Holiday Baking Championship Spreads the Scrumptious Holiday Cheer with Season 2

by in Shows, September 16th, 2015

Holiday Baking ChampionshipWhether it’s a cake, pie or cookies, sweets have an expected place in the traditional holiday meal. And Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship celebrates all of that. The show returns on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 9|8c to deliver decadent baked goods galore as 10 talented bakers compete to create the most-irresistible holiday treats. Bobby Deen presides as host as the bakers strive to prove their skills in challenges that celebrate the season. And once again judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale will determine who will be crowned the winner and take home the grand prize of $50,000.

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3 of a Kind: Cascara Drinks

by in Restaurants, September 16th, 2015


3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Making coffee is like seeding a grape. A cup of joe is the result of an intense production process that strips the seed from the husk of a fresh coffee cherry. Those beans are roasted, grinded, then dripped, pressed or steeped into 400 million cups per day in the United States, leaving a whole lot of byproduct in their wake. Rather than compost the remains, third-wave coffee producers are using that leftover dried fruit and hull to make cascara. With the flavor of an herbal tea and a java-like jolt of caffeine, cascara is refreshing, energizing and waste-free.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Chopped Teens Part 4On tonight’s fourth installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless, the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 4 Winner

This Chopped-tober on Food Network — Get Ready for Chopped: Impossible and the All-New “Miniseries” Chopped Junior

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Chopped JuniorThis fall the competition heats up with an Impossible tournament and kids competing in the series spinoff Chopped Junior. In Chopped: Impossible, premiering Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8|7c, 12 returning champions are pushed to the limits with mind-blowingly impossible baskets in a four-part tournament. Restaurant: Impossible’s Robert Irvine will serve as judge in the first three preliminary rounds, but he’ll get the chance to face off against the final competitor in a wild-card round. The winner will earn $15,000 just for getting to the final round, but if the final competitor wins against Robert, he or she will pocket an additional $25,000 for a total of $40,000.

Find Out About Chopped Junior

Q&A with Competitor Jaleel White — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Jaleel WhiteSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Hear the phrase “Did I do that?” and you immediately know who we’re talking about. Although Jaleel White has gone on to write and direct for other TV shows and networks, he’ll forever be known as the lovably geeky Steve Urkel on Family Matters. While attending UCLA, Jaleel starred in the TV series Grown-Ups, and he has since appeared in guest roles on Boston Legal, House and NCIS. He’s written for Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel, and he wrote, produced and starred in his own Web series, Fake It ‘Til You Make It.

Learn more about what makes Jaleel tick in and out of the kitchen and why he’s put himself up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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Where to Get the Best Baked Goods from Coast to Coast

by in Restaurants, September 15th, 2015

When it comes to baked goods, some people are adamant that there’s nothing like homemade. Still, it’s hard to compete with cookies, cakes, breads and pies crafted from scratch by a top-notch professional baker or pastry chef. Then there are the one-of-a-kind creations dreamed up by creative pastry wizards across the country. These often spawn copycats (hello, Cronut®!), but biting into the original is still the real deal. These bakeries are worth a trip — even for the accomplished home bakers among us. Read more

Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids: Ode to Sardines

by in Recipes, Shows, September 15th, 2015

sardines on toastWe were so happy that none of the kids on Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off were sent home this week! They all did a stellar job, especially during the immunity round when each competitor had to cook a dish with one of his or her parent’s least favorite ingredients. Juliana was stuck with sardines — her dad’s worst nightmare. She did an amazing job, lightly frying them, and completely converted him into a lover of these oily little fish.

So many of us in Food Network Kitchen love sardines — fresh or canned in olive oil. And we’re sad that they have a bad reputation, because they’re delicious, inexpensive and an excellent source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. And because sardines are low on the aquatic food chain, you don’t have to worry about mercury levels.

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All the Ways to Love Alfredo Sauce (in 25 Minutes or Less)

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2015

Fettuccine AlfredoMarinara often takes the crown in terms of quick-fix pasta sauces, but with just a few key ingredients, Alfredo sauce, too, is a go-to pick on nights when you have next to no time to make dinner. Whether you’re a fan of the classic recipe with little more than cream and cheese or you’re looking to dress up the original with bright, bold flavors, check out our top five ways to dig into this satisfying supper.

Add a squeeze of lemon.

Giada De Laurentiis opts for a two-part approach to adding refreshing lemon flavor to her 10-minute sauce: the juice as well as the grated zest. After simmering the lemon juice with the cream and butter, she adds the pasta and nutty Parmesan before tossing it with the zest ahead of serving.

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Turning Culinary Dreams Into a Reality — Sunny Anderson’s Advice for Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Sunny AndersonOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Sunny Anderson joined Rachael to help dole out the challenges and judge the competition. The focus of the challenges was to help the kids develop their storytelling techniques so they can learn to talk about their food fearlessly in front of the camera, which is important for when one of them wins his or her own Web series on FN Dish caught up with Sunny to chat about the episode, the kids and more. She reveals her best piece of advice for the kid competitors and how she found her own voice in the business.

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Is 2015 the Year of the Bagel?

by in News, September 14th, 2015

Is 2015 the Year of the Bagel?According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep. But the trend trackers at New York magazine have declared it to be the year of the bagel — at least in the city that never sleeps, yet nevertheless loves nothing more than waking up to a nice brunch.

In its Fall Preview issue, NYC’s namesake mag heralds the “rebirth of Jewish appetizing” and a “brewing bagel war” — a “schmear campaign,” its headline writers cleverly dub it — pointing to the opening, this autumn, of several new bagel eateries and a few “microfactories” determined to bring satisfaction to anyone with a hankering for a bagel, cream cheese, lox and all the fixins.

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