Cones, Cups and Sundaes: Ice Cream on Top 5 Restaurants — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, July 21st, 2015

Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice CreamI scream, you scream, Food Network screams for rich, fruity and extra-chocolatey ice cream. You read right: In this episode of Top 5 Restaurants, sweet-tooth scouts discovered America’s best creameries and ice cream parlors. Hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian gave you the scoop on these countdown-worthy frozen treats. Keep reading to find out who’s churning out Food Network’s favorite.

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This Just In: Being a Foodie Is Good for You

by in News, July 20th, 2015

This Just In: Being a Foodie Is Good for YouA new study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that adventurous eaters — or “food neophiles,” as the researchers term them — tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those whose eating habits are more restricted.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, included a nationwide online survey of 501 diverse young women (average age around 27) that measured how adventurous their eating habits were, as well as their perceptions of new foods, the characteristics of their lifestyle and psychology, and their BMI. Not only did adventurous eaters — those more inclined to eat foods like seitan, beef tongue, kimchi, rabbit and polenta — tend to have lower BMIs, they were also more prone to cook foods linked to their own heritage, have people over for dinner, engage in physical activities and be mindful about healthy food consumption.

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Superstar Chefs Race Through the Market Aisles in Guy’s Grocery Games All-Stars

by in Shows, July 20th, 2015

Guy FieriStarting Sunday, Aug. 23 at 8|7c, famed chefs will enter Flavortown Market for a special five-part All-Stars series of Guy’s Grocery Games. You never know what host Guy Fieri has up his sleeves as he doles out games that even these chefs will find challenging. Whether it’s the Fieri Food Pyramid, a game of Can Can or the dreaded Food Wheel, they must be prepared for anything. The rotating panel of judges comprises Richard Blais, Melissa d’Arabian, Duskie Estes, G. Garvin, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Aarti Sequeira. In the fifth and final episode, the All-Stars will be teamed up with professional athletes, giving the All-Stars even more of a sporting chance to win a cash prize for their respective charities!

Find Out Who’ll Be Competing

It’s All In Sweet, Good Humor on Cake Wars: Behind-the-Scenes Video

by in Shows, July 20th, 2015


So far on Cake Wars, we’ve seen everything from comic hero cakes to spectacular wedding creations. Each week contestants are bringing their A-game with the hopes of impressing judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas, who along with host Jonathan Bennett make for a hilarious trio and a lively set, as seen in this behind-the-scenes video.

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Ina’s Zucchini Gratin — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 20th, 2015

Zucchini GratinOne of the best things about making veggie-centric meals is that you can plan your dishes around seasonal vegetables. By using what’s in season, you’ll ensure ultimate freshness and bright, beautiful colors every time. Since we’ve reached zucchini season, it’s time to seize squash’s day and use it in recipes that feature its versatility, like Ina Garten’s Zucchini Gratin (pictured above). Ina sticks with the typical ingredients of a classic potato gratin, like milk and cheese, but replaces the starchy potato with zucchini as a seasonal alternative.

Just because it is summer doesn’t mean we have to steer away from enjoying comfort. A creamy sauce comes together by adding a few tablespoons of flour for thickness — just like you would use for a potato gratin — and hot milk, and it coats the veggies. Ina adds breadcrumbs and Gruyère cheese before baking her gratin to create a golden, bubbly crust.

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Awesome Breakfast Stops for Your Summer Vacation

by in Restaurants, July 20th, 2015

On vacation, normal breakfast routines go out the window — as they should, because your much-deserved days off should start with craveworthy morning meals. Whether you’re sightseeing, relaxing near the beach or enjoying a staycation at home, we’ve got the lowdown on breakfast destinations that are worth a special trip.

Doughnuts
The lines often stretch around the block for these popular doughnut shops across the country, and once you’re biting into a decadent, deep-fried ring of dough, you’ll understand the reason why. Start the day with a maple-bacon doughnut in Washington, D.C., a birthday cake variation in Chicago or a Cointreau creme brulee confection in Portland, Ore. Check out Food Network-approved doughnut shops from coast to coast.

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A Bob vs. Bob Horse Race — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 19th, 2015

It’s true what they say: Bobs have more fun. On tonight’s brand-new installment of Alton’s After-Show, two of the Cutthroat Kitchen Bobs — the guys in charge of demoing and deconstructing host Alton Brown’s seemingly never-ending loot of sabotages — faced off in a diabolical yet hilarious horse race, all in the name of explaining to judge Jet Tila just what three chefs endured in Round 1’s biscuit breakfast battle.

Propped up on inflatable horses, the Bobs took their marks at the front of the arena and bounced around the kitchen for a full lap, much to the delight of Alton and Jet, who watched the mayhem unfold. “Coming around the gate it’s the kind-of-sort-of-bald-headed-skinny Bob taking the lead over the bespectacled Bob, who better catch up,” Alton said, narrating the race in his best announcer voice. In the end, Alton declared the match a draw, though “the bespectacled Bob” lost his balance at the very end, toppling to the ground on his side so the bouncy horse was belly up for a moment. “Great sabotage,” Jet said after realizing what challenges these horses held for the three sabotaged chefs.

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10 Top Spots to Try a Philly Cheesesteak

by in Restaurants, July 19th, 2015

CheesesteakBy Drew Lazor

Who’s got the best cheesesteak? It is a question that nags many a native Philadelphian, particularly when out-of-towners visit. After all, the elemental combo of griddle-cooked beef, gooey cheese and onions (gotta get onions), stuffed into a long roll, is our most-famous culinary export. Attempting to answer, beyond a shadow of a grease-dripping doubt, is a good way to drive yourself crazy, to say nothing of the damage to your waistline. Instead, let’s look at 10 of the area’s most-distinctive cheesesteak makers, all of whom provide a serious napkins-so-necessary experience.

(Note: For the purposes of this feature, we’ve decided to relegate Pat’s and Geno’s, South Philly’s world-famous dueling cheesesteak specialists, to “Hall of Fame” status. Sure, you should try them — but try these, too.)

Check out the full gallery for all 10 ’steak-savvy spots.

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