What to Watch: Cooking for Family and Friends and Amateur Competition
This weekend, Food Network has all-new episodes from Paula, Ree, Giada and Guy as well as a night of competition on Sunday. It all starts Saturday with Paula's Best Dishes, where it's about cooking comforting foods for the ones you hold dear with a Sunday supper. Afterward, Ree is cooking breakfast for her boys and dinner for her best friend. Then on Giada at Home, it's an episode of recipes that are just as comforting as they are decadent. In the afternoon it's a video game-themed episode of Sugar Dome.
First thing in the morning on Sunday, watch Guy put a twist on turkey burgers and make spicy margaritas. At night watch amateur cooks attempt to prove they have culinary chops on Chopped. Then it's more amateur cooking on Worst Cooks, where the contestants' knife skills will be put to the test. Finally it's a face-off between Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Challenger Micah Wexler on Iron Chef America.
Paula and her son Jamie are in the kitchen cooking a Sunday dinner you'll want to cook for your own family. They're making Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Jamie's Salad With Maple Red Wine Vinaigrette and Hummingbird Cake.
This episode is all about frontier-style food and Ree's making two very special deliveries. First, she's taking breakfast to the cowboys and kids working in the pens. For them she's got Sweet Orange Rolls and Peppered Bacon. Next Ree is making a big hearty dinner for her best friend, Hyacinth. She's serving Root Vegetable Beef Stew and Creamy Cheddar Grits.
For Giada, it's all about indulging in decadent foods on this episode. Her Italian-inspired comfort menu includes Four-Cheese Ravioli With Herb Pesto, Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf and Chocolate-Raspberry Layer Cake.
Cake artists, sugar artists and animators form teams to create spectacles that capture the adventure, fun and challenge of video games. After the grueling challenge, only one team will walk away with the $15,000 prize.
Guy is putting his personal spin on turkey burgers by mixing roasted chiles into the patties. The grilled burgers are topped with sauteed onions, peppers and a layer of Monterey jack cheese and served on a toasted brioche bun. On the side, there are Crispy Fried Pickles served with a homemade buttermilk dipping sauce. Last but not least, to wash it all down, a Roasted Jalapeno Margarita — a dynamite drink that's a bit spicy and sour.
Four amateur cooks step into the Chopped Kitchen, thinking that they can cook just like the pros. Their appetizer basket includes a sushi platter. The entree round has the chefs working with ostrich meat and blueberry wine. The dessert round finds the judges comparing two very similar dishes.
On this episode, the 12 remaining recruits will be tested on their knife skills. They hit the high seas in a fishing skill drill and later find themselves in the world of farm-to-table butchery.
Iron Chef Bobby Flay will face off against Challenger Micah Wexler in Kitchen Stadium. Chef Wexler was a semifinalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award in 2012. Judges will be Anthony Anderson, Karine Bakhoum and Michael Ruhlman.