“This Is Like a Ballet of Pain” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 20th, 2016

It’s not often that that Cutthroat Kitchen judges get to choose their own poison, so to speak, when they drop by Alton’s After-Show (usually that’s host Alton Brown‘s job). But tonight Antonia Lofaso enjoyed the freedom to select which sabotage she’d be saddled with. Alton explained that they’d be prepping lobster rolls together — literally, that is — and it was up to her to opt to do so in a giant stockpot alongside Alton or in a harness tethered to him. Ultimately she chose the harness, and we’re glad she did, because what resulted as they both put signature spins on lobster rolls was diabolically hilarious — not to mention downright delicious.

Antonia and Alton agreed that the Connecticut-style lobster roll preparation, which features butter instead of mayo as the binder, is the way to go, but tonight Alton opted for mayonnaise “to contrast,” he explained. After Antonia toasted her bun, Alton oh so gingerly scooted the duo over to his station to work on his lobster. Sure enough, no sooner did Alton get a handle on his prep did Antonia shimmy them back to her table. “This is like a ballet of pain,” Alton noted as they did an impromptu two-step in the kitchen. After what Alton called “a completely neutral Bob” joined them for tasting, the Bob wordlessly deemed Alton’s to be the best of the day — which didn’t actually come as a surprise to Antonia. “It’s true. It’s the mayonnaise. I didn’t put any salt. I’m a failure,” she proclaimed in a series of heartbreaking culinary admissions. And for Alton, that was music to his ears. “Best day ever,” he said.

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Why There’s a Hole in the Center of Your Spaghetti Spoon

by in News, July 20th, 2016

Why There’s a Hole in the Center of your Spaghetti SpoonPop quiz! The hole in the center of your spaghetti spoon/ladle serves what nifty purpose? A) to seamlessly strain your pasta water; B) to gaze through for a new pasta-rific perspective on life; C) to measure out a perfect single serving of spaghetti.

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How to Stock Your Vacation Rental: A Week’s Worth of Meals on a Budget

by in Family, Recipes, July 20th, 2016

Zucchini PaniniWhen planning a vacation, one of the top reasons to opt for a house rental instead of a hotel is for access to a full kitchen while you’re away from home. It’s much less expensive (goodbye, 18 percent gratuity on every meal and drink!) and if you love to cook, it’s pretty fun. That said, the post-arrival trip to the grocery store can quickly turn into a nightmarish spend fest without some advance planning. Here are tips on how to smartly stock your rental kitchen with a single trip to the grocery store that won’t break the bank.

Tip #1: Plan your meals.
I have found that some of my go-to meals at home just aren’t feasible on vacation. Making my family’s favorite meatballs, for example, would require me to purchase breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, fennel seed and several varieties of herbs — ingredients I always have at home, but might not use again during my vacation stay. Try to stick to recipes that have relatively few ingredients, such as this Zucchini Panini and our other 5-Ingredient Summer Recipes.

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3 of a Kind: Cooling Port Cocktails

by in Restaurants, July 20th, 2016

Fig and Walnut Julep

By Amanda Marsteller

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

When most people think of port, they picture a cold-weather drink consumed fireside. But Portugal’s sweet fortified wine doesn’t have to be relegated to winter; its complexity is equally enjoyable in summer months. Those signature dark-fruit flavors have been harnessed in classic all-weather cocktails since the 1800s, even making an appearance in Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks (widely regarded as the first American cocktail manual). Port has recently begun experiencing a resurgence in popularity with modern bartenders, who are rediscovering the powerful effects of this potent wine. Bearing hints of chocolate and cinnamon, port adds rich depth to any mixed drink. This season, innovative bartenders are incorporating it into summer sours, tiki drinks and other cooling cocktails.

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6 No-Cook Pasta Sauces That Take the Sweat Out of Dinner

by in Recipes, July 20th, 2016

Here at Food Network, we’re constantly dreaming up new ways to survive summer heat waves without relying on cold salads for every meal. Our best solution so far? No-cook pasta sauces. And it’s not just because they reduce the amount of time spent cooking over heat — though it is a huge plus. It’s because a good, raw sauce must add up to more than the sum of its parts. In most cases, that means the absolute freshest and most perfectly ripe ingredients. From light, clean-tasting pesto to juicy tomato sauce with olives and mint, here are six of our favorite ways to dress up pasta in the summertime.

Basil Pesto
When it comes to no-cook pasta sauces, basil is king. This simple, seasonal mixture of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and salty pecorino comes together in just five minutes in your food processor, no flame required. Even though it feels like a shortcut recipe, it certainly doesn’t taste like one.

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Watch the Finale of Star Salvation

by , July 20th, 2016

This is it. After five weeks of culinary and camera challenges, Star Salvation hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson have just one battle left to judge before selecting the finalist who's most worthy of returning to the Food Network Star compe...

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, July 19th, 2016

Daniel and JasonTonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 3 of the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for four spots in the finale, where only one will win the grand champion title. In tonight’s third part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out; in the end, only one remained, winning $10,000 and going on to the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in cold, hard cash. Hear from the Chopped Champion.

Read the interview with the winner

Is Eating More Salad the Key to Happiness?

by in News, July 19th, 2016

Is Eating More Salad the Key to Happiness?“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is one thing. We know that eating fruits and vegetables has long-term health benefits, including reducing our risk for cancer and heart disease. But a new study shows that increasing our fruit-and-veggie consumption may actually make us happier and that those positive psychological benefits may be felt fairly soon after our diet improves.

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Beat BBQ FOMO: How to Live Your Life Like You Own a Grill This Summer

by in Recipes, July 19th, 2016

Pork Souvlaki with Honeyed ApricotsThe smells of seared, juicy meats wafting through the air from someone else’s backyard aren’t quite as good as they would be if they were coming from your own grill. Instead, they’re a total tease — a reminder of what you’re missing out on. If you live in a city and your fire escape is your only promise of “outdoor space,” or if your outdoor-grilling plans have been squashed by rain, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Instead, beat BBQ FOMO (a condition we just came up with) by bringing your favorites indoors. Go on, buy those juicy steaks, ground beef for burger patties and wooden skewers for kebabs. With your trusty grill pan, cast-iron skillet or griddle (and sometimes your oven), you can churn out char-marked, meaty favorites, even if the magic happens in the great indoors.

Placing just-threaded kebabs right on a hot grill might be your knee-jerk reaction, but that isn’t the only place that these skewered sensations can cook to tender perfection. Take Michael Symon’s Pork Souvlaki with Honeyed Apricots from Food Network Magazine (pictured above), for instance. Sure, it can be cooked on a grill, but it also reaches juicy, charred-on-the-outside heights when your grill pan takes the job over.

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The Search for Pintsized Star Power with the First-Ever Season of Food Network Star: Kids

by in Shows, July 19th, 2016

Food Network Star: KidsWe may be just a few weeks away from finding out who among the Food Network Star, Season 12 finalists will become the newest member of the Food Network family, but that doesn’t mean the search for Star power is ending. This summer, for the first time ever, Food Network is set to discover the greatest rising talent of the next generation: a kid Star. In the premiere season of Food Network Star: Kids, the most-ambitious young cooks from around the country are set to converge upon Los Angeles in the hopes of making their food TV debut, and it all begins on Monday, August 22 at 8|7c.

Over the course of six weeks, fearless pint-sized hopefuls will attempt to prove themselves worthy of the title of Food Network Star, showcasing not only their comfort on camera but also their culinary skill sets, which surely go well beyond their years. Just like the adult finalists that came before them, these kid competitors will come face to face with a series of demanding challenges to test their ingenuity and quick thinking in the kitchen as well as their ability to command an audience of viewers. They’ll be led by Cooking Channel sensations Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan — two food authorities and experts in the world of entertainment who know just what it takes to make a mark on the industry — who will both judge the kid competitors through their tasks.

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