When Andy Richter Hosts a Dinner Party, Celebrity Food Fights Ensue

by in Shows, November 23rd, 2015

Celebrity Food Fight‘Tis the season for cookie swaps, family get-togethers and gatherings of all kinds, even among the celebrity set. In fact, with the holidays only weeks away, Andy Richter is opening up his house for a series of dinner parties with chefs, tastemakers and food fanatics from both the big screen and small. But of course when this comedian is in charge, guests will enjoy more than just dinner and drinks; there will surely be some laughs involved as well, and all of it will play out on the upcoming series Celebrity Food Fight.

Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10|9c, this three-part show will feature two teams of stars each week, and as the teams progress from appetizers to dinner and dessert, they’ll be facing off in some friendly food-focused games. Think taste tests, cookbook trivia and kitchen gadget know-how — all while working in pairs to outscore the other team.

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Yes, It’s Possible to Make Gravy Ahead of Time This Thanksgiving

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 23rd, 2015

Yes, It's Possible to Make Gravy Ahead of Time This ThanksgivingAccording to Alex Guarnaschelli, “Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving unless everything is bathed in gravy.” And we don’t disagree. But given the rush of last-minute turkey carving, the warming of countless side dishes and the process of getting your whole family seated ahead of the feast, it can be tricky to devote the necessary time to turning out a silky gravy right before dinner is served. That’s where this go-to trick comes in. Believe it or not, you don’t need turkey drippings to make a winning gravy. The secret ingredient to be used instead? Oil.

Click the play button on the video below to see how it’s done.

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“This Is Fun, Isn’t It?” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, November 22nd, 2015

It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown is game to try his hands at the eviliciousness he forces upon the competitors. Not only has he bobbed for doughnuts and walked the hamster wheel with Jet Tila, but he’s jumped into the ball pit with Simon Majumdar. On the latest installment of his After-Show, however, Alton sat out one sabotage in particular and made Antonia Lofaso take it on instead.

It was up to Antonia to blindly choose which challenge among three that she’d attempt, all of which Alton said “were especially cunning and horrible,” and ultimately she was saddled with making hushpuppies in the Hush Puppet Theatre. In true Antonia fashion, she quickly gauged the demands of the mirrored sabotage and adapted to its oddball stresses. But no sooner did she begin prep work of her hushpuppies did she encounter an unexpected challenge: Alton chatting next to her. “Shh. You’re confusing me,” she joked with him. As he wasn’t competing in this sabotage alongside her, he — and his chef hand puppet — could focus on making sure that she appreciated all of the eviliciousness this sabotage had to offer. But even though Alton may have stopped Antonia’s train of culinary thought, she looked to the host to help her in grabbing necessary equipment around the kitchen. “This is fun, isn’t it?” Alton asked the judge, though she wasn’t eager to agree. “This is actually the worst challenge I’ve ever been a part of,” Antonia admitted. No matter her struggles, she indeed managed to turn out impressive hushpuppies, as she said after seeing them for the first time, “These look fantastic.”

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Easy, Healthy Roasted Salmon — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, November 22nd, 2015

Maple-Mustard Roasted SalmonMuch like chicken breasts, salmon fillets can be treated like culinary blank canvases, ready for whatever marinade or sauce you want to prepare or serve with them. And since they cook quickly — most in mere minutes — they’re a go-to dinner on even the busiest of weeknights. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, tangy Dijon mustard and sweet maple syrup combine in a fast-fix recipe to create a bold topping for Food Network Kitchen’s good-for-you salmon. Just smear the mixture atop the fish, then bake it for a few minutes, and finish with fragrant cilantro for a fresh finish.

For more light but satisfying meals, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

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Thanksgiving Dinner: Where to Save, Where to Splurge

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 22nd, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner: Where to Save, Where to SplurgeI’m all for saving a buck. But more than that, I believe in spending with purpose and intent — saving where I can but splurging a bit where it counts. So as you go into your Thanksgiving holiday shopping, I’ve created a handy list to show you where to splurge and where to save on turkey-day groceries.

Stuffing: Save
I’m starting with my favorite part of Thanksgiving: the stuffing. But just because it’s my favorite doesn’t mean I will spend a ton of money on it. Stuffing is mostly just dried bread — cheap! And bags of stuffing or dried bread are usually a “loss leader” in the grocery store around the holidays, meaning something the store sells really cheaply to get you in the door (and buying the rest of your full-price groceries). My cheapie hack: Buy the premade, inexpensive bread cubes, but add some homemade bread cubes you cut yourself from bakery bread. Swing by the day-old-bread rack (usually near the dairy aisle, not the bakery). For stuffing, you want your bread to be a day or two stale anywayso pick up a rich, dark bread or a tangy sourdough loaf to pump up the premade cubes; it will add homemade flavor and texture on the cheap.

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

by in Restaurants, November 21st, 2015


Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

When it comes to Thanksgiving feasts, the turkey is pretty non-negotiable, so side dishes are where chefs get creative with their homemade spreads. We asked a few chefs from across the country to share their favorite Thanksgiving supporting players, and the picks include a jazzed-up gravy and two ways to update seasonal sweet potatoes. Read more

3 Times the Turkey on The Kitchen

by in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, November 21st, 2015

No matter how many side dishes you’ve prepared or how lovely your tablescape may be on Thanksgiving, when it’s finally time for dinner on turkey day, your friends and family will be looking for, well, the turkey. This year, guarantee your juiciest, most-impressive bird yet with the help of the cast of The Kitchen. On this morning’s brand-new episode, the co-hosts shared a trio of holiday-worthy turkey recipes for both classic and creative takes on the traditional bird. Check out their picks below, then hear from all five co-hosts as they offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving hacks.

By cooking the turkey in pieces, as opposed to cooking a full, intact bird, Jeff Mauro guarantees his Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey takes far less time to cook than a roasted turkey usually would. He dry brines the turkey with a salt rub, then roasts it with fresh celery, onion and garlic, as well as plenty of butter, for top taste.

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Unconventional Thanksgiving-Worthy Pies

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, November 21st, 2015

oatmeal cookie pieTurkey and mashed potatoes may be staples you don’t dare mess with, but this year, have some fun in the dessert round. Friends and family will survive without the usual slice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie, so make something fun and unexpected (which we often think means adding chocolate). Below is our roundup of unconventional pies that deserve the spotlight at your feast.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pie (pictured above)

As difficult as it may be to believe, not everyone is a pie person. But we’d have a hard time finding anyone who could pass up a freshly baked cookie, especially if it was oatmeal raisin. With a chewy cookie filling baked into a traditional pie crust, this recipe will win everyone over. If you usually prefer an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to the raisin kind, go ahead and swap in chocolate chips. No one will judge.

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The 9 Best Cocktails to Toast to Thanksgiving

by in Drinks, Holidays, November 20th, 2015

Cider PunchTurkey day may be all about the, um, turkey, but that doesn’t mean your Thanksgiving guests won’t appreciate a refreshing sipper or two to celebrate the holiday. This holiday season, instead of serving everyday beer and wine, try infusing some of the flavors of fall, like cranberries and apple cider, into easy-to-make cocktails. Check out Food Network’s best Thanksgiving cocktails below to see how it’s done.

Cider Punch
Instead of playing bartender all night and shaking your guests’ individual drinks, mix up Food Network Magazine’s big-batch apple cider-cinnamon punch spiked with apple brandy; let guests help themselves.

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Kids Baking Championship Returns with a Supersized New Season

by in Shows, November 20th, 2015

Kids Baking Season 2Ten small but majorly talented bakers will be put to the test on Season 2 of Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c. Hosts, mentors and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, through the difficult yet delicious challenges that test the kids’ baking skills. Pies, eclairs, macarons, cakes, cookies and more will be on the agenda. During the course of eight episodes, the kids will face eliminations until the best baker rises to the top, earning the title of Kids Baking Champion and $25,000.

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