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Restaurant Revisited — Bowling: Impossible at Paul’s Bar & Bowling

by in Shows, August 6th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleAs time passes and new restaurant trends join the market, it’s often not enough for long-established eateries to continue doing business the same way year after year and decade after decade. Paul Awramko, the owner of Paul’s Bar & Bowling, learned this lesson the hard way when the 85-year-old establishment found profits rapidly declining in the last eight years. “Nothing has really changed” of the dark, old-fashioned interior at Paul’s, says Ed Arzoomanian, an investor in the business. The joint bar and bowling alley in Paterson, N.J., was in dire need of an update, and the menu called for a complete overhaul, both of which Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team successfully managed to complete in only two days and with a $10,000 budget. Read on below to hear from Paul to find out how his business is doing today.

“For the first three weeks, business was up 20 percent,” says Paul. He adds, “It looks so much brighter, more comfortable, intriguing, cleaner, more current [and] totally, totally not old school anymore.”

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Leftover Pickle Juice Does Double-Duty in This Seafood Feast

by in Recipes, Shows, August 6th, 2014

Pickled Shrimp with Fried TomatoesOn this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient pickle juice. Instead of throwing out leftover pickle juice, the chefs decided to use it both in the creamy tartar sauce and to dress the shrimp in this Pickled Shrimp and Fried Tomatoes recipe. By using the juice for both parts, the tangy flavor is carried through the entire dish, and pairing it with fried tomatoes makes for a contrast in textures. Enjoy this dish for a simple weeknight dinner or weekend get-together. And it takes only 30 minutes total to create.

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Pining for Pineapple Stationery

by in Product Reviews, August 6th, 2014

Pining for Pineapple StationaryHave you noticed that the pineapple seems to be the fruit of the moment? Pineapple clothing, pineapple treats, pineapple home decor and how about pineapple stationery? We’re jumping on this fruity train to share our favorite pineapple cards, art prints — even tattoos!

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Best 5 Waffle Recipes

by in Recipes, August 6th, 2014

Waffled Brownie SundaeWaffles may be known for their starring roles on breakfast tables, but when they’re not topped with warm maple syrup or cool whipped cream and berries, they shine alongside savory ingredients as well. From the tried-and-true marriage of waffles and fried chicken to the addition of bacon, cheese and spices, these tender, fluffy bites can be paired and stuffed with myriad flavors and textures; think of them as blank canvases just waiting to be dressed up depending on the batter. Read on below for classic and creative waffle inspiration with Food Network’s top-five waffle recipes from Damaris Phillips, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown and more chefs.

5. Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Pizzas — No longer just for breakfast, waffles take a savory turn with Damaris’ pizza pie-inspired recipe, boasting a sun-dried tomato waffle crust and traditional toppings, like homemade tomato sauce, gooey cheeses and fresh vegetables.

4. Chicken and Waffles — A trio of comfort food classics converge in Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix recipe: crispy, juicy fried chicken, fluffy waffles and smooth, buttery gravy.

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Chatting with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, August 5th, 2014
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Sequoia and Morgan, Chopped Teen CompetitorsFour young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s fourth episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen-chef winner from Part 4.

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Willie Degel Shuts It Down: A Restaurant Stakeout First

by in Shows, August 5th, 2014

Wille DegelOn an all-new Restaurant Stakeout this Wednesday at 9|8c, host Willie Degel does the unthinkable, by shutting down a restaurant for the first time. On the episode, Ricky, the owner of the Red Room in New Rochelle, New York, has been faced with running his mom’s restaurant. But without any experience, he’s put all his trust in his staff — a decision that might not be the wisest. Luckily, Willie is there to show him what’s really going on, and to help him see that sometimes you have to close one door in order to open another.

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QUIZ: Pop Stars’ Backstage Snack Requests

by in Food Network Magazine, August 5th, 2014

QUIZ: Pop Stars' Backstage Snack RequestsBackstage snacks are some of the perks of being a pop star — whether they’re there to fuel energy, help calm nerves or simply enjoy. While working on Food Network in Concert coming up this September, Food Network Magazine discovered the reported food requests of some of today’s top stars. Can you match each snack with the correct musician?

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Enter for a Chance to Win Cookbooks Featured in Off the Shelf

by in Contests, August 4th, 2014

Enter for a Chance to Win Cookbooks Featured in Off the ShelfNothing takes the burn out of midsummer heat like free cookbooks. FN Dish is giving one lucky reader his or her very own stack of books mentioned in recent Off the Shelf posts.

The books featured in this giveaway include:
Jeni Britton Bauer’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
Marisa McClellan’s Preserving by the Pint
David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen
Kimberley Hasselbrink’s Vibrant Food
Allison Kave’s First Prize Pies

To enter: Tell us in the comments what your favorite summer recipe from Food Network is (must include URL in answer). FN Dish is giving away this collection of cookbooks to one lucky, randomly selected commenter.

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Veggie Mini Burger Pita — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2014

Veggie Mini Yogurt PitaFor a bite-size treat that’s perfect for a lazy summer barbecue, try your hand at these meatless mini burgers by Jeff Mauro. Ready-made veggie burger patties tend to be unhealthy due to their use of mock meats, and are full of sodium, which often leads to people skipping them altogether. With a few inventive ideas and a food processor, however, you can create a meatless alternative that is as flavorful as it is healthy.

In this Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce recipe, the patties are made with a mix of quinoa and cannellini beans to kick up their protein content and are seasoned with breadcrumbs, spices, cilantro and garlic. They are then stuffed into soft pita bread and topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-based dressing for an added pop of flavor. Try these at your next barbecue for a healthy dish all party guests will enjoy.

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Making History — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 3rd, 2014

This week on Cutthroat Kitchen, history was made as an ingredient was sold for the highest amount ever paid for a sabotage on the show: $16,500. The sabotage in question was none other than the pickled ginger that replaced all of Chef Christina’s ground ginger in the gingersnap cookie round, as host Alton Brown tried to trip up the contestants by having them use ingredients that they were unfamiliar with in dishes that they know and love.

Judge Simon Majumdar, however, didn’t think that the ingredient should have gone for that much. “It has a flavor,” said judge Simon. “If you can use other spices alongside of it, you can get away.” This is exactly what Chef Christina did, and she secured the win. Alton explained, “I actually like that stuff in cookies, because I feel like it balances the sweetness, as well as the bitterness, of the molasses very well.” Chef Christina walked away with a whopping $18,500.

Click play on the video above to see how Chef Christina made use of the pickled ginger in her dish, and hear judge Simon’s reaction.

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