Taking the Rules Seriously – Critical Moments

by in Shows, November 26th, 2012

Chefs Vigneron and Mendelsohn with Alton BrownI am not sure that any chef would be pleased to be informed that they had to produce a meal almost entirely from the contents of a can. But if you want to become The Next Iron Chef, those are exactly the sort of obstacles that you have to overcome.

Chef Falkner’s mystery can contained a substance as far removed from USDA prime beef as I am from Brad Pitt. Despite this, she astounded everyone at the judging plinth by producing a dish so fine that it would have been acceptable in some of the best restaurants on the planet. It really was that good.

Chefs Mendelsohn and Vigneron, however, were far less successful. Chef Mendelsohn’s dish lacked balance, while the salt levels in Chef Vigneron’s dish drew the words “inedible” from all three judges and Alton Brown. It made it pretty obvious that these two high school friends would be competing against each other in the Secret Ingredient Showdown.

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Cheesy Mexican Lasagna — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, November 26th, 2012

Poblano and Corn LasagnaAfter a long weekend of enjoying Turkey Day leftovers, you’ve by now had your fill of all things mashed, stuffed and sweet. For a taste of something different, look to Marcela Valladolid’s Corn and Poblano Lasagna (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine, a big-batch recipe that is sure to please even those lingering family members still visiting after the holiday.

Marcela puts a Mexican spin on an Italian classic by using garlic-laced poblano chile peppers as the base of her dish. She purées golden corn with a splash of cream and fresh thyme, and this mixture will serve as the sauce layered between the charred peppers, sautéed zucchini and Mexican Oaxaca cheese. If you can’t find Oaxaca cheese, substitute creamy mozzarella instead — it will work just as well. The beauty of this dish is that it’s made with no-boil noodles, so the sheets of lasagna don’t need to be cooked before going into the oven. After baking for only one hour, this comforting lasagna becomes golden brown and deliciously rich. Be sure to let it rest for about 15 minutes before enjoying so the gooey melted cheese doesn’t ooze uncontrollably when you cut into it.

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Monk Fruit Sweeteners

by , November 26th, 2012

monk fruit
Sugary goodness, but no calories in sight. Is the newest no-calorie sweetener made from the ancient Monk fruit too good to be true? Find out.

What is Monk Fruit?
This ancient Chinese fruit is also known as luo han guo. According to my go-to Chinese ...

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Chatting With the Latest Next Iron Chef: Redemption Exile

by in Shows, November 25th, 2012

Next Iron Chef Rival ChefsThe fifth season of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption is in full swing with now only seven familiar chefs battling it out again to prove they’ve got the skills to win the ultimate prize: the title of Iron Chef.

Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Sunday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest chef to go home.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home

Enter for a Chance to Win Flag Conversion Towels

by in Contests, November 25th, 2012

Flay Conversion Towel GiveawayThis flag conversions towel is both super stylish and handy in the kitchen. It has a simple but sophisticated black-and-white kitchen print on the back and common measurement conversions on the front that will make the often unnerving task of converting between cooking units a snap. They add a touch of elegance to any kitchen and make the perfect gift for a busy host or hostess (it’s a great stocking-stuffing).

You can buy your own flag conversions tea towel here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us a simple way to add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen in the comments. We’re giving away a towel to six lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes Day 6: Open Faced Turkey Stuffing Patty With Gravy and Cranberry Sauce

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 25th, 2012

turkey stuffing pattyEvery day this week we’re giving you a recipe that reinvents your Thanksgiving leftovers in an easy, tasty and creative way. After all, those leftovers deserve a second chance. This recipe from Jeff Mauro stays true to the ingredients but assembles them in an unexpected way.

Stuffing becomes the foundation for this towering dish. It’s formed into patties and seared in bacon fat. Each patty gets topped with leftover turkey meat, gravy, cranberry sauce, crispy bacon and fried sage leaves.

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Spice of the Month: Ground Ginger

by , November 25th, 2012

ginger
This popular ingredient can spice up more than gingerbread cookies. Get the basics plus winter warming healthy recipes.

Ginger Basics
This culinary spice dates back close to 4500 years ago where it was used in southeastern Asia, China, and India. Th...

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Which Celebrities Are on Which Cook-Off Team? Rachael vs. Guy Teams Announced

by in Shows, November 25th, 2012

Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-OffRachael vs. Guy fans, you don’t have to wait until the January 6 premiere to find out which celebrities made Team Rachael and Team Guy. Food Network is revealing which celebrities were chosen by Rachael and Guy before the first episode even airs — but you’ll have to watch to find out more.

Did your favorite celebrity make your favorite team? Find out right now below or wait until Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9pm/8c.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out the teams

What to Watch: Chopped Holiday Special

by in Shows, November 24th, 2012

Chopped Holiday SpecialPots and pans clink, are you listening? The Chopped competitors are cooking up a storm in this Food Network holiday special. In the first round the chefs must use spiral ham and Italian cookies. The second round has them working with Santa Claus melons. In the final round, the last two chefs standing must turn eggnog and Hanukkah gelt into a special dessert. See what family memories play a part in influencing the competitors’ dishes.

Tune in: Sunday, November 25, at 10pm/9pm c

VOTE: A Next Iron Chef Sandwich Showdown — Rival Recipes

by in Shows, November 24th, 2012

Chef Greenspan vs. Chef Guarnaschelli - Rival RecipesIt’s never easy for a rival to hear Alton say, “You will not be The Next Iron Chef,” but for Chef Eric Greenspan last Sunday, his elimination was particularly challenging, given that he disagreed with the panel’s reasoning behind it. He told us in this exclusive exit interview that he has “tons of respect for all the judges on the show,” but ultimately maintains that “my dish was well-balanced and the flavors spoke to what I find delicious based on past experience and my own palette. I know I wasn’t outcooked.”

In this week’s installment of Rival Recipes, we’re giving Chef Greenspan a final chance to redeem himself in another showdown, this time against Chef Alex Guarnaschelli with one of his all-time favorite culinary subjects: the sandwich.

Not surprising since he is the grilled cheese guru, Chef Eric has chosen to bring The Champ, a next-level grilled cheese sandwich, to the battle while Chef Alex is featuring a Croque Madam Sandwich, a French-inspired ham and cheese sandwich. Both between-bread creations boast layers of rich, buttery cheese, but Chef Eric’s is built on dark raisin bread with an apricot-caper spread while Chef Alex’s comes together on thick-cut sourdough and is topped with a fried egg.

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