Donatella Wins People’s Choice at Meatball Madness 2012

by in Events, October 12th, 2012

Donatella and Giada

Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia took home the People’s Choice award at last night’s Meatball Madness, hosted by her fellow maven of Italian cooking, Giada De Laurentiis. Donatella served up classic tomato-braised veal meatballs, a recipe she attributed to her mom, who proudly helped serve them up to hungry crowds all night.

Psyched to finally beat out last year’s winners from the Meatball Shop, whose booth was as popular as ever, Donatella thanked the guys from Pat LaFrieda Meats — stars of Meat Men and sponsors of the event — who were in part responsible for the tastiness of her meatballs. She said she’s purchased her meat from them ever since she got into the restaurant business.

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Prosciutto-Roasted Bass With Autumn Vegetables — The Weekender

by in Recipes, October 12th, 2012

prosciutto roasted bass with autumn vegetables
During the summer I try and minimize how much I use my oven. The air conditioning in my apartment is adequate for dealing with Philadelphia’s steamy weather, but it begins to falter when I add all that radiant oven heat to the mix. So when cooler temperatures roll around, I’m more than ready to reconnect with the world of baking, broiling and roasting.

This last weekend, I was making a little dish to take with me to a birthday potluck. It was simple enough, just a bowl of lemony white bean spread and some crunchy baguette rounds. I’d cut the bread thin, so it would become akin to little crackers as it toasted and be a good partner for the smooth dip (this is a great way to give new life to day- or two-day-old bread).

As I stood by my oven and watched the bread to prevent it from burning, I saw a spark and then a small flame shoot out of the element (it’s electric). I quickly switched off the broiler, pulled my sheet of toasts off the rack and attempted to blow out the flame (for future reference, this is not a particularly good way to extinguish a kitchen fire). Thankfully, the flame died back almost immediately and I was able to investigate the damage. A chunk of the element was burnt away.

Before you pre-heat you oven, read these tips

Chopped Judges Dish Out Comfort Food at New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 12th, 2012

Amanda FreitagOn a cool, crisp Thursday night in New York City, there was no better place to be than tucked inside Chef Marc Murphy’s swanky Midtown Manhattan restaurant, Landmarc, surrounded by the entire judges’ panel of Food Network’s Chopped. Yesterday together with Chef Murphy, Chefs Ted Allen, Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian, Aarón Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos kicked off the first night of the New York City Wine & Food Festival with a late-night party to celebrate the show with more than 100 hungry guests.

Each chef cooked up a signature creation, and while their plates ranged from savory snacks and beefy main dishes to sweet dessert treats, they were all reinvented, dressed-up versions of classic comfort food, like pasta, sliders, ice cream sandwiches and more.

Chef Freitag, pictured above, was dishing out an oversized batch of Truffled Orzo With Broccolini and Parmigianino Reggiano. This creamy, cheesy risotto-like pasta was pure comfort in a bowl.

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Super Soups: Show Us Your Favorite Soup Bowls for #FoodNetworkFaves

by in Community, October 12th, 2012

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It’s been an exciting week for soup here at Food Network and we’re dedicating #FoodNetworkFaves to the classic comfort food. Follow @FoodNetwork on Twitter and Instagram and tag a photo of your favorite soup bowl with #FoodNetworkFaves to tweet or Instagram us what steamy, delicious soups you’re eating this weekend.

FN Dish editors will select their favorite fan soup bowl photos to feature on the FN Dish blog, and don’t forget to check out the Food Network Favorites: Super Soups app, now available to download in the App Store.

VOTE: Sandra Lee’s Best Halloween Costume

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, October 12th, 2012

Sandra Lee
It’s no secret that Sandra Lee is the queen of Halloween. Year after year, we watch as this semi-homemade maven redesigns her kitchen into a themed masterpiece and cooks up ghoulishly simple eats and drinks to celebrate this spooky holiday. But perhaps most impressively, Sandra dons next-level Halloween costumes that all but transform her into the timeless characters she portrays. Some of her most-memorable outfits include Alice in Wonderland (pictured above), which she sported in last year’s Sandra in Halloween Wonderland; Audrey Hepburn, complete with a sky-high bun and signature sunglasses; and a sword-yielding Lady Marian.

This year we’re asking you, the fans, to relive Sandra’s top Halloween moments and vote for her best-ever costume. Check out all 18 of Sandra’s costumes here, and then cast your fan vote for your favorite look up to 10 times per day.

For more Halloween tricks and treats from Sandra, watch this collection of videos in which she shares no-fail tips and recipes to help you host a hauntingly easy Halloween bash.

Visit Food Network’s Halloween Headquarters to find recipes for scary-good sweet treats, party-ready munchies and more Halloween must-haves.

On the Blogs: Rachael Ray’s New Food Truck and a Coffee Ambulance

by in Community, October 12th, 2012

rachael rayVillage Voice: Rachael Ray is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society to open a food truck for dogs in New York City from October 18-20.

Chicago Tribune: In a move to win more restaurants as clients, Groupon, Inc. launched Breadcrumb, a sales, order management and reporting system for restaurants.   

M Live: Operating in a re-configured ambulance, Coffee Rescue takes the idea of food trucks to a whole new level.

Slate: Edible packaging is a possible solution to cut down on food-related waste.  Would you try the new wrapper?

Enter for a Chance to Win the StirStik

by in Contests, October 11th, 2012

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Having the right kitchen equipment is essential for any cook, but having too many gadgets can clutter up your space. The StirStik is the kitchen utensil that does it all: You can frost cakes, fold eggs, stir sauces, spread peanut butter and more. Plus, it’s compact and comes in six fun colors to liven up your kitchen.

You can buy your own StirStik or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us your favorite Food Network recipe that requires flipping, folding or stirring in the comments (must include URL to recipe to qualify). We’re giving away a StirStik to six lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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Michael Symon Headlines Autism Speaks Chef Gala

by in Events, October 11th, 2012

Michael Symon and Morimoto

Michael Symon still feels bad about getting chopped last season on Chopped All-Stars, but not because he’s a sore loser. The Iron Chef was competing for Autism Speaks, and says it still gets to him that he wasn’t able to win $50,000 for this charity that’s near and dear to his heart. “You feel like you’ve let down a greater cause, not just your own well-being,” he says. “It beat me up a little bit.”

Michael got his chance to give back by serving as the host of this year’s Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala, which took place Tuesday in New York. More than 90 chefs from coast-to-coast, including fellow Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Next Iron Chef contender Nate Appleman, descended on Wall Street to cook for this worthy cause.

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