It All Comes Down to Experience and Meeting Expectations — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 15th, 2013


Coming into Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs know to expect sabotage, backstabbing and true competition. So the only things they can rely on are their skills and experience, but sometimes in the heat of battle those skills and experience go right out the window. After all, the chefs are racing to finish their plates while also maneuvering sabotages they’ve been dealt that often lead their dishes down a disastrous road.

In the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show, the host and this week’s judge, Jet Tila, dished on the competitors’ seeming disregard for key basics in cooking, such as taste and texture, and their inability to have a dish live up to some sort of standard of expectation.

Taste is No. 1, explained Jet, when talking about Round 1’s spaghetti and meatballs, where one of the sabotages took away the ability to taste from three of the chefs. “You have to have cooked for a phenomenal amount of years to just cook by feel,” says Jet. Alton added that it’s especially true when it comes to making sauce, which often needs many tastings before it’s ready to be served. These chefs were too brash in thinking they didn’t need to taste — and even Chef Davidi who won the auction didn’t manage to put out a flavorful dish. When it came to the wings in Round 2, stuffing them with ingredients that made no sense — like Chef Glick’s celery and carrot batons — just went to show there was no forethought. And the chef’s use of bottled sauce did nothing to show creativity. In Round 3, it all came down to a lack of experience when making the doughnuts. Each chef’s doughnuts turned out to be leaden balls of dough, far from the fluffy, airy confections that anyone would expect.

Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Jet and Alton, and then chat with fellow fans in the comments section below.

Interview with the Latest Food Truck Team Out of the Race

by in Shows, September 15th, 2013

The Great Food Truck RaceThe next stop on Episode 5 of The Great Food Truck Race was a turning point for the four remaining food trucks. This was the chance for those who’d perpetually been in the middle or in the bottom to break out of their rut. But the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul proved to bring double the difficulty the teams had expected. Tyler promised the teams wouldn’t have a Speed Bump on day one, but he ended up springing a Truck Stop challenge on them, one that none of the teams were able to accomplish. On day two, another Truck Stop was much more attainable for all the teams but one, leading to its elimination.

SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Which Team Was Eliminated

Rachael Ray’s Top 100 30-Minute Meals — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 15th, 2013

Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast TendersChicken breast is an easy go-to ingredient — quick-cooking, versatile and, of course, palette-pleasing. This week’s Most Popular Pin(s) of the Week is Rachael Ray’s Top 100 30-Minute Meals, which includes several easy chicken recipes. Pictured above is an eye-catching plate of Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders served with a side of pasta.

This recipe is versatile — you can serve these tenders hot or cold. If cold, pair them with a pasta salad. If hot, they’re good as is with a simple mixed green salad. For a quick chicken Parm, top the tenders with tomato sauce and cheese, and serve them with a side of spaghetti.

For more everyday recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.

Get the recipes: Rachael’s Top 100 30-Minute Meals

7 Tips for Avoiding the Freshman 15

by , September 15th, 2013

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Whether you are a freshman with on-campus housing and a dining plan or a senior in your own apartment, healthy eating at college is achievable and it doesn’t need to involve deprivation or dieting.

At the Dining Hall 
• Make room for fruit...

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Great Muffin Makeovers

by , September 15th, 2013

Apple Muffins
Store-bought muffins, a grab-and-go favorite, can average a hefty 400 to 500 calories each. Make your own healthier version and you’ll get the same delicious flavor for about half the calories.

Size Matters
Muffins come in all sizes from mini...

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Tour Nadia G.’s Kitchen

by in Food Network Magazine, September 14th, 2013

Nadia G's kitchen

Check out Nadia G.’s Montreal kitchen, then pick up some of her finds for your own kitchen.

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Black goblets appeal to Nadia’s dark side. $16, Mario Luca Giusti; seed387.com

brasserie plates

 

 

Nadia’s Brasserie Plates are modeled after those used in restaurants in France during the 1920s. $33 for a 9½-inch plate, Pillivuyt USA; 125west.com

 

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Last Call for Tomatoes and Cukes!

by , September 14th, 2013

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Summer may be winding down but there are tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes still ready for harvest. Refreshing, crisp and colorful, this simple salad is the perfect side dish to almost any meal. I swapped the traditional herbs like basil and parsley ...

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Freezer-Friendly Standbys — School Days

by in Family, Recipes, September 14th, 2013

English Muffin PizzasNow that the school year is well under way, chances are your morning and evening schedules are becoming ever more hectic. Between early carpools, afternoon dentist appointments and late soccer practices, it can seem almost impossible to make time for cooking breakfast and dinner — let alone packing school lunches. And on those days, it’s important to have quick-fix meals waiting for you in the freezer. The key to getting the most out of your freezer is making sure it’s always stocked with a range of ingredients and ready-to-go dishes; try to dedicate some time on the weekend to preparing and freezing foods so they’ll be there when you need them. Check out a few of Food Network’s go-to easy-to-freeze recipes for breakfast, snack time and dinner below to find favorites that kids and grownups alike will enjoy.

Breakfast:
Sometimes just getting out the door in the morning can seem like a feat, and on days like that, it’s best to not have to worry about your kids’ breakfasts. Food Network Kitchens takes the guesswork out of morning meals with its Freezer to Oven Berry Muffins, studded with juicy blueberries and finished with a cinnamon crumb topping before freezing. While this recipe yields 12 muffins, you only need to bake as many as you need at a time while leaving the others in the freezer.

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Zucchini Chili — The Weekender

by in Recipes, September 13th, 2013

Zucchini Chili - The WeekenderChili is one of my fall and winter weeknight staples. It’s one of those things that cooks up easily, is fairly forgiving and can expand endlessly. Whenever I pull out my chili pot, I make it a point to cook up a batch big enough to last for at least two nights and a couple lunches.

My standard approach involves lots of vegetables, a pound of ground turkey, plenty of spices and two or three cans of beans (I tend to use black and pinto beans, but anything I have in the pantry is fair game).

After years of eating bowl after bowl of my improvisational chili, however, my husband sweetly requested that I try to vary my chili game a little. And so, I started auditioning new recipes.

As I’ve searched, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not really looking for authenticity (my regular recipe includes Swiss chard). Instead, I want a one-pot dish that has a lot of flavor, features vegetables and beans, and if it includes meat, uses a relatively small amount.

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Ask Your Questions: A Family and Kids Fall-Themed Google+ Hangout

by in Community, Family, September 13th, 2013

A Family and Kids Fall-Themed Google+ HangoutFall ushers in comforting dishes, football Sundays and the inevitable back-to-school whirlwind. This whirlwind includes coming up with ideas for breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks and, on top of that, a quick, easy and satisfying dinner for the entire family. It can become slightly overwhelming. FN Dish is here to help.

Join Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian, Catherine McCord of Weelicious.com and Dan Pashman of CookingChannelTV.com’s Web series, Good to Know, for a Google+ Hangout about all things fall-related on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1pm EST.

They’ll be chatting about family-friendly recipes, secret weapons for grocery shopping, game-watching snacks and delicious fall dishes, even sharing some fun ideas for Halloween.

Do you have a question you want answered? Post your questions for the Google+ Hangout here and return to that page on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1pm EST to see if yours is answered.