Tool Takedown Poll: Which Gadgets Do You Prefer?

by in Shows, January 4th, 2014

The Kitchen's Tool TakedownThe New Year brings with it the chance for fresh starts and clean slates, and in the spirit of new beginnings, The Kitchen‘s co-hosts set out to help you declutter your kitchen once and for all by ridding it of nonessential gadgets. On the series premiere this morning, Jeff, Geoffrey, Katie, Sunny and Marcela kicked off the show’s first-ever Tool Takedown, a segment dedicated to finding out which of those specialized tools, like strawberry hullers and egg yolk separators are in fact more efficient than traditional, everyday items you likely already have on hand, like a simple knife.

Although the worth of each gadget comes down to personal preference, the group found after a few rounds of friendly competition that while all of the tasks can be done with paring or chef’s knives — or by hand — the dedicated tools may be nice to have if you want to involve kids in the cooking or if you don’t mind how neatly the job gets done.

FN Dish wants to know which tools you prefer. Are you hooked on specialized gadgets like strawberry hullers and avocado cubers, or do you rely on everyday knives to get the job done? Vote in the poll below to tell us which tools you use.

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Three Ways to Use: Ranch Dressing Mix

by in Food Network Magazine, January 4th, 2014

Huevos RancherosFood Network Magazine put chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create recipes that put a new spin on a pantry staple like chocolate syrup or creamed corn.

Ranch dressing isn’t just a great salad topper. Try these recipes that use the tangy mix to add some spunk to breakfast and easy snacks.

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Get to Know Penn Jillette — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

Penn JilletteFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Penn Jillette is best known as one half of the world-famous, Emmy award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, which is the longest-running headlining show in Las Vegas. Penn has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. His latest book — Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! — takes a humorous look at holidays from an atheist’s perspective. Penn is competing to try his magic in the kitchen and to prove he’s not all smoke and mirrors. Penn is playing for Opportunity Village.

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Turmeric Roasted Chickpeas and Lentil Salad — The Weekender

by in Holidays, Recipes, January 3rd, 2014

Turmeric Roasted Chickpea and Lentil SaladIf you’re anything like me, you’re feeling decidedly overfed right about now. A late Thanksgiving overlapped with Hanukkah, which rolled right into the holiday party season, which was topped off by Christmas and New Year’s. I feel like I’ve been eating nonstop for the last five weeks.

And so, while I’m not setting any hard-and-fast resolutions, I am making a point of eating a little bit better with the arrival of the new year. For me, this means less meat and sugar — and more vegetables, legumes and whole grains.

I find that resetting my eating habits has everything to do with advance planning. Instead of waiting until I’m hungry to start thinking about the next meal, I make a few hearty bean or grain salads to keep in the fridge. Then making a meal is as simple as putting a few handfuls of baby arugula or tender spinach in a bowl and spooning the premade salad on top. It acts both as a dressing and a hearty, filling element.

One dish that is very good for this keep-in-the-fridge treatment is Guy Fieri’s Turmeric Roasted Chickpea and Lentil Salad. You toss a drained can of chickpeas with a little oil and a few spices, then roast them until they’re crisp and meaty. While they cook, you simmer lentils with half an onion, a hunk of lemon and a few crushed garlic cloves until they are tender. The drained lentils get tossed with the chickpeas, along with some minced roasted red pepper and torn parsley. It is filling, flavorful and just the thing for a post-holiday Weekender.

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Cutthroat Kitchen Outtakes: Behind the Scenes with Alton and Giada

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014


Fans of Cutthroat Kitchen may think that, given the timed pantry shopping, high-stakes bidding and ruthless sabotaging that takes place in each and every round, there would be few opportunities for laughs or games in the midst of the competition. But Giada De Laurentiis disproves that idea this week when she drops by to guest judge a special episode of the show. She and Alton Brown, longtime colleagues and familiar judge-mentors on Food Network Star, have seemingly developed an almost sibling-like relationship, so it’s no surprise that when they teamed up on Cutthroat Kitchen, playful bickering and well-meaning, friendly scoffs ensued.

Just in time for this Sunday’s episode with Giada, airing at 10pm/9c, we’re giving FN Dish readers the first look at some of the most-hilarious bloopers from the show. Click the play button on the video above to watch bonus outtakes of Giada and Alton in action, and see how these two worked together.

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What to Watch: Premieres of The Kitchen and Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

The KitchenThis weekend, two brand-new shows are joining the Food Network lineup. On Saturday morning, watch the premiere of Food Network’s new series, The Kitchen — part cooking show and part talk show hosted by Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson. Then, on Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray’s new cooking show, 3 in the Bag, where she’ll show viewers how to create three exciting meals out of one grocery bag of ingredients.

Also this weekend, Giada De Laurentiis will judge a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen filled with the usual sabotages. Plus, watch all-new episodes of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, On the Rocks, Sandwich King, Guy’s Big Bite, Giada at Home and a special Sunday-night episode of Chopped.

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Get to Know Judy Gold — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 2nd, 2014

Judy GoldFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Actress and comedian Judy Gold has received many accolades and award nominations for her two long-running off-Broadway shows: The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy has also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and appears regularly on the daytime talk show The View. Now she’s turning her attention toward winning a different kind of award, and it’s no laughing matter: After facing the Chopping Block on Chopped earlier this year, Judy wants redemption. Judy is playing for Project ALS.

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Happening Saturday: Geoffrey Zakarian’s Twitter Takeover

by in Community, Shows, January 2nd, 2014

Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian may be an all-star Iron Chef, a no-nonsense Chopped judge and, most recently, one of five co-hosts to join Food Network’s brand-new series The Kitchen. But for one hour this Saturday, Jan. 4, he’ll prove that he’s a social media maven too.

To coincide with Saturday’s series premiere of The Kitchen, Geoffrey will take over Food Network’s Twitter account, @FoodNetwork, beginning when the show starts at 11am/10c. He’ll be live tweeting until noon, giving fans an all-access look at the making of The Kitchen and sharing behind-the-scenes snapshots of him and his fellow co-hosts, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson, and insider tidbits about what fans can expect from the group this season.

Stay tuned to Food Network’s Twitter page this Saturday beginning at 11am and tweet @FoodNetwork using #TheKitchen to hear from Geoffrey and ask him your most-pressing questions about The Kitchen. He may answer some of them online.

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