Food Network’s Mac And Cheese Recipe Upsets Facebook (Video)


By Cooking Panda

It’s 2017, and Thanksgiving recipes are at an all-time low. Nothing is sacred. And like politics and personal inquiries into your dating life from distant family members — it’s going to be harder than ever to avoid “Thanksgiving-adjacent” dishes.

The New York Times re-ran a 2014 recipe for Brussels sprouts sliders and the reception was a resounding “Absolutely not.” And now, it seems, the Food Network is participating in a an epic, self-inflicted, one-upmanship showdown, which has now befouled a sacred American dish: mac and cheese.

Food Network’s “Ultimate Mac and Cheese” recipe video, below, starts off innocently, but sinister undertones await. Host Katie Lee, whisks up a standard roux, a melted butter cream sauce, throwing in a “little zing” of dijon mustard that elicits a superfluous “Oooh!” from fellow guest chefs, and finally plunging a pyramid of gruyere and cheddar cheese into the mixture. Cavatappi pasta is added and almost as quickly as the dish looks delicious and ready-to-eat, a misinformed Nancy Fuller dumps a sheet pan’s worth of roasted Brussels sprouts and winter squash, ruining an otherwise perfect mac and cheese by katie lee.

Pan and zoom to restaurateur and judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” Geoffrey Zakarian, looking mighty displeased by Fuller’s choice of mac and cheese additions. For a few split seconds, you can observe a brimming uneasiness twiddle through his fingers. A “woke” Zakarian looks like he’s just about had it with this disloyal Thanksgiving recipe. He gets it; you just don’t add vegetables to mac and cheese.

And guest chef Jeff Mauro adds insult to injury by throwing dried cornbread stuffing into the dish for that extra “crunchy top” that no one asked for.

Eater called it “a cafeteria potato salad that’s going through a rough divorce.” Facebook users were colorful in their commentary, suggesting the “Ultimate Mac and Cheese” dish to “anyone who hates their family but can’t get out of attending Thanksgiving dinner,” wrote Bunny Murphy. “Just bring a pan of this and I guarantee they’ll never speak to you again. Problem solved.”

Thanksgiving, which arrives Nov. 24, is over. You can all go home now.

Source: Eater / Featured Image: Steven Depolo/FlickrTags: food network, mac and cheese katie lee, mac and cheese recipe, Thanksgiving recipe
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14 ‘Chopped’-Inspired Recipes You Should Make For Dinner


By Cooking Panda

If you’ve seen the fast-paced, high-energy Food Network cooking competition, “Chopped,” you know the show’s basket ingredients sound gross and sometimes downright terrifying on their own — but can end up producing some surprisingly elegant and delicious dishes.

You won’t find canned chicken or Spam on this recipe list, compiled from Food Network’s “Chopped”-inspired recipes, granted, but read on to see how ingredients like pickle juice and almond butter can give you delightfully unique dinners. Here is a list of some chopped recipes.

1. Steak and Black Bean Chalupas

Have a steak feast on the cheap with these cube steak chalupas, crispy and filled to the bursting with spicy seasoned meat, soft and flavorful black beans, and refreshingly sweet chili-lime mango.

2. Camembert and Ham Bread Pudding

This soothing bread pudding packs all the flavors of a sophisticated cheese plate — a baguette, ham, camembert cheese, apple and even white wine — into convenient little ramekins.

3. Almond Chicken Satay

Extra rich and textured almond butter replaces the classic peanut flavor in this quick and easy dish. Chicken is bathed in a creamy sauce of almond butter, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, snap peas and more — and the mixture is thrown over a generous plate of vermicelli noodles.

4. Spaghetti with Sauteed Collards and Bacon

Collard greens are an essential ingredient in this pasta dish, complete with crispy pancetta, garlic, red pepper flakes and plenty of olive oil and Parmesan.

5. Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Plums with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce

A creamy, tangy sauce of goat cheese and Greek yogurt mingles pleasantly with sweet grilled plums and juicy pork tenderloin. The elements marry on a bed of perfectly bitter arugula.

6. Butter Roasted Chicken with Grit Waffles

Chicken and waffles gets a gourmet makeover with buttery, peppery, oven-roasted chicken thighs and drumsticks, placed over golden grits-based waffles and drizzled with chipotle-infused maple syrup.

7. Grapefruit and Honey Salmon

This sweet and citrusy salmon makes a healthy meal in a pinch. It comes together with salmon fillets, grapefruit and just five other ingredients you probably already have in the pantry.

8. Chicken and Tater Tot Casserole

Creamy, comforting chicken pot pie is made even more scrumptious with a crispy tater-tot crust. Pulse store-bought tots in a food processor with thyme, sprinkle the mixture over the casserole, and enjoy the mingling of the crumbly crust with bubbling filling. You’ll never go back to plain pie crust again.

9. Pickled Shrimp and Fried Tomatoes

Leftover pickle juice is reborn in this uniquely delicious dish of pickled shrimp, fried tomatoes and creamy dill pickle dressing. The tangy, briny ingredients work marvelously with versatile shrimp and the tomatoes’ cornmeal coating.

10. Caesar T-Bone Steak with Stout Pan Sauce

This steak-and-potato dinner will help you finally understand what the heck the “umami” flavor craze is all about. Rubbed with garlic-anchovy paste and served with a sauce of stout beer and Worcestershire, the steak will taste different (in a good way, of course) from anything you’ve ever had before.

11. Carbonara Stuffed Potatoes with Crispy Pancetta

Want to enjoy the flavor of carbonara — eggy, cheesy, bacony goodness — but aren’t in the mood for pasta? Try it in these hearty baked potatoes, perfect for brunch or as a generous side to an Italian meat dish.

12. Chestnut Ravioli with Browned Butter and Thyme

Pureed canned chestnuts (yes, canned, apparently) and ricotta make a smooth filling for these wonton ravioli, swimming in a browned butter sauce with garlic and thyme and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

13. Curried Pot Pies

This filling and warming vegetarian dish gets flavor from coconut milk and butter, ginger, curry powder, lime and jalapeno. The sauce coats cubed zucchini and tofu, and it’s all topped off with a crown of panko breadcrumbs.

14. Banana Chip Crusted Jerk Pork Chops

Slightly sweet banana chips coat these spicy jerk pork chops, served over cooling white rice and black beans for a complete Jamaican-inspired meal.

Source: Food Network / Featured photo credit: PixabayTags: Chopped, chopped recipes, dinner recipes, food network, unique dinner, unique ingredients
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QUIZ: Which Cooking Competition Should You Enter?


By Cooking Panda

From “Cupcake Wars” to “Top Chef,” Food Network has a host of televised cooking contests that have likely inspired you to get in the kitchen and whip up some impressive eats — or, at the least, have made you extremely hungry. Whether you love the challenge of unique ingredients, incorporate your favorite basic foods into every meal, or mostly stick to baking, tell us, and we’ll tell you which Food Network competition would be lucky to have you.

Featured photo credit: Les Roches Global Hospitality Education/Flickr

Tags: Chopped, cooking competition, food network, great british baking show, tv
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10 Ways Your Favorite Celebrity Chefs Cook Potatoes (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

A solid potato dish is one of the first things you should master in the kitchen. Whether you like your potatoes baked or steamed, cheesy or meaty, stuffed or sliced, take inspiration from these 10 seasoned Food Network chefs — who all know a thing or two about successful spuds.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes

Ina Garten’s go-to smashed taters have crispy skins, covered just enough by melting Parmesan cheese and a colorful sprinkling of fresh chives. I can smell them now.

Tyler Florence’s Scalloped Potato Gratin

Tyler Florence likes his flay potato gratin with plenty of cream (heated with herbs like thyme, bay leaves and nutmeg), thinly sliced potatoes and Parmesan — layered and served in a buttered dish.

When grilling up his spuds, Bobby Flay prefers not to neglect the sauce. These little Yukon golds are boiled, tossed with homemade mustard aioli and grilled until golden brown. Don’t forget the extra aioli for dipping.

Paula Deen’s Loaded Mashed Potatoes

This is a Paula Deen recipe, which, as you must know, means three things: butter, sour cream and bacon.

The Pioneer Woman’s Funeral Potatoes

With hash brown potatoes cooked in a creamy onion sauce, sour cream, three types of cheese and a potato-chip crust, this classic funeral dish is anything but upsetting.

Alton Brown’s The Baked Potato

Alton Brown calls his no-fuss spud treatment the world’s best, hence the definitive “the” in the title. His secrets to a fluffy potato interior are to poke holes all over the potato to release steam, to lightly coat the potato in olive oil to regulate heat while cooking and to cook the potato directly on the rack, no foil necessary. It’s a science.

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara-Style Baked Stuffed Potatoes

If you want your potatoes to take center stage, let Rach show you how to make them shine. Her taters are filled with a mixture of eggs, bacon and cheese, baked and topped with an extra over-easy egg. It’s all the flavor of carbonara pasta in one not-so-neat package.

Giada de Laurentiis’ Parmesan Potato Pancake

This big ol’ potato pancake works for brunch and dinner, as long as you’ve got a hungry crowd of tater lovers.

Guy Fieri’s Goody Girl Championship Potatoes

Just like their chef, these soft spuds are loud and proud, tossed with bacon, cheese, onion, cayenne, paprika and (what!) crab boil seasoning.

Emeril Lagasse’s Slow Cooked Potatoes with Mushrooms and Ham

Emeril’s take on potato casserole is comforting, hearty and BAM! They’re slow-cooked with cheese, mushrooms, ham and fresh herbs, drizzled with a cup of heavy cream before finishing one last stint in the oven, and topped with extra Gruyere and thyme.

Featured image credit: alanagkelly/FlickrTags: celebrity chefs, flay potato gratin, food network, potatoes
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Nicole Kidman And Ellen Fail Hilariously At Cooking (Video)


By Cooking Panda

Sometimes it seems like celebrities just know how to do everything, and that they know how to do it better than us (video below).

Prepare for that false illusion to be hilariously shattered.

When celebrity chef and Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” it was with the intention to teach Nicole Kidman and host Ellen DeGeneres how to prepare a delicious vegan artichoke arancini, along with focaccia with clementine and fennel.

However, the task proved near impossible, as Kidman and DeGeneres simply could not stop laughing as De Laurentiis tried her darnedest to show them the culinary ropes.

While the entire clip is worth watching (their antics will definitely get at least a laugh or two out of you), the best part comes at the end when it’s time to conduct the taste test.

Kidman and DeGeneres are not kind, but they are silly!

Essentially, the two women do not hold back on giving their opinions about the cold food that they assume has been left out for a handful of hours.

But don’t despair, Giada De Laurentiis fans. The highly acclaimed Italian chef mentioned on air to Ellen that she will be opening up a new restaurant in Las Vegas at the well-known Caesars Palace, just like Gordon Ramsay is slated to do.

Also, she might have her sights set on launching a new restaurant somewhere on the East Coast!

Watch the funny video here:

Source: Ellen Tube / Photo Credit: Celebrity ABC/Flickr

Tags: Chef, ellen degeneres, food network, giada de laurentiis, nicole kidman
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Chef Puts Taco Seasoning On Watermelon; Internet Rages (Video)


By Cooking Panda

So, who reading this has heard of the Food Network show called “Man Crafted” (video below)?

I just learned about it today, but apparently one of the chefs who appears on it — a man named James Briscione — made quite a splash in the online foodie community for doing things to a watermelon on camera that people take serious issue with.

Namely, he cut the melon up into little cubes, stabbed the bite-sized chunks with a toothpick, and then finished off his culinary creation by sprinkling a fine dusting of salt and taco seasoning on top.

To be fair, I have never tried watermelon with taco seasoning before; I have, however, sampled different combinations that I never thought would work with watermelon, and been pleasantly surprised.

Watermelon and feta? It’s delicious. Watermelon with just a little bit of lime juice? Out of this world.

Taco seasoning, however, just doesn’t do it for my appetite’s imagination, and apparently most of the internet agrees, because people have been reacting extra negatively to the mere notion of the idea.

“This is terrible,” writes one distraught Twitter user.

“I honestly thought the guy would accidentally cut his finger off – what happened was way worse in my opinion!” adds another.

“That’s a weird way to cut watermelon but okay,” another Twitter user said in the beginning. Upon seeing that Briscione was not using salt, but taco seasoning, however, the Twitter user continued: “I need to try salt on watermelon somet- OH GOD WHY.”

What do you think of the combination? Would you give it a try or do you agree with all of the baffled and even furious diners of the internet?

Source: Kelly/Twitter / Photo Credit: Pexels

Tags: food abomination, food network, man crafted, taco seasoning, Watermelon
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Instacart Teams Up With The Food Network To Deliver Recipe-Ready Meals To Your Door


By Cooking Panda

Meal-kit delivery services have been growing in popularity, with providers like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh delivering home-chefs everything they need to prepare a meal. The ingredients are pre-measured, and the recipe cards are printed, with illustrated step-by-step instructions. All you need to do is supply the salt, pepper and oil.

Of course, the downside to some of these services is that consumers have limited choice when it comes to choosing which recipes they want delivered to their home — a problem which online-grocer service Instacart is seeking to address, after announcing its partnership with Food Network.

The Instacart press release explains: 

Have you ever found yourself pouring over recipes online, only to later wander through grocery store aisles hunting down each and every ingredient you need? We want to save you that headache once and for all, and give you your valuable time back. We’re turning to the leading destination for recipes and culinary inspiration, Food Network, to make the meal planning, shopping and preparation experience as simple as a few easy clicks online, ultimately bringing ingredients to your door in as little as one hour.

Instacart is teaming up with Recipe Box and Grocery List across the Food network’s websites. While browsing through more than half a million recipes, users will be able to add ingredients from any recipe to their Instacart. Then, after selecting a delivery time, an Instacart Personal Shopper will deliver the ingredients straight to their door.

According to Eater, a spokesperson describes the collaboration as “the same Instacart service, but you can seamlessly add all of the ingredients you need directly from a recipe on or to your Instacart shopping cart.”

As Digital Tends reports, this partnership comes on the heels of Instacart’s collaboration with personalized nutrition service PlateJoy, which purports to help consumers buy groceries specifically tailored to their health goals.

If you’d like to try out the new feature, you can visit or In celebration of this launch, Food Network has also selected three trending recipes geared toward the summer: a 4-Ingredient Peaches and Cream Pie, Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad and Grilled Whole Porchetta-Style Chicken.

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Tags: blue apron, food network, instacart, meal delivery
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