Salad has come a long way — or maybe we’re the ones who have. While the words “finish your salad” followed many of us from meal to meal as children, we’ve thankfully grown out of our resistance to everything green, and our love for a big, hearty, leafy salad has grown massively since then. But, even if you love a good salad, odds are you haven’t eaten it for three square meals a day — until now, that is.
You know how, as a kid, you used to try to catch raindrops on your tongue as they fell from the sky? Now there’s a food that seeks to help you recapture that sensation: the Raindrop Cake, which was created by New York chef Darren Wong and is taking the Internet by storm (only partly because it looks sort of like a giant silicone breast implant).
Wong, who is now selling the Raindrop Cake at Brooklyn’s trendy Smorgasburg open-air food markets and may expand to other venues, was inspired to create the gelatinous clear dessert blob by Japan’s traditional mizu shingen mochi, a food he had read about and was eager to try.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
A favorite since the 1950s, this sticky-sweet style of pull-apart cinnamon bread was traditionally a homemade specialty. Today it’s showing up at bakeries and on restaurant menus, with chefs putting unique spins on the original recipe. Additions to the comforting classic include fruit, cheese and even garlic. Read more
Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this second battle, two strong opponents made it to the dessert round: one with great skills at executing, and another with confident creativity. If the win had been based on just the dessert, the champion would have been obvious. But taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best overall. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the second finale spot.
Guy Fieri introduced us to Guy’s Grocery Games‘ redemption road this week. Sixteen previously unsuccessful competitors get a second chance to maneuver through the grocery aisles and cook up winning dishes for the judges for a chance to win up to $40,000!
Our first round of chefs was challenged to whip up an Italian dish with only seven items or fewer. We in Food Network Kitchen instantly thought of the very simple (and very delicious) pasta dish cacio e pepe, which translates to “cheese and pepper.” It’s having a resurgence and is super-easy to make, and if you want to play by Guy’s rules, you even have room for a seventh ingredient like parsley, lemon zest or crushed red pepper.
On this episode of Foodie Call, Justin teams up Jeff Mauro (everyone’s favorite Sandwich King and the keeper of the Kitchen Fails on FoodNetwork.com) to imagine a new type of barbecue. Tapping into Jeff’s Chicago roots, the pals consider the Chicago-style hot dog — and decide to combine it with a rack of beef ribs.