Get to Know Richard Blais, Culinary Tastemaker and Trailblazer

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhat do kids do when their parents tell them not to play with their food? They play with it even more, right? Well if it wasn’t for kids like those, there wouldn’t be chefs like Richard Blais. Richard has parlayed his love for food — and experimenting with it — into a successful career, winning TV culinary competitions and opening restaurants from Atlanta to San Diego. Now as the host of the new series Hungry Games, he’s delving into the science-y side of food, discovering what makes us crave certain dishes — and dislike certain ingredients.

Watching the series, viewers will see that there’s more to food than eating it, and who better to lead us through various games and experiments than Richard himself? Find out what got him interested in food and how it led to a culinary career, and learn what keeps him immersed in the industry.

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Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 27th, 2014

Vegetarian Tortilla CasseroleThe best thing about Meatless Mondays is the versatility and inventiveness that each recipe brings. With the Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole (pictured above), your typical, run-of-the-mill casserole is turned on its head as this recipe features two unlikely ingredients: salsa verde and squash. This gives the meal some unexpected, spicy fall flair. Those two mainstays are accompanied by mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, corn tortillas, scallions and tomato to make for a perfectly tangy meal. And it’s gluten-free to boot.

This meal is relatively simple to make. First, you’ll season the cut-up squash with salt and bake till it’s soft. Then, you’ll combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and salt in a bowl.
Once that’s completed, place and overlap 4 tortillas in a baking dish and place the squash and scallions on top. Then, drizzle the salsa verde over the vegetables and top with the cheese mixture. Again, place and overlap 4 tortillas on top. Then, put the sliced tomatoes and spinach over it, and cover with the salsa verde and cheese mixture. Place 4 tortillas on top and pour the last of the salsa verde and cheese mixture over it. Bake until golden brown. Add the leftover scallions to garnish.

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Choose Wisely: Angel vs. Devil Cupcakes for Halloween

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 27th, 2014

Angel and Devil CupcakesThese all-new angel and devil cupcakes from Food Network Kitchen may not hover over your shoulder, but there’s no need to choose between good and evil on Halloween. On the side of innocence, Angel’s Food Cupcakes come with a white, pillowy cloud of meringue frosting and are topped with a righteously sweet candy halo. Do the right thing and choose these little bites of heaven for their angelic lightness. Devil’s Food Cupcakes, on the other hand, are wickedly rich and sinister. Devilishly dark with a bittersweet chocolatey glaze, these little cakes rear their head with red candy horns and a chewy licorice tail. Choose them before they choose you.

Even if your own getup is nothing more than a sheet over your head on Halloween, these cupcakes arrive in full costume. Make both batches at your Halloween bash and serve them side by side.

Make every cupcake that crosses your path during the month of October a creepy one, with these Halloween cupcake recipes from Food Network chefs.

A Record-Setting Auction and Alton in Handcuffs — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 26th, 2014

While it’s true that no Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage is simple, many are surely less daunting than others, while some seem so insurmountable that chefs are willing to bid nearly their entire sums in order to avoid them. That’s just what happened on tonight’s all-new episode, when Alton auctioned off a “north-south border thing” that would force two chefs to split the prep work and cooking, one contestant doing either for both of them. Once all of the bidding was done, Alton Brown sold this doozy of a sabotage for a whopping $18,100, the largest amount to date on Cutthroat Kitchen.

Such a challenge is a way of “forcing them to communicate and get along,” according to Alton, who detailed the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the latest After-Show. Ultimately, however, the sabotage means that rivals are responsible for executing key steps in each other’s dishes, and once again the opportunity for sabotage exists. “Chef Michael definitely set him up by leaving it in,” Alton explained of how a too-fibrous stem found its way onto Chef Luca’s eventually doomed plate.

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Fruit Flies: Where They Come From and How to Banish Them

by in News, October 26th, 2014

FruitUgh. Fruit flies — so annoying. All it takes is one forgotten banana or neglected tomato and suddenly the airspace in your kitchen is more crowded than O’Hare on a holiday weekend. The little flying pests seem to arrive and multiply out of nowhere, leaving you wondering where, exactly, they come from and what is the best (and fastest!) way to get rid of them.

Let’s take those questions one at a time.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 26th, 2014

Almost-Famous Pumpkin CheesecakeWhether you’ll be entertaining a crowd this Halloween or you have plans for neighborhood trick-or-treating with your kids, indulge your sweet tooth in a seasonal sweet featuring one of autumn’s favorite flavors: pumpkin. Food Network Magazine’s Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake (pictured above) is this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, and for good reason, as the decadent dessert features a buttery graham cracker crust and a rich pumpkin-cream cheese filling laced with cinnamon. For an extra-special presentation, finish each piece of cheesecake with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream and crunchy pecans before serving.

It’s not too early to start planning your holiday feast. For Thanksgiving inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake from Food Network Magazine

Another “New Cronut”? Why Knot?

by in News, October 25th, 2014

Garlic KnotsYou’re probably pretty sick of hearing about whatever food trend seekers are currently dubbing the “new Cronut.” I know I am. But the latest food item upon which the label has been bestowed does sound rather tasty, though it has nothing to do with Dominique Ansel, the New York City pastry chef who created the croissant hybrid — the original Cronut — that started it all.

OK, OK, “the latest croissant hybrid that actually deserves a line around the block,” as Brooklyn Magazine describes it, is at the epicenter of self-aware Brooklyn hipsterism — Bushwick — and, more specifically, Roberta’s, maker of delish (albeit ultra-hyped) artisanal pizzas, which just started a takeaway outlet for those hoping to skip the long waits for a table. But the local mag calls the takeout joint’s new garlic knots “revelatory.”

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New Takes on Classic Sweet Potato Casseroles

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 25th, 2014

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with HoneyFor holiday celebrations and weeknight dinners alike, mashed potatoes often take center stage when it comes to easy, family-friendly spud recipes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As you’re planning mealtimes this weekend and even looking ahead to next month’s Thanksgiving feast, swap in sweet potatoes for traditional russets or Yukon golds. These brightly hued beauties surely shine when simply roasted, but they offer over-the-top flavor and indulgent richness when they’re turned into a casserole. Read on below to find some of Food Network’s favorite sweet potato casseroles from Tyler Florence, Trisha Yearwood, the Neelys and Anne Burrell.

Tyler deems simply roasted bananas his “secret weapon” in his easy-to-make Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey (pictured above), as the fruits manage to “develop their natural sugar” while baking.

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