Exclusive Interview with the Season 10 Winner of Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 5th, 2017

Ann, Rachael, Anne and Daniel at the finale.It’s hard to believe that 10 weeks ago, 16 terrible cooks entered Worst Cooks Boot Camp, and now the two recruits who’ve excelled the most made it all the way to the finale to cook it out for $25,000. The Red Team’s Daniel and the Blue Team’s Ann came into the competition clueless about techniques and lacked any skill necessary to remotely pull off an edible meal. Remember Daniel’s frugal frittata that he overdosed on garlic powder and saffron, or Ann’s less-than desirable chicken breast with rice and tomato sauce? It’s better to forget!

In this last cooking challenge, the two recruits had the opportunity to show off all that they’ve learned for a panel of three culinary experts. The judges tasted both Ann’s and Daniel’s three courses before picking a winner, the one cook who served the best meal overall. Hear from the winning recruit and find out which mentor earned the glory and bragging rights.

Spoiler Alert: Interview with the Season 10 Winner

Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food

by in Restaurants, March 5th, 2017

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Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food
The phrase “comfort food” often conjures up visions of spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken and other meat-centric mains that people seek out as a source of both sustenance and solace. But with more diners adopting vegetarian or vegan diets, chefs are finding new ways to prepare comfort food classics sans the meat. Pros across the country share their hearty plant-based creations capable of satisfying the stomach… and the soul. Read more

How Butter Was Born — and Why It Spread

by in News, March 5th, 2017

How Butter Was Born — and Why It SpreadNow that butter is back in our culture’s collective good graces, butter lovers (read: most of us, since butter consumption recently hit a 40-year high) may be ready to regard its past. That may be the thinking behind “Butter: A Rich History,” a new book whose author, food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova, has been making the rounds to dish about butter’s rise from its origins to its exalted place on our tables today.

The promotion of Khosrova’s book has provided those she has spoken with the opportunity to whip out their best butter puns. (“Spread” is a constant, but bonus points to Smithsonian magazine headline writers for shmearing it on thick with a double pun: New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread …).

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POLL: How Do You Chill Out?

by in Polls, View All Posts, March 4th, 2017

Iced TeaWith the first day of spring only a few weeks away, Food Network Magazine editors have their taste buds focused on drinks piled high with cold ice cubes. And with so many opinions about exactly how to use ice in beverages, the editors want your thoughts. Do you dare put ice in a glass of red wine? How many cubes go into your morning iced coffee? You’ll find these questions and more in the poll, below. When you’re done, be sure to pick up a summer issue to see how your answers stack up against the rest of America. Read more

4 Ways to Hack Weeknight Cooking

by in Recipes, Shows, March 4th, 2017

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wet BurritoAt the end of a long day, it can feel daunting to walk into the kitchen and stare down a complex, multi-step recipe when all you want is some dinner. But, of course, despite the time crunch, you’re still craving a satisfying meal — and perhaps a sweet treat too. The good news: You can, in fact, enjoy all the food you want while retaining your weeknight sanity. The secret is to take a few welcome shortcuts, both in terms of store-bought ingredients and tools that make the process of prep work speedy and simple. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast showcased an entire menu of weeknight-friendly recipes, and with those how-tos came helpful kitchen hacks. Read on below for all the details.

1. Save time with store-bought ingredients.

Sunny Anderson’s Honey Chipotle Chicken Wet Burrito (pictured above) can be on the table in a hurry, thanks in large part to a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken. By starting with already cooked meat — chicken that’s juicy and tender straight off the bone — she cuts her prep time significantly, though she doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture. Similarly, a can of honey-chipotle beans goes a long way in boosting the flavor of the hearty filling, while a flavor base of adobo sauce, barbecue seasoning and fresh scallions adds homemade comfort.

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Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf Salad

by in News, March 4th, 2017

Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf SaladThe Waldorf salad, with its sweetness and its crunch, is a classic for a reason. There’s a lot to love about its blend of apples, celery, walnuts and lettuce, with just the right amount of mayo and lemon, maybe some grapes. For most of us, the Waldorf seems like a salad staple, something that’s always been there. But, on the occasion of this week’s closing (temporarily, for renovations) of its namesake New York City hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Times has recalled the salad’s origins.

Here is the lowdown on how one of America’s favorite salads came to be — and why a Waldorf salad is called a Waldorf salad:

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Celebrities Enter the Chopped Kitchen for Charity in the All-New Star Power Tournament

by in Shows, March 3rd, 2017

Star PowerThe stars have aligned in the Chopped kitchen as 16 of the biggest internet sensations, athletes, comedians, and film and television actors compete in the star-studded Chopped: Star Power tournament, premiering Tuesday, March 28 at 10|9c. Through this five-part competition, the celebrities must prove their culinary skills as they are tasked to create delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from mystery baskets of ingredients in a limited amount of time. The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize, $50,000 for charity.

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What Do Amazon’s Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?

by in News, March 3rd, 2017

What Do Amazon's Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?While standing in line at the supermarket, it’s kind of fun (admit it) to sneak a peek into the shopping cart of the people around you and, perhaps (OK, definitely), piece together a portrait of who they are and how they eat based on the groceries they’re buying.

The rise of online shopping, however, makes it more difficult to do that. But Amazon has given us a little insight into the shopping behavior of others by revealing the best-selling items among its Prime customers from last year. And the revelations are kind of nuts, or, really, totally bananas.

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Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like My Dog for 24 Hours

by in Community, March 3rd, 2017

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like My Dog for 24 HoursBy Diana Chang

I love dogs. I’ve always loved dogs. I had two growing up, a Maltese named Joy and a Labrador retriever named Jackie. If I wasn’t living in a typical, tight-fitting apartment in New York, I’m pretty sure I would be a dog lady and own at least two today. But as it stands, I have only one, Mwaji.

Having said that, I was never one of those pet owners who took the extra step to look into what my dog was eating. My dog, who is practically my baby and is treated as if I birthed her myself, always ate whatever brand I saw first at the store that had the word “healthy” or “natural” on the packaging. So when I was asked if I would ever consider eating the same food as Mwaji, I said a very hesitant “Yes?” because I figured this might be a great opportunity to find out what exactly should be in my dog’s diet.

After some research (aka searching on Google and asking some dog-owning friends), I discovered that there is a surprisingly large number of people who cook for their own fur babies. The recipes used the same stuff I usually put in my own dinner (except onions and garlic because those are poisonous to dogs — who knew?!).  So with that, I embraced the challenge.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up For

by in Recipes, March 3rd, 2017

Kale and Tomato Eggs BenedictWe would argue that one of the best parts of the weekend (aside from sleeping in and days off of work) are the seemingly unlimited possibilities surrounding breakfast. Sure, you can pour yourself a bowl of cereal like it’s any other morning, but we have a better idea: Take the time this weekend to hunker down at home and craft an over-the-top breakfast that would make your brunch-going friends jealous. Read on below for a few of our favorite recipes.

Kale and Tomato Eggs Benedict (pictured above) 
Served on a whole-wheat English muffin with vitamin-rich kale and dressed with a light mustard-laced Hollandaise sauce, this surprisingly healthy dish will leave you feeling guilt-free and oh so satisfied.

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