Chef Wanted: Victor’s Cafe Update

by in Shows, April 18th, 2013

Chef Wanted Family-run Cuban restaurant Victor’s Cafe, in the heart of New York City’s theater district, has been around for 50 years and has never had an executive chef. Then the owners decided to change that. Sonia Zaldivar and her daughter Monica were looking for a chef who could put a fresh spin on the cuisine and advance the restaurant’s menu. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were brought in to help with the search. After two grueling tests and dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Ted Torres.

Originally from New York, Ted grew up in the South Bronx and saw his share of hard times. But after moving to Philadelphia, he found his calling, enrolled in culinary school and became the chef he is today. It has been a dream of his to go back to New York and show everyone what he’s made of himself.

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Welcome Home, Sea Salt! — Justin and Sunny Team Up to Rescue Local Kitty

by in Food Network Chef, April 18th, 2013

Sunny AndersonIf you follow Sunny Anderson on Twitter, then you know that the Home Made in America star is perhaps the ultimate cat parent. Her “kitty crew,” comprising Truffle Tycoon, Cheddar Cheese and Milky Mouth, seems to all but rule Sunny’s home — and her Twitter account, which is often hacked by her feline friends. They drop by to share self-portraits, stories of their days alongside their human and pictures of the cozy bed they snuggle in.

So when Sunny found out that her friend and fellow Food Network star, Justin Warner, found a stray cat near his Brooklyn restaurant, Do or Dine, she just couldn’t help but welcome the wide-eyed kitty into her home. On March 21, Sea Salt became the newest member of the Anderson family, quickly transitioning from needy rescue cat into comfortable house pet. “Meow, I’m healthy … the sweeties @Do_or_Dine bathed me, shewwt I feel like a milli,” she tweeted from Sea Salt’s point of view, with pictures of the gray-haired beauty attached.

A few months ago, FN Dish chatted with Sunny during the Thanksgiving Live! pre-show, and she said that if she adopted another cat, she would call it Tater Tot. When it came time to naming her newest addition, however, “Sea Salt just jumped into my head,” she told us.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Chopped Cutting Board

by in Shows, April 18th, 2013

Chopped cutting boardTo celebrate the new season of Chopped All-Stars, which airs Sundays at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away this Chopped cutting board to one lucky reader.

You can buy your own Chopped cutting board from the Food Network Store, or enter below for a chance to win the item. To enter: Tell us in the comments which All-Star is your favorite and why. The contest starts at 3 pm EST today and ends Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm EST.

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Best 5 Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes

by in Family, Recipes, April 18th, 2013

Peanut Butter CookiesWhen it comes to stocking the cookie jar, chocolate chippers and frosted sugar cut-outs are go-to favorites, but just like those indulgent treats, peanut butter cookies are also timeless standbys that both kids and grownups enjoy. Soft and chewy, most peanut butter cookies require just minutes in the oven, so they’re ideal bites for last-minute entertaining or when you simply need to satisfy a sudden sweet-tooth craving. Check out Food Network’s top-five recipes for easy-to-make peanut butter cookies below to find a mix of classic and dressed-up desserts alike, then tell FN Dish: What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

5. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon CookiesFood Network Magazine takes peanut butter cookie dough to the next level by incorporating honey-roasted peanuts and a pinch of chipotle powder, plus crumbled crispy bacon and rendered bacon drippings to create the ultimate sweet and savory bites.

4. Paula’s Peanut Butter Cookies — For an extra-special touch of decadence, add a Hershey’s Kiss to each cookie just after they’re removed from the oven. Try to work quickly so the chocolates can gently mold to the center while they cookies are still hot.

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Organizing Your Spice Cabinet

by , April 18th, 2013

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Ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of spices spilling from your cupboard? It seems that whenever you need a particular seasoning—from cumin to cardamom and basil to bay leaf—it finds its way to the far back, leaving you sorting through sc...

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Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Off the Clock

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 18th, 2013

Iron Chef Geoffrey ZakarianOne of the very great pleasures of the last few years has been getting to know Geoffrey Zakarian better, both personally and professionally.

While we may disagree a lot on the show, I have always been hugely impressed with his culinary talents and can now state, for a fact, there is no more-entertaining person on the planet with whom to break bread off set.

As Iron Chef Zakarian prepares for another season of battles in Kitchen Stadium, I caught up with him (over a martini, of course) and demanded responses to these 10 probing questions.

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Chopped Mystery Basket Weirdest Ingredient Bracket Tournament — Vote in Round 2

by in Shows, April 17th, 2013

Chopped Mystery Basket Weirdest Ingredient Bracket Tournament Round 2Some of the mystery basket ingredients that get used on Chopped are pretty unusual, to say the least. But the culinary producers who come up with them don’t just draw them out of a hat — though sometimes it does seem that way! They take their time to decide on the ingredients, making sure the basket components are just right and actually manageable. FN Dish queried the culinary producers to find out the top 16 weirdest basket ingredients they’ve had on the show. The list of ingredients ranged from goat brains to gummy eggs over easy — almost no ingredient is off-limits.

Now it’s up to you, Chopped fans, to vote on the ingredient you think is the weirdest of them all in this four-round bracket tournament, which coincides with the new season of Chopped All-Stars.

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Go Raw With Shaved Salads — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, April 17th, 2013

Carrot, Date and Fennel SaladIt seems that spring is finally gracing us with its presence. Good thing we didn’t hold our breath, eh? In celebration of the season, bolt to your nearest farmers’ market — or produce section — for some fresh, fresh, fresh produce.

Here’s the catch: rather than zapping these veggies with heat, reach for a trusty kitchen tool instead: the mandoline. With its thin-slicing capabilities, this gadget converts veggies into some sensational no-cook sides. But be sure to watch yourself — this tool is seriously sharp. (Don’t have a mandoline? A standard vegetable peeler will work just fine too.)

Summer Squash Carpaccio by Food Network Magazine is vibrant and vital as we progress into the warmer months. Here ribbons of yellow squash and zucchini are thin but perky as they marinate in a simple lemon vinaigrette with herbs and grated pecorino.

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