by Maria Russo in Shows, March 15th, 2012
by Toby Amidor, March 15th, 2012
As the host of Sweet Genius, the sugar-packed competition series in which four chefs bake their hearts out for a chance to earn $10,000, it is master pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel’s job to maintain a stoic and, at times, intimidating persona. In the second season of the show, viewers can expect much of the same from the Sweet Genius, though they also will get to know Ron the person and find out why he’s so enthusiastic about pastry. I caught up with Ron at his welcoming New York City bakery, and we chatted about the show over cake and tea.
Comparing the previous season to the upcoming one, Ron explained, “We featured a certain angle — a little bit of a Dr. Evil. The idea was that the chefs would be very scared — as they should be, because for $10,000, you better be scared — and we kept it. Some people loved it, and some people hated it. But a lot of what makes me funny, what makes me excited was not seen. In the second season, you definitely see what makes me passionate and what makes me upset.” New episodes will show that Ron is as quick to dismiss the contestants’ creations as he is to praise them. “When something was great, I really loved it. But when something was not so good, I told them if they were wasting their time,” he said.
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by Dana Angelo White, March 15th, 2012
Pack a lunch that meets the MyPlate guidelines.
We’re continuing our celebration of National Nutrition Month; last week we gave you breakfast options that follow the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines; now on to lunch.
The guidelines for lu...
by Gaby Dalkin in Entertaining, Holidays, March 15th, 2012
Skip the Shamrock Shake and make an emerald shake instead.
Pass on fast food milkshakes that are infused with artificial colors; in honor of St. Patrick we’re giving a real green drink a try.
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Green foods are bursting wit...
by Sara Levine in Shows, March 14th, 2012
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and this year I’m celebrating with a classic Shepherd’s Pie. It’s basically my go-to dish for this yearly celebration, along with a few Irish-inspired cocktails and beer.
My favorite Shepherd’s Pie recipe comes from Mr. Alton Brown.
It’s a foolproof recipe that will knock your socks off. I jazzed it up a bit by adding some Dubliner cheese into the potato topping to give it that extra Irish kick. What makes this even more special is that rather than making a big casserole dish of Shepherd’s Pie, I turn this into individual portions by make the pies in a muffin tin. How perfect is that for a fun St. Paddy’s-themed evening with your friends? Grab a mini Shepherd’s Pie and a Guinness and call it a night.
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by David Mechlowicz in Behind the Scenes, March 14th, 2012
As of February 2012:
Three months later, new General Manager Kelly says the freshness of the new dining room has not waned for her.
Kelly now holds employee meetings to train staff on food safety and proper customer service. She and Kim also meet weekly with their newly hired chef, Matt, to go over any kitchen issues.
Chef Matt has become Kim’s right-hand man. He’s helping to bring in more fresh ideas, and today there are very few frozen items on the menu. Kelly is excited for Chef Matt’s new menu to roll out — she can’t wait to see customers’ reactions.
by Victoria Phillips in Contests, Food Network Magazine, March 14th, 2012
The family meal. What is it, you ask? It’s a meal that is prepared for restaurant staff before their dinner service starts, providing them with necessary nutrients before their busy shift. Here at Food Network, ours takes place at lunch-time. Starting now, I will be giving you a sneak peek at what we feed our staff in the Food Network Kitchens on a weekly basis.
Yes, we do eat in Food Network Kitchens, and yes, it’s really good. Family meals are always interesting. They consist of different types of meat or poultry pulled out of the freezers, as well as vegetables, filling salads and an occasional dessert. These items are left over from various shows and recipe developments for Food Network. This week, Esther Choi (pictured above), took charge of Family Meal and asked our new intern Emily to assist her (more like an initiation). Esther is especially good at making Korean food.
The menu: Duck Lettuce Wraps With Kim Chi Pickles and grilled cheese sandwiches.
by Toby Amidor, March 14th, 2012
This follow-up to the best-selling cookbook Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals dishes out another collection of fantastic ideas in the same winning package.
Get ready for more than 400 pages filled with recipes, photos and new tips from Food Network Kitchens, based on Food Network Magazine‘s signature pull-out booklets of 50 extra-short, always-fun recipes.
This book combines the best of those recipes with more than 300 amazing photographs and tips from Food Network’s test kitchens. It’s the ultimate cookbook for busy parents, full of family favorites like pancakes, nachos and brownies, along with healthy options for quick weeknight meals, including soups, dinner salads and kabobs, plus great ideas for weekend get-togethers, like instant appetizers, party dips and cocktails.
You can order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win a copy. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which recipe from Food Network Magazine is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of the magazine cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
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by Victoria Phillips in Community, Shows, March 13th, 2012
Who should you follow?
The food and nutrition information on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest can make your head swirl. With so much information, it’s also tough to know if you’re getting up-to-date reliable facts. H...
by Lauren Miyashiro in News, March 13th, 2012
At the beginning of Worst Cooks in America’s third season, Erica Weidner caught our eye by using scissors to cut up a bell pepper. We then asked you: What other gadgets have you used to cook up a dish in the kitchen? More than a hundred people responded with their go-to double-duty gadget techniques. They were so unique, we couldn’t choose just one. Here are our top two favorites:
1. Julie Lonkey uses a wide-blade drywall knife to get a smoother finish with buttercream on cakes.
2. Krista Lucken listed a few double-duty items, but using cupcake liners to keep pepper from escaping the pepper mill in the cabinet is pretty spectacular. Plus, when she measures fresh ground pepper, it gets ground right into the cupcake liner and then poured into a measuring spoon with no mess.
Our favorite budget-friendly anonymous tip
The Milk Processor Education Program (MPEP) has wiped away chocolate mustaches from its long-existing ad campaigns, USA Today reports. Soon the popular “Got Milk?” slogan will be reinvented to attract a different breed of Nesquik drinkers: athletes.
The new tag line, “My After,” presents chocolate milk as the post-workout solution. NBA star Carmelo Anthony and Olympian Dara Torres have hopped on board and are testifying to the drink’s greatness. Gulping it down after exercise, they claim, is nourishing to the body.
But with the chocolatey beverage now being banned in schools across the country, is it actually good for you? Nutrition and fitness experts are divided. Some say the idea is a marketing ploy to boost faltering sales. Supporters state that the protein content helps muscles recover after exercise.
Will chocolate milk be your after?