Can You Mix It? — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

In true evilicious fashion, Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown has been known to not only sabotage chefs’ ingredients, but also to disrupt their means and methods of preparing and cooking them so as to guarantee the most hilariously challenging situation possible. And during tonight’s second preliminary heat of the Superstar Sabotage tournament, he proved he wasn’t about to forgo those unfavorable trials simply because of the all-stars’ celebrity status when he auctioned off mandatory — and inferior — mixing and cooking vessels during the Round 1 pancake test.

A colander and a Bundt pan took the place of two chefs’ bowls and skillets, as the chefs were doomed with sabotages that forced them to both combine all of their ingredients and cook their pancakes in those sole vessels. Given that pancakes ought to come together with both dry and liquid ingredients, would it be possible to prepare a batter in a colander, and what would happen when they tried to cook round pancakes in a fluted pan? It turns out that the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team had similar questions before these items were sold at auction, and they tested the sabotage ahead of the battle to make sure the challenge was feasible.

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Pure and Simple: The Cold Truth About Clear Ice

by in News, October 15th, 2014

Ice CubesA restaurant in D.C. is making waves for levying an surcharge on patrons who want to savor their cocktails with perfectly crystal-clear ice cubes. To be fair, the equipment needed to make crystal clear ice cubes can be expensive for restaurants, reaching the mid four figures — and if you want to do it yourself, it’s a whole process, involving coolers and chisels.

The advantage to clear ice isn’t just aesthetic — a byproduct of the clear-ice-cube-making process is denser, more slowly melting ice, which will dilute rocks drinks more slowly. That said, a large cube of not-clear ice will do almost as good a job. Use a large silicone ice cube tray to make 2-by-2-inch cubes or spheres that are perfect for sipping drinks.

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Join Us at the 2014 New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 15th, 2014

2014 New York City Wine & Food FestivalAutumn may bring with it an excuse to indulge in pumpkin spice and the opportunity to dig into the occasional Halloween candy bowl, but in New York City specifically, fall means it’s time for one of the culinary industry’s most-anticipated events: the annual New York City Wine & Food Festival. 2014 marks the seventh year of the annual festival, and when it kicks off tomorrow night, your favorite Food Network stars, plus culinary and beverage experts and fans from across the country, will take over the Big Apple for four days of celebrations of all things food and drink.

FN Dish will be at the festival all weekend long with Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Sunny Anderson, Robert Irvine, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian and more famous faces as they host elegant dinners, walk-around tastings and late-night bashes alike. If you can’t make it to the festival this year, stay tuned to FN Dish for our editors’ insider coverage of the events, or search the hashtag #NYCWFF on Twitter.

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‘Fried Chicken’ Cookie Pop Cake

by , October 15th, 2014

Cookie CakeBefore you think we’ve lost our minds by sticking fried chicken on a cake, give us a second. There’s a new match for fried chicken in town — well, sort of. Next time you want to fool your friends, or you’re going to a birthday party for a buttermilk-battered fiend, whip up a batch of faux wings for this incredible “Fried Chicken” Cookie Pop Cake. Blend white chocolate biscuits or any cream-filled cookie with cream cheese and mold the smooth mixture into ball and stick shapes. To create the look of a drumstick, pinch together the stick, the larger ball (for the meaty end) and a smaller ball (for the opposite end), then after they set in the freezer, ice the cookies with a cream cheese, butter and brown sugar icing. For the finishing touch, roll the wings in crushed cornflakes for the just-fried, crispy effect, and serve them on top of the cake with a spoonful of raspberry compote “ketchup” for dipping.

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Host Richard Blais Offers Some Food for Thought on the New Series Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhen it comes to food, many of us might not think past the fact that if you’re hungry, you eat. It’s natural. It’s survival. But there’s more to it: Why do you suddenly crave a certain food over another? And what is it about eating that’s so pleasurable — that happy byproduct of sustenance? In the new series Hungry Games, chef and food geek Richard Blais delves into the science of food, beyond everything you thought you knew. There’s more to that pizza craving than you thought!

Watch the premiere on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c (with a sneak peek on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c) and join Richard Blais for a Twitter Q&A on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1pm EST. Tweet with the hashtag #HungryGames

We recently caught up with Richard to chat about the show’s concept.

FN Dish: How would you sum up the concept of the show? What do you think viewers will take away from it?
Richard Blais: It’s a show full of “wouldn’t you knows.” It’s on-the-street experiments and taste tests and a real family-friendly dose of fun education. I learn so much shooting each episode, and the viewers will get a kick out of playing along at home. It will be a show where families bet on who’s doing the dishes by playing along!

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Best 5 Halloween Treats

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 15th, 2014

Caramel, Chocolate and Candy ApplesEven if you hardly find yourself craving sugar during the day, it seems that nearly everyone develops a sweet tooth come Halloween time, and with only a few weeks left until Fright Night, it’s not too early to indulge in scary-good tricks and treats. From creamy chocolate to the rich flavors of caramel and the chewiness of candy corn, there are surely Halloween-inspired eats to please every palate. Read on below to find Food Network’s top-five spooktacular treats from The Pioneer Woman, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and more chefs.

5. Candy Corn Popcorn Balls — With a mix of sweet and salty tastes, these candy-studded snacks are ideal for kids’ parties and adults-only bashes alike. Plus, they’re ready to eat in only 25 minutes.

4. Spiced Caramel Roulade with Ginger Cream — The secret to this comforting dessert is rolling the cake on a sugar-dusted towel, which will help the fragrant cinnamon-laced cake roll easily with a fluffy ginger filling inside.

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This Burger on Burger on Burger Creation is Insane and Awesome

by , October 15th, 2014

Burgers. Some people like them simple. They want the patty itself to do the talking. Other people, however, treat them like a canvas, topping them with anything and everything they can think of. This burger is definitely in the latter camp. As a matter of fact, it’s just about the craziest burger in recent memory.

The Nerd Lunch Burger, created by Nick at Dude Foods, is a massive testament to excess. All told, it features three burger patties and the list of toppings is pretty much an average person’s entire grocery order. Are you sitting down? It’s topped with cream cheese, mushrooms sautéed in bacon fat, French fries and mustard. It’s also topped with green chiles, goat cheese, peanut butter and a fried egg. It’s also topped with onion rings, chili, blue cheese, swiss cheese and beetroot. Phew. Finally done. Oh wait. Never mind. There’s one last topping – An entire bacon cheeseburger, bun and all.

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POLL: Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 14th, 2014

Ice Cream ConeNeedless to say, ice cream is one of the most pleasurable foods: It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s cold and it always satisfies the craving. In Hungry Games‘ Ice Cream Games episode, airing Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c, Richard Blais reveals what makes ice cream America’s national dessert and which flavor is everyone’s favorite, and he plays some games to test people’s reactions to more unusual flavors that turn their expectations upside down.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite flavor is and how you like to eat your ice cream. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Ice Cream Polls

Sifted: Bacon-Apple Pie, Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars + More

by , October 14th, 2014

Bacon Apple Pie
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