These days, we’re all scrounging around our couch cushions for nickel and dimes. So how considerate of Oprah to feature Tyler Florence and Iron Chef Cat Cora showing easy, tasty and budget saving home made meals for us to watch, while we pat down the sofa! You can catch a rerun of the segment here.
In case you missed it — there were three family interventions, if you will. Being the guilty, quick-fix TV dinner girl over here, I tended to relate to the first family, who ate almost entirely from the freezer to the microwave! Once the chefs demonstrated the whole slow cooking thing that’s been all the rage lately, I started to consider dusting off that crock pot hand me down (thank you cutey pa tootey Tyler Florence). Check out both Tyler’s family favorite recipes, as well as Cat’s complete 7-day menu, which includes a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes for all under $150.
Oprah’s not the only day time gal teaching us how to save some dough while watching dvr-ed shows. Sandra Lee just finished taping her first 13 episodes of Sandra’s Money Saving Meals which premieres on May 10th (2 days before SC’s B-day, in case your curious). We did get some behind the scenes on Ms. Lee, so keep a lookey-loo out for that video on here. Let me just say, even with the dollar scrimping, her plates don’t make any color cuts.
Tell me dear readers what is your “recession budgeting” tips for tasty meals? We’re all in this together and as much as I’m loving my slow cooker, it’s uh, a bit slow. Let me know. Heres to keeping it real and hot!
In honor of the Inauguration, we’ve put together a make-at-home version of the traditional all-American menu being served at President Obama’s celebratory luncheon today.
Ina Garten’s Seafood Stew
A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)
Emeril Lagasse’s Favorite Roast Pheasant
Robert Irvine’s Duck Breast with Berry Sauce
Sour Cherry Chutney
Floyd Cardoz’s Dried Fruit Chutney
Molasses Sweet Potatoes
The Neelys’ Sweet Bourbon Mashed Potatoes
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and Sweet Cream Glacé
Sandra Lee’s Apple Angel Food Cake
That’s right. The second Food Network Magazine just hit newsstands. It’s got 133 new recipes, new Sandra cocktails, game day with Guy, Bobby at home — plus, light takes on comfort food. Or just try these amazing looking cookies.
You can take advantage of a pretty sweet deal here or just pick up an issue at the store.
FN fans noted the first installment sold out quickly so we also corralled a list of stores that stock it.
Get the full list.
Since we’re all home enjoying the holidays, we wanted to share some holiday memories from your favorite Food Network stars…
Tyler Florence: Best gift — moped as a ten-year old…and then, “…whatever my wife got me last Christmas. Thanks, honey!”
Sandra Lee: Best gift — a love letter from her honey.
Guy Fieri: Best gift — His horse, Rebel was his first thought. However, he changed his answer to his two sons instead.
Alton Brown: A jet from his wife. That’s right, a REAL jet.
Sunny Anderson: Beebee bear from her mom.
Danny Boome: Skiing lessons. Worst gift: Hospital bills after the skiing lessons.
Watch all the holiday memories from your favorite FN stars.
Here’s a toast to all of the FN Dish’ers!
And if your glass needs a great companion…
try Paula‘s Mama’s Eggnog. YUM!
~ The FN Dish Staff
As mentioned, Food Network staffers just baked off in honor of the 12 Days of Cookies. To settle some bets, we’d love to hear which you think turned out the best. Plus, see if you can guess all the FN Gingerbread Stars in the last of the two fan photos at the bottom. Full answers (and the staff winner of our internal taste test) will be posted this Friday in the comments below…
As the season of giving (thanks and otherwise) approaches, it feels like a good time to revisit an important Food Network friend and ally.
Share Our Strength, FN’s official charity partner, tackles a vitally critical, yet simple mission. They work to ensure that no child in America grows up hungry.
Chef Duff (Ace of Cakes) and Sandra Lee (Semi-Homemade) did their part at The Great American Bake Sale earlier this year. Want to do your part? Get your notification for the 2009 Great American Bake Sale.
Read more about Share Our Strength and their partnership with Food Network or watch a quick video. It’s just another way the entire Food Network family gets involved behind the scenes.
FN’ers love their holidays but no one does Halloween like Semi-Homemade star, Sandra Lee. Aside from coming up with some of the most inventive tricks, treats, cocktails and tablescapes of this spooky season, Sandra knows costumes.
We aren’t talking about bedsheet ghosts and rubber masks. Sandra could literally step onto movie sets with the costumes she discovers.
We caught her between takes, wardrobe changes and a million other things as she shot her AMAZING Halloween Queens episode which aired earlier this week. Imagine cooking, hosting and finishing a long day of shooting — all while balancing a huge, top-heavy wig on your head.
What’s Halloween without tricky costumes?
If you missed Halloween Queens, fear not. Another great Sandra-fied Halloween episode airs today at 4pm ET / PT. Sandra…or should we say Marilyn, or Liz, or Vivien, serves up spicy bat wings and sweet & sour eyeballs, to name a few.
Can’t wait? Check out Sandra’s Greatest Halloween Hits:
12 Sandras in 60 Seconds
Want more Sandra Lee Halloween ideas? Check out her Halloween Sock Hop!