by Michelle Baricevic in Shows, December 15th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 13th, 2015
There’s just something about dessert that makes life so much more meaningful. The genius minds behind Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants agree. This past week, hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian revealed the best places to visit when you’re in need of something sweet.
Read on for the list and vote on your favorite dish
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, December 12th, 2015
“You got to learn to twist the core.” That was Alton Brown‘s advice to a less-than-enthused Simon Majumdar as he took his turn — literally — around what Alton called “the human rotisserie.” This downright diabolical sabotage made its return to tonight’s all-new Cutthroat Kitchen episode for the gyro challenge, and in true After-Show fashion, Alton forced the judge of the day, this time Simon, to get a hands-on feel for the demands of eviliciousness.
“I’m getting a little cramp here,” Simon admitted as he strained from side to side and attempted to reach the prep and cook stations while the rotating spit was in motion. It didn’t take long, however, for Simon to realize that perhaps the most-efficient way to cook his dish — a crab cake instead of the challenge gyro — was to simply carry the pan as he turned. He managed to fry the crab cake and watch over it, instead of risking burning it in what was a screaming-hot skillet. “I suggested that she do this as well,” Alton told Simon of Chef Melanie, who was saddled with this sabotage during the competition. “But she didn’t. She wanted to keep the pan on the heat the whole time.”
by Ricky Smith in Shows, December 11th, 2015
Unlike Thanksgiving, when it’s all but assumed that a glistening turkey will be headlining your feast, the December holidays leave room for interpretation when it comes to the star of your table. Turkey makes repeat appearances, but we also see impressive beef rib roasts, grilled lamb, seafood and, of course, classic ham. Though many hams are sold precooked and require little more than reheating in the oven, a simple glaze can boost the flavor, as can complementary side dishes and the way you plate the meat. That’s where this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen comes in. Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro shared creative twists on the traditional slice-and-serve ham. See what they did to dress up this seasonal staple with their recipes below.
Instead of opting for just a bit of mustard to accompany his ham, GZ offers a duo of sides to add next-level taste and texture to the dish. Similar to the traditional glaze that gets slicked across the ham, Geoffrey’s Fig Chutney boasts subtle sweetness, which he balances with the heat of a pinch of cayenne pepper and the richness of fresh red wine. To round out the meal, his Collard Salad with Walnuts, Pecorino and Mustard Vinaigrette is an easy, no-cook salad that comes together in mere minutes. If you’ve never before served collard greens raw, Geoffrey notes in his recipe, “The acid [in the vinaigrette] will break down the leaves a bit and tenderize them.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 10th, 2015
It’s the season of celebrations, so this weekend all your favorite chefs have celebratory meals planned to inspire your get-togethers. First, Ree Drummond is cooking a stick-to-your-ribs anniversary meal for her husband Ladd and their family, complete with prime rib, hasselback potatoes and country bread with honey butter. After that, Emeril Lagasse is stopping by The Kitchen to demonstrate how to make a perfect rack of lamb for the holidays. What’s more, the co-hosts are sharing tips on how to dress up a store-bought gingerbread house. And on a new Valerie’s Home Cooking, Valerie Bertinelli is preparing a 5-star Italian dinner for French chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife, including panzanella and branzino.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, December 10th, 2015
Each week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his team offer much-needed business support to restaurateurs who are barely managing to keep their eateries afloat. But come the holiday season, Robert’s penchant for giving back is even stronger; the last several years, he’s celebrated the season with extra-special missions on Holiday: Impossible. This year is no exception, and in what he called “our biggest project to date,” he and his team traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to help the children and staff of City Kids Wilderness Project.
Founded by Randy Luskey 19 years ago, City Kids may appear to be a traditional summer camp from the looks of it, but its effects on the youth it welcomes are anything but ordinary. The kids who attend City Kids, all in grades six through 12, come from underprivileged communities in Washington, D.C., and without City Kids, they likely wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy nature and experience the outdoors in such a supportive, welcoming community. “You get to meet all kinds of new people, test your limits and try new things that most people never do,” one camper told Robert.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, December 10th, 2015
Tonight the ladies of Chopped
, or the “Charlie’s Angels of Chopped,” as Alex Guarnaschelli put it, judged a special mother-in-law and daughter-in-law episode of the show. And on After Hours
the ladies are busting into the kitchen to take on one of the baskets from the episode. Judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Alex take on cooking with lasagna, onion blossom chips, arugula and a wine purse. “This was one of the more catastrophic appetizer baskets that we’ve seen,” says Alex as the ladies chat about the basket’s difficulties. But there’s no doubt the three will succeed, despite it being a 20-minute appetizer round.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 9th, 2015
Back for Season 2 of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, premiering Friday, Jan. 15 at 10:30|9:30c, Michael Symon is traveling the nation yet again on a quest to find the best mouthwatering burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs and local brews to wash it all down. And in this new season, he’s headed to new destinations and meeting up with more special guests.
Find out more about the new season and watch a preview
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, December 9th, 2015
In tonight’s brand-new seasonal special, host Alton Brown decked the diabolical halls of the Cutthroat Kitchen arena with a holiday-themed Naughty vs. Nice battle. Of course no celebration of the season is complete without Santa Claus — and with that, a peek inside Santa’s workshop. Chef Jackie got an up-close and personal look at this miniature house when forced to make a snack for Santa, and so too did judge Antonia Lofaso when Alton challenged her to make a dip in the same space on the After-Show. The catch for Antonia? She had to harvest all of her ingredients from the doors of an advent calendar, which Chef Jackie also had to do, thanks to a double sabotage in Round 3.
It didn’t take long for Chef Antonia to realize the limitations — and potential hazards — of Santa’s tiny workshop. “I’m totally going to hit my head — ow!” she exclaimed. After discovering the first set of ingredients, which included mascarpone and ciabatta, in doors one through five, Antonia got to work on a crostini-and-dip plate; ultimately she made do with little else, as many of the remaining doors provided her with seemingly useless goods, like fortune cookies and pineapples. “I’m feeling good about this now,” Antonia said as she kneeled down in the prep area of the workshop and got to work.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, December 8th, 2015
There was definitely a holiday vibe in the Chopped Junior kitchen, and our contestants were thrown some pretty tough curveballs, like gingerbread houses and snowmen made from doughnuts. But we were mostly interested in using potato pancakes, an ingredient in the entree basket, as a bun for an easy sandwich perfect for a boxed lunch.
Everyone has leftover holiday food in the fridge after all the celebrations are over, and that’s exactly what was in the mystery basket from the Holiday Cooking episode of Chopped
. On an all-new Chopped After Hours
, judges Scott Conant, Aarón Sánchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were tasked with creating an entree with beef tenderloin, gingersnap cocktail, potato latkes and tzimmes.