What to Watch: Go Recipe Free on The Kitchen, and the Premiere of Life’s A Party with David Burtka

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Nora Horvath

Photo by: Pawel Kaminski ©2016, Food Network,LLC. All Rights Reserved

Pawel Kaminski, 2016, Food Network,LLC. All Rights Reserved

Stay in this weekend and cook simple comfort foods with your favorite Food Network chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd, is helping her in the kitchen as they put on a dinner for two. On the menu is easy fried shrimp and a grilled corn casserole. Next, Trisha Yearwood is taking advantage of the gorgeous weather by preparing a picnic with easy-to-make recipes like orzo salad and zucchini bread. After that, the hosts of The Kitchen are going recipe-free with simple dishes like Asian pot pie and fruit crisp. Up next, Valerie Bertinelli’s hosting a movie night complete with easy bites like s’mores popcorn and crab boil sliders. After that, the youngest Smollett sibling, Jocqui, is eager to prove his cooking chops are as advanced as his siblings’. He’s whipping up a Mexican feast complete with homemade tortillas and a horchata-based cocktail.

On Sunday, Guy Fieri’s hosting football pro Marcel Reece and they’re cooking up a meal for big appetites including grilled mojo mahi mahi and toasted quinoa pilaf. Then, it’s the premiere of Life’s a Party with David Burtka. The chef-actor is throwing a birthday party with the help of his adorable twins Gideon and Harper. He’s planning a menu full of crowd-pleasing dishes like mint pesto pasta and tangerine chicken. Next, Bobby Flay is demonstrating some of the brunch recipes from his new Bobby Flay Fit cookbook, including spicy turkey merguez scramble and a tasty Cream of Wheat take on PB&J. Later, it’s the fourth installment of Guy’s Superstar Games, where the five remaining chefs will battle it out to secure a spot in the finale. Next, the final three families in The Great Food Truck Race must beat the heat to create an indulgent sweet dessert in the sweltering Palm Springs desert. Finally, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli guest-judge on Cooks vs. Cons, where contestants will have to impress them with a dish made with pizza.

It's dinner for two with Ree and Ladd, who's stacking hay and then turning into a cowboy cook in the kitchen! They whip up quick and easy jumbo Fried Shrimp with a simple cocktail sauce, then golden, spicy Curly Fries and a speedy Grilled Corn Casserole. For dessert, it's Mexican Chocolate Sundaes with Cinnamon Hot Fudge Sauce.

Saturday 10a|9c

Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, take advantage of a gorgeous day by preparing for a picnic. Their stress-free and easy-to-make recipes include Orzo Salad, Watermelon Salsa, Baked Apricot-Rosemary Chicken, Zucchini Bread and a Citrus Cocktail. They end a great meal with a lovely, sisterly duet.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

The Kitchen goes recipe free, starting with Jeff Mauro's Spaghetti and Meatballs By Heart and Geoffrey Zakarian's Recipe-Free Asian Pot Pie. Then Katie Lee shows how to remember easy ratios for any fruit crisp, while Marcela Valladolid teaches at Bloom School with bouquet and centerpiece basics. Plus, learn three easy, classic dressings you can use for any salad, make Geoffrey's Red Wine Spritzer without a recipe and watch viewer recipe reviews.

Saturday 11a|10c

Valerie and Tom are in for the night with best friends Suzanne and Danny Ferleger, and what could be more fun than watching home movies? Watching them in your own backyard on a white sheet hung on a clothesline, right?! Valerie has a quick and easy menu that is perfect for viewing under the stars. On the menu: Crab-Boil Sliders, S'mores Popcorn, Lemon-Dijon Potato Salad and a super-fast homemade Limeade and Mint Soda.

Saturday 12|11c

Baby brother Jocqui Smollett is eager to prove that his cooking skills are worthy of the Smollett family's culinary ranking system, so he plans to wow his siblings with a Mexican menu. Jocqui visits L.A. restaurant Chichen Itza where he learns how to make homemade tortillas and a killer horchata-based cocktail. Back at the house, Jocqui hopes that his Pork and Lager Chili Verde and homemade tortillas and chips will win over foodies Jazz and Jake Smollett.

Saturday 12:30|11:30c

Guy is in the kitchen with football pro Marcel Reece, cooking up an all-star meal for big appetites with little time to spare. We're talking Mojo Mahi Mahi, marinated in fresh citrus and herbs, grilled, and served over a Toasted Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato Mango Cucumber Relish. A Grilled Red Cabbage Salad with White Miso Dressing is served on the side.

Sunday 9:30a|8:30c

Trained chef and superstar actor David Burtka is throwing a rooftop birthday bash for his best friend, actor James Carpinello, and inviting some A-list guests including James' wife, actress Amy Acker, actress Rachael Harris and TV host Kelly Ripa. With help in the kitchen from his adorable twins, Gideon and Harper, he prepares a menu of Tangerine Chicken Under a Brick, Balsamic Grilled Asparagus, Mint Pesto Pasta and Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookie Bars, all to be washed down with Fresh Blueberry Fizz cocktails. Plus, David's husband, actor Neil Patrick Harris, makes a surprise trip home for the big event!

Sunday 12|11c

Bobby is coming out with a Bobby Flay Fit cookbook! Here he’s sharing a few of his favorite quick, easy, light and healthy brunch recipes that don't skimp on flavor. He starts off the day right with a spicy turkey merguez scramble with roasted chickpeas and avocaso, then moves on to a tasty Cream of Wheat take on PB&J.

Sunday 12:30|11:30c

The five remaining celebrity chefs go into their fourth intense week of competition in Guy Fieri's Superstar Games. In the first round, they must make a gourmet entree using Guy's son's favorite snack foods. The winning chef automatically earns a spot in the finale, while the bottom four battle it out for the remaining slots.

Sunday 8|7c

The final three teams brave the sweltering desert heat of Palm Springs, Calif. as they take on a challenge that tasks them with making something sweet to eat. The next day, they must become "human roadside attractions" and create a costume to draw customers to their truck. For one family, tempers flare as temperatures rise, and in the end, another team goes home while the last two family food trucks set course for the finale.

Sunday 9|8c

Judges Anne and Alex try to avoid a carb overload as the cooks deconstruct pizza to accent their Parmesan-inspired dishes. Then, the pros try to separate themselves from the home cooks as they create masterpieces from deli food.

Sunday 10|9c
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