WATCH: Chopped’s School Chefs Visit the White House Garden

by in Shows, September 25th, 2012

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All eight school chefs from Food Network’s special episodes of Chopped recently visited Washington, D.C., and the first lady’s White House garden. There, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass gave them a coveted taste of the first lady’s tomatoes and even showed them the bounty of Thomas Jefferson’s seeds. While the ladies were grateful for the visit, it’s what they’re doing to the future of school lunches that really shines; click the play button on the video above to watch.

Find out what you can do to help our nation’s kids get the food they need to grow and thrive at FoodNetwork.com/Hungry.

On the Road: Clevelanders Know How to Eat

by in View All Posts, September 25th, 2012

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Cleveland’s a melting pot of various culinary traditions, and as the final three teams of The Great Food Truck Race cruised into town, so was the diversity of food the trucks dished out. Starting with a Truck Stop challenge of cooking with homegrown, ripe Ohio tomatoes, it was important that each team catered to their surroundings. The best example of this was Pop-A-Waffle taking advantage of their Truck Stop win:  They catered to Cleveland’s large Polish population by offering a “Polish Boy,” which includes “kielbasa, French fries, coleslaw and hot sauce.”

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring the best that Cleveland has to offer.

Lola Bistro
Michael Symon’s Lola just might be the crown jewel of Cleveland’s culinary scene. The menu gives diners a modern spin on their favorite dishes (smoked pork chop with chiles and cheesy polenta, anyone?), while always showcasing the best of what local purveyors are producing closeby.

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Convection vs. Conventional Ovens — Fix My Dish

by in How-to, September 25th, 2012

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Twice a month we’re giving readers a chance to ask Food Network Kitchens’ advice about an issue they’re having with a dish. They can’t reformulate a recipe for you, but they’re happy to help improve it.

Question: My question is about convection ovens vs. conventional ovens. Do recipe bake times need to be altered in any way if the oven used is a conventional oven? I feel as though most recipes I try from experienced cooks are made in convection ovens and I wondered if it made a difference if my oven is conventional.  – K. Stroh

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Meet The Next Iron Chef Judges and Get a Sneak Peek of the First Episode

by in Shows, September 25th, 2012

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A roster of acclaimed chefs will return for a second chance to become a member of the Iron Chef culinary society this fall, with the premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption on Sunday, November 4 at 9 pm ET/PT. Earlier last month, FN Dish revealed the seven returning chefs and two newcomers:

  • Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, Eric Greenspan and Jehangir Mehta from The Next Iron Chef Season Two
  • Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Spike Mendelsohn from the cast of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs
  • First-time Next Iron Chef competitors Tim Love and Marcel Vigneron

The tenth slot will go to the winner of a Web-exclusive competition taking place on FoodNetwork.com starting October 12. The four chefs taking part in the Web battle are: Duskie Estes and Robert Treviño, who have previously competed on The Next Iron Chef, and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.

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Get Ready for The Next Iron Chef Road to Redemption Web Tournament

by in Shows, September 25th, 2012

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While the nine returning chefs have been revealed for the upcoming fifth season of The Next Iron Chef, let’s shift focus to lucky contestant number 10. The tenth slot will go to the winner of a Web-exclusive competition, a Food Network first, taking place on FoodNetwork.com. The four chefs taking part in the Web battle are: Duskie Estes and Robert Treviño, who have previously competed on The Next Iron Chef, and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.

The “Road to Redemption” four-part Web tournament begins October 12 with a battle between Iron Chef America challengers Madison Cowan and Lee Anne Wong, followed on October 19 by a competition between former Next Iron Chef contenders Duskie Estes and Robert Trevino. The winners meet on October 26, where the final Redemption position will be awarded. Simon Majumdar, Alton Brown and Iron Chef Jose Garces will decide who becomes a Next Iron Chef hopeful.

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Soften Your Corn Tortillas

by in Food Network Magazine, How-to, September 24th, 2012

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Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Steam corn tortillas in the microwave so they stay pliable and don’t split under the weight of taco fillings. Wrap a stack of tortillas in damp paper towels or a damp kitchen towel, then wrap in plastic wrap or place in a microwave-safe resealable plastic bag (keep the bag open to vent). Microwave until warm and flexible, about 1 minute.

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What to Watch: Chopped School Chefs Special Edition

by in Shows, September 24th, 2012

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