Enter to Win a Copy of Bobby Flay’s New Cookbook, Brunch @ Bobby’s

by in Books, Contests, Food Network Chef, September 17th, 2015

Enter to Win a Copy of Bobby Flay's New Cookbook, Brunch at Bobby'sWith his penchant for Southwestern flavors and a string of successful Bobby’s Burger Palace restaurants, Bobby Flay has surely earned the right to call himself a taco master and a burger aficionado, though his range in the kitchen doesn’t stop there — or even at lunch or dinner. He also has an appetite for brunch, which he explores on the series Brunch @ Bobby’s and in his brand-new cookbook of the same name. Available for preorder now and officially on sale on Sept. 29, Brunch @ Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend explores the best sweet and savory side of this late-morning meal, from a towering stack of chocolate pancakes to an all-new take on bacon, eggs and hash browns.

Recently FN Dish checked in with Bobby, and he revealed his go-to brunch order as well as his take on why brunch has become so popular. When he goes out for brunch, he’s quick to balance the meal by including both salty and sweet elements, explaining, “It always involves eggs, but I always order something for the table, whether it’s like French toast or waffles or pancakes — in that sort of vernacular, like the sweet brunch.” As for a cocktail to sip on the side, he keeps it simple, opting for a mimosa. “The juice, to me, [it] just has to be fresh-squeezed,” says Bobby. He’s familiar with the “ritual” that brunch has become, and says, “It’s the way that people entertain in terms of meeting out. People have their brunch places that they go every weekend.” He adds, “It’s a great way to kind of grab the newspaper, have some coffee, have your brunch cocktail and then sort of carry on your Sunday.”

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Would You Eat Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt?

by in News, September 16th, 2015

Would You Eat Ice Cream That Doesn't Melt?Ice cream, by definition, melts when it’s out of the freezer (well … usually, anyway). But now scientists in the U.K. have come up with an ice cream that does not melt, even when you leave it out in the sun — and they predict it will be available in stores within three to five years.

The key to this expectation-defying extenda-frozen dairy treat is a protein, called BslA, that makes the air, fat and water contained in ice cream clump together, causing it to resist melting and stay firm, even when it’s sitting out in warm weather, and preventing the formation of ice crystals, so that it mimics the smooth texture of high-end ice creams.

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Overnight Blueberry Buns — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, September 16th, 2015

What’s better than enjoying a warm, buttery sweet bun fresh from the oven? Eating a warm bun while still in your pajamas. In order to have that luxury you might think you need to start baking at 4 a.m., but that’s not true at all. These overnight blueberry babies look complicated, but they take only about 20 minutes of active work to put together, and they’re perfect for breakfast.

You start by making a simple enriched dough. With a stand mixer, the whole process takes about 10 minutes. Without one, you’ll have to do the kneading by hand, but this pillowy dough is easy to work with. The first rise should take about an hour. Then all you have to do is shape the dough and pop it in your fridge. The rolls rest overnight; this makes the recipe simpler and develops delicious yeasty flavor in the dough. The buns actually get tastier in the fridge while you sleep.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of 2 Ghouls and a Guy

by in Shows, September 16th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team 2 Ghouls and a Guy, made up of Diane Fehder, Jeff Munchel and Bridget McCarty. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Diane Fehder: I think of trick-or-tricking in my parents’ neighborhood while growing up. I love Halloween. I love dressing up and now love dressing my daughter up. I think of all the past memories I’ve had — the smell of fall leaves and fireplaces. Now all of our neighbors get together outside and hand out candy together.
Jeff Munchel: When I think of Halloween, I think of candy, blood and haunted houses!
Bridget McCarty: [I think of] black cats, witches, pumpkins, lights, crows, mummies, candy, costumes, darkness, night, owls, sugar, Dracula, smoke, fog, scarecrows, cauldrons, screams, howls and more.

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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.

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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