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RIP, Kebab King

by in View All Posts, January 23rd, 2009

What would the European city look like had there never been a Mahmut Aygun, inventor of the doner kebab, man who taught Europeans to eat with their hands?

We’ll leave history to ponder that–and ponder it will, no doubt. For now we mourn the passing of the original ‘Kebab King,’ and wish him safe journey on his way to that great kebab cart in the sky.

Jonathan Milder, Research Librarian

Ramen Inspiration

by in View All Posts, January 23rd, 2009

Several months ago the Test Kitchen team was given an assignment for the current (Jan/Feb) issue of the Food Network Magazine. Our challenge was to come up with creative new uses for ramen noodles.

One day, my daughter, who was home visiting from college, stopped by the Test Kitchen to say hello. Her timing could not have been more perfect, since Bob Hoebee, one of our recipe developers, had just called for a tasting of his Ramen Noodle Cake with Swiss Chard. Much to my daughter’s delight, she was invited to join in the tasting.

Now it wasn’t just because she is a vegetarian that this dish appealed to her; there was something so appetizing about the way the noodle cake looked — so golden and crispy on the outside, but still moist and tender on the inside.

One bite was all she needed to be motivated to try this recipe out when she returned to campus.

Please note: (I hope I don’t get in trouble for this later) you may expect that cooking comes naturally to her since her mom and many others in her family love to cook, but the apple fell a little further from the tree where cooking is concerned. While she certainly appreciates a great meal, she is less inclined to spend significant time in the kitchen. However, this dish seemed right up her alley: cheap, easy and delicious.

A few weeks later, a campus pot luck was the perfect opportunity for her to test it out. After a very successful first attempt, she called excitedly to inform me that it was a huge hit and she was surely going to make it again. Each time, she happily reported that it was a major crowd pleaser. The dish has become a favorite; on her latest visit home, she decided to try it again, this time for the family.

In my opinion, one look at the photo will tell you that this is definitely a keeper! Of course, I may be just a little biased.

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer

National Pie Day — It’s True!

by in View All Posts, January 23rd, 2009

You didn’t really believe we would let the day pass without wishing you HAPPY NATIONAL PIE DAY, did you? That’s right, who knew…

We’re celebrating with this gravity-defying wonder from Paula DeenSavannah High Apple Pie. I mean, c’mon — apples are in season, it’s Paula and this looks amazing. Has anyone ever tried?

If you’re saving your sugar for Valentine’s Day, you MUST whip up this savory treat from Ina Garten. My mom usually sticks with her favorites but made this Chicken Pot Pie and knocked it out of the park. I’m actually craving it now — ah, that buttery pastry topping.

If you want some other celebratory ideas, check out the award winners from the All-American Pie Championship.

Have a favorite Food Network pie recipe?
Cut us off a slice and let us know…

~ Mark, THE FN Dish

Yay:

by in View All Posts, January 23rd, 2009

My Next Food Network Star Spotting

by in View All Posts, January 22nd, 2009

Giada at homeWhen I first started at the Food Network, I envisioned lively coffee breaks with Giada on slow Monday afternoons. Or maybe shop talk over a toasty sandwich with Bobby in the Kitchens… Though this is not our reality and only some shows tape here in Chelsea Market, I have a few memorable run-ins to share.

I once heard Michael Symon’s distinctive laugh echoing down a hallway and scampered down to catch a glimpse. He’s definitely the Iron Chef with a heart of gold. Another time, I literally bumped into Duff Goldman while taking a corner too quickly. He laughed it off as I stuttered an apology and awkwardly ran back to my desk. Just last week I rode the elevator with Rachael Ray and her husband John – really!

But my favorite star-spotting happened while I was diligently finishing an expense report and heard a familiar voice. I looked up and, lo and behold, there was Alton Brown standing right in front of me!

What’s your best Food Network star run-in? We want stories!
~ LT, Production Coordinator

To Err is Human

by in View All Posts, January 22nd, 2009

Here in the FN Kitchens, we’re always looking for interesting new products to add sunshine to developing recipes. Sometimes we find them in the bodega; sometimes in our own pantries. This came with our last spice delivery:

Perfect for your next mock-epic dinner party!

Vince Camillo, Food Stylist

Are We Not Men?*

by in View All Posts, January 21st, 2009

Because life’s apparently just too short to have to actively combine one’s alcohol with one’s nitrous oxide, one welcomes word of Whipped Lightning, “the world’s first deliciously-daring whipped cream.” It’s alcohol-fortified-whipped-cream-in-a-can, properly known as “whipahol,” available in 4 flavors (Amaretto, Cinnamon, Orange, and Macadamia).

Personally, I prefer my cocktails made either out of whiskey and ice or by Jim Meehan, so I may well not be the appropriate market for this. The delightful Ezra Poundcake has some choice words on the subject, as do her commenters. Anyone care to weigh in?

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

*Yes, the AJC totally did the Devo lede first. Sorry.

First They Came for the Manicotti

by in View All Posts, January 21st, 2009

Which Food Have You Worked For?

by in View All Posts, January 21st, 2009


So Adam Gertler returned to Food Network this week with a new show entitled, Will Work For Food [Mondays at 8:30pm/7:30c]. Adam is exposed to a pretty wild world of food jobs which made us wonder… Which Food (job) Have You Worked For?

Here’s a quick round-up from The FN Dish staffers:

* Ice cream bicycle boy — bike with mini-freezer on the front
* Pea picker — endless hours in the sun for pennies per pod
* Amusement Park ‘Fried Dough” Fryer
* Candy Girl at the first multiplex theater in Long Island
* Hostess for uppity tourist trap in East Hampton
* Bacon cook in Vermont — ah, grease in the hair
* DC Nightlife Critic — countless brewery tours (& tastes)
* Dude Ranch Cook — quit over Alan Jackson brouhaha

We want to hear yours… Spill it!!

Yes You Can: Eat Like Obama

by in View All Posts, January 20th, 2009

In honor of the Inauguration, we’ve put together a make-at-home version of the traditional all-American menu being served at President Obama’s celebratory luncheon today.

FIRST COURSE
Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Ina Garten’s Seafood Stew

SECOND COURSE
A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)

Favorite Roast Pheasant

Emeril Lagasse’s Favorite Roast Pheasant

Duck Breast with Berry Sauce

Robert Irvine’s Duck Breast with Berry Sauce

Sour Cherry Chutney

Floyd Cardoz’s Dried Fruit Chutney

Molasses Sweet Potatoes

The Neelys’ Sweet Bourbon Mashed Potatoes

THIRD COURSE
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and Sweet Cream Glacé

Apple Angel Food Cake

Sandra Lee’s Apple Angel Food Cake

Cheers!

-Angela Moore
VP/Site Director

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