Restaurant Revisited: Drama at Mamma’s at Mamma Lucrezia’s

by in Shows, September 24th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible“I’ve walked right in the middle of a sibling rivalry like no other,” Robert Irvine said not long after arriving at Mamma Lucrezia’s in Bellefonte, Pa. While this 10-year-old Italian eatery offered some of Robert’s most-favorite pizza, its decor was dated, and, perhaps more problematically, owner Maria Albegiani and her sister, server Stefania Albegiani, were at odds with each other after years of tensions building in their relationship. With only two days to work and a budget of just $10,000, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team had to not only overhaul the interior at Mamma Lucrezia’s but also attempt to mend a strained family. Read on below to hear from Maria and see how her restaurant is faring since the renovation.

“We have more than doubled in revenue,” Maria explains of business at Mamma Lucrezia’s. She adds that in terms of diner reaction, “The customers love the food and the new design.”

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Hump Day Snack: Soft Pretzels for Oktoberfest

by , September 24th, 2014

Soft Pretzels

You don’t have to fly to Germany or even attend an Oktoberfest party to get the authentic experience. Channel the spirit of a Bavarian beer hall at home with this recipe for homemade soft pretzels. Start your from-scratch dough with yeast, sugar, white flour, baking soda and butter, leaving time to let it rest and double in size. When the dough is ready, roll each piece into a rope and form it into a pretzel shape. (Perfect pretzel tip: Make a smiley face holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press them down to connect at the bottom of the “U.”) Then bake them and prepare some spicy mustard and also perhaps sausage, schnitzel and an ice-cold stein of German beer.

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Indulge in a Cross-Seasonal Fusion of Creamy Chestnut Ravioli with Browned Butter and Thyme

by in Recipes, Shows, September 24th, 2014

Chestnut Ravioli with Browned Butter and ThymeChestnuts may typically give off a distinct holiday-season vibe, but the Food Network Kitchen chefs are changing that, looking to welcome in fall with an innovative twist. This week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, Chestnut Ravioli with Browned Butter and Thyme, replaces a beloved fall favorite, butternut squash, with a winter-esque basket ingredient, canned chestnuts. To evoke an uncanny butternut squash texture out of those chestnuts, first drain them, reserving the liquid from the can, and finely grind them. Next, add ricotta, Parmesan, the reserved liquid and an egg, and then blend for an enticing ravioli filling.

Start by heating the drained chestnuts in the microwave with water for about 3 minutes or until they’re soft. Once that’s done, add a tablespoon of the reserved liquid and finely grind the chestnuts. Then, add the Parmesan, the ricotta, and a large pinch of salt and pepper, and blend it all together. Once smooth, taste and season as needed. After, add an egg and mix until the ingredients have meshed. Put it in a mixing bowl and reserve.

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Up Your Sandwich Game with These Showstopping Creations

by in Recipes, September 24th, 2014


Is your cold-cuts-on-wheat sandwich routine growing tiresome? We hear you. Whenever we need a dose of creativity to liven up our bread-based meals, we turn to Food Network’s resident Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro. Here are a few favorite Sandwich King creations — some more over the top than others, but all guaranteed to never bore your taste buds.

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways
In the ultra-decadent category, Jeff’s grilled cheese sandwich is unlike any you’ve ever had. A helping of creamy mac and cheese makes up the super-cheesy filling, and crispy bacon adds crunch. Read more

Happy New Year: Our Sweet Rosh Hashana Menu

by , September 24th, 2014

Labor Day PicnicSundown on Wednesday marks the eve of 5775 in the Jewish calendar and the beginning of the Rosh Hashana holiday. While most celebrations lack much of December’s New Year’s Eve flair (no Champagne, and there are yarmulkes instead of party hats), the holidays do share one common tradition: Everyone gathers for a huge meal. If you’re looking to amp up your holiday dinner — or you simply want to enjoy a fall-centric menu — give these classic dishes a spin. You might like them enough to incorporate them into your next New Year’s party. After all, who needs caviar when you have kugel? L’shana tova (aka happy New Year!).

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People in Which Field Drink the Most Coffee at Work?

by in News, September 24th, 2014

People in Which Field Drink the Most Coffee at Work?Which profession drinks the most coffee? You probably think it’s yours. And if you’re a journalist or media staffer, hoist a mug in your own honor, because you’re right.

According to a survey of professionals conducted by the U.K.-based PR company Pressat, journalists down more cups of joe — upward of four cups a day — than those working in any other profession. Ink-stained wretches are also drenched with java. Blame the long days, late nights and pressing deadlines.

Police officers and teachers, both with high-stress jobs as well, were also found to be big consumers of caffeine, coming in second and third, respectively, on Pressat’s list of the 10 top professions for coffee drinking.

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Chatting with the Winner of the Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament

by in Shows, September 23rd, 2014

Chopped Ultimate Champions finaleTonight one professional chef and three amateur cooks faced off in the finale of the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament, battling for the chance to win $50,000 and a brand-new car, the largest prize in the show’s history. Amateur cook Keith Young, hero cook Diana Sabater and celebrity cook Laila Ali all had what it takes to beat professional chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, and, in fact, one of them did just that. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.

Read the interview with the Chopped Ultimate Champion

What Pantone Color Is Your Favorite Beer?

by in News, September 23rd, 2014

What Pantone Color Is Your Favorite Beer?Beer cans are generally awash in a variety of colors: There’s the red, white and blue of Budweiser, PBR and Old Style, and the green, white and red — set against silver or gold — of a Heineken or Miller High Life. The hues on these iconic cans and bottle labels evoke beer brands, not necessarily the beer itself.

The Spanish graphic designer Txaber has taken a different approach with minimal, bright and super-appealing new beer can and bottle designs. The company has matched each of nine types of beer with the Pantone shade that suits it most precisely. Pale ale? That’s yellow: No. 604 C. Pilsner is more orangey, No. 1375 C. Imperial stout is so dark it’s basically black, No. 426 C.

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