Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Catherine McCord

by in Shows, September 5th, 2015

Catherine McCordFormer print and runway model Catherine McCord went from the catwalk to the kitchen. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, she saw an opportunity to showcase her easy family-friendly recipes; that’s when her blog,, was born. Her latest cookbook is Weelicious: One Family. One Meal. When this mom of two isn’t busy testing recipes, she’s serving as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Discover Catherine’s favorite guilty pleasure food and what she loves most about grocery shopping.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Catherine on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

Do you prefer shopping in a small market or a supermarket?
Catherine McCord: I’m about specialty markets. I can always find what I need in specialty markets, but somehow, Flavortown is like the happy medium.

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Here’s How to Use Up All That Corn

by in Recipes, Shows, September 5th, 2015

No-Cream Creamed Corn with Applewood Smoked BaconThe unofficial end of summer may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean that one of the season’s most-abundant crops has slowed down. From farmers markets and roadside produce stands to the aisles of your local grocery store, corn — a lot of it — is everywhere right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared their top tricks for putting this seasonal beauty to work while it’s still around. Check out two easy recipes from Geoffrey Zakarian and Marcela Valladolid below for their signature takes on this staple ingredient.

GZ reinvents the traditionally rich dish of creamed corn with his no-cream recipe. His secret? Pureeing the kernels of a few ears, which produces a naturally creamlike texture after only a few whirls in the blender. He combines that corn juice with whole kernels and adds crispy chopped bacon for a salty bite. Perhaps the best part is that his recipe can be on the table in a hurry, so it’s ideal for last-minute entertaining.

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Chefs’ Picks: Lobster Rolls

by in Restaurants, September 5th, 2015

EventideChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Few dishes trumpet summer more than the lobster roll. Like the coastal cousin to a hot dog, a lobster roll conjures tastes of the shore, and is best with lemonade and an ocean view. Bite-size, buttery or slicked with mayo, here are five chefs’ picks for top lobster rolls.

Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Maine

Not one, but two chefs picked this Portland restaurant’s inventive version, which plays on Chinese-style pork buns. “I love the steamed bun, the overall size of the sandwich and the ‘brushstroke’ of the brown-butter vinaigrette,” says Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary (Charleston, S.C.). Paul C. Reilly of Beast + Bottle, in Denver, concurs: ” Every food has a time and a place, and eating this sandwich at Eventide feels (and tastes) just perfect. The brown butter is just gilding the lily.”

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Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Brian Malarkey

by in Shows, September 4th, 2015

Brian MalarkeyChef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey made his mark in Los Angeles long before opening seven restaurants throughout California, and he has more on the way in the coming year. He’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Ore., and he has appeared on ABC’s The Taste and Top Chef Season 3, Miami. His latest cookbook is Come Early, Stay Late. Now you can find this chef serving as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. And in the current special All-Stars series, he even tries out the games.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Brian on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

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Back-to-School Ideas and Late-Summer Dinners from Food Network Magazine

by in Food Network Magazine, In Season, September 4th, 2015

waffle chicken fingersAugust may be over, but summertime’s bountiful produce is still here — for now. Find the perfect recipes for celebrating the last days of summer in the September edition of Food Network Magazine. Before fall officially arrives and the bounty of stone fruit at the farmers market is replaced with buckets of apples, bake a pastry filled with nectarines or plums. What should also be on your to-do list: eating tomatoes of every shape and size and cooking with (a lot) of basil.

Complete with 50 easy bar cookie recipes and a special kids’ edition, this issue is also a great resource for back-to-school season. And Food Network Magazine staffers can vouch that even the kid-friendly recipes (think grilled cheese and chicken fingers) are just as tempting for adults. Read on for their favorite new recipes from the magazine and start cooking!

“I know the chicken tenders — Hawaiian, ramen, waffle (pictured above) and pizza — in our kids’ insert are geared toward a slightly younger audience, but I want to try them all. Warning to all parents: You may love them as much as your kiddos.

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What to Watch: Labor Day Ideas on The Kitchen and a Grandma Takeover on Cutthroat Kitchen

by in Shows, September 4th, 2015

Say farewell to summer with your favorite chefs as they grill outdoors and celebrate the holiday weekend with their favorite party eats. Start your Saturday off right with a birthday celebration at Ree Drummond’s ranch, complete with juicy Smashed Burgers and Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites. Then, Nancy Fuller invites family over for a picnic-style lunch with BBQ Braised Brisket Sandwiches and a spread of decadent desserts. Next, The Kitchen is throwing a Labor Day party complete with tips for entertaining and a lightened-up take on creamed corn that’s perfect for any get-together. After that, Valerie Bertinelli is grilling with her family, serving up chicken kebabs and margaritas.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian journey continues with a trip down memory lane and some of her childhood favorites, like Pizza Bianca and Chocolate Ricotta Toast. Then, get ready for a backyard camping trip as Daphne Brogdon prepares some of her simple outdoor recipes for the kids. On Sunday night, another round of A-list chefs are competing for charity on an all-new Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars. Next, things get spiced up on the road as the remaining five teams use peppers to create a spicy Santa Fe meal on The Great Food Truck Race. And finally, knitting needles go flying as grandmas take over Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Host Ted Allen Takes the Judges on a Wild Ride — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2015

Some people go to the carnival for the rides, others go for the wide selection of foods. And if you’re at the right kind of carnival, the food is an adventure in and of itself. On tonight’s episode of Chopped, the competitors were struck with utilizing baskets filled with carnival-themed foods, many of them fried. After the episode, judges Maneet Chauhan and Scott Conant, and host Ted Allen, headed to the kitchen to try out the entree basket of hot beef sundae, fried spiced ham, fried cheese ravioli and fresh asparagus.

“I’d much rather be on a Ferris wheel,” says Maneet as host Geoffrey Zakarian reveals the products. “I’m throwing this entire basket into the food processor and I’m making, like, a milkshake,” Ted tells his colleagues. Scott, not sure of what he’s going to make, likes the idea. But really the task at hand is figuring out how much or how little to use of the precooked ingredients.

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Open a Beer and Bring on the Cheese

by in News, September 3rd, 2015

Wine and cheese, the perfect pair? Well, yes, but there’s also beer.

The porters, stouts and ales we favor in winter — rich and sweet, with subtle notes of chocolate and caramel, fruit and spice — make solid companions for a panoply of cheeses, from earthy Stiltons to pungent Epoisses to Basque sheep-milk cheeses, Eater notes. However, the site contends that we shouldn’t overlook summer’s saisons, Pilsners and pale ales for cheese pairings, as long as we make sure these subtler brews are not overwhelmed by a too-strong fromage.

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Last Chance to Win Summer

by in Drinks, Entertaining, September 3rd, 2015

Labor Day weekend marks the last official hurrah for pool parties, cookouts, beach picnics and daily frozen treats. Before you start thinking about the return of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin spice everything, send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer. Watch the video below for inspiration. You’ll learn genius ways to spike snow cones and take ice-cream floats to the next level, three things you should be making with watermelon, how to make treats from melted ice cream and more.  Read more

The Last Hurrah: Grill Absolutely Everything on Labor Day — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2015

Grilled Tomato SalsaLabor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.

Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.

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