If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine. Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.
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First he conquered the ranks of Food Network Stardom with his Season 7 competition win, then he tackled the world of between-bread creations on Sandwich King and just two years ago he joined forces with four other co-hosts for the ultimate celebration, The Kitchen. Now Jeff Mauro is setting his sights on something offscreen: the restaurant scene. His first restaurant, Pork & Mindy’s, which he’ll launch with business partner Kevin Corsello, is slated to open at the end of 2015 and will feature a hybrid of “food, music and art,” according to Jeff, and the very best in barbecue.
Pork & Mindy’s will open in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, a city that’s currently known more for lakeside skyscrapers than for smoky barbecue. But Jeff’s planning to change that when he releases his over-the-top meaty menu in the Windy City. According to Jeff, the focus will be on “real, authentic, slow-smoked barbecue,” and he adds that just as the eatery’s name suggests, there will be plenty of pork. “All our pork is cooked 14 hours in a natural wood smoker, bone in and shredded.” Though the foundation may be pig, including what he deems “pig candy … caramelized crispy bacon brittle,” the offerings go far beyond that, to smoked legs of lamb, chicken and chuck roasts.
School is back in session, and we are all looking for ways to streamline our routines, especially in the morning. But “routine” can sometimes also mean “rut.” Take breakfast, for instance. Yes, it is easy to rely on the tried-and-true cereal route, and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with some high-quality, low-sugar cereals to jump-start a busy day. (My secret confession: Cereal is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.) But what if you want to mix it up a bit at breakfast but don’t want to take on a major cooking task first thing in the a.m.?
Here are four make-ahead breakfast ideas that all take fewer than three minutes of morning prep time:
1. Mini Muffins
I make up batches of high-fiber, high-protein mini muffins and keep them in freezer bags for breakfasts and snacks anytime. Why mini and not regular muffins? Tiny minis thaw out in minutes. But the real reason (mom to mom): Texture is less important in a mini muffin than in a regular-sized muffin. You can load those babies up with healthy goodies, like flax, bran or ground nuts — things that could turn a regular muffin into a doorstop — and your kids won’t even blink an eye. Try my Magic Fruit-and-Veggie Muffins recipe (pictured above, featured in Food Network Magazine).
The rock walls, the bouncy houses, the blindfolds and, of course, Bob the Bear — Camp Cutthroat isn’t short on eviliciousness, thanks in part to Camp counselor extraordinaire and host Alton Brown. Last night’s Round 4 battle — the last one until next Wednesday’s finale — was full of diabolical outdoor sabotages, including the now-infamous lookout tower from which one chef had to make a skillet breakfast high atop the campsite. While all of the drama played out on TV, Alton Brown took to Twitter @AltonBrown to offer you fans an insider’s look at the competition and answer a few of your most-pressing Camp questions. Read on below to see some of his best tweets.
He’s a no-nonsense mentor on All-Star America and a bona fide beach fanatic, as he shows off every week on Beach Eats USA (Wednesdays at 10:30|9:30c), but did you know that Curtis Stone also keeps hordes of hot sauces on hand and has been known to relax to Jack Johnson tunes? Recently FN Dish checked in with Curtis to find out the little-known details about this Australian-born chef, from his last-supper must-have to his favorite person to cook for. Read on below for his answers.
Who’s your favorite person to cook for?
Curtis Stone: My wife, Linds. She is my best bud, so it’s always nice after a hectic day, or hectic week, to just take a beat, pour ourselves a wine and cook, eat and talk about everything. She is an adventurous eater so she keeps me on my toes.
What’s the most-surprising thing we’d find in your fridge?
CS: Pickles upon pickles, and loads of hot sauces.
As I type, I am surrounded by a sea of binders and lined papers, high-top shoes, low-top ankle boots, trendy-again ’70s stretchy hipster pants and crisply colored backpacks smelling of factory nylon. Just removing the tags from all this loot makes me feel like taking a nap.
’Tis the season of coffee. (Did I really just say “’tis the season?” It’s not even Labor Day! I think I even outpaced Costco there!) Coffee and autumn go hand in hand in our household. Any time an alarm clock jolts me out of sleep, I want the jolt of caffeine shortly thereafter. My husband makes the coffee as part of our nightly routine, setting the timer for exactly 15 minutes before I wake up, so that I walk downstairs and into the kitchen at the perfect moment, when the machine is gurgling and spattering lightly as it confirms that all the water is gone from the chamber and the machine can finally, confidently turn itself off, while a final few drops of coffee plop gently into the full pot. It’s the glorious announcement of another day full of possibility.
I am a coffee fan (I don’t say “snob” because I find that loosely translates into people who don’t like Starbucks), so I like my coffee exactly right: no sugar and about two tablespoons of half-and-half, or a quarter-cup of milk (but, in that case, heated). Quite simply, the day doesn’t begin without coffee for me. I love the routine, the smell, the warmth and, of course, the caffeine (although I only drink half-caf so I can have two cups without feeling jittery). And all this coffeepot experience has taught me a few little tricks — some coffee hacks, if you will.
1. Mom’s trick to improve cheap coffee:
Growing up, we were incredibly poor, and my mom bought the cheapest coffee she could find at the grocery store. But, no matter, she insisted, because a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of cinnamon in the filter along with the coffee elevated bargain beans to gourmet status. Well, almost. But this trick did get me through the lean college and graduate school days pretty darned well.
You may know Giada De Laurentiis for cooking up classic Italian dishes or adding a California spin to cooking and entertaining on Giada at Home. As a versatile chef, Giada has shown Food Network fans how to make everything from fresh pasta to light and healthy West Coast eats. Most recently we’ve seen Giada exploring her homeland on Giada in Italy — sharing those family traditions and recipes that influenced her early love for cooking — and providing her culinary expertise as a mentor on Food Network Star. Check out Giada’s best-ever dishes below, from her Sunday-supper-ready Bolognese to creamy tiramisu and rich ravioli bites ideal for parties.
Sure, you may consider yourself a grill master for flipping a few burgers this summer, or even learning how to achieve those sought-after crisscross grill marks on your steak. But have you ever grilled for more than a day straight? In New York City this week, a team of two die-hard grillers took on that very mission in the hopes of not only breaking the Guinness World Record for a team marathon barbecue at The Finest Grillathon, but also setting a new one.
Hosted by Ball Park Park’s Finest, with Food Network’s own Tyler Florence on hand, the event started late last night, on Tuesday, when Susie Bulloch, from Utah, and Drew Battistelli, from Tennessee, first took to their grilling stations to kick off their marathon cookout. They set off to grill for a whopping 38 hours, in downtown Manhattan’s Gansevoort Square, which will mean that they’ve firmly surpassed the old record of 30 hours. On the menu are, of course, what else but Ball Park Park’s Finest frankfurters, along with other hearty grilled favorites. From juicy pork shoulder to tender beef, there was no shortage of classic and creative takes on beloved summertime fare.
Sun, sand, surf — these are just part of the makings of a successful day at the beach. Let’s not forget about the food. On his brand-new show, Beach Eats USA, premiering today at 10:30|9:30c, Curtis Stone sets off on a coast-to-coast journey, delving into the best bites from waterside hot spots across the country. From succulent seafood selections to meaty favorites, Curtis is set to sample classic and creative fare from little-known eateries and beloved destinations near the shore.
Ahead of tonight’s series premiere, Curtis took over Food Network’s Instagram feed to share some of his favorite photos. These aren’t the usual posed beauty shots you’re likely expecting; think shrimp close-ups, wind-blown hair and even a broken toe.
Paddleboarding, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp and Sand Castles: Curtis Stone Previews Beach Eats USA and Shares His Best Waterside Memoriesby Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 10th, 2015
Crystal-blue waters, the subtle hum of the ocean and the warm, soft sand — few things are as both calming and exciting as a day at the beach, and on his all-new series, Beach Eats USA, Curtis Stone is off to show fans why, all while exploring the best bites up for grabs at the waterside. Ahead of this week’s premiere (on Wednesday at 10:30|9:30c), FN Dish checked in with Curtis for a one-on-one chat about all things sand, shores and surfside dining — from the first look at the adventures he’ll undertake on Beach Eats USA (think speedy ziplining) to his four to-dos when ordering from seaside haunts.
What can fans look forward to seeing on Beach Eats USA?
Curtis Stone: A lot of fun, as well as cooking and eating (lots of eating!) down-home, good, classic American favorites outdoors at some of the most-beautiful locations in America (and right on the sand, in most cases!). You’ll see me get really silly, joking with the chefs, and trying new things — like the rings on the beach at Santa Monica (ha!), paddleboarding in the mangroves in Key West, where I could see the fish swimming alongside me, riding a helicopter over the Virginia coast (sharing the same airspace with some of America’s top naval fighter planes — yowza!) and ziplining through beautiful Catalina (and nearly wetting myself), to name a few. You’ll see breathtaking, never-before-seen, aerial shots of these beautiful beachside locations, too.