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Clock’s ticking on TNFNS 5 Casting

by in View All Posts, November 6th, 2008

Aaron McCargo Jr.  The Next Food Network StarWant to be our next star? Time is running out for aspiring The Next Food Network Star 5 contestants. Fire up your stove, your camera, your best dish and send it in.

If you missed the memo, casting submissions are still being accepted until November 14, 2008. Get the full details on what you need to know and how you need to do it. If you need inspiration, watch a few entries first.

Want some other shots to land on Food Network?
Check out the full list of upcoming opportunities to be on-air.

While you are waiting for your big Food Network break, try out Aaron McCargo Jr‘s Chicken Parmesan, Lisa Garza’s White Bean Cassoulet or Kelsey Nixon‘s Macadamia Crusted Tilapia with White Chocolate Beurre Blanc (hard to say, easy to make…easier to eat). Good luck!

Seeing Food Network Stars

by in View All Posts, November 5th, 2008

Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen

An partial list of upcoming appearances by some FN faves:

November 8 – 9
Washington DC: Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis will all be featured at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. Details here.

November 10
Atlanta, GA: Alton Brown will be at a book signing with Shirley Corriher, the James Beard award winning author of Cookwise at the historic Margaret Mitchell house. Info here.

November 10
Natick, MA: Ina Garten will be signing books at Williams Sonoma from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Not in Natick? No fear… Ina will be on a multiple city book tour across the country throughout November and December. Full details on those locations can be found here.

November 12
Atlantic City, NJ: Rachael Ray will be appearing for two shows at Harrah’s. She’ll be sharing personal stories and anecdotes, followed by a Q&A. Details here.

November 13
Baltimore, MD: Chef Duff, the Ace of Cakes, will be part of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Green Carpet Event. Get your cookies and all the details here.

November 23
Long Island, NY: Bobby Flay will be doing a book signing at Bobby’s Burger Palace in the Smithhaven Mall. He just opened this Palace back in July and will be flipping burgers there in the morning. Details here.

Know of others? Post in the comments below…

Iron Skillet Cookoff

by in View All Posts, November 4th, 2008

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Last night, I had the privilege of attending the 7th annual World Cares Center’s Iron Skillet Cook Off, thanks to my awesome cousin, who invited me to the event. It was a meeting between renowned restaurant chefs and FDNY firefighters, battling for the first place title in the Iron Skillet Cook Off.

Besides their devilish good looks, these hardworking firefighters also had really sophisticated food. I was pleasantly surprised by the presentation and execution of their dishes. Now I want to become a firefighter so I can enjoy meals like that every day!

Click through for winners, dishes, and more pictures: Read more

Anne Burrell Shares More Secrets

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, November 3rd, 2008

The FN Dish gets an on-set sneak peek of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, season two!

Wardrobe Malfunction Averted on Semi-Homemade

by in View All Posts, October 31st, 2008

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FN’ers love their holidays but no one does Halloween like Semi-Homemade star, Sandra Lee. Aside from coming up with some of the most inventive tricks, treats, cocktails and tablescapes of this spooky season, Sandra knows costumes.

We aren’t talking about bedsheet ghosts and rubber masks. Sandra could literally step onto movie sets with the costumes she discovers.

We caught her between takes, wardrobe changes and a million other things as she shot her AMAZING Halloween Queens episode which aired earlier this week. Imagine cooking, hosting and finishing a long day of shooting — all while balancing a huge, top-heavy wig on your head.

What’s Halloween without tricky costumes?

If you missed Halloween Queens, fear not. Another great Sandra-fied Halloween episode airs today at 4pm ET / PT. Sandra…or should we say Marilyn, or Liz, or Vivien, serves up spicy bat wings and sweet & sour eyeballs, to name a few.

Can’t wait? Check out Sandra’s Greatest Halloween Hits:

12 Sandras in 60 Seconds

Want more Sandra Lee Halloween ideas? Check out her Halloween Sock Hop!

My Dinner With(out) Andras

by in View All Posts, October 30th, 2008

Last weekend, I promised my (very) new husband Andras a cozy newlywed weekend with me and our CSA box (translation: simple fall meals and movies). By Saturday afternoon, we’d worked our way through several squash, two bunches of turnips and two double-features and as afternoon slipped into evening, I struggled to make miracles out of what remained in our stash—a humble pile of baby potatoes.

While he ran out to pick up another movie, I put the potatoes in our new favorite copper pot, slipped on his oversized blue Crocs and, hoping desperately no one would see me and mistake my look for an early-Halloween clown attempt, headed out for some fresh air and inspiration.

Just outside our front door, I noticed a tall and thin gent with a low-slung apron and set of broken-in clogs that indicate the kind of restaurant credibility a resume doesn’t quite capture. My deductive reasoning skills told me he was the chef at the soon-to-open ELO restaurant just below our apartment, which had sat empty for the last 6 months. I gave him a quick nod and, hoping my restaurant-impostor clogs would go unnoticed, I dropped a courtesy, “So what’s on the menu?”

So what was on the menu? Click through for more:

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This Cat Has Nine Jobs

by in View All Posts, October 30th, 2008


The FN Dish just caught a culinary demo and book signing for none other than Iron Chef, Cat Cora in Midtown Manhattan. When not doing battle on Iron Chef America, Cat is plenty busy. Aside from nine lives, she appears to have nine jobs as well.

Her recent book, Cooking from the Hip, is a great overview on whipping up creative, tasty offerings from fresh ingredients and staples every stocked pantry should have.

However, Cat caught us up on an even NEWER venture that’s coming this December. She’s opening a new restaurant called CCQ (think BBQ but add a dash of Cat Cora instead). Keywords for Cat here are affordable, flavorful, fast and casual. Time and money are more valuable than ever but why sacrifice taste? She is taking international BBQ inspiration from Asia, South America and the Caribbean to make the CCQ experience unforgettable.

The OC crowd will get first tastes. CCQ will open within the Macy’s at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. If SoCal isn’t in the cards, FN has the recipe to the CCQ Signature BBQ sauce here that should tide you over.

If that all weren’t enough, Cat is also President and Co-founder of Chefs for Humanity which supplies relief and aid to fight worldwide hunger — created in response to the 2004 Asian Tsunami tragedy. You can learn more here or even donate and get a signed photo of Cat for your kitchen here.

Your Daily Awesome

by in View All Posts, October 29th, 2008

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From menupages’ recently-launched blog, a roundup of food-related music videos, with interpretations. (via seriouseats)

Cutting Room Floor

by in View All Posts, October 29th, 2008

I could hardly contain myself after finding out The FN Dish would be going to Ina Garten’s Hampton home for last week’s episode. Being an avid Barefoot Contessa viewer prior to working here at Food Network, I had to make a conscious effort to keep professional and suppress the fan inside who was begging for an autograph. With 133 comments on our Ina video and counting, it looks like I am not alone in my Ina devotion! So for that reason, I thought I’d reveal some cutting room gems left out of our final piece in last week’s “Ina is Back to Basics” video:

GEM #1
Bruce asked Ina what Food Network shows she likes to watch, and after admitting that she doesn’t have time to watch a lot of TV, this was her response:

INA: “Well I love Giada. I think Paula’s show is fun.”

BRUCE: “Yeah, you do like to cook with butter and garlic too”

INA: “Of course! But I think fried mac and cheese is a little off the charts for me!”

Ina talks to FN Dish host, Bruce Seidel (Note to self: Do not bring Paula’s Deep Fried Mac and Cheese to Ina’s next picnic.)

GEM #2
Ina has a wonderful garden full of fresh herbs and vegetables, however, Ina confessed that she hadn’t been up to speed in clearing out her overgrown zucchinis.

Ina picks an overgrown Zucchini with Bruce

Did any of you know that they grew this big?? I could hardly contain my laugher when we were shooting and imagined that Ina had hidden this prop zucchini in the garden before we arrive. But alas, she assured me that zucchinis, if not pulled off the vine, will continue to grow and grow and grow…. I thought Ina might have state fair material on her hands until I looked up these fellow New Yorkers and their super-sized veggies.

GEM #3
Here is proof that Ina’s fridge might be similar to the rest of ours. After Bruce asked Ina what were her go-to late night snacks when opening her fridge at night, Ina humbly said, “whatever doesn’t have mold on it!” That’s my girl!

That’s all the extra scoop I have for now! But if you haven’t already, be sure to check out her new Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basic episodes Saturdays at 1:30pm/12:30c.

-Rachael Knudsen
(Associate Producer, The FN Dish)

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