Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Caesar Salad + Pizza

by in Recipes, February 24th, 2014

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and ramen burger, we decided to beat winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in Food Network Kitchen to come up with THE most comforting comfort food. Together with Cooking Channel, we’ve mashed up some classics to create all-new recipes that deliver double the comfort. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Food Network and another on Cooking Channel.

First up: two Italian-American classics, pizza and Caesar salad. We already know that these dishes complement each other — often they’re eaten together in the same meal, perhaps at a favorite neighborhood red-sauce joint. Why not embrace their cheesy, creamy, crunchy, garlicky qualities all in one dish?

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WATCH: The Best of the 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 24th, 2014

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FN Dish caught up with Michael, Trisha, Robert, Justin, Aarón and Chris at the 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Click play on the video above to relive the biggest events and most memorable moments featuring your favorite Food Network stars.

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Sabotaged Chefs Return to Battle — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, February 23rd, 2014

Even if a competitor manages to secure a win on Cutthroat Kitchen, it is likely only earned after some of the most-painstakingly fierce cooking in his or her career. From mandatory ingredients to forbidden appliances and inferior tools, Cutthroat sabotages are notoriously grueling, and most chefs will only endure this kind of face-off once. But on tonight’s all-new episode, four previously eliminated competitors returned to the kitchen for a second chance to overcome sabotage. These chefs had fallen in battle before, but with experience on their side, they took their places in front of Alton, ready to attempt to prove themselves once again.

“All of these people learned the first time they were on the show that at the end of the day, you got to secure the win, or you don’t win anything at all,” Alton told judge Jet Tila on the host’s After-Show. “I would rather walk out of here with a grand than walk out of here with nothing.” He didn’t make the chefs’ return to the contest any easier this time around, auctioning off waterlogged buns during a hot dog challenge and the forced use of strainers as mixing bowls during a brownie challenge. Jet deemed the mixing bowl sabotage “amazingly diabolical,” and indeed it ultimately contributed to Chef Zadi’s elimination.

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After Buying This Restaurant: Moochie’s Tavern

by in Shows, February 23rd, 2014

Keith Simpson on Buy This RestaurantWith a shared wish to own their own eatery, friends and colleagues Jody and Rhonda looked to Buy This Restaurant‘s Keith Simpson for help in finding the ultimate location to launch their would-be business. They wanted a spot in which they could run a sports-themed restaurant with a communal, family-friendly focus, and after exploring three options with Keith, the clients purchased Skinnyz Bar & Grille, an existing business they later transformed into Moochie’s Tavern.

FN Dish checked in with Rhonda a few months after she and Jody opened Moochie’s to find out how the restaurant is faring today. Read on below to hear from Rhonda, and learn about her experience in buying a restaurant and how it’s been to run it so far.

How is Moochie’s Tavern doing today? What have the monthly sales been at the restaurant? What is the greatest expenditure at your business?
Rhonda: Moochie’s is doing really well! We have more than doubled our business in two short months; monthly sales are presently $50,000. We are extremely excited about the sales growth, especially as the increase in business has been organic — all word of mouth. We have done no advertising while we establish our menu and get our team up to speed.

Believe it or not, signs are really expensive. The sign, the addition of 11 TVs, and reorienting the booths have been the costliest for us.

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Herbed Garlic Bread — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 23rd, 2014

Herbed Garlic BreadYou’ll have to look to the side to find this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: Herbed Garlic Bread. Whether you serve it along side spaghetti and meatballs, roast chicken or chili, Tyler’s version packs an herb-y punch with fresh basil and parsley. Combine those with butter and garlic and your family will be quite content.

For more comfort food recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Herbed Garlic Bread

Iron Chef Marc Forgione Leads DIY Lobster Dinner

by in Events, February 23rd, 2014

Iron Chef Marc ForgioneWhile there’s hardly a replica for the kind of pressure Iron Chefs feel when sprinting around Kitchen Stadium during battle, Iron Chef Marc Forgione and Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla cranked up the heat in the makeshift kitchen during last night’s Barilla Interactive Dinner when they tasked partygoers to prepare dinner for their tables. The duo welcomed a sold-out crowd to The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fla., for an elegant but relaxed meal as part of the 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but it was only after guests arrived that the all-star chefs revealed to them the multicourse menu they would be cooking.

Outfitted with aprons and chef’s hats, and with pre-prepped ingredients at the ready, seemingly novice and experienced amateur chefs alike manned the saute pans and took charge of dinner, but lucky for them, help wasn’t far away should they need it. Chef Boni led the crowd with detailed suggestions for creating the pasta course, a richly decadent cheese tortellini with morel mushrooms, Marsala wine and prosciutto, while the Iron Chef tackled the entree.

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On the Road: Best Mac and Cheese

by in Restaurants, February 23rd, 2014

On the Road: Mac and CheeseOoey, gooey and chock-full of melted cheeses, there’s just no dish that’s quite as comforting as macaroni and cheese during the cold winter season. The craving for a creamy bowl of mac can attack at any time, so if you find yourself on the road this month and need an instant cure, stop by one of these top spots for mac and cheese across the country. With options like old-fashioned baked casseroles and gourmet lobster mac on the menu, get ready to sink your spoon into some of the most-indulgent bowls around from these masters of macaroni.

Mad Donna’s — Nashville
With a full section of the menu devoted to Mad Macs, you know that this Music City joint must be serious about mac and cheese. There are six “mad” variations to choose from, but on Heat Seekers, Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking braved the most-intense mac of all, the blazing-hot habanero mac and cheese. Amplified by whole peppers and doubly spicy habanero powder, this menacing mac is topped with even more heat in the form of “hellfire crunch,” a mix of crumbled tortilla chips and habanero powder.

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Worst Cooks Skill Drills: Ingredient Shmingredient

by in Shows, February 22nd, 2014

Anne Burrell and MichaelHave you ever shopped for a recipe and discovered that you forgot an ingredient or two once you got home? If it’s any consolation, it happens to the best. Or maybe you just can’t find an ingredient you thought you had for a recipe you planned to make. Your immediate reaction might be to come up with a substitution, but that’s not always the best idea. As Boot Camp recruits from Worst Cooks in America (Mondays at 9|8c) prove, some ingredients are not that easily exchangeable. Blue cheese for feta? Not really. Cilantro for parsley? It depends on the recipe (going for Mex-Ital?). Salt for sugar in a baked good? OK, it might have been an accident, but you can’t serve that!

If there’s one lesson to learn it’s this: You’ve got to know your ingredients and understand them. Watch the video to see some of the ingredient-swap sins committed in Seasons 3 and 4 — and you’ll know exactly when to point them out while watching the new season.

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Vote: What’s Your Favorite No-Bake Dessert?

by in Recipes, February 22nd, 2014

No-Bake Chewy Truffle CookiesOn this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, Katie Lee proved that when it comes to sweet tooth-satisfying desserts, sometimes preparation and assembly can be just as productive as baking. She welcomed her mom, Kim, to the set, and together they made a duo of no-bake desserts: No-Bake “Cow Pile” Cookies, featuring a crave-worthy combination of chocolate, peanut butter and oats, and No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie, a simple but comforting classic.

Whether you’re looking for fuss-free treats to make with your kids or just need a go-to dessert for a last-minute get-together, no-bake recipes like Katie’s offer endless quick-fix options. Since you don’t need to account for baking time, most dishes can be fully prepared in mere minutes (although they may need to cool) and are simple to execute, even in a hurry. Cheesecakes and tarts become even easier if they’re started with a store-bought crust, while trifles, mousses and mix-and-drop cookies guarantee wows from the crowd despite being nearly effortless to put together.

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