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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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Pro Football Player-Turned-Food Network Star Eddie Jackson Gets Set for BBQ Blitz

by in Shows, September 10th, 2015

Eddie JacksonFor 11 weeks, Houston’s Eddie Jackson wowed Food Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis with his bold, creative takes on classic Caribbean fare, as well as his ease and warmth on camera. Now, after successfully pitching a pilot to the network and earning the coveted title of Food Network Star, this former NFL player is off to shine a light on two of his longtime passions: barbecue and friendly competition.

In his upcoming series, BBQ Blitz, premiering Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:30|9:30c, Eddie will head to cities across the country and challenge three chef legends each to a face-off of touchdown proportions. Eddie will be on hand to oversee the battles, and he’ll catch up with the competitors about what makes their ‘cue the hottest of them all as these smokers, grillers and fire fanatics compete for bragging rights as the best-ever BBQ chef — and a whopping $5,000 prize.

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Q&A with Competitor Dean Cain — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 10th, 2015

Dean CainSeason 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.

Many an actor has portrayed Superman on both the big and small screens, and to join that rank is an honor. Dean Cain is one of those men, best known for starring on Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman. His other credits include Burn Notice, Mulaney and the Perfect Husband on television, and Vendetta, The Broken Hearts Club and Out of Time in film. This isn’t Dean’s first foray into reality TV, as he’s previously competed on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes. He also hosted and produced Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on TBS. Currently he stars in the VH1 series Hit the Floor, and he’ll soon be appearing on CBS’ Supergirl.

Although he’s not a superman in the kitchen, Dean is eager to learn the much-needed skills that Boot Camp has to offer. Get to know a bit more about him and tune in for the premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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How to Overcome Bright Bug Juice — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, September 9th, 2015

For the first-ever Camp Cutthroat tournament finale, you can be sure that host Alton Brown held nothing back in the name of diabolical sabotages — not even a pitcher of bright-red trout soaked in an eye-catching, crimson-colored bug juice (read: fruit punch). Chef Monterey, who was saddled with this doozy of a challenge, chose not to cook around the sweet flavor, but rather to embrace it with ingredients that complemented that taste. She did not, however, make enough amends for the sugars, and the trout’s skin stuck to the grates of the grill during cooking, and its flesh ultimately turned red.

According to to Alton and judge Antonia Lofaso, this fate didn’t have to befall Chef Monterey, as they explained during the After-Show. “Had Chef Monterey actually cooked the skin properly, it would have looked less red and probably a little bit more brown,” Antonia told Alton, who added his own idea for how to avoid the stuck skin altogether. “With the added sugar that that soaked up, she had to put a lot more oil on it to keep it from sticking, and she did not do that,” Alton said. “And so she lost the skin to the grill.” But, Antonia adds, even with the torn skin and lackluster appearance of the fish, there were ways to dress up the dish. “She also had a really beautiful salad, and I felt like had she put the salad on top of the fish, I may not have noticed it so much,” Antonia admitted. “I mean, this was just a giant red fish on a plate.”

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Patricia Heaton to Host Friends and Family for Parties on All-New Series

by in Shows, September 9th, 2015

Patricia HeatonWhile you may know Patricia Heaton for her roles as Debra Barone, the comedian’s wife living across the street from her in-laws on Everybody Loves Raymond, and Indiana mom Frankie Heck on The Middle, what you may not know about this celebrated actress is that on her days away from the set, she’s all about entertaining. From party planning and decor setup to menu ideas for crowd-pleasing eats and drinks, Patricia knows just what it takes to entertain without a hassle, and in her all-new series, Patricia Heaton Parties, she’ll show you how.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12|11c, Patricia will dish on the ins and outs of throwing low-key bashes, like casual girls’ nights, and welcoming holiday gatherings alike — and even invite you into her house for her own celebrations. You can be sure that the food at Patricia’s parties is fresh, craveable fare that’s easy to eat.

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Q&A with Competitor Ellen Cleghorne — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 9th, 2015

Ellen CleghorneSeason 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.

Fans of late-night TV will remember comedian Ellen Cleghorne for spicing up the cast of Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1995. She’s starred in her own series, Cleghorne!, and has performed on many late-night shows. She’s worked with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and David Alan Grier, among others. Her credits go beyond performing, as she also served as a comedy writer for The Roseanne Show. Recently Ellen earned her Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University, and she is currently working on a book.

Get to know a bit more about Ellen and why she signed up for Boot Camp, and tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c to see how well she does.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, September 8th, 2015

Alexina and AllisonOn tonight’s third installment of the five-part Chopped Teen tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 3 Winner

Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Madison Cowan

by in Shows, September 8th, 2015

Madison CowanChef and TV personality Madison Cowan’s claim to fame came when he became the first-ever Chopped Grand Champion. But this suave-spoken Brit has been cooking since the age of 14, so he knows his stuff. He got his big break working at Tavern on the Green in New York City under the tutelage of Patrick Clark. He’s active in first lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, and he also runs a private catering and events company, Avenue Inc. Madison currently serves as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and he’s even a competitor on the All-Stars special.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Madison on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

Do you prefer shopping in a small market or a supermarket?
Madison Cowan: I fancy small markets/shops. It’s the coziness, intimacy and personal service. Larger shops are cool as well. I prefer Fairway and Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods.

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Competition-Inspired Cooking: One Secret (and Free) Ingredient You’re Not Using

by in Shows, September 8th, 2015

pasta boilingIn this week’s Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off immunity challenge, the remaining contestants could use only five ingredients (not counting salt) to make a sauce for a pasta dish. This is no easy task, but the kids did a great job, especially Scarlett, who won with her earthy mushroom pasta.

But there’s one secret (and free) ingredient we didn’t see in any of the dishes and that’s the pasta cooking water! Just a little of this starchy and salty water can be a real lifesaver. Cooked noodles tend to suck up a ton of sauce, leaving pasta dishes dry. A splash of this magic water can help loosen the sauce up, plus add plenty of body (thanks to the starch) and seasoning, if you salted your water (which we suggest you do). We’ve saved literally hundreds of gloopy pasta dishes in our test kitchen with pasta water — it works like a charm!

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