“No Bowl, No Dignity” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, February 14th, 2016

Where there’s a kitchen mixer there’s often a mixing bowl, right? Wrong, in fact. At least insofar as Cutthroat Kitchen is concerned. On tonight’s brand-new chocolate-themed episode, chefs were forced to prep chocolate cookies with a trio of diabolical mixing devices, including a stand mixer that forbid the use of an accompanying bowl, which meant one competitor was left using his hands to keep the batter fixings together. If such a challenge seems too evilicious to overcome, the Cutthroat culinary crew is here to dispel those worries: Jamie Peterson tested this very sabotage and the results were downright surprising.

“I’ve set up a baking sheet underneath my stand mixer because I’m going to need to catch all of the product that’s going to come running out of it and going everywhere,” Jamie explained of his first steps of prep. After that, the name of the game was keeping the speed on slow and using his hands to form the ingredients. “Time is definitely going to be an issue with this sabotage,” he explained as he attempted to combine the butter and sugar. “This is a very time-consuming process.” Despite the minor chaos of the flour mixture being incorporated — “It’s going everywhere,” Jamie revealed — he managed to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones, and he was able to form the dough into balls for baking. “No bowl, no dignity — I still came out with chocolate cookies,” he said after tasting the results. While perhaps a bit tricky to manage, this sabotage was indeed ready for auction, thanks to the golden finished product.

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One-on-One with the Winner of Worst Cooks in America, Season 8

by in Shows, February 14th, 2016

Blue Team and Red Team finalistsThis season of Worst Cooks in America began with 14 cooks, each hopelessly destitute of cooking knowledge — and all a danger to themselves and their families. But week by week, as some recruits saw their journeys ending in Boot Camp, others rose to the top, steadily growing their skills and culinary knowledge. By the finale only two recruits remained, one belonging to Chef Anne and one to Chef Tyler. Lawrence was the final cook on the Blue Team, and Nick was the final cook on the Red Team. Only one could win the entire competition and the $25,000 prize, but first they would have to cook a restaurant-quality dinner in a professional kitchen to be tasted and judged by a panel of industry experts. After tonight one recruit walked away the winner, no longer a worst cook.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner of the competition

One-on-One with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks in America, Season 8

by in Shows, February 14th, 2016

Blue Team and Red Team finalistsSeven weeks ago, 14 of the worst cooks in the nation entered Worst Cooks in America, hoping to learn new cooking skills that would break their awful ways in the kitchen. Week by week, some recruits had their journeys in Boot Camp come to a conclusion, but others rose to the challenges, learning techniques and honing their culinary knowledge. By the finale only two recruits remained: Nick on Chef Anne’s team and Lawrence on Chef Tyler’s. Only one could win the competition and the $25,000 prize, but first they had to cook a restaurant-quality meal to be judged by a panel of industry experts. Tonight one recruit walked away the winner of the cash prize; the remaining cook, although empty-handed, gained a new set of skills that has him set for life.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up of the competition

Giada’s Top-Rated Mozzarella Sticks — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 14th, 2016

Mozzarella SticksCrispy on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside, mozzarella sticks are a go-to bar snack, but with the help of this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, you don’t need to belly up to the bar to enjoy them. Giada De Laurentiis’ 5-star recipe comes together with only a handful of ingredients, including creamy fresh mozzarella, which stars in the filling. In place of a traditional breadcrumb blanket, Giada opts for a coating that’s laced with Parmesan cheese, which offers a rich, slightly nutty flavor. Serve the fried sticks with a homemade tomato-garlic sauce for hands-on dipping.

For more snack inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Game Day board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Mozzarella Sticks

Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?

by in News, Restaurants, February 14th, 2016

Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?For many New Yorkers and San Franciscans, eating out is a way of life, and the plethora of high- and low-end, trendily chic and authentically ethnic restaurants from which to choose, with new hot spots opening up all the time, is a point of pride.

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Guess What America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is

by in News, February 13th, 2016

Guess What America's Favorite Comfort Food IsIf I were to ask you what America’s favorite comfort food is, there are those among you who would probably guess macaroni and cheese, chocolate, burgers and fries, or even popcorn.

All of those are good, solid guesses, but according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll, none of them is the correct answer. In actuality, Americans’ favorite comfort food is …

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Chefs’ Picks: Valentine’s Day Meals

by in Restaurants, February 13th, 2016

By Dara Pollak

Over the years, few holidays have gotten more heat than Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily in a good way. When was the last time you heard someone proclaim Valentine’s Day as their favorite “holiday”? Probably 1987, if that. What happened to just having a great meal with someone? And, dare we say it, a romantic one? We asked chefs around the country what their favorite Valentine’s Day meal is, and why it seals the deal every time. Read more

How to Have Chocolate for Dinner (and Dessert, Of Course)

by in Recipes, Shows, February 13th, 2016

Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for TwoNot only is Valentine’s Day a chance to celebrate your love for the special someone in your life, but it’s also an ideal time to profess your devotion — to chocolate. This fan-favorite ingredient is a go-to pick in rich sweet treats, but believe it or not, it can also star in savory dishes. As you plan tomorrow’s menu, try treating your sweetie to a dinner featuring cocoa powder, like the one Geoffrey Zakarian made on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, and finishing with a decadent dessert to wrap up the meal. Get the recipe for GZ’s impressive steak for two below, and check out the trio of chocolatey desserts for next-level dessert inspiration.

The secret to Geoffrey’s Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for Two (pictured above) is balancing the flavor of the cocoa with smoky ingredients, like Hungarian paprika and ancho chile powder, to create a bold spice rub. GZ quickly sears the beef so it achieves a golden, caramelized exterior, then moves it to the oven to finish cooking. To round out the meat, opt for a fresh side dish of balsamic-laced beets, which turn tender after roasting.

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9 Impressive Valentine’s Day Dishes You Actually Have Time to Make This Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 13th, 2016

Coq au VinGood news for all you V-Day procrastinators: The holiday that celebrates chocolate, floral arrangements and, you know, love is on a Sunday this year. So even if you’ve waited until now to plan a date night, you still have plenty of time to get it right. And might we suggest making your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year?

Here are some of our favorite dishes that take a wee bit more time and effort to complete than, say, your typical taco night. Resist the urge to scramble for a restaurant reservation, and give one of these a try instead. After all, nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal.

Coq au Vin (above)

Ina Garten convincingly (and unsurprisingly) proves that this classic French dish is easy to make, but it’s not really a one-pot meal. Still, the construction is rustic and uncomplicated, simple ingredients give way to deep savory flavors, and the dish feels special as soon its name leaves your lips.

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This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All Day

by in News, February 12th, 2016

This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All DayThere was a time, not that long ago, when chewing-gum flavor choices were relatively limited: You had your mints and your cinnamons, your bubble-gum flavor and your catchall tutti-frutti.

Of course, one look at the vast and varied gum display at your local drugstore today makes it clear that those humble days are long gone.

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