Just the Facts: Melting

by in Food Network Magazine, March 28th, 2013

Melting Guide

Stretchy Melters
Instead of oozing, these get stringy and elastic when melted — good for when you want the cheese to stay put, like on pizza.
Stretchy Cheese Melters

Find out which cheeses are creamy and are non-melters

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gavin Kaysen — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 27th, 2013

Gavin KaysenFN 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.

Gavin Kaysen is the executive chef of Café Boulud in New York City. In 2007 he competed in the Bocuse d’Or International Cuisine Competition in France. Gavin has received several accolades, including having been named one of Food & Wine Magazine‘s 10 Best New Chefs (2007) and having received the James Beard Foundation’s 2008 Rising Star Chef award. But did you know Gavin’s first fine dining experience at 20 years old ended up changing his life? It influenced his decision to become a chef — otherwise, he might have been a storm chaser. Find out more about Gavin in his Q&A below.

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Easter Dinner Made Simple

by in Entertaining, Holidays, March 27th, 2013

Roasted Mushroom ToastsWith Easter right around the corner, it’s never too soon to start planning — the sooner you create a plan, the more organized the day will be and you’ll wind up enjoying it more yourself.

I’m hosting Easter again this year — it’s become somewhat of a tradition. Or maybe it’s the fact that everyone knows I’m going to cook up a storm so they are all always open to coming to my house. Either way, I love it. I get to decide what’s on the menu and make things I think will please a crowd.

This year I’m going heavy on the appetizers. I want to host a fun outdoor party with plenty of cocktails and lots of delicious appetizers for my guests to choose from. That way they get to taste a lot of different things without getting totally stuffed from the ham. Not to fear, though, there will absolutely be ham, but I’m incorporating it in a little bit of a different way this time. By eliminating the centerpiece of the large-baked ham, it takes the pressure off of the long cook time and preparation. The recipes below incorporate classic flavors you’d see on an Easter table, but in a casual form — perfect for entertaining a large or small crowd.

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Easter Egg Safety

by , March 27th, 2013

Easter eggs
Easter wouldn’t be complete without brightly-colored eggs and a full out egg hunt. But who wants to ruin the festivities with spoiled eggs?

Food Safety Basics
Eggs are considered a potentially hazardous food that may cause illness if theyR...

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Out With the Old. In With the New. — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, March 27th, 2013

Lemon-Herb Rice SaladYou’ve heard it all before: Spring is a time for change. It’s a time when we kick off our puffy down coats and swing our windows wide open. It’s also a time when our diets change for the better. But before getting carried away with all the green-as-can-be produce you can get your hands on, use this first stage of the season for some serious spring cleaning, with a special emphasis on that pantry of yours.

This week, Food Network’s combining forgotten pantry items with the freshness of spring produce. Together, these two elements create bright and budget-friendly side dishes.

Those cardboard boxes of pasta sure stock up in the shadowy depths of your pantry. Get that stuff boiled by making one of these spring-forward pasta dishes. Serve Food Network Magazine’s Spaghetti With Snap Peas and Prosciutto alongside a nice chicken breast. Or try Pasta Salad With Asparagus, Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes by Food Network Magazine as a cold side for a spring picnic.

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Vote: Who Do You Want to Win Worst Cooks in America?

by in Shows, March 27th, 2013

Rasheeda Brown and Alina BolshakovaNo longer two of the Worst Cooks in America, Rasheeda Brown and Alina Bolshakova have survived six weeks of Worst Cooks Boot Camp and are now armed with the knife skills, kitchen techniques and culinary confidence needed to cook a restaurant-quality meal for three professional-chef icons. Both recruits have endured their shares of struggles in the competition, falling short in several challenges, but they’ve proved themselves worthy of the chance to represent their mentors in front of the judges’ panel. Come Sunday night, one of them will earn $25,000, as well as exclusive bragging rights for her chef, but not before competing in the ultimate finale cook-off, complete with the demands of a multi-course meal and rigid time constraints.

When Rasheeda and Alina are cooking for Boot Camp glory on Sunday, who will you be rooting for? Are you hoping that Chef Anne‘s Rasheeda takes the crown and earns her mentor a fourth-straight victory, or do you think it’s time for Chef Bobby to enjoy a win and Alina to best her competitor? Should the Red Team’s Rock Star Rasheeda take home the prize, or should the mad scientist on the Blue Team collect the triumph? Cast your fan vote below to tell us who you want to win Worst Cooks in America.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Falkner — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 26th, 2013

Elizabeth FalknerFN 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.

Elizabeth Falkner first wowed the culinary world with her desserts before turning her attention to savory dishes. She has competed on Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and recently, The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Elizabeth previously ran her pastry shop, Citizen Cake, and restaurant, Orson, in San Francisco before relocating to Brooklyn to open her new Southern Italian restaurant, Krescendo. But there’s a lot you don’t know about Elizabeth — for example, she hates really sweet desserts. And if she weren’t a chef, she would probably have been a superhero. You’ll have to watch to find out whether she uses any special powers in the Chopped kitchen. Find out more about Elizabeth in her Q&A below.

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