Get Great Deals on Food Network Holiday Programming

by in Shows, November 10th, 2014

Holiday Baking Championship
If you’ve come to find that your Food Network holiday programming appetite is insatiable, then this news will be sure to please you. You can now purchase FN Thanksgiving and Holiday collections for 99 cents and get Thanksgiving-themed episodes from Food Network’s hit shows, like Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, on iTunes and Amazon. And, for a limited time, you can get the Holiday Baking Championship premiere for FREE before it even airs on TV. Just visit itunes.com/foodnetwork and amazon.com/foodnetwork to get in on these deals before December 2.

Food Network Thanksgiving Vol. 1 & 2

Holiday Baking Championship

Chopped

Cutthroat Kitchen

Guy’s Grocery Games

Beat Bobby Flay

The Pioneer Woman

Food Network Holidays Vol. 1 – 3

Dinner Spanakopitas — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, November 10th, 2014

Dinner SpanikopitaIf you’ve feel that you’ve exhausted your Monday meal repertoire, perhaps it’s time to branch out and try something new — maybe even by tapping into the cuisine of a different culture. So, for this week, serve up Ina Garten’s crispy and savory Dinner Spanakopitas. Don’t be intimidated by its name: It’s really just a center of spinach, scallions, onion and cheese, surrounded by flaky phyllo dough. And even if you’re not familiar with the word, you know that Ina’s cooking never fails to impress.

To get started, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook over medium-low heat. Then, put in the scallions and cook them until they’re wilted but still green. Drain most of the water from the spinach and add the cooked onion and scallions to it. Mix in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper, feta and pine nuts.

Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough, brush it lightly with butter and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs. Add another sheet of phyllo dough on top of the first, and repeat the same actions. Do this with 4 more layers. Then, cut the phyllo dough in half lengthwise. Put the spinach filling on and roll the phyllo up diagonally. After, fold the triangle of phyllo over straight and then diagonally again. Do this until you reach the end of the sheet, and make sure the filling is completely inside of the dough. Place on a cooking sheet, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with flaked salt and bake until the phyllo is browned and crisp. Serve hot.

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3D Printer That Prints Food Prepares For Release

by , November 10th, 2014

Foodini, a 3D printer that prints plates of food instead of plastic knickknacks. The release date was up in the air back when that piece was written, but now it looks like the printer’s creator, Natural Machines, is prepping to unleash their magical piece of tech upon the world.

If this is your first time reading about the Foodini, the printer uses plastic caplets of food ingredients to create dishes like pizza, cookies, pasta and a whole lot more. However, the creators have noted that this first iteration of the device will still need you to cook the food in your own oven after it is assembled. Future iterations will also do the cooking. Finally, humanity can lounge around and do nothing, just like in that inspirational documentary Wall-E.

Natural Machines hasn’t announced an actual release date, per say, but reports indicate that it will be within the next few months, which gives you just enough time to save some coin. The Foodini is expected to cost $1,000.

Turkey Taboos: What NOT to Do This Thanksgiving

by in Holidays, How-to, November 10th, 2014

When it comes to preparing the Thanksgiving bird, everyone has an opinion. We all have our favorite turkey, whether it’s Aunt Sally’s or Alton Brown’s 5-star fan favorite. There are some words of wisdom, though, that apply no matter what turkey recipe you choose. Chef Ariane Daguin, cofounder of D’Artagnan, a leading gourmet food purveyor, shared her essential tips for what NOT to do when it comes to the turkey. With these in your back pocket, your beloved bird will taste better than ever. Read more

Can You Iron Waffles Without an Iron? — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, November 9th, 2014

Steak, lasagna, chicken, potatoes — these dishes and more can be made in nearly any pan you have in the kitchen and can even move from the stove to the oven seamlessly. But when it comes to waffles, there’s just one all-important tool available for making them — or so Cutthroat Kitchen chefs thought before tonight’s all-new episode. In a doozy of a sabotage, Alton Brown auctioned off exclusive rights to the lone waffle iron in the kitchen, while other competitors were forced to tackle the waffle challenge using an ice cube tray and a metal meat mallet as their only cooking vessels.

Before the contestants attempted their next-level waffles with these seemingly oddball gadgets, the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew got to work on the same sabotages to make sure they were indeed fair and possible given the tight time restraints in the competition. Click the play button on the video above to watch the tests unfold and see how the team turned out untraditional waffles with the ice cube tray and meat mallet.

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Would You Ditch Your Phone to Get 10 Percent Off Your Restaurant Check?

by in News, November 9th, 2014

Cell PhoneYou might think the only incentive needed to give your cellphone a rest at the dinner table is to better enjoy your meal and engage in conversation with your fellow diners. But a restaurant in Iowa, Sneaky’s Chicken, has sneaked in a little extra motivation: Every Wednesday, customers willing to unglue their eyes and ears from their phones receive a 10 percent discount on their checks.

The restaurant’s general manager, Christy Wright, told the Associated Press that she and her dad, Sneaky’s owner, Dave Ferris, instituted the promotion, in which customers voluntarily put their phones in a box provided by their server, because they couldn’t help noticing that phones were taking their toll on table conversations.

(In a poll we conducted on FN Dish a few months back, most respondents said they “never” turn off their cellphones while eating at a restaurant. “I’m paying good money to eat at these restaurants and will do what I please with that time,” wrote one bristled commenter.)

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Ina’s Garlic Roasted Potatoes — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, November 9th, 2014

Garlic Roasted PotatoesWhen it comes to rounding out your dinner menu with a few easy-to-make side dishes, look no further than potatoes. From mashing and pureeing to frying, grilling and sauteing, there’s no shortage of ways to prepare the humble spud, including Ina Garten’s preferred method of roasting, which is featured in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. She opts for a few pounds of small potatoes to make her five-star dish, which boasts bold flavor from fresh garlic and a final sprinkle of parsley before serving.

For more top-rated recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: 5-Star Recipes board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Roasted Potatoes (pictured above)

“It’s My Favorite Cooking Holiday” — Alex Shares Her Thanksgiving Traditions and Tips

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 9th, 2014

Alex GuarnaschelliIf Valentine’s Day is a day for hopeless romantics, then Thanksgiving is surely one for the chefs among us. From the crowd of company seated at the dining room table to the crowning turkey centerpiece and the 10 or so side dishes flanking the buffet, it’s no surprise that those who enjoy cooking for strangers in restaurants would love even more to cook for their families at home, and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is no exception. “It’s my favorite cooking holiday,” Alex told FN Dish of turkey day when we caught up with her recently. For her, Thanksgiving comes twice — once at her restaurant and again with her family—and she notes, “I try to make everything from scratch.”

Read on below to hear more from Alex and find out her must-have bites on Thanksgiving, plus a few of her make-head tips for the feast.

What does Thanksgiving look like at your house? What kinds of traditions do you celebrate?
Alex Guarnaschelli: I have two Thanksgivings every year. The first one I do at the restaurant with my restaurant family, and we cook a whole big spread and we sit down, no matter how busy we are, and we take the time to hang out. And then I cook for my parents. My parents like to eat out in a restaurant, which is kind of embarrassing for a professional chef to be caught, busted, in a restaurant on Thanksgiving. So, if my parents really want to go out, we go out, but then I cook a whole spread at home for my daughter and my parents. And I try to make almost everything from scratch. It’s my favorite cooking holiday of the year. It’s a time, I think, when a chef just goes nuts and just does everything, and so I want to make sure I don’t miss anything.

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