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Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids: Croque Monsieur 101

by in Recipes, Shows, September 22nd, 2015

croque monsieurThe Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, was the guest judge for this week’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off. And, of course, our contestants had to win him over with amazing sandwiches during the first round. We were so sad to see Sabrina go home with her first attempt ever at a croque monsieur sandwich — but so impressed that she took a chance! If you’re like Sabrina, and never made this classic French sandwich, then here’s a little 101.

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Finding Your Focus, and Sticking to It — Jeff Mauro’s Advice for the Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 22nd, 2015

Rachael Ray and Jeff MauroOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Mondays at 8|7c, Jeff Mauro joined Rachael as a guest judge for the challenges, which focused on creativity. When it comes to food, there’s no such thing as too much creativity; it’s more about finding what works and sticking to it, as Jeff recommends. On his show Sandwich King, Jeff comes up with new and unique combinations, and it’s that lesson in creativity that he came to teach the kids. Another lesson from him: Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. This is true no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s comedy or cooking, notes Jeff, who actually has been able to master both.

FN Dish caught up with Jeff to chat about the episode, the kids and more. Find out his best advice for getting kids in the kitchen at a young age, and what’s the best dish to teach them first.

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‘Tis the Season for Sweet Competition on Cake Wars: Christmas

by in Shows, September 21st, 2015

Cake Wars: ChristmasThough you may be in fall mode these days, it’s not too early to start decking the halls. Right on the heels of a successful premiere season of Cake Wars, host Jonathan Bennett is back to lead another sweet competition. This time all about seasonal treats on Cake Wars: Christmas.

Premiering Monday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, this six-week battle for holiday glory will bring together seven teams of the best-ever food artists, each set to face off for the $50,000 prize. Along with a rotating roster of special guests, Master Baker Sherry Yard and design expert Charles Phoenix will be on hand to judge the competitors in a series of themed challenges. From hilariously festive ugly Christmas sweaters to over-the-top gingerbread houses, there will be no shortage of seasonal celebrations — and, of course, fierce culinary chops — on display.

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‘Round and ‘Round the Cuckoo Cook Table — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

It was just a few weeks ago that Alton Brown revealed “the human rotisserie” for the special grilling-themed episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. And on tonight’s all-new episode, he put a cuckoo spin on that fan-favorite sabotage to create what he called “the showstopper of the day,” otherwise known as his “cuckoo clock prep station,” which made its debut in the first round’s German apple pancake test.

“Come on! Take a ride,” Alton urged Simon Majumdar, who, never one to shy away from trying his hands at a sabotage, hopped atop the moving floorboard to take a few spins around the clock — along with a Bob and Alton, of course. Looking back on Chef Paper’s turn at the sabotage, Alton revealed to Simon that the challenge ultimately caused her dish’s demise. “That’s why it was burned,” Alton said. “Because right when she got done, it was time to cuckoo around.” While some chefs indeed manage to survive their sabotages and ultimately turn out successful dishes, Alton revealed that this particular sabotage “did render the desired effect” in that it did one chef in, as Chef Paper was ousted after Round 1.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Spell Binders

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Spell Binders, made up of Kristen Lovullo, Joseph Yakovetic and Charity George. Read on below to hear from all three of them.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Kristen Lovullo: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween is creating fun and spooky treats for the Bake Shoppe.
Joseph Yakovetic: The first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins — what else?
Charity George: [I think of] setting up all our crazy Halloween decorations at my house and how we will change it up every year.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Scream Team

by in Shows, September 19th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Scream Team, made up of Robert Teddy, Adam Bierton and Darci Rochau. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Robert Teddy: The Great Pumpkin
Adam Bierton: Carving pumpkins comes to mind first (of course).
Darci Rochau: Dark and spooky

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Morbid Morticians

by in Shows, September 18th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Morbid Morticians, made up of Renay Zamora, Rebecca Wortman and Doug Goodreau. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Renay Zamora: Jack-o’-lanterns on the porch are what I think of when I hear the word “Halloween.”
Rebecca Wortman: I think of all the candy!
Doug Goodreau: The first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins, of course!

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What to Watch: 15-Minute Dinners on The Kitchen and Pro Athletes Pair Up with Pro Chefs on Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, September 18th, 2015

Guy's Grocery Games All-StarsKick back this weekend with your favorite chefs as they show you how to plan, prep and cook last-minute meals when you’re crunched for time. It all starts on Saturday as Ree Drummond creates homemade takeout with her 16-minute cowboy meals, like Smothered Pork Chops and Tex-Mex Fried Rice. Next, Nancy Fuller is preparing a quick lunch for some friends, featuring Hot Pressed Reubens and Crispy Lemon Garlic Kale Chips. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen reveal their top tips for saving time while you cook. And finally, Valerie Bertinelli talks last-minute dinner solutions, including her Crazy Easy Quickbread and Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Sauce.

On Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a bocce-ball picnic for some of the locals, with portable eats like Prosciutto Cotto Pinwheels and Marinated Salumi Sandwiches. And on Sunday night, all-star chefs team up with professional athletes and hit the aisles on Guy’s Grocery Games for the chance to win up to $30,000 for charity. Next, the food trucks go old-school as Tyler Florence takes away their phones and Internet abilities, forcing them to market with roadside attractions. Then, Alton Brown sells a sabotage that challenges one chef to make gumbo by tossing the ingredients from a balcony.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Gore Mayhem

by in Shows, September 17th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Gore Mayhem, made up of Heidi Trelstad, Rocio Varela and Dean Murray. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Heidi Trelstad: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween is dressing up in costume.
Rocio Varela: Halloween always makes me think of costume parties.
Dean Murray: When I think of Halloween, I think about pumpkin carving; it’s the best part!

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of 2 Ghouls and a Guy

by in Shows, September 16th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team 2 Ghouls and a Guy, made up of Diane Fehder, Jeff Munchel and Bridget McCarty. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Diane Fehder: I think of trick-or-tricking in my parents’ neighborhood while growing up. I love Halloween. I love dressing up and now love dressing my daughter up. I think of all the past memories I’ve had — the smell of fall leaves and fireplaces. Now all of our neighbors get together outside and hand out candy together.
Jeff Munchel: When I think of Halloween, I think of candy, blood and haunted houses!
Bridget McCarty: [I think of] black cats, witches, pumpkins, lights, crows, mummies, candy, costumes, darkness, night, owls, sugar, Dracula, smoke, fog, scarecrows, cauldrons, screams, howls and more.

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