Sky’s Gourmet Tacos Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 14th, 2011

skys gourmet tacos
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road last night with eight new food trucks and the bright lights of Vegas. With a grand prize of $100,000 on the line, each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest “Food Truck” contestants to get the boot.

This week, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos seemed to face one challenge after another — money, a blown-out tire and resulting time constraints — and unfortunately, Barbara, her son Victor and business partner Kevin had to say goodbye.

FN Dish: I originally thought the $500 was going to be your major setback due to pricey ingredients; however, it looks like your blown tire might have sent your team home. Tell us about that moment and what you did to make up for lost time and money.

SGT: At the time the tire blew, we were literally right in the middle of engaging team strategy for Vegas — the cameras were rolling.  During those hours of delay in locating and then having the tire replaced, I missed 12 critical phone calls, including our confirmation call for the high school’s spring break student fundraiser of which we were the exclusive food vendor for 1,500 kids/parents/supporters.

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The Great Food Truck Race: Lunch Is On Us

by in Shows, August 13th, 2011

great food truck race lunch
From New York to California, Korean barbecue to waffles, food trucks are taking the nation by storm as season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race kicks off tomorrow.

Food trucks across the country have established cult followings by harnessing social media and grass roots marketing. Now, you can get in on the action, too. All season long, follow Food Network’s Facebook and Twitter updates to learn how you can score a free lunch.

Here’s how it works: On Sunday night, immediately following each episode of The Great Food Truck Race, visit Food Network’s Facebook page to see which city and food truck will host a Friday lunch.

Find out how to receive a free lunch »

Tyler Florence Dishes on the New Season of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 12th, 2011

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This past Tuesday, Food Network fans had the chance to leave a question for Tyler Florence about his new season of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network’s Facebook page.  We promised he’d answer a selection of them:

William Zoellick: How do you determine which food trucks are to compete?

Tyler: The casting process is handled by the production company in Los Angeles and they look for a good slice of an American story. This year we have trucks from New York, Miami and Cleveland — they’re all the best-of-the-best.

Tammy Sanner McCrae: How do you pick the cities you stop in?

Tyler: We didn’t want to double up on the cities we visited in the previous season, so this year we started out in Malibu, then we went to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and so on. Every season, we’re going to plot a new course across the United States with new cities.

More of your questions answered after the jump »

And Then There Were Three — Star Blog

by in Shows, August 12th, 2011

food network star final three
The season finale of Food Network Star is this Sunday and fans are certainly vocal about their favorite contestant over on the Star blog. This week, Jeff, Susie and Vic will face the judges one last time, but a surprise Camera Challenge will send one home early.

Watch the finale: Sunday, August 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central

How To Eat on the Road

by in How-to, Recipes, August 12th, 2011

Can you make it off your block before a little voice in the backseat proclaims “I’m starvingggg” or begs “Are we there yet?” If not, it’s a good idea to be prepared for hours-long road trips with plenty of snacks, drinks and eats to avoid stopping at every questionable road-side convenience store along interstate. While royal-blue gas station slushies and their pre-packaged, deep-fried side dishes are sweet and unquestionably delicious, homemade snacks are worlds healthier and cheaper. As you squeeze in that last summer trip and prepare for the Labor Day weekend, use our recipes below to make go-to snacks everyone in the car will enjoy.

There’s no denying that potato chips are a classic road-trip pick; they’re easy to eat, pleasing to everyone’s taste buds and available at every rest stop. However, they’re often laden with fat and covered in sodium. Our Curry Potato Chips (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are baked, not fried, and dusted with warm curry powder. Pack these in plastic baggies to easily dole them out to the back seat crew.

More fun to-go snack recipes »

From the Garden to the Grill: White Eggplant

by in In Season, August 12th, 2011

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After making such a delicious and simple meal with my garden-fresh summer squash, I decided the trek home would again be worth my while in order to get my hands on another great veggie: white eggplant. While both kinds are great when grown in your own backyard, the white eggplant variety produces many more individual eggplants — the five pictured above are just a quarter of what is on the plant on any given day.

Eggplant holds up great on the grill. You can have it as an appetizer, like in Bobby’s Spicy Hoisin Glazed Eggplant or Giada’s Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad. Or use it in classic (and cheesy) Eggplant Parmesan. Grilled eggplant also gives a great smoky flavor to Baba Ghanoush.

In order to really showcase the eggplant, I chose to serve it marinated in a miso glaze and grilled.

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Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

by in Recipes, August 12th, 2011

chocolate covered peanut butter pie
This post is dedicated to our fellow food blogger Jennifer Perillo, of In Jennie’s Kitchen. Her husband died suddenly and Jennie’s request of the world was to make a peanut butter pie to give to someone you love. Peanut Butter Pie was Mikey’s favorite and in his honor, Food Network is sharing one of our favorite recipes with you.

There’s something about peanut butter pie that puts a smile on everyone’s face — a chocolate wafer crust is the foundation for a silky-smooth peanut butter filling. So wrap up the week on a sweet note: with family and friends and Emeril’s irresistible pie, slathered in chocolate to make it extra special.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

Browse more of Food Network’s peanut butter recipes.

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50 States, 50 Pizzas

by in Food Network Magazine, August 11th, 2011

50 states 50 pizzas
Before you click through these pizzas, let’s be clear: In regard to pizza, we, the editors and writers of this story, do not discriminate. When we set out six months ago to find the greatest pizzas in America, we did not insist on thin crust over thick or red sauce over white. We didn’t even care if the pizzas were round. We just needed them to be awesome.

Inevitably, some of you will be alarmed by our choices, shocked that so-and-so was snubbed because their crust has the perfect crunch or their cheese oozes just so. But passionate disagreements about pizza reveal one great truth: There is no single best way to make it. In the bellow gallery, you will see by-the-book classics right next to brash pies that break every rule.

But all of them have one important thing in common: They’re well worth the trip.

View the gallery: 50 States, 50 Pizzas