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.

7 Days of In-Season Squash — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015

Squash GratinWhen it comes to using fall’s freshest farmers-market produce, squash is one vegetable we just can’t get enough of. In honor of this beloved vegetable’s versatility, satisfying and comforting qualities, load up on a whole week’s worth of squash recipes, whether you’re looking for a full meal, silky soup or hearty side.

Day 1: Squash Gratin

Load two kinds of squash into your skillet for Food Network Magazine’s Squash Gratin (pictured above). Blanket the butternut and kabocha squashes with breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley before baking and it’ll result in a comforting and quintessential taste of fall.

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The Taco Emoji Is Now at Your Fingertips

by in News, October 22nd, 2015

The Taco Emoji Is Now at Your FingertipsFriends, countrymen and Mexican comfort food lovers of the world, the taco emoji is now ready and waiting for you to text to all your pals on your Apple devices.

All you have to do is download the latest version of iOS — that’d be iOS9.1, for those of you keeping track at home — on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and the taco emoji, approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, which keeps a tight rein all things emoji, will be at your disposal.

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Nachos, Every Way

by in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015

If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be nachos. And I’ll take ‘em any way they come, from chips that are individually topped and have the perfect cheese distribution to a mess of cheesy goodness smothered in guacamole where you have to hunt for each topping. With tailgating in full swing, it’s easier than ever for me to justify my nacho craving every weekend while watching a game. They are the perfect party food, though; if it were up to me, I’d never have to share.

Classic, Just with Cheese

When you’re short on time or low on ingredients, Ree Drummond’s nachos are simple: Cover white tortilla chips with Monterey Jack cheese and jarred jalapeno slices.

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One-on-One with the Next Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, October 21st, 2015

Worst CooksThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week Barry Williams couldn’t get the hang of the pasta machine and ended up in the elimination challenge, where he lost a pasta cook-off to Ellen. This week Ellen, Jenni and Kendra remain, but there are only two spots in the finale. Unfortunately, one of the most-entertaining recruits leaves the competition, just short of the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

6 Spooky Recipes for Your Halloween Bash

by in Recipes, October 21st, 2015

Just because these Halloween goodies are spooky doesn’t mean they won’t satisfy a horde of hungry guests. Putting a sinister face on party food takes nothing more than a few choice ingredients and some simple sleight of hand. Cool off a sweet berry punch with frozen lychee “eyeballs” — or fashion some creepy chocolate spiders out of a few pantry staples. Kids especially will love our spine-tingling recipes, though we think partygoers of all ages can get behind these snacks and sweets with a ghoulish twist.

Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcakes (pictured at top)
If you’re looking for a spooky self-serve dessert, look no further. Although it looks almost like a sheet cake, this chocolatey graveyard is made up of individual cupcakes. Oval sandwich cookies make perfect tombstones, and pliant marzipan is great for shaping the small orange pumpkins and billowy white ghosts.

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3 of a Kind: Savory Porridge

by in Restaurants, October 21st, 2015

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Porridge may not be top of mind when you think of buzzworthy menu items, but remember when kale was nothing more than a decorative cabbage used for fall festivals? A survey of the country’s most-groundbreaking restaurants reveals chefs are all about Goldilocks’ favorite meal. They’re fashioning seriously elegant savory porridges from heirloom grains topped with everything from truffles to eggs to, yes, kale.

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Relax, It’s Just Risotto

by in How-to, Recipes, October 21st, 2015

Hey there! Welcome to my new column, “Relax, It’s Just …” (fill in the blank). Every month I’ll share a new recipe, something that many people feel intimidated about making at home, and demystify the pants off of it. There will be detailed instructions, but written in language that even a novice cook can easily understand, and lots of tips so that you will feel confident and end up successful. And step-by-step photos so you can see what is supposed to be happening when. The goal of this “Relax” column is to help you become more comfortable in the kitchen, and I would love to hear what dishes you’d like to conquer. No judgments here! Just the pleasure of learning to be a more self-assured cook. Read more

QUIZ: What’s Your Sabotage Spending Strategy in Cutthroat Kitchen?

by in Shows, October 21st, 2015

You’ve made it into the Cutthroat Kitchen arena and the battle is about to begin. Have you considered how you’re going to play the game? While the objective may be simple enough — cook the challenge dish and spend as little money as possible — being successful is anything but easy, thanks to those tricky sabotages. Are you set to spend all of your $25,000 in order to avoid all kinds of diabolical unfoldings, or is it more important to you to hold onto your money and navigate the waters of eviliciousness one sabotage at a time? Take the quiz below to find out how you’d approach the auction.

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Waiting Tables May Be the Most-Stressful Job of All, Researchers Say

by in News, October 20th, 2015

Waiting Tables May Be the Most Stressful Job of All, Researchers SayProbably few of us think waiting tables is a picnic: all those orders to keep straight, the special requests, the last-minute changes, the running from kitchen to table and back again, the worry over tips and take-home pay.

But a new study has found that being a waiter or waitress may be even more stressful than we realized — more so even than being a neurosurgeon (or really any kind of doctor) or a stockbroker, not to mention a teacher, a scientist, an architect, a janitor, a miner or a manual laborer.

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