What to Watch: A Pantry Makeover on The Kitchen and Mint Julep Desserts on Spring Baking Championship

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Joel Raneri

Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Start the weekend Trisha Yearwood as she makes a meal for her social media crew with dishes like her Quick Roasted Chicken with Garlicky Herb Sauce and Ginger Peach Crumble with Buttered Pecan Topping. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are transitioning pantries from winter to spring, and Valerie Bertinelli is having happy hour with her glam squad.

On Sunday night, four more Triple G winners are returning to Flavortown Market, and their first culinary challenge is making a plate of hometown comfort food with only five pounds of ingredients. Then, it’s a horse race-themed challenge on Spring Baking Championship, and Pikachu makes an appearance on Cake Wars: Champs.

The Pioneer Woman: 16 Minute Meals: Family Favorites — Saturday, March 18 at 10a|9c

Ree’s making some of her family’s favorite meals, and they’ll all be ready in just 16 minutes. There's Chicken Mozzarella Pasta for a quick dinner, a snappy Cowboy Chopped Salad, then fast and fabulous French Bread Pizzas with six different toppings. Finally, there's Beef with Snow Peas (pictured) — a delicious whirlwind meal for her and the girls.

Photo by: Jason Clairy ©Clairy Productions Inc.

Jason Clairy, Clairy Productions Inc.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Coffee Talk — Saturday, March 18 at 10:30a|9:30c

Trisha Yearwood's social media crew is in the kitchen. After filming Trisha's online streaming show, Coffee Talk, the gang hangs around to enjoy each other's company, great food, and of course, coffee. The menu includes Mexican Iced Coffee with Almond Milk, Quick Roasted Chicken with Garlicky Herb Sauce, Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes (pictured) and a Ginger Peach Crumble with Buttered Pecan Topping.

Katie Lee makes a Berry Crisp Dump Cake, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

The Kitchen: Spring Pantry — Saturday, March 18 at 11a|10c

The Kitchen is doing a pantry makeover just in time for spring. Sunny Anderson turns microwavable rice into Chicken Fried Rice Casserole, Katie Lee makes an easy Berry Crisp Dump Cake (pictured), and author Hilaria Baldwin stops by to make a delicious grain bowl and teach some yoga moves. Then, the hosts “upcycle” cans into can creations and make predictions on new pantry ingredients that will be popular this spring. Finally, Jeff Mauro makes an easy pantry bar snack and Geoffrey Zakarian uses ingredients from the pantry to make a Party in My Pantry cocktail.

Photo by: yia thao

yia thao

Valerie’s Home Cooking: Homemade Happy Hour — Saturday, March 18 at 12|11c

Who doesn't love meeting friends for an after-work drink and some yummy bites to share? Valerie Bertinelli invites her glam squad for happy hour and whips up Turkey Cranberry Sliders (pictured), Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn with Chile-Lime Seasoning, Jalapeno Fries with Roasted Garlic Ranch Dipping Sauce, and Key Lime Pie Martinis.

Contestants AJ Fusco, Lisa Kagen, Lewis Leiterman, and Glenn "Gator" Thompson, as seen on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Season 12.

Photo by: David Moir

David Moir

The Supermarket Masters Tournament continues as four more GGG winners compete for a guaranteed $10,000 and a shot at winning up to $25,000 more in the finale. First, the chefs have to serve up a plate of hometown comfort with only five pounds of ingredients. Next, the chefs make an elevated burger featuring strange sample table items. Then, the remaining two chefs must serve up a Mexican fiesta after shopping only in the aisles chosen in a game of bowling.

Spring Baking Championship: Derby Desserts — Sunday, March 19 at 9|8c

Big colorful hats, stunning racehorses, roses and bourbon! The seven remaining bakers celebrate the Kentucky Derby with their takes on mint julep desserts and cookie garlands.

Cake Wars: Champs: Pokemon — Sunday, March 19 at 10|9c

Pikachu and the rest of the Pokemon inspire one of the most intense baking battles of all time! Four champion bakers battle for their cake to be the centerpiece of the party, but only one will remain undefeated and collect $10,000. Elvin Gee, marketing manager for Pokemon, joins the judging panel.

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