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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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!”
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
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?
Meet Floss. She’s a cow, originally from South Yorkshire, who ran away 9 months ago after having been sold. She managed to spend that entire time on the run, traveling about 60 miles all told, hanging out in a paintball field and stealing hay here and there, before being brought to an animal sanctuary in Norfolk.
As one of her eventual protectors puts it, “She is quite a cow, she remained free by finding some really good hidey-holes.”
Yeah, that’s a pretty awesome cow. And, it would seem, a pretty awesome hidey-hole. [via]
Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer
In honor of April Fools Day, I compiled a list of recipes that make everyone on the Web team chuckle (and/or grimace) whenever we run into them online. Which Food Network chef do you think scores highest in the ridiculous recipe contest? Hint: Her names starts with a “P” and should rhyme with “butter.”
Food Network’s Top 10 Most Outrageous Recipes
1. Fried Butter Balls – Paula – When someone first mentioned Paula’s fried butter recipe to me I thought it was a good joke. I couldn’t believe it when I actually ran into the recipe online!
2. Swamp Water – Sandra
3. The Heavyset Cheese Ball – Paula
4. “Fat Darrell” Sandwich – Paula
5. The Lady’s Brunch Burger – Paula – It may not sound like much, but trust me. . . click on the recipe.
6. Seared Frogs Legs Casserole – Robert Irvine
7. Baked Potato Ice Cream – Sandra
8. Get Yo’ Man Chicken – Neelys
9. “Is it Really Better than Sex?” Cake – Paula
10. Trompe L’oeil Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower, with Poached Tomatoes (“Fool the Eye” savory foods made to look like Chocolate layer cake, vanilla ice cream, and cherries jubilee) – Robert Irvine
Longest recipe title I’ve run across (30 words):
Go Oregonian! Oregon Style Pork Chops with Pinot Noir and Cranberries, Oregon Hash with Wild Mushrooms, Greens, Beets, Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese, Charred Whole Grain Bread with Butter and Chives – Rachael Ray
Honorable Mention (#11):
Mama Neely’s “Sock It To Me” Cake
Everyone on the Web team is excited about Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing – premiering this Sunday, 8 pm/7c, six pastry chefs battle for $50K, the largest prize in Challenge history, etc. – so we decided to wrap all of our best cake recipes up into a super cake-tacular feature package.
Searching our site for cake content had one major side effect – an unquenchable craving for moist crumbs and sweet frosting! I gave in and made the absolute easiest cake on the page, courtesy of Mama Neely. I’m calling it my “Fool-Your-Friends Cake” since it uses a cake mix but tastes completely and deliciously home made.
– Kirsten, Web Editor
Personally, all of my meals are anti-Soviet Ukrainian nationalist guerillas-with-questionable-history themed — aren’t yours? [via]
Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer
This past week has been super busy for not only FN’s Studio A, but also a few outside shoots, as well!
The Big Bite personality that is Guy Fieri has been cooking up a storm with some of his closest friends (hint – there are TONS of special guests in the upcoming episodes of Guy’s Big Bite). But not only that, Tyler Florence is back with another special, and it’s all about burgers coming in May! And this past Saturday, I got to hang out with Daisy Martinez of Viva Daisy. We shot around the Union Square Green Market and a few amazing locations in Jackson Heights, Queens (not too far from where I live!). One of the most classic moments happened at Daisy’s shoot when Mario Batali walked right pass all of us – we weren’t rolling at that moment, but it was still pretty hilarious.
Now that you’re caught up with whats been keeping our cameras busy, here’s an update on my little garden! While fairly upset that I had no sprouts last week, I started dreading the idea of only having 2 large pots of dirt on my desk. My friend Jon built me a shelf which lifted my spirits, but still, no sprouts… just bowls of dirt. And then it happened!!! This morning I came in to find some green stems popping their little heads out of the soil – BASIL! (Thankfully my little garden at home is strong, green and beautiful!)
Until next week – Cheers!
Kendra, Operation Foodie
Yesterday a few of my colleagues and I got to experience the latest and greatest thing to happen to the Yankees… Food Network has entered the building. With the help of some very hard working employees here, we now officially have our own concession stand in the premium seating area.
Yesterday was a very soft and successful opening for family and friends. I will admit that I ate almost everything on the menu (and I’m still full) but was very impressed by the success of the food. Come opening day, those who can afford these cushioned seats are in for a very nice treat.
My favs include the hot dog on a pretzel bun with corn relish, the fried fish tacos, and the duck confit pizza. Check out some exclusive pictures of the concession stand and the brand new stadium:
Danielle LaRosa, Assistant Culinary Producer