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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Farmers’ Market Salads — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 18th, 2012

Summer cooking is all about choosing the lightest, brightest, most in-season ingredients and letting them shine in simple recipes. Whether you shop at a farmers’ market or neighborhood grocery store, look for the freshest summer produce and let that determine what you make for dinner. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite summer salads below and visit our Summer Produce Guide for more fresh ideas.

With only a handful of ingredients, Food Network Kitchens’ Fresh Corn Tomato Salad (pictured above) is a refreshing no-cook dish that can be made in only 30 minutes. Because the cherry tomatoes and husked corn are eaten raw, they’ll pop with deliciously juicy sweetness and that just-ripened taste. Add chunks of cool mozzarella cheese for an indulgent bite and dress with a simple vinaigrette and lots of torn basil before serving.

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Aarti’s After Party: Redemption and Defeat

by , June 17th, 2012

Aarti Sequeira won Food Network Star season 6 and expanded her popular blog into a cooking show, Aarti Party (catch it on Food Network, Sundays at 7:30am/6:30c). As a Star veteran watching from her couch at home, Aarti shares her insider’s take on what went down each week.

Well, didn’t Martie redeem herself this week?

I was kind of amazed at how many of you wrote, with some vitriol, that sweet Martie didn’t deserve to stay last week. Well, she certainly proved herself this week, cooking a rather elaborate multi-step dish (Southern-style arancini, which I would never have attempted to make for 150 people) and bowling the judges over with her warmth and humor.

Just one thing though, Martie, my love: That moniker you’re using? Martie Party? It’s kinda taken. Ahem!

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Ultimate Frozen Citrus Pie

by , June 17th, 2012

Frozen Citrus Pie

Hot days call for frozen pies. Cool, creamy and smooth — they’re like instant air conditioning for your mouth. When I was little, my grandmother lived in the Florida Keys and I visited every summer. The best memories I have include cooli...

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