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It slices; it dices; it isn't terribly useful for stabbing people

by in View All Posts, March 2nd, 2009

Both Eat Me Daily and Chow have recently touched upon this article in the Economist covering a recent study on kitchen knives and violence; researchers found that the sheep’s foot style (a blunt tip commonly found in santoku knives) achieves the ideal balance between still-useful-in-the-kitchen and not-suitable-for-assault.

So, santoku’s three virtues: slicing, dicing, and mincing not stabbing? There’s marketing gold here if we only figure out how to harness it.

That said, any excuse to run a drum-and-bass-backbeated knife PSA is fine by us, so we’ll let DJ Pie Safety take it from here:

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

“Good Eats” for $800, Alex…

by in View All Posts, February 27th, 2009

Jeopardy

Cold pizza. Day old beef and broccoli. Its true, sometimes leftovers are just better than the original. So, today I’m suggesting that you check out this Jeopardy link. Granted it aired in early February, but I feel it is just as yummy as the actual airing date.

Folks, I ask you who does not love the philosophical, punctilious, and eccentric Mr. Brown? Shhh… Don’t tell me, cause I don’t care. Just check it out.

Yours truly,
Secretary Confidential

Photo: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Sony Pictures Digital, Inc.

Put a cork in it, lambs!

by in View All Posts, February 26th, 2009

Not Your Bubbe's Kosher Cookoff

by in View All Posts, February 26th, 2009

Having grown up in a kosher home, with 4 generations of Jewish home cooking under my belt, I was excited to be one of the “chosen people” last week — chosen to be part of a panel of judges for the 3rd annual Manischewitz Cook-off, that is.

The six finalists, competing live for a $25,000 grand prize package, were picked from hundreds of applicants. Their objective was to make a creative, attractive and delicious dish using Manischewitz products.

The finalists:

  • Ruby Red Risotto with Pistachio-Basil Pesto and Garlic Herb Goat Cheese
  • Laced Lamb with Figs
  • Marvelous Mediterranean Falafel Sliders
  • Meaty Manischtroni
  • Sloppy Moses
  • Mani Meatloaves

The falafel sliders, using ground turkey, caramelized onions, lettuce, tahini, and falafel mix, came out unanimously on top. It was impressive to the judges how moist and flavorful they were. As far as I’m concerned, this one-handed sandwich parted the sea and said, move over Sloppy Moses!

Maybe I should enter my meshuggenah matzah balls next year…

Jake Schiffman, Purchasing Assistant

Food & Finance – A rule to live by

by in View All Posts, February 26th, 2009


Hi readers! Two weeks have quickly gone by and it’s time for another food frugality pep talk. But this time I need one! You know, writing the food shopping rules and tips you read in this column is a lot easier than abiding by them 24/7. Last week I had a major setback.

What happened? I violated a personal rule. I hadn’t included this rule in my inaugural column about “How to Shop” but last week’s debacle made it clear to me that this tip must be shared right now, so here it is…

Click ahead for Roni’s vital shopping rule.

Food Network Action Figures? UPDATE!

by in View All Posts, February 25th, 2009


Looks like Food Network Chefs are getting into all the action these days….or rather, becoming all the action. A fellow Food Network cohort just sent me a link to Mario Batali’s new action figure. It even has mini crocs! With Ace of Cake’s Duff Goldman releasing his own Duff minimate last year, I’m beginning to think this might be a trend!

Any bets on what chef will be next to dive into the toy realm? Any wishes? Personally I loved to see a Paula Deen doll, fully equipped with a butter stocked fridge and a mini fryer.

UPDATE:
Damon in the comments inspired me to do some googling for an Alton Brown toy, because surely someone has to be making an Alton Action figure with all of his little gadgets. Although I didn’t find an Alton Brown toy for purchase, I did come across the cutest crocheted Alton on Flickr. Check out the mini okra and motorcycle to boot! Big thanks to Concetta Phillipps for letting us re-post her art work on FN Dish!

Rachael
Associate Producer, The FN Dish

Talent Tests

by in View All Posts, February 24th, 2009


Sometimes I feel as though as our Studios A & B never sleep. 

Right after Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (or as we call it: SORC or Secrets) wrapped up last week in Studio A, a few of the producers and I headed over into Studio B for a quick run of Talent Tests.  Studio B, as most studios, wear a variety of hats.  Just by redirecting the lights away from Next Food Network Star’s (aka: NFNS or Star) lounge like set (don’t worry, you’ll see those orange walls soon enough) and setting up some monitors and cameras, we were ready within a few hours with what looked like a completely new set! 

The 3 ladies came in the next day, did a fantastic job… and now Studio B is back to being NFNS ready!  It still amazes me how versatile a blank canvas can be, sometimes completely unrecognizable from week to week. 

Next up on my plate: another Talent Test shooting in our Kitchens (any reason to hang with Rob Bleifer is enough reason for me to come to work) and then Guy’s Big Bite in the end of March!!

A couple of important notes: 

1. On the Rob Bleifer front, I did his makeup last week for a webisode!  Ok, I put a little bit of powder on him (courtesy my friend Kathleen who is our Make-Up Artist) – but STILL!  It was awesome.

2. Congrats to a new Good Food Garden that went up over the weekend in South Beach!!! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you better check out the link!)  Way to go, Sarah!

 

Cheers!

Kendra, Operation Foodie