Category Archives: Food Network Star

Food Network Star Finale

First and most important: Congratulations to Jeff. As I’ve said in interviews and everywhere else, his food is wonderful and his show is appointment viewing for me. I’ve already programmed my DVR to remind me (cute, Tivo has it listed as “FNS Season 7 Winner Show” to not spoil the surprise). As I watched FNS, his sandwich concept won me over … Read more

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Strawberry-Balsamic-RedWine Frosting

The cupcakes that wooed Ina Garten and that Bobby Flay ate 3 of in a row and that Bob Tuschman called one of his very favorite cupcakes ever? Demand for the recipe has been only slightly less impassioned than demand for my meatloaf that changed the way Paula Deen makes meatloaf. (Um, not that I’m name dropping or anything.) Look, … Read more

Shepherd’s Pie from the Rachael Ray Show

Here’s the herby, rich, fresh Shepherd’s Pie recipe from my Rachael Ray Show appearance on July 22. The recipe violates my rule against using tons of ingredients, but every one gives this Pie its distinct flavor. I couldn’t leave a single one out – but feel free to make it even if you don’t have five fresh herbs lying around. … Read more

Episode 8 Deep Thoughts: You Live by the Tweet, You Die by the Tweet

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” As the Reality Show Contestant With Obscure Quotes, thought I’d throw out this from A Prayer For Owen Meany. Hey it’s not Steinbeck (see Episode 1), but doing the Rachael Ray Show on a scant hours’ notice took some … Read more

Episode 7: Sung to “I Have Confidence” from The Sound of Music

Readers of my Food Network Star Deep Thoughts may notice that Episode 7’s installment is a few days late. This is because: 1. I was working on a writing deadline for another piece and 2. It took a while for me to find my lost confidence. Interestingly, I found it behind the stove. Criticism is a tough nut, especially because … Read more

Episode 7 Dishing on Let’s Talk Live

More behind-the-scenes dish on Let’s Talk Live!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Warning: You need three bowls and a pan for this recipe. Sure, you can just dump everything into a large bowl and mix with your hands, but the extra steps result in a better meatball. ¾ cup bread crumbs 1 cup whole milk 1 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra for brushing 1 medium onion, small diced 2 cloves garlic, minced … Read more

Two Favorite Interviews

My two favorite Food Network Star interviews so far…Washington Post and this week’s Let’s Talk Live.

Episode 6 — The Birth of Sunday Suppers

Bland chicken wrap? Ugh, that was so NOT on my Food Network Star vision board. Seasoning chicken properly for 150 people is totally different from seasoning for, say, a dozen and my hand was just not deft last week. For those who think Penny is being kept on solely for her drama, here’s the thing: her wrap was freaking great. … Read more

The Meatloaf Recipe

You ask, I deliver. Like many cooks, I had never written my meatloaf recipe down, so it took some time to develop yesterday. Luckily, sitting at my kitchen counter playing with food is exactly heaven for me. When meatloaf goes wrong, it goes really wrong. When you make this recipe, you’ll liteally see why panko bread crumbs make a difference … Read more