Infuse Your Grains

by in Food Network Magazine, March 17th, 2014

Pork with Rosemary PolentaNext time you’re making rice, grits or other grains, add some flavor to the cooking liquid. Throw in fresh herbs, dried chiles or a cinnamon stick and let steep a few minutes before adding the grains. Food Network Magazine used a rosemary sprig to infuse the polenta in this weeknight pork dinner (pictured above). If you’re using several ingredients, tie them together with kitchen twine or unwaxed floss so you can easily pull them out later.

Dressed to Souffle — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, March 16th, 2014

While many Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages may be downright evilicious, most are, at least in some way, related to the challenge dish in any given round, and they are often inspired by common ingredients, tools and processes used to make that plate. On tonight’s all-new episode, Alton took that idea one step further during the Round 3 souffle battle when he auctioned off what he deemed “a souffle suit,” an oversize, puffed-up outfit that would force a contestant to match the general qualities of a souffle: rounded and inflated.

Chef Millie ultimately found herself victim of the getup, and when judge Simon Majumdar learned of her unfortunate apparel, he told Alton on the host’s After-Show, “The fact that she was able to deliver anything is really remarkable.” Although he was impressed by her ability to cook while dressed up, he couldn’t excuse her dish, which was a sorry attempt at a souffle, as it was wholly without egg whites. “Chef Milly’s was so far away from being a souffle that I just couldn’t make the call any other way,” he explained to Alton of his decision to eliminate Chef Millie. Alton admitted, however, that no matter the outcome, “Chef Millie was an incredible sport” in the face of the sabotage.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Tournament of Stars Round 2 Winner

by in Shows, March 16th, 2014

Carnie ans LouOn tonight’s episode of Chopped Tournament of Stars, four former Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off competitors entered the Chopped kitchen to take their chances with the mystery basket ingredients. Some sought redemption for not winning their RvG season, whereas others had something to prove to themselves. The winner of the round earned a spot in the finale, in which a $50,000 donation to charity and the title of Chopped champion await the Tournament of Stars champion. As veterans of Rachael vs. Guy, these celebrities are used to the pressure of competition, but not this kind. Find out who proved they have what it takes to win this time. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Round 2 winner.

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After Buying This Restaurant: The Ville Restaurant

by in Shows, March 16th, 2014

Keith Simpson on Buy This RestaurantHusband and wife Keith and Raquel were no strangers to the food industry when they met Keith Simpson, as they’ve been owners of a successful Indianapolis-area catering company for years. It was only after they decided to pursue a sit-down eatery that they looked to Buy This Restaurant for help in purchasing the ideal location. They toured three possible hot spots before ultimately selecting a 3,800-square-foot restaurant in Noblesville, Ind., that offered both room for a traditional service as well as a private area for catering.

FN Dish checked in with Keith a few months after he and Raquel bought their restaurant, now named The Ville Restaurant, to learn their plans for the business and to find out how the construction process is faring today. Read on below for an exclusive interview.

How is construction going on The Ville Restaurant? In what stage is the renovation, and when do you plan to open?
Keith: Things are going well with construction. … So far we have only completed light demo, but if all goes as planned we will open in June 2014.

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Potato Tot-Topped Shepherd’s Pie — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 16th, 2014

Potato Tot-Topped Shepherd's Pie - Most Popular Pin of the WeekHow many times have you made mashed potatoes just so you’ll have leftovers for shepherd’s pie? This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week uses potato tots instead. Not only does this trick save you time, but it makes for a crispy topping that’s a nice contrast to the beef filling.

For more everyday recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.

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Green St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

by in Holidays, March 15th, 2014

Shamrock CupcakesOn March 17 you’ll likely be decked out in green attire, so why not whip up some green desserts to go with the theme? It’s been noted that blue was originally the color of St. Patrick’s Day; over the centuries this evolved based on the color of St. Patrick’s shamrock and the color in the Irish flag.  Green is now the color of the day, and these treats are true to the Emerald Isle.

1. Shamrock Cupcakes (pictured above)
Make an old-fashioned boiled frosting that’s both creamy and fluffy for these cupcakes. Three frosted cupcakes plus a halved cupcake covered in green sanding sugar turn these hand-held desserts into shamrocks.

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Bacon for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner — and Dessert

by in Recipes, March 15th, 2014

Whole-Grain Pancakes with Eggs and BaconIt’s no secret that bacon is a perennial family-friendly favorite, and on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts offered their top secrets for preparing it just right every time. Both Jeff and Geoffrey shared wedge salads — Wedgelet Kabobbies and a Grilled Cobb Wedge, respectively — that showcased this crispy indulgence, proving that a strip of bacon isn’t limited to breakfast plates alone (although it’s indeed a welcome addition there too).

In an effort to celebrate all things bacon, FN Dish rounded up a day’s worth of meals featuring that ingredient: a dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Read on below to find all four recipes, then tell us in the comments your favorite way to enjoy bacon.

Who says bacon can’t be part of a balanced diet? In Food Network Magazine’s easy-to-make Whole-Grain Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon (pictured above), it’s added atop a surprisingly healthy stack of flapjacks and fluffy scrambled eggs.

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How to Build a Better Chicken Pot Pie

by in Uncategorized, March 15th, 2014

chicken pot pie

Order this classic dish at a restaurant, and you’re likely in for a 900-calorie meal. Opt for the frozen variety, and you won’t do much better, at around 700 calories a pop. (With both options, sodium could be double the recommended dail...

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Worst Cooks Skill Drills: Seafood Freak-Outs

by in Shows, March 15th, 2014

Red Team lobstersCooking involves facing many different things, including ingredients that may not be as easy or pleasurable to deal with as others. Scaly fish, snapping lobsters — these are just some of the scary ingredients recruits have had to face on past seasons of Worst Cooks in America. All you have to remember is you’re at the top of the food chain. And when it comes to “dispatching” with a live lobster, some kitchen confidence is involved, but once you get beyond it, you will have an impressive lobster dinner.

The lesson that Anne and Bobby try to teach is to not to be afraid of anything in the kitchen, especially creatures of the deep. Cooking fish and shellfish may take some getting used to, but it’s no reason to keep from cooking and enjoying eating them.

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