by Maria Russo in Entertaining, Recipes, Shows, December 3rd, 2016
by Joel Raneri in Shows, December 2nd, 2016
At holiday parties big and small, cheese-and-cracker platters are practically required. You can keep them simple with just some slices of your favorite cheddar and kid-friendly crackers, or you can dress them up, offering an array of fresh and funky cheeses and various trimmings. You can even ditch the platter notion altogether and instead opt for home construction when building your cheese-and-cracker setup, like the co-hosts of The Kitchen did on this morning’s all-new episode. With four walls, a stable roof and even pepperoni shingles, their Cheese-and-Cracker House is the ultimate in party-ready edible entertainment, sure to keep your guests chatting as they pick away at its exterior and interior.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, December 1st, 2016
It’s the season of family feasts and sweet holiday treats and this weekend on Food Network your favorite chefs are sharing recipes to help ring in the holiday season. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is whipping up a trio of cheesy and savory appetizers, Trisha Yearwood is baking festive holiday cookies and the co-hosts on The Kitchen are putting together a fabulous holiday dinner party — cocktails included. Then Valerie Bertinelli is hosting a blended family feast and serving Crown Roast of Lamb, Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf and Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.
On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is making a series of dishes using vegetable juices, Ina Garten is hosting a breakfast buffet and Nancy Fuller is hosting a holiday party for her whole family. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Secret Santa dinner party and Bobby Flay is using Christmas leftovers to make a day-after brunch.
Robert Irvine is coming to Flavortown on Sunday evening for the premiere of GGG: Impossible, featuring Guy’s most-daunting challenges yet. After that, the bakers are making desserts based on ugly Christmas sweaters on Holiday Baking Championship, and the Grandmas on Clash of the Grandmas are making appetizers using some of Santa’s favorite food hacks.
by Meaghan Cameron in Shows, November 28th, 2016
Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just getting started, and this December Food Network is joining the celebration with a new batch of holiday competitions and comforting recipes from your favorite chefs.
Starting this weekend, tune in to catch brand-new recipes from Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis and Valerie Bertinelli that are perfect for hosting a holiday dinner party. Then Bobby Flay is using holiday leftovers to make the ultimate day-after-Christmas brunch. If sweet treats are your favorite part of the season, you’ll want to watch Trisha Yearwood as she shares her best recipes including Gingerbread Cookies (pictured), Caramel Candy and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without plenty of baked goods, and this holiday season Cake Wars is all about Christmas, challenging bakers to create elaborate confections based on classic Christmas characters. There are also brand-new episodes of Holiday Baking Championship, and holiday-themed episodes of your favorite competition shows, like Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cooks vs. Cons. Head over to Food Network’s Holiday Central for more details on holiday premieres, recipes and more.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 28th, 2016
The Christmas Cookie Challenge, hosted by Alison Sweeney, is a furious but festive battle to determine the best cookie baker in the country with the winner taking home $10,000. Five bakers’ holiday delights were judged in three rounds of competition by chef and culinary entrepreneur Sharone Hakman, American Idol-winner and seasoned baker Jordin Sparks and Food Network Star Season 12 finalist Damiano Carrara.
Find out whose cookies took home the grand prize.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, November 26th, 2016
Kitchen Stadium die-hards, we have breaking news for you. Just this afternoon, Alton Brown sent this tweet, and with only one word and a single hashtag — “Finally. #IronChefGauntlet” — he announced an upcoming series. Here’s what we know: Beginning in the spring of the new year, an all-new reboot of the beloved Iron Chef America is set to roll out. The name of this reimagined competition is Iron Chef Gauntlet, and as Alton hinted with an accompanying photo, he’s set to reprise his role as the host and master of ceremonies.
Like both Iron Chef America and its big brother based in Japan, this newfangled series will celebrate the highest echelon of cooking. Look for some of your favorite elements of battle from Iron Chef America, plus new twists that will leave you craving more.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 25th, 2016
Chips and dip, carrots and ranch, maybe a fruit platter — these are all fine party starters. They’re great ones, actually. But when it comes to holiday parties, sometimes we like to up the appetizer ante a bit, all while keeping it casual and easy, of course. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of snack mixes that are the kind of next-level recipes that will transform your seasonal spreads. Combining two party-time favorites — booze and bites — the co-hosts made three cocktail-inspired snack recipes that range from savory and salty to sweet and oh so crunchy. Read on below to find out how they turned a Bloody Mary, a White Russian and a tequila-based cocktail into eat-with-your-hands nibbles. (Spoiler: It all comes down to spiking, pouring and mixing.)
Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack Mix
The flavors you know and love in a classic Bloody Mary are well-represented in this big-batch mash-up of rice cereal, bagel chips and pretzels. Just as tomato juice and vodka form the base of the drink, this snack mix is made with tomato paste and vodka, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, which deliver the salty, deeply umami flavor you love in a Bloody Mary. Once the mixture is warmed, it’s poured over the munchies, which get microwaved for just a few minutes so the flavors can marry.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, November 23rd, 2016
Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just getting started, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing recipes for some of their best party bites. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is cooking for a cocktail party, Trisha Yearwood is sharing her recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip and the co-hosts of The Kitchen are making snack mixes inspired by classic cocktails. Then, Ayesha Curry is hosting an Italian dinner party and Valerie Bertinelli has a recipe for Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Cookies.
On Sunday, Guy Fieri is hosting taco night, Ina Garten is giving advice on throwing the perfect dinner party and Nancy Fuller is making a friend dinner in exchange for painting lessons. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is making snacks for a Christmas sing-a-long, and Bobby Flay is hosting brunch to celebrate the Preakness Stakes.
Sunday evening, four new chefs enter Flavortown, and their first challenge is making a savory lunch dish with the ingredients of a sweet carrot cake. Then it’s all about marshmallows on Holiday Baking Championship, and children and grandchildren join the grandmas on Clash of the Grandmas.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 22nd, 2016
If your New Year’s resolution is to learn how to cook, then the new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9|8c, is the perfect place to start. Kick off the first day of 2017 with Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray and a brand-new roster of 16 hapless cooks. In the 10-episode season, mentors Anne and Rachael will lead a team of bumbling cooks in an intense kitchen Boot Camp designed to whip them into culinary shape. The contestant who makes the most-impressive transformation will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize, along bragging rights for his or her team leader.
Meet the competitors and find out more about the season.
by Joseph Erdos in Behind the Scenes, Shows, November 19th, 2016
We’re just a few weeks into the premiere season of Clash of the Grandmas, and if the first battles were any indication, it’s clear that top-quality cooking knows no limits, age or otherwise. Aarti Sequeira is a judge on Sunday’s all-new episode (airing at 10|9c), and she noted the downright fierceness of the ladies facing off in the competition. They are “vivacious, spunky grandmas who love nothing more than to feed people, whether those people are their grandchildren, or someone else’s,” she explained, noting that their dishes often boast that extra something-something. In addition to the “love” that goes into their offerings, she said, there’s also “a little bit of I-don’t-give-a-damn,” which we can only assume is what makes their food so treasured. Read on below to hear more from Aarti and get her take on what it’s like to judge grannies’ cooking.
Aside from the age of the competitors, what makes Clash of the Grandmas different than other culinary battles?
Aarti Sequeira: There’s something special about the way that grandmothers cook. They can make the simplest of dishes, but there’s something in the way they turn their wrist, sprinkle in that brown sugar, layer in the cheese; it’s all so infused with a sense of comfort that every round, after eating their food, I felt like everything was going to be OK. I don’t get that when I taste even the best chef’s cooking!
When you pick up an Ina Garten cookbook or watch an episode of Barefoot Contessa, you might not realize how much work goes into creating the recipes, testing them and finally proclaiming them good enough to share. All of Ina’s recipes go through a rigorous testing period until they’re perfect, as the writer and TV host explains. Even Jeffrey has to wait until a recipe’s perfect before he can get a taste!
Thinking about Ina’s life story, it may seem like a stretch of the imagination that she went from writing nuclear policy in the White House to writing cookbooks in her Long Island home, but it happened. Despite the difference in subject, both lines of work require precision. But cooking goes a bit further, as it requires that something extra — the secret ingredient, if you will. And Ina has that. She says it’s just in her DNA. The rest is history: She didn’t attend cooking school or learn from a grandmother, but she picked up skills out of necessity while running her specialty food store, Barefoot Contessa. It started out as a way to try a new career and ended up giving her her well-known moniker. Would she have it any other way? Not really.
FN Dish recently chatted with Ina about her new series, Cooking for Jeffrey, her recently released cookbook and her Washington, D.C., special. Find out more about the elegant and earthy hostess in our interview.