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Guy’s Big Set

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, April 13th, 2009

Check out Guy’s first reaction to his new and improved set for Guy’s Big Bite.

Semi-Homemade Money?

by in View All Posts, April 10th, 2009

Whats better than George Washington on your dollar bill? Sandra Lee! Take a lookey-loo at what the SC got her hands on:

Ms. Lee was just in the FN offices talking biz. That’s how I got my mitts on this green. The word from the top, “she is very smart and very charming!” And I got the Sandra Lee dollar – whoo-hoo!
Now if only I could get her to sign this bill….

Until then….Heres to eating well!

Secretary Confidential

Easter Cupcake Update

by in View All Posts, April 10th, 2009

Some users of our Easter cupcake recipe package have been complaining that the cupcakes fell, flattened and were slightly burnt around the edges. As a result, we decided to re-test and see what was happening. Here’s what we found:

We realized that it’s crucial to process the batter for the extra 2 minutes indicated in the recipe. While the batter will be smooth before this step, processing it for those remaining 2 minutes makes it looser, smoother and pourable.

When testing the cupcakes both with the 2 minute step and without, the results were dramatically different. The unprocessed batter fell and became flat and messy. The processed ones were had a lovely dome shape and were light and fluffy in the center.

See photo below, with unprocessed on the left; processed on the right:

We apologize to anyone who had difficulty with the recipe. We assure you, that if the recipe is carefully followed, you should have excellent results and a very happy Easter cupcake indeed!

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer
Leah Brickley, Test Kitchen Associate

The Search for New Products

by in View All Posts, April 8th, 2009


Credit: Oscar Einzig

When it comes to major conventions and trade shows, the music industry has South By Southwest, the publishing industry has Book Expo America, the comics industry has ComiCon, and then the housewares industry has the International Home and Housewares Show, held in Chicago every March. It’s the nexus for everything new and cool in the housewares industry, which includes everything from kitchen products to bedding to cleaners. For Food Network purposes, of course, I stuck to the kitchen side of the show.


Credit: Bonjour Gourmet

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Food Network Fun Fact #1

by in View All Posts, April 7th, 2009

FACT: The Food Network Studio is in the old National Biscuit Company(Nabisco) bakery. The Oreo cookie was first baked here in 1912 and is now the best selling cookie in the world.

Click to check out the original Oreo packaging:

- Joe, Scheduling Manager (Honorary Food Network Historian)

The Making of a Food Network Promo!

by in View All Posts, April 6th, 2009

It’s 5am, and I am half asleep on a train to upstate NY to assist on my first promo shoot. We’re shooting a “How Do You Iron Chef” (HDYIC) interstitial at Suffern Middle School. Based on the show Iron Chef America, HDYIC interstitials show actual viewers holding their own Iron Chef competitions in their homes or communities. For the next two days, we’ll be capturing 11-14 year-olds battling each other with middle school coconut concoctions.

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