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Food Network Scorches Summer with Heat Seekers

Robert Irvine Returns with Season Two of ‘Restaurant: Impossible’
Plus: 5 New Episodes of ‘Food Network Star’ and 6 Daytime Season Premieres

NEW YORK – June 16, 2011 – Summer‘s heating up on Food Network with two new series, seven new seasons and five premiere episodes of its number one show, Food Network Star. It’s raining men in the series premiere of Heat Seekers as Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking take the country by storm in a sizzling search of the nation’s spiciest food beginning Friday, July 22nd at 10pm, and two cacophonous New Jersey sisters get down to baking business in the new series Tough Cookies (WT) premiering Monday, July 11th at 10pm. Summer fun doesn’t stop there as Robert Irvine returns to save the day in season two of Restaurant: Impossible premiering Wednesday, July 6th at 10pm while the suspense builds and contestants dwindle in premiere episodes of Food Network Star on Sundays at 9pm. Things are getting busy “In the Kitchen” with six daytime season premieres, and the action continues with countless premiere episodes of Food Network favorites including Iron Chef America and Food Network Challenge. Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

FEATURED SERIES
·         Premiering Sunday, July 3rd at 9pm –“Diners, Drive-Ins and 4th of July”
In this 90-minute episode, the ten finalists must prove that they can entertain and cook. Guy Fieri explains that each finalist will take part in a taping at Mel’s Drive-In. Then, it’s all fireworks as the contestants put their spin on American classics using MGD 64 as a special ingredient for the Fourth of July All-American Food Festival, and the finalists must take the stage and serve as the live entertainment for the day.
·         Premiering Sunday, July 10th at 9pm –“Food Truck Face Off”
Tyler Florence divides the nine finalists into groups challenging them to create and brand a unique menu for a lunch truck. They must film an advertising spot promoting their truck and then serve mobile meals to viewers they inspired, but contestants have to put their best foot forward as consumers can only visit the truck they liked best.
·         Premiering Sunday, July 17th at 9pm –“Dinner Party for Wolfgang Puck”
In this double elimination episode, Bobby Flay charges the eight finalists to create a signature dish and helps them shine before each finalist demos their dish in front of the selection committee. Later, Bobbyreveals the next challenge where the remaining finalists must host a dinner party for Wolfgang Puck and create a menu with only the ingredients and supplies in the house. HGTV’s Sabrina Soto makes a guest appearance to help the finalists get the house dinner party ready, and Puck arrives with the judges to help decide which six finalists will head to New York City to finish the race to become a Food Network Star.
·         Premiering Sunday, July 24st at 9pm –“Ina Garten and Rachael Ray”
In this episode, the six remaining finalists arrive at Food Network headquarters in New York City and are greeted by Ina Garten and Bobby Flay. She challenges them to create unique cupcakes that best represent their personalities. Next, contestants are floored when Rachael Ray joins them via satellite and informs them they must put on a live demonstration on the Rachael Ray Show. Each finalist puts their twist on a traditional dinner dish hoping to impress the live studio audience and Rachael Ray herself.
·         Premiering Sunday, July 31st at 9pm –“Comedy Roast”
The five finalists begin this action-packed episode scouring the stores of Chelsea Market in New York City searching for the “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Bobby Flay then directs them to describe how this dishimpacted them. Next, the finalists prepare a signature roast dish that gets roasted by guest star comedians Gilbert Gottfried, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Anderson, Louie Anderson and Judy Gold.
SERIES PREMIERES
Tough Cookies (WT):Premieres Monday, July 11th at 10pm
Food Network heads down the shore this summer for the new series Tough Cookies (WT), following sisters Susan Adair and Linda Brand and their loving, squabbling, multi-generational family as they run Crazy Susan’s Cookie Company in Ocean City, N.J. Crazy Susan’s isn’t your average bakery – Susan is a mad genius, cooking up crazy new concoctions every day, and their cookies are as popular as the beach in this town. They have their hands full with lines out the door and phones that never stop ringing – all while baking and managing their employees, who are mostly family members.
Heat Seekers: Premieres Friday, July 22nd at 10pm
For chefs Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking, Heat Seekers is a tongue-testing odyssey to discover the most delicious and dangerous spicy food in the country—and figure out why it’s so much fun to eat. This season Aarón and Roger travel to Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Chicago, Seattle, Charleston and Los Angeles in search of outrageously spicy creations. In each city, they discover the secrets of everything from broiled crawfish and buffalo frog legs to fiery ribs and seafood ceviche, and then subject themselves to a test of who can handle the heat. What results is either tears of laughter or tears of pain, but usually, it’s both.
SEASON PREMIERES
Primetime
Restaurant: Impossible: Season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 6th at 10pm
·         Premiering Wednesday, July 6th at 10pm –“Dodge City”
Robert heads to Harrisburg, Pa., to save Dodge City, a Wild West themed restaurant. Robert challenges the staff to create an original dish, and the design team races against the clock to finish the restaurant’s new look before the grand opening.
·         Premiering Wednesday, July 13th at 10pm –“La Stanza”
At La Stanza in Philadelphia, Robert finds an old-world Italian restaurant being run by the owner’s daughter and on the brink of failure. He jumps into action brightening up the dining room and updating the menu while also training an inexperienced manager.
·         Premiering Wednesday, July 20th at 10pm – “Sweet Tea”
Robert travels to Chapin, S.C., in attempt to save Sweet Pea by improving the freshness of the food, quality of service and restaurant décor. With just minutes until opening, Robert puts the staff through a grueling boot camp to shake the bad service in a last attempt to save this restaurant from complete failure.
·         Premiering Wednesday, July 27th at 10pm – “Country Fare”
Robert’s mission is clear when he arrives at Country Fare in Stafford, Va., a neighborhood diner with inedible food and a repulsive kitchen. After teaching the staff basic cooking skills, he focuses on a much-needed design overhaul.
Daytime
Aarti Party: Season 3 premieres Saturday, July 2nd at 9am – “Summertime and the Cookin’ Is Easy”
Down Home with the Neelys: Season 10 premieres Saturday, July 2nd at 11:30am – “Food Spell”
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: Season 8 premieres Saturday, July 2nd at 12pm – “The Secret to Lobster Rolls”
Barefoot Contessa: Season 5 premieres Saturday, July 2nd at 1pm – “Summertime Easy”
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian: Season 5 premieres Sunday, July 3rd at 9am – “Italian Inspiration”
Cooking for Real: Season 10 premieres Saturday, July 9th at 10am – “Taking My Lumps”
ON-AIR SPECIAL
Sunny’s All-American Celebration: Premieres Saturday, July 2nd at 10am
Sunny Anderson shows us that behind every great soldier is a good meal. It’s a very special personal and patriotic journey for Sunny as she travels to Ft. Bragg, N.C. and Fort Lee, Va. to look back on her time in the military, celebrate men and women in uniform, reconnect with her active duty family members, and show viewers why food is often the glue that holds military families together.
ONLINE CONTENT
Pull out a checkered tablecloth, fire up the grill and look no further for perfect all-American recipes at FoodNetwork.com/july4. Food Network fans get party-perfect recipes like Guy’s 4th of July Cocktail, Alton’s Fried Chicken and a new favorite, Flag Cake, from Ina Garten.
NEW EPISODES
In addition to the above new series, seasons and specials, Food Network premieres all new episodes of:
Food Network Challenge: Premieres Sunday, July 3rd at 8pm – “Star Wars Cakes”
Food Network Challenge: Premieres Sunday, July 17th at 8pm – “Chocolate Myths”
Food Network Challenge: Premiering Sunday, July 24th at 8pm – “Smurf Cakes”
Iron Chef America: Premieres Sunday, July 24th at 10pm – “Flay vs. Christensen”
Iron Chef America: Premiering Sunday, July 31st at 10pm – “Symon vs. Johnson”
Daytime: 5 Ingredient Fix, 30 Minute Meals, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Giada At Home, Guy’s Big Bite, Mexican Made Easy, Paula’s Best Dishes, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Primetime: Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Extreme Chef, Meat & Potatoes, Outrageous Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Salsas & Guacamole

My latest appearance on Studio 10 on WALA. Three dishes – one recipe, no cooking and the gorgeous Cherish Lombard. Does it get any better than that?

Check out these Cinco de Mayo recipes: red salsa, pineapple salsa and guacamole.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Easiest Ever Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Marcela ValladolidMexican Made Easy host Marcela Valladolid is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party all week long at the Food Network and you’re invited! Marcela was nice enough to send me a few of her recipes to share with the Wannabe TV Chef readers.

Be sure to trip over to the Food Network’s Cinco de Mayo HQ for more recipes and tips from the whole FN gang. I’ll be posting a more of Marcela’s recipes throughout the week so be sure to check back daily right HERE.

Marcela is also the author of Fresh Mexico (available at amazon).

Enjoy!!!

: Easiest Ever Chicken Mole Enchiladas

: Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid

2 chicken breasts 

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Mole:

  • 5 dried pasilla chiles or dried anocho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, or a handful regular tortilla chips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 5 1/2 ounces Mexican chocolate, chopped, (recommended: Ibarra)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Enchiladas:

  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup queso fresco or mild feta
For the chicken breasts:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Put the chicken breasts on a baking sheet, season with salt, pepper and olive oil, and bake until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred into small 1-inch pieces.

For the Mole:

  1. Reconstitute the dried chiles by soaking them in 1 1/2 cups hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and set aside. Grill the 2 corn tortillas in a grill pan until dry, crisp and golden. Tear into pieces and set aside.
  2. In a heavy large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, season with a little salt and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture, along with the chiles and torn tortillas, to a blender. Add all the remaining mole ingredients (except for the chocolate and chicken) and blend until very smooth. Transfer the sauce to a medium saute pan and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the chocolate. Season the mole with salt and pepper, to taste. Reserve 1 cup of mole for garnishing the enchiladas, the rest will be used for dipping the tortillas.

To assemble the enchiladas:

  1. Reheat the shredded chicken, if necessary, and keep warm. In a medium saute pan, wide enough to fit the tortilla, over high heat add the oil to reach 1/2-inch up the sides. When the oil is hot, add 1 tortilla at a time, and fry for a few seconds just until soft and heated through. Lift out, let the excess oil drip off, then dip the fried tortilla directly into the warm mole (which should be right next to the pan for easy dipping) and put on a cutting board.
  2. Working quickly, put a little of the warm shredded chicken in the center, being careful not to overfill. Roll the tortilla like a cigar to enclose the filling and transfer to a serving dish, seam side down. (Individual gratin dishes work great to hold the extra mole sauce or if serving family style, a baking dish will work as well.) If necessary, use tongs or a spatula to transfer the filled tortillas. Continue to fill all of the tortillas and arranging them side by side. Pour the remaining, reserved mole sauce over the top, drizzle with a little creme fraiche, sprinkle with queso fresco, and serve.

Cook’s Notes: The pasilla is a Mexican dried chile, also known as “ancho” or “chile negro” in the U.S. It is often used in moles and other Mexican sauces. It also can be sold as a fresh chile in the U.S. – similar to the poblano. They can be found at most supermarkets, Latin specialty markets or online.

Ibarra chocolate is a brand of Mexican chocolate that can be purchased in most national supermarkets. If you cannot find Ibarra or any Mexican chocolate, you can substitute 1-ounce of Mexican chocolate for: 1 (1-ounce) of semisweet chocolate, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 drop of almond extract.

Queso fresco is a white, mild, fresh Mexican cheese with the texture of fresh farmer’s cheese in the US. Queso fresco can be found in many supermarkets, or can also be substituted with a mild feta cheese.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4 – 6

Culinary tradition: Mexican

 

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Beer Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

Marcela ValladolidMexican Made Easy host Marcela Valladolid is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party all week long at the Food Network and you’re invited! Marcela was nice enough to send me a few of her recipes to share with the Wannabe TV Chef readers.

Be sure to trip over to the Food Network’s Cinco de Mayo HQ for more recipes and tips from the whole FN gang. I’ll be posting a more of Marcela’s recipes throughout the week so be sure to check back daily right HERE.

Marcela is also the author of Fresh Mexico (available at amazon).

Enjoy!!!

: Beer Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

Recipe courtesy Marcela Valladolid

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced with peel
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved and smashed
  • 2 1/4 pounds skirt steak
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup light-colored beer (preferably lager style)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  1. In a wide, shallow glass baking dish, scatter half of the orange slices, half of the onion slices and half of the garlic pieces on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the steak all over with salt and pepper and put in the dish on top of the orange and onion slices. Scatter the remaining orange, onion and garlic over the steak and pour in the beer and soy sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare a barbeque on medium-high heat or preheat a broiler. Remove the meat from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the steak to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve as desired.

Cook’s Note: A great filling for soft tacos, is meat sliced into strips and topped with shredded cheese and beans, or use your favorite taco filling!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Mexican

 

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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