by Maria Russo in Shows, December 5th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Polls, Shows, November 28th, 2015
Take it from the cast of The Kitchen: You don’t have to be a kid to find the joy in Santa Claus. The jolly guy stopped by the set of this morning’s all-new episode, and the co-hosts could hardly contain themselves as he walked in with one of his reindeer, Rocket. This week’s episode theme was all about holiday cookies, and since Santa surely has a penchant for milk and cookies, he couldn’t help but be merry either.
Take a peek at the all-new photo above. Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian are seemingly overcome with excitement, while Rocket, who’s showing off a bit of unmistakable side-eye, seems less sure of what’s going down.
We’re challenging you, The Kitchen fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, November 21st, 2015
With Thanksgiving, a holiday all but devoted to turkey, behind us, the focus has shifted to the upcoming holiday season and the entertaining that comes with it. From cocktail parties and cookie swaps to family dinners and open houses, holiday get-togethers can be what you make them in terms of the food and drink you pass and serve. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast kicked off the season with a hearty menu ideal for entertaining, including Jeff Mauro’s roast beef.
FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to the centerpiece element at your holiday feast, what dish do you most often prepare? Do you, like Jeff, reach for the beef, or do you follow the suit of Thanksgiving and opt for a turkey? Cast your vote in the poll below to let us know.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 14th, 2015
No matter how many side dishes you’ve prepared or how lovely your tablescape may be on Thanksgiving, when it’s finally time for dinner on turkey day, your friends and family will be looking for, well, the turkey. This year, guarantee your juiciest, most-impressive bird yet with the help of the cast of The Kitchen. On this morning’s brand-new episode, the co-hosts shared a trio of holiday-worthy turkey recipes for both classic and creative takes on the traditional bird. Check out their picks below, then hear from all five co-hosts as they offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving hacks.
By cooking the turkey in pieces, as opposed to cooking a full, intact bird, Jeff Mauro guarantees his Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey takes far less time to cook than a roasted turkey usually would. He dry brines the turkey with a salt rub, then roasts it with fresh celery, onion and garlic, as well as plenty of butter, for top taste.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 7th, 2015
The centerpiece roast turkey, the spread of casseroles, the pumpkin pie (and, likely, the apple pie too) — there’s no shortage of to-dos come Thanksgiving. So when there’s an opportunity to make your prep work a tad easier, it’s indeed tempting to give in. Hear from The Kitchen‘s Sunny Anderson about how she transforms a tried-and-true store-bought staple — the infamous canned cranberries — into an all-new side dish.
According to Sunny, one of her go-to holiday hacks is “cranberry sauce out of the can.” But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t dress it up. When it comes to the jellied stuff and the whole-cranberry option, she explains: “You can mix it together. … I take the jelly. I don’t slice it; that looks crazy. You just beat it with a whisk until it becomes a little bit loose, and then you add in the [canned whole cranberries].” To add an extra boost of homemade flavor, she brightens up the sauce with citrus. “A little bit of orange juice, some orange rind or, you know, zested. It kind of feels like it’s your own,” she explains. She also adds that you can mix in chopped fresh rosemary. “It looks like you made it, but you didn’t,” says Sunny.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 31st, 2015
The Kitchen co-hosts are known for doling out countless good-to-know tips, family-favorite recipe ideas and tried-and-true culinary hacks — and having their share of fun on set. (Remember that time Jeff Mauro donned his best bodysuit and performed an impromptu floor-skating routine?) Just this morning, Jeff and Geoffrey Zakarian once again showed off their silly sides as they put the finishing touches on their banana breads. After Katie Lee declared his rum-soaked banana bread a “home run,” Jeff could hardly contain his excitement and met GZ in the kitchen for a hearty high-five.
Take a look at the photo above that captures the guys’ grinning moment. We’re challenging you, The Kitchen fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 24th, 2015
With fall in full swing, the time is now to take advantage of the best seasonal produce autumn has to offer. Just a few weeks ago, The Kitchen‘s Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid showed off their tricks for transforming in-season squash, and on this morning’s all-new episode, renowned chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai dropped by to offer another go-to recipe, this time one that fuses together the flavors of the East and West.
To make his Kabocha Squash and Shiitake Wontons with Pomegranate-Vinegar Syrup, Ming starts with roasted kabocha squash, the flesh of which he scoops out of the vegetable and mixes with shiitake mushrooms to create the base of the dumpling filling. Once these two-bite beauties have been fried and are golden brown and crispy on the outside, he drizzles them with a sweetened rum sauce studded with ruby-red pomegranate seeds for a burst of color and freshness.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 17th, 2015
You went apple picking this weekend, and not only did you score a bushel of fresh-from-the-orchard apples, but you also grabbed a gallon of cider and a dozen cider doughnuts. After polishing off a few doughnuts on the car ride home — and a few more before and after dinner that night — what’s left to do with the extras? Enter The Kitchen. On this morning’s all-new episode, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee introduced two brand-new ways to put leftover doughnuts to work; both ways are easy and guaranteed to please your sweet-tooth cravings.
Just when you think that everyday bread pudding can’t get any more indulgent, Sunny’s Apple Cider Doughnut Bread Pudding raises the stakes with a custard laced with pumpkin pie spice — and a base of doughnuts, of course. If you don’t have apple cider doughnuts on hand, pumpkin spice doughnuts or even the plain variety will work, Sunny notes. She bakes doughnut pieces with the spiced custard, chewy dried cranberries and chopped pecans for texture, then serves the bubbly mixture while it’s still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added richness.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 10th, 2015
Classically happy, silly or downright sad — no matter what face you carve into your jack-o’-lantern, be sure to save the seeds you likely scraped from the inside of the pumpkin. These crunchy bits are blank canvases in the snack world. On their own they have a mild flavor, but they can be dressed up with sweet, smoky, salty and savory flavors alike. The co-hosts of The Kitchen shared their top tricks for transforming these seasonal eats on this morning’s all-new episode; each recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and is as simple as combining a few dried spices and baking until golden brown.
Curried Pumpkin Seeds (pictured above): To help the curry powder stick to the pumpkin seeds, coat them in a bit of coconut oil before adding the seasonings. Just a sprinkle of salt will help balance the warm flavor of the curry powder.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 3rd, 2015
Apples and pumpkins and spiced lattes, oh my! There are many reasons to love fall, and perhaps chief among them is the influx of produce. While summer often claims the spotlight in terms of garden-fresh goods, autumn too turns out its share of plentiful crops, including squash. From butternut and acorn to delicata and spaghetti, there’s no shortage of squashes hitting store shelves this time of year. And on this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off their takes on two of them.
Who says pasta must be served with red sauce? Not Marcela Valladolid, who prepared Spaghetti Tossed with Butternut Squash and Sage Butter, an easy-to-make meal that brings together satisfying butternut squash with another fall flavor: fragrant sage. After melting the butter, she infuses it with garlic and the chopped herb, creating a silky sauce that will coat each strand of pasta. Chopped hazelnuts add a welcome crunch, while a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese brings the decadence you crave.
It’s Sunday afternoon and the scene is set for a tailgate of touchdown proportions: The TV is turned to the game, your team of choice is (hopefully) racking up point after point, the refrigerator is stocked with plenty of beers, and a spread of what else but rich, saucy fixings lines your kitchen table. When it comes to those game-day eats, it’s likely the dips that take the cake, from creamy classics like French onion and hummus to tangy favorites like garlicky salsa. While those are indeed crowd-pleasing picks, this fall, dress up your usual football-watching menu with a new trio of dips. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared their takes on winning dip recipes, each a bold dish that’s a cinch to tackle.
Windy City Deli Dip
True to his Windy City roots, Chicago native Jeff Mauro brings the best flavors of a classic Italian hero to a meaty dip. He combines deli-counter staples like mortadella, pancetta and provolone cheese with fresh cherry tomatoes and cool iceberg lettuce to create the filling for his 10-minute dip. To continue with the sandwich theme, he hollows out an Italian loaf and fills it with the meat-and-cheese mixture. Hot giardiniera rounds out the flavors in this big-batch recipe, while a side of sliced bread makes for easy dipping.