What to Watch: Easy As Pie on Barefoot Contessa and Bobby Grills a Vegetarian Menu
From indulgent vacation recipes to healthy twists on old favorites, Food Network has you covered this weekend.
First, join Ree Drummond as she fixes up some manly recipes for her boys on The Pioneer Woman on Saturday. Next, join the gang on The Kitchen as they take you on a vacation right in your own home with tropical meal and cocktail ideas.
On Sunday, learn the art of pie-making with Ina Garten on a new season of Barefoot Contessa, then find out how to pack a nutritional punch in your favorite dishes with Bobby Flay on Barbecue Addiction: Bobby's Basics. The fun continues on Sunday night, with three whole hours of competition shows – tune in to new episodes of Guy's Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen.
The boys and their friends are fixing up a man cave on the ranch, and Ree's feeding them during the remodeling. There are Chicken Bacon Ranch Paninis for lunch, then Steak Fingers with Gravy alongside a Mini Chopped Salad and Crazy Brownies for dinner.
Jeff Mauro kicks off the staycation show with an island-inspired Jerk Chicken. The crew showcases global gadgets they've collected from their culinary travels. Geoffrey Zakarian makes his luxurious, buttery, Lobster Roll recipes, and Katie Lee creates DIY spa treatments with ingredients from your kitchen. Sunny Anderson throws an easy DIY Korean BBQ party, and Geoffrey caps off the staycation with a refreshing Strawberry-Ginger Daiquiri.
Baking and blooms are on the menu as Ina shares the secrets of pie making with her friend Michael in exchange for some floristry magic. There are Raspberry Corn Muffins to welcome him to the barn, then Ina shows him how to make foolproof pie crust, a fabulous Fresh Blueberry Pie and a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. Then from flour to flowers, it's over to Michael's where he shows Ina the secrets of a show-stopping table centerpiece.
Chef Bobby offers simple steps for creating a healthy, vegetarian-style menu that packs flavor. First, he creates a Portobello "Pizza" Nicoise, reimagining pizza as a meaty portobello mushroom with Mediterranean toppings. Next he showcases one of his favorite shortcuts for flavorful dressings, with his White Chicory Salad with Apricot Dressing and Grilled Whole Wheat Pita Croutons recipe. Bobby also has a healthier version of a fruity and creamy dessert – Strawberry-Rhubarb Greek Yogurt Fool – and a spin on a Vodka and Orange cocktail.
In Game 1, take a trip around the world as the chefs create an international dish using items found only in the Clearance Carts. Next, the chefs set out to make a delicious dessert, but Guy surprises them with a savory Red Light Special. In the final game, the chefs try to make their best dish in the letter-limiting challenge, ABC. Whichever chef uses his or her spelling and culinary skills the best will go on to play for $20,000 in the Shopping Spree.
Testing their abilities to think on their feet and react to any situation thrown at them, the finalists are tasked with solving a culinary problem for a Rachael Ray viewer. They must each create a dish that addresses the viewer's problem, and then perform a demo of the dish on The Rachael Ray Show. The Selection Committee watches the action backstage and determines who will continue forward.
It's tough to smoke out the competition when forced to use a cigar cutter to make a Cubano sandwich. Then two chefs get up close and personal when stuffed like peppers into a very confined workspace. Finally, one chef must make a tiramisu using coffee filters and stirrers as his or her only tools.