Under the Crust — Truck-a-Day

by in Shows, August 17th, 2012


We’re just days away from the start of the third season of The Great Food Truck Race, and to give you a sneak peek at this year’s cast of rookie truckers, we’re introducing one team per day until the season premiere on Sunday, August 19, at 10pm/9c. Check back on FN Dish every day until the first episode to get an insider’s look at each of the teams competing for the keys to their dream food truck.

For Under the Crust’s Hannah Cohen, the dream of owning her own food truck is one that she first imagined with her late fiancé, Keith, who encouraged her to take her mini-pie business on the road. With the help of her mom, Sheri Cohen, and friend Gary Miller, Hannah hopes to accomplish that goal by taking Under the Crust to the top with her collection of sweet and savory creations. Look out for this pie-loving trio donning T-shirts with their signature saying, “It’s what’s inside that matters.”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Under the Crust food truck.

Shredded Spicy Chicken Tostadas — The Weekender

by in Recipes, August 17th, 2012

shredded spicy chicken tostadas
During my late elementary and early middle school years, my mother began relaxing her food rules. This can be credited in part to my sister’s refusal to eat more than a bite or two of anything healthy, as well as my mom’s return to a full-time work schedule. There were still plenty of whole grains and vegetables in our lunch bags and on our plates, but come Friday evening, things got a little lax (however, even on these takeout nights, a bowl of carrot sticks would appear on the table).

Some weeks, we’d be allowed to order pizza. Other times, we’d pile into the car and go through the Taco Bell drive-thru. It was on one of these Friday night outings that I first tried a tostada. Back in 1991, I was totally taken by the idea of piling a world of tasty meat and cheese atop a fried corn tortilla. For years, I ordered them whenever and wherever I could and they remain one of my favorite things to order in Mexican restaurants.

Over the weekend, I found myself with a powerful tostada craving. The time had come to try and make a tasty one at home. You see, my husband, Scott, has been doing a masterful job of losing weight over the last few months, and has done it primarily by cutting out carbs. By making tostadas in our kitchen, I could quell my craving and make a meal that would work for him by subbing out the crunchy tortilla for a giant salad. Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Shredded Spicy Chicken Tostadas was the perfect starting place.

Before you start shredding chicken, read these tips

On the Blogs: Food Trucks, Pizzabons and the 10 Best New Restaurants in America

by in Community, August 17th, 2012

melissa d'arabianEater: Think you have what it takes to run a food truck? Food Trucks for Dummies has hit the bookshelves and offers the keys to success.

Bon Appétit: America’s 10 Best New Restaurants have been announced.

Gawker: Cinnabon introduces the Pizzabon to fulfill savory cravings and attract new customers. Meanwhile, Domino’s aims to shift its image by dropping the pizza pie from its logo.

The State: Melissa d’Arabian’s resume extends far beyond Food Network Star. As a former financial consultant, her money-saving tips for home cooks are the real deal.

The Wedding Planner: Robert Irvine Says “I Do”

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Magazine, August 16th, 2012

Robert Irvine, Bride, and Guy Fieri

It’s a sunny Thursday in May at the Charles Krug winery in St. Helena, Calif., and Guy Fieri is giving Robert Irvine a shoulder massage.

In a few minutes, Robert will be marrying his girlfriend of three years, professional wrestler Gail Kim, and Guy, one of Robert’s best men, is giving the usually unshakable Restaurant: Impossible host a rubdown to calm his nerves. Just a half hour earlier, Robert was singing a different tune: “I feel the calmest I’ve ever been. I haven’t screamed, not once,” he said as he looked over the grounds where the cocktail hour and reception would take place. This whole wedding is his brainchild — conceived, planned and executed with the same military efficiency Robert brings to the massive two-day restaurant overhauls on his show. But today it won’t be a restaurateur who is dazzled by his work; it will be Gail. Robert has kept her in the dark about the details of the party, including the main event: the food.

“No one goes in there until I say it’s OK!” Robert barks, pointing to the venue. (So much for not screaming.) Satisfied with how everything looks, he throws back a beer in five gulps and keeps moving; the ceremony is about to start.

With Guy at his side, Robert beams as his daughters, Annalise, 15, and Talia, 11, read poems to the crowd, then he lets out an audible sigh of relief when Guy produces the ring and he exchanges vows with Gail.

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Pop-A-Waffle — Truck-a-Day

by in Shows, August 16th, 2012

pop-a-waffle food truck
We’re just days away from the start of the third season of The Great Food Truck Race, and to give you a sneak peek at this year’s cast of rookie truckers, we’re introducing one team per day until the season premiere on Sunday, August 19, at 10pm/9c. Check back on FN Dish every day until the first episode to get an insider’s look at each of the teams competing for the keys to their dream food truck.

In the past, buddies Bobaloo and Scott have worked odd jobs here and there to pay the rent. Now they want to start a food truck that would re-invent the everyday waffle and give these fun-loving guys their freedom — they no longer want to answer to “the man.” There’s one catch, though: Neither have culinary training of any kind. So they turned to an up-and-coming local chef, Anthony, from the Los Angeles area to bring some kitchen skills to the team. They say he’s their secret weapon. Their sweet and savory menu offers waffle-based takes on strawberry shortcake, fajitas and more, proving waffles are perfect for way more than just breakfast and dessert.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Pop-A-Waffle’s food truck.

Have You Had Your Ice Cream Today?

by in Uncategorized, August 16th, 2012

If you want your ice cream and gluten-free waffle cone too, this is the recipe you’ve been waiting for.

Some days you just need ice cream — on a waffle cone. Get a diagnosis of gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance, and you may think tha...

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Introducing Food Network On the Road

by in News, August 16th, 2012

food network on the road app
Food Network is excited to announce the launch of Food Network On the Road, which is now available as a free download in the Apple App Store.

Food Network On the Road allows fans to effortlessly find recommended restaurants and road trip ideas from top shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Great Food Truck Race and more. Plus, get tips for popular dishes, save places you want to visit and recommend your favorite destinations to earn Food Network badges.

Download Food Network On the Road

Reinvented: Hummus 5 Ways

by in Recipes, August 16th, 2012

hummus 5 ways
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.

We love basic hummus, but if you’re looking for simple additions that would add a lot of flavor without too much preparation involved, check out these four variations.

First, start by making the classic version