What to Watch: Ina Garten Goes to the White House and the Premiere of Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 4th, 2016

Barefoot Contessa
Before turning back the clocks, spend the weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their updated takes on comfort food classics. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond’s making lunch for her husband and her father-in-law and serving a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are sharing their tips for innovative hostess gifts and making sweet and savory versions of stuffed apples. After that, Ayesha Curry is preparing a date-night meal for her husband, Stephen, and Valerie Bertinelli is making comforting recipes for a night spent at home with her husband, Tom.

On Saturday afternoon, Ina Garten is heading to Washington, D.C., to take in the local food scene and visit a former Barefoot Contessa staffer. Then, Ina takes a trip to the White House kitchen and makes some afternoon snacks for tea-time with first lady Michelle Obama.

Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is putting his own spin on classic comfort food recipes, Ina’s making a chicken dinner for Jeffrey, and Nancy Fuller is making a brown-bag lunch for a charity motorcycle rally. Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a vintage-inspired cocktail party, and Duff Goldman is taking on some holiday baking challenges on Duff’s Sweet Spot.

It’s a Cooking Channel cook-off in Flavortown on Sunday night, when four Cooking Channel stars take on Guy and his twisted games. Then, it’s the premiere of Holiday Baking Championship with a new batch of bakers competing for the grand prize of $50,000. Finish the weekend with the finale of Worst Bakers in America as the last two recruits are tested on everything they’ve learned in Boot Camp.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 3 Champion

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Kathy and Matt face off in dessertIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 3, chefs Aarthi Sampath, Kathy Fang, Matt Romine and Mike Romine cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the last spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 3 Winner

Which of Your Favorite Starbucks Holiday Beverages Are Back?

by in News, November 3rd, 2016

Which of Your Favorite Starbucks Holiday Beverages Are Back?Every year, Starbucks simultaneously rolls out its signature holiday beverages and introduces a brand-new seasonal cup that they are served in. And this year, for (maybe?) the first time ever, that festive cup is not red but green.

Green is, of course, Starbucks’ signature color, and based on that and the description of the new cup in the recent company press release, it’s evident this new design is pretty personal. The cup shows a single line connecting an array of different people — everyone from coffee farmers to baristas to families — and was designed by Seattle-based artist Shogo Ota. It is also, says Howard Schultz, the company’s chairman and CEO, a design that represents “the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other.”

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7 Recipes That Will Make Literally Anyone a Brussels Sprouts Believer

by in Recipes, November 3rd, 2016

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon DipBrussels sprouts have come a long way since their “eat your vegetables or no dessert!” days. In fact, they’ve gone from being seen as pure punishment to completely craveworthy. With leafy layers that become blistered and caramelized after they meet scorching heat, these earthy morsels have won over eaters in restaurants and home kitchens alike. As we work our way into full-fledged fall produce season and start gearing up for Thanksgiving, load your recipe arsenal with Brussels sprout favorites that will make any skeptic a believer.

Most things in life are better wrapped in bacon, and the case is no different (and maybe even truer) when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Rethink the hearty veg’s position in side dish territory and bring it over to appetizer land. These Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon Dip (pictured above) are slathered in a maple syrup glaze, so they leave the oven delectably caramelized — and they don’t even require a toothpick to hold everything in place.

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Politically Charged Foods for Election Day

by in Holidays, November 3rd, 2016

Political CollectionNo matter whom you’re voting for on November 8, everyone can unite behind the platform of good food. This election season, companies have created patriotic snacks, candy and beverages to satisfy both parties. While you anxiously await the results of this year’s presidential election, show your support with these politically minded groceries. Read more

Coaching a Celebrity Worst Cooks Winner: Rachael Ray on Her First Win in Boot Camp

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Loni and RachaelWhen it comes to Worst Cooks in America, there aren’t many other mentors who can beat Chef Anne Burrell, who holds the record for most wins (six out of eight). But in Season 9, mentor Rachael Ray — coaching only her second season in the series — rose to the top with celebrity recruit Loni Love. Rachael’s strategy of finding what her recruit loves about food and bringing that to the forefront worked successfully. Loni cooked a Southern comfort menu that came straight from the heart. It touched and impressed the judges, who awarded her the win. Loni left with $50,000 for her charity, the American Red Cross. And Rachael left with quite amazing bragging rights, having broken Anne’s record.

FN Dish sat down with Rachael on the set of Worst Cooks to find out more about how she approached the finale and coaching Loni to the win, as well as what she thought about being in the competition with Anne.

Read on for Rachael’s take on her success this past season.

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and Blue TeamLooking at the original nine celebrity Worst Cooks recruits, you never would have guessed the final two. But after seven weeks of tough competition, the Blue Team’s Loni and the Red Team’s Nicole rose to the top. And it all would come down to one last cook decided upon by a panel of experts in a blind tasting. At the end one winner would be crowned and awarded $50,000 for her charity, and her mentor would win bragging rights. Would Anne keep her record unbroken, or would Rachael clinch her first win? History could be made on this night.

Spoiler Alert: Get the exclusive interview with the winner.

Exclusive Interview with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and the Blue TeamNot everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.

Spoiler Alert: Get the Interview with the Runner-Up

Food Network Staffer Diary: Can My Friends Tell the Difference Between Expensive and Cheap Wines?

by in Behind the Scenes, Community, November 2nd, 2016

If you ever walk into a Trader Joe’s wine section or shop (depending on where you live), one of the most-glaring things you will notice is a vast selection of $2.99 wines by the name of Charles Shaw. But when he’s just kickin’ back, down the esophagi of his more frugal fans, he’s known as Chuck, Two Buck Chuck.

Since Chuck’s introduction in 2002, Trader Joe’s famed wine of “extreme value” has earned itself a reputation – hence the nickname – especially among those who wish to enjoy the finer things in life but don’t want to break the bank.

I am one of those people.

But is it any good? I ask myself, as many people do, when they come across such a concept as a two-dollar-something bottle of wine. I had to find out but did not want to volunteer myself as tribute.

With such a predicament, I decided I would make my friends do it. Read more

3 of a Kind: Waffle Doughnuts

by in Restaurants, November 2nd, 2016

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

What would happen if you crossed a waffle and a doughnut? While the jury is out on a name, you can just call it plain delicious. This hybrid treat features a crunchy exterior that gives way to a soft and cakelike texture on the inside. Waffle doughnuts are making welcome appearances from coast to coast, with a range of toppings to boot. Read on to find out where to grab these golden wonders. Read more