All New in 2014: 5 Stars Will Join Forces on The Kitchen

by in Shows, December 11th, 2013

The KitchenThere’s no question that in most homes, the kitchen is the warmest room in the house, the place where memories are made and stories are shared — not to mention where family meals are prepared day after day. And beginning this winter, five of your favorite Food Network stars will celebrate these aspects and more of the kitchen on an all-new series.

Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson will come together on The Kitchen, premiering Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11am/10c, in a weekly morning show to not just cook some of their signature recipes together, but to dish on current food trends, chat about their families’ strategies for easy weeknight meals, swap money-saving tips and help you get the most out of your favorite kitchen gadgets. As these stars will gather around the kitchen table week after week, each will lend a unique perspective to the conversation, among them Katie’s often-healthy point of view, Marcela’s flair for Mexican cuisine and Geoffrey’s penchants for crafted cocktails.

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Anne’s Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2013

Anne's Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Anne’s recipe takes classic oatmeal cookies to a whole new level, thanks to pieces of chocolate. Since she’s a fan of dark chocolate (semisweet works as well), she chops that up with walnuts to make these oatmeal cookies nice and chunky. Though Anne’s perfect cooking time is 12 minutes for these cookies, a little less time will result in a chewier cookie, while a little more time in the oven will make them crispy. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt to give it a little something special.

Get Anne Burrell’s Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Announcing the Chopped Teen Champion

by in Shows, December 10th, 2013
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Announcing the Chopped Teen ChampionOn a special episode of Chopped, four teenaged chefs entered the competition to prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to culinary talent. On the line was a $40,000 scholarship to The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. Not to mention bragging rights to call oneself a Chopped Champion. Now that’s pretty cool for a kid still in school! The competitors ranged in age from 13 to 16, but it didn’t matter that they lacked the years of experience, because they made up for it in energy, ambition and a determination to win. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning teen-chef.

SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Who Won

From the Sidelines to a Starring Role: Swiss Chard Makes a Main Dish

by in Recipes, Shows, December 10th, 2013

Swiss Chard LasagnaChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient Swiss chard, which most people think of as a boring green relegated to side dishes. But that’s not the way Chopped competitors think! The key is making the basket ingredient shine and this recipe for Swiss Chard Lasagna does just that. It’s also a really creative way to get kids — or even adults — to eat their greens. Your family will be surprised by the wonderful flavors and cheesiness of this lasagna, and they won’t even miss the meat.

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Rethink Your Spices

by in Food Network Magazine, December 10th, 2013

Rethink Your SpicesSpices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg have been used for centuries in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cooking to bring out rich, meaty flavors in savory dishes. Try adding a pinch or two of your favorite baking spice to a rub for meat, or drop a cinnamon stick into simmering tomato sauce. Just remember: A little goes a long way.

Ina’s Ultimate Ginger Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 2013

Ina's Ultimate Ginger Cookies
12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Ina’s moist and delicious cookies are filled with more than just ginger. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and chopped crystallized ginger impart multiple flavors that balance each other and hit your taste buds in multiple layers. A coating of sugar before baking gives the cookies a crinkly crust that sparkles.

Get Ina Garten’s Ultimate Ginger Cookie recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 9th, 2013

Tofu-Stuffed Acorn SquashThough squash often plays a starring role on Thanksgiving dinner tables — from soups and salads to mashes and mac and cheese — this family-friendly vegetable is a staple all winter long. Just like butternut and spaghetti squash, acorn squash is endlessly versatile: Feature it as a simple side to round out the meal, or let acorn squash take center stage on your dinner table as the main dish. The key to turning acorn squash — or any vegetable — into an entree is beefing it up a bit with hearty protein, like meat, tofu or eggs, plus complementary ingredients to add extra flavor.

In its recipe for Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash (pictured above), Food Network Magazine puts a spin on classic stuffed peppers by using squash as the vessel of choice and tofu instead of ground meat as the filling. Since tofu can be plain on its own, it’s important to cook it with bold ingredients so it adopts those tastes and becomes full-flavored. Here Food Network Magazine sautes tofu with olive oil, garlic and onions, then adds juicy cherry tomatoes and baby spinach to create a fresh mixture. Parmesan cheese and lemon juice add balancing richness and a refreshing flavor to the combination, which is served inside a tender roasted acorn squash with a simple pita-spinach salad on the side.

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