The Insider’s Take on Kids Baking Championship — Duff’s Recap of Episode 2

by in Shows, February 10th, 2015

Duff GoldmanDessert Imposters! Now, this is in my wheelhouse! Ninety percent of what we do at Charm City Cakes is make cakes that look like other things, and a lot of times we make cakes that look like other kinds of food. Last week I made a cake for a chef in Los Angeles that was a giant pile of raw meat. True story. This week’s challenge was so much fun on Kids Baking Championship, but it was also one of the most difficult for the kids. They had to recreate foods using sweet, baked stuff. It’s very tricky to get right, because you really have to sell the idea that, no, this is not a cake, this is a plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

Last week was really tough, but I think the kids gained an advantage in that they got used to the cameras, lights and even my big loud mouth, and I think they really stepped it up when they faced an even bigger challenge than the bake sale.

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Calling All Chocoholics: 5 Decadent Chocolate Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2015

Warm Chocolate Cakes with BerriesThere are chocolate lovers — and then there are chocoholics, a term reserved for only the most-diehard chocolate fanatics, those who dream about sleeping on a bed of fluffy chocolate frosting and swimming in a vat of chocolate fondue. If you consider yourself a member of this super-sweet club, you’re in luck: FN Dish is here with five of the most-over-the-top chocolatey recipes that you’re sure to swoon over this Valentine’s Day.

Hot-from-the-oven chocolate cake on the outside with a pool of rich, creamy melted chocolate in the center: That’s the scene taking place when you make Giada De Laurentiis’ Warm Chocolate Cakes with Berries (pictured above). The beauty of Giada’s fuss-free cakes is that you can prepare them in the morning, then come back to bake them right before you’re ready to eat them, so you’re guaranteed a deliciously warm dessert. Follow Giada’s lead and add just a pinch of espresso powder to the batter; it will enhance the flavor of the chocolate without adding a coffee taste.

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Bean, Kale and Egg Stew — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 9th, 2015

Bean, Kale and Egg StewWhile traditional stew may conjure images of a meaty supper that requires hours of slow simmering to cook, it’s indeed possible to pull off a vegetarian version ideal for Meatless Monday — and in a hurry, too.

The key to making a satisfying and meat-free stew is replacing the beef with an equally hearty ingredient, and for our Food Network Kitchen, that’s plenty of kidney beans in its good-for-you recipe for Bean, Kale and Egg Stew (pictured above). Ready to eat in only 35 minutes, this easy dinner boasts layer upon layer of flavor, starting with a base of sweet sauteed red onions, protein-packed beans and a warming broth spiked with soy sauce. Once the kale is tender, it takes just a few minutes to thicken up the stew, which is best topped with a runny sunny-side up egg and served with a side of broiled cheesy bread for easy dunking. Do you prefer a bit of spice in your stew? If so, don’t forget the hot sauce for DIY heat.

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12 Must-Try Dumplings Across the Country

by in Restaurants, February 9th, 2015

By Meesha Halm

Dim sum dumplings — once the sole province of Chinese restaurants — are having their breakthrough moment. From a fifth-generation chef folding traditional xiao long bao to a food truck steaming up bacon cheeseburger dumplings for passersby, chefs across the country are delighting diners with dim sum and then some. Whether you like your shumai from a Chinatown dive or in a glitzy nightclub, we’ve tracked down some of the best dumplings to fit your taste and budget. Check out a sampler below and head over to the gallery for the full list.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 9th, 2015

Sarah Bettendorf, Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks entered the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they faced new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remained to face off in one final cook-off. This week, the remaining four recruits were narrowed down to just two, who next week will face battling one another for the chance to walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team who haven’t been chosen to compete in the finale, although coming ever so close.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 9th, 2015

Leopold Nunan, Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks entered the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they faced new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remained to face off in one final cook-off. This week, the remaining four recruits were narrowed down to just two, who next week will face battling one another for the chance to walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team who haven’t been chosen to compete in the finale, although coming ever so close.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

“Boxed” Chocolate Cake — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, February 8th, 2015

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen focused on perhaps the ultimate sweet treat — chocolate — and surely no chocolate showcase is complete without molten lava cake. Boasting a tender, moist cake on the outside and a warm, gooey center, this dressed-up dessert is tricky to master, even for the most-experienced chefs under optimal conditions. And inside the Cutthroat arena, the circumstances for preparing this cake turned even trickier when a sabotage forced one chef to mix all of the cake ingredients within the tiny compartments inside a now-empty box of chocolates.

As with all sabotages, the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team tried its hands at this doozy of a test before Alton Brown sold it at auction, and within just minutes of starting, Food Stylist Codii realized, “The key to this is patience, which I think Cutthroat Kitchen lacks on a daily basis.” Despite her initial struggles, however, Codii managed to incorporate her ingredients as best as possible, and ultimately turned out cakes that, while “not pretty,” featured the signature lava river flowing from within.

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Hershey Wants to Make Your 3D Chocolate Dreams Come True

by in News, February 8th, 2015

3D SystemsThere’s nothing like the face of a kid eating a Hershey bar, or so the old jingle goes. But imagine that kid’s face checking out a 3D-printed version of his own face eating a Hershey bar. Whoa, meta!

The cast-in-cocoa possibilities are endless, thanks to the CocoJet 3D printer, a 3D chocolate printer introduced by 3D Systems and The Hershey Company last month at CES. Users can choose dark, milk or white chocolate and then watch as it is liquidly streamed into a preprogrammed design or a shape of their own choosing. Bespoke chocolate cards and customized cake toppers may be only the beginning.

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The Pioneer Woman’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 8th, 2015

Twice Baked Potato CasseroleImagine all of your favorite parts of twice-baked potatoes — the tangy sour cream, salty and crispy bacon, gooey cheese and fresh green onions — then picture them combined with plenty of smashed buttery potatoes and baked until piping hot. That’s this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Ree Drummond’s big-batch casserole that’s as easy to prepare as it is stick-to-your-ribs hearty.

For more tried-and-true recipe ideas, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Best Recipes board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Twice-Baked Potato Casserole (pictured above)

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Canned Tuna

by in Recipes, February 8th, 2015

Tuna CasseroleThose cans of tuna on the grocery store shelves — the ones that cost about $2 each? Don’t ignore them. You might want to because you don’t feel like another boring tuna salad sandwich, but don’t do it. Don’t ignore the cans. Think of them as inexpensive tins of protein, meal starters you can turn into dozens of inventive meals, shelf-stable little wonders you can stock up on and use later.

Here’s why you should fill your cart with canned tuna. OK, maybe not fill it, but stock up when it’s on sale and make tuna a permanent line item on your grocery list.

Because You Miss Mom’s Tuna Casserole (above)
Mom made it because it was inexpensive, easy and comforting. Shouldn’t you do the same? Mom might have used canned soup to thicken hers, but this version is made with a from-scratch creamy sauce, making it lighter and more delicious than the one you remember, but just as nostalgic and comforting. It’s also made with whole-wheat fettuccine and two (!) vegetables, broccoli and peas, so you can really feel good about it.

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