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    August 14, 2014

    Lone Star Chuck Wagon Team Represents Houston & BBQ on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

    The fifth season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres Sunday, August 17, at 8 p.m. on Food Network, and the Lone Star Chuck Wagon team will represent Houston with its barbecue Tex-Mex mobile eatery concept. The reality show competition features a total of eight teams composed of three individuals ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Susie Jimenez of Trenza Talks Food Network Stardom and Latin Roots

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Check back with us tomorrow to read Part 2. If things had gone slightly different, Susie Jimenez might not have opened her Mexican/Latin American/Indian fusion restaurant, Trenza, in Houston. Jimenez came very close to having her own Food Ne ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Snack on Meatballs & Watch a Movie on The Lawn

    H-E-B Movie Night @ Discovery Green Friday, 7:45 p.m. 1500 McKinney Spend the evening at Discovery Green during the H-E-B Movie Night featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the lawn during this free event. Spaghetti Warehouse will provide meatballs fo ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Sarah Penrod Represents Houston On Food Network Star Season 10

    Food Network is looking for the next star to host a new cooking show this year, and Sarah Penrod, from League City, has been selected as a finalist. Penrod is joined by 11 other contestants vying for the title of Next Food Network Star. But, this isn't her first rodeo. Penrod had a chance at compet ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Talks "America's Best Cook" & Houston Restaurants

    Lately, Food Network seems to be adding a multitude of new shows, pitting professional chefs against each other and against Food Network stars. But now, the culinary channel has added a series that showcases amateur home cooks. "America's Best Cook" is a cross between Master Chef and The Voice. Home ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Five Dishes Featuring Spring Peas

    Last week we wrote about the spring produce you should be buying at farmers markets and grocery stores. The spring season brings lots of bright, fresh fruits and vegetables, but a special veggie seems to stand out as one of the most popular ingredients for in-season recipes: spring peas. One of my ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Do You Want Doughnuts With That Ice Cream?

    The Daily Review Cafe closed due to water issues, according to the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney, but it seems like things have been going downhill for the restaurant for a while. Recently, Yelp reviewers have been giving the River Oaks cafe many poor reviews, saying it was "awful all around" and ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    How To: Make Cookie Butter at Home

    Looking for the perfect foodie gift for friends and family this year? Spread holiday cheer with cookie butter. (No, I'm not talking about buying the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's -- don't bank on the store having a full stock; there could be a shortage, or employees could limit the amoun ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Street Food, Discovery Green Margarita Festival, Plus Wine Dinners

    Chef Geoff Hundt of Benjy's in Rice Village will head up the second installment of the REMIX Pop-Up Dinner series on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. The Flat has opened its doors for guests to enjoy a menu (not yet announced) from Chef Hundt, as well as a multitude of drink specials. One can expect t ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Miracle Fruit and Miracle Fundraisers for People in Need

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a class on Wednesday, August 28 to introduce intrepid diners to miracle fruit. The miracle fruit, whose scientific name is Synsepalum dulcificum is native to West Africa and has recently experienced a bit of a revival in interest due to its popularity ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Gets First Fresh Market; Food Network Star Coming Soon

    Exciting news all around this week! In my hunt for opening and closing news, I only found one place closing its doors, but several new joints have opened in its wake. Hey, the more food, the merrier. Champions Forest-area Ba Mien Bistro, which had been closed for two weeks to fix the air conditioni ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    By Dawn's Early Light

    Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"

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    June 25, 2013

    5 Rappers Who Can Take Paula Deen's Spot on Food Network

    Paula Deen has gotten herself into some down home, southern deep shit. Last week it was exposed that she is okay with using the derogatory n-word and that was just one of the offensive things she said in a deposition. Last Friday she issued a struggle apology video that no one wanted to give a chanc ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Oven Broken? Try the Dishwasher

    I hadn't regularly been watching Worst Cooks in America for fear I might see too much of myself in some of the contestants. When I did happen to catch one episode, I actually encountered a cooking technique that even I, in all my lazy unprofessionalism creative glory, had never heard of let alone a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Food Network Star: A Promising New Show Is A Possibility

    It's that time of year once again; Food Network Star premiered Sunday at 8 p.m. for its ninth season. Last year, the three star judges, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown, served as judges and mentors to the contestants they chose to be on their team. This year, however, Food Network S ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    25 Dishes and Drinks to Make This Summer

    Now that we are past Memorial Day weekend, it is (un)officially summertime -- time for swimming, playing outside, cooking delicious meals and treats, and mixing up drinks. We have 25 dishes and drinks for you to make all summer long. Some are classic and some will help expand your palate. Make some ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Three Cooking Shows to Watch This Summer

    While most of your regular-season shows will take a break this summer, you can now tune in for new programs and seasons of food and cooking shows. If you're looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen or are just in dire need of a new television show to get hooked on, here are three you definite ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    What Will We Take Away from the Age of the Foodie?

    It could be said that the Age of the Foodie has arrived. Food is the topic of interest across more conversations than simply what the current fad diet is or what restaurant you ate at for your anniversary. Food is everything these days. Hell, it's even being blamed for killing rock and roll. Food ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Yet Another Cooking Show: The American Baking Competition Heads to CBS This Summer

    Over the last several years, cooking shows have popped up on a variety of networks, rather than the mother ship of all food and cooking shows, the Food Network. If Cupcake Wars and re-runs of Top Chef Just Desserts doesn't do it for you, this summer CBS will air a summer baking competition on May 29 ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    5 Food Network Shows That Need To Go

    If you give me the remote and tell me to choose a show to watch, nine times out 10 I will turn to the Food Network. I'm addicted to the Food Network...which is probably why I'm so hungry all the time. I love watching chefs battle it out on Chopped. I love watching Bobby Flay surprise regular cooks ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Top 5 Cooking Shows to Watch in 2013

    The New Year brings new series and the return of some of the best cooking shows on television. With today being the first day of 2013, we ranked our top five cooking shows for this year. Some are new and some are veterans, but all of them are enjoyable (or at least predicted to be) to watch. Here a ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Spice Things Up With Fruitcake French Toast

    Fruitcake is one of those things that you either love or hate. I just so happen to really enjoy a slice of fruitcake (although it must be a small slice or my teeth will rot). As a child I never understood why my grandma would force me to eat a slice each year -- I only ate desserts if they were mad ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Big Savings at Little Bitty Burger Barn, Half-Off Sushi, and More

    This week's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for 53 percent off ($7 for $15) burgers and more at Little Bitty Burger Barn. All-fresh -- never frozen! -- beef and homemade fries are just the beginning; check out LBBB's wings, sandwiches, salads, and daily home-style specials. But if you are a ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    What Was That Dish on That Show I Saw? There's an App for That

    You're in Las Vegas, and it's dinner time. Sure, there are hundreds of hotel restaurants you could try -- some of them even worth it -- but you are remembering a restaurant you saw on the Food Network. It was on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it was about a Chinese place with a very spicy dish that ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    It's a Twofer: National Banana Split Day and National S'mores Day

    Today we can all celebrate two of the most delicious classic desserts ever made: banana splits and S'mores. Rather than making separate desserts, I decided to combine the two together. Ree Drummond, also known as Pioneer Woman, made banana boats during a campfire cooking episode of her Food Network ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Justin Warner: The New Face of Food Network

    Food Network welcomes a new star to their family. America selected Justin Warner as the winner of season eight of Food Network Star. Unlike other seasons, when the judges from the network selected the winner, this season, it was up to America. Four contestants were given the chance to create a pilo ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Rainy Day Comfort Food: Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

    On rainy days, I always crave something warm and comforting, even in summertime. As the temperature falls to a bearable heat, my mind plays tricks on me and makes me think it's cold and muggy outside, which cues the craving for something that warms my belly and my heart. Hearty casseroles or potpie ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 6, 2012

    13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers

    I didn't know Rocco DiSpirito was a Jonas Brother! And was that really Gordon Ramsay starring opposite Will Ferrell in Step Brothers? Who knew! Check out these and more Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers: 13. Rocco DiSpirito vs. Nick Jonas Renowned chef, cookbook author and the fifth Jonas Brother.

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    June 1, 2012

    Food Network Star Turns Former Judges into Competitors

    At my house, the DVR is always set to record Food Network Star (nee The Next Food Network Star). The only Food Network mega-star to emerge from the show was Season Two winner Guy Fieri, although other contestants have developed lasting concepts that continue to air on Food Network. I think one of th ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    A Taste of Reality: Top 5 Food Documentaries

    Tommy Lee Jones once didn't do a film because there was a scene in which he was supposed to eat on camera. Tommy Lee Jones doesn't eat on camera. Ever. That film was Man of the House, and it's a good thing that the producers caved to his demands, for the world would be a far, far worse place if ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Romanesque Roots with an American Family: Giada De Laurentiis

    Her lineage destined her for culinary aspirations, but education and hard work put her on your television screen, on the covers of books and magazines and, most deliciously, on your dinner plate. Giada De Laurentiis was in Houston April 3 to publicize her new cookbook, Weeknights with Giada and drew ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Dark Chocolate

    First, a quick and dirty lesson on the varieties of chocolate: Unsweetened chocolate is all cacao and no sugar, making it incredibly bitter. It is also known as baking chocolate and is usually found in the baking aisle of grocery stores in the forms of blocks or bars. The sugar is added separat ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Older Is Better: The Five Best Antique Malls in Houston

    And the Lord said: Let Me be embroidered.​What better way to honor your living relatives than with gifts from someone else's dead relatives? Wait, no, we want you to like antique malls! Let me try again: Shopping for an older relative, who remembers the days before iPads? And Wii? And even ce ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    September 28, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Fried Bites

    Inspired by the Food Network, I'm looking into the "best things I ever ate" around the grand city of Houston. Recently, I shared the best vegetables I ever ate. Now it's time to move on to the big guns - fried foods. In Texas, there is definitely no shortage of deep-fried delights to choose from. Th ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    The Best and Worst Celebrity Endorsements

    What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?​A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Vegetables

    Ruggles's impressive array of vegetables​I'm sure you've all seen the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network. You know, that one that airs late at night, when you're sitting on your couch, hungry but willing yourself not to eat? The one where Food Network stars talk about their fav ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family restaurant in Geyserville, CA.​Yesterday on part one of our chat with Domenica Catelli, we discussed how she left Houston to reopen her family restaurant in Geyserville, California. Today, we discuss her work as a Food Network person ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Reef's Smoked Pork Chop

    Photo by Stacy ZanePork chops taste goooood.​Recently, I ordered the smoked pork chop at Reef, an upscale seafood restaurant headed by famed Houston chef Bryan Caswell. Back in May, this pork chop was featured on The Food Network's program "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and was recommended by c ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Tool Shop

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​According to the Food Network website, Rachael Ray created this meal using her favorite kitchen tools. Looking through the recipes, I assume that she is referring to the food processor and box grater used to make these two dishes. Really? Of all the gadgets out there ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    A Page Outta: Cupcake Lasagna

    Cupcake Lasagna: you asked for this, people​It's my fault, clearly. I didn't lay out any ground rules. I set myself up, and (one of) you took the bait. Still, I was a bit shocked when I wound up preparing cupcake lasagna for this week's A Page Outta. I knew it was at least mostly intended as ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Guess Those Hands: The Real Food Network Challenge

    These look more like real chefs' hands, but that's a topic of discussion for another day.​It's Memorial Day. You've eaten too much today and gotten too much sun, so you've retreated back indoors to the cold comfort of your computer screen. We understand. Believe me, we understand. And to that ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Top 5 Houston Restaurants Featured on the Food Network

    Photo by Robb WalshThelma's previous incarnation.​Houston may feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield when it comes to being recognized as a top culinary city -- we get no respect. But the Food Network has always shown Houston a little love. As early as 2003, shows on the Food Network were featu ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Bryan Caswell Comes to the Food Network Along with Several New Shows

    Caswell during competition on the Next Iron Chef.​By now, the news that Houston's own Bryan Caswell will have his own four-episode show on the Food Network has worked its buzzy way through Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the Internet. Starting in May, the busy chef will be hosting a run of ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Fava Beans

    luvjnx​What are they? Immortalized by Dr. Hannibal Lector in the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs, these fat, light green legumes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in civilization, and they're currently in season. Coming in a pod that's around six inches long, they require a lit ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's Take the Food Network

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttChef Jamie Zelko filmed while whipping up some potatoes. See more photos of the on-set action in our slideshow.​Local favorites Zelko Bistro, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Beaver's will be the first of three restaurants to represent Houston on the Food Network, as mor ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Spaghetti Squash

    Pikaluk​What is it? Spaghetti squash is a big, giant squash - not like those puny zucchinis or calabacitas or yellow squash. The spaghetti squash means business - similar in size, color and shape of the butternut squash, it ranges from four to eight pounds, and is in season in the early fall t ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: Idol Worship

    Fox​The Daily Beast had a story up yesterday about how this season of American Idol might be the best ever: This year, the contenders have already proven energetic, and the audience is responding, with half a dozen developing breakout followings across the Internet, even before the finals hav ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Fruitcake and 4 Other Foods with a Bad Reputation

    jeleneDiscouraged by its bad reputation: the fruitcake. ​How does a food item get a bad reputation? Does it cut class to smoke with trans-fats in the parking lot? Sleep around with carbohydrates? Often it's an association with a particular era in history or social class that gets a food placed ... More >>

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