by Maria Russo in Shows, September 27th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 26th, 2016
Fresh off her momentous win on the premiere season of Food Network Star Kids, Seattle eighth-grader Amber Kelley is back in front of the camera, only this time she’s not in a competition. As part of her prize for besting nine other young kid cooks, Amber became the host of her own web series, Kids Menu Makeover, and now that series is live on FoodNetwork.com.
In keeping with her culinary point of view on Food Network Star Kids, Amber made sure the recipes in all three episodes of Kids Menu Makeover were fresh, approachable and easy. She teamed up with famed restaurant chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Dale Talde and Ariane Duarte to present her take on their beloved intricate dishes, making them not only ideal for kid palates but also adult tastes.
We caught up with Amber on the set of Kids Menu Makeover and chatted about what it’s like for her to host her own web series and work with all-star chefs. Find out what she had to say below and learn her advice to other budding cooks, then watch the other two episodes of Amber’s series here.
by Joseph Erdos in Behind the Scenes, Shows, September 26th, 2016
Culinary competitions are difficult for even the most-skilled chefs in the business, as past seasons of Food Network Star have proved. But for the young cooks — really, really young ones, in fact — who took on the challenge of Food Network Star Kids this season, the contest was not only doable but actually fun. Mentors Donal Skehan and Tia Mowry challenged the 10 eager recruits to six weeks of camera and kitchen challenges, each designed to ready them for the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to star in their own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. Tonight the top-three hopefuls — Amber, Isaiah and Liam — faced-off in a final showdown, before one of them earned the coveted title of Food Network Star Kid.
If you haven’t watched the episode yet, don’t read any further until you do. We’re about to chat with the winner in an exclusive interview.
by Emily Lee in Recipes, September 26th, 2016
Expect some gore, some surprises, and lots of scintillating sweets on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 3 at 9|8c. The seven multitalented bakers competing sure know their way around Halloween tricks and treats, and baking feats. But what may be even scarier than the challenges are the three intimidating judges: Carla Hall, Damiano Carrara and Sandra Lee, whom everyone knows as the maven of Halloween entertaining. This season comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham hosts with a deftly creepy hand, doling out good and bad news to the bakers competing for $25,000.
FN Dish recently chatted with Sandra about the new season. In this exclusive interview she details the difficulties involved in judging a baking competition, and reveals her favorite things about the hallowed holiday, her favorite costume and more.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 26th, 2016
It’s Monday, friends, which means no one has given a single second of thought as to what they’re making for dinner this evening. But as long as you’ve got pasta, olive oil, garlic and a few mix-ins tucked away in your pantry (think Parmesan, canned tomatoes, jarred vegetables, etc.), there’s no need to panic — or resort to pricey takeout. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, two people or a panel of picky youngsters, these beat-the-clock pasta dishes offer quick and flavorsome solutions to your Monday night dinner obstacles.
Time: 30 minutes
As the name suggests, Ree Drummond’s skillet pasta won’t require a long and expensive trip to the grocery store — just a pantry raid. Canned tomatoes, jarred artichoke hearts and olives, plus some store-bought chicken stock will take the labor out of this quick and comforting weeknight meal.
by Maria Russo in Contests, Food Network Chef, September 26th, 2016
Much like salads with traditional mixed green lettuces, quinoa salad on its own is a culinary blank canvas. The grainlike seeds impart a flavor all their own — subtle nuttiness — but they pair well with countless other tastes, textures and ingredients, and you can dress them up or down depending on what ingredients you happen to have on hand. Bonus: Quinoa is filling, since it’s full of protein, which means that you can skip the meat and still feel satisfied.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 25th, 2016
You know he’s the master of all things food science and the unequivocal expert of eviliciousness on Cutthroat Kitchen. But do you know what Alton Brown makes himself for breakfast? Probably not — but that’s about to change.
His brand-new cookbook, Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, is a collection of the eats and drinks he preps at home on a day-to-day basis, the tried-and-true picks that are all his own. Including new takes on morning staples like oatmeal, a kale salad you’ll actually want to eat, sweet treats like spiked bread pudding and much more, EveryDayCook features the best of Alton’s personal recipe repertoire, all up for grabs for you, his fans.
“I was trying to rediscover myself as a cook and as always (for me) find a new way to approach an accepted form,” Alton told us recently of the inspiration for this book. In the exclusive interview below, he shares more about what writing EveryDayCook taught him about his style of cooking and he details an over-the-top menu for cooking from the book for the first time. Read on to hear what he has to say, then find out how to be entered to win a copy of EveryDayCook for free.
by T.K. Brady in Recipes, September 25th, 2016
For the first time ever, eight chefs of the highest caliber and Food Network fame entered Guy’s Grocery Games for a five-part superstar tournament. Every week one chef unceremoniously checked out, until four remained in the finale. In the last round, Richard Blais, a highly skilled technician of cooking, and Alex Guarnaschelli, a chef with finessed French training, remained to cook for the $40,000 check for charity and the title of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games Champion. After the chefs created their winning dishes based on the game 1 Ingredient Per Aisle, the judges had a difficult job ahead of them, but they chose a winner of immense experience and culinary excellence.
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by Maria Russo in Community, September 25th, 2016
Now that you’ve foraged pounds of apples, it’s time to get cooking. Start with the basics like Ina’s deep-dish apple pie or a simple salad. If you’re looking for something on the trendier side, hasselback your apples for a simple dessert with a pretty, Instagram-ready presentation. Chances are you’ll have more than enough apples to make a few of the dishes on this list. Read more
by Amy Sherman in Restaurants, September 25th, 2016
With bright tomato flavor, rich cream and fragrant fresh basil, you can be sure that this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week lives up to its “best-ever” title. (The 5-star rating and more than 250 fan reviews don’t hurt either, of course.) Since this comforting bowl can be ready to eat in just 40 minutes, it’s an ideal pick for hectic back-to-school season.
For more warming recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
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Sacramento (aka California’s state capital) is known for its 28 museums, the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and the quaint Gold Rush-era Old Sacramento district and state park. But it has recently rebranded itself as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” — and that title is true. The restaurants here have long relied on local farms and ranchers. Now more than ever the city has a vibrant and varied food scene that’s drawing culinary-minded crowds from across the state and beyond.