It’s All In Sweet, Good Humor on Cake Wars: Behind-the-Scenes Video

by in Shows, July 20th, 2015


So far on Cake Wars, we’ve seen everything from comic hero cakes to spectacular wedding creations. Each week contestants are bringing their A-game with the hopes of impressing judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas, who along with host Jonathan Bennett make for a hilarious trio and a lively set, as seen in this behind-the-scenes video.

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Ina’s Zucchini Gratin — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 20th, 2015

Zucchini GratinOne of the best things about making veggie-centric meals is that you can plan your dishes around seasonal vegetables. By using what’s in season, you’ll ensure ultimate freshness and bright, beautiful colors every time. Since we’ve reached zucchini season, it’s time to seize squash’s day and use it in recipes that feature its versatility, like Ina Garten’s Zucchini Gratin (pictured above). Ina sticks with the typical ingredients of a classic potato gratin, like milk and cheese, but replaces the starchy potato with zucchini as a seasonal alternative.

Just because it is summer doesn’t mean we have to steer away from enjoying comfort. A creamy sauce comes together by adding a few tablespoons of flour for thickness — just like you would use for a potato gratin — and hot milk, and it coats the veggies. Ina adds breadcrumbs and Gruyère cheese before baking her gratin to create a golden, bubbly crust.

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Awesome Breakfast Stops for Your Summer Vacation

by in Restaurants, July 20th, 2015

On vacation, normal breakfast routines go out the window — as they should, because your much-deserved days off should start with craveworthy morning meals. Whether you’re sightseeing, relaxing near the beach or enjoying a staycation at home, we’ve got the lowdown on breakfast destinations that are worth a special trip.

Doughnuts
The lines often stretch around the block for these popular doughnut shops across the country, and once you’re biting into a decadent, deep-fried ring of dough, you’ll understand the reason why. Start the day with a maple-bacon doughnut in Washington, D.C., a birthday cake variation in Chicago or a Cointreau creme brulee confection in Portland, Ore. Check out Food Network-approved doughnut shops from coast to coast.

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Slap Fights, Homesickness and a Decision to Leave — Jeff’s Star Report

by , July 20th, 2015
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Food Network StarWe begin this episode with a quick (yet tasty) amuse-bouche of heavy foreshadowing, served by the only remaining female finalist, Michelle. According to my brain muscle, she might be going home today.

That being said, we begin the day with a round of...

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A Bob vs. Bob Horse Race — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 19th, 2015

It’s true what they say: Bobs have more fun. On tonight’s brand-new installment of Alton’s After-Show, two of the Cutthroat Kitchen Bobs — the guys in charge of demoing and deconstructing host Alton Brown’s seemingly never-ending loot of sabotages — faced off in a diabolical yet hilarious horse race, all in the name of explaining to judge Jet Tila just what three chefs endured in Round 1’s biscuit breakfast battle.

Propped up on inflatable horses, the Bobs took their marks at the front of the arena and bounced around the kitchen for a full lap, much to the delight of Alton and Jet, who watched the mayhem unfold. “Coming around the gate it’s the kind-of-sort-of-bald-headed-skinny Bob taking the lead over the bespectacled Bob, who better catch up,” Alton said, narrating the race in his best announcer voice. In the end, Alton declared the match a draw, though “the bespectacled Bob” lost his balance at the very end, toppling to the ground on his side so the bouncy horse was belly up for a moment. “Great sabotage,” Jet said after realizing what challenges these horses held for the three sabotaged chefs.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 19th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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10 Top Spots to Try a Philly Cheesesteak

by in Restaurants, July 19th, 2015

CheesesteakBy Drew Lazor

Who’s got the best cheesesteak? It is a question that nags many a native Philadelphian, particularly when out-of-towners visit. After all, the elemental combo of griddle-cooked beef, gooey cheese and onions (gotta get onions), stuffed into a long roll, is our most-famous culinary export. Attempting to answer, beyond a shadow of a grease-dripping doubt, is a good way to drive yourself crazy, to say nothing of the damage to your waistline. Instead, let’s look at 10 of the area’s most-distinctive cheesesteak makers, all of whom provide a serious napkins-so-necessary experience.

(Note: For the purposes of this feature, we’ve decided to relegate Pat’s and Geno’s, South Philly’s world-famous dueling cheesesteak specialists, to “Hall of Fame” status. Sure, you should try them — but try these, too.)

Check out the full gallery for all 10 ’steak-savvy spots.

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Trisha’s Chocolate Pound Cake — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 19th, 2015

Chocolate Pound CakeWhether you’re a self-proclaimed chocoholic or eat the treat just once in a while, chocolate is an ingredient that can put a smile on almost everyone’s face. Enjoy it in an old-fashioned candy bar, drizzled on an ice cream sundae or mixed into a decadent pound cake, as it is in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Trisha Yearwood transforms her basic pound cake recipe by adding heaps of cocoa powder for an intensely decadent chocolate flavor. Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a mouthwatering summer dessert.

For more dessert recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Pound Cake (pictured above) from Trisha Yearwood.

Layer by Meaty Layer: How to Build the Best Burger, According to Tim Love

by in In Season, Recipes, July 19th, 2015

Layer by Meaty Layer: How to Build the Best Burger, According to Tim LoveBun, meat and toppings — there are only a few key elements to a classic burger, but it’s crucial to make each a success when building this ultimate summertime favorite. No one knows meat quite like Chef Tim Love, a Texas-based restaurateur who’s recently partnered with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise as the brand launches its Squeeze bottle, and FN Dish checked in with him to get his takes on constructing the ins and outs of a tried-and-true burger. Read on below for what he had to say, then browse our best-ever burger recipes ideal for outdoor cookouts.

The Bun: What’s your favorite kind?
Tim Love: Potato bun. Keep it classic.

The Meat: What’s your favorite ratio, and how should it be cooked?
TL: I like a 50/50 blend of prime tenderloin and prime brisket, but grilling meats to the perfect temperature can be tricky. Try using a meat thermometer and look for 130 to 135 degrees if you’re going for medium rare. That’s how I like mine done.

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8 Recipes That Will Have You Pining for Pineapple

by in Recipes, July 18th, 2015

Pineapple Upside-Down CakeBiting into a juicy, sweet and mildly tart piece of pineapple just might have you dreaming of a tropical vacation. Though its peel is nothing short of exotic, pineapple’s bright yellow interior still has a delicious familiarity that makes this fruit desired year-round. Pineapple is versatile in both sweet and savory recipes, and it can be enjoyed raw, baked or — especially in these summer months — grilled. And while fresh pineapple certainly holds its own in recipes such as Tyler Florence’s Chicken and Pineapple Skewers, the canned variety has its starring moments too. Keep reading below for more ways to use pineapple, and check out Food Network Magazine’s five-step guide to cutting and peeling this delicious fruit.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake — Just as delicious to eat as it is beautiful to look at, Ree’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for Food Network Magazine is definitely a crowd-pleasing dessert (pictured above). Not only does canned pineapple give this cake a convenience factor, it also moistens and naturally sweetens the batter. Add maraschino cherries for a beautiful contrast in color and a fruity garnish.

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