What to Watch: Entertaining Tips and Family Fun, Plus an Elimination Cook-Off on All-Star Academy

New episodes of The Kitchen, Giada at Home, Southern At Heart, and Farmhouse Rules. Catch the competition fun on Sunday night at 8|7c.
By: Rosanna Talarico

Cook Sharon Damante (L), Chef Curtis Stone, Vanessa Craig, Chef Michael Symon, August Dannehl, Alex Guarnaschelli, Joseph Harris, and Chef Bobby Flay during judging of the first challenge, recipe scramble, as seen on Food Network's All-Star Academy, Season 1.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Anders Krusberg, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Start your weekend off with new episodes of The Kitchen and Giada at Home this Saturday on Food Network. First, the cast of The Kitchen shares ideas for easy on-the-go snacks and tricks for adding healthy foods to your favorite desserts, and get entertaining tips from Cooking Channel’s Tiffani Thiessen. Next up, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a star-themed party on Giada at Home with great appetizers, Chocolate Amaretti Cookies and an astrologist to amuse her guests.

On Sunday, watch as Damaris Phillips preps a Southern meal for an at-home spa day with the family on Southern at Heart. It’s a family bonding day on Farmhouse Rules also as Nancy Fuller cooks up a meal for her daughter and grandchildren. At night, tune in for three hours of back-to-back competition. Watch contestants try to make a meal using only one ingredient from each store aisle on Guy’s Grocery Games, four home chefs battle for a spot in the final three for next week’s finale of All-Star Academy, and chefs work the diner counter on Cutthroat Kitchen.

Jeff Mauro's grilling a delicious blackened hanger steak, and Cooking Channel's Tiffani, from Cooking Channel's Dinner at Tiffani's, Thiessen shares her entertaining tips for an at-home pizza party. There's There are quick and easy snacks on the go, new tricks for hiding healthy ingredients in decadent desserts and tips on planting a kitchen herb garden. Plus, Geoffrey Zakarian's Zakarian makes an herb-infused cocktail.

Saturday 11a|10c

Giada hosts a star-themed cocktail party. The menu includes small bites like Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Lemon Basil Crema, Crostini with Ricotta and Pink Peppercorns, and Chocolate Amaretti Cookies. The decor is star-related and, of course, there's an astrologist to entertain guests.

Sunday 10:30a|9:30c

Damaris invites her mother, sister and niece over for an at-home Southern spa day. Before the pampering begins, they have an indulgent meal of Southern favorites, starting with BBQ Glazed Shrimp, and Baked Grits and Collards. For dessert, her Rhubarb-Strawberry Shortcake is the perfect way to melt the stress away.

Sunday 12|11c

Nancy Fuller is inviting her daughter Nita and her Nita's four kids up for a weekend getaway! She's made up the attic above the kitchen for the kiddos to bunk in while she cooks up a meal of Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Dressed-Up Grilled Cheese, and Loaded Baked Potato Soup. The meal that will leave them all smiles, especially when they see the dessert: ... Sweet Cherry Pie with Sprinkled Ice Cream Scoops!

Sunday 12:30|11:30c

Chefs make a Mediterranean feast using the least- likely ingredients from the store's middle aisles. Next, they take a hands-on approach to gathering the items for a salad and sandwich without a shopping cart. Then, the finalists must make a family favorite under unfavorable conditions, using One Ingredient Per Aisle. The winner takes on the Shopping shopping Spree spree challenge for up to $20,000.

Sunday 8|7c

The four remaining home cooks face off in three of the toughest challenges yet. The winner of each round instantly moves into the finale, with the last cook standing going home. Chopped judge Marc Murphy lends a helping hand in the penultimate episode.

Sunday 9|8c

Three chefs find themselves on the other side of the diner counter. Then, Paris is for haters in a French-inspired challenge. Finally, one chef has to make a rum cake in a bottle of rum.

Sunday 10|9c
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