What to Watch: Summer-Themed Episodes of Giada at Home and Guy’s Big Bite

by in Shows, July 4th, 2014

Guy's Big Bite
Enjoy a beautiful Fourth of July weekend with summer-themed episodes of your favorite shows.

First, on Saturday morning, check out new episodes of The Pioneer Woman and Farmhouse Rules. Ree is walking you through a day of quick, 16-minute meals, and Nancy is hosting a dance marathon for her favorite charity with an inventive menu to match. Next, the hosts of The Kitchen share their greatest summer corn recipes.

On Sunday, join Giada as she creates a series of healthy dishes for a summertime pool party on Giada at Home. Bobby Flay teaches you his favorite way to grill chicken on a new episode of Barbecue Addiction: Bobby’s Basics, and Guy Fieri perfects the meatball slider with three easy recipes on Guy’s Big Bite. Finally, tune in for three hours of competition with new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen.

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How to Win Summer: Dino-mite Watermelon Carvings

by in Family, News, July 3rd, 2014

Dino-mite Watermelon CarvingsWatermelon’s always been the coolest fruit of summer. When I cut into a watermelon, it’s either for a last-minute barbecue contribution or an instant “side dish” for the kids — seed-spitting contests are just a bonus. It has plenty of vitamins A and C, and it’s ready in two minutes flat. Wedges, cubes, balls of sugary-sweet juiciness — the options are endless and there’s no oven required. But maybe I need to hone my knife skills and take a slice from Vancouver’s Clive Cooper, a government worker by day and artist by night whose latest extreme watermelon carvings give fruit-platter party planners something to, well, chew on.

I thought Cooper and his fabulous menagerie were the “why” of a spike in watermelon searches reported by Yahoo web trend expert Lauren Whitehouse a week or two ago; since then his fierce alligator carving and the latest, the triceratops above, have been stomping their way through food news and Facebook. He’s not the only one; Pinterest is ripe with countless carved characters. Why, after all, should food fans have to wait for pumpkin season to make faces? As to folks searching “watermelon,” they wanted to know how many calories are in the fruit (about 50 per cup) and how to cut it (try Alton’s cut-the-ends-first method); there was also a 500+ percent increase in searches for “watermelon cake” (not a cake at all but a trompe-l’oeil fun fruit dessert), plus plenty of people pondering perennial favorites likes drinks and refreshing salads with watermelon (with feta as a partner; here is Ina’s take, one of my go-to’s for summer guests).

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Stars, Stripes and Everything Nice: 4th of July Treats — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2014

Fourth of July DessertsIf the fireworks are sounding off and you’re more concerned with where your next hot dog is coming from, then let’s not kid ourselves. For a lot of us, some things are best celebrated by way of our stomachs. Since a red, white and blue burger wouldn’t be nearly as cool, siphon your patriotism into tricolored 4th of July desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout. There will be no denying — especially if you’re the type to don a red, white and blue getup at the barbecue, which nation you’re celebrating with these tricolored treats.

Lined with fresh cream cheese icing and studded with raspberries and blueberries, Ina Garten’s classic Flag Cake (top right) is 4th of July party gold. With this step-by-step how-to, it’s ultra-easy to make.

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Quick Tip: Max Out Your Grill

by in Food Network Magazine, July 3rd, 2014

If you’re cooking outside and need a stovetop, put a cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof pan right on the grill. Try making a quick sauce for meat this way: Drain your marinade into the pan and bring it to a boil while the meat cooks.

State Fair Foods: You’ll Never Guess What You Can Get on a Stick

by in News, July 2nd, 2014

State Fair FoodsWhen you think of state fair food, you probably think of things that are deep-fried, sugar-dusted, perched on a stick or served in a cone: You’ve got your corn dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream — with which you can fortify yourself as you gaze upon your wall of blue-ribbon pies and, especially in the Midwest, your life-size cows carved out of butter.

But, of course, those fairground staples are only the beginning. State fairs are also famous for debuting foods that are new and different — innovative, imaginative, exotic and often deliberately excessive. Who can forget the deep-fried stick of butter on a stick that made its debut at the Iowa State Fair a few years back?

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Forget Miso Soup, It’s Time for Miso Salad

by in Recipes, Shows, July 2nd, 2014

Caesar Salad with White Miso
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient yellow miso paste. A rich Japanese staple used in marinades and soups, it has a distinctive umami flavor without being too overpowering. In this Grilled Caesar Salad with Yellow Miso (Dressing) recipe, the vegetables are grilled to accentuate the flavor of the miso, and the anchovies are omitted so that the miso really shines. It’s the perfect summer party appetizer or a light lunch.

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How to Make Ina Garten’s Flag Cake

by in Holidays, July 2nd, 2014

How to Make Ina Garten's Flag CakeIf you’re having a Fourth of July party this weekend, serve Ina’s crowd-pleasing cake that feeds up to 24 guests. You can make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time and decorate it with berries and frosting the day of your party to cut down on in-the-kitchen prep during your gathering.

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Can Christopher Oust Chad or Luca? — Watch Star Salvation

by , July 2nd, 2014

“I wish I didn’t hear the judges say I had the best dish. I knew I was going to be in the bottom. I didn’t handle the timing of my demos as well as I should have; looking back, I could have done better,” Christopher said in his exit interview. But what he didn’t know at that moment was that he was going to receive another chance at the competition in Star Salvation.

In his first attempt at Salvation, Christopher’s realistic about his chances at success, given his past struggles. “I’m hoping I get to cook again, because it’s the only thing I seem to do well,” he says. In Episode 5 of Star Salvation, he joins Chad and Luca, who seem to be leading the competition. Will Christopher be able to change that track record?

Watch Christopher battle for a chance at redemption on Star Salvation. Click the play button on the video above to see the first part of Episode 1, then head over to Star headquarters to catch the second part.

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