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You Won’t Catch Jeff Mauro Eating This Food

by in Food Network Chef, January 25th, 2013

Jeff MauroWe recently caught up with Jeff and asked him about the recent baskets featured on the second episode of Chopped Champions. Just like with Justin, Melissa and Sunny, everyone has ideas about what they would do if they were given the baskets themselves. But what if you were faced with an ingredient that you detested in one of the baskets? That’s what Jeff would have encountered in the dessert round when the basket consisted of Mitmita, Sauternes, cottage cheese and cream-filled snack cakes. So which ingredient keeps Jeff 10 feet away?

“Cottage cheese holds the number one place on my personal no-no list. I’ve never consumed it and never will. My brother Frank loves the stuff and he used to chase me around the house with a near-empty bowl of it. Just the sight of those few remaining curds in the bowl would send me screaming into the bathroom, where I would frantically lock myself in.”

So what would Jeff do if he were given this specific Chopped basket? “Needless to say, I would throw in the towel on this one!”

Now it’s your turn: What’s the one food you won’t touch? Do you share Jeff’s feelings about cottage cheese? Share your answer in the comment section below.

Going Bananas: Winter Fancy Food Show Picks Top Food Trends

by in News, January 24th, 2013

BananasThis past weekend in San Francisco, Winter Fancy Food Show attendees discovered more than 80,000 products — from cheeses to teas to olive oils and meats, there’s no shortage of food and beverages to captivate industry insiders, food-lovers, restaurateurs and the media.

The show also predicts upcoming trends for the industry. Last year we saw lots of pickling (which made its way into many restaurants), ancient grains (quinoa and chia), coconut in ice cream, pudding and jam, and gluten-free products that people can rely on.

This year’s top food trends have just been picked by a panel of trendspotters, and bananas will now have their time in the spotlight. Still staying in the sweets bucket, the trendspotters loved the banana within Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s Wild Ophelia Peanut Butter & Banana Milk Chocolate Bar, PB Crave’s CoCo Bananas Peanut Butter and GoodPop’s Banana Cinnamon Frozen Pop.

Bring this trend into your kitchen by trying these recipes

Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 20th, 2013

Low-Cal Fettuccine AlfredoThis week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week uses low-fat cream cheese to construct the perfect substitute for cream in this lighter alfredo by Food Network Magazine. It creates a thick, luxurious texture without extra calories.

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

Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine’s Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card to See’s Candies for Valentine’s Day

by in Contests, Holidays, January 20th, 2013

See's Candies GiveawayWhether you embrace Valentine’s Day or not, one thing is for sure: Any reason to indulge in chocolate and other sweets is surely enough for us. Between Strawberry Truffles, Hot Hearts, Scotchmallow chocolates (one of our editor’s favorites), Cinnamon Lollypops and something out of the ordinary — a make-your-own box — See’s Candies has something for the whole family.

You can buy your Valentine’s Day sweets here or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us your favorite candy to give on Valentine’s Day in the comments. We’re giving away $25 gift certificates to five lucky, randomly selected commenters — just in time for the holiday.

Read official rules before entering

Sweet Genius Bloopers From Season 3

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 17th, 2013


Ron Ben-Israel may have it all together in the sweets department, but he doesn’t always have his act together on the set of Sweet Genius. Don’t miss these hilarious bloopers from Season 3 (click the play button above).

Don’t forget to tune in Thursdays at 10pm/9c to catch Ron in an all-new season of Sweet Genius. Each episode, master pastry chef Ron will challenge four chefs to create scrumptious sweets with surprise ingredients to see who will win the $10,000 prize.

Keep watching: More Sweet Genius Bloopers From Season 3

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 13th, 2013

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and GritsYou don’t have to sacrifice flavor to start your new year’s goals of eating healthier. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Magazine‘s Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits, eliminates the sticks of butter you would normally find in this comfort food. Don’t worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.

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

Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine‘s Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

VIDEO: Food Bites — The Best and Worst of Food on TV and the Web

by in Shows, January 7th, 2013
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Last year, FN Dish introduced you to a new series on Cooking Channel called Classy Ladies. For 2013, they’re shaking things up even more with a familiar Food Network face, Adam Gertler (Food Network Star and Kid in a Candy Store), in Food Bites.

Taste test the best (and worst) of food television with him every Thursday as he takes his steak knife to the world of food. Nothing’s off-limits and everything’s served up with a dash of humor.

What does a cigarette and vodka have to do with a bologna volcano? Find out on the latest episode of Food Bites, where Adam explores pork-related food crimes, pickles with Kelsey Nixon, visits with the Bare Nekked Chef and, for good measure, also talks with the Nearly Naked Chef (click the play button above to watch).

Watch more videos of Food Bites here.

Toasted Ravioli — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 6th, 2013

Toasted RavioliThe holiday parties may be over, but the entertaining season continues with the Big Game right around the corner. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the WeekFood Network Magazine‘s Crispy Fried Ravioli, a sure crowd-pleaser for any get-together. There will always be plenty of chips, dips and chicken wings present, so why not bring something different to the table?

For more recipe inspiration for entertaining, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine‘s Toasted Ravioli

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A Look Back at The Next Iron Chef With Iron Chef Guarnaschelli, and Her Future in Kitchen Stadium

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 5th, 2013

Iron Chef Alex GuarnaschelliA new Iron Chef has officially been crowned and added to the prestigious roster. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli prevailed in the final showdown, a full-out Kitchen Stadium battle that paid homage to three long-standing Iron Chefs: Chefs Flay, Symon and Morimoto.

Iron Chef Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at both The Darby and Butter Restaurants (take a photo tour here) in New York City. She’s also a veteran judge on Chopped. Returning for a chance at redemption, Chef Guarnaschelli survived all eight of the Chairman’s intense challenges, only finding herself in the Secret Ingredient Showdown once.

We recently sat down with Chef Guarnaschelli at Butter to chat about her experience on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption — why she decided to go for it a second time and what her biggest fear about Kitchen Stadium is.

Read our exclusive interview

You Asked, Giada Answered: How Giada Throws the Perfect Party

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 26th, 2012


We recently asked Food Network fans on Twitter to send their party-themed questions to an entertaining pro, Giada de Laurentiis. Just in time for New Year’s Eve, Giada shares tips to ensure you enjoy your own party, as much as your guests do. Click the play button above to watch Giada answer fan questions and get some of her party recipes below.

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