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Q&A with Competitor Jaleel White — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Jaleel WhiteSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Hear the phrase “Did I do that?” and you immediately know who we’re talking about. Although Jaleel White has gone on to write and direct for other TV shows and networks, he’ll forever be known as the lovably geeky Steve Urkel on Family Matters. While attending UCLA, Jaleel starred in the TV series Grown-Ups, and he has since appeared in guest roles on Boston Legal, House and NCIS. He’s written for Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel, and he wrote, produced and starred in his own Web series, Fake It ‘Til You Make It.

Learn more about what makes Jaleel tick in and out of the kitchen and why he’s put himself up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids: Ode to Sardines

by in Recipes, Shows, September 15th, 2015

sardines on toastWe were so happy that none of the kids on Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off were sent home this week! They all did a stellar job, especially during the immunity round when each competitor had to cook a dish with one of his or her parent’s least favorite ingredients. Juliana was stuck with sardines — her dad’s worst nightmare. She did an amazing job, lightly frying them, and completely converted him into a lover of these oily little fish.

So many of us in Food Network Kitchen love sardines — fresh or canned in olive oil. And we’re sad that they have a bad reputation, because they’re delicious, inexpensive and an excellent source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. And because sardines are low on the aquatic food chain, you don’t have to worry about mercury levels.

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Turning Culinary Dreams Into a Reality — Sunny Anderson’s Advice for Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Sunny AndersonOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Sunny Anderson joined Rachael to help dole out the challenges and judge the competition. The focus of the challenges was to help the kids develop their storytelling techniques so they can learn to talk about their food fearlessly in front of the camera, which is important for when one of them wins his or her own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. FN Dish caught up with Sunny to chat about the episode, the kids and more. She reveals her best piece of advice for the kid competitors and how she found her own voice in the business.

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Q&A with Competitor Barry Williams — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 14th, 2015

Barry WilliamsSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

As one-ninth of the iconic television series The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams inhabited the role of the older brother. Although he’ll forever be known as Greg, which is suggested by the subtitle of his autobiography, Growing Up Brady: the Story of a Teenage Greg, Barry has gone on to become a commensurate performer. He’s appeared on Broadway in Romance/Romance and toured with the cast of Pippin, The Sound of Music and West Side Story, among others. Currently he can be found performing in the 70s Music Celebration in Branson, Mo., where he resides.

Get to know Barry better and discover what made him decide to sign up for Boot Camp. Hint: He neglected to learn anything from Alice. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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For Comedian David Alan Grier, It’s All a Bit “Off” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 13th, 2015

It’s not every week that a newcomer joins the ranks of judges to enter the hollowed arena that is Cutthroat Kitchen, but tonight comedian David Alan Grier became one of the lucky few. And in true evilicious fashion, host Alton Brown‘s sabotages of the day were nothing short of diabolical.

In what proved to be a doozy of a challenge during the Round 2 Italian wedding soup assignment, one chef was forced to harvest all of his ingredients from — what else? — a wedding cake, stuffed with everything from peanut butter and a root beer to ground beef and carrots. But for David, it wasn’t these savory flavors that stuck out the most in Chef Justin’s dish, though the judge couldn’t quite decipher what it was that he found. “I taste a sweetness, and I don’t really know if this is rice, pasta or grain. I mean, I don’t know what it is,” David said during tasting, and on Alton’s After-Show, he finally learned from Alton what he ate. “Cake, sir, and a little bit of frosting to boot,” Alton told David, who admitted to being stumped by that flavor of “mystery.” When it came to the all-important meatballs in Chef Justin’s Italian wedding soup, David was once again unsure of what to make of them, and Alton finally revealed why: “He decided to put cocoa powder in his meatballs,” Alton said. “I didn’t perceive chocolate,” David told him. “I just perceived off — a little sweet, not what I was expecting.” Ultimately these oddball flavor combinations were enough for David to send Justin home once and for all.

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Q&A with Competitor Kendra Wilkinson — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 13th, 2015

Kendra WilkinsonSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Not your average girl next door, Kendra Wilkinson came to fame as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends in the reality TV series The Girls Next Door. This former Playboy playmate has since gone on to star in the series Kendra and now Kendra on Top, which features her facing the realities of life as a mom and wife. She’s also made guest appearances in TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage. Other reality TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp. Kendra is the author of two books, Being Kendra and Sliding into Home.

Learn more about what home life is like for Kendra, and find out why she signed up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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Q&A with Competitor Chris Soules — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 12th, 2015

Chris SoulesSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

It’s not every single guy’s or girl’s luck to appear on TV’s The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but for Chris Soules, it has been twice. With humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Iowa, Chris was unknowingly entered into the reality-romance show by his sisters. Considering his degree from Iowa State University in agronomy and agriculture, you would never have imagined this farmer would end up in Hollywood, but that’s what happened. Chris also competed on the hit show Dancing with the Stars, landing in fifth place. Now back home on the farm and working in the family business, Chris is ready for the next chapter in his life.

Although Chris didn’t find lasting love on TV, he’s ready to learn some cooking skills so he can reel in and keep the next catch he finds. Watch the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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The Easiest Pasta Ever (Really)

by in Recipes, Shows, September 12th, 2015

Spaghetti Aglio e OlioWhile Spaghetti Aglio e Olio may not get any points for ease in pronunciation, it indeed takes the cake for simplest-ever pasta dinner: 15 minutes, five ingredients. Done.

Geoffrey Zakarian introduced the recipe for this go-to meal on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen. From start to finish, the sauce — made with just olive oil, sliced garlic, red pepper flakes and fresh parsley — came together in the time it takes the pasta to cook, meaning it’s the ultimate in I-need-food-on-the-table-like-right-now cooking. The secret to GZ’s sauce is twofold: adding some of the pasta water to the oil and garlic, and, secondly, cooking the pasta only part of the way before tossing it in the pan with that watery-oil mixture. The noodles will finish cooking the sauce, and the sauce thickens naturally on its own, thanks to the starch in the water.

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Q&A with Competitor Jenni “JWoww” Farley — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 11th, 2015

Jenni FarleySeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Jersey Shore will forever be considered a phenomenon, if only for making JWoww and Snooki household names. Although she now goes by Jenni, JWoww hit the reality television scene on MTV’s wildly successful show, which later spun off into Snooki and JWoww, featuring the adventures of the two best friends from Jersey. Since then Jenni’s appeared on Marriage Boot Camp. Her first book, The Rules According to JWoww, was released in 2012.

Get to know more about Jenni and her love for food, and why she signed up to be whipped into culinary shape in Boot Camp. Watch the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Back-to-School Snacks and Valerie’s Best Bets for Entertaining

by in Shows, September 11th, 2015

Relax this weekend with your favorite chefs as they prepare tasty appetizers, back-to-school snacks and more. On Saturday, Ree Drummond is throwing a prairie picnic for her friends with tender Chicken Milanese and a boozy Pina Colada Tres Leches Cake. Next, Nancy Fuller and her friend Kardea Brown share soul food secrets with crawfish pie and biscuits with bacon butter. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen have easy back-to-school snack ideas and some fun tips on how to stay organized during the school year. Then, Valerie Bertinelli hosts a girls’ night in with her book club and lots of shareable treats.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy prepare an old family recipe, Sartu di Riso, inspired by Giada’s grandparents’ honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast. Then, on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges four all-star chefs to multiple cart swaps during Musical Carts on Guy’s Grocery Games as they compete for charity. Next, a steak-eating contest determines the seed money for the next round of The Great Food Truck Race, and things get romantic as two chefs get hitched on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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