A Risky Roast and a Brick Wall Made of “Duck on the Regular” — Jeff’s Star Report

by , July 13th, 2015
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Food Network StarThe finalists start this week with a fresh new attitude. So long, bickering and negativity; hello, pizza and Duff Goldman.

Challenge numero uno is a pizza extravaganza judged by Duff and the CEO of CiCi’s Pizza, Darin Harris. The winner of this Me...

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“You Mock Me!” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 12th, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen judge since the earliest days of the series, Antonia Lofaso surely knows the ins and outs of the competition. But on tonight’s all-new episode, she proved just how much of an expert she is in the world of master sabotage. “Round 3: blondies. And our very first one was this interesting brownie pan,” Alton Brown said to her during the host’s After-Show while introducing her to the pan. He was about to explain the intricacies of the sabotage but didn’t manage to finish his thought — “Whoever got stuck with this had to do all of their mixing” — as Antonia simply cut him off, knowing exactly what he was about to say. “Mixing and prepping inside of the container!” she said, much to Alton’s chagrin. “You mock me!” he joked with her.

She was somewhat certain that “we always do this for cakes,” and indeed similar vessels have made appearances for past baking rounds. But Alton noted: “We don’t need new ideas when the ideas we have work. Maybe we just need judges that aren’t so pointing out of that.” They laughed about their exchange, and sure enough, Antonia was able to discern which of the two remaining chefs received this challenge for his blondies.

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

by , July 12th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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Now You Can Enjoy Your Ice Cream in a J-Shaped Cone

by in News, July 12th, 2015

Now You Can Enjoy Your Ice Cream in a J-Shaped ConeEvery ice cream lover knows cones come in just a handful of shapes. You got your pointy sugar cone, you got your flat-bottomed safety cone, you got your fancy-pants premium waffle cone, and there are always going to be those who prefer a cup. But now you have a new option: a cone in the shape of the letter J.

The J-shaped cone, which made its debut in 2013 in Philippine malls, where it is known as “Jipangyi,” is currently a major craze in South Korea, Grub Street reports. It has now made the leap to America, delighting and perhaps embarrassing novelty-seeking ice cream eaters in New York City, where it is being sold (for a modest $4 per cone) via the Play J ice cream truck.

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Watermelon Slushies — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 12th, 2015

Watermelon SlushiesWatermelon gets a fun frozen makeover — and stars as the only ingredient — in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Simply blend fresh, seedless watermelon until smooth, then freeze in a shallow airtight container. Let it thaw slightly, then lightly smash the watermelon with a fork. Spoon it into cups to create Food Network Magazine’s light and healthy picnic-ready sweet treat.

For more summer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Seasonal: Summer! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Slushies (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine

No-Glass Sundaes: 9 Better Ways to Eat Ice Cream

by in Recipes, July 12th, 2015

We’re all familiar with the classic ice cream sundae, the kind you might devour at an old-fashioned soda fountain. It’s a decadent yet straightforward equation: one or more scoops of ice cream + some variety of sauce or syrup + whipped cream + a glistening maraschino cherry on top. You’ll often find a sprinkling of chopped nuts, seasonal fruit or sprinkles thrown in too. All of this comes served in a glass sundae cup with a long spoon for mess-free fun. But the next time you’re hosting a party, take the traditional sundae to the next level by ditching your glass cup in favor of a brownie, cookie, shortbread or cake base. Here are a few clever ideas to help you make the most of ice cream and your favorite baked goods the next time a sweets craving strikes.

Waffled Brownie Sundae (pictured at top)
Now this is a sundae fit for a special occasion. Baking the brownie batter in a waffle iron cuts your baking time in half and eliminates cooling time altogether. Plus, all of the waffle’s nooks and crannies will catch whatever sweet sauces and toppings you choose for decorating. For the best results, pile ice cream and toppings onto these cakey brownies hot off the press.

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It’s Island Time: How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cocktail

by in Drinks, July 11th, 2015

If a beach escape isn’t in the cards this summer, ramp up the tropical factor with some island-themed snacks and perhaps a tiki cocktail, to take advantage of the warm weather. The tiki masters behind Chicago’s popular Three Dots and a Dash shake up to 2,000 rum-centric drinks on a typical night.

Beverage director Diane Corcoran oversees the menu of fruity, potent and often flaming combinations, including the classic Mai Tai, the coconut-based Painkiller and the smoky-sweet, summer-ready Bikinis After Dark (recipe below).

“The key to great tiki cocktails is keeping it balanced,” she says. “Use fresh juices — pineapple, lemon and lime — and get flavors from things that aren’t syrup. You can use a lot of fresh fruit and purees without added sugar to get that fruit flavor.”

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Yogurt Liqueur Is Now an Actual Thing

by in News, July 11th, 2015

Yogurt Liqueur Is Now an Actual ThingYou can enjoy your yogurt straight up or frozen, and now, you are cordially informed, you can enjoy it as a liqueur.

Dutch distiller Bols, which makes spirits like gin and vodka, as well as liqueurs in a staggering variety of flavors, from Sour Apple to Sea Buckthorn, Blueberry, Banana, Butterscotch and beyond, has now brought the world a “Natural Yogurt” liqueur.

Made from yogurt both “real” and “fresh,” Bols Yogurt Liqueur is said to combine a “sweet and sour taste” with a “rich and smooth texture.” It needs no refrigeration (which is perhaps a little unsettling) and may be served straight up, on ice or mixed with fruit, juice, soft drinks or other liqueurs in a creamy cocktail.

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5 Cocktails That Were Made for Muddling

by in Drinks, July 11th, 2015

What’s the best way to get the most flavor out of your cocktail? Muddling. The gentle mashing and combining of fruits with other ingredients will help to release fresh flavors and encourage a mingling of your base and spirit. In fact, it may be even more important than shaking or stirring when it comes to creating the perfect summer cocktail. Be careful not to over-muddle when working with delicate herbs such as mint and basil (which will become bitter) or delicate fruits that may benefit from larger pieces (for color and for visual appeal). Rosemary, lemon, limes and sturdier ingredients will be able to stand a heavy muddling. Whether you choose to use a wood, plastic or metal muddler, it’s the ultimate tool to craft these summer cocktails.

Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher (pictured above)

Skip soda water or tonic and use coconut water for your summer cocktail. Melissa D’Arabian gently muddles frozen raspberries before topping with coconut water, pineapple juice and rum. Stir gently and serve with sprigs of mint.

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Bakers’ Dozens: All the Baked Fruit Desserts

by in Recipes, July 10th, 2015

Throughout our culinary history, people have baked fruit in one form of vessel or another. Lots of versions, many contestants and several commonalities: fresh or frozen fruit; some sort of sugar, whether it’s light brown, dark brown, muscovado sugar or molasses, or even honey. Add butter plus some sort of flour and there you have it.

Start with the most common of all baked desserts, the classic cobbler. Many say the cobbler is simply a pie without the crust. Well, that is partially correct. A true cobbler is topped off with individually dropped biscuits. The biscuits are made with heavy cream, adding a real rich flavor and tenderness to the biscuit. Did you know the baked biscuits on top of the cobblers were said to look similar to the cobblestone streets of Boston or Philadelphia? Philly girl here, don’t forget.

Now for the variations:

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