Macaroon vs. Macaron: Two Very Different Cookies With a Linked Past

by in Recipes, May 31st, 2013

macaroonsWhen you think of macaroons, do you recall those sweet lumps of shredded coconut with a golden crust? Or do you think of those vibrantly colored airy meringue sandwiches that the French refer to as macarons? Though these cookies share similar names, they look and taste different; they do, however, share a similar past.

If you’ve found yourself scratching your head at the bakery counter not knowing which to buy, or which is which, you’re not alone. In honor of National Macaroon Day, which is today, May 30, FN Dish is demystifying the history of these sweet, enticing confections. Read on to learn more about these cookies and get some great recipes to celebrate this food holiday with.

What makes a macaroon, plus recipes to try

In Season: Red Globe Radishes

by , May 31st, 2013

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What They Are and When to Enjoy:
Radishes belong to the cruciferous vegetable family which takes its name from the Latin root crux, meaning cross. But rest assured, eating them is no cross to bear! They are deliciously crisp and fresh tasting with a...

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What to Watch: Celebration Dinners, Guy Cooks With Dean McDermott and Sunday Night Competition

by in Shows, May 31st, 2013

Guy and DeanThis weekend on Food Network, it’s all about celebrating with the people you love, whether it’s with friends, family members or those who put their lives on the line to make a difference.

On Saturday, Ree is cooking up a dinner to welcome friends who are moving back to town. Then Trisha’s cooking a graduation picnic for her niece and nephew. On Giada at Home, Giada’s offering up a taste of barbecue throughout the nation. Then on Sunday, Jamie Deen is cooking a meal for his firefighter friends. And afterward, Guy gets in the kitchen with his Team Guy champion from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Dean McDermott. Then on Sandwich King, Jeff cooks up a number of different burgers with his son, Lorenzo, by his side.

On Sunday night, take your seats for a special night of competition. First it’s an episode of Chopped that challenges the contestants to fry up something in each of their dishes. Then it’s the season premiere of Food Network Star with Giada, Alton and Bobby mentoring 12 hopefuls who are competing to win the coveted TV dream job. And last, it’s the finale of Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions with Iron Chef Symon vs. Iron Chef Garces.

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Cookbooks for the Graduating Class and Other Kitchen Freshman

by in Books, May 30th, 2013

Cookbooks for the Graduating Class and BeginnersCookbooks are not the first place one turns to for humor. Funny cookbooks do exist: Peg Bracken’s classic The I Hate to Cook Book (1960) is one; Amy Sedaris’ more recent — and terrific — I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (2006) is another. But most cookbooks assume people can’t handle too much humor with their how-to. Fair enough.

Cookbooks for rank beginners, however, make up a well-established subgenre that plays by its own set of rules. Rule #1: Keep ‘em laughing. Cookbooks for novices specialize in a very specific form of comic hyperbole, playing up the presumed ignorance of their target reader (usually a recent graduate or a bachelor) who is posited as either starving or idiotic, or both a hapless sloven who has just barely mastered the arts of chewing and swallowing. These books are easy to recognize by their titles: The Bachelor’s Guide to Ward Off Starvation, Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen, and my personal favorite, Your Shirt Is Not an Oven Mitt! (All three, I’m proud to say, have a home in the Food Network Library.)

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Get the Look: Sunny Anderson’s Kitchen

by in Food Network Chef, Food Network Magazine, May 30th, 2013

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Pick up some of Sunny’s finds for your own kitchen.

Monstera Leaf Garden Towels
Because she has several cats who like to paw at the curtains, Sunny made hers out of this extra-sturdy barkcloth fabric, in the Monstera Leaf Garden pattern. $17 per yard; islandshawaiianfabric.com

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Taste Test: Salsa

by , May 30th, 2013

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Grab your tortilla chips! I tasted some of the most popular brands of salsa just in time for your summer parties — find out how your favorite brand scored on our list.

The Criteria
Mild versions of jarred salsa were sampled and rated using a 5...

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Star-a-Day: Viet Pham

by , May 30th, 2013

Viet PhamYou heard it here first: Food Network Star is kicking off an all-new ninth season on Sunday, June 2 at 9pm/8c, and returning judge-mentors Alton BrownBobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be there at the helm. This year the mentors are tasking 12 hopefuls with weekly Mentor and Star Challenges in the ultimate multi-month interview for the chance to earn their dream television job: their own show on Food Network. While the contestants bring with them a mix of backgrounds — including culinary school, restaurant management, private chef and food blogging — they have but one dream, which is to become the next Food Network Star. From now until next month’s premiere, Star Talk will introduce one finalist a day until you, Star fans, meet them on camera during the show.

Viet Pham, 34, was born in Malaysia and moved to California when he was a child. This James Beard Award semi-finalist grew up cooking for his brother at home and later graduated from the California Culinary Academy. Now the owner of a Salt Lake City restaurant, Viet was victorious over Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America Battle Ground Meat and is known for creating globally inspired cuisine.

Click the play button on the video below to watch Viet’s casting video.

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Iron Chef Bobby Flay Off the Clock

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 30th, 2013

Iron Chef Bobby FlayI am often asked which Iron Chef is the most intimidating to judge in Kitchen Stadium, and without hesitation, I always reply, “Bobby Flay.” His well-earned reputation, coupled with that calm penetrating stare when a panelist dares to give a negative comment on one of his dishes, is enough to make even the toughest of critics shrivel like a salted slug.

Fortunately for me, he definitely seems to bring his “A” game when I am on the panel, and although he is not always victorious, I am constantly reminded of why he is the chef so many contenders want to test their culinary chops against.

I grabbed a couple of minutes with Iron Chef Flay before battle to ask him these, 10 very important questions.

The Cookery Police are going to raid your house and take all of your books. They allow you to save one. Which would it be?
BF: The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers

Who was your culinary mentor(s)?
BF: Jonathan Waxman and Wolfgang Puck

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