Beyond Chips and Dip: Appetizers for a Crowd — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, August 10th, 2013

Chicken Flautas with Avocado CreamWhen it comes to hosting a backyard cookout, a spread of burgers, barbecue, sides and salads is essential, of course, but so are a few pre-dinner munchies. Having a few easy-to-eat appetizers on hand will ensure your guests are held over until the main dishes are ready and not weighed down in the meantime. While chips and dip may be a go-to classic, you can indeed take your appetizer offering to the next delicious level while sticking with simple, stress-free favorites.

Sunny Anderson’s Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream (pictured above) are top-rated bites that can be prepared in 40 quick minutes. To save time, Sunny starts with a precooked rotisserie chicken to make the filling, featuring the bold flavors of sauteed jalapenos, salsa and garlic, plus cheddar cheese and lime juice. She wraps the mixture in flour tortillas, then deep-fries the flautas until golden brown and crispy, before serving them with a creamy, cool combination of mashed avocados and tangy sour cream.

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Smarter Candy Picks?

by , August 10th, 2013

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Call me crazy, but I start thinking about Halloween in August. Not the costumes, the candy. I’m a self-professed candy junkie, and it turns out, I’m not alone. The good news is, some candy choices are a little better than others.

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Bowled and Beautiful — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 10th, 2013

Bowled and Beautiful
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Bowled and Beautiful

Team Members: Liza, Jessica, Heather (pictured above)

Home Base: Los Angeles

Food Concept: California cuisine in a bowl

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Go Behind the Scenes of Cutthroat Kitchen with Host Alton Brown

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Cutthroat KitchenFood Network’s new series Cutthroat Kitchen is turning the average culinary competition show on its head by adding the element of a game — one that includes sabotage, scheming and backstabbing. The way it works: Each of four competitors is given $25,000 to start with — money that can either be kept as a potential prize or used toward sabotage and the purchase of items/challenges in an auction helmed by host Alton Brown. But the game is not necessarily won by the most cunning competitor. In the end the best-tasting dish wins the chef his or her prize — whatever is left of it!

In this video from E! Online, watch host Alton Brown give viewers a tour of the Cutthroat Kitchen set, starting in the pantry, where the chefs have only 60 seconds to gather the items they plan to cook with. Then he shows off his dumbwaiter, which carries up the auction items. And of course there’s the briefcase full of money!

Watch the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, August 11 at 10pm/9c.

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Boardwalk Breakfast Empire

Team Members: Joanne, Tim, Ilene (pictured above)

Home Base: Sea Bright, N.J.

Food Concept: Comfort foods with a breakfast twist

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Fresh Peach Cake — The Weekender

by in In Season, Recipes, August 9th, 2013

Fresh Peach Cake - The WeekenderA ripe peach is one of the true joys of late summer. When they’re in season, I buy at least five pounds at a time from my Saturday morning farmers market. Through the course of the week, I slice them over yogurt for breakfast. Come lunchtime, I heap them on toast with a little fresh ricotta and mint. When I’m on my own for dinner, I tumble them into a bowl of greens with crumbled feta (my husband doesn’t dig fruit in salads). Just before bed, I’ll grab one as a snack and eat it messily over the sink.

However, despite my best efforts, there are sometimes a few stray peaches left at the end of the week that are starting to get slightly too soft to be eaten raw. That’s when I turn to baked goods. There are all sorts of transcendent peach-based quick breads, tarts and scones out there, but there’s a particular cake that’s claimed my heart this summer: Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake.

Before you start baking, read these tips

9 Surprising Smoothie Add-Ins

by , August 9th, 2013

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Beyond the usual fruits, juices or milk, a variety of ingredients can be blended into a smoothie. At breakfast, I try and surprise my kids with new smoothie flavors and play the “guess what’s in it” game. We end up having fun each time...

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What to Watch: Ina and Giada’s Girls’ Night, a New Star Is Announced and Cutthroat Kitchen Premieres

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Alton BrownThis weekend is packed with Food Network shows that are sure to get your cooking and competitive juices flowing. On Saturday, after watching new episodes from Ree and Trisha, tune in for Ina and Giada cooking together on Barefoot Contessa. Then it’s more Giada on a new episode of Giada at Home. Start off Sunday morning with Jamie Deen, cooking up recipes just for dads. Then Bobby Flay is cooking a menu of his favorite Southern barbecue.

Sunday night is where all the action lies with five hours of back-to-back competition, three of which feature Alton Brown. Start the evening with a battle that puts dreams of restaurant ownership on the line on Food Court Wars. Afterward, it’s a family feud on a special night of Chopped. Then, don’t miss the finale of Food Network Star, which offers a look back on the season, a tell-all and, of course, the announcement of the next Star. Immediately after, tune in for the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. The new show combines a culinary competition with underhanded sabotage and scheming, aimed at winning no matter what it takes. Cap off the night with a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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Caption It: Look Who’s Back

by , August 9th, 2013

Daniela Perez-Reyes, Danushka Lysek and Andres GuillamaFor Damaris, Rodney and Russell, this Sunday night will surely prove to be one of the most defining moments of their lives so far. One will ultimately accept the job of Food Network personality, while two others will leave empty-handed, their dreams of stardom only a memory. What can you expect from Sunday’s Star finale? A committee of network stars ready to welcome the winner to the family to be sure, plus a few surprise appearances from past finalists.

Take a look at the sneak-peek photo above from the episode. Daniela, Danushka and Andres, the first three rivals eliminated from the competition, are caught up in a giggle fit during taping. What do you think has these three in the throes of laughter? Are they reliving particularly funny moments from their time on the show, or are they snickering at the situation unfolding around them?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out who you, Star fans, have chosen as the winner, we’re challenging you to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below. Check back after the episode for an exclusive first interview with the winner.

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