What to Watch: Ina Garten Cooks a Birthday Meal for Jeffrey and Triple G Chefs Make Guilty Pleasure Foods
While the leaves are falling outside, stay in this weekend and get some new recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. Head over to the ranch on Saturday morning as Ree Drummond is testing out some new recipes for chicken-fried steak, chocolate pie and homemade biscuits. Then, take a trip to Nashville, where Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, are trying their hands at Chopped. Trisha’s making an appetizer, entree and dessert from a basket of mystery ingredients. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are making a week’s worth of dinners and sharing some tips to make mealtime easier. And then Valerie Bertinelli brews a beer-centric menu with slow-cooker pulled pork and a beer-infused milkshake.
On Sunday morning Guy Fieri is making homemade versions of Thai takeout favorites, like red beef curry and Coconut Jasmine Rice. Then, it’s Jeffrey’s birthday, and Ina Garten is making him an Italian feast featuring her roasted meatballs, Creamy Parmesan Polenta and Bruschetta with Sauteed Chard. After that, Sandra Lee’s bringing the spooky and revisiting some of her best costumes and favorite treats from Halloweens past.
On Sunday night, head over to Flavortown Market, where four chefs are making their most-decadent dishes; then, tune in to Halloween Wars, where the four remaining teams must capture the horror of a two-faced monster. Finish off the weekend with a bit of wedded bliss, as Duff Goodman and Lorraine Pascale have their worst bakers sculpt wedding cake toppers and bake four-layer celebration cakes.
Ree is seeking cowboy approval on dishes for her deli menu, asking a trio of Osage's finest for feedback on some test recipes. There are rival chicken fried steaks — rib eye and regular — both paired with creamy gravy. Then, it's a tasty competition, as classic Biscuits are pitched against delicious Bacon and Onion Biscuits. And in a battle of the desserts, rich Chocolate Pie faces off against Double Chocolate Silk Pie.
Trisha and her sister, Beth, are huge fans of cooking competition shows, so they decide to have one of their own. Beth creates a mystery basket of ingredients for Trisha, who then uses those ingredients to create an appetizer, main course and dessert for Beth to judge. She makes a Watermelon Basil Spritzer, Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup, Beef Stir-Fry and Bread Pudding with Strawberry Sauce.
Make a whole week's worth of dinners with five easy recipes from The Kitchen gang, plus get easy tips to simplify prep and make mealtime easier. Jeff Mauro's Pasta al Forno with Chicken Sausage and Rapini kicks things off, then everybody collaborates for a "Shop It, Don't Chop It" stir-fry with store-bought ingredients. Geoffrey Zakarian's cheat sheet fajitas minimize dishes and maximize flavor, then slow-cooker star Robin Chapman shares her Golden Chicken Pasta recipe. Marcela Valladolid, Jeff and Sunny upgrade frozen pizza, Geoffrey whips up a mocktail for the whole family and Jeff shares Walking S'Mauros, an easy Friday night dessert.
While Valerie's husband, Tom, and his brother, Dave, compete over their home brews, Valerie makes a beer-centric meal. The menu includes Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork with Fried Shallots and Chiles, Potato Skins stuffed with Beer Cheese, and Pan-Roasted Tomatoes with Quick Balsamic Jam. For dessert, Valerie enters Stout and Caramel Milkshakes into the competition.
Guy is cooking with Chef Aaron May again, and it could be their best collaboration yet. They're making Spicy Thai Red Beef Curry, tangy Green Papaya Salad with Lime and Pepitas, and Coconut Jasmine Rice. It’s tastier than any takeout — and twice as much fun!
It's a taste of the dolce vita, as Ina’s throwing an Italian-themed birthday dinner with a big surprise for Jeffrey. To get the party started, there's Bruschetta with Sauteed Chard and Aperol Spritzers, followed by Roasted Italian Meatballs and a cool Arugula, Radicchio and Parmesan Salad.
Sandra celebrates Halloweens of years past in this haunted special — recalling her best costumes to date — spooky spirits, fabulous English queens and more. The Halloween spirit is fulfilled with tremendous tablescapes, devilish drinks and deceivingly delicious treats.
It's a Flavortown guilty-pleasures showdown, with chefs making their most-decadent dishes. First, the chefs must make a fast-food favorite using only ingredients that cost more than $5. Next, they must shop for their sweet and savory dinner with an unusual shopping cart. Then, the final two chefs have to roll with the punches as they make their most-decadent dish yet.
Four remaining teams — each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake decorator and a sugar artist — go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture the horror of a two-faced monster. Carlson Young, actress from MTV's Scream, joins the judging panel to help decide which team will be eliminated and which will move on to the final battle.
Love is in the air, as Duff and Lorraine invite some brides and grooms to Boot Camp. First, the recruits have to sculpt wedding cake toppers of the special guests in a decorating art class. Afterward, the recruits go head-to-head baking four-layer celebration cakes. The two that fall below the baking bar will be sent home.