After Three Bad Nights of Sleep, Coffee Can’t Do Anything for You

by in News, June 21st, 2016

As a rule, we Americans don’t get enough sleep. In fact, one in three of us are consistently stinting ourselves on the seven or more hours our bodies need each night, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. We know who we are (though we may be too tired and cranky to admit it).

So how are we getting through the day, not to mention the five-day workweek? One word: caffeine.

Unfortunately, that cup of coffee or tea (or soda or whatever form of caffeine you generally enjoy) will get you only so far.

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10 Speedy Dinners to Make Now That School’s Out

by in Family, Recipes, June 21st, 2016

10 Speedy Dinners Now that School’s OutThe first few weeks of summer break are really just back-to-school time in reverse; everyone’s learning a new routine and breaking in a new rhythm. With all the new comings, goings, camp dates, don’t-forget-your-water-bottle reminders and spray cans of SPF 1 million to keep track of, I’ll just admit it: Cooking elaborate meals is last on my list right now. That’s why I love these go-to quick dinners, perfect for this time of year. And it gets even easier. I recently learned a new tip for simplifying menu planning during the week: Pick a theme for each day (think sandwiches on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, etc.) and rotate recipes every week. Here are a few kid-approved ideas to get you started.

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WATCH: Jernard Gets Uncivilized

by , June 21st, 2016

Following Jernard's blah performance during his tableside service presentation last week, the Food Network Star finalist was determined to bring his A-game this week. In the Mentor Challenge, he wowed the panel with a clever hack for a martini shak...

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Andrew Zimmern Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Community, Food Network Chef, June 21st, 2016

Coral worms, rectum sausage, tarantulas and grubs — these are just a few of the most-bizarre things Andrew Zimmern has ever eaten. Tonight on Travel Channel (9|8c), Bizarre Foods returns to television so Andrew can tell the food stories no one else is telling … and eat some bizarre food, of course. And for one day only, AZ is taking a break from his travels to host a takeover on Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.

The result: a food experience you won’t want to miss. Andrew is sharing even more of his most-bizarre eats ever, what he loves to eat on the road, and even his favorite recipes (things you can actually make at home). Even the most-seasoned traveler can learn a thing or two from Andrew’s must-have travel list.

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Ted Allen on What Makes Chopped So Popular, and Why He’d Never Compete

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, June 20th, 2016

Ted AllenWhat makes Chopped such a successful competition show, one that, to this day, still excites fans and keeps unsuspecting chefs on their toes? According to host Ted Allen, a number of factors add up to make Chopped great television, but at the heart of it is an unyielding passion for food that’s on display every time a chef opens a basket of mystery ingredients. Whether you watch Chopped, Chopped Junior or the tournaments (Champions, All-Stars, Grill Masters or Teens), the format is the same: There are three rounds of mystery baskets, and each chef has only so much time to cook the ingredients. What changes are the chefs, who each bring their stories to the kitchen and cook with boundless energy and deep passion that emanates in their plates. That’s what makes Chopped one of the best food competition shows on TV.

FN dish caught up with the indomitable host to chat about what makes the show so special, what goes into preparing for an episode, what’s changed over the many seasons — because he’s been there since its inception — and what would happen if he suddenly had to compete. Hint: Ted characterizes his skills as the complete opposite of the competitors’ abilities. Find out what he had to say about the long-running series and more.

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Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Chili Brick

by in Food Network Chef, View All Posts, June 20th, 2016

This week on Foodie Call, Justin takes us (and David LaForce, executive chef at El Vez and winner of NYChiliFest 2016) back “home, home on the range,” with a chili inspired by cowboys. Justin thinks he can impress the chili champion with a recipe that operates almost like a magic trick.

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It’s the First Official Day of Summer — Here’s What to Make

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2016

Although we’ve been focused on warm-weather dishes ever since Memorial Day, today marks the first actual day of summer, which means it’s time to roll out the grill and usher in a long season of outdoor meals featuring summer’s greatest hits. Think corn on the cob, watermelon, juicy grilled burgers and, most importantly, s’mores. If you’re wondering what to put on tonight’s menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.

4-Ingredient S’mores Pie
S’mores are the ultimate sweet of summer, but they’re not the tidiest dessert. Give the campfire classic an unexpected makeover by combining the three key ingredients of s’mores — marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers — into this easy-to-make, easy-to-eat pie. For the chocolate layer, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream (the fourth ingredient) to create a smooth and velvety ganache.

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Cheesy Grits with Fried Eggs and Vegetables — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2016

Cheesy Grits with Fried Eggs and VegetablesCheesy grits are a classic side to any breakfast dish at the diner, but they can also act as a mild base for a savory dinner bowl. With the addition of some light protein and garden-fresh vegetables to this comforting favorite, grits can be reborn as a flavor-forward meatless dinner.

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A First-Person Account of Being Judged by Bobby and Giada, Plus the Finalists to Watch — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 20th, 2016

Food Network StarTo kick off this episode of Food Network Star, we dive into the world of food hacks. A food "hack" is when you use a utensil for a purpose other than for what it is intended. I feel like we all have our own food hacks at home, such as using an iron a...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , June 19th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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