Duff Goldman Revels in the Magic of Baking and Reveals Why He Decided to Become a Baker

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 4th, 2016

Duff GoldmanWhen Duff Goldman first appeared on Food Network on Ace of Cakes, we originally knew him as the owner of a small cake shop in Baltimore that put out some pretty inventive and over-the-top sweets. Since then he’s expanded his business to Los Angeles, and we’ve gotten to see the inner workings of his studio — and meet his exceptionally creative staff — on Duff Till Dawn and Cake Masters. More recently Duff has also lent his expertise as a judge to Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, and he’s served as a co-host and judge on Kids Baking Championship. But now Duff has taken on the role of teacher on Worst Bakers in America, airing Sundays at 10|9c. He’s paying forward all he’s learned by mentoring a set of bumbling baking wannabees, from which he hopes to train a winner.

So why did Duff end up becoming a baker, and what inspires him about his craft? FN Dish caught up with the cake-baker extraordinaire on the set of Worst Bakers to chat about his baking philosophy and the ups and downs he’s gone through in his career to get to where he is today.

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Cozy Up to These 5 Potato-Topped Casseroles

by in Recipes, October 4th, 2016

Casserole — a meaty, creamy flavor landscape that graces our tabletops in endless forms — can be topped in imaginative ways. No one has ever argued against a sprinkling of grated cheese, and crunchy breadcrumbs certainly deserve an honorable mention. But have you ever tried using potatoes? Mashed, pulsed to a crumb or sliced into thin rounds — the more we test our options, the more we come to believe there’s no better way to finish off a casserole, no matter the filling. Here are the five potato-topped casseroles we’ve had on our minds lately.

30-Minute Shepherd’s Pie
This traditionally English casserole was once prepared as a method for using up leftover pot roast. Rachael Ray simplifies the process by using ground beef, which browns quickly in a saute pan. The main attraction is the heap of buttery mashed potatoes on top, which turn golden after a quick stint under the broiler. You can save even more time by using leftover mashed potatoes.

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Nothing Says “A Lifetime of Love” Like a Doughnut Wall

by in News, October 4th, 2016

Nothing Says 'A Lifetime of Love' Like a Doughnut WallFirst there were wedding cakes, those traditional, towering and tiered confections. Then there were cupcakes, bringing a sense of fun and variety to nuptial feasts across the land. Now comes a hole new wedding dessert trend (see what I did there?): doughnut walls.

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Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 3rd, 2016

Cream of Wild Mushroom SoupIf you’re skipping meat this Monday (or any day), look to mushrooms to bulk up a dish that would otherwise be made heftier by the addition of meat. Like beef, mushrooms are hearty and earthy, and they pack a filling punch that delivers the satisfaction you crave.

In her recipe for Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, Ina Garten opts for three varieties of fresh mushrooms — shiitake, portobello and cremini — to add not just flavor but also welcome texture to her fan-favorite soup (there are a whopping 400-plus user reviews of this top-rated recipe). The secret to her soup is making a homemade stock; it’s simmered with mushroom stems and fresh thyme to create a full, bold taste, then it’s used to make up the soup’s broth, which is studded with buttery leeks and the mushroom caps. To add richness, Ina adds white wine, half-and-half and cream for next-level decadence and warming comfort.

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What You Won’t See on TV: Behind the Scenes of All-Star Halloween Spectacular

by in Shows, October 3rd, 2016

All-Star Halloween SpectacularThis Halloween, five of your favorite stars from Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel are coming together for the first time ever — and it’s not to go trick-or-treating. On All-Star Halloween Spectacular, airing Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8|7c, they’ll face off in teams — Drew Scott and Tia Mowry versus Jonathan Scott and Duff Goldman, with Adam Richman and Egypt Sherrod on hand as well — in an extravaganza of building, cake baking and downright scary-good times as they create life-size haunted houses right in the heart of Sin City. They’ll be working against the clock to not only wow with a ghoulish display fit for fright night, but also sweet-tooth-satisfying confections worthy of the competition.

We joined the crew in Las Vegas to watch some of the creations come together behind the scenes and to catch up with the crew. Click here and here to watch two Food Network Facebook Live videos of cakes in progress, then check out more Facebook Live videos from HGTV here and here to see Drew and Jonathan on set — with some tricks and treats of their own.

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Sandra Lee Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 3rd, 2016

Get your orange and black oven mitts out. Semi-Homemade Cooking queen Sandra Lee is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel. In the spirit of our Halloween Baking Championship (premiering tonight at 9/10c), Sandra is sharing her breadth of Halloween baking knowledge for the next 24 hours. Plus, she’ll be providing plenty of costume inspo.

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Taking the Oven Mitts Off: Duff and Lorraine Face Off in the New Series Worst Bakers in America

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 2nd, 2016

Lorraine and DuffDuff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale have teamed up to coach teams of terrible bakers in the new series Worst Bakers in America, premiering Sunday at 10|9c. Even though the two are longtime friends and colleagues, appearing together as judges on Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, when it comes to a competition, they’re in it to win it no matter the cost. Lorraine will coach the Red Team, and Duff the Blue Team. Every week the baking challenges will get harder and harder, until only one member is left on each team to bake in a bakery-themed final battle for a chance to win $25,000. And for his or her mentor, there will be infinite bragging rights.

FN Dish caught up with both mentors on the set of the show to chat about the competition and find out who thinks he or she can win. And these two weren’t afraid to talk a bit of smack.

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Chefs’ Picks: Chicago Pizza

by in Restaurants, October 2nd, 2016

Pizza from Lou Malnati's
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Pizza lovers who are partial to Chicago’s signature pie are very particular about where to indulge their devotion to this thick-crust tradition. Loyalties run as deep as the rich layers of sauce, cheese and toppings that compose the pies themselves, which are so filling that just a slice or two is enough to satisfy. Even the most high-end chefs have been known to give in to their cravings for this comforting dish that has a cult-like following. Here some chefs from Chicago and elsewhere share their favorite spots for a slice of deep-dish in the Windy City.

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Basic Parmesan Pomodoro—Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 2nd, 2016

Basic Parmesan PomodoroDon’t let of the name of this recipe fool you: This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is anything but “basic.” Giada De Laurentiis builds layer upon savory layer of flavor in her fan-favorite recipe, starting with bold garlic, sweet carrots and the rind of nutty Parmesan cheese. When these ingredients are slowly simmered with the canned cherry tomatoes, the taste turns out deeply rich and the texture thick and nearly creamy without the use of cream.

For more hearty ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Basic Parmesan Pomodoro

Hometown Hungers: Wisconsin Frozen Custard

by in Restaurants, October 1st, 2016

Frozen Custard
Leave it to Wisconsin, a state with more than 1 million dairy cows, to take its frozen desserts seriously. Wisconsin custard, which is silkier and denser than ice cream, lures thousands of fans anytime the weather warms.

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