Alton Explains What Not to Do, the Deal with POVs and the Hardest Part of Being a Judge

by , May 27th, 2014

Alton Explains What Not to Do, the Deal with POVs and MoreAs Food Network’s resident food historian and overall respected voice of reason, Alton Brown has a lot to say when it comes to finalists vying for the ultimate job — the job that will allow one person to join the roster that he shares with fellow judges Giada and Bobby.

Star Talk: What are you excited about this season?
Alton Brown: I haven’t participated in as many seasons of Food Network Star as the other judge-mentors. I’ve only really done three. But based on the seasons that I’ve done in the past, I’m excited to see if I can find that nugget — that diamond. You’re walking down a riverbank, you reach down and you pull up a 10-carat diamond and go, “Hey, look what I found.” So you’re looking at each one of these finalists and you’re hoping that one of them is going to be spectacular — amazing. And it could happen. That’s the entire mission.

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Sneak Peek: Halfway to Thanksgiving!

by in Holidays, May 27th, 2014

There are 184 days until Thanksgiving — halfway there! — and our editors and recipe developers are busy dreaming up the best feast ever for FoodNetwork.com. Here’s a sneak peek: the all-in-one, do-it-all, why-choose-one Everything Pie — Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin. Look out for it this fall on FoodNetwork.com. In the meantime, there are plenty of Thanksgiving-y foods that work all year long, like these green beans, mashed potatoes and pumpkin bread. Why wait? Celebrate #halfwaytothanksgiving.

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of Preserving by the Pint

by in Books, Contests, May 26th, 2014

Win a Copy of Preserving by the Pint

FN Dish contributor Marisa McClellan is known for her Friday posts, The Weekender. But what Marisa is truly known for is her expertise on preserving. Her first book, Food in Jars, was a quick hit. Now Marisa is back for a second helping, this time for those in small spaces in Preserving by the Pint.

In her second cookbook, Marisa guides readers through making smaller batches from farmers markets, produce stands or their local grocery stores. Some people just aren’t space-equipped for working with quarts or pounds. Readers will find recipes organized by season, such as Rosemary Rhubarb Jelly, Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup, Sweet Cherry Compote and Fig Jam with Thyme. Some recipes take just under an hour to prepare.

You can buy a copy of Preserving by the Pint here, or you can enter to win one for free from FN Dish. We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected readers each a copy of Preserving by the Pint, and all you have to do to enter to win one is leave a comment below telling us what you’re looking forward to preserving from this upcoming summer season. Need inspiration? Flip through Food Network’s Canning, Pickling and Preserving 101 gallery here.

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Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Israeli Couscous and Olives — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 26th, 2014

Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Israeli Couscous and OlivesWhile burgers, hot dogs and barbecue may be classic picks on Memorial Day, there’s no reason to forgo a Meatless Monday today, as it’s indeed possible to enjoy the tradition of grilling without indulging in meat. The secret is to swap in a different hearty ingredient in place of the usual beef, chicken or pork. Enter cauliflower. Every bit as hefty as a hunk of meat, cauliflower stands up well to high-temperature cooking, so it can be cooked on the grill, and it’s a natural pairing for bold flavors, which makes it easy to dress up with spice rubs and seasonings. Plus, if you slice a head of cauliflower into thick-cut steaks instead of tiny florets, the results are satisfying enough to be served as a main dish for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Food Network Kitchen’s recipe for Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Israeli Couscous and Olives (pictured above) is an all-in-one dish that’s both simple to make in a hurry and packed with plenty of tastes and textures. The key to this recipe is the harissa-olive oil mixture that’s rubbed onto the cauliflower before cooking; the warm spice infuses the vegetable as it cooks, and what results is tender, smoky cauliflower every time. Because the cauliflower cooks in throwaway foil wrapping, cleaning up the grill is a cinch. Serve the vegetable with a simple side of lemon-ginger couscous studded with raisins and tangy feta cheese, and finish each plate with green olives and a squeeze of bright lemon juice.

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Playing with Fire — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, May 25th, 2014


No matter what recipe you’re cooking, when it comes to being prepared in the kitchen, few things are more important than a quality heat source. From live flames from a gas stove to the warmth of an oven or the power from a microwave, heat is needed to make critical things happen, and without it, or with an inferior heat supply, cooking anything well can be nearly impossible. On tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, host Alton Brown auctioned off a sabotage that would seem to spell doom for one competitor: Instead of being able to prepare a clambake on a conventional stove, one chef would have to use tiny flame cubes set within a miniature prop. Was this too much to ask of a contestant in a 30-minute round? No, the sabotage was indeed fair, as the culinary team had tested the obstacle beforehand.

Click the play button on the video above to watch how this test unfolded, and learn which elements of the sabotage were approved and why some parts weren’t successful.

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Skillet S’mores — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 25th, 2014

Skillet S'Mores - Most Popular Pin of the WeekLeave it to Jeff Mauro to transform a common outdoor treat, which is also this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, into an indoor recipe fans can make year-round. He reimagines the summertime treat by layering crunchy walnuts, warm melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows in a pan, then serving graham crackers for dipping.

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Taste Test: Kale Chips

by , May 25th, 2014

kale chips
Crunchy versions of this leafy green vegetable are taking the chip aisle by storm. There’s no doubt kale is delicious and nutritious — but do its dried spin-offs live up to the hype?

The Criteria
We rated these leafy snacks on a 5-poin...

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