Six weeks ago, 12 wannabe bakers signed up to be whipped into shape on Worst Bakers in America. After difficult pie-making, cake-baking, doughnut-frying and wedding-topper-decorating challenges, among others, two bakers proved to their mentors that they could fight to the finish. On the Blue Team, Samantha rose to the top with her attention to detail; on the Red Team, Carla bolted forward with her fantastic flavors. All that separated the two from winning $25,000 was one last baking challenge for a panel of sweets experts. FN Dish has the interview with the winning baker.
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The turkey may take center stage on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s the sides that ultimately steal the show. Today, chefs and home cooks are stepping away from ho-hum dishes such as bland mashed potatoes and soggy green beans. Taking their place are inspired sides that sing with spice and unexpected flavors, making for a truly festive meal. Read more
Every other day of the year, we aim for moderation and mindfulness in our diets. But all bets are off on November 8 — when what many consider to be the most-contentious presidential election in our nation’s history takes place — and we inevitably stress-eat while the results torturously crawl in and the fate of our country is decided. No matter which candidate you plan to check on your ballot, our collective election-night anxiety will be off the charts this Tuesday. So here’s our stress-eating strategy to help you make it through this beautiful (yet totally insane!) thing called the American democratic process, and Election Night 2016.
Soothe frayed nerves by starting your night off with a patriotic Firecracker Shot (pictured above), made with layers of booze-infused red and blue gelatin and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
This just in: Tacos can be healthy — while still tasting good. Yes, really. You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to save a few calories, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is proof of that. These top-rated shrimp tacos get their craveable bold flavor from a blanket of chipotle powder atop the seafood, which turns tender after just a few minutes on the grill. Skip the usually heavy toppings like cheese and sour cream, and opt for fresh picks instead. This avocado-tomatillo salsa, laced with fresh jalapeno, is just the burst of bright, cool taste and creamy texture to balance the tortilla-wrapped shrimp.
For more lightened-up recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde
It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. And it’s certainly not too early for cake master Duff Goldman. The man behind Charm City Cakes and one of the judges of Holiday Baking Championship is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel to get you revved up for the baking extravaganza that is the holiday season.
In a city known for oversized appetites of every variety, it’s no wonder the hefty po’ boy is the sandwich that New Orleans claims as its own. Read more
After a trip or two to the orchard — or even just your grocery store’s produce aisle — you likely have on hand an abundance of apples. You’ve baked them into pies, roasted them with meat, used them in cocktails and have eaten them straight up at lunchtime. Now what? Now it’s time to stuff them. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson introduced two new takes on stuffed apples, one savory and one sweet. For both of these recipes, and most stuffed apple recipes, the key is a well-cooked apple, one that’s tender, which will go a long way in making the finished dish more easily eatable with the filling. Check out Jeff’s and Sunny’s ideas below, each of them an easy-to-do technique that delivers warming seasonal flavors.
Raise your hand if you like Spam. Anyone?
Actually, some of you out there must be raising your hands. According to several recent reports, the retro canned meat product, which made its grocery-store debut in 1937, is making a comeback — perhaps even a major comeback.
Spam, long derided as a mystery meat, actually contains, according to parent company Hormel Foods, only “six simple ingredients”: “pork with ham, salt, water, modified potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite.” Its popularity spread thanks to GIs stationed around the world during World War II, and the Minnesota-made tinned meat product is now sold in 44 countries; it has apparently built up a huge fan base in several particular countries and cultures.
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Root for the home team and eat like them too. These potato skin recipes are inspired by each NFL team’s home turf. Food Network Magazine took iconic dishes — think Coney Dogs, cheesesteaks and hot wings — and reinvented them into potato skin toppings. Here are some fan favorites. Read more
Before turning back the clocks, spend the weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their updated takes on comfort food classics. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond’s making lunch for her husband and her father-in-law and serving a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are sharing their tips for innovative hostess gifts and making sweet and savory versions of stuffed apples. After that, Ayesha Curry is preparing a date-night meal for her husband, Stephen, and Valerie Bertinelli is making comforting recipes for a night spent at home with her husband, Tom.
On Saturday afternoon, Ina Garten is heading to Washington, D.C., to take in the local food scene and visit a former Barefoot Contessa staffer. Then, Ina takes a trip to the White House kitchen and makes some afternoon snacks for tea-time with first lady Michelle Obama.
Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is putting his own spin on classic comfort food recipes, Ina’s making a chicken dinner for Jeffrey, and Nancy Fuller is making a brown-bag lunch for a charity motorcycle rally. Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a vintage-inspired cocktail party, and Duff Goldman is taking on some holiday baking challenges on Duff’s Sweet Spot.
It’s a Cooking Channel cook-off in Flavortown on Sunday night, when four Cooking Channel stars take on Guy and his twisted games. Then, it’s the premiere of Holiday Baking Championship with a new batch of bakers competing for the grand prize of $50,000. Finish the weekend with the finale of Worst Bakers in America as the last two recruits are tested on everything they’ve learned in Boot Camp.