‘Tis the Season for Sweet Competition on Cake Wars: Christmas

by in Shows, September 21st, 2015

Cake Wars: ChristmasThough you may be in fall mode these days, it’s not too early to start decking the halls. Right on the heels of a successful premiere season of Cake Wars, host Jonathan Bennett is back to lead another sweet competition. This time all about seasonal treats on Cake Wars: Christmas.

Premiering Monday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, this six-week battle for holiday glory will bring together seven teams of the best-ever food artists, each set to face off for the $50,000 prize. Along with a rotating roster of special guests, Master Baker Sherry Yard and design expert Charles Phoenix will be on hand to judge the competitors in a series of themed challenges. From hilariously festive ugly Christmas sweaters to over-the-top gingerbread houses, there will be no shortage of seasonal celebrations — and, of course, fierce culinary chops — on display.

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Do Men and Women Experience Taste Differently?

by in News, September 21st, 2015

Do Men and Women Experience Taste Differently?Here’s one for the “Did you know … ?” file: Women have a keener sense of taste than men. Who says? Well, science, actually.

NPR’s The Salt blog recently gathered evidence that women may be better able to pick out the subtle nuances of flavor (and, relatedly, aromas) than men:

The nose knows. A 2002 Rutgers University study asked participants — men and women of all ages — to identify two odors in decreasing concentrations and found that women of reproductive age experienced an increase in their sensitivity to one of the odors by about five orders of magnitude, on average.

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‘Round and ‘Round the Cuckoo Cook Table — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

It was just a few weeks ago that Alton Brown revealed “the human rotisserie” for the special grilling-themed episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. And on tonight’s all-new episode, he put a cuckoo spin on that fan-favorite sabotage to create what he called “the showstopper of the day,” otherwise known as his “cuckoo clock prep station,” which made its debut in the first round’s German apple pancake test.

“Come on! Take a ride,” Alton urged Simon Majumdar, who, never one to shy away from trying his hands at a sabotage, hopped atop the moving floorboard to take a few spins around the clock — along with a Bob and Alton, of course. Looking back on Chef Paper’s turn at the sabotage, Alton revealed to Simon that the challenge ultimately caused her dish’s demise. “That’s why it was burned,” Alton said. “Because right when she got done, it was time to cuckoo around.” While some chefs indeed manage to survive their sabotages and ultimately turn out successful dishes, Alton revealed that this particular sabotage “did render the desired effect” in that it did one chef in, as Chef Paper was ousted after Round 1.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Spell Binders

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Spell Binders, made up of Kristen Lovullo, Joseph Yakovetic and Charity George. Read on below to hear from all three of them.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Kristen Lovullo: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween is creating fun and spooky treats for the Bake Shoppe.
Joseph Yakovetic: The first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins — what else?
Charity George: [I think of] setting up all our crazy Halloween decorations at my house and how we will change it up every year.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 20th, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, and that means cookie season is fast approaching. While it might not be time to break out the holiday recipe box just yet, you can use this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week to fill the cookie jar and brush up on your baking skills. These beauties are perfect as a surprise treat in the kids’ lunchboxes or as an after-school snack, and since they’re topped with a simple lemon glaze, they’re a great light bite for this time of year. Plus, these 5-star sweets come in at around 113 calories each, so you don’t have to feel guilty about having one or two after the kids go to bed.

For more easy desserts like this, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

5 Fresh and Easy School Lunches

by in View All Posts, September 20th, 2015

school lunchSandwiches rule as the ultimate lunchtime staple, but they can get a little boring day after day. To mix up the family’s brown bag routine, take inspiration from other American families. Different cultures lunch in a variety of ways and some of their best-loved midday meals will please all palates.

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Reinvented Grilled Cheese (Plus a Cheesy Love Letter from Jeff Mauro)

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, September 20th, 2015

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

Dear Grilled Cheese,

Everything about you is intoxicating: your sizzling buttery aroma as you hit the pan, the golden-sunrise hue of your exterior, the way your cheese turns into wonderful yellow ribbons. Grilled cheese, let me just say three words — words it has taken me much, much too long to proclaim: Get in m’belly.

With love and passion,
Jeffrey Michael Mauro

In case you missed it, the September issue of Food Network Magazine focused on reinventing the beloved grilled cheese sandwich. So it only seemed fitting to ask the Sandwich King for his overall thoughts on the subject, which are so passionately stated above. Jeff’s go-to recipe: a white-bread classic with a twist. He calls it the French Onion Grilled Cheese.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Scream Team

by in Shows, September 19th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Scream Team, made up of Robert Teddy, Adam Bierton and Darci Rochau. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Robert Teddy: The Great Pumpkin
Adam Bierton: Carving pumpkins comes to mind first (of course).
Darci Rochau: Dark and spooky

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The Touchscreen Generation Gets Its Automat

by in News, Restaurants, September 19th, 2015

The Touch-Screen Generation Gets Its AutomatHere’s one to file under “everything old is new again.”

A “fully automated restaurant,” called Eatsa, has just opened in San Francisco and is being hailed as “the future” of fast food. With its human-free ordering system and food delivery via glass-fronted compartment, it sure sounds a lot like the automats popular in days of yore. You know, where you put a few coins in the slot, reach in, and grab your sandwich or piece of pie?

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Chefs’ Picks: Best Burgers in New York City

by in Restaurants, September 19th, 2015

Shake ShackChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Every omnivore appreciates a good burger. It’s one of the few food items that’s self-indulgent and affordable — unless, of course, it’s slathered with foie gras and truffles. Petite and cheap or dripping with luxury, here are four top burgers in New York City, as picked by the chefs who love ’em. Read more