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“This Always Gives Me Anxiety” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 17th, 2016

Following tonight’s brand-new fried-food episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the After-Show started innocently enough: Judge Jet Tila had his shopping basket in hand, ready to take on the pantry and gather ingredients to cook. “This always gives me anxiety,” he admitted. And no sooner did the judge voice that admission did he start to experience the all-too-familiar pain of host Alton Brown‘s eviliciousness. First up: the basket. Alton ditched it and instead saddled Jet with a long-billed fish onto which he had to thread his pantry ingredients. From there the situation simply turned more and more diabolical.

“Bring in the giant chicken leg, please,” Alton called out as Jet attempted to start his tempura-fried shrimp. Sure enough, Jet found himself about to cook with one leg inside that oversize chicken leg, but he took it in stride — until Alton gave him yet another sabotage, a chicken wing, of course. “Oh, come on,” Jet proclaimed. “I’m going to cheat,” he added, resorting to using both of his hands to prep, though the competitor wasn’t so lucky in the cooking round. With both hands in motion, Jet managed to prep his shrimp and the corresponding batter, and the situation looked manageable. But then eviliciousness struck again: Enter the churro Bobs. “Call your Bobs off!” Jet pleaded with Alton as two Bobs sandwiched Jet as he attempted to move about the kitchen. Both the judge and the host managed to present fried shrimp, though Alton wasn’t shy about proclaiming which he thought was the strongest. (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t Jet’s shrimp.)

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How to Make a Fired-Up, Lightened-Up Firehouse-Inspired Chili

by in Recipes, Shows, August 16th, 2016

Firehouse ChiliBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, firefighters from across the country competed for the chance to win up to $20,000. While these cooks haven’t (yet) won any James Beard Awards, they certainly know how to cook for a crowd.

Feeding a station full of firefighters is no easy task. Guy’s games kicked off with a kiddie cart challenge, meaning each contestant’s groceries had to fit into child-sized carts. This spur-of-the-moment change was no problem for the firefighters who are used to adapting to new situations quickly.

Balancing healthy and hearty was a recurring theme for these firehouse cooks. They made burgers with portobello buns, stir-fries with quinoa and lean pork tenderloin to create dishes that married lean proteins with classic comfort foods.

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Celebrities Take Center Stove in the Kitchens of Their Favorite Restaurants on Star Plates

by in Shows, August 16th, 2016

Marcus and MindyThis fall it’s time to see which celebrities can take the heat in a professional kitchen on Food Network’s newest series, Star Plates, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 11/10c. The show will follow six celebrities as each navigates the grueling responsibilities of working as a line cook in his or her favorite chef’s restaurant. Working side-by-side with the chefs, the stars will learn how to make their favorite dishes and must help service a dining room full of hungry, paying customers. The restaurant novices will learn some unusual cooking techniques, make some of the chefs’ signature recipes and take criticism from both the chefs and the customers.

Find out who is on the show.

Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray Return to Coach Cooking-Challenged Celebrities on Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, August 15th, 2016

Rachael and AnneAn all-new star-studded cast of recruits joins the new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c. Anne and Rachael will lead their teams of disastrous cooks through an intensely challenging Boot Camp. One by one, the stars will be eliminated until there are only two remaining to face off in a restaurant challenge judged blind by noteworthy chefs. In the end, the most-improved cook will walk away with $50,000 for his or her favorite charity, and gain bragging rights for either Anne or Rachael.

Find Out Who’s Competing

2 New Ways to Wrap and Roll Chicken

by in Recipes, Shows, August 13th, 2016

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken BreastSlicing and stacking is well and good, of course, but today’s episode of The Kitchen put the spotlight on wrapping and rolling, showcasing all the ways to deliver bold boosts of flavor in easy-to-eat packages. Both Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro delivered new ideas for transforming chicken with the help of a wrap, GZ going the elegant dinner route and Jeff opting for a next-level sandwich. Read on below to get their recipes.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast (pictured above)
Not only does GZ cover his lean chicken breasts in a snug overcoat of prosciutto, but he also packs flavor inside the meat. He carves a pocket in the chicken and fills it with a Mediterranean-inspired mixture of creamy ricotta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant sage. After searing the chicken on the stove, Geoffrey moves it to the oven to finish cooking, and what results is a just-crispy-enough exterior of prosciutto and a tender inside featuring juicy chicken and rich, melty ricotta. The finish is all about the lemony butter sauce, laced with sweet shallots and salty capers.

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What to Watch: Patricia Heaton’s Cast Reunion Fiesta, and a Salute to Firefighters on Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, August 12th, 2016

Bacon quesoFood is even better when it’s shared with family and friends, so tune in this weekend for crowd-pleasing recipe ideas and entertaining tips. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond’s whipping up fried chicken sandwiches, blondies and snack mix for the crew working hard on her mercantile store. Next, the cast of The Kitchen is making all things wrapped and rolled, including burritos and spring rolls, and they’ll even give a tutorial on mastering the art of wrapping gifts. After that, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli stops by Valerie Bertinelli’s house for a Little Italy-inspired feast, complete with sausage and pepper sliders and homemade cannoli. Last, Patricia Heaton is throwing a reunion fiesta for the cast of Mom’s Night Out with festive eats, including bacon queso, homemade churros and smoky margaritas.

Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is spending time with her sister, and they recall fond memories of their brother Dino, who passed away. In his honor they cook a feast of his favorites, including cheesy mashed potatoes and pork chops with an Italian twist. Then, things are heating up in Flavortown Market as four firefighters give their all to smoke the competition and take home $20,000. Next, Chopped is back with an all-American challenge, where the chef contestants will have to incorporate hot dogs into each round. After that, average joes take on professional chefs in the ultimate culinary test of skill. Can the pros take the heat, or will they crumble under the stress of having to cook with muffins?

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Top-Notch Chefs Take to an Epic Battle in Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games

by in Shows, August 11th, 2016

Guys' Superstar Grocery GamesIn a five-week showdown, eight renowned chefs will face the most-intense challenges that anyone has ever seen on Triple G. Premiering Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8|7c, Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games takes the smart shopping and the competitive cooking to new heights. In this competition, the games aren’t just the run-of-the-mill kind. When the caliber of chefs is so high, and the stakes this big, the challenges take on a new level of difficulty. Alex Guarnaschelli, Richard Blais, Jet Tila, Maneet Chauhan, Marc Murphy, Eric Greenspan, Damaris Phillips and Justin Warner enter the competition ready for what’s to come — or so they think. When Guy’s the gameskeeper, there’s no telling what drama might befall the chefs. They’ll have to strap themselves in for a ride on Guy’s roller coaster.

Find out how the tournament will work.

Superhero Chefs Take On Sabotages — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 10th, 2016

Well, we’ve reached a new dawn in the land of Cutthroat Kitchen. On tonight’s special-edition superhero installment of Alton’s After-Show, host Alton Brown and judge Antonia Lofaso abandoned their earthly bodies and became Fry-der Man and Super Judge, respectively. For Alton, his impersonation involved none other than a jetpack-like backpack of oversize french fries, as well as a mask and hand made out of fry baskets; Antonia found herself flying (that is, hanging) in the air parallel to the floor, at the mercy of what Alton called “the four winds,” aka the Bobs. “It’s not my fault. I’m not in charge of them,” Alton explained to Antonia as she attempted to comprehend the predicament in which she found herself.

For this After-Show challenge, both Fry-der Man and Super Judge were tasked with putting their superhero spins on a classic hero sandwich, a simple task to be sure — or so it seemed. “I can’t even reach my olive oil,” Antonia declared at the outset, stretching her arms from the sling in an attempt to grab the bottle. Meanwhile, Alton was dealing with a struggle of his own. Thanks to the fry basket he was forced to carry in one hand, his chopping abilities were severely lacking, so much so that he resorted to simply smashing a lead of lettuce and a few olives for his sandwich. “That is unnecessary,” Antonia noted of the whacking going down on the station beside her. Both managed to put forth sandwiches, but ultimately only Antonia was able to experience the magic of superhero flight as the Bobs swept her around the kitchen to pick up plates.

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5 Tips for Making Better Mac and Cheese

by in How-to, Shows, August 10th, 2016

Mac and CheeseBy Angela Carlos

This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, things got cheesy while the chefs competed for the chance to shop for $20,000 in Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Market. In each of the three games, cheese was the focus. The chefs demonstrated their expertise in working with this ingredient by incorporating triple-cream cheese into ice cream bases and using shredded Gouda for a crunchy frico. In the first game, the chefs added everything from pungent blue cheese to classic cheddar into ooey-gooey comfort food dishes.

Not surprisingly, more than one contestant chose to go the macaroni-and-cheese route in Game 1. Here in Food Network Kitchen, we took note of their triumphs and shortcomings in attempting to produce the ultimate macaroni and cheese for the judges. With some tips from the show, as well as a few of our own, we’ve put together a checklist for making the ideal bowl of rich, molten cheese with macaroni.

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Zucchini Gratin and 7 Other Delicious Ways to Roast Summer Veggies

by in In Season, Shows, August 7th, 2016

Zucchini GratinI don’t know about you, but I don’t get the hype about cooking outside in the summer. It’s hot outside. That officially makes it the last place I want to be, except if the other choice is in front of a flaming grill. No, sir. When the weather heats up, I say, take it inside and let the sweet AC work its magic. That brings me to another appliance I have all kinds of love for: my oven. These are my favorite ways to enjoy all those fresh summer vegetables without sweating it out in the process. And if your oven tends to heat your house up? Roast up one of these dishes in the morning, before the sun has a chance to sizzle — that way your home will be cooler come dinnertime.

Zucchini Gratin
Leave it to Ina Garten to elevate simple zucchini to a decadent dish. With 364 reviews and a 5-star rating (not to mention the promise of fresh breadcrumbs and all that melted Gruyère), this one’s officially on my summer food bucket list.

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