Watching the Making of a Tiny Cheeseburger Is Big Fun

by in News, April 23rd, 2015

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What is it about someone using tiny utensils to cook tiny meals with tiny ingredients in a tiny kitchen that so wins our hearts?

Watching the guy in this video (whose hands are not tiny) dice a diminutive onion with a diminutive knife induces a decidedly non-diminutive smile; listening to the mini burgers sizzle and snap in their tiny cast-iron pan may cast a happy glow over your day.

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Restaurant Revisited: Lyon’s Pharmacy of Elkton

by in Shows, April 22nd, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhen Marybeth Sniadowski-Cole’s father passed away last year, Marybeth wasn’t sure in which direction to take Lyon’s Pharmacy of Elkton, which he’d purchased more than five decades ago. Part old-school luncheonette and part functioning pharmacy, this double-duty business needed direction if it was to have any hope of lasting success, and for that Marybeth looked to Robert Irvine. Together with his Restaurant: Impossible team and the community in which the pharmacy has been a longtime fixture, Robert gave Lyon’s the second chance it deserved. Read on below to hear from Marybeth to find out how her business is doing today.

Since Robert reopened Lyon’s Pharmacy, the luncheonette has seen a 15 percent increase in gross sales, according to Marybeth, who adds that “the cash register from downstairs, and the brick walls are by far the favorites” in terms of the updated decor.

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Meet Baker Juliana Evans, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 22nd, 2015

Juliana EvansEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Juliana Evans

5 New Ways to Stuff a Pepper

by in Recipes, April 22nd, 2015

Sweet and Sour Couscous-Stuffed PeppersWhen it comes to naturally clever culinary designs, not much can beat the bell pepper; when cooked, its thin yet sturdy skin becomes sweet and tender without breaking down, and its hollow center provides built-in stuffing possibilities. While most traditional fillings tend to focus on rice, any hearty grain-and-vegetable combo works well as a stuffing, and since peppers are known to walk the flavor line among several different cuisines — think Asian, Italian and Creole — there’s no limit to ingredient pairings. Check out these best-ever stuffed pepper ideas below to get Guy Fieri’s take on a classic, plus Rachael Ray’s and Giada De Laurentiis’ top-rated versions, as well as two more must-try plates.

5. Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers — Guy opts for a two-tiered approach to texture in his easy-to-make peppers: First he adds a handful of toasted pepitas to the kale-laced filling, then he tops the filling with a layer of crispy, cheesy breadcrumbs before baking.

4. Cajun Stuffed Peppers — Precooking the peppers in the microwave ensures that these quick-fix peppers from Food Network Magazine are simple to prepare in a hurry, while the andouille sausage-studded filling promises bold Cajun flavor.

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Food Network Kitchen Goes Green!

by in News, April 22nd, 2015

Food Network Kitchen Goes Green!By Aaron Hutcherson

We as a team couldn’t be happier that we’ve taken steps toward making the Food Network Kitchen more eco-friendly! Last week, we welcomed Haven Fricano from EcoLogic Solutions, who announced, along with sous chef Miriam Garron, that we were ditching most of our old cleaning agents in favor of EcoLogic’s all-natural products made of ingredients such as corn, salt, citrus, sugar cane and aloe. The decision was made after a months-long search process to find products that would be better for the health of both our employees and the environment. We’ve been making small changes for the last few years — most recently switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs in our pantry and using rubber mats in lieu of disposable paper towels to keep our cutting boards from sliding around — but this is a big change for us.

Not only are the new cleaning agents themselves better for the environment, but some also cut down on plastic waste, since they’re diluted onsite and placed in refillable bottles. The majority of typical store-bought spray cleaners are mostly composed of water, so you’re paying for water and also wasting fuel having that water shipped around the country. A 1-gallon bottle of EcoLogic’s concentrated degreaser replaces more than 2,000 standard 32-ounce spray bottles — that’s a whole lot of saved plastic and water we’re not shipping around! EcoLogic’s offices and production facilities are also headquartered in New York City, so it’s a short commute to us, meaning much less fuel used for transportation.

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Food Network Chefs Raise Hunger Awareness with Food Bank For New York City at Annual Can Do Awards

by in Events, April 22nd, 2015

Food Network's Jeff Mauro, Rachael Ray, Scott Conant and Anne BurrellWhile your favorite Food Network chefs may be famous for their tried-and-true, trustworthy recipes, as well as their jaw-dropping competition shows and inspiring kitchen series, they’re also known to give back to the people and causes that are especially important to them. Just last night, many familiar faces, including Rachael Ray, Jeff Mauro, Anne Burrell, Ted Allen, Sandra Lee and Scott Conant, came together at Food Bank For New York City‘s annual Can Do Awards Dinner in an effort to support those hungry in the city. Like in years past, this soiree, which took place in downtown Manhattan, helps the Food Bank team serve the 1.5 million New Yorkers who depend on the resources available there. “It’s just as simple as people sometimes struggle to have the ends meet; it’s nothing deeper than that,” Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis told FN Dish. “Every now and again, we all could use some help, and that’s what Food Bank does every single day.”

FN Dish was on hand as the stars arrived at Cipriani Wall Street and walked the orange carpet, the color of which represents hunger awareness, and we caught up with them about why many who call New York home are so proud to give back to their city. “Being a New Yorker, it’s every New Yorker’s responsibility to give back,” Worst Cooks in America mentor Anne explained. “We have a lot of people living in a small space, so everyone needs to pay it forward.” For Chopped judge Scott, it’s as simple as working to ensure that “home” is OK. “There’s nothing better than taking care of where you live and the people who are in it,” according to Scott.

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Are Carbonated Teas the Latest Cafe Trend?

by in Drinks, News, April 21st, 2015

Carbonated TeaWe can all look forward to getting our fizz on this summer, sipping artisanal sparkling teas — refreshing blacks, cool greens — according to Eater. Upscale coffee shops are increasingly serving them in bottles and on tap, kind of like a “daytime beer,” writer Liz Clayton reports.

In fact, it’s the hoppy quality of beer that has, in many cases, inspired the high-end sparkling tea trend. (Note, too, that Lipton is also now trying to take sparkling tea to the masses.)

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Meet Baker Dwayne Ingraham, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 21st, 2015

Dwayne IngrahamEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Dwayne Ingraham

The Classic and the Kid-Friendly: 2 Approaches to the Strawberry-Rhubarb Combo

by in Family, Recipes, April 21st, 2015

The Classic and the Kid-Friendly: 2 Approaches to the Strawberry-Rhubarb ComboI can still taste the tang of fresh rhubarb as my mom picked long stalks of the stuff from our garden as a kid. (I also remember yelling to my friends who always seemed to be grabbing it for a snack, “No! That’s not celery!”) But what a transformation: How soft rhubarb became in the oven, set in a custard pie filling along with sweet strawberries. Strawberry-rhubarb is the killer combination of spring. So as those first stalks are spotted in markets everywhere, these recipes are on our radar:

The Classic Approach:

1. Rhubarb Custard Pie: This is it! This is exactly the sweet and creamy pie I remember, the one I’ll make for our kids this spring.

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How to Make Crispy Salmon Skin (Every Time) — All-Star Academy

by in Shows, April 21st, 2015

Crispy SalmonBy: Leah Brickley

Who else is super excited that Joseph’s striped bass entree made him the winner of All-Star Academy? It looked delicious (though we thought Vanessa’s did too) and judge Curtis Stone certainly confirmed that it was. But Joseph didn’t escape without some constructive criticism — the skin on his striped bass could have been a little crispier. So, in honor of Joseph attending culinary school with his winnings, here’s a little lesson in crispy fish skin.

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