Battle Peanut — Road to Redemption Web Series Recap

by in Shows, October 14th, 2012

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This season of The Next Iron Chef is all about redemption.

Nine of the coveted places in the competition had been filled. The Chairman, however, had decided to leave one spot open, to be filled by the winner of a series of sudden-death cook-offs. It was a deliciously fiendish idea.

I was pleased when I received a call asking me to help judge this Web series. I was even more pleased when I heard that my co-judges would be Iron Chef Jose Garces and Alton Brown. I was also genuinely thrilled that the first two challengers were the immensely talented Madison Cowan and Lee Anne Wong, who had impressed the Chairman with victories in Kitchen Stadium previously.

When Alton announced that the mystery ingredient was peanuts, both chefs went straight to their happy places: in Chef Wong’s case, to her skills with Asian cuisine and in Chef Cowan’s case, exuberant Caribbean cookery.

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Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 14th, 2012

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It’s never too soon to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Giada takes the typical Thanksgiving side, mashed potatoes, and makes them her own in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs. Giada mixes her mashed potatoes with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for an Italian twist on the classic side dish.

For more Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

What to Watch: Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes

by in Shows, October 13th, 2012

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Have you ever tried a dish at a restaurant and wished that you replicate the same tastes at home? Sandra Lee’s new series, Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes, explores the secrets behind those mouthwatering meals. In her new show, Sandra learns how to make signature dishes from famous establishments across the country and then takes the knowledge back to her own kitchen. Sandra puts her classic touch on every dish and shows viewers how they can make the meals simply and efficiently for themselves. Watch and learn as Sandra travels the country visiting restaurants, bakeries and bars.

Tune in every Sunday at 10am ET/PT starting October 14 to find out how you can enjoy restaurant-quality meals without leaving your home.

Meatballs or Burgers? FN Stars Make a Meaty Decision at New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 13th, 2012


The fifth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival officially kicked off Thursday night with Meatball Madness, followed up by a second hearty course at Burger Bash on Friday. That’s a lot of beef (and sometimes pork, turkey and veal, too). So we couldn’t help but ask some of our favorite food personalities to weigh in on what’s more satisfying: meatballs or burgers? Click play on the video above as FN Dish gets the answer straight from Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Anne Burrell, Jeff Mauro, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sánchez, Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Santos and the Neelys.

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Donatella Wins People’s Choice at Meatball Madness 2012

by in Events, October 12th, 2012

Donatella and Giada

Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia took home the People’s Choice award at last night’s Meatball Madness, hosted by her fellow maven of Italian cooking, Giada De Laurentiis. Donatella served up classic tomato-braised veal meatballs, a recipe she attributed to her mom, who proudly helped serve them up to hungry crowds all night.

Psyched to finally beat out last year’s winners from the Meatball Shop, whose booth was as popular as ever, Donatella thanked the guys from Pat LaFrieda Meats — stars of Meat Men and sponsors of the event — who were in part responsible for the tastiness of her meatballs. She said she’s purchased her meat from them ever since she got into the restaurant business.

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Prosciutto-Roasted Bass With Autumn Vegetables — The Weekender

by in Recipes, October 12th, 2012

prosciutto roasted bass with autumn vegetables
During the summer I try and minimize how much I use my oven. The air conditioning in my apartment is adequate for dealing with Philadelphia’s steamy weather, but it begins to falter when I add all that radiant oven heat to the mix. So when cooler temperatures roll around, I’m more than ready to reconnect with the world of baking, broiling and roasting.

This last weekend, I was making a little dish to take with me to a birthday potluck. It was simple enough, just a bowl of lemony white bean spread and some crunchy baguette rounds. I’d cut the bread thin, so it would become akin to little crackers as it toasted and be a good partner for the smooth dip (this is a great way to give new life to day- or two-day-old bread).

As I stood by my oven and watched the bread to prevent it from burning, I saw a spark and then a small flame shoot out of the element (it’s electric). I quickly switched off the broiler, pulled my sheet of toasts off the rack and attempted to blow out the flame (for future reference, this is not a particularly good way to extinguish a kitchen fire). Thankfully, the flame died back almost immediately and I was able to investigate the damage. A chunk of the element was burnt away.

Before you pre-heat you oven, read these tips

Chopped Judges Dish Out Comfort Food at New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 12th, 2012

Amanda FreitagOn a cool, crisp Thursday night in New York City, there was no better place to be than tucked inside Chef Marc Murphy’s swanky Midtown Manhattan restaurant, Landmarc, surrounded by the entire judges’ panel of Food Network’s Chopped. Yesterday together with Chef Murphy, Chefs Ted Allen, Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian, Aarón Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos kicked off the first night of the New York City Wine & Food Festival with a late-night party to celebrate the show with more than 100 hungry guests.

Each chef cooked up a signature creation, and while their plates ranged from savory snacks and beefy main dishes to sweet dessert treats, they were all reinvented, dressed-up versions of classic comfort food, like pasta, sliders, ice cream sandwiches and more.

Chef Freitag, pictured above, was dishing out an oversized batch of Truffled Orzo With Broccolini and Parmigianino Reggiano. This creamy, cheesy risotto-like pasta was pure comfort in a bowl.

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Super Soups: Show Us Your Favorite Soup Bowls for #FoodNetworkFaves

by in Community, October 12th, 2012

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It’s been an exciting week for soup here at Food Network and we’re dedicating #FoodNetworkFaves to the classic comfort food. Follow @FoodNetwork on Twitter and Instagram and tag a photo of your favorite soup bowl with #FoodNetworkFaves to tweet or Instagram us what steamy, delicious soups you’re eating this weekend.

FN Dish editors will select their favorite fan soup bowl photos to feature on the FN Dish blog, and don’t forget to check out the Food Network Favorites: Super Soups app, now available to download in the App Store.