Baby Gear Meets Grown-Up Competition — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 28th, 2014

While challenge dishes featured on Cutthroat Kitchen are classics and easy to prepare, many, like Thai coconut soup and falafel, aren’t necessarily appealing to children. On tonight’s all-new episode, however, the competition took a turn for the kid-friendly, as Alton Brown introduced one dish that’s perhaps enjoyed more by children than by adults: chicken fingers. “The chicken finger is featured on pretty much every single kids’ menu on the planet,” Alton told judge Jet Tila on this week’s After-Show. To celebrate the plate and honor one place many chicken fingers are eaten, Alton auctioned off a giant highchair, one intended not for kids but for an unlucky chef saddled with sabotage. “Look at the view,” Alton said jokingly to Jet, who willingly climbed onto the chair to experience the test for himself. “You can see further in Cutthroat Kitchen than ever before.”

While the sights may have been ideal up there, the working conditions were not, as Chef Joel found mini utensils, plastic plates and an electric cooktop waiting for him at the table of the highchair. Lucky for him, though, he didn’t stay there long, as he won the mid-round sabotage and forced Chef Oz to take his place and finish prepping the dish there as his own. He “simply cannot recoup,” Alton noted to Jet, who surely tasted the struggle in Chef Oz’s dish, as the judge sent him home after a failed chicken-finger offering.

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Exclusive Interview with the Winner of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 28th, 2014

Great Food Truck RaceSeven weeks of cooking, selling, marketing and plain physical exhaustion has culminated in the finale of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5. Lone Star Chuck Wagon and Middle Feast, the remaining two teams to last through Tyler’s numerous Speed Bumps and Truck Stop challenges, found themselves starting in Tampa and ending in Key West. This five-city finale running over 450 miles in Florida wouldn’t be a breeze. Tyler once again tested their marketing abilities, their food quality and their hustle to sell. But only one team walked away with the keys to their truck and $50,000 to turn their dream into a reality.

FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with the winning team

How to Make Fresh Pasta — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 28th, 2014

How to Make Fresh Pasta - Most Popular Pin of the WeekYou can get dried pasta anywhere, but fresh pasta made by your own hands is something special. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week demystifies the process so you can make fresh pasta yourself.

For more how-tos, check out Food Network’s Let’s Learn board on Pinterest.

Get the Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial: How to Make Fresh Pasta

Apples, the Savory Way

by in In Season, September 27th, 2014

Even though you can get apples year-round almost everywhere, there’s still something special about your favorite variety popping up at the farmers market when fall comes around. It’s a sign that cooler nights are coming and the best time of the year for comfort food is just around the corner. The obvious first task is to bake a great apple pie — but after that, there’s plenty of time for creativity. Think perfectly roasted chicken with sweet apples, or a fresh apple and kale salad. These recipes will get you on track for endless apple creations so you can take full advantage of the fall produce.

Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples: There’s always a reason to try a new chicken recipe, especially when it’s simple and you can pop it in the oven. The apples in this help bring out the savory flavors of the skin-on chicken thighs and the onions, while adding a subtly sweet note that is perfect for fall entertaining. But you don’t have to save it for a special occasion — this one is easy enough to be a weeknight meal.

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Beyond the Bottle: New Ways to Cook with Beer for Oktoberfest

by in Recipes, September 27th, 2014

Beer-Braised Chicken ThighsJust days ago Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of all things Bavarian, kicked off in Germany, but on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts brought the party stateside with a menu of authentic eats and drinks. At Oktoberfest, beer may be the drink of choice for the crowds of revelers enjoying the events, but there’s more to do with beer than simply say “Cheers!” From savory stews to sweet cakes, beer shines in a mix of classic and creative recipes, thanks to its range of bold flavors. Read on below for tips on putting the bottles of beer in your refrigerator to work in easy chicken dinners, fish-and-chip plates, moist chocolate cake and more must-try favorites.

When it comes to braising, it’s the ingredients in the liquid that flavor whatever you’re cooking, so when Rachael Ray adds a bottle of lager to the broth in her Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs (pictured above) recipe, she ensures that the meat turns out full of flavor every time. She simmers the moist chicken thighs in the garlic-laced broth alongside sausage and peppers for a bold meal. Want to use pork instead of chicken? Try Food Network Magazine’s Beer-Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs, gently cooked in a mixture of sauteed onions, amber ale and fresh herbs.

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Fancypants Ham Sells For 2 Million Bucks (Really)

by , September 27th, 2014
When you think about the price of ham these days, you probably hover in at around 8 dollars a pound. Of course, if you are purchasing it right from the hog, the price tends to uptick a little bit. How much of an uptick? Oh, about two million bucks. That’s right. Somebody bought some pork for an absolute boarload of money.

Everywhere at the Kentucky Fair, a dry-cured country ham is auctioned off for an exorbitant price. This year’s 16-pound bevy of pig parts went for an astounding 2 million bucks. The pig in question wasn’t raised on a steady diet of diamonds; it was just your average ultra-delicious cured hog. So why did it go for so much? It was an auction to raise money for charity, although this year’s entrant beat the record by a full 1.5 million smackeroos.

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Steakhouse Rib Eyes with Creamed Spinach — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, Restaurants, September 26th, 2014

It’s a rite of passage to go to one of America’s great steakhouses. Dark knotty, wide wood; warm, well-polished brass; and banquettes upholstered in worn, creased leather set the stage. When partnered with excellent food and excellent service, it’s an all-American experience. Our attraction to the scent of meat cooking on fire is basic; the wafting smoke seems to awaken some sort of primordial urge buried deep in the recesses of our carnivorous brains. There’s not much heartier and more satisfying in terms of comfort food than a meaty, perfectly charred steak topped with mushrooms and served with a baked potato and creamed spinach. This is how the West was won — or at least west Wall Street.

Life occasionally calls for a thick, juicy steak. Those special times might be celebrating something such as a big promotion, a graduation or an anniversary. The celebrations often come with a big price tag, too. Down-home comfort steakhouse-style is a real cause for celebration, because you can do it in the comfort of your own home. No rude waiters, no dings in the car due to the careless teenager in valet and no eye-popping bill that costs as much as a house payment.

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The Slanted Door — Off the Shelf

by in Books, September 26th, 2014

The Slanted Door - Off the ShelfThere are so many wonderful things to say about Charles Phan’s new cookbook, The Slanted Door, it’s almost impossible to pick a place to start. The Slanted Door tells the tale of the San Francisco restaurant of the same name through its storied 20-year history. It follows Phan and his beloved eating establishment as he built it, brick by brick and dish by dish, taking The Slanted Door through three locations in the City by the Bay. The pages are ripe with bright stories, honesty about the struggles that come with starting and maintaining a restaurant, and a rich appreciation for elegant food, wine, tea and cocktails.

The book is broken down into acts of the restaurant’s history, highlighting dishes as they became popular at each of the establishment’s locations. Act One is from Valencia Street in the Mission. Act Two features dishes from the Brannan Street location. Act Three features dishes from The Slanted Door’s final and permanent home, The Ferry Building. Within each location-based act, you’ll find select recipes from the restaurant’s menu, including starters, cocktails, the raw bar, salads, soups, mains and desserts. It also includes essays about how the tea, wine and cocktail programs were all developed to give customers the best possible dining experience.

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