Beyond the Bag: New Ways to Eat Your Baby Carrots

by in Family, How-to, January 27th, 2015

It’s a common predicament: You buy a bag of baby carrots, eat a few, and then let the rest of them sit at the bottom of the vegetable bin until they become either a slimy mess or dried-out little nubs. Here are easy ways to use up the rest of that bag, get more veggies in your family’s diet and feel good about yourself! Check out the full gallery for all 14 delicious ideas.

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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015
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Chopped basketChopped fans, here’s your chance to be a part of the competition. You’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting chef-competitors for an upcoming episode. Food Network is giving you the opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets. It’s a special viewers’ choice episode that will take the competitors by surprise.

More: Find out how to participate

Duff Goldman Speaks Out on Judging, Competitive Strategy and the Impressive Caliber of Bakers on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Duff GoldmanWhat makes Duff Till Dawn, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, such a unique competition show is that the judge and mentor is one in the same: Duff Goldman. As viewers got to see in Sunday’s sneak peek episode, Duff advises the bakers during competition and even helps them out during the challenge, all while hosting the show. But in the end he puts on his judge’s hat and, with two fellow judges, determines who has earned the Golden Whisk by being the best baker to interpret the challenge at hand. But what does it mean to be a judge for Duff?

In Part 2 of our interview with him, Duff delves into what he looks for in a good cake, the importance of strategy in competition and how even he, a veteran baker with years of experience, can learn from an up-and-coming cake artist.

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Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2015

Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita ChipsWhether you’re looking to use up the last of the vegetables in the refrigerator, to make a single recipe that will feed your whole family or simply to cozy up to warming comfort food, soup is one of the ultimate go-to meals that surely fills the bill every time. When you’re craving something especially creative, dig into Food Network Magazine’s Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips (pictured above).

Ready to eat in only 40 minutes, this fuss-free soup features fresh carrots and celery, a can of tomatoes, plus chickpeas for heft, and pinches of cumin and coriander for over-the-top taste. Once you’ve prepared the base of the soup, let it simmer for a few minutes so the flavors have a chance to marry, and before serving, finish with a splash of bright lemon juice. For extra texture, dress up the soup with golden pita chips, which promise welcome crunch.

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10 Talented Home Cooks Enter All-Star Academy to Compete for the Grand Prize

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Ted Allen hosts All-Star AcademyFrom across the country, 10 skilled home cooks have come to enter All-Star Academy, where they will be mentored by some of Food Network’s most-revered chefs, all while competing for a $50,000 grand prize. Premiering Sunday, March 1 at 9|8c, All-Star Academy, hosted by Ted Allen, features superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, who will guide the home cooks through challenges deemed difficult for even the most-well-seasoned chef. In the end, only one mentor and mentee will emerge victorious.

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Embrace the Blizzard with Snow Day Cookies and Hot Cocoa

by in News, Recipes, January 26th, 2015

The ChewyHave you heard? There’s a little snowstorm making its way up the Eastern seaboard right now, and of course by “little snowstorm” we mean mammoth nor’easter the likes of which haven’t been seen here in New York City before. A blizzard of this magnitude surely brings with it a few icy downfalls, like bone-chilling temperatures, slippery streets and heavy shovels, but it also practically guarantees a snow day tomorrow. Take advantage of those cozy hours at home by indulging in a sweatpants-and-TV day — as well as cookies and cocoa.

Alton Brown’s The Chewy (pictured above) is the ultimate in chocolate chip cookies, with a five-star rating and more than 1,000 user reviews. You can trust that the name speaks for itself; these cookies turn out moist, soft and chewy in the center with just a hint of crunch along the edges. “The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be,” Alton explains.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Burger Ever?

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Best. Burger. Ever.Much like a pizza, a hamburger is a culinary blank canvas; to just a single patty and a soft, chewy bun you can add nearly any ingredient and transform the burger into an all-new creation worthy of breakfast, lunch or dinner. On tonight’s fourth and final episode of Best. Ever., your favorite Food Network chefs are exploring their picks for the Best. Burger. Ever., including meaty beauties stuffed with gooey cheese, classic favorites loaded with green chiles and bold, flavorful all-vegetable burgers.

Before you tune in tonight at 10|9c to learn where you can enjoy the stars’ top finds, FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to between-the-bun specialties, what’s the best burger you’ve ever had, and where did you eat it? Was it a juicy, no-frills burger from the diner, topped with cheddar and ketchup, or perhaps a gourmet-style presentation from a 5-star restaurant? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBurgerEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate burger. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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“Brown-Bag Brownie. Nailed It” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 25th, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen is nothing if not punny, as Alton Brown is notorious for putting literal spins on the challenge dishes, all in an effort to create hilariously diabolical sabotages. When it came time for the competitors to make brownies for dessert on tonight’s all-new big-game episode, he reached for what else but brown bags to auction off as one contestant’s sole mixing and cooking vessel. These everyday bags are surely thin and weak, so would such a mandate be fair to ask of a chef, and is brown-bag baking even possible?

The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew set out to answer that very question as they attempted this sabotage before the contest in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. After a quick triple-ply maneuver to prevent batter seepage, food stylist Chelsey proclaimed, “Brown-bag brownie. Nailed it,” proving once and for all that brownies can indeed be made in brown bags.

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