What to Watch: Ina and Giada’s Girls’ Night, a New Star Is Announced and Cutthroat Kitchen Premieres

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Alton BrownThis weekend is packed with Food Network shows that are sure to get your cooking and competitive juices flowing. On Saturday, after watching new episodes from Ree and Trisha, tune in for Ina and Giada cooking together on Barefoot Contessa. Then it’s more Giada on a new episode of Giada at Home. Start off Sunday morning with Jamie Deen, cooking up recipes just for dads. Then Bobby Flay is cooking a menu of his favorite Southern barbecue.

Sunday night is where all the action lies with five hours of back-to-back competition, three of which feature Alton Brown. Start the evening with a battle that puts dreams of restaurant ownership on the line on Food Court Wars. Afterward, it’s a family feud on a special night of Chopped. Then, don’t miss the finale of Food Network Star, which offers a look back on the season, a tell-all and, of course, the announcement of the next Star. Immediately after, tune in for the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. The new show combines a culinary competition with underhanded sabotage and scheming, aimed at winning no matter what it takes. Cap off the night with a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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Caption It: Look Who’s Back

by , August 9th, 2013

Daniela Perez-Reyes, Danushka Lysek and Andres GuillamaFor Damaris, Rodney and Russell, this Sunday night will surely prove to be one of the most defining moments of their lives so far. One will ultimately accept the job of Food Network personality, while two others will leave empty-handed, their dreams of stardom only a memory. What can you expect from Sunday’s Star finale? A committee of network stars ready to welcome the winner to the family to be sure, plus a few surprise appearances from past finalists.

Take a look at the sneak-peek photo above from the episode. Daniela, Danushka and Andres, the first three rivals eliminated from the competition, are caught up in a giggle fit during taping. What do you think has these three in the throes of laughter? Are they reliving particularly funny moments from their time on the show, or are they snickering at the situation unfolding around them?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out who you, Star fans, have chosen as the winner, we’re challenging you to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below. Check back after the episode for an exclusive first interview with the winner.

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Chef Wanted: Circo Abu Dhabi Update

by in Shows, August 8th, 2013

Chef Wanted CircoChef WantedThe owners of the iconic Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, the Maccioni family, were looking for an executive chef to head a new addition of their Tuscan-concept Osteria del Circo, set to open in Abu Dhabi. They needed a chef who would be able to infuse Tuscan cuisine with a Middle Eastern flair. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team had four candidates: chefs James Trees, Alexandre Petard, Mike Perez, and Luca Banfi.

Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. Ultimately the decision would be both easy and difficult because the family could see either of the finalists filling the position. The show’s ending would prove to be an unprecedented surprise to both chefs.

Interview with the Winning Chef

Aloha Plate — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 8th, 2013

Aloha Plate
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing one of the new food truck teams. Like last season, the competitors are made up of first-time food truck operators who dream of one day running their own businesses, but this time the challenges are even harder — and the journey longer. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to make the most profits every week in order to get to the finish line.

Food Truck: Aloha Plate

Team Members: Lanai, Shawn, Adam (pictured above)

Home Base: Los Angeles, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii

Food Concept: Classic Hawaiian dishes and flavors

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Health-Food Store Bulk Bins: Worth It?

by , August 8th, 2013

bulk ingredients
You can find practically any ingredient in bulk bins these days: grains, flours, pasta, beans, cereals, trail mixes, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, teas and coffees. Bulk bins at health-food stores and supermarkets can be a healthy eater’s best re...

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10 Healthy Peach Recipes (Including Peach Cobblers!)

by , August 8th, 2013

peach cobblers
It’s time for an all-out peach-fest! A medium peach makes a delish low-cal snack, with only 50 to 60 calories. Peaches also contain 2 to 3 grams of fiber per piece, plus lots of cell-protecting antioxidants.

Peachy Ideas

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Best 5 Beer Can Chicken Recipes

by in Recipes, August 8th, 2013

Pat's Beer Can Grilled ChickenRecently FN Dish shared Food Network’s top-five grilled chicken recipes for enjoyable summer cookouts, but this week we’re focusing on a specialty chicken that deserves the spotlight on its own: beer can chicken. Cooked whole and most often vertically over an open can of beer, these chicken recipes promise meat that’s particularly succulent and tender, given that the beer steams the bird while it cooks and infuses it with flavor. While the presentation of beer can chicken is indeed impressive and guarantees wows from party guests, the dish is easy enough to prepare on a weeknight for a go-to dinner. Check out Food Network’s best beer can chickens below from Bobby, Guy, the Neelys and more chefs for top-rated recipe inspiration.

5. Beer Can Chicken — When cooking chicken over beer, it’s important to start with a half-full can of beer, so that when the brew bubbles on the grill, it doesn’t overflow and burn.

4. Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce — Tangy, sweet and salty all at once, the cola-ketchup barbecue sauce is spiked with Worcestershire sauce and served alongside crispy-skinned chicken.

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Mentors’ Eats and Drinks for a Finale Viewing Party

by , August 7th, 2013

GuacamoleAfter watching 10 weeks of competition and making your voices heard in this season’s finale vote, you, Star fans, are just days away from meeting the newest Food Network Star. No matter if you’re rooting for Damaris and her Southern-inspired Eat, Date, Love idea, for Rodney‘s pie-focused pilot Pie Style or for Russell‘s deliciously sinful Guilty Pleasures concept, anxiety will be at an all-time high on Sunday night, when one hopeful will earn the job of a lifetime.

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3 Easy Salsas: Green, Yellow and Red

by , August 7th, 2013

salsa ingredients
I adore salsa, and I’ll take it any color I can find it. Any texture, too: thick, thin, chunky, smooth — it’s all good to me. I use my food processor to puree (or almost-puree) each one, but you can certainly toss together the ingr...

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Eggplant, No Forks Necessary — Summer Fest

by in In Season, August 7th, 2013

Eggplant Ricotta BitesIt’s the vegetable to be gushed over at brunch and the one worth of recipe swapping at book club. And if it’s on the menu with the Parmesan descriptor attached, all bets are off — we’re ordering it. Sturdy yet tender, filling but wholesome, the eggplant is the king of meatless for a reason.

Though it works as a standup main course, the following dishes speak to eggplant’s versatility as we transform it into easy, hand-held starters. Each of these small bites helps to ring in a meal with flair. Call them finger foods, call them bite-size — either way, compact eggplant appetizers are a lovely way to kick off dinner.

To start, Giada’s Mini Eggplant Parmesan are reminiscent of the classic dish, though they’re not engulfed in tomato sauce and cheese. That way, you can pick them up with your hands for easy eating. Similarly, Food Network Magazine’s Eggplant Ricotta Bites (pictured above) are crispy and to the point. Each circle is topped with a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkling of diced tomatoes.

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