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Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide Book Tour

by in View All Posts, August 22nd, 2011

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Looking for a chance to meet the newest Food Network Star Jeff Mauro and fan favorites like Vic “Vegas” Moea and Susie Jimenez? You can meet them and get their autographs on the Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide Book Tour happening right now:

  • August 22: Denver, Colorado with Jeff Mauro & Susie Jimenez
  • August 23: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Jeff Mauro and Vic “Vegas” Moea
  • August 27: Chicago, Illinois with Jeff Mauro and  Vic “Vegas” Moea

For details on the book tour including time and locations, visit HarperCollins or Food Network’s Facebook page.

Winner-to-Winner: Melissa’s Insight

by , August 18th, 2011

Jeff Mauro's winning moment

Melissa d’Arabian won Star season 5 and has been loving her Food Network adventure ever since. You can catch new episodes of her show, Ten Dollar Dinners on Sunday mornings at 9am/8c. As a Star veteran watching from her couch at home, Melissa ...

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Caption It: Guy’s Big Advice

by , August 12th, 2011
Guy Fieri

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The competition wraps up this Sunday night, but before the next Food Network Star is chosen, two of the remaining three finalists will film their show pilots to be reviewed by the selection committee and an esteemed (and opinionated...

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Melissa’s Insight: The Art of Losing

by , August 11th, 2011

Mary Beth and Jeff

Melissa d’Arabian won Star season 5 and has been loving her Food Network adventure ever since. You can catch new episodes of her show, Ten Dollar Dinners on Sunday mornings at 9am/8c. As a Star veteran watching from her couch at home, Melissa ...

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Poll: Who’s Your Least Favorite Finalist?

by , August 10th, 2011

Season 7 Finalists

We’re down to three Star finalists remaining and just one episode to go until one of them has a new show on Food Network. You’ve been voting for your Fan Favorite all season, but now we’ve got another question. Of the 12 eliminated...

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Star Commentary: Finale Loyalties

by , August 9th, 2011

Vic, Susie and Jeff

Well, there’s only one episode left. Come Sunday night,  Vic “Vegas” Moea, Susie Jimenez or Jeff Mauro will officially be named the next Food Network Star. After 10 episodes of trying challenges, dramatic exchanges and emotional momen...

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Caption It: Look Who’s Back

by , August 5th, 2011
Iron Chef battle sous chefs

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No, this is not a recycled image from a previous episode. This sneak peek shot was taken on the set of Sunday’s episode of Star, during which the most recently eliminated contestants – Chris, Penny, Jyll and Whitney – return a...

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Vegging Out on Father’s Day

by in View All Posts, June 17th, 2011

father's day vegetarian menu
During this past Wednesday’s “Ask the Editor” feature on Food Network’s Facebook page, we received numerous questions about putting together a vegetarian menu for Father’s Day — ask and you shall receive.

Start the meal off with Spicy Thai-Style Pineapple Wraps: juicy pineapple is infused with classic Thai flavors like lime, chili paste, cilantro and peanuts. Next, knock the pescatarian dad off his feet with these Jumbo Shrimp stuffed with a flavorful mixture of garlic, jalapeno, scallions and cilantro, which adds vibrant color to this two-bite appetizer.

Bring the steakhouse home (vegetarian style) with these Grilled Portobello Burgers topped with a sweet onion jam flavored with thyme, honey and red wine. Anyone can serve a side of fries, so shake things up and try Giada’s Fried Zucchini sticks coated with Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs. For a foolproof side dish, Rachael Ray rubs this Mexican-Style Grilled Corn with a spicy jalapeno, lime, garlic and paprika butter.

Make dad this nostalgic dessert »

Summer Seafood Fest

by in Recipes, View All Posts, June 17th, 2011

deviled lobsters
Celebrate the fresh, boiled, steamed and grilled flavors of a traditional lobster bake this summer. Our overflowing menu below boasts classic ingredients, favorite recipes and the ease and simplicity of at-home, on-the-stove cooking. No need to live near the beach or build a giant rock pit in the sand in order to try these East Coast tastes; all of the recipes can be made right in your kitchen. Don’t forget to stock up on hand wipes and lobster bibs!

No summer celebration can begin without a glass of sweet chilled lemonade. Michael Chiarello’s recipe for Muddled Lemonberryade from Cooking Channel combines tart lemon juice and sweet strawberries. By the way, there would be nothing wrong with adding a few splashes of vodka to make this an adults-only sipper. After all, you have a lot of lobster-baking ahead of you.

If you want to start with an appetizer before the main event, serve your guests a platter of Emeril’s Grilled Whole Shrimp With Lemon and Marjoram from Cooking Channel while you’re preparing everything else. The subtle citrus flavor complements the mild essence of marjoram, and the heat of the grill melds these tastes perfectly. Don’t have access to a gas or charcoal grill? A stove-top grill pan will do the job, too. If you’re planning to serve the shrimp along with the rest of your meal, add these to the grill at the last possible minute, as shrimp can quickly become chewy if overcooked.

More seafood recipes after the jump »

5 Questions With Aaron London: James Beard Rising Star Chef Nominee

by in View All Posts, May 5th, 2011

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On Monday, May 9th, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Andrew Zimmern, Anne Burrell and many others in the food industry will don their best as they join the James Beard Foundation at its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards Dinner.

In honor of their Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, we’re chatting with the 2011 nominees in this category. Yesterday, we caught up with Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland, Ore. Today, we’ll get to know Aaron London, chef at Ubuntu in Napa, Calif. London says, “I keep hearing things like ‘this is the Oscars for chefs.’ It’s really hard for me to say until I have experienced it for myself.”

FN Dish: How does it feel to be a James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Rising Star Chef?
AL: It feels awesome and kind of unreal. What a huge honor! I’m just excited to have the chance to go to NYC and hang out with some of the great chefs who are responsible for cooking today in America

Find out which two ladies Aaron would like to cook for »