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Please Do Not Touch!

by in View All Posts, May 22nd, 2009

I’ll admit. I occasionally nibble at the Whole Foods buffet before paying, you know, to test out my options. And of course, my hands find their way into many a platter here at FN, which might be a bit on the restricted side. But when my handy little camera caught this warning: Ultimate Recipe Showdown Pantry. Please Do Not Touch!, I knew better than to pick, but not even a few exclamation points can keep SC from prodding for answers.

What did I find out? The test kitchens are in the midst of testing recipes for the new series, as the sign indicated, Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Apparently thousands of submissions came in from all over the country, and now the FN recipe testers have to narrow each category (comfort foods, hot & spicy, desserts, etc..) down to just 4 contestants for each show. By the looks of the pantry (dark chocolate chips, boxes of brown sugar, molasses, cupcake tins…), I think they’re in the middle of testing for the desserts episode. Maybe they need help taste testing? I’m available!

Here’s to Eating Well!

Yours Truly,
Secretary Confidential

Follow My Fork – On Set

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, May 15th, 2009

Above is my second installment of Follow My Fork. If you did not catch the first vlog, check it out here.

Today, my nose and fork led me to the set of spirited, bright-haired Anne Burrell‘s Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. There, I tracked down intern Ian, resident expert on everything edible – like Kabocha (a Japanese squash). He let me nibble on some Squash Bread Pudding (who knew squash could be so worldly!). Also, I got to try some delicious skate, a fish- a not so nice name but a tasty treat. You’ll be able to see this fare when it airs on Anne’s show this fall.

Until next week. Here’s to Eating Well!

Yours Truly,
Secretary Confidential

Ace of Cakes is “LOST” on Saturday

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, May 8th, 2009

Calling all Lost and Ace of Cakes (AOC) fans — this Saturday, May 9th, the latter is coming to a close at 9:00 PM ET/PT. (Not permentantly, of course…we’re speaking about the AOC season finale).

Hurley (Jorge Garcia), the jolly Lost fellow whose prime island coping technique is finding the concealed sweets and an avid fan of AOC, secured a delicious dessert for the show’s 100th episode celebration – (check out his blog post about it). With quality taste in mind, Garcia called his fave bakery to make a unique creation.

Duff and his crew not only answered the call, but headed out to visit the Aloha State set to hand deliver the party favor. Sadly, SC didn’t get to join the expedition, but she did get to ask all the probing questions to Charm City Cakes. Find out how the extreme bakery handled getting “lost”:

What Lost character on the cake was the most difficult?
Richard Alpert – his head melted off from the humidity and was then eaten.

Who is the biggest Lost fan on Ace of Cakes?
Lauren! She leaves work early to catch it and invites people over to watch it with her only if they SWEAR to not talk during the episode.

What was the most exciting thing you got to see while on the Lost set?
The props department! The propmaster Rob pulled out items used on old episodes – we saw darma beer, darma soap, Aaron’s cradle, airplane puke bags, luggage, everything. AND he gave Kate’s toy airplane to Erica!

What was your favorite part of the cake?
The characters were definitely our favorite part, and we think the best part. Anna and Elena were able to recreate the cast into sugar form perfectly. The Daniel Faraday figure looked so much like him, it was amazing.

The production company for Ace of Cakes also put together this extended video of their visit to the Lost set. It’s a must see. Super cute:

Charm City Cakes also launched a spiffy new website this week with virtual tours of their store, a blog, and a super chic gallery. Between their new website and the finale this Saturday, all AOC fans will be sure to get their sweet fixes!

Eat Well
Secretary Confidential

Food Network Has a Sister!

by in View All Posts, May 1st, 2009

The Food Network has a sister!  F2 was officially born today – May 1st. Think food, drink and pop culture. 

It’s a hip place for the younger crowd, although I’m not necessarily “the younger crowd” anymore….I found some great stuff.  Recipes, blogs, challenges and videos to name a few.  I especially liked The Amateur Gourmet webisodes. Beloved author and blogger, Adam Roberts, treats F2 users to his unique spin all things food.  Be still my heart, Mr. Roberts.  Adorable.  Be sure to check out “Homemade Pasta Episode”  Hilarious! 

Until next time…..here’s to eating well! 
xo- SC

Secretary Confidential: Follow My Fork

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, April 24th, 2009

Hi FN Dishers! 

I am always on a hunt for a bite to eat! Whether it’s leftovers from Sunny’s set or the latest recipe from the test kitchen ….I’ll get my grubby, little hands on it.   Putting my SC Cam to use, follow my fork as I search for FOOD (don’t mind the stomach grumbling). This week, as you’ll see, I found Executive Chef of the Food Network Kitchens, Rob Bleifer, who accused me of stealing food from Viva Daisy’s set.

Twice a month I’ll be posting videos sharing the eats I find.  Let me know where you’d like to see me stick my utensils.  Until next time,  here’s to eating well! 

Secretary Confidential

 

Everything’s Coming Up Daisy’s

by in View All Posts, April 17th, 2009


Click picture to enlarge!

Hello, FN Dishers!

So, I always thought I’d spot my dream home while flipping through Better Home and Gardens. Imagine my shock when I came across it last week on a trip “to get the mail” (wink, wink). I just happened to stumble onto the new Viva Daisy! set. Oops!

CONTINUE READING

Semi-Homemade Money?

by in View All Posts, April 10th, 2009

Whats better than George Washington on your dollar bill? Sandra Lee! Take a lookey-loo at what the SC got her hands on:

Ms. Lee was just in the FN offices talking biz. That’s how I got my mitts on this green. The word from the top, “she is very smart and very charming!” And I got the Sandra Lee dollar – whoo-hoo!
Now if only I could get her to sign this bill….

Until then….Heres to eating well!

Secretary Confidential

Ready, Set? GO!

by in View All Posts, April 3rd, 2009

Last weekend I wasn’t the only one clocking some extra hours. Former NFNS, spikey haired host, Guy Fieri was working overtime too—shooting. “How can you work, SC, when larger than life personality is three floors above you taping new shows for Guy’s Big Bite? ” you ask. Well, uh, I didn’t…officially. I just sought out the dish.

As Mr. Fieri would say, what I’ve uncovered “is the bomb!”

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I’m seeing (Next Food Network) stars…

by in View All Posts, March 27th, 2009

All the connecting I’ve been doing with old friends via facebook (shhh….really should be working) got me thinking…what the heck is going on with some of the alums of Next Food Network Star? After doing a little digging and investigating, here is what I’ve uncovered:

1. JAG (Joshua Adam Garcia), Season 3 - Still spicing things up with Latino cusine, Jag is heading up the kitchen at the new Tampa restaurant, Posh 27. Word is the restaurant/night club will open this summer and will be sizzling.

2. Kelsey Nixon, Season 4 – The perky Ms. Nixon is sure to be around somewhere, but I can’t spill the beans yet. All that I can say is that you should keep checking in on the Food2 website.

3. Reggie Southerland, Season 2 – The charming, Reggie recently appeared in an episode of Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade, and you’ll also see some of his original recipes designed especially for one of my favorite kitchen gadgets – the micoplane!

4. Hans Rueffert, Season 1 – Hans just published his first book, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow” (I love this title)– reserve your copy now on Amazon

5. Nathan Lyon, Season 2 – Nathan landed the role as “Food Expert” on the new TLC show, Real Simple Real Life. (OMW – Would I love my very own FE in my amateur kitchen!)

So, there you have it….dear readers. See, you don’t have to be a Star of NFNS, to have one find you. If you are still curious about your favorite NFNS past contestant, no fear! A little birdie has also told me to stay tuned for “Where are they now” videos launching on FoodNetwork.com May 1st. And of course, we’ll all meet an entire new batch of contestants when the season five premieres on June 9th!

What NFNS tid bits are you curious about? Let me know.

Oh and by the way, if you are on Facebook….join the Food Network Group. I just joined, uh, this afternoon…

Till next time, here’s to keeping it hot!
Secretary Confidential

Counting Coins

by in View All Posts, March 16th, 2009


These days, we’re all scrounging around our couch cushions for nickel and dimes. So how considerate of Oprah to feature Tyler Florence and Iron Chef Cat Cora showing easy, tasty and budget saving home made meals for us to watch, while we pat down the sofa! You can catch a rerun of the segment here.

In case you missed it — there were three family interventions, if you will.  Being the guilty, quick-fix TV dinner girl over here, I tended to relate to the first family, who ate almost entirely from the freezer to the microwave!  Once the chefs demonstrated the whole slow cooking thing that’s been all the rage lately, I started to consider dusting off that crock pot hand me down (thank you cutey pa tootey Tyler Florence). Check out both Tyler’s family favorite recipes, as well as Cat’s complete 7-day menu, which includes a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes for all under $150.

Oprah’s not the only day time gal teaching us how to save some dough while watching dvr-ed shows. Sandra Lee just finished taping her first 13 episodes of Sandra’s Money Saving Meals which premieres on May 10th (2 days before SC’s B-day, in case your curious). We did get some behind the scenes on Ms. Lee, so keep a lookey-loo out for that video on here. Let me just say, even with the dollar scrimping, her plates don’t make any color cuts.

Tell me dear readers what is your “recession budgeting” tips for tasty meals? We’re all in this together and as much as I’m loving my slow cooker, it’s uh, a bit slow. Let me know. Heres to keeping it real and hot!

Yours truly,
Secretary Confidential