My husband and I have a long-standing inside joke that we play on each other at restaurants. We sit down, we look at the menu, and then while we discuss our ordering plans (“What looks good to you? I’m thinking the short rib and roasted Brussels sprouts …”), we try to trick each other by picking the exact opposite of what we want to order, to see if our partner knows us well enough to call it out as a prank. It’s a subtle and super-funny game (to us, anyway — try it and you be the judge). Anyway, I have a “tell,” which is ordering a non-chocolate dessert. If I ever try to pass off a non-chocolate dessert order as my real plan, Philippe, my husband, knows immediately that I am bluffing. Apparently, I believe that dessert, by definition, includes chocolate. In fact, it wasn’t until I married Philippe that I truly understood that not everyone must have chocolate in their dessert in order for it to count. (For the record, Philippe loves chocolate, but in a healthier, more balanced way that allows him to order the occasional lemon cake or apple tart.) (Huh?!)
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Labor Day has a way of sneaking up. One day it’s the 4th of July, and then, all of a sudden, it’s Labor Day weekend and you’re faced with prepping for the last cookout of the summer. Thanks to Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meals, it’s incredibly easy to whip up a crowd-pleasing spread at the last minute, just in time for this weekend’s get-togethers and backyard bashes. Break out the grill one last time and celebrate the unofficial end of summer with these top-rated appetizers, mains and sweet bites.
Southwest Turkey Burgers (pictured above)
With over 200 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, these turkey burgers surely give the usual beef burgers a run for the spotlight. Rachael mixes bell peppers, spicy serranos and hot pepper sauce into the ground turkey meat for bold flavor in each bite.
Guy Fieri’s taking us on a trip to Flavortown, and this time it’s not on the road with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Instead, the feast of flavor is happening right at home. He’s known for bringing over-the-top bold flavors to any dish he makes, and the everyday chicken dinner is no exception. Follow his lead and amp up the flavor at your next get-together with one of his fan-favorite chicken recipes.
Smoky Grilled Chicken Wings with Pickled Red Chiles, Dates and Fresh Mint (pictured above)
It takes just three ingredients — rice wine vinegar, sugar and soy sauce — to pickle the chiles and dates that give these wings bold layers of flavor.
Fall is almost here, and the time for braises, roasts and slow-cooker stews is just around the corner. One of my favorite secret weapons for adding flavor and depth with nary an extra calorie is preserved lemon. Preserved lemon, or “lemon confit,” is essentially a pickled lemon that gets chopped up and used as a condiment. The flavor is intensely lemony, bordering on sweet, and it’s more briny than citrus-acidic. You’ll see preserved lemon in many North African recipes, and once you try them, you’ll find a hundred ways to add them into your cooking.
At Marc Murphy’s Hamptons home, every day feels like a vacation. His seven-bedroom Bridgehampton, N.Y., house is complete with getaway favorites, including a bocce court, a swimming pool and hanging outdoor lounge chairs. But the real highlight of the 7,000-square-foot home is its expansive deck space. The outdoor lounge and dining area (complete with a 12-foot dinner table and state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen) was made for Marc’s favorite pastime: entertaining. “There are people literally always here,” says Marc’s wife, Pam. Take a peek at their waterfront home and you’ll see why. Read more
Valerie Bertinelli, actress and host of Valerie’s Home Cooking, is a pro entertainer who loves to cook contemporary versions of classic recipes for family and friends. At her home in California, she’s able to grill outside nearly year-round, which has allowed her to perfect a lineup of fresh and seasonal sides, including the top picks below, to star at any alfresco meal.
Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes (pictured above)
Valerie keeps her take on herbed pasta salad light and fresh by skipping a heavy mayo-based dressing and opting for a mustard-lemon dressing.
Are you ready for another week of shocking reveals on Cooks vs. Cons? To get you ready for the next showdown, Geoffrey Zakarian is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover page. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get exclusive backstage access to everything Cooks vs. Cons — but for only 24 hours.
As both an award-winning singer and the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Trisha Yearwood wows us with her delicious down-home cooking and bubbly personality. Since nothing says Southern comforts quite like sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, go ahead and end the summer on a decadent note with these must-try recipes. Read more
Hosted by Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden — a Huron, Ohio, vegetable farm run by Farmer Lee and his family — the annual Roots conference brings together chefs, food writers and culinary industry professionals for two days of conversation and critical thinking about the state of the food we grow, buy, cook and eat. This year’s conference, the fourth consecutive one since Roots launched in 2013, will take place Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at The Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. The events will focus on the theme of empowerment, both in the kitchen and out.
Food Network’s own Maneet Chauhan, a longtime Chopped judge, and Elizabeth Falkner, a two-time competitor on The Next Iron Chef, are on the roster of esteemed chefs projected to attend the conference. Maneet is set to join a panel in a discussion on Cooking Authentically as it relates to evolving cuisines, while Elizabeth plans to address attendees as a keynote speaker.
Though Alex Guarnaschelli is an esteemed Iron Chef and a tough-love Chopped judge with a reputation for excellence in the kitchen, many of her recipes are downright easy to make, like these top-rated summer picks. Check them all out below for sweet and savory seasonal inspiration.
Tomato and Watermelon Salad (pictured above)
Follow Alex’s lead and make this vibrant salad with room-temperature tomatoes and cold watermelon. “The contrast of temperatures will give the salad an extra-fresh taste,” she explains.