Chefs’ Picks: Cold-Weather Potluck

by in Restaurants, October 30th, 2016

Pork and Chive Dumplings from Myers and Chang
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Potlucks are always a delicious choose-your-own eating adventure, but this time of year seems to bring out particularly comforting dishes. For fall and winter gatherings, many chefs draw inspiration from memory-lane-tripping family recipes, while others rely on tried-and-true party tricks to ensure that their dish is a hit. Here’s what pros around the country can’t wait to make for cold-weather potlucks. Read more

Baked Mini Churro Bites — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 30th, 2016

Baked Mini Churro BitesLove deep-fried foods but dislike the process of deep-frying? You’re in luck — at least where churros are concerned. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week introduces a baking technique that turns out the light, fluffy treats you crave, all with the ease of an oven. The key is piping the cinnamon-laced dough into two-bite logs; this lets you mimic the shape of traditional churros while ensuring the batter will stay set on a baking sheet. Before serving, dunk the churros in butter and dust them with a fragrant cinnamon-sugar mixture, then serve with an easy Caramel-Mango Sauce for bright, fruity contrast.

For more sweet treat ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Baked Mini Churro Bites

Last-Minute Halloween Treats That Are Scary-Easy to Make

by in Holidays, October 30th, 2016

Spider BitesIf Halloween snuck up on you (boo!), don’t get tricked out of a Halloween treat. You don’t need to invest in hokey smoke machines or tangled cobwebs to get in the Halloween spirit — we’ve got easy ideas for last-minute Halloween treats that are scary-good, and perfect for a spooky meal or take-to-school snack. A last-minute costume, on the other hand, is a bigger challenge, and one that we’ll leave to you.

All you need to make Sandra Lee’s Spider Bites is three ingredients: semisweet chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and creamy peanut butter.

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Hometown Hungers: Minneapolis Juicy Lucy

by in Restaurants, October 29th, 2016

Juicy Lucy

There are few things better than a cheeseburger, but in Minneapolis, the Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy, depending on whom you ask) ups the cheesy, meaty ante. Read more

A Pizza That Looks and Tastes Like a Pumpkin

by in Recipes, Shows, October 29th, 2016

Pumpkin Crust Halloween PizzaYou’ve seen the Halloween treats that look like pumpkins, like this cheese ball and this soup. And you’ve surely seen the recipes that taste like pumpkin, like this pasta and these spice buns. But it’s rare that a recipe will be both: served in a cute pumpkin package, with all of the warm spice you know and love in a typical pumpkin treat. That’s where this next-level recipe from Jeff Mauro comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, he introduced a too-cute pizza that tasted just as impressive as it looked, in all its pumpkin glory. Read on below to learn how he did it and get the family-friendly recipe.

Jeff’s Pumpkin-Crust Halloween Pizza (pictured above) gets its fall flavor from — you guessed it — the crust. When mixing up his yeast dough, Jeff adds a hefty dollop of pumpkin puree, which lends a subtle orange tint to the crust and also a mild flavor. As for the toppings, cheese lovers, this one is for you. His decadent combo of ricotta and mozzarella delivers ooey-gooey results, while the butternut squash pieces and basil garnish are used to create a full pumpkin effect (and boost the taste) right on top of the savory pie.

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Ina’s Back in the White House: Exclusive Interview About Her Barefoot in Washington Special Visit

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Michelle Obama and Ina GartenWhen Ina Garten worked in Washington, D.C., little did she know she’d end up in a completely different career, first operating a specialty foods store in Long Island and then writing cookbooks and hosting a very successful cooking show on Food Network. Now, years later, Ina returns to the nation’s capital in the special Barefoot in Washington, premiering on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1|12c. After making various stops in the city to see how the culinary scene has transformed, and to reconnect and cook with longtime friends, Ina makes one last stop at the White House to see how the gardens and the kitchen supply food for state dinners as well as the wider community. And before she leaves, Ina sits down to tea with Mrs. Obama.

FN Dish recently sat down with Ina to chat about the special.

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What to Watch: Halloween Tricks, Sweet Treats and a Triple G Rematch

by in Shows, October 28th, 2016

The Kitchen
Halloween is creeping around the corner, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing their recipes for some spooky and sweet treats and cozy comfort food favorites. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond on the ranch as she deep-fries cheesecake and whips up a bunch of decadent sweet treats. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is throwing a Mardi Gras-themed party and serving bite-sized versions of New Orleans classics. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are making spooky Halloween-themed recipes and creating last-minute, DIY food costumes. After that, Ayesha Curry is throwing a decadent brunch for her closest friends, and Valerie Bertinelli is preparing a fall-themed feast.

On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri’s taking some risks with his fried chicken recipe, Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, are getting a lesson in pizza making, and Nancy Fuller’s grandchildren are baking cupcakes for the annual fairground competition. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is decorating her living room and kitchen like a haunted house, and Bobby Flay and Sunny Anderson are focusing on the sweeter side of brunch.

On Sunday night, Flavortown Market is hosting former finalists from Triple G tournaments to go head-to-head for a once-in-a-lifetime rematch and on the finale of Halloween Wars, the teams are making displays featuring a demonic wedding. Finish off the weekend at Worst Bakers Boot Camp where the recruits are baking 3D dog cakes.

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One-on-One with Monti Carlo, a Judge on Clash of the Grandmas

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Monti CarloWe’re just a few weeks away from the premiere of Clash of the Grandmas (Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c), when four grandmothers, each with undeniable culinary chops and a style all her own, will take to the kitchen for the chance to win $10,000. Earlier this week we caught up with Eddie Jackson and Nancy Fuller, both of whom will sit on the judges’ panel for Sunday’s premiere episode. And today it’s all about the third and final judge, Monti Carlo. Not only is Monti a chef with a history of esteemed judging on Food Network, but she’s also a granddaughter, who first learned fundamental recipes while cooking alongside her own grandmother. Read on below to hear from Monti about cooking with her Abuela Dora, and find out what’s to come on the premiere of Clash of the Grandmas.

What can viewers look forward to seeing in Clash of the Grandmas?
Monti Carlo: Out of all the shows I have judged on Food Network, this one has been my absolute favorite! It is just so much fun to watch these grandmas compete! They are cute, they are funny and they are fierce! Also, when Eddie [Jackson] and I sit next to each other on the panel, it looks like the before and after from one of those Charles Atlas comic book ads. You know the ones where a weakling transforms into a bodybuilder? Dude has #AllTheMuscles

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 2 Champion

by in Shows, October 27th, 2016

Seis and CoryIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 2, chefs Corey Morris, Heather Borden, Shania Thomas and Seis Kamimura cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the second spot in the tournament’s finale.

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One-on-One with Nancy Fuller, a Judge on Clash of the Grandmas

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 27th, 2016

Nancy FullerYesterday we chatted with Eddie Jackson, one of the hosts of Clash of the Grandmas (premiering Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c), and today it’s all about Nancy Fuller, the grandmother in residence on this all-new upcoming competition. With 13 grandkids, Nancy is no stranger to making many of the comforting, tried-and-true dishes that the ladies in these battles will be forced to contend with. Read on below to get her take on grandmas’ styles of cooking, and find out what to expect in the competition.

What can viewers look forward to seeing in the upcoming clashes?
Nancy Fuller: Viewers can expect to see confident, well-seasoned women who know their way around the kitchen.

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