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Susie’s Answers – Episode 5

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, July 10th, 2009

Ask Susie – Episode 6

by in View All Posts, July 10th, 2009

Want to know what Susie really thought about The Next Food Network Star, Episode 6? Now you can ask her!

Susie will pick a few of the best questions entered in the comment section of this post and answer you directly via vlog next Friday, July 17.

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 5

Big Daddy is in the House

by in View All Posts, July 9th, 2009

aaronmccargoI’ve totally been wrapped up in The Next Food Network Star (NFNS) these last few weeks. (Who’s your fave?) While watching this season, I started wondering what was up with last season’s winner, Aaron McCargo Jr. Well, Big Daddy is in the house!

Yesterday I snagged Aaron for some water-cooler chat about his new season of Big Daddy’s House and the current season of NFNS.

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SECRETARY CONFIDENTIAL: You’re about to hit your one-year anniversary here at Food Network. Looking back over the past year, is there anything you didn’t expect would be a part of the experience?

AARON: I can’t say there have been any real downs, but I will say that I didn’t understand the flow of everything at first, the demand of my time. I hope to speak to The Next Food Network Star winner at some point, and offer what I’ve learned through all my bumps and bruises, as well as share my high fives. But I can’t call this work–it’s so much fun.

SC: Have you been keeping up with this new season of NFNS?

A: Oh, yes! I’ll be honest with you, it’s kind of tough to watch. It’s so surreal for me. My wife sits there with the kids watching with me, I look over, and I catch her tearing up all over again. I always tell people, it’s night-and-day different from doing NFNS to Big Daddy’s House. On NFNS you don’t have a clue as to what you’re going to do, what the challenge will be, or whether you’re going to be sent home. You can never relax. At Big Daddy’s I can now relax and enjoy it.

SC: So, if you were competing this season, who do you think would be your biggest competition?

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Cannery Row

by in View All Posts, July 8th, 2009

Great piece today in Salon by Sarah Karnasiewicz, formerly of Saveur (and Salon too, actually, I think), about the resurgence of home canning, and whether we’re all deluding ourselves about homesteading being a logical response to a down economy.

As an avid home canner with a serious and legendary spatial-vision problem (which is what got me into home canning in the first place, as I brought home 15 pounds* of peaches entirely by accident a couple years ago), I’ve long since hit the acceptance stage, but those of you needing more justification would do well to read.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

*They really seemed like 5 pounds. Not only do I have no spatial vision, I also clearly don’t know my own strength.

What’s Shooting Now – REVEALED

by in View All Posts, July 8th, 2009

REVEAL UPDATE:
We came so close to fooling you smarty pants with this addition of “What’s Shooting Now,” but in the end…. you guys reigned supreme! Here is the reveal….

clueanswer_signThis is the final tally from all of your submitted votes.
(Accumulated from both Facebook and here on FN Dish):

Iron Chef America = 37 votes
Chopped = 30
The Next Food Network Star = 4
30 Minute Meals = 1
Giada at Home = 1
Chef vs. City = 1
The Next Iron Chef = 1

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cluanswer_stadiumA view from Kitchen Stadium above the lighting grid as the crew and culinary department make final touches on the set.

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What!?

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.

CLUE COLLECTION:

Clues

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

=$14.05

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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

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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…

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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?”

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