What to Watch: A Weekend of New Adventure and Competition

by in Shows, January 11th, 2013

Iron Chef America Judges and The ChairmanThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes that capture the spirit of adventure, the willingness to try new things and the sense of competition.

On Saturday watch Barefoot Contessa and Giada at Home. Ina and Jeffrey travel through Napa Valley on their California adventure. Giada shows you how she likes to mix things up for dinner on Monday nights by going meatless.

On Sunday night, there are three competitions back-to-back. First, on Sugar Dome, different artists are challenged to create displays inspired by the ’80s. On Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the stars head to a farm outside of Hollywood to convene with the sources of the food they must cook. And on Iron Chef America, it’s a rematch between Iron Chef Zakarian and challenger Chef Michael Chiarello, with special guest judge Neil Patrick Harris.

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Reinvented: Oatmeal 4 Ways

by in Recipes, January 10th, 2013

Oatmeal 4 Different WaysHere 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 in three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipes.

Oatmeal is a warm and cozy way to start the day off right and is great for its stick to your ribs heartiness during the winter. We took the basic oatmeal recipe and spun it four different ways to spice up your morning breakfast routine.

First, start with your favorite oatmeal

Tina Fey and Fellow 30 Rock Writers Take Over Food Network Kitchens

by in Events, January 10th, 2013

Come the holiday season, most employees look forward to a company holiday party complete with casual, mingle-friendly eats — and maybe a cocktail or two — in the office break room or perhaps even at a local restaurant. But when you’re a writer for 30 Rock, the everyday seasonal shindig just won’t cut it.

This past December, to celebrate the holidays and the approaching end of 30 Rock‘s seventh and final season, Tina Fey and her fellow writers hosted their holiday bash at the ultimate destination kitchen — Food Network Kitchens — and what they ate was no ordinary cheese-and-crackers platter. More than two dozen 30 Rock writers and team members gathered in the expansive space to enjoy an evening of friends, plenty of laughs and a party-ready menu complete with dishes like cayenne-spiked butternut squash soup and linguini with a truffled cream sauce made by one of their own, John Riggi. We were on hand as they made their way into the kitchen, and we chatted with them about their thoughts on the end of 30 Rock, the food scene in the writers’ room and more.

Want to hear what Tina Fey and some of the other writers had to say and get an insider’s look at this private event? Click the play button on the video above to watch the exclusive video, then browse these behind-the-scenes photos to see the party unfold.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Lasagna Pan and Turner Set by Rachael Ray

by in Contests, Shows, January 10th, 2013

Rachael Ray Lasagna Lover and Turner SetTo celebrate season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs Sundays at 9 pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away this stoneware lasagna-lover pan and turner set in green by Rachael Ray to one lucky reader.

You can buy your own Stoneware Lasagna Lover and Turner Set from the Food Network Store, or enter below for a chance to win the items. To enter: Tell us in the comments which celebrity on Team Rachael you want to win. The contest starts at 12 p.m. EST today, and ends on Wednesday, January 16, at 12 p.m. EST.

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New Products to Stock Up On

by , January 10th, 2013

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It’s a new year and a good time to stock up on fresh, healthy foods. The next time you hit the supermarket, take a good look around—you’ll see many new products on the shelves. Here are some of our favorite finds.

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Top 10 Genius Inspiration Interpretations From Seasons 1 and 2

by in Shows, January 10th, 2013

Sweet Genius, Season 2By Ron Ben-Israel, contributions by Kate Kenny and Nikki Junda

Ron Ben-Israel has raised the bar on the newest season of Sweet Genius with more unusual techniques and inspired flavor combinations. That made the Sweet Genius team think back to the previous seasons. After revisiting the best moments from old episodes and the 10 best ingredient inventions, they also decided to narrow down the 10 best inspiration interpretations from Seasons 1 and 2.

1. Mauricio Santelice
Dessert: Chocolate Unicorn Emerging From an Ostrich Eggshell With Pate a Choux Swans
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Inspiration: Unicorn

When Chef Mauricio Santelice presented me with an entire mythological scene of dessert creations inspired by a unicorn, I knew that he was an ambitious and talented chef. Chef Mauricio’s dish, with its chocolate unicorn leaping from an open ostrich eggshell and scrumptious pate a choux swans, made me feel as if I were given an edible surrealist painting. Inspired by my vision of a fantastical unicorn, Chef Mauricio’s dessert transported me to another place.

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The Perfect Midnight Snack — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 9th, 2013

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri
Rachael vs. GuyOn this past Sunday’s episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the bottom two celebrity contestants, Kathy and Gilbert, competed in a midnight-snack cook-off to determine who was to go home. Kathy made a hummus that both coaches raved about. Though Gilbert’s second attempt at a peanut butter sandwich was better than the one he made for the dinner theater challenge, it wasn’t good enough to save him.

Which midnight snack do you think is better: Kathy’s hummus with toasted pita chips or Gilbert’s peanut butter and banana sandwich? Vote in the poll after the jump.

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As many of you may know, midnight snacks are often the only way to satisfy late-night stomach rumblings, especially when they wake you up. Whether it’s leftover pizza, cookies, a PB&J or hummus and chips, eating something — anything — seems like the only way to get back to sleep.

VOTE for whose snack is better and SHARE your favorite snack

FDA Updates Food Safety Laws

by , January 9th, 2013

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The government is finally moving forward with the biggest overhaul of food safety rules since the Great Depression—it’s about time! With major recalls in the past few years of melon and peanut butter, the safety of the U.S. food supply has been ...

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Well-Loved Potato Sides — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 9th, 2013

Double-Fried French FriesWhenever we dip fries in ketchup, spoon gravy over mashed potatoes or savor an egg with a side of home fries, the good ole potato is doing what it does best. As the foundation of our most loved sides, it comforts us to our very core. That’s why in this second week of frosty January, we’re moving down the line of our favorites potato recipes, from mashed to pancaked.

Is it a holiday? Steak night? You can bet a mound of Velvety Mashed Potatoes will be in attendance. For those who yearn for more structure, Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs go in the oven until golden brown.

A burger has never seen a day without fries. Guy Fieri’s golden Double-Fried French Fries (pictured above) are everything you’d ever want in a fry, while Tyler Florence’s Oven Fries are baked in lieu of visiting the fryer.

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Win a NatureBox!

by , January 9th, 2013

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Make over your not-so-great snacking habits in the new year with NatureBox. Instead of reaching for a bag of greasy chips when hunger strikes, grab a dietitian-approved snack that’s minimally processed and wholesome. Each month, NatureBox send...

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