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Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage Tournament: Pancakes

by in Recipes, Shows, October 16th, 2014

While host Alton Brown didn’t offer the chefs any pancake shortcuts during yesterday’s Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage, he’s giving one to fans in the form of his “Instant” Pancake Mix (pictured above), a go-to recipe that lets you do most of the hands-on work in advance and keeps work simple when you’re ready to cook.

Better than the boxed stuff you buy from the supermarket, Alton’s DIY mix comes together with only a few pantry staples, like flour, baking soda and salt, and, perhaps best of all, it keeps for up to three months and yields as many as three batches of pancakes. Keep it on hand for when you want a stress-free morning meal, and when you’re ready to enjoy, stir in eggs, buttermilk and butter to create the ultimate quick-fix breakfast.

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POLL: Your Favorite Pizza Toppings and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 16th, 2014

Pizza on Hungry GamesPizza may be one of the most-personal foods out there. Just think about it: Everyone has a favorite topping, everyone eats it a different way, and everyone has a favorite pizza place. On Hungry Games‘ Pizza Games episode, airing Monday at 8|7c, Richard Blais finds out how well consumers can identify popular pizza toppings without using two of their senses, and he also pranks people into overpaying for pizza just by changing the way he markets the pies. It’s all in good fun, though, as he strives to uncover how our pizza cravings get us to behave in a certain way.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite topping is, the kind of pizza you prefer and your favorite way to eat a slice. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

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Can You Mix It? — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

In true evilicious fashion, Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown has been known to not only sabotage chefs’ ingredients, but also to disrupt their means and methods of preparing and cooking them so as to guarantee the most hilariously challenging situation possible. And during tonight’s second preliminary heat of the Superstar Sabotage tournament, he proved he wasn’t about to forgo those unfavorable trials simply because of the all-stars’ celebrity status when he auctioned off mandatory — and inferior — mixing and cooking vessels during the Round 1 pancake test.

A colander and a Bundt pan took the place of two chefs’ bowls and skillets, as the chefs were doomed with sabotages that forced them to both combine all of their ingredients and cook their pancakes in those sole vessels. Given that pancakes ought to come together with both dry and liquid ingredients, would it be possible to prepare a batter in a colander, and what would happen when they tried to cook round pancakes in a fluted pan? It turns out that the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team had similar questions before these items were sold at auction, and they tested the sabotage ahead of the battle to make sure the challenge was feasible.

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Host Richard Blais Offers Some Food for Thought on the New Series Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhen it comes to food, many of us might not think past the fact that if you’re hungry, you eat. It’s natural. It’s survival. But there’s more to it: Why do you suddenly crave a certain food over another? And what is it about eating that’s so pleasurable — that happy byproduct of sustenance? In the new series Hungry Games, chef and food geek Richard Blais delves into the science of food, beyond everything you thought you knew. There’s more to that pizza craving than you thought!

Watch the premiere on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c (with a sneak peek on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c) and join Richard Blais for a Twitter Q&A on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1pm EST. Tweet with the hashtag #HungryGames

We recently caught up with Richard to chat about the show’s concept.

FN Dish: How would you sum up the concept of the show? What do you think viewers will take away from it?
Richard Blais: It’s a show full of “wouldn’t you knows.” It’s on-the-street experiments and taste tests and a real family-friendly dose of fun education. I learn so much shooting each episode, and the viewers will get a kick out of playing along at home. It will be a show where families bet on who’s doing the dishes by playing along!

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POLL: Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 14th, 2014

Ice Cream ConeNeedless to say, ice cream is one of the most pleasurable foods: It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s cold and it always satisfies the craving. In Hungry Games‘ Ice Cream Games episode, airing Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c, Richard Blais reveals what makes ice cream America’s national dessert and which flavor is everyone’s favorite, and he plays some games to test people’s reactions to more unusual flavors that turn their expectations upside down.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite flavor is and how you like to eat your ice cream. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Ice Cream Polls

Enter to Win a Signature Piece of Cutthroat Kitchen Fan Gear

by in Contests, Shows, October 14th, 2014

Cutthroat Kitchen GiveawayFor the first time ever, this fall 16 of your favorite A-list chefs are coming together in the name of eviliciousness to face off in Cutthroat Kitchen‘s premiere Superstar Sabotage tournament. In the first two rounds, ___ and ___ have claimed coveted spots in the no-mercy finale taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and tomorrow night a new group of chefs will battle to overcome sabotages in the third of four heats.

Just in time for this unprecedented tournament, FN Dish is giving Cutthroat Kitchen’s most-dedicated fans the chance to show their spirit by entering to win a piece of show swag. The Food Network Store has just released a brand-new collection of signature items showcasing Cutthroat Kitchen’s classic hanging-utensil logo, including custom-made chef’s coats, khaki aprons and baseball hats. Check out all of the Food Network Store’s evilicious items up for sale now.

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Restaurant Revisited: An Abundance of Emotions at Abudanza Ristorante

by in Shows, October 13th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleRobert Irvine‘s mission at Abudanza Ristorante in Wilbraham, Mass., moved him as few others have as he learned the story of owners Lou and June’s family, including their terminally ill son, LJ. After two days of work to overhaul their business and improve the managerial skills of the staff, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible crew presented the Maravilha family with a gift of money that would help them avoid foreclosure on their home. Read on below to hear from June and find out how the restaurant and LJ are doing today.

“Lou says business is up about 50 percent,” June notes, adding that “everyone loves the decor” and that she’s especially fond of the photos on the wall. “LJ loves to see himself up there,” she says.

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What’s Coffee Cake Without Coffee? — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 12th, 2014

From funny food puns to inventive plays on a key ingredient, Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown will stop at nothing when it comes to dishing out appropriately themed sabotages to align with each round’s dish. On tonight’s all-new episode, he stayed true to his ways by forcing one chef to put a literal spin on coffee cake — something that’s traditionally made without coffee — by holding a tray of cups of coffee while cooking in Round 3. “Coffee and oysters will kill me,” judge Simon Majumdar said on the After-Show after learning that the drink played a part in the challenge. Sure enough, though, Alton knew this, and he noted that the terms of the sabotage included starting over should the contestant spill coffee into any element of the dish.

While this sabotage may seem daunting, it turns out that the competitor saddled with the test, Chef Alberico, took it in stride and was able to overcome it for ultimate glory. “The fact that he … was able to create a cake of any sort I think is really remarkable,” the judge explained looking back on the contest.

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What to Watch: Kick Back with The Kitchen and Farmhouse Rules

by in Shows, October 10th, 2014

The KitchenIf the dropping temperatures have you feeling like a bit of a homebody this weekend, don’t fret. Food Network has the perfect programming lineup to bide your time. Whether you’re in the mood to celebrate the harvest, prepare for Halloween or get ready for Homecoming, there’s a show catered to your autumn interests. To start off the festivities, The Kitchen chefs are heading back to school for some homecoming food and fun. Also, on Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller delights with recipes for Golden Biscuits, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, BLTAs, Neapolitan Cupcakes and Strawberry Lemonade Slushies.

If it’s drama you’re seeking, you can catch a very literal Cutthroat Kitchen episode and a rousing round of Guy’s Grocery Games. Also, Halloween Wars is still in full effect as contestants continue on their spooky quest to clench the winning title.

The Kitchen: Homecoming
Relive your school days and tailgate with The Kitchen chefs this weekend as they prepare dishes such as Texas Chili Con Carne, style up two different ramen dishes, learn how to make sweet and savory midnight munchies right in the microwave, reinvent an old college drink and do the beer bottle challenge.
Saturday 11a|10c

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Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage Tournament: French Toast

by in Recipes, Shows, October 9th, 2014

In true Cutthroat Kitchen fashion, even the simplest dishes become seemingly insurmountable challenges once Alton Brown‘s evilicious sabotages make their way to the competitors. In this week’s premiere heat of the first-ever Superstar Sabotage tournament, the host turned a breakfast staple — French toast — into a near-nightmare for Round 3 rivals Chefs Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequiera, as they were forced to make the plate using onion-scented bread and a small conveyor toaster, respectively. But when the mind games end, it turns out that for Alton, all it takes to make his winning French Toast (pictured above) is just a handful of ingredients — no sabotages in sight.

Ready to eat in a hurry, Alton’s fuss-free morning meal is the kind of staple you’ll want to master and make a permanent part of your recipe repertoire. He opts for a mix of eggs, half-and-half and a squeeze of honey to make the creamy custard for his brioche-based French toast. Cook the bread in butter until the slices are golden-brown, and top with sweet maple syrup or fluffy whipped cream for an indulgent finish. Click the play button on the video above to watch him make it.

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