7 Hot Dips to Kick Off Fall

by in Recipes, September 15th, 2016

Warm Artichoke and Bacon DipBy Colleen Park

Whether you’re gathering friends and family together for game night or for game day, break out your favorite baking dish and make a hot dip your go-to appetizer. Though we love cold chip accoutrements like guacamole or layered dips with fresh veggies, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a perfectly crunchy chip topped with oozing cheesy goodness. As easy as they are to blend and bake, these hot plates will have everyone hovering around the snack table until the last chip is gone.

Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip (pictured above)

Artichokes get a lot of love in cheesy dips, though you might forget there are vegetables involved when bacon gets into the mix. Giada De Laurentiis blends bacon into this warmed dip and crumbles it on top for bursts of savory flavor and crispy texture. And with a base of creamy mascarpone cheese, there’s no melt time needed. Just bake for 10 minutes to warm the dish through. Read more

“You Are Certainly Rigged for Adventure” — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, September 14th, 2016

If the first three weeks of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge were any indication, anything can happen while chefs are tucked away in the deep woods. And on tonight’s new episode — the fourth heat and the last preliminary battle before next Wednesday’s finale face-off — it seems as if Richard Blais, the judge of the day, had prepared himself for the worst, as he showed up to camp outfitted with not only sunglasses and a hat, but a heavy-duty backpack and a fanny pack as well. “You are certainly rigged for adventure,” Alton Brown told the judge during the After-Show. It turns out it was a good thing that Richard came dressed for a number of occasions, because Alton was quick to test the judge’s outdoor survival skills.

“Think of it as a wax museum of horror,” Alton told Richard, introducing him to a few Heat 4 challenges. Sure, Richard saw the hanging tent, and indeed he came face to face with the snacks-turned-grill-coals. But the main event that awaited him wasn’t on land — it was in the water in the form of an ingredient hunt around the lake on a Jet-Ski-towed sled.

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Exclusive Interview with the First Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, September 14th, 2016

Worst CooksThis new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition started off with nine recruits, but unfortunately there was room for only eight in Boot Camp, four per team. On tonight’s premiere, one celebrity went home without having been chosen for a team. After a baseline challenge that had the recruits cooking with swag-bag items, and a challenge to cook a brunch dish, Anne and Rachael carefully determined which celebs they thought would best fit their teams — who they could mold into potential winners. But one was left the odd man out. Find out who was the first celebrity to exit Boot Camp.

Spoiler alert: Read on for the interview.

6 After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Kids’ Appetites

by in Family, Recipes, September 14th, 2016

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean HummusIt’s such a tenuous thing, the after-school snack: Feed the kids too little and you have afternoon meltdowns. Feed them too much and you’re in for an evening of kids slinking down in chairs and pushing dinner around with a fork without actually eating a thing. To prevent both scenarios, I keep these snacks in heavy rotation at my house. This is what I serve when my four small kids come tearing down the hallway toward the kitchen after school.

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean Hummus
With a squeeze of fresh lemon and beans straight from a can, this dip comes together in about a minute. Pile a few handfuls of fresh veggies — cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers — on a tray and watch the kids dive into one of the five recommended daily servings of produce!

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Meet Worst Cooks Celebrity Recruit Tommy Davidson, Actor and Comedian

by in Shows, September 14th, 2016

Tommy DavidsonFor Season 9, Worst Cooks in America has invited nine celebrities who can’t cook to take on the challenges of Boot Camp. Mentors Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell have lots in store for these unsuspecting individuals. In their daily lives, these celebrities are comics, TV actors and reality stars, but when it comes to the kitchen, they’re disasters waiting to happen. Tune in to the premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c to see the hilarious bumbling unfold. Every day leading up to the premiere, we’ll be revealing a star contestant on FN Dish. Today it’s comedian Tommy Davidson.

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Will Bobby Flay Get Chopped? Returning Chopped Champions Vie to Beat Bobby

by in Shows, September 14th, 2016

Chopped: Beat Bobby FlayStarting Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 returning Chopped Champions will throw their chef hats into the ring once again, this time competing for a chance to make their signature dish against Food Network superstar Chef Bobby Flay — and a chance at $40,000. In this special tournament, the returning chefs will be tasked with making unforgettable dishes from a basket of mystery ingredients in the appetizer, entree and dessert rounds, but this time Bobby will be choosing a surprise ingredient to go into each of the baskets, hoping to stump the former champs. The winners from the first three rounds will move on to the finale where they’ll battle it out for the $15,000 prize and the chance to make their signature dish against the Beat Bobby Flay star, plus a chance at another $25,000!

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These Super-Tidy Pantries Are Everything You Want in Kitchen Storage

by in How-to, September 14th, 2016

The thing about a kitchen is that no matter how diligent you are about keeping it clean, no amount of counter-wiping, dish-washing, or leftovers-eating is ever going to combat the inevitable clutter. Kitchens come with stuff — which is probably why you have a Pinterest board full of pantry organizing ideas, all promising a neater, more efficient space (plus, they’re just really cool to look at). We asked four bloggers with fabulous pantries how they keep things tidy, and we suggest you steal all of their genius ideas.

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3 of a Kind: Stepped-Up Eggs Benedict

by in Restaurants, September 14th, 2016

Lobster Benedict from Seaspice3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

For such a simple dish, eggs Benedict has quite a complicated history. Instead of one definitive origin story, there have long been conflicting accounts of how the dish came to be created. One version claims eggs Benedict started at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Another says it began at Delmonico’s in Manhattan. Then, there’s a guy named Commodore E. C. Benedict whose supposed recipe made its way to The New York Times well after his death. The dispute of how it came into existence may continue on indeterminably, but there’s one point that can’t be argued: Eggs Benedict has become integral to American brunch menus. So popular is the dish that it has spawned an entire subgenre of decadent poached-egg creations with all kinds of newfangled flavors and ingredients. Here are three stepped-up versions of the classic eggs Benedict dish.

Seaspice, Miami
This chic waterfront restaurant serves a fabulous brunch with three high-end variations of Benedict, including short rib and oysters Rockefeller. The lobster Benedict, however, is the perennial crowd-pleaser. Succulent shellfish is served atop potato hash and poached eggs adorned with spring ramps, shaved asparagus and sherry hollandaise. Even the add-on is far from standard: White sturgeon caviar, anyone?

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Battle 4 Winner

by in Shows, September 13th, 2016

Eliana and ShawnaChopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s fourth round, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at cooking with the mystery baskets. But even the most-practiced chef can get shaken when it comes to the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. Sometimes it all comes down to the final minutes, as we saw in tonight’s episode. Once again the teens brought their talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 4 Winner

Meet Worst Cooks Celebrity Recruit Mindy Cohn, TV, Film and Stage Actress

by in Shows, September 13th, 2016

Mindy CohnFor Season 9, Worst Cooks in America has invited nine celebrities who can’t cook to take on the challenges of Boot Camp. Mentors Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell have lots in store for these unsuspecting individuals. In their daily lives, these celebrities are comics, TV actors and reality stars, but when it comes to the kitchen, they’re disasters waiting to happen. Tune in to the premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c to see the hilarious bumbling unfold. Every day leading up to the premiere, we’ll be revealing a star contestant on FN Dish. Today it’s actress Mindy Cohn.

Read Mindy’s Q&A