Get to Know Jake Pavelka — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 1st, 2014

Jake PavelkaFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Pilot Jake Pavelka began flying at the age of 12, and became an airline captain and flight instructor at 23. He holds a degree in aerospace engineering. Jake first appeared on TV as a contestant on The Bachelorette and returned as the star of the next season of The Bachelor. He has also appeared on Bachelor Pad and Dancing with the Stars. Even though he won’t be handing out any roses this time, Jake hopes to show there’s a more romantic side to cooking. Jake is playing for Tag the World.

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Sweet and Salty “Lollipop” Cheese Balls

by in Family, January 1st, 2014

Sweet and Salty These make the perfect special-occasion food — kids can help make them and they’re also delicious (to children and adults). Between the rolling, covering with cranberries and poking of pretzel sticks, there are at least three jobs fit for small fingers. Then there’s the fact that the recipe requires only a handful of ingredients (four to be exact). Now that’s something to make parents swoon. Get the recipe for these kid-friendly cheese balls at Foodlets.com.

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Down-Home Comfort: Collard Greens and Cornbread for New Year’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, January 1st, 2014

As a Southerner, I’ve had some form of slow-cooked greens served alongside a serving of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day nearly every year of my entire life. Hoppin’ John, a dish made of peas and rice, is supposed to bring luck — although no one’s quite sure why — and the greens are supposed to bring money. The resulting meal is a plate of hearty goodness, which, lucky and money-conjuring or not, is the perfect way to start a new year.

There’s no reason to limit greens to just one day! Winter greens such as collard, mustard, turnip, kale and chard are all good, good for you, and a most-welcome departure from sometimes-dreary starchy winter roots and tubers.

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Canned Tuna Fish Gets a Dinner Makeover

by in Recipes, Shows, December 31st, 2013

canned tune with penneChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient of canned tuna, which most often ends up in lunchtime sandwiches and salads rather than the most-exciting dishes. But this recipe for Penne with Tuna and Wilted Romaine elevates the canned good into a dish that’s much more interesting. It’s a great option for dinner, especially on a night when you’re lost on ideas and scrambling in the fridge or pantry, hoping inspiration will strike. This recipe is a road map for a quick, effortless dinner for your family made with pantry staples and a few fresh ingredients.

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Get to Know Herschel Walker — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 31st, 2013

Herschel WalkerFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Former NFL player Herschel Walker’s claim to fame came while playing for The University of Georgia football team, for which he won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. During his 15-year professional career, he won numerous All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Herschel is the founder/CEO of H. Walker Enterprises, LLC (Renaissance Man Food Services). Herschel plans to use his restaurateur experience to his benefit and wants to show off his Southern home cooking during the competition. Herschel is playing for Patriot Support.

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10 Best Recipes of 2013

by in Recipes, December 31st, 2013

10 Best Food Network Recipes of 2013Food Network users have spoken: traditional, tried-and-true recipes are best. From classic comfort food and side dishes to desserts and dinnertime favorites, Food Network’s top 10 recipes of 2013 are as diverse as they are flavorful. Make a New Year’s resolution to bring a few of these family-friendly dishes to your table in 2014.

10. Giada’s Chicken Piccata — An easy weeknight meal, this classic Italian chicken recipe is topped with a sauce made with lemon and capers.

9. Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken — Bring the family together for a whole chicken dinner. Ina’s recipe is simple and classic. The cavity is stuffed with thyme, lemon and garlic. Onions, carrots and fennel are spread around the pan to absorb the bird’s flavorful juices.

8. Melissa’s Crispy Kale “Chips” — For a quick snack, try swapping bagged chips for Melissa’s better-for-you baked kale chips. They’ve got that all-important salty crunch, with nutrition to boot.

7. Tyler’s Chicken Enchiladas — Packed with tender corn and a duo of green and chipotle chiles, Tyler’s cumin-spiced chicken mixture is rolled inside soft tortillas, which are later topped with enchilada sauce and cheddar then baked.

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies — Save time and oven space by preparing these easy no-bake cookies made with oatmeal and a classic peanut butter-chocolate combo.

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Enter for a Chance to Win an Apron Signed by the Cast of The Kitchen

by in Contests, December 31st, 2013

Enter for a Chance to Win an Apron Signed by the Cast of The KitchenFor the first time ever, five of your favorite Food Network stars are coming together every weekend for the ultimate celebration of everyone’s favorite room in the house: the kitchen. On their all-new Saturday-morning series, The Kitchen, Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson will cook their favorite tried-and-true recipes together while sharing their top tips for making easy family meals, saving money at the supermarket and getting the most out of everyday kitchen gadgets.

Just in time for the premiere this Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11am/10c, FN Dish is giving away aprons signed by all five co-hosts of The Kitchen to four lucky, randomly selected fans. To enter to win an apron, leave a comment below telling FN Dish what you’re most excited about seeing on The Kitchen.

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Buy Bone-In Cuts

by in Food Network Magazine, December 31st, 2013

chicken-apple saladWe love boneless meat for fast weeknight meals, but sometimes bone-in cuts are worth the extra cooking time. The bone prevents overcooking and insulates the meat, which makes it extra juicy and tender. Find a simple method for roasting bone-in chicken breasts in this Chicken and Apple Salad recipe from Food Network Magazine.