One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , June 25th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest pot...

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Chefs’ Picks: Los Angeles Pizza

by in Restaurants, June 25th, 2017

Pizzeria Mozza
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Unlike New York or Chicago, there are no preconceived notions of what pizza in Los Angeles ought to be. As a result, inventive pizzaiolos are letting their imaginations run rampant, spinning out an array of pies as diverse as the city’s sprawling urban landscape. Check it out for yourself. But beware: In a city this size, simply wandering the streets in search of anything is a half-baked endeavor. Allow a few local chefs who deal in (pizza) dough to guide your pursuit of the perfect pie. Read more

Astronauts May Soon Bake Bread in Space

by in News, June 25th, 2017

Astronauts May Soon Bake Bread in SpaceNext time you breathe in the heady scent of fresh bread, spare a thought for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. They are living in a bread-free zone, compelled to cobble together sandwiches using tortillas. (Not that there’s anything wrong with tortillas.)

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Take 5: Switch Up Your Dinner Routine with Foil-Pack Grilling

by in Recipes, June 25th, 2017

If you’re looking to take advantage of the longer, sun-filled days of summer, try taking your weeknight dinners outdoors to the grill. Add foil packs to your cooking arsenal and you’ve got easy, mess-free grilling for everything from BBQ meatloaf to paella – all in under an hour.

Healthy Grilled Shrimp Fajita Foil Pack

If anything, shrimp was made for grilling in a foil pack. The packet cooks and flavors the shrimp while keeping it all safe – no shrimp slipping between the grates here. And warming the tortillas is as easy as wrapping them into another foil pack for a short turn on the grill.

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American Flag Salad and 7 Other Incredibly Easy Patriotic Plates

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 24th, 2017

American Flag Caprese SaladBetween the backyard barbecues, beachy picnics and fireworks viewing parties, summer is packed with patriotic events. When planning your next party don’t limit the theme to the decor – food can be patriotic, too! And while a surprise-inside flag cake looks amazing, not everyone has the time to make one. We rounded up our favorite red, white and blue dishes that will look great, but won’t take all day to make.

American Flag Caprese Salad (pictured above)
The addition of purple potatoes to the classic mozzarella and tomato salad makes for a patriotic side dish, perfect for any summer party. It looks adorable in the flag design, but will look equally tasty mixed together in a bowl if you don’t have the patience to set it up. Read more

5 Fast-Food Burgers You Can Make at Home

by in Recipes, View All Posts, June 23rd, 2017

 

White Castle BurgersChain restaurants tend to evoke a sense of nostalgia, which is why it’s no surprise any American can instantly pinpoint their favorite fast-food burger. White Castle — the pioneer of the fast-food burger — hasn’t lost its luster to passionate diners and new chains like Shake Shack are flipping the idea of fast-food on its head. Not to mention, you can’t go to California without making a stop at In-N-Out — and if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen? Food Network Magazine asked the test kitchen to re-create some of Americas most beloved burgers, so you can have a taste of your favorite anytime, anywhere. Read more

Why Does Your Steak ‘Weep’?

by in News, June 23rd, 2017

Why Does Your Steak 'Weep'?That red liquid dripping from your raw filet mignon or rump roast? Blood, right? Nope, not blood … “weep.”

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Star Recap: There’s a Lot to Love (and Hate) About Live Television

by , June 23rd, 2017

Food Network StarYes, there were two challenges in this episode, but the biggest OMG-what-just-happened moments came from the Star Challenge, which brought the finalists into their first forays of Live TV. There's no going back now. A few competitors rose to the occa...

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What to Watch: Outdoor Entertaining on The Kitchen and Elegant Camping Cuisine on Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 23rd, 2017

Food Network Star
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy-worthy feast of some of her best Tex-Mex recipes. She’s whipping up Simple, Perfect Chili, Cheese Enchiladas, and decadent, individual Piña Coloda Tres Leches Cakes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making dishes perfect for outdoor entertaining and sharing some gardening tips to give your party the perfect Instagram-worthy setting. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is preparing make-ahead desserts, perfect for a dinner party, and Ayesha Curry is making a manly meal for her husband Stephen and his friends.

On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is seeing double in Flavortown Market when three sets of twins compete for the $20,000 grand prize, and on Food Network Star, the remaining finalists must bring elegance to the wilderness in a special glamping-themed competition with guest judges Melissa d’Arabian and Andrew Zimmern.

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One-on-One with Dave Sideserf, a Star of the New Series Texas Cake House

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017

Dave SideserfYesterday we introduced you to Natalie Sideserf, one half of the Sideserf Cake Studio business — and one half of the Sideserf family. Today it’s all about Natalie’s business partner and husband, Dave. Together, the Sideserfs are set to star on the all-new upcoming series Texas Cake House (premiering Monday, July 10 at 9|8c), which will give fans an insider’s look at how this power couple bring their next-level cake creations to life and manage to navigate their marriage along the way.

While Natalie handles much of the design elements of their business, Dave’s role runs the gamut, he tells us. But he’s quick to add that when it comes to eating and working with cake, “The taste test is my favorite part!” Read on below to hear more from Dave and find out how what he thinks is the trickiest part of running Sideserf Cake Studio. And learn all about his and Natalie’s too-cute dog, Mrs. Robinson.

Tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work with Natalie.
Dave Sideserf: I have always liked cooking and worked in kitchens growing up. After graduating college, I worked in the tech field, where I learned a ton about business development. After years of building the foundation of Sideserf Cake Studio, the time finally came where we both realized my full-time assistance was needed.

What was it like leaving your career to work with Natalie at Sideserf Cake Studio?
DS: My previous employer was a startup that was hired by some pretty major companies. Much of my time was spent working with those organizations onsite, which allowed me to gain a lot of exposure to the inner workings of businesses of varying sizes. That experience has been extremely helpful in building our brand. Read more