Watch the Top 5 Worst Staff Moments on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, November 26th, 2013


No matter how efficient and accommodating its owners may be, if an eatery’s kitchen and front of the house staff members aren’t all committed to their jobs, their negative attitudes could ultimately put the business at risk of failure. After all, it’s the waiters who most often interact with diners and the kitchen employees who prepare their food, so much of what guests experience is the result of these workers. That’s why when Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossibleteam visit struggling establishments,

they need each and every staff member — not just the owners or core management — to accept the transformation and be willing to make changes toward improvement. For some, these revisions are easy to assume, but others don’t agree with Robert’s recommendations as readily, and what results is often temper tantrums, pointed fingers and, in some cases, downright mayhem.

In the more than six seasons of Restaurant: Impossible, the show has seen employees quit unexpectedly, get fired on the spot and storm out of the eatery, all while being filmed. Click the play button on the video above to relive the top-five worst staff moments ever recorded, then tune in to an all-new episode of Restaurant: Impossible tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10pm/9c to watch Robert tackle his latest mission.

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Top 5 Hanukkah Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 25th, 2013

Top 5 Hanukkah RecipesThe Jewish Festival of Lights kicks off this Wednesday night, overlapping with Thanksgiving for the first time in more than a century (and it won’t happen again for 79,000 years!). Mark this special Hanukkah with a slight twist on traditional potato latkes and a full feast of Hanukkah dishes, both new and classic. Even though you’re likely to be eating turkey on the second night, there are still seven more to celebrate.

1. Sweet Potato Latkes
Food Network Kitchens’ recipe combines Yukon golds and sweet potatoes for a fall-flavored, Thanksgiving-inspired Hanukkah treat.

2. Braised Brisket with Root Vegetables
This Hanukkah main has it all: beefy, tender brisket with a rich tomato flavor, and flavorful root vegetables braised in red wine and brisket juices.

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Lemon-Pepper Fettuccine, Fast — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, November 25th, 2013

Lemon-Pepper FettuccineWith the Thanksgiving feast just days away, your mind is likely elsewhere at this very moment, consumed with last-minute menu planning, frequent runs to the grocery store and the requisite home organization to prepare for out-of-town guests. But no matter how long your Turkey Day to-do list may be, the question of tonight’s dinner remains, and on nights like these, only one kind of meal will fit the bill: fast.

Thanks to Food Network Magazine’s family-friendly recipe for Lemon-Pepper Fettuccine (pictured above), it’s indeed possible to get supper on the table in only 20 quick minutes. Perhaps the best part about this pasta is that its list of ingredients includes everyday items you likely have on hand already — so there’s no need for an additional trip to the supermarket. As the hearty fettuccine is boiling, get to work on this simple sauce. Start by sauteing sweet shallots in butter, then add a mixture of cream and lemon zest plus nutty pecorino cheese for contrasting rich and refreshing flavors. The secret flavor weapon of this sauce comes at the very end when you add up to three teaspoons of pepper; this seasoning will add a bold punch of flavor and complement the citrus as well. Be sure to save a bit of the pasta water after draining the noodles, as you might need some to thin out the sauce as you’re mixing the dish together.

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Damaris Phillips’ Top Tips for Making Biscuits and Gravy

by in Food Network Chef, November 25th, 2013

Damaris PhillipsJust in time for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips, a lifelong southerner with a knack for baking and the host of Southern at Heart, is demystifying biscuit making so that you can skip the store-bought tubes of dough and make your own buttery beauties at home. This Kentucky native is known for enjoying her biscuits with gravy for breakfast, and just last month she took the stage with fellow Food Network Star alum Justin Warner at the New York City Wine & Food Festival to fuse her classic recipe with another morning favorite: bagels and lox. She walked fans through the step-by-step of creating this hybrid breakfast while chatting about basic biscuit-and-gravy how-tos, like simple tricks for cutting biscuits and the importance of cooking the flour in the gravy roux. Read on below to get Damaris’ top-six tips, then try her recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits with Peppered Pork Loin, Apple Mustard Butter and Salad.

1. Don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy biscuit cutter at home; a round glass will do the trick.

2. There are two kinds of biscuits: flaky and cakey. Damaris prefers the cakey variety, as they’re better suited for sopping up gravy, so consider this if you plan on serving your biscuits with gravy as well.

3. When making the roux for the gravy — the mixture of fat (here, butter) and flour — it’s important to let the flour cook for a bit so it loses its raw flavor. The more you cook it, the darker the roux will be.

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Food Network Stars Share Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

by in Entertaining, Holidays, November 24th, 2013

Food Network Stars Share Thanksgiving Entertaining TipsFor Turkey Day, Food Network stars aren’t just making masterpieces in the oven; they’re also setting an impressive holiday table for dinner guests. With a few tips and tricks from Giada, Ina and Sandra, you can turn your dining room table into one fit for a Thanksgiving celebration.

Giada likes to spoil each of her guests with their own dish for olive oil. At each guest’s place setting, there’s also a special place card. “I have the person’s name on one side,” says Giada, “and on the other side I have his or her favorite hobby or passion. It’s a great conversation starter and it guarantees that the night will be full of laughs and lots of fun.”

To make kids feel extra special at their Thanksgiving table, Giada makes homemade chocolate-covered pretzels covered in sprinkles, and then wraps them up with a nametag for each child. Instead of a tablecloth, Giada rolls out butcher paper to give kids a place to draw on.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, Holidays, November 24th, 2013

The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe - Pin of the WeekA Thanksgiving feast isn’t complete without dessert, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week will surely impress your guests. Food Network Magazine couldn’t get the secret recipe for the Cheesecake Factory’s famous slice, so the chefs made their own creamy, decadent version. See if you can tell the difference.

For more Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Food Network Magazine’s Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake

(Photo courtesy of Ellie Miller)

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Stay for Leftovers: Thanksgiving Live! Google+ Hangout

by in Holidays, Shows, November 23rd, 2013

Google HangoutThanksgiving Live! may be over, but there’s more turkey talk on our Google+ Hangout. The conversation continues with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina, who are joined by Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid. Post your questions on Google+ and watch the Hangout below.

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