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Prepare for a Sugar High: Duff’s Sweet New Series

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 7th, 2011

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Duff Goldman, best known as the pastry mastermind behind the popular Food Network show, Ace of Cakes, is exploring a sugary curiosity. His new show, Sugar High, takes him on a cross-country trek to capture the sweet secrets and tasty techniques that keep the cookies from crumbling in the top bakeries around the nation. Premiering August 8, this six-episode summer feature will showcase the best sweet spots. From diners and curbside snow-cone machines to food carts and boutique bakeries, Duff will prove that decadent desserts are anything but ordinary.

Follow Duff as he stops for chilled bread pudding on the Venice boardwalk in California, pull up a seat at a roadhouse in Dallas for s’mores and have a slice of apple strudel in Chicago that is reminiscent of something you’d get in Europe. He also returns to down-home style with traditional rice pudding at a dessert boutique in Philadelphia.

Want a closer look? Flip through Sugar High’s behind-the-scenes photos.

Tune in: Monday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern/ 9:30 p.m. Central

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FN Fan Bites: Sandra Among the Most Powerful, Ina Supports Conservation and Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, July 5th, 2011

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Sandra Lee has been named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. You can meet Sandra and join Crain’s in commemorating the accomplishments of all 50 honorees on September 19 at an exclusive luncheon — pre-register for the event here.

Ina Garten and Alec Baldwin have joined forces for the charity event, Barefoot Under the Stars, which has helped raise $600,000 for conservation and environmental protection groups that work to restore habitats along eastern Long Island.

Watch this week’s videos after the jump »

Join Anne in the Mediterranean, Read About Her Favorite Ingredients

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 29th, 2011

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This October, you can join Anne Burrell and other Food Network at Sea guests as they set sail and cruise the Mediterranean. In anticipation of this voyage, we recently caught up with her to talk about one of her favorite destinations, Italy. Below, she dishes on her first time there, her favorite ingredients to cook with and tools she uses in the kitchen.

FN Dish: What was it like the first time you were in Italy?
Anne: I visited Italy in May and it was so beautiful there. There were flowers everywhere –it was springtime and everything was just opening up. The grape vines were just starting to bud; it just seemed like there was sunshine everywhere.

Find out what Anne’s favorite ingredients are »

FN Fan Bites: FN All-Stars at The Taste Festival and Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, June 27th, 2011

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The Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine Magazine will join forces as they host The Taste, a culinary event that will take place Labor Day weekend. Nine signature events will be held throughout Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles featuring Duff Goldman, Giada De Laurentiis, Scott Conant and Claire Robinson. Tickets are on sale now.

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Pit Master for a Day

by in Food Network Chef, June 23rd, 2011

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I suspect, like most of us, a day off is rarely a day away from food or cooking. This was the exact case for me when a day off last week turned into a crazy barbecuing day.

I was offered the opportunity to do a pig roast on a “competition-style” pit. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. The other players involved included my in-laws, who are far removed from the world of food. Since they weren’t enthused at the thought of the work involved in breaking down a whole hog, we decided to BBQ six full-sized pork butts.

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VOTE: What Should Bobby Eat for Lunch?

by in Food Network Chef, June 21st, 2011

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Today, Bobby Flay launched a fifth video on his YouTube series, Bobby Flay’s Office. In his most recent dilemma, he needs help choosing a meal for lunch: Should he eat a healthy lunch from Mario Batali’s Eataly or indulge in Hill Country’s fried chicken?

Watch the video and vote after the jump »

FN Fan Bites: Rachael’s Dog-Friendly Meals, Paula’s Blood Drive and Star Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, June 20th, 2011

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In her recent interview with People magazine, Rachael Ray confessed that she makes a dog-friendly version of almost every meal she makes for dinner for her dog Isaboo. In addition to home-cooked meals, Isaboo claims the center spot of the bed between Rachael and her husband, “We haven’t slept well in six years,” says Rachael.

Paula Deen is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on June 24 at her restaurant, The Lady and Son’s. Blood donors will receive a limited edition apron autographed by Paula, a buffet meal at The Lady & Sons along with their signature Gooey Butter Cakes. To schedule an appointment, visit Redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Videos featuring Michael Chiarello, Robert Irvine and Paula after the jump »

Giada to Cook for the Newlywed Royal Couple

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 17th, 2011

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While some contestants on Food Network Star admit to being star-struck upon meeting Giada De Laurentiis for the first time, the popular Food Network personality is about to have her own star-stricken experience. On July 9, Giada will cook for Prince William and his new bride, Dutchess Kate at The Foundation Polo Challenge in California, along with 2,500 other guests for this charity event.

According to her interview on The Today Show, Giada signed up to cater the event without knowing that the royal couple would be there. “At first I was crazy nervous, but now I am purely excited,” shares De Laurentiis.

The Prince will be playing a Polo match while lunch is being served, but Giada will have something at the ready for him nevertheless. She promises, “No leftovers for the Prince!”

Find out what’s on the menu »

Alex Eats: Fresh Oysters

by in Food Network Chef, June 14th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

I always think an oyster is completely submerged in water all of the time. On a recent boat ride through a little inlet outside Charleston, S.C. I learned that isn’t always true. As the boat ripped through the water, I noticed some unusual-looking plants adorning the shoreline. When the boat slowed, I got a closer look at these “plants.” They were actually oysters, one growing virtually on top of the other, like a 50-car pileup on the freeway. They were rooted in the sand, but due to the low tide, some were submerged and others not.

The skipper of our boat, Joe, a South Carolina native, saw me staring and pulled the boat over to the edge of a small beach area. “Put those boots on,” he instructed with a knowing grin. He handed me a pair of electric-green boots and I pulled them on slowly as he passed me an oyster knife. We crouched over the oysters and gently pulled a few loose. They were covered in grit, but they were still beautiful. I pried the top shell open and tasted the oyster (and its ridiculously fresh liquid) as if it were my first. It was so cold! Joe grinned, “Pretty good, eh?”

Better than you could ever imagine.

Read Alex’s tips for oysters and get her recipe after the jump »

FN Fan Bites: Sandra’s Book Deal, Guy’s Cars and Star Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, June 13th, 2011

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Sandra Lee has agreed to a deal with Hyperion and the Disney Interactive Media Group that would include the publication of five new books. In addition to the books, Sandra will produce a series of 15 online videos expected to launch this fall, around the same time as the publication of her lifestyle book and the first of two cookbooks. Later, she’ll publish two food-themed novels with recipes.

Guy Fieri opened up his garage in a recent interview with AutoTrader.com.  His favorite, a ’71 Chevelle, was purchased by saving up money he placed in a boot in his closet for two and a half years — he’s vowed to never sell it. His current garage is filled with numerous cars — find out what they are and what car he’s still looking for on AutoTrader.com.

Videos featuring Robert Irvine, Bobby and Giada after the jump »