What to Watch: Family Traditions on The Kitchen and Athletes on Chopped Tournament of Stars

Photo by: David Lang ©2013,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

David Lang, 2013,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

This weekend, watch all-new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Heartland Table and Sandwich King. Ree makes international meals in minutes. Amy cooks recipes on her wood-burning stove. And Jeff makes sky-high sandwiches.

On The Kitchen, the co-hosts reinvent their family-favorite recipes and offer viewers great ideas for how to do the same. On a new episode of Food Court Wars, two sisters and two best friends face off for food court space. Then it's the premiere of the Chopped Tournament of Stars, where four athletes enter the Chopped kitchen to compete for a spot in the finale and the prize for charity. And on Cutthroat Kitchen, the sabotaging continues as one chef must cook with a clothes steamer and iron.

Ree is going around the world with 16-minute meals. First stop is India with easy mulligatawny soup to share with a friend. Then, for a solo meal, Thai Beef with Peppers. For dinner with the family, it's off to Italy with Chicken Piccata with Buttery Lemon Noodles.

Saturday 10a|9c

Like many of their neighbors, Amy Thielen and her husband, Aaron, make fires in their central woodstove for atmosphere, heat and cooking. In this episode, Amy uses theirs to prepare a warm meal of Midwestern Fried Chicken with Gravy, Whipped Potatoes and Swiss Chard with Honey-Roasted Garlic, followed by indoor buttercup s'mores made Bruschetta style with toasted marshmallows and dark chocolate.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

This week The Kitchen is celebrating family traditions. Katie kicks things off with a beef stew re-do as she updates her grandfather's stew. The hosts also take turns sharing their suggestions on how to update viewers' traditional family dishes. Plus, Geoffrey makes Pesto-Rubbed Baked Salmon with Cucumber and Apple Salad using our Supermarket Fix — pesto. And the hosts share great ideas like adding one ingredient to a favorite snack to make it extraordinary!

Saturday 11a|10c

The first sky-high sandwich Jeff makes is a Buffalo Chicken Skyscraper topped with a zesty blue cheese slaw and crispy onion rings. Then, a stacked bourbon BLT. Plus, a leaning tower of fried, pickled jalapenos, carrots and cucumbers with Angry Sauce for dipping.

Sunday 10:30a|9:30c

Sisters Gabbie and Audriana grew up in the food industry and want to turn their passion for breakfast food into their own restaurant. Best friends Sadaya and Maiya started their own catering company to bring Southern-style food to their area and want to turn the business into a full-time career. These two teams will compete for a food court location in their hometown of Zanesville, Ohio.

Sunday 8|7c

Four athletes, Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis and Charles Oakley, bring their fierceness and passion to the Chopped kitchen for the premiere round of a five-part $50,000 Tournament of Stars. With the charities they are competing for in mind, they open the first basket to find a scary ingredient: alligator. Then in the entree round, the celebs must cook with strange eggs and tiny limes. The two sports stars who make it to the dessert round put their athleticism and enthusiasm into creating great final dishes that include crystallized ginger and wafer cookies.

Sunday 9|8c

Cutthroat Kitchen takes things to the extreme when one chef loses everything but a roll of tin foil and heat while cooking a dish. Then, Alton auctions off his compost bucket, forcing one chef to make a quiche out of the food bits that are normally thrown out. Finally, a clothes steamer and iron are the only sources of heat for a chef cooking mussels.

Sunday 10|9c
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