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Brandon Scawthorn Wins the 2014 Cynopsis Digital Model D Best Host for Cooking in the Fast Lane

by in News, Shows, November 14th, 2014


This year Cynopsis Media nominated three Food Network Web series for best host in food: Alton Brown for Alton’s After-Show, Bobby Flay for Bobby Flay Fit and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Season 1 winner Brandon Scawthorn for Cooking in the Fast Lane. Also nominated in the same category was William Shatner for Brown Bag Wine Tasting. Earlier today the Digital Model D Awards were handed out, and our youngest host, Brandon, was announced the winner of the category.

Congratulations, Brandon! And congratulations to the other nominees as well. If you haven’t had a chance to see Brandon’s series, watch the first episode above and get more episodes of Cooking in the Fast Lane. And if you like Brandon’s series, also watch Season 2 winner Gibson Borelli in The Jersey Shore Kid.

Hot Potato? A New Genetically Engineered Spud May Be Headed Your Way

by in News, November 12th, 2014

PotatoesA genetically engineered potato may be on its way to your dinner plate, not to mention your chip bag and french fry packet.

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture approved the commercial planting of a new variety of spud specially modified to resist bruising and contain less of a possibly cancer-causing chemical, acrylamide, that is produced when a potato is fried. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on whom you ask.

Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist at the advocacy group the Center for Food Safety, has expressed concern about the genetically engineered (GE) potato and the technique used to produce it, RNA interference, calling USDA approval hasty, “riddled with holes” and “extremely worrisome.”

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Doritos You Can Drink or Drape with Garlands

by in News, November 11th, 2014

ChipsNothing says Christmas like tortilla chips. Or, well, at least nothing says it like green tortilla chips shaped like little Christmas trees.

Frito-Lay is introducing just such a holiday version of Doritos in Japan this year. And if you’re thinking to yourself: “Well, what about all that orangey powder? Doesn’t it ruin the effect?” Actually, no, it doesn’t. The powder on the chips, which reportedly taste like “corn cream” soup, is snow white and “white corn cream stew flavored.” Oh ho ho, yes.

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Would You Ditch Your Phone to Get 10 Percent Off Your Restaurant Check?

by in News, November 9th, 2014

Cell PhoneYou might think the only incentive needed to give your cellphone a rest at the dinner table is to better enjoy your meal and engage in conversation with your fellow diners. But a restaurant in Iowa, Sneaky’s Chicken, has sneaked in a little extra motivation: Every Wednesday, customers willing to unglue their eyes and ears from their phones receive a 10 percent discount on their checks.

The restaurant’s general manager, Christy Wright, told the Associated Press that she and her dad, Sneaky’s owner, Dave Ferris, instituted the promotion, in which customers voluntarily put their phones in a box provided by their server, because they couldn’t help noticing that phones were taking their toll on table conversations.

(In a poll we conducted on FN Dish a few months back, most respondents said they “never” turn off their cellphones while eating at a restaurant. “I’m paying good money to eat at these restaurants and will do what I please with that time,” wrote one bristled commenter.)

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These Coffee-Foam Cats Will Make You Say Wow (or Meow!)

by in News, November 8th, 2014

Coffee-Foam CatWhen a nimble-handed barista presents you with a latte that’s been personalized with a pretty image on top — a swirly leaf or twirly heart — it gladdens your spirit, as if you’ve just been given an unexpected gift or a warm smile from a kind stranger.

The latte art posted by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @dongurinekobei, though, puts most other fancy coffee doodles to shame. According to RocketNews24, the highly detailed, ultra-realistic, foamtastic feline faces are @dongurinekobei’s way of immortalizing her cats, a tabby named Donguri and two kittens, Mugi and Uutan — at least until the java jones hits.

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Is It the Reuben Sandwich’s 100th Birthday? Maybe — or Maybe Not

by in News, November 6th, 2014

Reuben SandwichHappy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear … Reuben sandwich?

Depending on which of several theories about the origin of the grilled gastronomic masterpiece made from corned beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and rye bread you believe, this year may or may not mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Reuben sandwich.

According to New York legend, some food historians and at least one NYC tabloid, the popular sandwich was first whipped up in 1914 by New York deli owner Arnold Reuben in his then-famous but now-defunct midtown Manhattan eatery, Reuben’s Restaurant.

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Camouflage Ice Cream: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

by in News, November 5th, 2014

First Class Camouflage Layered Sundae and First Class Camouflage Ice CreamIt’s pretty easy to make a scoop of ice cream on a waffle cone disappear. (Slurp!) But to make it disappear before you eat it? Well, that takes a little more effort. Baskin-Robbins is apparently up for the challenge.

Just in time for Veterans Day, the ice cream specialty chain is introducing camouflage ice cream as the November flavor of the month, as well as a matching camouflage waffle cone and bowl and a layered sundae.

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White Chocolate: Do You Love It or Hate it?

by in News, November 3rd, 2014

White ChocolateIt may be said — by those who like to make such pronouncements — that the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who like white chocolate and those who passionately argue that it has no business calling itself chocolate at all.

Is there any way to bridge the divide? Well, maybe. Here are a few white chocolate facts perhaps we can all agree on:

1. Some countries don’t classify white chocolate as chocolate – because it contains no cocoa solids.

2. In particular, it does not contain chocolate liquor, the pure product made from the ground or melted center, or nib, of the cocoa bean that gives dark and milk chocolate their chocolatey taste.

3. It does, however, contain cocoa butter, along with milk solids, sugar, lecithin and flavorings, like vanilla.

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The Charlotte Hornets Build a Buzz with a $70 Burger

by in News, November 2nd, 2014

The Charlotte Hornets Build a Buzz with a $70 BurgerAnyone going hungry (like, really, really hungry) to watch a Charlotte Hornets game at the basketball team’s home stadium, Time Warner Cable Arena, might want to take a pocketful of cash.

The arena’s executive chef, Aaron Cox, has introduced some fancy new food items he presumably hopes will be a slam dunk with fans this season, including a Buffalo bacon corn dog and an in-house-smoked brisket sandwich, SB Nation reports.

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Support Your Favorite Soup

by in News, November 1st, 2014

Tomato SoupSuddenly, it’s soup season. As the weather turns chilly and we begin to scrounge around in the backs of our closets for a pair of gloves that match (or, forget matching – one for each hand) and a warm hat, we may also begin to feel a deep urge to dip into one of our favorite soups. When it comes to soup, we all have our favorites, as well, perhaps, as our personal lists of the ones that, for whatever reason, we’re just not that into.

Recently, a writer on Jezebel posted a highly idiosyncratic personal ranking of soups, appropriately filed under “totally arbitrary rankings.” Whether or not you agree with the writer’s opinions (his top four: Lobster Bisque, French Onion, Cream of Crab, Tom Kha Gai) or admire his alternately amusing and perhaps a bit too salty turns of phrase, you have to concede that a ranking of soup is a delicious idea. (Note that others have done it before, with markedly different results.)

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