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by in View All Posts, July 7th, 2009

I have a real weakness for imitation Herzog in pretty much any form, but in cooking show form? Yes, please.

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For earlier forays into Herzogian food media (made, incidentally, by legendary filmmaker Les Blank, who himself has a food-film background), here. [via]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

What’s Shooting Now?

by in View All Posts, July 7th, 2009

As a reminder, here’s how the “What’s Shooting Now?” game works: We give you a collection of image clues, and after examining the evidence, you make an educated guess as to what show is shooting in the Food Network studios at this very moment. Tomorrow, I’ll let the official cat out of the bag for the big reveal.



Cheap-Ash Meals 3: Vegetarian for 6-8 for $14.05

by in View All Posts, July 6th, 2009

[For previous Cheap-Ash Meals, go here or here]

  1. Summer Squash Tacos with Radish-Lime Salsa and Cotija cheese
  2. Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Butter
  3. Pinto Beans with Garlic and Red Chiles
  4. Avocado, Radish, Onion Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette


Click through for recipes and receipt: Read more

Meet Daisy

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, July 6th, 2009

Daisy Martinez is coming back with all new episodes of Viva Daisy!, Saturday, July 11, at 9:30am/8:30c.

Watch and found out why Rachael Ray brought Daisy to Food Network!

Susie’s Answers – Episode 4

by in View All Posts, July 3rd, 2009

Thanks for another great week of questions! I’m traveling sans video camera this week, so blogging answers to you instead. Back up vlogging next week (promise), so post all your questions for this Sunday’s Episode 5 over here.

Onto my Episode 4 responses…


Of course Teddy is the talk of the town this week! Courtney specifically wrote in wanting to know, “Was the decision to send Teddy home unanimous? If not, who did each judge vote to send home and why?”

I was really on the fence at first about whether we should let Teddy or Katie go. But Bob, and especially Bobby, really liked Katie and wanted to see more from her. I came down pretty hard on Katie for the under-cooked food, but Teddy just could not overcome being so forced and fake on camera. You saw in the challenge he had notes on his hand! So even though both of them were almost equally at the bottom for me, in the end, it was unanimous for us that Teddy needed to leave this week.

Jeffrey definitely had a tough episode this week. Debby asked me in the comments, “What the heck was Jeffrey supposed to do with blueberries and lobster? Since the baskets were chosen for them, are you trying to make Jeffrey fail?”


Ask Susie – Episode 5

by in View All Posts, July 3rd, 2009

Questions for this episode are CLOSED. Watch Susie’s Episode 5 response: Susie’s Answers – Episode 5. To submit questions to Susie, go to Ask Susie – Episode 6.


Want to know what Susie really thought about The Next Food Network Star, Episode 5? Now you can ask her!

Write in all of your burning questions to Susie about Episode 5 in the comments section within this post! Susie will pick a few of the best questions and answer you directly via vlog next Friday, July 10.

Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 1
Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 2
Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 3
Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 4
Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 4


by in View All Posts, July 2nd, 2009

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It’s not easy “keying” green.

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, July 1st, 2009

Greenscreen isn’t just for summer’s big budget action movies. It’s also used to place your favorite Food Network stars in worlds beyond their kitchens and imaginations. For example, take Claire Robinson’s show promo for the first season of 5 Ingredient Fix. One of our producers, Olivia, developed this spot after talking with Claire about her culinary point of view, and then shot it on a greenscreen backdrop back in March to highlight the entire season.

Like kernels transforming into summer movie popcorn, here is the before and after:


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It's been a long day.

by in View All Posts, July 1st, 2009


Comfort yourself with a bear-shaped potato, part of a series of what the Guardian delightfully calls “wonky vegetables,” released in honor of the EU’s having lifted vegetable-shape strictures.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

Holy Cow [rimshot]

by in View All Posts, June 30th, 2009

A Hare Krishna group in West Virginia (who knew?), faced with what appear to be mounting cases of dissatisfied cows, has launched the nation’s first adopt-a-cow program, allowing you to provide care for a retired cow for $108 a month — or, should that prove too pricey for you, you can feed a workaday cow for $51 a month instead.  And you should definitely click through to the WSJ article on it; the cow-profile woodcut is worth the price of admission.

Charlie, meanwhile, has been doing his part. He’s already adopted three. [via]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer