Is Saturday your favorite day of the week? Ours, too! Especially because it means we get a full hour of Katie Lee and her castmates on The Kitchen (11a|10c). But what happens tomorrow, when the new episode has come and gone? Don’t worry — you can get even more Katie all day tomorrow, when she takes over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.
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Fresh off the chopping block, Ted Allen joined the ranks of eviliciousness tonight when he stopped by for his first-ever turn as a Cutthroat Kitchen guest judge. The Chopped judge is used to watching chef competitors try their hands at downright oddball ingredients in their mystery baskets, but on Cutthroat Kitchen, he had no knowledge of chefs’ struggles with sabotages — until he experienced them for himself on the After-Show.
Alton Brown and Ted faced off in prepping — what else but — a chopped salad, which was the Round 1 dish of the day. And in true evilicious fashion, they could use only garden tools for their utensils. “Oh, no. Oh, no,” Ted said as he learned of the sabotage. He ultimately chose to work with the weed whacker in his mini battle with Alton, who was left to use a tiller to prep his salad. “Look at that. That’s gorgeous,” Ted proclaimed after successfully shredding lettuce with the weed whacker, though he found out later that the device “doesn’t work as well on the cucumber.” He admitted, “I don’t think I’m going to get an A+ in weed-whacker knife skills on that one.” Though Alton appeared to struggle a bit when it came time to chop a red pepper, he managed to serve a completed salad to a Bob, all while Ted was still working his way through ingredients.
Bobby Flay may be known for bringing the heat — both on the plate and off — in the Beat Bobby Flay arena, but when it’s just him and his daughter, Sophie Flay, in the kitchen, the scene is anything but competitive. Recently the pair took to Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel for a mini-series of father-daughter cooking with two of Sophie’s favorite dishes on the menu: pasta with marinara sauce and chocolate chip pancakes.
We recently caught up with Bobby, and he told us how much Sophie enjoys the world of food. “She’s really interested in food, loves to eat food, loves to go to restaurants, will try anything,” he explained. “I just thought it was kind of fun that she wanted me to teach her how to make a dish or two.” And when it comes to Sophie’s seemingly born-with-it comfort on camera, Bobby credits Sophie’s fearless attitude. “The thing about Sophie is, like, you talk about getting nervous in front of the camera — I don’t think she ever does,” Bobby said. “I don’t think she cares — but in the best way. I don’t think she’s worried about it.”
You’ve toured her Oklahoma ranch, explored her her town and even had breakfast with her family. But how well do you know The Pioneer Woman when it comes to her kitchen favorites and go-to meals? Recently FN Dish caught up with Ree as she launched her new line of serveware, and she dished on some of her culinary picks, plus what she’s listening to — and watching — while she cooks. Read on below for the answers, as well as a bonus rapid-fire session with all of Ree Drummond’s favorite flavors.
What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
Ree Drummond: Anything remotely related to bananas. Banana splits, banana cream pie, banana bread … I want nothing to do with them. BLECH.
What’s your favorite midnight snack?
RD: I’m never awake at midnight! I’m a morning person. Read more
Though the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.
What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains?
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.
Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.
Holidays mean family gatherings, gifts and meals together. And those things cost money. But the holidays shouldn’t be about overspending, so I leave you with my last post of 2015: six money-saving tips for the holidays.
1. Comparison-shop, even if you don’t usually think it’s worth it. Stores really go all out with “loss leaders” (advertised super-low prices on a few key items designed to get you in the door) during the holidays. Shopping at multiple stores may lead to your getting the absolutely bottom price, but you always have to balance the hidden costs (gas, time) of visiting multiple markets (which is why most of the year, it probably isn’t worth visiting three supermarkets). If you are hosting a big group for a holiday, spend a few minutes to compare stores’ flyers that come in the mail (or check online) to decide if an extra trip to another store is worth it. The larger the crowd, the more likely it is.
2. Buy gift cards — for yourself! Some major grocery stores promote their gift cards around the holidays with a bonus offer. For instance, you buy a $100 grocery store gift card and you get a $10 or $20 bonus card. Usually, the more you buy, the higher the bonus. Nothing is stopping you from using those gift cards to buy your groceries or holiday gifts, and using those bonus dollars yourself. Read more
Can’t wait for tomorrow night’s episode of Cutthroat Kitchen (at 10|9c) to get your Alton Brown fix? Fear not. All day Sunday, Alton is staging a total takeover of Food Network’s Snapchat Discover page. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get exclusive access to everything Alton, but for 24 hours only.
If you’re not familiar with how Snapchat Discover works, here’s a quick rundown. Download the Snapchat app (for iPhone and Android), if you haven’t already. Swipe right twice (past the camera and the Stories page) and you’ll see a list of mini-magazines produced daily just for Snapchat users. Find the Food Network logo (the orange bubble!) and tap. You’re in!
There’s no shortage of to-dos when it comes to holiday party planning, so if you can find a way to make meal prep easier before the event, all the better. On her brand-new series Giada’s Holiday Handbook (Sundays at 11a|10c), Giada De Laurentiis is sharing her tried-and-true tips and techniques to entertain with ease this season, plus her best crowd-pleasing recipes for guaranteed party success. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada about what it takes to successfully prep some of the dishes ahead of time, and it turns out that it’s not only possible, but also simple.
“Any kind of baked pasta can be assembled ahead and then pulled out to bake whenever you are ready,” she told us. Meats, too, are go-to picks. Giada explained: “Braised dishes are always better the next day too. Think stews or my braised lamb osso buco or braised short ribs. Do them a day or two ahead, and you just have to gently rewarm when the guests arrive.”
If Valentine’s Day is for chocolate, Halloween for candy and Thanksgiving for turkey, then Christmas may be for cookies. Just as you likely wait all year to dig into Mom’s famous peppermint spritz or your own special recipe for chocolate-cherry chunkies, your favorite chefs, too, are indulging in their holiday cooking cravings come December. FN Dish checked in with stars like Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee and Michael Symon to find out which cookies are their favorites — click the photos above or below to hear what they had to say.