Whether it’s a simple plate of spaghetti, a luscious lasagna hot out of the oven or a sumptuous seafood specialty, we all have our favorite Italian dishes. Recently Top 5 Restaurants revealed the best restaurants serving the best Italian dishes. One of the restaurants goes as far as to employ real Italian nonni in the kitchen — is there anything more authentic than that? You’ll definitely want to keep this list handy the next time you’re craving a taste of Italy. See which five classic and comforting dishes made the list.
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Southern comfort was the name of the culinary game on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen as the cast introduced a roster of down-home savory and sweet favorites. Native West Virginian Katie Lee shared the ultimate how-to for making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, while Sunny Anderson shared her take on another Southern classic: chicken and dumplings. Learn their tips below and find out how both co-hosts guarantee hearty, satisfying chicken dinners.
Spring might be right around the corner, but there’s still time to enjoy your favorite comfort food indulgences before winter ends. Start off Saturday morning with Ree Drummond as she celebrates all four seasons by cooking one dish from each, including a wintry Red Wine Pot Roast and a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad for spring. Then, Trisha Yearwood is showing her friend Glenda all the ways you can cook with a cast-iron skillet, including Country Ham Carbonara and strawberry skillet cake. Next, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are revealing their favorite Southern comforts, like Katie Lee’s Fried Chicken and Sunny Anderson’s Easy Baked Sweet Corn. After that, while her family is away, Valerie Bertinelli is cooking up the foods she loves the most, including Pasta alle Vongole and Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello.
Spring Baking Championship returns to Food Network on Sunday, April 10 at 9|8c with plenty more sweets, treats and baked goods to savor. Eight of the nation’s best bakers will compete to create impressive springtime treats for the approval of returning judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. And back to host this confectionary competition is Bobby Deen. In the end only one baker will rise to the top to win the title of Spring Baking Champion and $50,000.
The competitors must face new challenges, all featuring spring themes and seasonal ingredients. But it won’t be an easy task, and there will be surprise twists along the way. No matter what the competitors bake, their creativity and ability will measured in each of the six hour-long episodes. After the first round one baker has the opportunity to earn a special advantage for the main challenge, but will it be enough to help gain a win? Find out more about the baking challenges ahead in Season 2.
It was all about chance and risk on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. After each contestant rolled the die there was a mad dash to gather the ingredients to make a poker game-friendly recipe using a spiralizer, which is a specialty piece of kitchen equipment that turns produce into perfect curlicues. Buying one of these one-trick-pony gadgets certainly seems like a risky purchase. (Plus, you’re forever left with those weird little veggie plugs — you know what I’m talking about!)
Where there are cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there’s also likely a wingman, and that principle of barhopping held true on tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. Host Alton Brown turned one chef into a literal winged man during a cocktail-and-hors d’oeuvres challenge, strapping Chef Joshua’s arms into a feathered harness that outstretched both of his arms for the duration of Round 1. But before this feathered sabotage could make an appearance at auction, the Cutthroat culinary crew had to bring it to life in a test — not with a set of wings yet, but with perhaps the next-best thing, a broom handle.
No matter if you’re a butter-and-salt purist, a fan of the vibrant-orange cheese powder or a sweets lover who’s craving all things gooey caramel, the popcorn you’re most used to having is likely simply popped and served in a big ol’ bucket or bag. But these puffy corn kernels can indeed rise above the ordinary toppings and presentation — all it takes is a few how-tos. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced a duo of next-level takes on popcorn just in time for awards season, which celebrates perhaps the ultimate popcorn-eating pastime: movie watching. Read on below for two sweet and savory renditions, both easy to make and endlessly impressive.
What to Watch: Country Music Divas Reba and Trisha Cook Together, and The Kitchen Hosts an Award-Season Partyby Ricky Smith in Shows, February 19th, 2016
Stay in and relax this weekend with your favorite chefs and their all-new eats. Saturday morning, don’t miss a new episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen with special guest Reba McEntire. She and Trisha are taking a tour of Trisha’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and then cooking up classics like Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze and lemon pound cake with royal glaze. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are hosting an award-season celebration with perfect party dishes like surf and turf crostini, Popcorn-Coated Popcorn Chicken and Strawberry Chocolate Mini Trifles.
Where there’s a kitchen mixer there’s often a mixing bowl, right? Wrong, in fact. At least insofar as Cutthroat Kitchen is concerned. On tonight’s brand-new chocolate-themed episode, chefs were forced to prep chocolate cookies with a trio of diabolical mixing devices, including a stand mixer that forbid the use of an accompanying bowl, which meant one competitor was left using his hands to keep the batter fixings together. If such a challenge seems too evilicious to overcome, the Cutthroat culinary crew is here to dispel those worries: Jamie Peterson tested this very sabotage and the results were downright surprising.
“I’ve set up a baking sheet underneath my stand mixer because I’m going to need to catch all of the product that’s going to come running out of it and going everywhere,” Jamie explained of his first steps of prep. After that, the name of the game was keeping the speed on slow and using his hands to form the ingredients. “Time is definitely going to be an issue with this sabotage,” he explained as he attempted to combine the butter and sugar. “This is a very time-consuming process.” Despite the minor chaos of the flour mixture being incorporated — “It’s going everywhere,” Jamie revealed — he managed to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones, and he was able to form the dough into balls for baking. “No bowl, no dignity — I still came out with chocolate cookies,” he said after tasting the results. While perhaps a bit tricky to manage, this sabotage was indeed ready for auction, thanks to the golden finished product.
This season of Worst Cooks in America began with 14 cooks, each hopelessly destitute of cooking knowledge — and all a danger to themselves and their families. But week by week, as some recruits saw their journeys ending in Boot Camp, others rose to the top, steadily growing their skills and culinary knowledge. By the finale only two recruits remained, one belonging to Chef Anne and one to Chef Tyler. Lawrence was the final cook on the Blue Team, and Nick was the final cook on the Red Team. Only one could win the entire competition and the $25,000 prize, but first they would have to cook a restaurant-quality dinner in a professional kitchen to be tasted and judged by a panel of industry experts. After tonight one recruit walked away the winner, no longer a worst cook.