The Kitchen Needs Your Help, Fans

by in Community, Shows, July 31st, 2015

The KitchenFrom wow-worthy giveaways like the Easter basket to their segments that answer questions, provide money-saving tips and inspire your next meal, The Kitchen co-hosts keep fans who are watching at home at the forefront of the show, with recipes, tips and how-tos that’ll help you conquer your own kitchen with ease. As the show gears up for its next round of tapings, the crew needs your help in answering two questions. Check out the questions below, then leave your answers in the comments section. Your responses may influence what’s shown on-air.

Question 1: The kids are going back to school soon, so it’s time to get prepped with fun after-school snacks. Do you need help getting creative with these treats?

Question 2: Craving a new twist on Mexican food for your family? Marcela can make that happen — just tell us what you want to see her whip up!

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9 (Mostly) No-Bake Icebox Cakes

by in Recipes, July 31st, 2015

Mocha Chocolate Icebox CakeWhen summer decides to crank up the heat, it’s almost impossible to think about turning on the oven. Blueberry cobbler and cherry pie may be your favorite seasonal treats, but baking isn’t fun when the temperature rises past the 90s (as it did in much of the country this week). Don’t discount, however, the possibility of a showstopping cake. On the hottest of days, icebox cake is your secret weapon.

Traditionally, icebox cake is composed of layers of whipped cream and chocolate wafers. Left to chill in the fridge overnight, the wafers soften and take on the texture of cake but keep the taste of cookie. While the classic formula is perfect in itself, there’s a lot of room for creativity using the same technique. Take Ina Garten’s 5-star recipe, for example, which sandwiches spiked mocha mascarpone cream between crispy chocolate chip cookies. The result is known to “make grown men weep,” according to Ina, and she herself has declared it as being not only the easiest cake she’s ever made but also her favorite. That said, her recipe is a good place to start. But don’t fret if you’re not a coffee lover — there’s an icebox cake for everyone.

Get the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe here, and scroll down below for more amazing icebox-cake recipes to satisfy every type of sweet tooth.

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Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: The Burger Edition

by in Community, July 31st, 2015

Burger CollageNo matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. Every other week, we’re coming your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we call out the theme on Instagram, put your cooking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to Food Network recipe, snapping a photo and tagging #FoodNetworkFaves for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!

In honor of grilling season, we asked you to share your latest, greatest burger creations with us on Instagram. In return, our #FoodNetworkFaves hashtag flooded with all the juicy, towering grilled beauties you’ve been eating this summers. Regardless of how you take your burger, there’s no denying: These are the best-lookin’ burgers between two buns.

Feast your eyes on this week’s burger winners!

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What to Watch: Giada’s Poolside Picnic and the Finalists Go Live on Food Network Star

by in Shows, July 31st, 2015

Food Network StarIf you’ve been cooking up all your favorite summer recipes and are looking for new dishes to put in the mix, Food Network has your answer. This weekend, tune in and get all-new summer recipes, starting with The Kitchen on Saturday morning. Focusing on summer seafood, Geoffrey Zakarian shares his crowd-pleasing recipe for paella and the cast members share their guide to grilling fish. On Sunday morning, join Giada De Laurentiis for her poolside picnic featuring a grilled chicken panini with broccoli pesto and extra-chocolatey brownies. Next, find out what Daphne Brogdon makes when she’s cooking breakfast for dinner, like her Fried Eggs with Spanish Pantry Sauce.

Kick off your Sunday night with an all-new episode of Triple G where some of the nation’s best young chefs take on Flavortown Market. Then, watch as Food Network Star finalists prove to the judges that they can host their own live TV segment, which is a critical skill they must have to advance themselves to the finale. Finally, end your competition-filled night with some of Alton’s evilicious challenges on Cutthroat Kitchen. Tune in to see which chef has what it takes to survive the sabotages.

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Caption It: The Bro Show

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Food Network StarOutdoor cooking, ingredient swaps, audience demos and even improv cooking. The finalists have faced nearly all aspects of Food Network Stardom in the past nine weeks, but on Sunday they're going to contend with perhaps the most-demanding one of all:...

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11 Noodles to Change Your Pasta Salad Game

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

Pasta salad is one of those classic and incredibly versatile summer dishes — the ideal cookout accompaniment, perfectly portable for picnics and a cinch to prepare — that you find yourself craving all year long, then suddenly tiring of by the time August rolls around. But before you’re bored of bow ties and say farewell to fusilli, consider changing up the type of noodle you employ in making your salads. You’ll be amazed how swapping out twisty rotini tendrils for orecchiette’s button cups, or embracing the hollowed tubes of penne and rigatoni, can change up the texture and even flavor of your dishes.

Pasta Salad with Lemon Pesto Dressing (shown above)
Use prepared pesto to make this salad’s lemon juice-drenched dressing — a bright, unusual addition to any summer spread — which clings readily to cavatappi’s substantial ridges. Grape tomatoes, mozzarella and scallions add just enough substance to this light side dish.

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Valerie Bertinelli Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her New Show

by in Shows, July 30th, 2015

Valerie BertinelliOn Valerie’s Home Cooking, premiering Aug. 8 at 12|11c, actress and Kids Baking Championship co-host Valerie Bertinelli offers up her interpretations of her family recipes. She reveals that her grandma and mom were her cooking mentors when she was growing up. The recipes she’s learned from them are the ones she’ll always hold dear, but when it comes to cooking those recipes today, there’s always room for a little twist.

In the new series, you’ll find Valerie cooking those favorite storied recipes. Joining her at the table will be her family, including her husband, Tom, and her son, Wolfie; she’s even having some of her dear friends over for dinner, including the funny ladies of Hot in Cleveland.

FN Dish recently caught up with Valerie to chat about the new show, her cooking habits and the inspiration behind her recipes. Here’s what Valerie had to say.

FN Dish: How would you describe your cooking show? What can fans expect to see?
Valerie Bertinelli: They can expect to see … all the recipes that I’ve learned through my family and friends — [recipes] that I’m just going to add my own flavor, twist [and] make it a little more modern. [I want fans] coming into my home and enjoying a half-hour with me.

Are we going to see some famous family recipes?
VB: Yes, definitely! I’m going to give away some of my secret recipes. … My lasagna. My gumbo. My quiche. I want to bring the ’80s back, and I want to bring the quiche back. [laughs]

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12 Fun Food Boats for Summer

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

Boats aren’t just a vessel meant to get you across a body of water or for enjoying a hot summer day. They’re also a fun and functional way to present food at a summer gathering, eliminating the need for large bowls and platters, and making cleanup even easier. Kids will get a kick out of them too. These edible boats are perfect for everyday dinners, big barbecues or dinner parties — regardless of whether you’ll actually be near the water.

Zucchini and Corn Pirate Boats (shown above)
Marcela Valladolid takes the idea of food boats to a literal level, adding a mast to the head of her stuffed zucchini. Stick grape tomatoes, zucchini slices and a green onion stalk on a skewer to add fun flair to this summer side dish. The boat itself is stuffed with zucchini, corn, tomatoes and bacon for salty, meaty flavor that pirates both big and small will love.

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A Complete Menu of No-Cook Recipes for the Whole Day — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

Papaya-Banana SmoothieWhen your clothes are sticking to your skin and you refuse to be outside for more than 30 seconds, the last thing that makes sense is turning on the oven or stove. But here’s the thing: You still gotta eat, even on a hot day. When it’s too hot to turn on the heat, go for crazy-good No-Cook Summer Recipes that make it possible for you to still eat homemade breakfasts, salads, soups and more.

Start off your day of beating the heat by blending up Bobby Flay’s 5-minute Papaya-Banana Smoothie. With Greek yogurt, real fruit and ice cubes on board, this ice-cold healthy breakfast makes hot mornings a whole lot easier to deal with.

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The Makings of Live TV: Jeff’s Lessons Learned and His “Number One Rule”

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Food Network StarAs all of the previously eliminated Food Network Star finalists would likely attest, camera challenges are difficult — so much so that multiple takes may be needed in order to execute just one presentation. But on Sunday's brand-new episode of Food...

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