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Summer Cooking (and Eating), Alex Guarnaschelli Style

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, July 1st, 2015

Alex GuarnaschelliThe beauty of summertime eats and drinks is that it all comes down to simple, fresh fare, which just so happens to pair well with long days outside and the warm temperatures of the season. Recently FN Dish caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at one such alfresco feast, where she was celebrating the launch of her partnership with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi to create a line of cookout-ready wine-infused barbecue sauces (you can buy them here). From her picks for seasonal entertaining to the secret to make-ahead appetizers, she shared her top ideas for summertime cooking, plus dished on what she piles on top of her ultimate burger. Read on below to hear what she had to say in an exclusive interview.

What’s your favorite way to entertain during the summer?
Alex Guarnaschelli: For a barbecue or a cookout — from Memorial Day through Labor Day and maybe even into October — I’m really big into the outdoor stuff. Because chefs are always locked indoors, we really appreciate those spring and summer months. I like to go nuts, and I think the best way to do that is to prepare a lot of stuff in advance. I definitely load my fridge door with a few salad dressings, vinaigrettes, sauces, the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue sauce. I might take that Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue sauce and take it in a direction — I’ll add a big dose of fresh ginger, put it on shrimp. I’ll take that barbecue sauce and I’ll add a huge hit of chili powder and I’ll put it on a pork shoulder. You know, I might just take the personality of it and pull it. Because it’s got that wine flavor, those tannins. It’s almost like a dry barbecue sauce, like in the good sense, like a dry wine. I think that having all that stuff done in advance, for me, is huge. So when you talk about how charming it is, the butterflies and the unicorns and the rainbows, for me, it’s great when I have company over and I’m outdoors and I’ve lit the little tiki lamps and the food is out and people are drinking and we’re laughing and I’m not going back in the kitchen.

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Anne Burrell’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift-Approved

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 11th, 2015

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift ApprovedMuch like Mom’s meat sauce and Grandma’s brownies, chocolate chip cookies are a personal food choice — everyone has a favorite recipe and everyone believes that one to be the best. For Taylor Swift, it seems as though her pick for chocolate chip cookie recipes comes from Food Network’s own Anne Burrell.

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Just today @taylorswift13 tweeted at @chefanneburrell, telling her, “Your chocolate chip cookie recipe was a real turning point in my life.”

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Anne was quick to reply to Taylor, as she thanked the music star and proposed getting together in the kitchen one day. “We can make them together or anything else you want together anytime!!!!” Anne tweeted. “I’m a HUGE fan of yours!!!!”

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Bringing the Heat to Hollywood: Bobby Flay to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 1st, 2015

Bobby FlayOn Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 7 at 9|8c, Bobby Flay and fellow mentor Giada De Laurentiis are on a mission to discover budding talent. But tomorrow it will be Bobby who’s recognized for superstardom, when he’s honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The first chef ever and the first Food Network personality ever to receive a star, Bobby has been in the culinary industry since he was just 17 years old, and his first appearance on Food Network was more than 20 years ago. The host of Food Network’s Bobby’s Barbecue Addiction and Beat Bobby Flay, the co-host of Food Network Star, and an acclaimed Iron Chef, Bobby’s no stranger to awards and achievements. The Walk of Fame star comes after several of his programs have earned Emmy Awards and James Beard Awards, both prestigious industry accomplishments, and he’s also at the helm of multiple restaurants from coast to coast.

At a ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, Bobby will celebrate the dedication of his star, the 2,553rd star on the Walk of Fame, during a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EST), and he’ll be joined by his close friend and fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon, as well as Brooke Johnson, the president of Food Network; both are set to speak about Bobby as the star is dedicated to him.

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Lettuce Wraps: An Easy Formula for Leftovers

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, May 23rd, 2015

Turkey Lettuce WrapsThe lettuce wrap has been having a good few years. Lately it seems like every menu features some sort of deliciously spicy chicken or tofu filling tucked into a cool crunchy leaf of lettuce that you roll up like a burrito and eat. Even I’m on #TeamLettuceWrap, as evidenced by this recipe for Turkey Lettuce Wraps (pictured above) from Ten Dollar Dinners!

And in the summer? Lettuce wraps are far more than just a tasty low-carb treat — they can be your catchall leftover repurposing strategy. Simply follow my easy formula for lettuce wrap bliss:

Protein + shredded veggie + something crunchy + sauce

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Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Turmeric-Spiced Cocktail

by in Food Network Chef, View Video Only, May 18th, 2015

Those of you familiar with Food Network Star Season 8 winner Justin Warner know that the self-taught cook and popular Brooklyn restaurant owner has some seriously creative ideas when it comes to food. In the all-new Food Network Web series Foodie Call, Justin meets with culinary pros to chat about their hot-topic specialty foods, then wows each of them by coming up with entirely new ways to use the ingredient in a dish.

In the most-recent episode, Justin meets with cocktail chef Antoine Hodge to chat about turmeric, an increasingly popular spice. Antoine whips up an electric-looking bourbon-orange cocktail with turmeric-kumquat chutney, and Justin counters his mixology by blending turmeric-ginger juice with cream of coconut and other juices to create an alcohol-free twist on a pina colada.

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Smarter Supermarket Shopping Guaranteed with Melissa’s Easy Tips

by in Food Network Chef, May 18th, 2015

Given your work commitments, the kids’ activities and the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the road, it can seem like a feat simply making it to the supermarket at all, let alone enjoying the experience and feeling prepared for family meals — and checking out under budget. That’s where Melissa d’Arabian comes in. The host of Ten Dollar Dinners and the Web-exclusive Picky Eaters Project just launched the all-new Web series Smart Carts: Winning the Supermarket, devoted to making your experience at the grocery store simpler and more strategic with just a few good-to-know tricks for conquering the aisles no matter where you shop.

Over the course of eight videos, Melissa shares her tried-and-true secrets for saving time and money at the market, including ways to know when is best to bulk shop and how to get the job done in a hurry. Click the play button on the video above to watch the first of her all-new videos, then read on below to pick up Melissa’s supermarket savvy with six of her top tips.

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Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Basil Sorbet Caprese Salad

by in Food Network Chef, View Video Only, May 11th, 2015

Those of you familiar with Food Network Star Season 8 winner Justin Warner know that the self-taught cook and popular Brooklyn restaurant owner has some seriously creative ideas when it comes to food. In the all-new Food Network Web series Foodie Call, Justin meets with culinary pros to chat about their hot-topic specialty foods, then wows each of them by coming up with entirely new ways to use the ingredient in a dish.

In the most-recent episode, Justin meets with Nicole Baum of Gotham Greens, an agriculture organization that designs, builds and operates commercial-scale greenhouse facilities in urban areas for fresh vegetable production. Nicole brings over some basil that has been grown down the street from Do or Dine, and Justin decides to give the classic caprese salad an even more summery twist. He turns that basil into a refreshing sorbet and serves it alongside tomatoes, mozzarella balls and a balsamic- and booze-infused basil seed “caviar.”

See more episodes of Foodie Call — and Justin’s dramatic culinary transformations — here.

Melissa’s Summer Dinner Formula, Plus 12 Fresh Recipes

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, May 9th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianIn the winter months, I love nothing more than tucking into a warm meaty stew or sliding a butter knife through succulent tender braised roasts. I create my meals around the protein — sometimes relegating the sides to a secondary consideration, sticking to tried-and-true standbys most weeknights. If I am trying out a new flavor in the kitchen, it isn’t usually in the veggies.

I realize that as the weather warms up, there is a subtle shift to my cooking: I create my meals around the vegetables and keep the proteins uber-simple, usually just tossing them on the grill and then slicing to serve on a small platter, almost as a side to the veggie stars. The vegetables become my canvas for improvisation. Sometime around April or May, I start bulking up my veggie purchases, and I find myself browsing the local farmers market, or even just the supermarket produce aisle. Last week at dinner, my nephew Jack commented on the plethora of veggie dishes I served — I served three, but they were full recipes, not just the quick steamy work of a microwave. (I feel compelled to add that he even gave my sauteed cabbage a 55 on a scale of 1 to 10, which is something for cabbage and a 10-year-old.)

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Melissa d’Arabian’s Perfect San Diego Day

by in Food Network Chef, Restaurants, April 26th, 2015

If you had to plan your perfect day of eating, where would you go?

That’s the question we pose to Food Network stars and guests on the new Web series Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Wonder where Melissa d’Arabian gets her morning fuel in San Diego? Or which Los Angeles restaurants could make tough-as-nails critic Simon Majumdar smile? This new series reveals perfect meals from coast to coast.

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Jeff’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese: Layer by Gooey Layer

by in Food Network Chef, April 25th, 2015

Jeff MauroAs Food Network’s official Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro is no stranger to between-bread creations, and on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, he joined Geoffrey Zakarian for a Flavor Bombs segment focusing on one sandwich in particular: the grilled cheese. For GZ, the next-level taste came in the form of rich, hearty brioche bread, which promised to give heft to his over-the-top grilled cheese, while Jeff added a bold punch of spice to his jalapeno-spiked recipe.

FN Dish caught up with Jeff on the set of The Kitchen to get his take on what it takes to build not just an everyday grilled cheese but his ultimate, best-ever grilled cheese. From the necessary thickness of the slice of bread to sliced-versus-shredded cheese thoughts, read on below to hear from Jeff and find out what he considers to be “the four best bites” of the sandwich.

The Bread:
“White bread — country white, because it’s usually a little sweeter. It’s got a little more density to it,” Jeff says. “Thick slices, but you don’t want to get too thick. You want to get not, like, your standard bagged sandwich bread, but something a little heartier. But not Texas toast. It’s got to be thin enough to let that heat rise to the interior to goo out the cheese. But it can’t be too thin, where you’re going to take it off [the heat] and it’s going to be floppy. I hate floppy grilled cheese. [Also,] butter on my grilled cheese. Yes.”

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