Team Giada: Down to Three

by , June 19th, 2012

Team GiadaTeam Giada thought they had last Sunday’s food-court challenge in the bag. A Mexican-themed kiosk, with Martita on their side? No problem. But for South African dessert queen Linkie Marais, Mexican food was uncharted territory: “I don’t even know what they serve for dessert in Mexico!” Stumped, she ran with Martita’s suggestion of churros and hoped for the best, despite the fact that she’d never made them before.

Sure enough, the texture of the churros was off and Linkie tried to re-brand them as “biscotti.” But her confidence was shaken, and it showed. She ended up in the Producers’ Challenge, where she gave Bob and Susie a solid chicken dish, proving that she shouldn’t be pigeonholed into pastry. Still, in the end, it was pitch room veteran Nikki who prevailed, sending Linkie home.

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Leftovers Make the Perfect Family Meal

by in Behind the Scenes, June 19th, 2012

family meal leftovers
Leftovers: This is what Family Meal is all about at Food Network Kitchens. It’s important that we limit the amount of wasted food in the kitchens. This past week, we had multiple meals left over: some jerk chicken from a dinner we hosted for one of our cable partners, grilled meats from a lunch meeting we held with the digital department and some fennel from Anne Burrell’s satellite media tour. Miriam, the Throwdown queen, roasted the fennel with lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper, then finished it off with Parmesan breadcrumbs. It was so good — I ate it and I don’t even like fennel. (Try Giada’s Roasted Fennel recipe at home.) So even though we get swamped with various types of projects, we’re grateful that they help make Family Meals happen.

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Midterms: Mentors Weigh In

by , June 19th, 2012

The competition has reached its halfway point. Just five weeks from now, one of the nine remaining finalists will have his or her own Food Network show. In this exclusive video, we checked in with Giada, Bobby and Alton to see how they’re feeling about their respective top three finalists. Are they surprised at who’s made it this far, or were these their top contenders from day one?

They also size up the competition. Who’s the team to beat at this juncture? And who’s the most competitive mentor? Bob and Susie reveal which Food Network icon “does not want to lose, ever.”

Do you agree with the mentors? Midway through the season, which team do you see as the front-runner?

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Burger Buying Guide

by in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2012

Bistro Burger

  • Choose a specific cut. Meat with generic labels like “ground beef” or “hamburger” can come from any part of the cow or from trimmings, so they can be inconsistent in flavor and texture. Ground meat labeled “chuck,” “sirloin” or another cut must contain at least 50 percent meat from that cut; it’s usually higher quality. If possible, go for organic, grass-fed beef; we love the flavor.
  • Check the color. Don’t worry if packaged ground beef is bright red in some areas and brown or purplish in others. This is a harmless reaction of the meat’s surface to the air. However, if all of the meat in a package is gray, check the date — it may be past its prime.

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May’s “Name This Dish” Contest Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2012

Name This Dish Bite-Size Cakes

Each month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include an egg tart (winning name: “Breakfast in Bread”), crab-stuffed mushrooms (“Surf ‘N Earth”) and even an over-the-top breakfast (“Scotch on the Rocks”). In the May 2012 issue, we asked you to dream up names for bite-sized cakes (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Piped Dreams
Lori Rios
Martinez, Calif.

Berry-Go-Rounds
Cheryl Keyser
Castle Rock, Colo.

More favorites and the winner announced

Party Time: Faux-Cones

by in Food Network Magazine, June 18th, 2012

Sno-Cone Cupcakes
Here are some sno-cones you can prepare long before your party starts — that won’t melt before your guests arrive: They’re cupcakes! To make one, just sprinkle red, yellow and blue sanding sugar on a frosted cupcake. For added effect, take the cupcake out of its paper, drop it into a 4-ounce Styrofoam cup and add a wooden spoon.

Check out Food Network’s new cupcake app. Get it now!

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Have You Tried: Anchovies?

by , June 18th, 2012
anchovies

Have you tried these little guys?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that anchovies are chock full of nutritional goodness. Now is the perfect time to give these small fish a first or second chance.

What Are Anchovies?
These small,...

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