Moist, sweet and ideal for morning treats and after-dinner snacks alike, banana bread is a back-pocket staple that delivers tried-and-true results every time. But when you’ve just about had your fill of the classic version you know and love, and want something a little different, look no further than these transformed banana breads from The Kitchen. On this morning’s new episode, the co-hosts shared two new takes on the traditional banana bread, and both recipes are easy to make and full of craveable flavors.
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Get set for a weekend of kid-focused cooking and over-the-top competition on Food Network. On The Pioneer Woman on Saturday, Ree Drummond and her husband are heading out for the evening, so Ree’s prepping dinner for her kids at home. She’ll offer make-your-own Caesar salad kits and deconstructed mixed-berry shortcakes. Then, school’s back in session on The Kitchen, where the hosts will give tips on how to turn kids’ lunchbox foods into crafts, and Justin Warner will demonstrate some easy food-based science projects. Next, two kid chefs from Kids Baking Championship are stopping by Valerie Bertinelli’s house for lunch, where she’s serving up tasty bites like grilled Italian panini and soft pretzels with a chocolate-hazelnut dip.
On Sunday, jet off to Milan with Giada De Laurentiis on Giada in Italy as she reminisces about the life of her grandfather with her great-aunt Raffy as they prepare Raffy’s favorite dish, Ziti Stufati. Later, on Guy’s Grocery Games, chefs from around the world are spicing things up in Flavortown Market as they bring the heat and compete to make the best fiery dish for Guy Fieri and the judges. After that, the contestants on Chopped are competing in a chili cook-off where they’ll have to incorporate the classic American dish into each round. Then, on an all-new Cooks vs. Cons, pros and amateurs will be put to the test in two back-to-back kitchen challenges.
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.)
By 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.
This 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.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray Return to Coach Cooking-Challenged Celebrities on Worst Cooks in Americaby Joseph Erdos in Shows, August 15th, 2016
An 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.
Slicing 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.
What to Watch: Patricia Heaton’s Cast Reunion Fiesta, and a Salute to Firefighters on Guy’s Grocery Gamesby Nora Horvath in Shows, August 12th, 2016
Food 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?
In 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.
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.