A Side of Crazy with Your ‘Cue — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, June 16th, 2015


There was no escaping smoky flavors on tonight’s episode of Chopped, as each basket contained barbecue-themed ingredients. That was no problem for judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan as they dug into the entree basket after the competitors left the set. On an all-new Chopped After Hours, they took on some classic ‘cue ingredients: North Carolina BBQ sauce, avocado, rainbow chard and spareribs.

“The other barbecue sauce, you’re kind of stuck going down one road,” Marc says. “Here you can go maybe more on the Asian side or probably maybe Indian direction.” Everyone else agrees that they are happy about the choice of sauce. Maneet ends up going in a completely different direction, trying her hand at making a Brazilian stew called feijoada. It includes rice, which she decides to make in the microwave. Ted thinks it’s a great time-saver, saying “I don’t know why more people don’t do that!”

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I Scream, You Scream … for a Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich

by in News, June 16th, 2015

I Scream, You Scream … for a Ding Dong Ice Cream SandwichEveryone loves an ice cream sandwich. Vanilla ice cream nestled between two soft-crisp chocolate cookies dotted with a grid of small holes (why do those wafers have holes in them, anyway?) are surely among summer’s greatest pleasures.

Now the menu mavens at Carl’s Jr. have added a new dimension to your regular everyday ice cream-sandwich deliciousness by introducing a new version in which “hand-scooped” vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two halves of a Hostess Ding Dong.

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The Summer of Competition Heats Up on Chopped with New Seasons of Grill Masters and Teen Tournament

by in Shows, June 16th, 2015

Chopped Grill MastersChopped Grill Masters and Chopped Teen Tournament are back for second seasons on Food Network. First off starting July 14 at 10|9c, Tuesday nights are getting fired up with Chopped Grill Masters. There’s a $50,000 grand prize on the line as 16 chefs/grilling pros head out of the kitchen to compete in the great outdoors, working with mystery baskets that put their grilling and barbecue skills to the test. Judges Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos, with special guest judges Amy Mills and Tim Love, will decide the fate of each competitor in the five-part tournament. Once the dust clears, there will be only one Grill Masters Chopped Champion.

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Barbecue

by in Community, Shows, June 16th, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About BarbecueThough the meaning of barbecue varies from region to region and even from state to state, there’s no denying that all things meaty, saucy and grilled are some of the best bites of the season. In celebration of the over-the-top eats featured on last night’s episode of Guilty Pleasures, Food Network asked you, the fans, to tell us about your top plates of barbecue. And in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just commenting but also showing photos of piled-high plates of sticky ribs, grill-marked chicken and everything in between. When it comes to true ‘cue, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see more of FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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It’s All About Burgers on Top 5 Restaurants — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, June 16th, 2015

Brindle Room BurgerIf there’s one food Americans seem to love endlessly, it’s a burger. On last night’s premiere of Top 5 Restaurants, Food Network narrowed the search for the country’s best burgers. Hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian brought the burgers to you in a countdown while taking a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurants — and what exactly made their burgers big, juicy and delicious enough to top the list.

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Dominique Ansel’s New Innovation: Burrata Ice Cream

by in News, Restaurants, June 15th, 2015

Dominique Ansel's New Innovation: Burrata Ice CreamReady to salivate? Three words: burrata ice cream. The Italian-cheese-inspired soft serve is one of two flavors just introduced by mash-up master Dominique Ansel at the walk-up ice cream window of Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York’s West Village.

The creamy Burrata Soft Serve — which Ansel calls “a new alternative to vanilla” — comes in a homemade “honey tuile cone” with a whole-strawberry confit inside and is topped with balsamic caramel and fresh micro basil. “The flavors are simple and subtle, but so, so good,” DAK’s Instagram page boasts.

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Watermelon Gazpacho — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 15th, 2015

Watermelon GazpachoDuring the summer months, biting into a juicy piece of watermelon can feel like you’re drinking a tall glass of cold water. Crisp and refreshing, the fruit not only quenches thirst but, better yet, can satisfy a midday sweet tooth. Instead of slicing up watermelon as a side or serving it as dessert this summer, take Tyler Florence’s lead and use it as the base for Watermelon Gazpacho (pictured above).

Although gazpacho is traditionally a cold Spanish soup that combines tomatoes, vegetables and spices, the watermelon in this version gives it an unexpected twist while retaining that classic red color. Perhaps the best part about this dish is that there’s no stove necessary. Simply prep the ingredients, puree in a blender and it’s ready to serve in just 15 minutes. In addition to the two cups of fresh watermelon that act as the star in this soup, Tyler adds a dash of red wine vinegar — this acidity helps offset some of the sweetness — and half of a serrano chile for a spicy kick. Add tomato, red onion and cucumber for your veggie element. Before serving, garnish with fresh dill and crumbled feta cheese for contrast in color and a tangy bite.

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