesIt’s no surprise that Jeff’s a big football fan. Though his home team (Chicago Bears) didn’t make the playoffs this year, he’s still excited to celebrate the upcoming big game.

Here are 5 things you can catch Jeff either watching, eating or drinking during the Super Bowl:

1. Commercials: I love watching the one-up manship of these mini movies. Some are very clever and entertaining, sometimes even more so than the game.

2. I eat and make sandwiches (obviously). They’re minimal-cleanup necessary and their one-handed operation permits high-fiving and remote-controlling. It’s also an easy and economical way to feed a bunch of people.

3. I’ll be drinking a lighter beer so my tiny tummy doesn’t fill up so quickly, thus being able to enjoy much more of my personal game-day trifecta: salt, meat and carb.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a 16-Piece Bonbon Collection for Valentine’s Day From Chuao Chocolatier

by in Contests, Holidays, January 26th, 2013

Aphrodisiac Collection from Chuao ChocolatierThere are boxes of Valentine’s Day chocolate — and then there are boxes of Valentine’s Day chocolate. There is such a thing as chocolate that will make your significant other’s heart melt. That starts with wild bonbon combinations like chipotle caramel fudge with popping candy and sea salt, or salt butter caramel infused with fresh rosemary (a favorite) and sweet strawberry caramel with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Chuao Chocolatier has put together an assortment of aphrodisiac-infused bonbons and truffles for the upcoming holiday and now they’re giving FN Dish readers a chance to win one.

You can buy your own aphrodisiac box of Chuao Chocolate here or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us the most unique chocolate combination you’ve ever had. If you haven’t had one, tell us which combination from Chuao you’d want to try the most. We’re giving away aphrodisiac bonbon collections to five lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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