Whether Alex Guarnaschelli is cooking at restaurants Butter or The Darby, dishing out top-notch critiques as a judge on Chopped, racing around Kitchen Stadium as the newest Iron Chef or cooking up a storm with her daughter at home, fans of hers know that Alex does comfort food best.
Alex grew up in a home surrounded by a love of cooking, where souffles and cheeseburgers were equally revered. The daughter of a respected cookbook editor and a Chinese cooking enthusiast, Alex developed a passion for food at a young age, sealing her professional fate. In her premiere cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food, she shares her journey from waist-high taste tester to trained chef, along with the 100 recipes for how she learned to cook — and the way she still loves to eat.
Want to get Alex’s secrets to great home cooking? You can pre-order a copy of Old-School Comfort Food here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us which one of Alex’s recipes is your favorite and why in the comments (you must include the URL — find Alex’s list of recipes here). We’re giving away an autographed copy of the book to five lucky, randomly selected commenters.
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traveled the back roads of the South in his 1-hour special, Rebel Eats
, this past Saturday night (watch the full episode here), but it’s hard to show everything in just 1 hour. Click the play button above
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moments and go deeper with Justin as he answers questions about his show and what’s next for him.
Tell us about the deep-fried burger from Dyer’s. What’s the difference in taste between standard oil and the century-old stuff that’s used at the restaurant, and what does it bring to the burger?
Oh man — I could wax poetic about that burger. Imagine if you cooked some garlic in oil and then removed the garlic. What is left? Garlic-flavored oil. The oil then becomes a condiment. Imagine if you put your garlic oil on bread. Nobody would bat an eye. That doesn’t sound wild at all. Now imagine doing this with delicious ground beef instead of garlic, and using that oil to fry all your burgers. For 100 years. The real question is what doesn’t it bring to the burger? Scientifically speaking though, by smashing the patty they are increasing the surface area and getting rid of air. This makes the beefy flavor more concentrated per bite. Also, by frying it, it cooks very quickly to well-done. Now, a well-done burger is murder in my book, but here it actually works nicely because of the thinness of the patty. The more you cook a patty, the more the beefy flavor is coaxed out, but the less appealing the texture. By making thin, greased-up patties, they are letting the beef grease provide the juiciness in the burger. They don’t serve lettuce or tomato because this burger has no room for crunch. It is like eating a puck of beef butter. Maybe that sounds gross to some, but to me this sounds like a great last meal.
Is this spice blend sitting around in your cabinet? You don’t know what you’re missing. Hurry! Break out the curry!
Robust, potent and delightfully flavorful, curry powder is a staple ingredient in both Indian and other Sout...
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Think about it — your oven has done a lot for you this season. It’s seen pies and casseroles, pot roasts and big birds. It’s gotten you through holidays and frosty nights. Let’s not even mention all the cookies and cakes. But soon enough, you’ll be trading your boots for shorts and your oven for the grill. It’s just how the cycle goes.
This week, as you get your hands on some of that fresh spring produce, keep that faithful oven of yours in mind. It roasts veggie after veggie to sheer perfection, making certain your sides are simply sensational.
When asparagus meets the oven, it doesn’t need much else. Food Network Magazine’s pristine Roasted Asparagus calls upon nothing more than toasted pine nuts and lemon to accentuate its earthy flavors. Ina Garten’s Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, on the other hand, is luxurious and the perfect mate to a sumptuous steak.
Though Roasted Carrots may scream fall, this recipe by Food Network Magazine uses lemon, red onion, cilantro and spices to inject a seasonal flair. Add a dose of green for Roasted Carrots and Peas, ensuring that the vibrancy of the season shines through. Here’s a good tip: It’s a good idea to parboil hard veggies like carrots so the finished product comes down without a crunch.
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The chopping block is about to enter into whole new territory for fans. IntoNow from Yahoo! is teaming up with Food Network to bring fans an interactive second-screen-viewing experience for the upcoming season of Chopped All-Stars.
Each Sunday at 9pm/8c starting this week, April 7, and running through May 5, you can discover exclusive content by tagging Chopped All-Stars using the IntoNow mobile app. Through IntoNow’s TV Sync feature you can follow along with the episode for exclusive quotes from the contestants, behind-the-scenes photos and recipes, as well as participate in live polling and trivia with fellow IntoNow users and Food Network fans.
Can You Capit? Fans can add a caption to their favorite moments from every episode and share them online by creating memes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and reddit. You can also create chat groups with friends.
No healthy kitchen is complete without a blender. Not only can this must-have kitchen staple whip up easy morning smoothies, but it’s also great for blending soups, sauces and dressings. Create silky smooth Potato and Leek Soup, or blend eggs ...
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Food Network chef Anne Burrell got a thumb’s up from First Lady Michelle Obama Monday at the White House’s Easter Egg Roll, which drew 30,000 people to the South Lawn for fun that went far beyond eggs. “A little love in your food makes everything taste better,” Anne told Mrs. Obama, prepping pasta with broccoli rabe pesto and sausage as a family-friendly all-in-one-meal idea for visitors. “Kids, you would eat this at home, right?” the First Lady asked, getting a big “yes” in reply. Mrs. Obama said the dish — a nourishing mix of protein, veggies, good fat from olive oil and pistachios — tasted cheesy enough to be kid-friendly but sophisticated enough for date night. Watch the video here and get the recipe over on the Let’s Move blog.
“It’s the perfect ratio of pasta to sauce,” Anne said. “When you finish the pasta you should have just enough sauce left to take the last of your bread and get that little bit, wipe it up so your plate’s clean. Then you can put your plate right back in the cupboard because you’re part of the clean-plate club.” Anne was on stage in the Play With Your Food area along with White House chef Cristeta Comerford, White House pastry chef Bill Yosses (pictured above) and other food-famous folks including Al Roker and Ina Garten; there, visitors followed up egg-rolling by peeking into the garden that supplies the First Family with fresh vegetables year-round, eating jelly beans and learning how long it takes to work them off (30 seconds each) and trying out tennis and basketball on the White House courts. The eat-well-move-more activities were in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to reduce the rates of childhood obesity in the United States.
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Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:
Swirl a few tablespoons of cold butter into a pan sauce before you serve it — you’ll be amazed by how it improves the texture. Cut the butter into small pieces and whisk them in a few at a time, then remove the sauce from the heat and cover to keep warm. If the sauce gets too hot, the butter can separate and make the sauce oily. If this happens, just whisk in a few tablespoons of water.
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FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.
Former *NSYNC star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Joey Fatone is the host of My Family Recipe Rocks! on the Live Well Network. He was previously a host of NBC’s The Singing Bee and was a competitor on Season 1 of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. But there a few things you might not know about Joey ‑ for example, he hates wasabi. And he also claims his culinary icon looks like him. Read more about Joey in his Q&A below.
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Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in March? From Irish classics to kale and chicken, the ultimate buttercream frosting to an indulgent breakfast dish, here are the top 10 recipes of March:
10. Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
9. Giada’s Chicken Piccata
8. Melissa’s Crispy Kale “Chips”
7. Alton’s Shepherd’s Pie
6. Bobby’s Sauteed Kale
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