Culinary Capital: Where to Eat in Washington, D.C.

by in Restaurants, October 23rd, 2015

Del CampoBy Sara Levine and Erin Hartigan

Pay no attention to outsiders’ snickers about steakhouses and lobbyist lunches: Washington, D.C., is a dining destination. The city’s international scene, expansive growth and proximity to the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic farmlands and watersheds have made it an irresistible place for chefs to set up shop. Both homegrown talent and national names have contributed to D.C.’s restaurant boom, which shows no sign of slowing as new neighborhoods become food hot spots every year. We cut through the red tape and show you where to start.

Check out the full gallery for more top D.C. dishes. Read more

9 Ways to Get Your Sugar Fix This Halloween

by in Recipes, October 23rd, 2015

Chocolate Candy PieThis year, leave the straight-from-the-wrapper candy bingeing to trick-or-treaters and save your splurges (and candy!) for an epic homemade Halloween treat. Here are our most festive, decadent desserts for your fright-night party.

Chocolate Candy Pie

Squirrel away some extra chocolate-coated candies (or use your leftover loot) to make this decadent chocolate pie. Candy gets folded into the filling and makes an appearance atop the pie along with a generous layer of whipped cream.

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8 Ways to Cook with Beer

by in Recipes, October 23rd, 2015

Got extra six-packs lying around from football Sunday? Instead of drinking them (all), put some of the extra brew to use in beer-spiked recipes. These dishes are safe for the whole family to devour, because the alcohol cooks off during the cooking process. Here are eight tasty ways to cook with beer. Read more

The Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Episode 5 Recap in GIFs

by in Shows, October 23rd, 2015

Ellen thinks she's got this in the bagGet highlights from Episode 5 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.

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5 Tips for Eating Out Alone

by in News, Restaurants, October 23rd, 2015

5 Tips for Eating Out AloneEating out alone a lot more than you used to? You’re hardly on your own there.

Single-party restaurant reservations have climbed 62 percent nationwide over the past two years, according to a recent analysis by the restaurant reservations site OpenTable. In fact, tables for one are now the fastest-growing table request.

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Halloween Party Shortcuts and Elvira on the Season Finale of Halloween Wars

by in Shows, October 23rd, 2015

The Kitchen HalloweenIt’s time to start prepping for all of your Halloween festivities — and this weekend your favorite shows will have all the tricks, tips and recipes you’ll need. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is making a care package for her daughter that includes Brownie Cookies and Homemade Cheddar Crackers. Next, Nancy Fuller turns her farm into a haunted adventure complete with ghoulish treats. Then, The Kitchen co-hosts reveal the best crafts and tricks for your Halloween party, including two ways to transform apple cider donuts. After that, Patricia Heaton prepares a haunted feast including Tombstone and Coffin Grilled Cheeses and Zombie Punch. Then on Saturday night, Alfonso Ribeiro is going behind the scenes to find out how Hot Tamales, Dum Dums and Tootsie Pops are made.

On Sunday morning, Damaris Phillips is carving pumpkins while enjoying Roasted Chicken White Chili and Red Velvet Lava Cake. And on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges chefs to turn the main ingredients of lemon bars into a dinner on Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, helps decide which team wins Halloween Wars and the grand prize of $50,000. Then, Alton Brown has a new slate of sabotages planned for the chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Breakfast Break-In at Theresa’s Restaurant

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Restaurant: Impossible AmbushThough Miriam had invited Robert Irvine to her friend Jodi Boucher’s Bradenton, Fla., restaurant, Theresa’s Restaurant, Jodi did not know that he was on his way, which set the scene for an all-new Restaurant: Impossible Ambush. When Robert and his team surprised Jodi, they found abounding employee issues and a drab dining room, though perhaps paramount to those problems was Jodi’s weak leadership. It was up to Robert to help her drop her micromanaging ways if she was to enjoy a second chance at success at Theresa’s Restaurant. Read on below for the first interview with Jodi to find out how her business is faring today.

“Weekday sales have doubled and weekend sales have tripled” since Robert and his team left Theresa’s Restaurant, according to Jodi. “This has been amazing for business,” she says. And she adds that locals have been quick to chat about the restaurant’s updated interior and new design. “The customers are absolutely shocked at the transformation. The fresh new look has everyone in the town talking about us. Very modern but not too much,” she notes.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Impossible, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Chopped: Impossible Part 1In this new Impossible tournament, Chopped is switching up the format: Chefs will compete in three preliminary rounds for a chance to earn a spot in the finale, where the champion will get the opportunity to compete against Robert Irvine in a wild-card round. Just for getting there, the champion will pocket $15,000, but upon beating Robert, he or she will win an additional $25,000, for a total of $40,000.

On tonight’s episode, four very accomplished chefs who’ve competed successfully on Chopped before have returned to take on the most-impossible mystery baskets, but only one of them will earn a spot in the finale for an opportunity to get to Robert.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 22nd, 2015

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival may have ended just days ago (we’re still recovering from the pizza, burgers, meat parade and brunch), but preparations are already well underway in Florida for the 15th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. This five-day celebration of all things eats and drinks brings your favorite Food Network stars together with top-notch chefs from across the country for late-night bashes, walk-around tastings, live demos and intimate dinners alike.

This winter, plan ahead to beat the chill and head down south to get your fill of A-list food and drinks while meeting and mingling with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Trisha Yearwood and more. They’ll be on hand at events like Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, Amstel Light Burger Bash, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, as well as two days of grand tastings and demos. Click here to learn more about the events and buy your tickets now.

Not able to travel for the Festival? You’re in luck, because FN Dish will be bringing you insider coverage from all of the marquee events. Read on below to find out which events our editors will be covering, and relive last year’s top moments with a look back at the highlights.

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The 15 Most-Impossible Mystery Basket Ingredients on Chopped — Vote Now

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Chopped: ImpossibleChopped fans, doesn’t it seem that with every new episode the mystery baskets just keep getting weirder and weirder? Well, with the new tournament, Chopped: Impossible, airing Thursdays at 8|7c, the ingredients are quite possibly the most impossible anyone has seen. But digging into the history of Chopped, we’ve discovered some very out-of-the-box items.

Going through all of the seasons of Chopped, we’ve narrowed down the list of mystery basket ingredients to 15 of the most impossible. Although these ingredients may have stumped many of the chefs who have come before, now’s your chance to master these ingredients. Future competitors, take note! We’ve consulted with the chefs of Food Network Kitchen and present to you the final list, with advice on how to use the ingredients. But we want to know: Which ingredient do you think is the most impossible of them all?

Vote in the poll after the jump.