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QUIZ: Are You a Cutthroat Kitchen Superfan?

by in Shows, March 30th, 2015

Antonia Lofaso and Alton BrownYou’ve watched the evilicious battles unfold on TV every Sunday night, you log on to FoodNetwork.com to check out the latest After-Shows with Alton Brown and the judges, you’ve even found out which sabotage would slay you if you saddled up for competition. By all accounts, you’re a bona fide fan of Cutthroat Kitchen. Now it’s time to learn once and for all whether you’re a superfan — the ultimate in die-hard devotion to all things diabolical. Take the quiz below to see how your knowledge of the sabotages, judges, host and contest rules stacks up.

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Minestrone with Gnocchi — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 30th, 2015

Minestrone with GnocchiWhile winter’s chill may have (almost, finally) left us, that doesn’t mean you can’t still cozy up to a hearty bowl of soup — especially on a Meatless Monday. Since the basis of most soups is simply plenty of fresh vegetables and a stock (likely vegetable), these warming bowls are a go-to option for vegetarians, and leftovers reheat easily for take-to-work lunches and fuss-free dinners. Sure, some soups require the time and TLC that only slow simmering can provide, but many do not, including Food Network Magazine’s Minestrone with Gnocchi (pictured above), which can be on the table in just 40 minutes.

The secret to this quick-fix recipe is starting with a package of prepared gnocchi; these store-bought beauties are welcome timesavers in the kitchen, and when paired with the tomato-studded broth, they provide the welcome heft you crave in a soup. Each bowl is topped with a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese before serving, but if you happen to have a Parmesan rind on hand, add it to the soup along with the fresh rosemary as it cooks — the rind will slowly break down and melt, flavoring the broth with its salty, cheesy taste.

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Begging a Sabotage to Work … and Failing: Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, March 29th, 2015

From inflated blueberry suits to curry-inspired balance beams and a swinging hammock in place of a prep station, Cutthroat Kitchen is known for its over-the-top sabotages and seemingly impossible challenges. But sometimes, eviliciousness is nearly taken one step too far, as the show’s culinary team demonstrated in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. Food style Abel Gonzalez tried his hand at a would-be challenge for a tortilla-soup round, in which one chef was to be forced to mix and prepare soup using only tostada shells. Luckily for that chef, Abel found that the task was ultimately impossible, so the chef was spared from struggling with — and ultimately crumbling under —the impossibility of that task.

Click the play button on the video above to get a behind-the-scenes look at Abel’s attempt. After adding the critical ingredient — a generous pour of broth, aka the hallmark of a soup — he pleaded with the shells, “Please hold, please hold,” as he set them in the microwave for a quick cook. Despite his earnest pleas, though, he opened the microwave door to a puddle of broth and disintegrated shells. “I don’t have a soup there; I have mush,” he admitted, before deeming this a “sabotage fail.”

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What Does Great Art Taste Like? You’ll Soon Know

by in News, March 29th, 2015

TateArt is a matter of taste, of course, but a new exhibition set to open in late summer at the Tate Britain, in London, will take that idea to a whole new level.

Visitors to the exhibition, Tate Sensorium, winner of the Tate’s annual IK Prize, will be given sensory stimulators — sounds via headphones, bottles of scent — to experience the artwork on display with all of their senses: not only sight, but smell, touch, hearing and, yes, taste as well.

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Garlic-and-Greens Spaghetti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 29th, 2015

Garlic-and-Greens SpaghettiIt doesn’t necessarily take a list of complicated ingredients or countless hours on the clock to turn out a flavor-packed meal. In fact, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week celebrates bold staples you likely already have on hand: garlic, onions, hearty greens and noodles. Perhaps best of all, this satisfying dinner, best finished with nutty Pecorino Romano for extra richness, is ready to eat in less than 40 minutes.

For more dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Garlic-and-Greens Spaghetti (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine

Save Some Coffee for Cocktail Hour

by in Drinks, Recipes, March 28th, 2015

A cup before work, a cup to get through 3 p.m. — why not have a cup during happy hour? Coffee cocktails might be exactly what you need: something that melts away the stress of the day while simultaneously boosting your energy for late-night laundry. Add in some rum or chocolate, and you’ll enjoy your caffeine fix more than ever. Whether you’ve just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these sips are sure to put a smile on your face.

Pitch-Dark Coffee Stout (pictured above)
Why not have both brews—coffee and beer—at the same time? Coffee liqueur and espresso give you a bit of a jolt while stout rounds out the richness of the drink.

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Enter to Win an Easter Basket from The Kitchen

by in Contests, Shows, March 28th, 2015

Sunny AndersonWith deviled eggs, roasted lamb, chocolate nests and party-ready punch on the menu this weekend, The Kitchen cast was set to kick off an all-new episode dedicated to celebrating next week’s Easter holiday. In true Kitchen fashion, the co-hosts turned the focus of the show to you, the fans, and let you take part in the party by giving you the chance to win an over-the-top Easter basket.

At the start of the show, Jeff Mauro showed off a special Easter egg that would be hidden on set and later revealed two times throughout the episode; it was up to you, the viewers, to spot the egg for your chance to win one of these seasonal baskets, each filled with a Le Creuset 4.5-quart Dutch oven, a Le Creuset spatula, a Le Creuset spatula spoon, a tea towel set and a Kitchen mug signed by the cast.

Think you spotted the hidden Easter egg? Leave a comment below with the location where you think you saw it on the set of The Kitchen on air. Five lucky, randomly selected fans will win one Easter basket each.

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6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use Them

by in Family, March 28th, 2015

6 Essential Pantry Ingredients and 3 Surprising Ways to Use ThemAs the mom of four kids under age 6, I’ve found the secret to stocking a useful pantry: Every item needs to be versatile. From breakfast to lunch and snacks through dinner, my favorite pantry items can be used over and over again in totally different ways.

Old-Fashioned (Whole) Oats: I buy the generic store brand. While we make our share of oatmeal in the morning — three minutes in the microwave, then drenched in whole milk and sprinkled with chia seeds and dried fruit — there’s so much more!

Breakfast: Banana Oat Cup Muffins with Peanut Butter and Jam

Snack: 2-Ingredient Cookies

Dinner: New Classic Meatloaf

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Japan Has Apple Pie and Carrot Kit Kats for Easter

by in News, March 27th, 2015

Kit KatsWhen it comes to Kit Kat creativity, we American candy-bar lovers have nothing on our Japanese counterparts. In Japan, where Kit Kats are crazy popular, Nestle offers a variety of limited-edition Kit Kat flavors, many of them season- and holiday-specific.

You got your cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats (of various sorts), your pineapple Kit Kats, your kiwifruit Kit Kats, your maple Kit Kats, your choco-banana Kit Kats – even your baked potato Kit Kats and your soy sauce Kit Kats. You got your Christmas Kit Kats, your Halloween Kit Kats and your cherry-blossom-season Kit Kats.

This year, for the first time, Nestle is offering special Easter-edition Kit Kats: Apple Pie and Carrot flavor.

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Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: Best of the Cookie Batch Edition

by in Community, March 27th, 2015

#FoodNetworkFaves CookieNo matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. Every other week, we’re coming your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we call out the theme on Instagram, put your cooking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to Food Network recipe, snapping a photo and tagging #FoodNetworkFaves for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!

This time, we asked you to share your latest, greatest batch of cookies with us on Instagram — and, my, oh my, did you deliver. Our #FoodNetworkFaves hashtag blew up with cookie creations, from chocolate chipped and sprinkled to sandwiched and iced, with eye-popping batches of buttery beauty showing up in every square of our feed.

Behold, our first round of #FoodNetworkFaves with our four favorites!

Pictured above, @eunamaes has a batch of quintessential chocolate chip cookies cooling, just moments before they were probably devoured.

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