Caption It: The Director’s in the House

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Rachael Ray on Food Network StarIt was just 10 weeks ago when 12 hopeful finalists took their first steps into the culinary spotlight in Food Star Kitchen, full of dreams and anticipation — and anxiety over what the future held. Now, just one week before the finale, there are onl...

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What to Watch: Ina and Celebrity Friends on Barefoot in L.A., and the Premiere of Valerie’s Home Cooking

by in Shows, August 7th, 2015

Ina Garten and Jennifer GarnerKick back this weekend and tune in to Food Network for new recipes and some competition fun. On Saturday morning, catch up with Ree Drummond for her daughter’s graduation party, for which Ree prepares a steak and shrimp taco bar plus a variety of delicious fixings. Then, Ina Garten heads to Los Angeles to cook with Jennifer Garner and have a master class with Wolfgang Puck. Next, watch the premiere of Valerie’s Home Cooking, where Valerie Bertinelli hosts her Hot in Cleveland co-stars for a lunch featuring each of their favorite dishes.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy first visit the town where Giada’s great-grandparents once owned a pasta factory and then return home to make dishes like Fusilli with Fresh Pomodoro. Then, Daphne Brogdon hosts a fancy dinner party and serves up Porterhouse Steaks with Creamy Leek Sauce and Maple Pudding with Bourbon Whipped Cream. You won’t want to miss the all-new competitions on Sunday night, when contestants face a shoptacle course on Triple G and Food Network finalists make the dish of their lifetime. End your weekend with Alton’s evilicious challenges on Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c.

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Camp Cutthroat Culinary Competency Quiz: Mixology Skills

by in Shows, August 6th, 2015

Camp Cutthroat Culinary Competency Quiz: Mixology SkillsIt’s hot, it’s late, it’s summer — nothing quenches your thirst at times like these quite like a refreshing cocktail, and the same holds true for the competitors who are set to spend a session at Alton Brown’s evilicious Camp Cutthroat. Just in time for the first session of Camp, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c, FN Dish wants to know: How much of a cocktail connoisseur are you? From mixed spirits and fruity sippers to essential bar equipment and common drink garnishes, concocting winning cocktails takes more than just a shaking up a few kinds of liquor. Test your mixology savvy by taking this quiz to find out if you’re a Beverage Beginner, a Competent Cocktailer or a Mix Master.

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An All-in-One Chicken Dinner — Party of Two

by in Recipes, August 6th, 2015

An All-in-One Chicken DinnerMost nights at our house, my husband and I come home from work and are completely stumped by what to make for dinner. We want something hearty and flavorful, yet easy and quick because we’re tired and, let’s face it, we just want to sit down and enjoy what we have left of the evening. I’m sure you can relate, right? Finding recipes that fit the bill — and won’t saddle us with piles of leftovers — is a huge feat. But believe it or not, it’s not impossible. I’ve got the ultimate chicken dinner made just for two right here.

This lemon-and-herb chicken dish is a trifecta of everything you and your other half need for a well-balanced meal. You’ve got the protein, the veggie and the starch — all on your plate! The best part of all? It really does come together in no time. While you have the potatoes roasting, you work on the chicken and asparagus. The dish is practically done by the time the potatoes are ready, and you can sit down to a fulfilling meal that doesn’t suck the energy out of you. Now you and yours can go enjoy the evening with full bellies. Grab the recipe below, then check out more Party of Two recipes.

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Culinary Wunderkinds Take the Stage on Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off

by in Shows, August 6th, 2015

In Food Network’s new series Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, premiering Monday, Aug. 24 at 8|7c, eight junior chefs will put their exceptional cooking chops to the test as they compete for a $20,000 culinary scholarship and their own Web series on The pintsize competitors will be tested with on-camera challenges and high-pressure cooking obstacles as they attempt to impress host Rachael Ray. But they’re not only gaining the approval of Rachael — they’ll also be competing in front of an all-star guest judge each week, including Sunny Anderson, Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli.

The kids range in age from 11 to 13, but you’d never guess that by the looks of the food they can produce, including out-of-this-world pasta dishes and pastries you have to see to believe. The chefs have their own signature styles, coming from California, Colorado and everywhere in between. Tough challenges will allow the best of the best to rise to the top, but only one can be crowned the champion.

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10 Ways to Be a Tomato Whisperer — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 6th, 2015

Heirloom Tomato PieTomatoes aren’t like other types of in-season produce that we lose our minds over when they reach their peak (we’re lookin’ at you, peaches). We eat tomatoes year-round — no matter the season — and we rely upon shelf-stable staples like canned plum tomatoes, tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes and more to get us through. Right now, however, tomatoes are juicier and sweeter than ever, and with great bounty comes great responsibility. A true tomato whisperer and lover of all things tomato — a champion of tomato cookin’ — holds these 10 peak-season values true all season long.

1. Makes a Different Kind of Pie

Countless times, you’ve beckoned the delivery dude or even made your own pizza pie from scratch. But now that tomatoes are in their prime, slathering a pie in from-the-jar marinara would be a travesty. Do as Food Network Magazine does and make a picturesque Heirloom Tomato Pie (pictured above) that would never dare show up in a cardboard pizza box. With a buttery cornmeal crust, fresh herbs, Manchego cheese and mozzarella, this elegant beauty is crowned with a gorgeous sunset-spectrum of mixed heirloom tomatoes.

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10 Recipes Every Ree Drummond Fan Should Master

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 5th, 2015

The Pioneer Woman's Best RecipesIf you’ve seen Ree Drummond on The Pioneer Woman, you know that she isn’t afraid to crack a joke or put a little extra TLC into every dish that she cooks. As a mother of four and the wife of a cowboy, Ree whips up hearty, comforting recipes — like decadent Chocolate Chip Caramel Sundaes and stick-to-your-ribs Chicken-Fried Steaks with Gravy — that both kids and adults will enjoy. Whether she’s making a grab-and-go breakfast or a three-tiered cake for a special birthday party, Ree’s recipes are a surefire way to impress your friends and family at any meal. Keep reading below for more of Ree’s comforting classics and check out her Oklahoma ranch for a behind-the-scenes look at where she makes all of these crowd-pleasing favorites.

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5 Ways to Get Your Trifle On All Summer Long

by in Recipes, August 5th, 2015

Strawberry TriflesWe may look to pies, tarts and more as ways to showcase summer’s fruits, but these laborious, decadent treats are surely not the only ways. In fact, there’s another method of getting your fruit dessert fix: the trifle. Typically prepared with some variation of store-bought pound or angel food cake, plus berries and cream, these tiered creations are the no-cook, fruit-filled answer to what to serve for dessert at your next backyard hangout.

If you’re not looking to share your trifle, Giada De Laurentiis’ 30-minute Individual Strawberry Trifles (pictured above) are the way to go. After using a cookie cutter to cut out perfect circles in the pound cake, brush each slice with amaretto liqueur. Layer a few circular slices in a glass with homemade whipped cream and strawberries tossed with aged balsamic vinegar.

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Whom Do You Want to Win Star Salvation and Return to the Competition? Vote Now

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After making hot ramen for a summertime family reunion and failing to explain exactly why he went with that seemingly oddball dish, Alex was eliminated from the competition, though he indeed has a chance at redemption. He joined Dom and Rue in the ...

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How Come Everyone’s Suddenly Drinking Seltzer?

by in News, August 5th, 2015

How Come Everyone's Suddenly Drinking Seltzer?Seltzer may not be the most-flavorful drink in the fridge, but that hasn’t prevented it, in recent years, from rising like a carbonated bubble to its current status high up on America’s preferred list of beverages.

The Washington Post notes that, while sales of regular and diet soda and “vitamin” drinks have flattened and declined over the past decade like the contents of a half-consumed can, sales of Perrier, San Pellegrino and their fizzy ilk have more than doubled over the last five years, reaching, at last measure, around $1.5 billion — a growth that has exceeded even that of other bottled waters.

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