On the Blogs: Super Bees, Celeb Chefs on Twitter and Jell-O Gets a Makeover

by in Community, July 13th, 2011

Cupcake Wars: Tony Awards

by in Shows, July 13th, 2011

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Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about this week’s episode.

There’s nothing I look forward to more than returning champions day — to see the familiar faces of former winners “baking it out” makes for great competition and delicious tastings.  Let me also take my hat off to the champions, Doron, Arlene, Rebecca and Victoria, who were willing to take the risk to come back again. They had a lot to lose and it took guts to do.

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Recipe of the Day: Guy’s Blue Cheese and Bacon Grilled Romaine Salad

by in Recipes, July 13th, 2011

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If you need a side salad in a hurry and the barbecue’s already on, try Guy’s recipe for grilled greens. Simple, yet so flavorful, they wilt quickly and impress easily. Guy tops his off with red onions and a bacon-blue cheese dressing.

Make it a complete meal by serving it along-side Sandra’s Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Chicken.

Get the recipe: Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette

Browse more of Food Network’s summer side recipes in Grilling Central.

Duff Creates a Deathly Hallows Confectionary

by in Food Network Chef, July 12th, 2011

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Duff Goldman and the talented Charm City Cakes crew are wizards with a whisk, so when they were approached to make the cake for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 New York premiere party, Duff pulled out all of his tricks.

The cake, which is a replica of the wizarding school Hogwarts, is “on fire” –it even included smoke special effects (check out the photo here). Rupert Grint, the actor who plays Ron Weasley, had the honor of cutting the first slice.

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Alex Eats: Fresh Peaches

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 12th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

What is it about a peach that is so seductive? They look so juicy to me. When I see them in any market, they shout to me, “Hello! Over here. Dig in!”

But how do you pick out a good one?

1. Don’t be seduced by the brilliant red color that covers a large part of the fruit. That will change from variety to variety of peach. It is actually the yellow or white areas where you should seek a rich color. A deep yellow hue tells the story of a good peach.

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Recipe of the Day: Bobby’s Grilled Steak and Papaya Salad

by in Recipes, July 12th, 2011

grilled steak and papaya salad
Bobby takes everyday beef tenderloin and transforms it into a light yet satisfying Asian-inspired summer meal by allowing the steak to marinate in garlic, Thai chile, soy sauce, lime juice and honey.  He then slices it up and pairs it with a sweet and tangy papaya salad.

Editor’s Note: If you can’t find Thai bird chiles, substitute with your favorite hot pepper.

Get the recipe: Grilled Steak and Papaya Salad

Browse more of Food Network’s healthy grilling recipes.

FN Fan Bites: Rachael’s Cooking Icon, Guy’s Diet Tips and Aaron’s New Shoes

by in Food Network Chef, July 11th, 2011

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Rachael Ray cooked with Graham Kerr, host of The Galloping Gourmet, on a recent episode of the Rachael Ray Show. Graham is known for launching one of the first classic cooking shows and has inspired many television chefs (including Rachael) to follow in his footsteps. Try some of his classic recipes and see the video on AOL TV.

Guy Fieri dished out tips in a video with Extra revealing his three simple rules to follow when dieting. He cites, “Moderation, exercise and eating in courses to ensure that even when surrounded by food you don’t give in to temptation.” Guy makes sure that the food he consumes is “really good” since he doesn’t count calories and tries not to waste them — his guilty pleasure is anything salty. Watch the video on ExtraTV.

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Meatless Monday: Breakfast for Dinner

by in Recipes, July 11th, 2011

frittata with asparagus tomoato and fontina

There is nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner — it switches up your normal routine and it’ll put a smile on your family’s faces. While everyone loves eggs, pancakes, waffles and bacon, it’s time to try something new.

Frittata’s are like a grown-up version of scrambled eggs with cheese. Giada’s version is filled with asparagus and tomato and dotted with melted fontina cheese. Since all the ingredients are mixed together, it’s also a great time to incorporate vegetables into everyone’s diets. After trying this recipe, you’ll be making breakfast for dinner more often.

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Recipe of the Day: Rachael’s Quick Southwest Turkey Burgers

by in Recipes, July 11th, 2011

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A turkey burger that’s moist and full of flavor? It’s possible. Rachael takes lean ground turkey and generously flavors it with garlic, thyme, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and tops it with crispy turkey bacon and melted pepper jack cheese in less than 30 minutes.

Get the recipe for: Quick Southwest Turkey Burgers

Browse more of Food Network’s burger recipes in Grilling Central.

Beyond Gazpacho: Cold Soups for Summer

by in Recipes, July 8th, 2011

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Last week on Food Network’s Facebook page, readers “Asked the Editor” about cold soups. Cold soups are refreshing and they also keep your kitchens cool in the summer heat, but how many times can a person slurp gazpacho? Our fans wanted something different — something that highlighted the season’s fresh produce, but more creative than the classic blended tomato soup. After the jump, four of Food Network’s most popular cold soup recipes, including Giada’s Mixed Berry Soup for dessert.

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