Calling All June Babies! Birthday Treat of the Month

by in Recipes, June 12th, 2015

How to Make an Ice Cream CakeWe’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.

Baking the birthday boy or girl a homemade cake is a treat all on its own, but it’s a whole different story when that cake is an ice cream cake. With the best of both dessert worlds all in one place, there’s no better way to celebrate June babies’ birthdays as summer gets underway. Although it may look like a whole to-do, an ice cream cake is actually quite easy to make, and you can bet these ice-cold recipes will look good with a lighted candles. Just be sure to blow them out before the cake melts!

An ice cream cake doesn’t need to be overly complicated for it to be a showstopper. Learn how to make a simple yet showstopping ice cream cake (pictured above) using store-bought ingredients, and see why it’s all about technique. More importantly than anything else, be sure to work quickly so that the cake doesn’t melt, causing ice crystals to form when you freeze it later.

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What to Watch: Recipes for Success with The Kitchen and a Tag Team Competition on Triple G

by in Shows, June 12th, 2015

Guy's Grocery GamesWhether you’re making dinner on a budget or trying new ingredients, there’s always room to expand your culinary arsenal. This weekend on Food Network, tune in to the stars for their best tips and tricks in the kitchen. On Saturday, Ree Drummond tackles her pantry to make flavorful dishes using staple ingredients like basmati rice and canned tomatoes. Next, join Trisha Yearwood as she serves the ultimate finger foods and performs for her guests at her record release party. Then, the cast of The Kitchen shows you recipes for success — think fresh grilled fruits and vegetables. And don’t forget: End your night with the premiere of Outrageous Wedding Cakes 2 at 9|8c.

On Sunday morning, find out what Daphne Brogdon makes for her backyard summer party and then learn Damaris Phillips’ creative ways to use peanut butter and jelly. In the evening, gear up for three hours of competition. First, take a trip with Guy Fieri to Flavortown, where in this episode, the competitors take on the Triple G tasks in pairs. Then, watch as Food Network Star finalists bake for their mentors. Finally, see the best of the worst sabotages on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Caption It: Reactions Speak Louder Than Words

by , June 12th, 2015

Food Network StarIf the premiere was all about first impressions, then this Sunday's Episode 2 is set to show which finalists have the chops to go the distance in this competition and who, perhaps, was simply gifted a bit of beginner's luck last week. Not only will t...

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Anne Burrell’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift-Approved

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 11th, 2015

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift ApprovedMuch like Mom’s meat sauce and Grandma’s brownies, chocolate chip cookies are a personal food choice — everyone has a favorite recipe and everyone believes that one to be the best. For Taylor Swift, it seems as though her pick for chocolate chip cookie recipes comes from Food Network’s own Anne Burrell.

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Just today @taylorswift13 tweeted at @chefanneburrell, telling her, “Your chocolate chip cookie recipe was a real turning point in my life.”

Anne Burrell's Chocolate Chunk Cookies Are Taylor Swift Approved
Anne was quick to reply to Taylor, as she thanked the music star and proposed getting together in the kitchen one day. “We can make them together or anything else you want together anytime!!!!” Anne tweeted. “I’m a HUGE fan of yours!!!!”

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A Cotton Candy Frappuccino? Yes, and a Red Velvet Cake One Too

by in News, June 11th, 2015

A Cotton Candy Frappuccino? Yes, and a Red Velvet Cake One, TooAs the weather warms, the drinks we crave cool. It works the same every year. But this year, when we trade our steamy cappuccino for a resolve-meltingly chilly Frappuccino at our local Starbucks, we’ll have a few new options — six of them, actually.

In honor of the Frappuccino’s 20th anniversary (I know, it doesn’t look a day over 19), Starbucks is debuting six new fan-recipe-inspired flavors: Caramel Cocoa Cluster (coffee, toffee nut syrup, milk, ice, dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, mocha sauce), Cinnamon Roll (coffee, cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, milk, ice, whipped cream, cinnamon dolce topping), Cotton Candy (vanilla bean, raspberry syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream), Cupcake (vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream), Lemon Bar (lemonade, vanilla syrup, milk, ice, whipped cream, caramel sugar) and Red Velvet Cake (mocha sauce, raspberry syrup, vanilla syrup, “Frappuccino chips,” milk, ice, whipped cream).

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A Star Returns: Melissa Previews Sunday’s New Episode As a Guest Judge

by , June 11th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianFor the remaining 11 finalists vying for StardomGuy Fieri, Melissa d'Arabian and Jeff Mauro are proof that it is indeed possible to graduate from the group of Star hopefuls to the ranks of superstardom on television. On Sunday's all-new episode, t...

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It’s Slaw Good: 6 Must-Make Summertime Slaws — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 11th, 2015

It's Slaw Good: 6 Must-Make Summertime Slaws — Summer SoireeTo bite into a drippy pulled pork sandwich, to gnaw at tender smoked ribs or even to fathom going at a mound of falling-apart brisket without a side of slaw close at hand would be a summertime travesty, up there with never making it to the beach. Though coleslaw is rather unassuming — traditionally nothing more than shredded raw cabbage in a mayo-based dressing — it lends a bright, creamy and tangy crunch to everything it meets, making it a must-have for this summer’s outdoor cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Be sure to whip up these six favorites this summer.

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Fan-Favorite Finalists: Who’s Your Pick?

by , June 11th, 2015

Fan-Favorite Finalists: Who's Your Pick?Not only was Sunday's episode all about each finalist's first chance to impress the Selection Committee, but it was also their first opportunity to wow, you, the fans, who are watching the journey unfold. From their initial struts into Food Star Kitc...

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An “Ugly” Beauty Contest: Which Dessert Is Ugliest?

by in Food Network Magazine, Polls, June 10th, 2015

apple frittersBehold the apple fritter: deep-fried dough laced with cinnamon-sugar and fresh apples. These fritters might not be the most photogenic of desserts but they draw loyal customers to the bakeries and donut shops that make them best, teaching us all not judge a dessert by its cracks and crevices. (The more nooks and crannies there are, the more it can soak up the glaze.)

Food Network Magazine wants to know which fritter you think is the most cosmetically challenged (aka ugly). Vote in our ugly beauty contest, then look for the winner in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Images of each of the contestants are below.

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Worst Cooks in America Is Back, This Time with Culinarily Challenged Celebrities Taking on Boot Camp

by in Shows, June 10th, 2015

Worst CooksBoot Camp will be graced for the first time ever with some of Tinseltown’s stars, who happen to need some serious lessons in cooking. Anne Burrell is back to serve as coach for the Red Team, with Rachael Ray signing on as coach for the Blue Team. The two will lead and mentor teams of celebrities, who are in serious need of some cooking chops. Boot Camp won’t be any easier because they’re famous!

These kitchen disasters will have to prove themselves contenders by cooking their way through challenges geared to testing their skills, growing their confidence and turning them into good cooks. The grand prize of $50,000 for charity will be awarded to the celebrity who has made the most improvement over the six-episode run of the competition.

The celebrity edition of Worst Cooks in America premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

Find Out Who’s Competing