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Ingredients We Can’t Live Without

by in Community, August 18th, 2011

salt, bacon, butter, garlic
Recently, Food Network asked fans on Facebook, “What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without?” With more than 5,000 comments, it wasn’t surprising to see that these four items made it to the top of the list: salt, bacon, garlic and butter. In fact, when you combine those four, you’re on your way to an amazing dish — maybe a little salty, but none the less comforting. Cheese, cracked black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and onions were closely behind, but not nearly as popular.

But what makes these foods so popular? Is it because they remind you of home or because of their simplistic nature? Salt is added to almost every dish, even in baking. Butter and olive oil are sometimes interchangeable and garlic and onions are a staple in Italian cooking. Bacon, well, bacon will always be popular and delicious.

But what about the others? What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments or start the conversation on Twitter by including this hashtag: #1ingredient.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Jeff Mauro

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 15th, 2011

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You watched him compete all season on Food Network Star and now Jeff Mauro’s been crowned the season 7 winner. You know he loves sandwiches, but do you know what the Sandwich King won’t eat?

While taping his new show, we caught up with him and asked him 10 rapid-fire questions that would help his fans get to know him better.

FN Dish: When it comes to condiments, ketchup, mustard or mayo?
JM: Mustard

FN Dish: Potato chips or fries?
JM: Fries – if I had potato chips, they would be BBQ.

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Sky’s Gourmet Tacos Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 14th, 2011

skys gourmet tacos
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road last night with eight new food trucks and the bright lights of Vegas. With a grand prize of $100,000 on the line, each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest “Food Truck” contestants to get the boot.

This week, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos seemed to face one challenge after another — money, a blown-out tire and resulting time constraints — and unfortunately, Barbara, her son Victor and business partner Kevin had to say goodbye.

FN Dish: I originally thought the $500 was going to be your major setback due to pricey ingredients; however, it looks like your blown tire might have sent your team home. Tell us about that moment and what you did to make up for lost time and money.

SGT: At the time the tire blew, we were literally right in the middle of engaging team strategy for Vegas — the cameras were rolling.  During those hours of delay in locating and then having the tire replaced, I missed 12 critical phone calls, including our confirmation call for the high school’s spring break student fundraiser of which we were the exclusive food vendor for 1,500 kids/parents/supporters.

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Tyler Florence Dishes on the New Season of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 12th, 2011

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This past Tuesday, Food Network fans had the chance to leave a question for Tyler Florence about his new season of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network’s Facebook page.  We promised he’d answer a selection of them:

William Zoellick: How do you determine which food trucks are to compete?

Tyler: The casting process is handled by the production company in Los Angeles and they look for a good slice of an American story. This year we have trucks from New York, Miami and Cleveland — they’re all the best-of-the-best.

Tammy Sanner McCrae: How do you pick the cities you stop in?

Tyler: We didn’t want to double up on the cities we visited in the previous season, so this year we started out in Malibu, then we went to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and so on. Every season, we’re going to plot a new course across the United States with new cities.

More of your questions answered after the jump »

Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

by in Recipes, August 12th, 2011

chocolate covered peanut butter pie
This post is dedicated to our fellow food blogger Jennifer Perillo, of In Jennie’s Kitchen. Her husband died suddenly and Jennie’s request of the world was to make a peanut butter pie to give to someone you love. Peanut Butter Pie was Mikey’s favorite and in his honor, Food Network is sharing one of our favorite recipes with you.

There’s something about peanut butter pie that puts a smile on everyone’s face — a chocolate wafer crust is the foundation for a silky-smooth peanut butter filling. So wrap up the week on a sweet note: with family and friends and Emeril’s irresistible pie, slathered in chocolate to make it extra special.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

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Top 5 Moments from the AC Food & Wine Festival

by in Events, August 5th, 2011

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This past weekend marked the third annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, featuring numerous events that showcased the talents of Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities like Sunny Anderson, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine and The Neelys. With over 30 events, cooking demos and seminars to choose from, I certainly had my hands full. However, over the course of four days, these five moments struck a chord and were most memorable:

1. Watching Guy crown the first-ever female winner, Nicole DiZio, during his popular Cheesesteak Battle on Friday night.

Sunny Anderson sings, Crazy Susan’s cookies and more photos »

Win a Copy of Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide

by in Contests, Shows, August 4th, 2011

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With four contestants left and the season finale of Food Network Star just right around the corner on August 14, we thought it would be appropriate to give away five signed copies of Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide, your all-access, behind-the-scenes pass to Food Network’s highest-rated series ever.

Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide to America’s Hottest Food Show brings you all the drama of seasons one through seven — plus winning recipes like Guy’s Chipotle Pasta and Melissa’s Skirt Steak Tostadas — along with candid photographs, revealing bios, trivia and insider stories about the contestants and celebrity chef judges like Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen and more.

Find out how to enter here »

Pioneer Woman’s New Home on the Range

by in Shows, July 19th, 2011

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Award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author Ree Drummond is bringing her down-home recipes to Food Network on August 27 in her new show, The Pioneer Woman. Over the past five years, Drummond has chronicled her life as a big-city-gal-turned-rancher’s-wife on her remarkable food and lifestyle blog. Now, she gives fans an inside look into her family’s picturesque Oklahoma ranch as she offers a slice of frontier life mixed with hearty family meals and elegant menus for entertaining.

“Ree’s easy-going humor and down-to-earth approach to food and life have won her millions of devoted fans online,” says Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. “Now, in The Pioneer Woman, she welcomes us into the vibrant and beautiful home she has created and demonstrates how she makes her simple yet delicious variations on traditional American fare into memorable mealtimes for family and friends.”

Tune in: Saturday, August 27 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/ 10:30 a.m. Central

Duff Creates a Deathly Hallows Confectionary

by in Food Network Chef, July 12th, 2011

harry potter cake
Duff Goldman and the talented Charm City Cakes crew are wizards with a whisk, so when they were approached to make the cake for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 New York premiere party, Duff pulled out all of his tricks.

The cake, which is a replica of the wizarding school Hogwarts, is “on fire” –it even included smoke special effects (check out the photo here). Rupert Grint, the actor who plays Ron Weasley, had the honor of cutting the first slice.

More photos after the jump »

Beyond Gazpacho: Cold Soups for Summer

by in Recipes, July 8th, 2011

chilled cucumber soup
Last week on Food Network’s Facebook page, readers “Asked the Editor” about cold soups. Cold soups are refreshing and they also keep your kitchens cool in the summer heat, but how many times can a person slurp gazpacho? Our fans wanted something different — something that highlighted the season’s fresh produce, but more creative than the classic blended tomato soup. After the jump, four of Food Network’s most popular cold soup recipes, including Giada’s Mixed Berry Soup for dessert.

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