by Maria Russo in Shows, December 4th, 2013
by Jackie Alpers in Holidays, How-to, December 4th, 2013
It didn’t take long for Robert Irvine to realize he was facing two missions at Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant in Oak Creek, Wis. Not only was he to overhaul the decor and reinvent the menu, but he also had to contend with the family, owners Patrick and Mary, plus their son, Mike. This trio was barely able to communicate with each other when Robert arrived, and it was up to him to attempt to see to the root of their problems while working with his Restaurant: Impossible team to transform the failing eatery into a welcoming, comfortable space. With a budget of only $10,000 and just two days to institute changes, Robert ultimately reopened Mike La Susa’s to a crowd of customers. Read on below for an exclusive update on how the restaurant is doing today.
Mike is enjoying the updated menu, although business has struggled a bit since the transformation, as the changes in the list of offerings have been difficult for longtime customers to accept. He’s still the main cook, and he is planning to eventually add some of the original dishes back to the menu.
by Food Network Magazine in Food Network Magazine, December 4th, 2013
During the holidays, I want everything to have an extra layer of sparkle, even the food — okay, especially the food. Sprinkles, from the silver BB-like dragees to edible glitter and shimmering sugars, deliver that extra layer of over-the-top, spectacular visual joy to my holiday expectations. These colorful, shiny confections add some glamour without much extra effort, not only to desserts but also appetizers and drinks, and they balance out savory dishes with just a touch of sweetness. Here are some ideas for fun and easy ways to add sprinkles to your holiday creations.
1. Eggnog Party Rims
Dressed up with red and gold sugar and tiny white nonpareils, these vintage cut-glass mugs brimming with eggnog are ready to party.
by Dana Angelo White, December 4th, 2013
Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include coconut fried chicken (winning name: “Hawaii Fried-O“), a stacked salad (“Produce Stand“) and even fried ice cream (“Fryer and Ice“). In the October 2013 issue, we asked readers to dream up names for this steak sandwich (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:
Red Deer, Alberta
More favorites and the winner announced
by Maria Russo in Drinks, Recipes, December 4th, 2013
In this week’s news: More good news about oatmeal, fast-food receipts that make you rethink your order — plus the latest glimpse into Americans’ eating habits.
Yet Another Reason to Like Oatmeal
Oatmeal may be a more satisfying opt...
by Victoria Phillips, December 4th, 2013
No matter how chilly and snowy it may get this winter, there will be no better way to warm up than with a comforting cup of creamy hot cocoa. This seasonal favorite is a timeless childhood treat, but that doesn’t mean grownups can’t indulge as well. Whether you stick with a classic recipe for rich hot chocolate, opt for a generous topping of marshmallows or prefer to add extra flavors, like spices, peppermint or liqueurs, making this sweet treat is simple and, perhaps best of all, fast. Check out Food Network’s top-five recipes for hot cocoa below from some of your favorite chefs, like Alton, Giada and Sandra, to find their traditional and classic versions of this tried-and-true drink.
5. Raspberry Hot Chocolate — For a taste of adults-only decadence, add a splash of raspberry liqueur to the piping-hot chocolate cream just before serving, and finish with candied ginger for a sweet, spicy contrast.
4. White Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Stirrers — Instead of simply topping her warm white chocolate-almond milk mixture with a few mini marshmallows, Giada dunks large marshmallows in chocolate, attaches them to the ends of lollipop sticks and gently stirs them into her drink.
Get the top-three recipes
by Cameron Curtis in Holidays, December 4th, 2013
Simplify weeknight meals and weekend baking with a KRUPS Toaster Oven. There’s no need to power up your large oven when this counter-top one is roomy enough for 6 slices of toast, a 12-inch pizza or a 6-cup muffin pan. Use the toaster oven (wh...
by FN Dish Editor in Community, December 3rd, 2013
It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs
Ron’s gluten-free cookies have a shiny, crunchy outside and a decadent, chewy inside. The omission of flour means they have a super chocolatey flavor that will please cookie lovers of all types. By gently folding melted chocolate into the meringue mixture, you can ensure that the cookies won’t lose their great texture.
Get Ron Ben-Israel’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringue Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.
by Hedy Goldsmith in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013
What is the Team No Kid Hungry Give-A-Thon? It’s a one-day social media blitz designed to raise $25,000 in a single day for No Kid Hungry. Food Network is aligning our holiday Give-A-Thon this year with #GivingTuesday, a movement and day dedicated to giving.
What we’re asking: Food Network is asking our network of influencers, celebrities, chefs, partners and supporters to recruit advocates and donors in the fight against childhood hunger today, Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Why: In order to end childhood hunger, Team No Kid Hungry needs to continue raising critical funds to put programs in place that provide access, education and awareness.
How you can participate: Ask your friends and followers to join in the Give-A-Thon to help No Kid Hungry, where they can potentially win great prizes in the process. Use your influence to recruit advocates and donors in the fight against childhood hunger.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 3rd, 2013
Chocolate chips, toffee pieces, raisins, walnuts — all very traditional cookie add-ins. I grew up slicing and baking cookies from logs of premade dough bought from the refrigerated case in my grocery store. You know, the “Dough-boy” brand.
Thinking outside the cookie log will set you apart from other cookie bakers. Have you ever thought about adding chai tea, potato chips, pretzel chunks, licorice or even bacon bits? Keep your mind open and read on.
In my Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Chai Cookie recipe, I use ground chai tea leaves along with Indian spices such as cloves, cardamom, mace and freshly grated ginger. Think of a classic gingersnap with a modern spin (or your favorite coffeehouse beverage).
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Much of the work Robert Irvine
does on Restaurant: Impossible
focuses on showing business owners and their employees where they’ve made mistakes in the past and how they can best fix them going forward. To teach those lessons, however, so that the staff will learn once and for all how to avoid similar struggles in the future, Robert is forced to be brutally honest in his assessment of the restaurant’s design, its food and the management skills of its leaders. It’s ultimately for the betterment of the business that Robert shares his tough love in the form of constructive criticism and unhindered remarks about what he’s seeing and tasting at the restaurant.
In the more than six seasons Restaurant: Impossible has aired, Robert’s gone to great lengths in words and actions to prove his point to businesses owners and their staff, holding no bars in his assessment of the good, bad and just plain awful scenes he finds in kitchens and dining rooms. Click the play button on the video above to watch the top-five tough love moments, then tune in to an all-new episode Wednesday at 10pm/9c to watch Robert tackle his latest restaurant mission.