The New York City Wine & Food Festival Returns in October — Buy Tickets to Hang Out with Your Favorite Chefs

by in Events, News, June 27th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalIf you’ve ever watched Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli on TV and thought to yourself, “Man, it would be so cool to meet those chefs someday,” that day has come — well, it will in a few months, actually.

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Grilled Vegetables with Couscous and Yogurt Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 27th, 2016

Grilled Vegetables with Couscous and Yogurt SauceWhen you’re craving the delicious flavors and unique textures of summer grilling but you’re short on time (or you don’t have the outdoor space for a grill), meet your summertime life saver: the grill pan. Grilling vegetables indoors will give them the same tender quality as cooking them on a grill, without the hassle of the setup or cleanup work.

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Bobby’s Math Equation, Strong Elephant Memories and Breaking Through to Viewers — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 26th, 2016

Food Network StarThe pressure mounts. The finalists dwindle in numbers. The nerves are frayed. Want the truth? I have picked my potential winner. That’s right. And I’m wondering if you’ve picked yours. (Tell me in the comments, if so!) But don’t think it’s...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , June 26th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, June 26th, 2016

Beer Marinated Grilled Skirt SteakThe easiest way to improve a grilled steak is with a standout marinade. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated skirt steak from Marcela Valladolid, combines sweet orange slices with salty soy sauce and crisp lager to create stellar flavor and keep the meat juicy all the way through. After marinating for an hour, the steak is ready to hit the grill. Thanks to the thin nature of skirt steak, it takes only about 4 minutes on each side before it’s medium-rare and ready to serve.

For more summertime barbecue inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Grill! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

7 Juicy Ways to Put Your Blueberry Loot to Use This Summer

by in Recipes, June 25th, 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake GaletteBlueberry season is in full swing. Though you can finagle a pint or two year-round at the grocery store (at a price), there is nothing quite like a taste of these freshly picked, nearly bursting summer beauties. If you can stop yourself from scarfing them down by the handful as is, go on and bake them into summer’s most-showstopping treats, each one oozing with blueish-purple juice. Trust us, these recipes right here are the desserts your pints of blueberries are pining to become.

Mash up two sweet classics — blueberry pie and cheesecake — for a rustic confection bursting with berry goodness: Food Network Magazine’s gorgeous Blueberry Cheesecake Galette (pictured above). Layer sweetened cream cheese and a quick blueberry filling in buttery dough, then bake until golden for a summertime treat you can slice and serve to a crowd.

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Chefs’ Picks: Vinaigrette

by in Restaurants, June 25th, 2016

Umami Bomb Vinaigrette

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

With the (literal) salad days of summer upon us, a simple vinaigrette is a wonderful way to add a refreshing burst of flavor to leafy greens and other vegetables. For most culinary professionals, no bottled dressing will do — chefs across the country create their own riffs on this classic by experimenting with different acidic ingredients to really make those flavors pop. We got the lowdown from several pros on the go-to vinaigrettes they use to pep up salads and more.

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Q&A with Ted Allen: Get to Know the Chopped Host

by in Shows, June 24th, 2016

Ted AllenYou’ve seen him host every single episode of Chopped and Chopped Junior, and he’s even flexed his cooking chops in a few After Hours appearances alongside the Chopped judges, but there’s a lot you don’t know about Ted Allen. Here’s your chance to get to know the man who unceremoniously sends competitors to the chopping block.

Before hosting Chopped, Ted Allen served as a regular judge on Iron Chef America. He’s won an Emmy Award for his work on Bravo’s Queer Eye as the food and wine specialist. As the host of Chopped, he’s won the James Beard Foundation Award for outstanding host. He’s written two cookbooks and has contributed to Esquire magazine (for which he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award), Bon Appétit and Food Network Magazine. But did you know there’s almost no food Ted won’t try, and that cheese is his absolute favorite? He’s also secretly wished he could be the lead singer of a rock band. Find out which one, and get more interesting tidbits about this multifaceted host with the most.

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6 Top-Secret Sauces to Trick Out Your Grilled Meats

by in Recipes, June 24th, 2016

Special Burger SauceThey say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.

Special Burger Sauce (pictured above)
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret! Read more

Exclusive: Geoffrey Zakarian Previews the New Season of Cooks vs. Cons

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 24th, 2016

Geoffrey ZakarianFresh off a hit first season, Cooks vs. Cons — the game that asks if a professional chef can be outcooked by an amateur home cook — is set to return for Season 2 on Sunday, July 10 at 10|9c. Recently we caught up with Geoffrey Zakarian, the host of this culinary whodunit, to get his take on the success of Season 1 and what to expect from upcoming battles. Read on below to hear from him in an exclusive interview, and find out the pro-or-joe hunches he develops while watching each contest unfold.

Fans really gravitated toward the first season. Why do you think this is such a craveable game?
It’s on everybody’s mind that they all want to be a chef. So it’s very fun for people to imagine trying to trick someone like myself and two judges into [believing they’re] a chef, so I think it really sets up their interest first. And then the premise is great. It’s very quick. It’s easy to understand. You get it right away. And you’re just hooked because the chefs and the amateurs are both very interesting people. Pros are interesting, and the amateurs are interesting. It’s really great casting.

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