Tags: Bobby Deen, Brooklyn, Cooking Channel, Gotham Green, Greenhouse, Hydroponic, NEW YORK, New York City
I was watching the Cooking Channel yesterday, Bobby Deen‘s “Not My Mama’s Meals”. On the show he visited a place, in Brooklyn, New York, called Gotham Green. What an amazing story and company! Gardens grown year round on the rooftops in NYC. Below is part of their story and a web link to their site. If you get a chance check them out, some great and interesting reading.
by Viraj Puri and Eric Haley who had a vision for a local farm that would offer New York chefs and retailers the freshest and highest quality culinary ingredients, year-round, at competitive prices. Jenn Nelkin, a nationally renowned greenhouse expert, joined Gotham Greens as a partner in 2009 to head all greenhouse operations.
Gotham Greens’ first greenhouse facility, in Greenpoint, Brookyn, will begin harvesting in June 2011. The greenhouse will annually produce over 80 tons of premium quality produce, year-round, that will be available at select retailers, markets and restaurants across the city. In 2012, Gotham Greens plans to expand operations to grow an even more diverse range of premium quality leaf and vine crops.
Gotham Greens is committed to the highest quality standards.
Our growers are passionate about producing the finest quality, freshest, best tasting, and most nutritious culinary ingredients available in New York City. They care about our customers just as much as they care about the every need of our plants, from seed to harvest.
Our products are harvested before breakfast so they can be on your plate by lunch. We don’t just blindly talk about being “local” “sustainable” and “natural”. While our business is about those things, we care about what those things stand for: flavor and nutrition, preserving water and soil resources, biodiversity, reducing harmful chemical use in food production, fair treatment of workers, and spending our dollars closer to home.
Our farm is unconventional. But so is our commitment to quality, taste and sustainability.
Gotham Greens’ first greenhouse facility, located on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brookyn, will begin harvesting in June 2011. Our state of the art rooftop greenhouses combine advanced horticultural and engineering techniques to optimize crop production, crop quality, and production efficiency. The climate controlled facility will grow premium quality produce, year-round.
Our greenhouse has been designed to give our expert growers complete control of the growing environment — light, temperature, humidity, CO2, nutrition, which ensures unmatched product quality. Our fully enclosed, sterile greenhouses minimize pest and disease risk. Our crops are protected against inclement weather and extreme weather events ensuring reliable and consistent yields. Sophisticated computer control systems manage heating, cooling, irrigation and plant nutrition.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions. Nutrients are delivered to the plant in irrigation water eliminating soil. Water is re-circulated and none is wasted. The sterile, soil-free growing environment eliminates the risk of pathogens that is particularly important in light of the increase in food borne illnesses, such as E coli and salmonella, from fresh vegetables. Hydroponics does not result in any soil erosion nor the loss of precious soil nutrients. Hydroponics allows control over plant nutrition, for optimal flavor and quality. Our specially designed re-circulating hydroponic methods save land, save water, eliminate agricultural runoff and chemical pesticides, and offer the benefits of efficient, high-yield, local, year-round food production.
Year Round Production
By operating year round, Gotham Greens can provide locally grown vegetables and herbs, even in the winter months, when local supply is typically low.
Tags: Baking, Barbecue, Barbecue sauce, BBQ, Bobby Deen, Cooking Channel, Crab cake, Pulled pork
Spent the day fishing again and again didn’t catch anything that was very big. But did catch about 10 small Bass and Blue Gill. Love being out with the peace and quiet. The weather was beautiful again. It was 50 degrees when I got up and it reached a high of only 77 with no humidity. Hard to beat for July weather! For dinner I prepared a Pulled Smoked Pork Barbecue Sandwich w/ Baked Crab Cakes.
I had planned on a Pulled Smoked Pork Barbecue Sandwich with some BBQ Beans or some type of Potato Dish but I had a small container of Crab Meat that I had to use and decided to make Crab Cakes. I used Montgomery Inn Pulled Pork w/ Barbecue Sauce. This may well be the best BBQ in the land! At least Bob Hope thought so when he was alive. Mr Hope would order this straight from Montgomery Inn back then and have it shipped to wherever he was at the time. Around here it hasn’t few rivals. This comes in a 2 LB. container and I just get the amount I want and freeze the rest. Incredible taste in an excellent BBQ Sauce. Served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun, toooo good!
To go with my BBQ Sandwich I prepared some Baked Crab Cakes. I watched Bobby Deen make these last weekend on the Cooking Channel and they looked delicious. So I thought I would give them a try. The recipe makes 12 Crab Cakes but I only had a 1/2 LB. of Crab Claw Meat so I only made 6. The recipe also called for Jumbo Crab Meat and 1 Egg, which I substituted with Egg Beater’s. They turned out very good so I’m looking forward to preparing a full batch of the them using Jumbo Crab Meat instead of the Claw Meat. I served them with Louisiana Remoulade Dressing, which is perfect for any Seafood. Good Baked Crab Cake recipe to keep. I left the full recipe at the end of the post along with a link to Bobby Deen recipes. For dessert later a bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks.
Montgomery Inn Pulled Smoked Pork Barbecue
World famous. The ribs king. Hardwood smoked. Fully cooked. Genuine barbecue. Just heat & eat! US inspected and passed by Department of Agriculture. Previously frozen for your protection. The world’s greatest pulled pork barbecue is now all yours! We slow-smoke our choice cuts of pork for hours over hardwood coals; blend the lean, juicy meat with our secret spices; and then add our world-famous Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce to give it that special flavor. Enjoy!
Refreeze or keep refrigerated. Microwave Oven: 1. Remove desired amount of barbecue from tray and place in microwave safe bowl. 2. Cover with plastic wrap and heat on High power (100%) for two (2) minutes. 3. Pull film back from edge of container and stir product thoroughly. 4. Replace film and heat for an additional 1-2 minutes or until hot! 5. Remove from oven and stir well before serving. Stove Top: 1. Place desired amount of barbecue in a medium size sauce pan. 2. Heat over medium low heat 6-12 minutes (covered) and occasionally stir so as not to burn. 3. Remove product from stove and serve. We highly recommend cooking our barbecue from a thawed state. Remove any uncooked barbecue from original packaging and place in a sealable container and refrigerate.
Serving size: 2 oz
Servings per container: 16
Nutrient Qty %DV
Calories from Fat 35
Total Fat 4 g 6%
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%
Cholesterol 35 mg 12%
Sodium 250 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 3%
Sugars 8 g
Protein 8 g
Is or Contains Flavor
ServingSize-InGrams 56 g
Pork, Tomatoes, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Salt, Spices, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Garlic, Molasses, Natural Flavors, Caramel Color, and Tamarinds.
Baked Crab Cakes
2 slices whole grain bread
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 egg, beaten
Zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked free of shells
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the bread in a small bowl and pour over the milk. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, Cajun seasoning, egg and lemon zest and juice in a large bowl and whisk together. Add the milk-soaked bread and whisk together again. Fold in the crab and chives.
Form the crab mixture into 12 equal cakes and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
Recipe courtesy Bobby Deen
Tags: Chef, Cooking, Cooking Channel, Cooking school, Documentary film, Louisiana Culinary Institute, Marine Corps, United States
The Freshman Class premiered last night at 10:30 p.m. on the Cooking Channel. New episodes will air weekly on Mondays at 10:30 p.m. Last night’s episode is available for streaming online.
TUNE IN: Mondays at 10:30pm ET
Every year nearly 30,000 Americans enter culinary school with dreams of success in the food world. But culinary school is a cutthroat, stressful and expensive pressure-cooker, and a large percentage of students drop out within the first months of their program. Cooking Channel’s new 8-part documentary series follows four aspiring chefs through their difficult first semester at the prestigious Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge. They all have dreams of becoming big-time chefs, but first they must overcome imposing personal and academic challenges. Tiffany is a 41-year-old full-time mom trying to forge a career for the first time despite her husband’s resistance. Jared is a Marine Corps veteran battling his war injuries and PTSD. Ben is a father of three wondering how he’ll provide for his family while he’s a full-time student. Jasmine is a single mom eager to stop working as an exotic dancer and fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant. They’re entering a fast-paced program where they’ll be put to the test nearly every day. Can they make it through and achieve their culinary dreams?
Tags: Cooking, Cooking Channel, Food, Home, Recreation, Restaurant, Saturday, Vine Street
Cooking Channel show spotlights OTR eatery Saturday
Just a reminder: “America’s Best Bites” features Dan and Lana Wright at Abigail Street, their Over-the-Rhine Mediterranean restaurant, on Saturday (4:30 p.m., Cooking Channel). The half-hour show was shot in January.
Here’s what I blogged about it back in April:
Abigail Street, the Mediterranean restaurant on Vine Street, will appear with its owners Daniel and Lana Wright on a Cooking Channel Show called “America’s Best Bites.” The episode featuring Abigail Street was shot in January, and will air at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
This is the first season for the show, hosted by Natalie Forte. She travels to cities around the country, finding good restaurants and highlighting a few particularly delicious things on their menu. Since this is the Cooking Channel, chefs show how they make the dish and share the recipe.
Dan Wright said he thought many of the restaurants were in the Midwest, and the restaurants were refined, chef-driven restaurants, not the diners and traditional restaurants so often featured on road shows.
Wright couldn’t tell me what items he demonstrated, but said two are pretty easy, and another is a bit of a challenge for home cooks. He said the shoot for the half-hour show took three days and includes interviews with him and Lana about their childhoods, food influences and ideas for the restaurant.
“I have no idea what she said, and she doesn’t know what I said, either,” he said.
Tags: Chef, Cooking Channel, Emeril Lagasse, Florida, Food Network, Orlando Florida, Restaurant, Television program
Tags: Calif, Chef, cook, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Home, ROGER, Roger Mooking
Tags: Anthony Sedlak, Ben Sargent, California, Chef, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Thailand, Troy Johnson
The series, launching its second season on cable 58, takes seven fearless chefs out of the kitchen and sends them to locations that include the deserts of California and the jungles of Thailand for a competition that will test all of their skills – physical, mental and culinary.
For example, challenges include pulling needles from a cactus pad and using them to create a dish, creating a meal in one hour while on a floating dock while rescuing their ingredients from a capsized fishing boat.
In each episode, the chefs will be judged by a rotating panel of guest judges and the bottom two chefs will face off in a showdown challenge to determine which goes home.
At the season finale, one chef will be declared the most Extreme and take home a $50,000 grand prize.
Special guest judges include Simon Majumdar (‘Next Iron Chef‘ judge and food journalist), Ben Sargent (host of Cooking Channel‘s ‘Hook, Line & Dinner’), and Troy Johnson (host of ‘Crave’ and a food critic and journalist).
The contestants are: Scott Brandolini (Mass.), Susanne Dillingham (N.C.), Terry French (N.J.), Lance Knowling (N.J.), Viet Pham (Utah), Isadora Sarto (Vt.) and, Tiffany Ward (Hawaii).
In the premiere episode, the chefs are dropped into Salton City, Calif., by helicopter and have to scavenge for ingredients and tools in an abandoned wasteland.
They have ’60 minutes to raid a deserted tent village for on-perishable ingredients, build their own cooking stations, and use items like steel wool, batteries and tumbleweed to start a fire. Two chefs will be sent into the Final Showdown where they must create the perfect bite – only one will survive the apocalypse and advance to the next location,’ according to Food Network.
The series will air at 9 p.m. p.m. Thursdays.
Tags: Brighton Beach, Cooking Channel, Eddie Huang, Food Network, Kelsey Nixon, Michael Symon, NEW YORK, New York City
NEW YORK – March 29, 2012 –Food Network and Cooking Channel look to again satiate the audiences’ appetite, showcasing a 2012 line-up of returning favorites and new programming faces and formats, including — 22 new series and 35 returning shows across both networks, as announced today by Brooke Johnson, President, Food Network & Cooking Channel.
Roadtrip with G. Garvin
Series Premiere: Tuesday May 29th at 9pmET/6pmPT
Acclaimed cookbook author, host and larger-than-life personality, Chef Gerry Garvin, aka ‘G.’, takes viewers on a tour of his native South, to explore the best eats this part of the country has to offer. Travelling to Atlanta and Houston, North Carolina, South Carolina and more, G. visits a different city each episode to discover the hidden gems and the people behind the magic. From traditional ethnic food and urban farms to BBQ pit masters extraordinaire, G.Garvin leaves no stones unturned in his quest to find the hottest, most delicious spots in the country.
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia
Series Premiere: Friday, June 1st at 10pmET/7pmPT
Baron Ambrosia,the self-proclaimed ‘Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx’, uses his eccentric cinematic persona to take culinary consciousness to a whole new level. His discerning palate and passion for flavor leads him beyond his backyard, discovering America’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence in cities-less-traveled including: Baltimore, Md.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; Bethlehem, Pa. Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy and intrigue.
Series Premiere: August 2012
Eden Grinshpan is a world traveler and culinary adventurer on a mission to eat around the world without using a passport. In each episode, Eden travels to a new American city taking only 24 hours to uncover the global culinary scene. She discovers authentic recipes and incredible stories from the locals who make up the backbone of every city and come together to create some of the most delicious food in the world. Eden makes stops in Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Honolulu, Nashville, Tenn., Phoenix, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Tampa, Fla. In every city, Eden’s journey will lead to a mouthwatering adventure, but there is no telling who she’ll meet or what she’ll eat with only a day to conquer the culinary diversity of each city.
Series Premiere: August 2012
New York City chef and outspoken food writer, Eddie Huang, takes viewers on a road trip to find America’s best food deals. Each week, Eddie tackles a new food category and uncovers the best eats at the best price. Irreverent, candid and up for anything, Eddie’s journey will be a funny and surprising guide the best cheap bites. From free pizza in New York to 25-cent donuts in Memphis, Tenn., Eddie shows viewers the cheapest eats around.
Eat the Street
Series Premiere: September 2012
Every city has one – a single street where block after block, restaurant after restaurant, meal after meal, you can experience a magical, mouthwatering tour through cultures and cuisines of every conceivable variety. Join Cooking Channel’s own Chuck Hughes as he takes a tour of America’s great food streets, tasting his way through cities and learning about the people and history that have made these flavors special.
Man, Fire, Food
Series Premiere: September 2012
Roger Mooking (Everyday Exotic, Heat Seekers) explores cooking at its most basic as he features the cooks who take the fundamental formula of fire and food to make delicious culinary creations. Along the way, he samples fire-cooked favorites from local joints on backroads and byways from coast to coast.
My Grandmother’s Ravioli
Series Premiere: FALL 2012
Mo Rocca is a foodie who doesn’t know how to cook, so he’s set out to learn from the masters: America’s Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Join Mo as he visits these warm (and very patient) grandparents in their kitchens to learn treasured recipes, hear their stories and ultimately cook for their families.
RETURNING SERIES PRIMETIME:
Season Two Premiere: Saturday, June 2nd at 8:30pmET/5:30pmPT
In season two of Easy Chinese, Ching-He Huang is out to find both the traditional and unexpected as she explores New York and Los Angeles in search of mouth-watering Chinese inspiration. Through the culturally diverse neighborhoods on each coast, Ching shows viewers what authentic Chinese food is, how to find it, and how to easily make it at home.
Not My Mama’s Meals
Season Two Premiere: August 2012
Bobby Deen takes his mother’srecipes and transforms her Southern comfort food into lighter, leaner, yet still delicious dishes. Each week, Bobby recreates one of his Mama’s famous meals with healthy substitutes that cut down on calories and fat, but still deliver on taste.
Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen
Season Three Premiere: September 2012
Cooking Channel returns to the wildly popular world of Culinary It-Girl Nadia G with a third season of the comedy-cooking show Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen. Just as skilled in strutting in stilettos as wielding a meat cleaver, Nadia brings her savvy chef know-how and rock star attitude to the series while sharing recipes and cooking tips for both beginner and seasoned at-home cooks.
Season Two Premiere: September 2012
Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his restaurants and with Symon’s Suppers, Michael shares his favorite recipes and culinary stories, while cooking alongside his family and closest friends.
Season Three Premiere: October 2012
Unique Sweets is an insider’s peek into innovative eateries across America that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today. Each episode runs the gamut on the sweet spectrum: restaurants with revolutionary pastry chefs; candy shops inventing eye-popping confections; chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavors; and bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the middle of the night. Wherever there are gooey, crunchy, sticky and sweet treats that you won’t find anywhere else, Unique Sweets goes there.
Season Three Premiere: Fall 2012
Actress Debi Mazar and her Tuscan-born husband Gabriele Corcos return for a third season of food, family and friends. Debi, a modern girl from Queens, and Gabriele, a food purist from the hills of Tuscany, invite viewers into their life and home kitchen in the original series – with hilarious and delicious results.
RETURNING SERIES DAYTIME:
The Perfect Three
Season Two Premiere: Saturday May 12th at 2:30pmET/11:30amPT
Cooking Channel and Food Network’s favorite faces spotlight the perfect three dishes in 13 classic categories, from burgers and brownies to sandwiches and salads. As an added bonus, Kelsey Nixon (Kelsey’s Essentials) shares her indispensable tips for mastering the recipe, and in each episode, the winner of the online recipe submission contest cooks with Kelsey, showing how to make his or her winning recipe that was voted as category favorite by fans.
Season Four Premiere: Fall 2012
Kelsey Nixon inspires a new generation of food lovers with her fresh take on essential cooking basics. In her fourth season, she gives savvy tips on must-have pantry items, the latest gadgets and essential kitchen techniques like roasting, baking, and knife skills. Whether she is sharing unique entertaining tips and food gift ideas or classic yet sophisticated recipes for sauces, stews, and eggs, Kelsey is a master at using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary. She targets the DIY home cook – breaking down the steps, teaching proper technique and making everyone feel comfortable in the kitchen.
Drop 5lbs With Good Housekeeping
Season Two Premiere: January 2013
In partnership with Good Housekeeping magazine, Drop 5 Lbs. is based on the magazine’s popular Drop 5 Lbs. column. Packed with cooking and shopping tips, fat burning exercises, dining-out do’s and don’ts, the show makes losing weight easy and manageable. Drop 5 Lbs. shows viewers that small changes give big results. We’ve done all of the legwork so you don’t have to put a lot of effort into losing weight. Just pick the strategies that fit into your lifestyle, select the foods you enjoy and you’ll be on your way. Whether viewers want to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds, this show can help.
NEW SERIES PRIMETIME:
Series Premiere: Monday, April 9th at 11pm ET/PT
Famous New York butcher and meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda brings Food Network viewers inside the fascinating and compelling world of Meat Men. Running Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, a third-generation wholesale meat purveyor business, Pat, along with his cousin Mark Pastore, and his dad Pat Sr., supply more than 500 customers, including some of the most prestigious restaurants and bistros in New York City. Expanding from a small corner shop in New York City to a 35,000 square-feet facility in New Jersey, this growth comes with great pressure to maintain the high-quality product for which Pat has become known, and to manage the many hurdles that occur. Whether it’s last-minute requests, creating custom blends and menus for new clients, or navigating the personalities of a work staff, Meat Men takes viewers on a high-‘steaks’ ride with a side of humor, served medium rare.
Series Premiere: Sunday, May 13th at 8pm ET/PT
Cupcake Champions pits 16 of Cupcake Wars’ best and most memorable winners against each other in a tournament to name the ultimate cupcake champ. The series features star-studded, themed events including Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Glee, Madagascar 3, Pixar’s Brave and a special Food Network Star-themed finale. These bakers are the best of the best, but only one can fend off the challenges and survive the war to win $50,000.
Series Premiere: Monday, May 14th at 9pmET/PT
Steve Greenberg and Patrick Raymond are two “invention scouts”, scouring America in search of the next great kitchen invention. In each episode, they come across three home inventors who each believe they have a million-dollar kitchen gadget. Steve and Patrick put the inventions to the test ensuring they work as promised and determine whether there is a market for the idea. They will then choose one invention to bring to buyers in the retail manufacturing world to convince them to buy it and make the inventor’s dreams a reality.
Series Premiere: Friday, May 25th at 10pm ET/PT
What happens in the food world when a bad employee starts to take down an otherwise thriving establishment or when restaurant owners suspect someone of not doing their job appropriately? They call in the Mystery Diners. These undercover operatives go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras to find out what’s really going on when the boss isn’t around.
The New Anne Burrell Project (working title)
Series Premiere: June 2012
When top restaurants are in need of an executive chef – the critical employee who can make or break a restaurant – they turn to Anne Burrell. Each week Anne puts four candidates through the toughest job interview of their lives – testing everything from their culinary mettle to business acumen. It all ends with the biggest test of all: running the restaurant. After a grueling “interview” process, only the chef who serves up the most profitable and delicious dinner service lands the dream job as the restaurant’s new Executive Chef.
Bobby Flay’s Opening Night (working title)
Series Premiere: July 2012
Bobby Flay, critically-acclaimed chef/owner of 14 restaurants, offers his expertise to first-time restaurateurs. Bobby arrives just in time, stepping in to save restaurants from opening without all the crucial elements in place, hoping to prevent an opening night-nightmare. Without Bobby’s sage advice, the restaurants would have little chance to succeed, but with less than a week to opening the doors to customers, Bobby works with the restaurateurs to see their business start off on the right foot.
Chopped: Grill Masters
Series Premiere: Sunday, July 22nd at 10pm ET/PT
Fire it up! Food Network blows the roof off Chopped, traveling to the glorious Arizona desert for a breathtaking event. Sixteen grilling professionals face off in an old Western town in this captivating five-part tournament. The stage is set for the ultimate culinary feud, with astonishing mystery ingredients and tremendously talented competitors. Only four chefs can make it to the final fiery showdown, and when the dust clears, the greatest grilling pro of all will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.
$24 in 24 Hours (working title)
Series Premiere: August 2012
Jeff Mauro (Sandwich King) takes an exciting journey through cities across America to show viewers how to experience great food at a great price spending only $24 in 24 hours.
Series Premiere: September 2012
In new series, Undercover Critics, Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Troy Johnson (Crave) and Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef) go undercover as restaurant critics armed with hidden cameras to unfold the good, the bad and the ugly of established restaurants. Then, they give the owners new life and a second chance to improve on their violations before the review is actually published. After visiting the restaurant, the Undercover Critics give an anonymous tip to the owner letting them know they visited, but won’t write a review just yet. Instead, they give the owners a laundry list of things to fix, and the owners do whatever it takes to turn a bad review into a great one before it hits the press.
Series Premiere: October 2012
Welcome to the Sugar Dome, home to the most amazing food displays on earth. Each week, three teams comprised of three artists from different disciplines, battle it out to create never-seen-before, jaw-dropping masterpieces of food art. Renowned cake designers, chocolatiers, engineers, food carvers, window designers, candy makers and special effects experts will enter the Sugar Dome to determine who can create the most mind-blowing displays.
Blind Dinner Party
Series Premiere: October 2012
What happens when seven strangers – who come from completely different backgrounds, beliefs and views on everything – come together to break bread in the most dysfunctional family dinner imaginable? Comedian Margaret Cho headlines this bizarre social experiment to see if people from extremely disparate worlds can come together and find common ground through food.
NEW SERIES DAYTIME:
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen
Series Premiere: Saturday April 14th at 10:30am ET/PT
Music superstar and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood brings her family-inspired recipes and food traditions to Food Network this spring, with the premiere of the new daytime series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. From preparing dishes from her childhood to planning a baby shower and family reunion barbecue, each themed show invites viewers into Trisha’s kitchen for her favorite meals, nostalgic stories and visits from family and friends. The six-episode series offers Trisha’s unique how-to tips and techniques for down-home dishes.
Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen
Series Premiere: Saturday, June 16th at 10:30am ET/PT
For Jamie Deen, it’s all about food and family. As a husband, father, and cook, Jamie puts his personal and professional skills to the test to create great family dinners. Jamie always welcomes a helping hand, whether his son Jack joins to make dessert or Grandma Ginny (aka Paula Deen) comes over to help put the finishing touches on the meal. In the Deen family, there’s nothing more fun that being Home for Dinner.
Sunny Travels (working title)
Series Premiere: July 2012
Sunny Anderson travels the country to discover the best home-cooked recipes she can find. From heirloom recipes for apple pie to undefeated family barbecue recipes, Sunny uncovers the secrets and the stories behind every dish.
The New Sandra Lee Project (working title)
Series Premiere: Fall 2012
Best known for her Semi-Homemade & Money Saving Meals, Sandra Lee will offer fans a new take on her cooking and entertaining tips.
RETURNING SERIES PRIMETIME
Season Two Premiere: Sunday, April 8th at 9pm ET/PT
Food Network’s top-rated hit Chopped All-Stars returns for a second season filled with fan-favorite chefs, unexpected ingredients, and fierce competition for a $50,000 prize for charity. In each of the five themed episodes, hosted by Ted Allen, four specially selected chefs are challenged to create three masterful courses from ingredients in the mystery basket, ranging from beef tendon and crawfish, to black beans with queso fresco and chicken feet. Chopped All-Stars kicks off with Iron Chefs battling in the Chopped kitchen, followed by competitions between Food Network/Cooking Channel show hosts, Food Network Star finalists and Chopped judges. A rotating roster of top-notch judges will decide who gets “chopped” each week, leading up to a final showdown between the four episode winners, where the $50,000 grand prize to the winner’s charity of choice will be awarded.
Food Network Star
Season Eight Premiere: Sunday, May 13th at 9pm ET/PT
Food Network Star returns to New York City with a revised format bringing returning favorites Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis from behind the judges table to square off with new regular Alton Brown in a three-way team competition to find the next Food Network Star. Bobby, Giada and Alton, all television producers in addition to being culinary superstars, lead the charge to find and develop the new talent, each picking a team of five finalists, who they will produce and mentor through the ‘Star’ experience to find one winner who possesses personality and culinary chops. In another fresh twist to the series, the viewing audience will vote before the finale to determine who will receive the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show, to be produced by their ‘Star’ team leader.
Season Two Premiere: August 2012
The new season of Extreme Chef plucks America’s seven most fearless chefs out of their kitchens and drops them into the most extreme locations on Earth from the scorching deserts of California to exotic jungles on the other side of the world. With extremely limited supplies and ingredients, the chefs will have to flawlessly adapt as they face the most grueling and seemingly impossible culinary challenges ever devised to earn the title of Extreme Chef and a cash prize.
The Great Food Truck Race
Season Three Premiere: Sunday, August 19th at 9pm ET/PT
The Great Food Truck Race’s third outing will have more drama, more twists, more strategy, but most of all, more dreams. Hosted again by Tyler Florence, this season’s not a competition between current food truck operators – it’s between people who desperately want to be. Eight teams of hopefuls will have their dream truck handed to them before they race from city to city trying to prove they have what it takes to own and operate a successful food truck, with the winning team will get to keep their truck and immediately launch their food empire.
Season Two Premiere: Sunday, October 7th at 9pm ET/PT
Food Network puts viewers in the Halloween spirit serving up a deliciously scary series, Halloween Wars, for a second season. The four episode competition places five teams – comprised of cake decorators, candy makers and pumpkin carvers– working in unison to create the ultimate Halloween-themed display. One team is eliminated each week, with the winner taking home $50,000.
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
Season Five Premiere: Sunday, November 4th at 9pm ET/PT
This year on The Next Iron Chef, it’s all about redemption. Ten previous Next Iron Chef competitors with something to prove, compete to become a member of the most elite and exclusive club the culinary world offers, securing his/her spot in Kitchen Stadium.
RETURNING SERIES DAYTIME
The Best Thing I Ever Made
Season Two Premiere: Sunday, April 8th at 11:30am ET/PT
Acclaimed chefs, cookbook authors and Food Network personalities – people who have spent their lives obsessing over food – reveal not only what they love to eat, but what they love to make. From personal family recipes to dishes off their own menus, these food experts share their secrets and show viewers how to cook their favorite dishes.
The Pioneer Woman
Season Three Premiere: Fall 2012
Award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author Ree Drummond brings her signature wit and down-home recipes to Food Network for a third season. Shot on location at her Oklahoma ranch, The Pioneer Woman serves up a slice of frontier life along with the “accidental country girl’s” step-by-step recipes for creating wholesome, hearty family meals and elegant menus for entertaining.
Hunger Hits Home
Saturday, April 14th at 8pm ET/PT
In the wealthiest nation in the world, one in five children live in the shadow of hunger. In Hunger Hits Home, audiences get a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the people on the frontlines of the battle—parents and children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians committed to eradicating the problem. Hunger Hits Home examines the causes, complications and misconceptions about childhood hunger in the United States and offers a glimpse at some of the innovative solutions being put into practice today. Narrated by Oscar®-winning actor and longtime anti-hunger activist Jeff Bridges, Hunger Hits Home is a heart-wrenching, yet empowering hour-long look at one of our nation’s little-known emergencies.
Live Premiere: June 2nd at 12pm-2pm ET
Bobby Flay and Alton Brown get together with their Food Network friends to talk about all things grilling. In this two-hour, live-interactive show Food Network favorites answer viewers’ toughest grilling and summer entertaining questions.
Live Premiere: Saturday, November 18th at 12pm-2pm ET
Tags: Bobby, cook, Cooking Channel, Cuisine of the Southern United States, Krispy Kreme, Mama, Paula, Paula Deen
Though Bobby learned to cook at his mother’s hip, he experienced a lifestyle change about ten years ago as he began lifting weights. He says, “I embraced exercise and it completely changed my relationship with food… I like to eat for the way I want to feel.” To that end, he’s revamping the family recipes in order to drastically reduce the fat and calorie content. His mom’s response? “Good luck to you, sonny boy.”
In one episode, Bobby remakes Paula’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding — a recipe that according to Paula is a “one serving per lifetime” recipe. Using whole wheat doughnuts, cutting the portion size and making other substitutions, Bobby transforms takes this gluttonous dessert from 470 calories and 16 grams of fat to one with 230 calories and three grams of fat.
Not My Mama’s Meals tackles recipes such as the family’s gooey butter cake, pimento cheese and chocolate meringue pie. But Bobby’s favorite remake is the fried chicken. His version, the “unfried chicken” uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs coated with unsweetened cornflakes and baked in the oven.
Clips of Paula Deen cooking the original recipes on her own shows flank each recipe remake. Mama herself even appears on the first two episodes to weigh in on the recipes. After tasting a few, she says, “Son, don’t put your Mama out of business now, okay?” and “You’re on to something, darlin’ and I’m very proud of you.”
In fact, Bobby seems surprised that people wonder if Paula takes offense at his attempts to rein in her recipes. He says, “What mother wouldn’t want to see her 40-year-old son healthy?”
Could Paula Deen be converted to Bobby’s cooking style? After a hearty laugh and a pause, Bobby says, “I don’t think so. My mother is comfortable in her own skin. She’s happy with who she is. She doesn’t deprive herself of anything — she has few vices. She’s proud of what I’m doing. But, it might inspire her to do lighter stuff.” In one episode, Paula concedes, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.”
Will any of the revamped recipes show up on the menu at the family’s Savannah-based restaurant, The Lady & Sons? To that, Bobby answers that it isn’t likely and cites the old saying, “Dance with the one that brung ya.”
Not My Mama’s Meals airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the Cooking Channel.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog