“Dom Dust,” Coolers Full of Capers and Holidays with the Stars — Jeff’s Star Report

by , July 27th, 2015
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Food Network StarAfter Michelle's intentional exit last week, we are left with a complete and all-American five-man sausage fest. Mmmmmm.

We quickly learn about the ever-growing importance of culinary membership clubs from Bobby and Giada. The boys each have 30 minut...

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“I Would Have Breaded the Bejeebers Out of It” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 26th, 2015

Famous for its (hilariously wonderful) outlandish sabotages thrown at innocent chefs, Cutthroat Kitchen has forced its share of mandatory oddball ingredients into competitors’ dishes — anyone remember that canned whole chicken? On tonight’s all-new episode, host Alton Brown took that idea of diabolical eviliciousness one step further by introducing canned haggis during the Scotch egg battle in Round 1. If you’ve never before heard of haggis, here’s what you need to know: It’s a hodgepodge of animal, often including stomach, liver and heart, and it’s often mixed with spices. Instead of traditional sausage to envelop the egg, one chef had to use this mystery canned meat — this particular can full of lamb heart and liver, pork fat and dehydrated onion — much to the horror of Jet Tila, the judge of the day.

“And you know who had to eat that,” he told Alton sarcastically during the After-Show, adding that Chef Plum, who was saddled with this doozy of a sabotage, “failed to turn that haggis into a good Scotch egg.” Turning the tables on the judge, Alton asked Jet how he would have approached this challenge, and Jet explained that it’s all about masking the natural flavor of the haggis. “More seasoning — maybe onion, lots of dry spices, maybe some fresh herbs as well. You would have to cook that gaminess out of it,” he noted.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 26th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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Here’s the Scoop on Homemade Frozen Treats: DIY Ice Cream, Sorbet and Sherbet

by in Recipes, July 26th, 2015

Just remember back to when you were a kid in an ice cream store — was there really a better feeling than getting to have your own scoop of a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Whether they come in a cone or cup, topped with hot fudge or decked out with sprinkles, chilly treats are tough to resist. And while heading to your local creamery makes for a fun outing, making a homemade variety of ice cream, sherbet and sorbet has a deliciously sweet payoff. And here’s the good news: You don’t always need to have special equipment to make it. Try Sunny Anderson’s Buttermilk-Pecan Ice Cream recipe, which comes together in less than 30 minutes with freezer bags, salt and ice — just give the ingredients a good shake and you’ll have a creamy dessert in a hurry. Keep reading below for more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes.

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Jeff’s Crab Cake Sliders for Easy Party-Ready Entertaining — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 26th, 2015

Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange AioliIt’s no secret that crab cakes are crowd-pleasers, so transform them into two-bite sliders with flavorful seasonings for a new twist on a summertime appetizer. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Jeff Mauro bakes his crab cakes instead of sauteing, to save on time. Serve them on soft potato buns with a mayo-citrus sauce for tanginess and greens for a colorful garnish.

For more appetizer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli (pictured above) from Jeff Mauro.

Top Dog: 10 Best New York Hot Dogs

by in Restaurants, July 26th, 2015

Bark Hot DogsBy Sara Ventiera

New York may be the greatest food city in the world. Yet, no matter how many high-end steakhouses, sushi bars and tony trattorias move in, the Big Apple is still a hot dog town at heart. The love affair started in the mid-19th century, when German immigrants began proffering sausages on Bowery street corners. Now the official food of baseball games and summer cookouts, the hot dog has become a national obsession. Though street carts abound, enterprising chefs and entrepreneurs are also in on the hot dog game, selling everything from fancy Kobe beef franks to old reliable ballpark dogs with mustard and onions. Here’s where to sink your teeth into the city’s best frankfurters.

Check out the full gallery for all 10 great hot dogs.

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Greetings from France, Where It’s All About Aperitifs: How to Host Your Own French Appetizer Hour

by in Food Network Chef, July 25th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianI’m writing this from the (hot) countryside of the Provence region of France, where my family spends a few weeks a year at my in-laws’ house. Our girls love seeing their grandparents, and we spend long, lazy days swimming in the pool (mostly out of necessity, to be up-front — it’s so hot!), catching up with our French family and with friends Philippe and I have known for years, long before any of us had the kids who now count each other among their extended family.

The South of France is famous for doing summer right, especially when it comes to food. We only half-joke that by the time we spend a few hours eating one meal, we barely have time to clean up and start prepping for the next one. Food brings people together, and no one knows this more innately than the French, in my experience.

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Your Favorite Spreads, Transformed: 3 New Takes on Condiments

by in Recipes, Shows, July 25th, 2015

Banana Pepper KetchupKetchup, mustard, mayonnaise. This beloved condiment trilogy is an all-star topping on cookout favorites like juicy burgers — and for good reason, as the condiments are satisfying served both separately and when mashed together to create the ultimate spread. But while everyday ketchup, mustard and mayo may indeed be traditional, they can be transformed into all-new ideas with just a few simple how-tos. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast delivered three new twists on these classic condiments. From Jeff Mauro’s secret-ingredient ketchup to Geoffrey Zakarian’s caper-studded mustard, read on below for their best ideas.

Ketchup Becomes Banana Pepper Ketchup: Don’t let the simplicity of Jeff’s two-ingredient ketchup recipe fool you; the result is anything but basic. By mixing diced banana peppers with ketchup, he guarantees a pop of pepper flavor in every bite.

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The Modern Family Cookbook Is Coming

by in Books, News, July 25th, 2015

The Modern Family CookbookRemotes down, spatulas up, Modern Family fans. Now you can master recipes inspired by the hit TV sitcom, served with a side of sly humor. Time Inc. Books imprint Oxmoor House is set to release The Modern Family Cookbook on September 22, the day before the show’s seventh season hits the air.

The book’s 100 simple, family-friendly recipes — suitable for a variety of meals and holidays — evoke the show’s quirky cast and characters, and allude to key onscreen moments. So “peerents” and kids alike can whip up Cam’s Country-Comes-to-Town Farmhouse Breakfast or Phil’s Traditional First-Day-of-School Pancakes — “Don’t forget the whipped cream smile!” the press release chirps — as well as Dunphy’s Failsafe Roast Chicken and Manny’s Chocolate Torte.

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6 Unexpected Ways to Eat Cantaloupe, Beyond Fruit Salad

by in Recipes, July 25th, 2015

When it comes to summer fruits, berries, peaches and watermelon tend to steal the show — and, frankly, cantaloupe is tired of playing the supporting role. With tender, pastel-orange flesh, this summer melon is the unsung hero of the produce section, offering the kind of versatility that many fruits lack. It makes a light yet distinctly flavorful base for salsas, soups, salads and cocktails. In the United States, the best cantaloupes can be found from June until August, so take advantage of this fleeting crop while summer’s still in full swing. Here’s a melon-centric menu that gives cantaloupe the limelight it deserves at every course, from the appetizer round to the main event.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Crostini with Melon Salsa Crudo (pictured above)
Prosciutto-wrapped honeydew is a common summer appetizer, and this seasonal crostini recipe offers a fun twist on the usual. The ripe cantaloupe salsa is the ideal sweet balance to salty meat and melted Parmesan cheese.

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