Hopefully everyone out there in TV land caught the debut of our favorite dog Newman on this weekend’s episode of 5 Ingredient Fix, and everyone understands why we’re so excited about our newest star. Our newest star Claire Robinson, of course! I’m happy to be the very first one to report that we’ve picked up the show for 13 more episodes of 5 Ingredient Fix! You heard it here first!
So now that it’s clear that everyone wants more Claire the big work begins – how does she go about developing her recipes? Well, every Food Network chef has their own way of working, but no matter what, every recipe has to be tested multiple times to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. Claire tests her recipes at least three times and usually more, which as you can imagine takes quite a bit of time.
Recipes should also get tested with different equipment – electric stoves and gas stoves, convection ovens and regular ovens, non-stick pans and regular pans – the list goes on and on. You just can’t test a recipe enough. It’s a good thing that all of Claire’s recipes require no more than five ingredients each, because that’s a lot of food!
So be sure to catch the current episodes airing on Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM, and check back here to find out when the next batch of episodes will come along.
So I guess Wayne Gretzky is making wine now. This just arrived in my inbox, for all three of you who are going to be in the vicinity of Acker Merrall & Condit on Saturday and also have dueling interests in hockey and wine:
When content from the Food Network Magazine comes in, it always feels like Christmas. (The magazine editors even sent a CD of the June/July content downtown to the Chelsea office by messenger service this time – my personal NYC Santa!) With that precious CD came an explosion of recipes, images and stories that we had been anticipating for months, and we rushed to get it all up online in record time.
We are using all areas of Food Network (Studio A, Studio B, and green rooms) for the preparation of The Next Food Network Star FINALE shoot, happening tomorrow (sorry, I can’t give you ANYmore information than that)… Well, if you’re interested, I am waiting to hear if the director needs two more cameras and extra drapes (exciting, right?!).
The picture above shows you a peek at the finale set construction – I can tell you that the finale will be, by far, the most shimmering, dazzling finale of Next Food Network Star yet! Let’s just say, I keep waiting for Fosse to stroll on stage.
I am always on a hunt for a bite to eat! Whether it’s leftovers from Sunny’s set or the latest recipe from the test kitchen ….I’ll get my grubby, little hands on it. Putting my SC Cam to use, follow my fork as I search for FOOD (don’t mind the stomach grumbling). This week, as you’ll see, I found Executive Chef of the Food Network Kitchens, Rob Bleifer, who accused me of stealing food from Viva Daisy’s set.
Twice a month I’ll be posting videos sharing the eats I find. Let me know where you’d like to see me stick my utensils. Until next time, here’s to eating well!
Most of us enter the supermarket with only the best of intentions. You have your list (If you don’t customarily bring a shopping list, do not take a cart or even step into the supermarket — return to the inaugural Food & Finance column immediately!). You have your cash. You’ve planned for a shopping expedition with the kids and have a backpack full of snacks, projects and distractions. And then you walk through the supermarket door and are confronted by the produce section. The beautiful gleaming grapes, strawberries and mangoes are beckoning. Peppers in a multitude of colors, lettuce, 10 varieties of mushrooms – fiscal prudence goes right out the window and you start filling those little plastic bags with everything in sight.
You’ve got to know the rules of the game in order to succeed. So here are my rules….
I’ve switched from baseball mode to cocktail mode (yes, for work, why are you looking at me that way), and just came across this fantastic home bar primer by the SF Chronicle’s Jon Bonné and cocktail legend Gary Regan. If you’re looking to get a handle on cocktail basics, you could do far, far worse.
When you hear the word “compost”, do you think of crazy hippies or back-to-nature enthusiasts? Well believe it or not, composting has joined the mainstream. It’s easy and rewarding for anyone, and in fact our very own Food Network kitchens has a compost operation to handle the multitude of food scraps that they generate daily. As you can see from the photos, they have small compost bins at each of the kitchen workstations, and then these small pails get emptied into the larger bin at the end of the day. You can find a similar bin at the Food Network Store here. Shows like Ask Aida and Guy’s Big Bite have also started including a compost bucket in their show.
Press mentions of our concession stands are slowly starting to trickle in — check out here and here from Major League Baseball (who, incidentally, share our office in Chelsea Market), and we’re alluded to in this thing here in the New Yorker.
On a side note, my favorite moment in every game I’ve worked at thus far occurs with remarkable regularity about halfway through and a few beers in, when the guys in our downstairs picnic-y section delightedly realize that directly above them is the press box, and hence Paul O’Neill (brother, of course, of former NYT food columnist and prolific cookbook writer Molly O’Neill, but pretty sure that’s not why they’re excited).