The Kitchen Needs Your Help: Vote Now!

by in Shows, January 5th, 2015

The Kitchen Co-HostsThe marathon holiday season may have wrapped up just days ago, but the crew of The Kitchen has been looking ahead to 2015’s all-new episodes for a while. FN Dish recently asked fans to share with the co-hosts a few of their favorite ways to enjoy soup and, sure enough, these results were shared on the air in the series’ first-ever Souped-Up Soups episode. Now the team needs your help with a new series of questions.

When it comes to morning meals, how often do you eat breakfast, and are you more likely to indulge in a platter of bacon and eggs, or do you opt for grab-and-go granola? And, now that the January chill has settled in, what do your comfort-food favorites look like, and at what time of day are you most likely to cozy up to them? Share your preferences below, and stay tuned for future episodes of The Kitchen to find out the results.

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The Baking Championship Gets a Little Bit Sweeter with Kids

by in Shows, January 5th, 2015

Kids Baking ChampionshipIn Food Network’s new series Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Feb. 2 at 8|7c, hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead eight talented kid bakers through challenges designed to find the most-impressive and creative young baker. In each challenge the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, will be tested on their baking skills and originality as they whip up delectable desserts, including creative cakes, mouthwatering cookies and pastries.

These talented kids make baking seem as easy as pie, but the competition is about more than sweets and goodies. At stake is a prize package consisting of a set of Food Network bakeware, a profile in Food Network Magazine, an original cake featured at Charm City Cakes and a $10,000 grand prize. But only one will become the Kids Baking Champion!

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Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2015

Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet PotatoesFrom salads and sandwiches to casseroles and pasta, the key to bulking up vegetarian dishes and turning them into satisfying meals is adding hearty, protein-rich ingredients other than meat. If you’re new to Meatless Monday or vegetarian cooking in general, consider stocking your refrigerator with eggs and tofu, and your pantry with good-for-you grains and your favorite varieties of beans. Along with fresh vegetables, these go-to picks can transform everyday dishes into rich, comforting plates to look forward to.

Pinto beans play a shining role in Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes (pictured above), an eat-with-your-hands meal ideal for weeknights and game days alike. To guarantee layer upon layer of flavor, FN Kitchen tosses spiced baked tortilla chips with bright lime zest, then piles on the bold toppings, including a pinto bean mixture laced with adobo sauce and cumin-scented roasted sweet potatoes. For an added burst of freshness, top the platter with a simple tomato-serrano salsa and finish with cool, creamy avocado slices.

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Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Pizza Ever?

by in Community, Shows, January 5th, 2015

Best. Pizza. Ever.When it comes to tried-and-true eats and drinks, there’s good, maybe even great, and then there’s the best — those craveable, mouthwatering specialties worthy of an extra-special trip. These must-try plates are the subjects of the all-new series Best. Ever., premiering tonight at 10|9c, wherein host Ted Allen and your favorite Food Network chefs and stars are revealing their picks for the best-made pizza, burgers, barbecue and breakfast dishes from coast to coast.

Before you tune in tonight to see what pies the cast has chosen for its Best. Pizza. Ever. feature, FN Dish wants to know: What do you consider to be the best-ever pizza, and where do you eat it? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestPizzaEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate pie. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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“We Really Stepped Up Our Sabotages” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

While even the seemingly most-approachable sabotages are still a challenge for Cutthroat Kitchen competitors, Alton Brown took the game to extreme heights and lengths on tonight’s all-new episode when he auctioned off not one but two next-level tests. “We really stepped up our sabotages,” Alton explained on the latest installment of his After-Show, introducing judge Simon Majumdar to these evilicious unfoldings.

“We thought we would up the ante this time and make somebody cook in a bunk bed,” Alton told Simon of a sabotage for the breakfast hash round. “Prep on the bottom, cook on the top,” he added of the doozy. After checking out the top bunk’s burner and work station, Simon cited the potential areas of struggle as “just about everything,” though he noted of Chef Jouvens, who was forced to contend with this sabotage, “He got the heat, so that’s why he managed to get a crust on his potatoes.”

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

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

Blue Team Elimination on Worst Cooks in AmericaThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

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

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

Red Team elimination on Worst Cooks in AmericaThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

5 Reasons to Get Braising Now

by in How-to, In Season, January 4th, 2015

By Patricia Reilly

In the chilly season, simmering your supper using the easy and age-old technique of braising will bring warmth, coziness and fragrance to your kitchen. This simple, satisfying mode of cooking is perfect for the holidays and winter months, when hibernating at home allows time for a leisurely back-burner braise, building layers of flavor into fork-tender foods.

1. If you love comfort food, you’ll love braising. Think melt-in-your-mouth short ribs (pictured above), osso buco (much simpler than it sounds) and braised pork tacos. This is food that warms the soul while at the same time offering the terrific texture and flavor complexity you might associate with chef-y fare. Bottom line: Make enough for seconds and superior leftovers.

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Trisha’s 4-Ingredient Biscuits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 4th, 2015

Daddy's BiscuitsWhile making from-scratch bread may seem tricky and time-consuming, many DIY recipes are a cinch to prepare, and surely it’s possible to prepare fresh dough in a hurry at home. All you need is a go-to recipe, and for that, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week fills the bill. Made with only a handful of ingredients, Trisha Yearwood’s Daddy’s Biscuits come together in just 30 quick minutes, and the recipe turns out moist, fluffy biscuits every time.

For more crowd-pleasing recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Daddy’s Biscuits (pictured above)

Palcohol Isn’t in Stores Yet, but States Have Already Banned It

by in News, January 3rd, 2015

VodkaPalcohol, the new powdered alcohol that promises to be portable, potent and, with the addition of water, potable hasn’t hit store shelves yet. Currently awaiting label approval, it may not do so until next spring. But that hasn’t stopped several states — Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont – from banning it. Yes, already.

Minnesota, Ohio and New York are also considering pre-emptive bans on powdered liquor, and according to the Associated Press, you can now add Colorado to that list.

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