Rachael’s Thoughts About Episode 9 and the One Thing Every Star Needs to Have

by , July 29th, 2014

Rachael's Thoughts About Episode 9
Rachael Ray hosted the final five, as well as Alton, Bobby and Giada, on her talk show during last week’s episode, and tasked the finalists with helping to solve a common problem: dinnertime struggles. After several successes (and also several failures), Star Talk wanted to catch up with the host herself to find out her thoughts on the show.

Star Talk: Rachael, what are your final thoughts on how the final five performed in this episode?
Rachael Ray: I think overall they did really well. I think some of them were a little more comfortable than others, but you know, it’s a really tough thing to try to master working in front of a camera and a live studio audience and having the family that you’re cooking for literally at the counter. So it was sort of a triple threat. I thought once they each got into it, even those that weren’t as comfortable found their rhythm eventually.

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How to Host a Luau-Inspired Summer Pool Party

by in Entertaining, July 28th, 2014

How to Host a Luau-Inspired Summer Pool Partyby Camille Styles, photography by Buff Strickland

As temperatures are slowly on the rise, it’s officially time for some fun in the sun! And there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with a pool party inspired by the colors, flavors and flowers of Hawaii. This year, take a cue from everyone’s favorite tropical destination, and host a stylish yet approachable luau with a few simple tips.

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Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2014

Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere QuicheQuiche is perfect when you’re in the mood to indulge. Made by baking creamy eggs with cheese and preparing them in a buttery pastry crust, this French specialty is a great dish for an extraordinary occasion, and because of its hearty ingredients, it also works as a warming dinner staple. The best part of this dish is its versatility — from smoked meats or vegetable proteins, to different types of cheeses and various vegetables, it can be altered to suit your mood.

In this Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche with Oat Crust recipe from Ellie Krieger, the pastry crust is lightened up by the use of oats, low-fat buttermilk and cooking spray. This makes the crust an incredible source of fiber, without losing the buttery feel of a perfect pie crust. The filling involves a selection of mushrooms and onions to pack in some more nutritional punch, and the creamy Gruyere cheese adds a salty, tangy touch. With flavors this good, you’ll get the feel of an indulgent treat without all the extra fat. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?

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Orange Juice Drinkers May Soon Feel the Squeeze

by in News, July 28th, 2014

Orange Juice Drinkers May Soon Feel the SqueezeIs your morning cup of orange juice in danger? It might be. And your grapefruit too.

A bacterial disease known as citrus greening (AKA Huanglongbing or HLB or yellow dragon disease) is threatening America’s citrus crops. Named for the way it turns citrus fruits green, misshapen and bitter tasting, and thus unsuitable for sale or consumption as either fresh fruit or juice, citrus greening poses no direct threat to humans or animals. For the trees themselves, however, it is devastating — and ultimately deadly. There is, as of now, no known cure.

Though the disease likely originated in China in the early 1900s and has long wreaked havoc abroad, citrus greening wasn’t detected in the United States until 2005, when it was spotted in Florida. By 2008 it affected almost every citrus-growing county in Florida, and it has continued to spread broadly and rapidly, primarily via a gnat-sized insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries the disease from tree to tree as it feeds.

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A Heaping Helping of “It’s Getting Real” — Justin’s Rebel Recap

by , July 28th, 2014

Justin's Rebel Recap, Episode 9Time flies when you are watching hoping-to-become celebrity chefs duke it out on camera. Two months ago, we were introduced to 12 hopefuls, and one by one, the mentors have crushed the dreams of all but five of them. Now in New York City, the competitors are given a heaping helping of “It’s Getting Real,” which is one of my favorite buffet-style dishes.

They stop by Food Network HQ, which Sarah says feels “like Christmas morning.” I still get that feeling when I stop in. This reminds me, I have a mood ring that belongs to one of Susie Fogelson’s kids’, and I need to give it back.

If the competitors had mood rings, the rings would turn black the second it’s revealed that the gang will be doing a live field story in Chelsea Market. It sounds simple. The gang will head to a vendor downstairs. There they will find a summer staple (think ribs, lobsters, ice cream, yogurt-based dips and corn) and report to the Mentors back upstairs.

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Just Desserts — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, July 27th, 2014

Creating tiramisu can be time-consuming, as it involves soaking lady fingers in an espresso mixture and topping them with a sweet mascarpone cheese-based cream. This specifically requires the use of superior utensils, like whisks and mixing bowls, in order to make sure each layer has the perfect flavor profile. Host Alton Brown decided that the contestants on Cutthroat Kitchen needed to forgo these tools – one of the contestants had to replace all of his cooking tools with coffee strainers and stirrers. This made the dish especially difficult, because the coffee filter didn’t allow the mascarpone creation to be mixed properly, and it also starting soaking up all the espresso meant for the lady fingers. How could the Food Network team deem it an appropriate sabotage for the show?

Click play on the video above to see how the Food Network culinary team could create the tiramisu with this sabotage.

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