Food Network Thanksgiving tips!

turkeyNeed a last minute recipe to round out your meal?  Having trouble figuring out how long to cook that bird?

Don't worry, it's to the rescue!

Find a turkey calculator, tips on how to carve, and those all important post-Thanksgiving recipes to use up leftovers. I especially love the carving tips because they are presented by the quirky Alton Brown.

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


And the winner is: Amy Finley!

Amy wins it all!  A brand new Food Network show and a place in all of our hearts, or at least a shot a winning a place in our hearts.  She wasn't my favorite, but I'll give her a shot. 

She won fair and square.  While it is true that JAG dropped out of the competition, which probably led to the chance for either of the girls to win, she still won.  People voted, and she got the most votes.  Tah Dah.

I know a lot of people have strong opinions on this subject, and please feel free to voice your opinions here.

Let it out. Let it all out.


Who will be the Next Food Network Star? Find out Sunday!

It's down to two, the writer mom, Amy and the wannabe restauranteur, Rory.  Both are very qualified for the job and have both attended culinary institutes.  Bout only one will end up the winner of their very own Food Network show.

They both have their appeal.  Amy is a little reminiscent of a more American Giada, who incidentally is her favorite chef, and will fit in well with the rest of the ladies.  She has class, but is still approachable.  She does seem a bit pretentious to me, but what do I know about actual chefs.  Her major downfall in my eyes is the fact that her favorite food is eggplant.  Yuck.  I don't want to watch a lot of stinky eggplant recipes.

Then there's Rory.  She's spunky and firey.  She's kind of like one of the boys, but she's a girl.  I think I like this one the best.  She's more unique than Amy and I think she'll be more fun to watch when she has her own show.

What do you think?  Am I way off base?  Please feel free to add your opinions and don't forget to cast your vote in my poll!

The winner will be announced this Sunday, July 22nd at 9pm.


Who will be the Next Food Network Star?

Watch Season Three to find out!  And if you missed it, catch the recap on by clicking here.  Ok, I missed it.  I didn't realize it was on again.  I also have to admit that I like Bravo's version of this food based competition (Top Chef) better. 

I haven't been that big of a fan of the past winners (sorry Guy Fieri.)  No one even remembers the "Hearty Boys."  I think what doomed those two from season one was the title of their show.  The food was catering food, not hearty food.  They were companions, not brothers.  The title misled the viewers.  We didn't quite know what to expect when we were watching the show.

And, while I like Guy's (season two's winner) attempt to match the title with the show, his food isn't really something new.  I also don't really like any cooking show that enlists the help of innocent bystanders into the cooking process.  If I cook a meal for someone, I do it for them.  I don't make them help cook, too.  It kind of defeats the purpose. 

Maybe this next batch of competitors will be up to my high standards of Food Network personalities.  Want to meet the new contestants?  Click here.

Who do you think stands out as a major competitor?


Think your recipe is worth $10,000?

If so, the Food Network is looking for you!  According to the Food Network's Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, Bob Tuschman, "we're challenging America to send us  their best recipes and we'll put the cream of the crop on-air to duke it out for the title of 'Ultimate Recipe.'"

Tuschman threw down the gauntlet.  Are you chef enough to enter?  If so, there are a few categories to enter:

CHICKEN - Whole, Fried and Soups & Stews

CAKES - Chocolate, Birthday and Cupcakes

COOKIES - Chocolate Chip, Spice and Bar

PASTA - Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna and Stuffed

COMFORT FOOD - Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese and Chili

BURGERS - Beef, Poultry and Seafood/Veggie

If you become one of the 9 finalists, you'll win a trip to Los Angeles and compete for the title of "Ultimate Recipe."

And, oh yeah, $10,000.

Click here to enter!


And the winner is: Jamie Oliver

The Naked Chef ran away with this poll, which would have been quite the site to see, I might add.  About 60% of you miss his heavy English accent and his simple way of cooking.  He was a very entertaining cook to watch, but I never saw something that he made that I would want to replicate.  It was very...English. 

But who am I to argue with the masses.  If you miss your favorite chef, tell me about him or her in the comments section.  We can all grieve together.

Here are the results:

  1. 63% of you (46 of the votes) long to bring back the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver.  (You remember he wasn't actually naked, right?)

  2. 16% of you (12 of the votes) are dreaming of the Sweet Dreams chef Gale Gand coming back to television. 

  3. 11% of you (8 of the votes) wish Wolfgang Puck was part of the Food Network gang, again.

  4. 10% of you (7 of the votes) would like Juan-Carlos Cruz to cruise by our TV sets.

That's it for the results!  Make sure to check out this week's poll and feel free to comment on this one.


Wedding Ideas from the Food Network

weddingGiada De Laurentiis and Tyler Florence help turn a couple's Hawaiian wedding fantasy into a food filled extravaganza!  In a special two hour show, contest winners Jeremy and Dede have their reception dreams made into reality.  The beautiful couple chose Hawaii as their dream destination, while georgeous chef, Tyler Florence, offered to lend a hand with the meal.  Don't worry, Jeremy, Tyler just got hitched himself, so you don't have to worry about your bride running off with the cook.

As an omage to the whole wedding thing, Food Network has dedicated the hours of 8pm to wedding fanfare all week.  If you would like to catch the Jeremy and Dede wedding special, you have many chances: May 5th at 9pm, May 6th at 2:00pm, May 11th at 9pm, and May 12th at 4pm.

If you're looking for help with your wedding, Food Network has some tips.  Click here to see Rachael Ray make a mean wedding brunch mimosa.  Ok it's not the toughest of things to make, but when that wedding day creeps closer and closer, you need all the help you can get.


Come vote for me!

I've been nominated for a blogger's choice award!

If you'd like to participate in the fun, and think that I might deserve your vote (no, I'm not above shameless begging)

Click here!

Food TV lovers of the world unite!  Cook the planet!


Feasting around the World - Food Network Style

Want to travel, but don't know where to start?  Just follow your stomach.  With a little guidance from you can make your travels exciting and tasty with the prep work already done for you.

According to The top five places on the list to travel for food are:

  1. Barcelona:  It has "everything from local tapas bars to exotic and experimental restaurants inspired by Spain’s famous, trendsetting chef Ferran Adria."  For more on Barcelona click here.

  2. Biarritz:  Has a "good blend of French, Southwestern, and the more local, Basque cuisine."  For more on Biarritz click here.

  3. Cape Town: Has cusine where "various European influences blend with African ingredients and Eastern traditions brought by slaves to this South African city." For more on Cape Town click here.

  4. Dublin: "Dining in Dublin has dramatically improved in recent years making it comparable to other international spots." For more on Dublin click here.

  5. Edinburgh: Even though this cuisine is "full of ethnically diverse dining options, it is proud of its roots."  For more on Edinburgh click here.

For the remaining five places, check out


The Food Network makes cooking more manly

Think cooking is for the women-folk?  You're definitley behind the times, not just for using the phrase "women-folk," but also for your sexist view of male/female roles.  According to an article today by MCT on, male viewers make up approximately half of the viewers for the Food Network.  It also states that the advertising is also catering more to the masculine crowd by showing "NASCAR-themed cookbooks and industrial-style kitchen goods."

The article also illlustrates further evolution by telling us that the male cooking craze can also be seen in Men's Health magazine:

  • Ten years ago at Men’s Health magazine, a publication known for workout routines, sex advice and cover shots of buff guys, recipes were among the least read stories.  “Now recipes are the most read stories in our magazine,” said David Zinczenko, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Ladies, I don't know about you, but I find this very encouraging.  There is nothing sexier than a man that knows his way around a kitchen.  I also would like to thank the Fook Network for it's decision to depict sexy male chefs not only grilling, but sauteeing, baking, and frying up a storm.  Keep up the good work!  And if you're a man, never be ashamed that you know what a spring form pan is.  You can bake a cake for me any time. 

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