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Chatting With the Latest Next Iron Chef: Super Chef Exile

by in Shows, December 12th, 2011


The fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is coming to a close, with just two chefs left fighting it out for a grand prize that so many would-be chefs covet: joining the ranks of Iron Chefs Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces and Michael Symon. Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Super Chef to get the boot.

This week, two competitors said goodbye in a double elimination.

Find out who went home »

Spicy Lentil Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 12th, 2011

Ready in just 35 minutes, this warm and hearty bowl gets its heat from a serrano chile pepper, its robust flavor from garlic, fresh ginger and ground turmeric, and its thick consistency from boiled red lentils. Dollop with tangy Greek yogurt for a refreshingly cool contrast.

For an easy, non-leafy salad, try Food Network Magazine’s Warm Farro Salad, made with roasted sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant squash. Barley is a go-to substitute if you can’t find farro at your supermarket.

Get the recipe: Spicy Lentil Soup from Food Network Magazine

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Soft, chewy and packed with chopped hazelnuts, shredded coconut and dark chocolate chips, Guy’s blondies offer a unique take on traditional holiday cookies. Use a snowflake- or candy cane-shaped cookie cutter to slice these bar cookies into fun, festive designs.

Get Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Hamptons Seafood Showdown on the Next Iron Chef — Critical Moments

by in Shows, December 12th, 2011

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Next Iron Chef judge Simon Majumdar joins us on the FN Dish each week to share his insider’s take on what went down Sunday night.

In the penultimate challenge, the four surviving chefs were given the task of showing us just what truly passionate cooks they could be. To do this they were each handed $500 by Alton Brown and given two hours to source enough ingredients to feed not only the judges but also 20 noteworthy individuals of the Hamptons dining scene.

While they were running around in search of the best fish, seafood and produce they could afford, the judges waited in the comfortable surroundings of the Montauk Yacht Club. I would like to say that we relaxed, but it simply wouldn’t be true. Just as the pressure had mounted on the chefs with each elimination, so it was weighing down on the judges each week as we looked into the eyes of the despondent chefs we had to send home.

The pressure was even greater now as we were informed that we would have to choose two chefs to compete for the title in Kitchen Stadium while crushing the dreams of the two others. Michael Symon told me that the thought of the decision ahead was making him physically ill. I could totally sympathize, as Chefs Falkner, Chiarello, Zakarian and Guarnaschelli had all proved time and again that they were each capable of going on to the show.

On returning from their quest the chefs had two hours to cook, the guests started filling up the seats on the terrace and we were led to the judging chamber. Read more

Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2011


It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

For the indecisive dessert eaters amongst us, whoopie pies are the ultimate holiday present. A combination cookie and cake, they boast a decadent, frosting-like filling sandwiched between light and fluffy pies. Alex makes indulgent dark chocolate whoopie pies that are laced with lemon zest and fills them with a rich cream, made with egg yolks and almond-infused milk.

Get Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Sandra Lee puts a Semi-Homemade twist on her cookies by using store-bought dough and adding weetened coconut flakes and chopped macadamia nuts to it. Just drop and bake these sweet treats and drizzle each with rich and creamy melted white chocolate. Ready in a little over 30 minutes, Sandra’s cookies are a quick weekend baking project that the whole family can enjoy.

Get Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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The Next Iron Chef Caption It: Final Four

by in Shows, December 9th, 2011
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Sunday’s next-to-last episode of The Next Iron Chef brings the finalists to Montauk. But for the four remaining contestants Chef Chiarello, Chef Falkner, Chef Zakarian and Chef Guarnaschelli this trip is anything but a day at the beach.

Here, the rival chefs take a moment to regroup and think about the last seven weeks of the competition. Are they reminiscing about past challenges? Guessing what’s to come next?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to watch the final four face off for a spot in the finale, we’re challenging you, Next Iron Chef fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

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Pappa Al Pomodoro — The Weekender

by in Recipes, December 9th, 2011

pappa al pomodoro soup recipe
Soup and bread are one of the most natural pairings I know. Truly, what goes better with a bowl of warm, belly-filling soup than a roll, hunk of baguette or even just a slice of basic, buttered toast?

The trouble I so often run into is the fact that I buy lovely loaves of bread to go with my batches of soup and inevitably end up chucking the last third of the loaf as it’s gotten too stale to be eaten. For someone who tries to keep the grocery budget in check and prevent food waste, this can be an awful blow.

Happily, there is an answer to my bread-waste issue and it’s found in (another) pot of soup. For centuries now, frugal Italian cooks have been reviving those day-or-two-old bread ends by adding them to the soup kettle. They work to thicken the soup, give it a silky consistency and generally manage to transform a humble vegetable broth into a sturdy, substantial potage.

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A Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2011

Nothing brings people together around the holidays quite like good food and drinks. Whether you’re hosting a Saturday night cocktail party, an after-work soiree or a casual get-together with your friends, a few festive cocktails, bite-sized snacks and good cheer are all you need to ensure your gathering goes off without a hitch. Food Network Magazine caught up with Chopped host Ted Allen and asked him what makes his Holiday Happy Hour such a success.

Instead of sweating it out over the stove, Ted suggests making simple dishes that can be cooked in the oven instead. “And serve a few dishes that work at room temperature. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating and drinking with your friends,” he says. As for drinks, Ted prefers crimson-colored Due Campari Nuovo cocktails from Food Network Magazine, complete with bubbly prosecco and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Secrets to his holiday entertaining »

Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2011


It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

A timeless cookie that can be enjoyed all year round (what cookie can’t, really?), Bobby’s classic chocolate chippers are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and bursting with both milk and semisweet chocolate chunks. Bake at your own risk: You might just find yourself on a midnight run to the cookie jar for a few of these sweet treats.

Get Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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