What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Summer Staples and Playing the Odds on Triple G

by in Shows, July 24th, 2015

The KitchenTune in to Food Network with your favorite chefs this weekend for all-new recipes and action-packed competition that is both friendly and fun. Start off your Saturday off with The Kitchen to learn the cast’s summer staples like Marcela Valladolid’s Steamed Clams with Chorizo and Tequila. Plus, Damaris Phillips stops by as a special guest and shares her recipe for Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad. On Sunday morning, join Giada De Laurentiis, her family and friends in Positano for a cocktail party featuring California-inspired bites — like Crostini with Smoked Whitefish — and two Italian cocktails. Next, Daphne Brogdon shows you how to make both sweet and savory recipes using steam.

On Sunday night, gear up for three hours of back-to-back competition, starting with Triple G. Watch as the contestants try to make a steak sandwich without bread because in this final challenge, Guy Fieri throws a major curveball: The odd-numbered aisles are off-limits. Then, watch as Damaris guides Food Network finalists who must present holiday dishes during a video presentation while representing their culinary points of view. Finally, end your night with Alton Brown’s evilicious challenges on Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c.

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Anthony Anderson Visits America’s Best Fests on the New Show Carnival Cravings

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2015

Anthony AndersonThere isn’t much you can’t wrap with bacon or deep-fry, and Anthony Anderson is out to prove it, trying every insanely indulgent treat along the way on his new show, Carnival Cravings. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10|9c, this epic coast-to-coast trip promises all of the crispy, crunchy, cheesy and chocolatey snacks you can imagine (and some you can’t).

One of the most-exciting parts about summer is getting to eat outdoors in the sun, and there’s no better collection of open-air options than at a carnival. Anthony’s getting the most out of these massive gatherings, trying blow-your-mind bites like mac-and-cheese-stuffed burgers, lobster dogs and even a deep-fried root beer float (yes, you read that right). And he’s having plenty of fun along the way, with everything from a pig race to a bubblegum-blowing contest.

Get a List of the Carnivals

7 Smart Ways to Use Up Leftover Buns

by in How-to, Recipes, July 23rd, 2015

Breaded Chicken CutletsIf your eyes were bigger than your stomach when you bought that economy-size bag of burger or hot dog buns, odds are you didn’t even make a dent, no matter how much of a blowout your backyard barbecue was. Now the fate of that not-so-empty bag is undoubtedly hovering dangerously near your trashcan. Have no fear. Instead of wasting buns simply because you’re out of hot dogs and hamburgers, rest assured that there are plenty of other ways you can put them to good use.

Transform Buns Into Breading

You better bet that leftover burger and hot dog buns can be transformed into crispy breadcrumbs. After drying the buns out in the microwave or oven and pulsing them into crumbs in a food processor, use them as breading for Food Network Kitchen’s crispy Breaded Chicken Cutlets.

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A Rainbow of Barbecue Side Dishes

by in Recipes, July 23rd, 2015

In addition to their oh-so-fresh flavor, one of the best parts of summer produce is the spectrum of vibrant colors seasonal fruits and veggies bring to the table. While a barbecue is often all about the meaty mains, like juicy steak or perfectly cooked chicken, side dishes served in a ROYGBIV rainbow will totally steal the spotlight. Zucchini, peaches, peppers and greens galore are great whether grilled or served fresh, and will bring bold shades and even bolder flavors to your cookout spread.

Red: Arugula and Strawberry Salad (pictured above)
Super-sized strawberries are in season during summer, so what better way to add a pop of color to the start of your rainbow buffet? The story behind this salad: Alex Guarnaschelli saw a display of beautiful strawberries in the supermarket and wanted to prove there is a place for the berry outside the dessert world. The result: a delectable salad, balanced by peppery arugula and a classic poppy seed dressing.

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6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 23rd, 2015

Tomato, Watermelon and Basil SkewersWe’re nearing the end of July, and that, my friends, means it’s high time for watermelon. On its own this edible epitome of summertime refreshment needs no doctoring for warm-weather sensations of glee to wash over all who slice into it. Arguably, the best way to eat watermelon — off the rind — is also the simplest. But your watermelon intake shouldn’t stop there. Instead, bringing it into these celebration-worthy recipes will delight (and cool down) all who unite for warm-weather gatherings.

A wedge of watermelon is perfect for a party as it is, but putting a stick in it makes it even more so. Spearing cubes together with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, then drizzling with a tangy balsamic reduction, for Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers, makes for an appetizer emanating with color and refreshment.

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The Great Food Truck Race Returns for Season 6 with a Road Trip Along Route 66

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2015

Food Truck teamsThe trucks are back! Starting Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9|8c, The Great Food Truck Race will begin its sixth season in Santa Monica as the food truck operators head out for their 2,500-mile journey along America’s historic Route 66. They’ll be making stops in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois before finishing with an action-packed finale in Chicago. Host Tyler Florence will be leading the teams, this time professional food truck operators, through numerous difficult challenges geared at testing their resolve as a mobile business. The winning food truck team will walk away with $50,000 in cash.

Find Out Who the Food Truck Teams Are

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Symon

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, July 22nd, 2015

Michael SymonMany people know Michael Symon as the meat guy on Food Network. If you’ve ever heard him talk about meat, you would never think he even eats vegetables. So when FN Dish caught up with the host of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que and asked him to offer up some surprising facts about himself, Michael was a little skeptical, saying, “I feel like I’ve been on TV so long that they know everything.” However, even we were surprised to hear some of the facts he revealed: Let’s just say even the meat guy gets in his greens.

Get to know Michael Symon better and discover some aspects about his life that might surprise you.

Michael reveals seven facts about himself

10 Recipes Every Ina Garten Fan Should Master

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 22nd, 2015

Ina Garten's Best RecipesWhether she’s using fresh herbs from her garden or assembling a beautiful platter for friends, you can bet that Ina Garten has a plan for elevating everyday dishes into craveable traditions. You’ve likely watched as she welcomes fans into her Hamptons home, and been encouraged by her saying “How easy is that?” as she made dishes on Barefoot Contessa. She’s sure to focus on the classics and emphasize using quality ingredients. We’ve rounded up Ina’s best-ever, most-tried-and-true dishes, those sweet and savory favorites that Ina fans should keep in their back pockets for any occasion. Keep reading to get the ultimate collection of Ina’s hit recipes.

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