What to Watch: The Kitchen’s Back-to-School Snacks and Valerie’s Best Bets for Entertaining

This week, tune in for back-to-school snacks from The Kitchen and entertaining tips from Valerie.

Co-Hosts Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee discuss back to school meal tips as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 7.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Relax this weekend with your favorite chefs as they prepare tasty appetizers, back-to-school snacks and more. On Saturday, Ree Drummond is throwing a prairie picnic for her friends with tender Chicken Milanese and a boozy Pina Colada Tres Leches Cake. Next, Nancy Fuller and her friend Kardea Brown share soul food secrets with crawfish pie and biscuits with bacon butter. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen have easy back-to-school snack ideas and some fun tips on how to stay organized during the school year. Then, Valerie Bertinelli hosts a girls’ night in with her book club and lots of shareable treats.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy prepare an old family recipe, Sartu di Riso, inspired by Giada’s grandparents’ honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast. Then, on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges four all-star chefs to multiple cart swaps during Musical Carts on Guy’s Grocery Games as they compete for charity. Next, a steak-eating contest determines the seed money for the next round of The Great Food Truck Race, and things get romantic as two chefs get hitched on Cutthroat Kitchen.

Ree is throwing a prairie picnic for her friends. She makes Chicken Milanese with an arugula and Parmesan topping, Mediterranean Orzo Salad and Cold Roasted Veggies with Herbed Yogurt Dip, and the cocktails come in cake form with her Pina Colada Tres Leches Cakes.

Saturday 10a|9c

Nancy is inviting her new friend, Kardea Brown, to the farm so Nancy can learn some of Kardea's soul food secrets. They're making Salt and Pepper Biscuits with Bacon Butter, Grilled Shrimp and Corn Salad with Herb Lime Dressing, Kardea's Crawfish Pie, Caramel and Cashew Pull-Apart Bread with Coffee Ice Cream, and a Pimm's Cup Cocktail to wash everything down.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

It's back to school on The Kitchen, and Geoffrey Zakarian has a quick school-night pasta dinner: Aglio e Olio. Learn how to make easy back-to-school snacks with cereal, quick on-the-go breakfasts, and Sunny Anderson's English Muffin Pizzas. Then, learn new ways to organize for the school year using common household items, and celebrate with an Appletini.

Saturday 11a|10c

Valerie's menu for entertaining includes Cream Cheese Crab Spread with Homemade Crostini, Butter Lettuce Salad with Hazelnuts and Bacon Bits, Spicy Arrabiata Penne and, for dessert, Helen's Black Pepper Walnut Biscotti and Affogato.

Saturday 12|11c

Giada and her Aunt Raffy dig into Nonna Luna's recipe diary to recreate Sartu di Riso, inspired by Giada's grandparents' honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast.

Sunday 11a|10c

Madison Cowan, Elizabeth Falkner, Aaron McCargo Jr. and Michael Psilakis make an upscale dinner using the double whammy of frozen and canned foods. Next, it's time for multiple cart swaps in a weekend brunch edition of Musical Carts! Then, the remaining two All-Stars must turn a kernel of an idea into their best dish using corn two different ways, with ingredients from three aisles.

Sunday 8|7c

In Amarillo, Texas, the final four teams are in for a steak-filled day as seed money is determined by a steak-eating contest, and all the teams must add a steak dish to their menu. Prior to elimination, Tyler Florence makes each team send two members to pick up essentials, leaving their chances at the top three in the hands of their remaining teammate.

Sunday 9|8c

Guest judge David Alan Grier dives into some breakfast tacos. Then, things get romantic when two chefs get hitched. Finally, one chef gets taken for a ride on the CTK Express.

Sunday 10|9c
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