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Easter Cupcake Update

by in View All Posts, April 10th, 2009

Some users of our Easter cupcake recipe package have been complaining that the cupcakes fell, flattened and were slightly burnt around the edges. As a result, we decided to re-test and see what was happening. Here’s what we found:

We realized that it’s crucial to process the batter for the extra 2 minutes indicated in the recipe. While the batter will be smooth before this step, processing it for those remaining 2 minutes makes it looser, smoother and pourable.

When testing the cupcakes both with the 2 minute step and without, the results were dramatically different. The unprocessed batter fell and became flat and messy. The processed ones were had a lovely dome shape and were light and fluffy in the center.

See photo below, with unprocessed on the left; processed on the right:

We apologize to anyone who had difficulty with the recipe. We assure you, that if the recipe is carefully followed, you should have excellent results and a very happy Easter cupcake indeed!

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer
Leah Brickley, Test Kitchen Associate

The Search for New Products

by in View All Posts, April 8th, 2009


Credit: Oscar Einzig

When it comes to major conventions and trade shows, the music industry has South By Southwest, the publishing industry has Book Expo America, the comics industry has ComiCon, and then the housewares industry has the International Home and Housewares Show, held in Chicago every March. It’s the nexus for everything new and cool in the housewares industry, which includes everything from kitchen products to bedding to cleaners. For Food Network purposes, of course, I stuck to the kitchen side of the show.


Credit: Bonjour Gourmet

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Food Network Fun Fact #1

by in View All Posts, April 7th, 2009

FACT: The Food Network Studio is in the old National Biscuit Company(Nabisco) bakery. The Oreo cookie was first baked here in 1912 and is now the best selling cookie in the world.

Click to check out the original Oreo packaging:

– Joe, Scheduling Manager (Honorary Food Network Historian)

The Making of a Food Network Promo!

by in View All Posts, April 6th, 2009

It’s 5am, and I am half asleep on a train to upstate NY to assist on my first promo shoot. We’re shooting a “How Do You Iron Chef” (HDYIC) interstitial at Suffern Middle School. Based on the show Iron Chef America, HDYIC interstitials show actual viewers holding their own Iron Chef competitions in their homes or communities. For the next two days, we’ll be capturing 11-14 year-olds battling each other with middle school coconut concoctions.

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Ready, Set? GO!

by in View All Posts, April 3rd, 2009

Last weekend I wasn’t the only one clocking some extra hours. Former NFNS, spikey haired host, Guy Fieri was working overtime too—shooting. “How can you work, SC, when larger than life personality is three floors above you taping new shows for Guy’s Big Bite? ” you ask. Well, uh, I didn’t…officially. I just sought out the dish.

As Mr. Fieri would say, what I’ve uncovered “is the bomb!”

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Critical Food Party Update

by in View All Posts, April 2nd, 2009

When visiting a friend this weekend, somehow we came upon the topic (because that happens) of Food Party, the fabulous web video series I posted about a few months ago.

I learned from my friend, who is knowledgable in the ways of Food Party, that a whole SLEW of new Food Party episodes are currently being shot in short format for the IFC channel. To say I am psyched is a vast, vast understatement.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

The Lady of the Aprons

by in View All Posts, April 2nd, 2009

Do you wear an apron when you cook?

For some reason I never do, but I’m going to start now that I’ve seen how fun and cute an apron can be.  Claire Robinson has shown me the way on her new show 5 Ingredient Fix, which premieres this Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 AM.  It may look like she’s wearing a cute skirt, but look again, they’re aprons.  Super adorable aprons!  The sassy aprons are designed by Claire herself and are made of a wide variety of vintage and modern materials.  The rack of aprons on set were often the topic of conversation, as many of us just couldn’t decide which one we loved best. 

They were all too cute, all different, and we all had apron envy.  So much so that Beth Burke, Director of Programming, showed up on set in her own vintage apron!  Trying to steal the show Beth?