The Journey to the Gauntlet: Chatting with Challenger Sarah Grueneberg from Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, March 20th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThis. Is. It. The fight to become an Iron Chef is unlike any other culinary competition, with the demands for precision, expertise, intuition and downright excellence the most rigorous in the business. On Iron Chef Gauntlet, seven of the country’s most-elite chefs will come together to prove that their skills are the sharpest — but ultimately just one will earn the right to the run the gauntlet for the chance to join the ranks of the great Iron Chefs.

Before the competition begins on Sunday, April 16 at 9|8c, we’re giving you, Iron Chef fans, the first introductions to the crop of challengers ready to do battle. Today we’d like you to meet Sarah Grueneberg, a chef from Chicago. Read on below to get to know her style in the kitchen, and be sure to come back to FN Dish all week long as we present a new contender every day this week.

What’s your style of cuisine, and do you have a signature dish?
Sarah Grueneberg: My style of cuisine is Italian, pasta focused. Signature dish would be something with pasta. But what everyone knows me for in Chicago is called Ragu alla Napoletana, and it’s like an Italian grandmother cooked it. It’s the big Sunday sauce, but it’s in a big bowl and it has a big pork shank, housemade meatballs, sausage and then we make a pasta with all the sauce and the meat. And it takes four days to make, and it’s like a big bowl of love basically.

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Ticket to Dine: Why This Chef ‘Uberized’ His Michelin-Starred Restaurant

by in Restaurants, March 20th, 2017

Would you eat at a restaurant if you had to foot the entire bill in advance?

Turns out it’s not that wild of a concept. More and more Michelin-starred restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in New York and Alinea and Acadia in Chicago are converting to a ticketing system where diners reserve their tables by paying for the entire meal weeks, sometimes months, ahead of the booking — even the waiter’s tip.

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Chefs’ Picks: Gluten-Free Baked Goods

by in Restaurants, March 19th, 2017

Macarons
In the not-too-distant past, diners who wanted to avoid gluten in their baked goods often found themselves losing out on flavor. Not anymore. Those cardboard-tasting creations of yesteryear are being banished to the permanent castaway pile, as cafes, bakeries and sweet shops across the country create treats sans the wheat. Here, several chefs reveal the gluten-free indulgences they just can’t resist. Read more

Starburst Will Release Single-Color Packs in Most-Popular Flavor

by in News, March 19th, 2017

Starburst Will Release Single-Color Packs in Most-Popular FlavorWe all have a favorite Starburst flavor. Some of us get giddy at the thought of opening a fresh pack of the chewy candies to find a few reds in a row, while others of us pray for some extra pinks.

Lucky for you — if you’re a pink Starburst fan, that is — the makers of these classic fruit chews recently announced plans to make All Pink Starburst packs available for a limited time this April.

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The Journey to the Gauntlet: Chatting with Challenger Nyesha Arrington from Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, March 19th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThis. Is. It. The fight to become an Iron Chef is unlike any other culinary competition, with the demands for precision, expertise, intuition and downright excellence the most rigorous in the business. On Iron Chef Gauntlet, seven of the country’s most-elite chefs will come together to prove that their skills are the sharpest — but ultimately just one will earn the right to the run the gauntlet for the chance to join the ranks of the great Iron Chefs.

Before the competition begins on Sunday, April 16 at 9|8c, we’re giving you, Iron Chef fans, the first introductions to the crop of challengers ready to do battle. Today we’d like you to meet Nyesha Arrington, a chef from Los Angeles. Read on below to get to know her style in the kitchen, and be sure to come back to FN Dish all week long as we present a new contender every day this week.

What’s your style of cuisine, and do you have a signature dish?
Nyesha Arrington: My style of cuisine is called progressive California cuisine, so food that’s very globally inspired. We cook through the seasons and really understand how food affects the body as fuel. … One of the dishes I’ve been known for is the Honey Mustard Black Cod throughout the years. I just put a dish on the menu when we opened at Leona that’s our Braised Lamb Belly Wontons that has become one of the signature dishes as well.

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Modest Lunch Spot in France Mistakenly Awarded a Michelin Star

by in News, Restaurants, March 18th, 2017

Modest Lunch Spot in France Mistakenly Awarded a Michelin StarEveryone makes mistakes, and chortling over those of others can make a person feel uncharitable. (People who live in glass houses and all …) Still, it’s hard not to gawp and guffaw at a recent error — one as amusing as it was alarming — by the Michelin hotel and restaurant guide.

The august arbiter of taste messed up last month when it accidentally awarded one of its prestigious stars to a restaurant called Le Bouche à Oreille in Bourges, a town in central France. The coveted Michelin star was actually intended for a different restaurant named Le Bouche à Oreille, a fancy fine-dining establishment in Boutervilliers, near Paris.

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How to Eat Bacon for Every Meal

by in Recipes, March 18th, 2017

Breakfast Pizza
Bacon isn’t just for breakfast anymore. The salty, delectably greasy slice of meat can be served for all meals, including for dessert. We know this is exciting, so try to remain calm, because today we have for you an all-day menu of favorites like pancakes, pizza and chocolate cupcakes — and each dish is full of bacon.

Breakfast 

Breakfast Pizza (pictured above) 
What could be more fun than pizza for breakfast? Top flatbread with a sweet-savory mixture of tender onions and sundried tomatoes, plus crispy bacon, creamy ricotta and a fried egg for an over-the-top finish.

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The Journey to the Gauntlet: Chatting with Challenger Michael Gulotta from Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, March 18th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThis. Is. It. The fight to become an Iron Chef is unlike any other culinary competition, with the demands for precision, expertise, intuition and downright excellence the most rigorous in the business. On Iron Chef Gauntlet, seven of the country’s most-elite chefs will come together to prove that their skills are the sharpest — but ultimately just one will earn the right to the run the gauntlet for the chance to join the ranks of the great Iron Chefs.

Before the competition begins on Sunday, April 16 at 9|8c, we’re giving you, Iron Chef fans, the first introductions to the crop of challengers ready to do battle. Today we’d like you to meet Michael Gulotta, a chef from New Orleans. Read on below to get to know his style in the kitchen, and be sure to come back to FN Dish all week long as we present a new contender every day this week.

What’s your style of cuisine, and do you have a signature dish?
Michael Gulotta: Well, right now my style of cuisine is Southeast Asia meets Southeast Louisiana. It’s my shtick. That’s what I enjoy cooking.

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What to Watch: A Pantry Makeover on The Kitchen and Mint Julep Desserts on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 17th, 2017

The Kitchen
Start the weekend Trisha Yearwood as she makes a meal for her social media crew with dishes like her Quick Roasted Chicken with Garlicky Herb Sauce and Ginger Peach Crumble with Buttered Pecan Topping. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are transitioning pantries from winter to spring, and Valerie Bertinelli is having happy hour with her glam squad.

On Sunday night, four more Triple G winners are returning to Flavortown Market, and their first culinary challenge is making a plate of hometown comfort food with only five pounds of ingredients. Then, it’s a horse race-themed challenge on Spring Baking Championship, and Pikachu makes an appearance on Cake Wars: Champs.

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7 Ways to Eat Green on St. Paddy’s Day — Without Food Coloring

by in Holidays, View All Posts, March 17th, 2017

We’re 100% on-board with indulging in a little green food coloring on St. Patrick’s Day (St. Paddy’s cupcakes and shakes just wouldn’t be the same without it). But don’t forget that some of your favorite (and nutritious) foods are already green. So if a last-minute hunt for green food dye can’t happen, find the holiday shade in ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. Here are a few delicious recipe ideas.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

With over 300 five-star reviews, Ina Garten’s easy broccoli side (amped up with lemon zest, pine nuts and Parm) is a perennial hit — making it much more celebratory than you might assume a veggie can be.

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