The Fourth of July is one holiday where some chefs actually got the chance to spend time with family and friends, and while off the line, our favorite food personalities didn't go off-line. Instead, they shared their Fourth of July memories and experiences with their fans via Instagram and Twitter. Keep clicking to take a look.
The toasted marshmallow milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery in DC are the best milkshakes I've ever had. So I was super excited when I found the recipe on Joy the Baker's blog. Each milkshake has actual toasted marshmallows in it, plus ice cream and milk and another marshmallow on top. It's super easy and quick to make your own.
Take his lamb burger, for example. The ground lamb is infused with fresh herbs and chopped onion. Once cooked, the succulent patty is topped with whipped feta and a thick yogurt sauce. The messy but exquisite burger is unlike any other I've tasted. It's hearty, juicy, salty, and creamy. You've got to try it out: check out Spike's recipe now.
Instead of featuring established restaurant chefs hoping to increase their profiles, the participants consist of well-known Food Network stars and Top Cheffers like Michael Chiarello, Anne Burrell, and Spike Mendelsohn. Even Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson is getting competitive.
To see the complete list of chefs who will duke it out to win the title of Iron Chef come Oct. 30, keep reading.
- Succulent weeknight meal: pork tenderloin with mustard-dill sauce.
- Succulent weeknight meal: pork tenderloin with mustard-dill sauce. — Serious Eats
- Martha Stewart helps Conan O'Brien celebrate Mardi Gras. — Eater
- Hot food trends so far for 2011. — Nation's Restaurant News
- Rockstar Guy Fieri is on the road again. — Grub Street NY
- Farewell Tommy Bermejo, legendary creator of the Tommy's-style margarita. — Inside Scoop SF
- Spike Mendelsohn: Good Stuff Eatery's "a perfect restaurant." — The Feast NY
- Coca-Cola pulls some soda off shelves for taste. — Consumerist
- Pour some booze in that dessert.— Chow
In case you haven't noticed, we're going through a burger phase here at YumSugar. For the first 28 years of my life, I was a hot dog girl, but then I got a meat grinder, and all I can think about are burgers! After tackling beef and salmon, I decided it was time to find a great turkey burger recipe. While there's tons of variations out there, there's only one turkey burger that's good enough to serve the First Lady. I'm talking about Spike Mendelsohn's Michelle Melt.
The Top Chef favorite created this burger at his Good Stuff Eatery in Washington DC in honor of Mrs. Obama. The patty is a mixture of sautéed celery, apple, and onion. Mango chutney and chipotle chiles in adobe make it sweet and spicy. The condiments are classic — lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, and herb mayo — but the resulting burger is far from ordinary. It's juicy and packed with flavor without being overly healthy. In a word this burger is exquisite. You'll love it. Here's Spike's recipe.
The four-day event was chock-full of demos, discussions, and, of course, parties. Food Network favorite Giada De Laurentiis and actress Alicia Silverstone signed copies of their books. Former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Rachael Ray talked about tackling childhood obesity. Everyone, including fellow network stars Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis, turned out for the biggest event of the festival, Rachael Ray's Burger Bash.
Want to know who else was there — and who took top honors at the Burger Bash? Find out when you keep reading.
During the last season of the Next Food Network Star, many of you thought perky blond Kelsey Nixon had serious star potential and were shocked when she got kicked off the show. But the spunky home chef assured readers she wouldn't be going anywhere when she announced she was getting her own show with Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn on Food Network spinoff site Food2.
The enthusiastic contestant kept her word. Today, Kelsey & Spike Cook debuted on Food2's website with two episodes: one demo of easy-to-make steak and another featuring breakfast items. Unlike Food Network's other new show, 5 Ingredient Fix, I feel an instant connection with the duo — especially since we've gotten to know them on reality shows past.
They have a fun, lighthearted chemistry that holds my attention. Watch the video below and tell me what you think. Do you like the duo's dynamic? What do you think of the Food2 beta website and its other new shows?
Kelsey Nixon, the perky blonde contestant on the fourth season of the Next Food Network Star, is getting her own show. In the November issue of Utah Valley magazine, she discusses her new role at Food Network:
I've been approached by so many production companies, but I think Food Network is the route I should go. I'm working on a project with them right now — a web show about teaching cooking basics. . . My co-host on the show is Spike Mendelsohn from Top Chef and we have a great time. I'm the one to do the 'by-the-book' classic methods, and he uses crazy ingredients from all over the world.
The show will be a part of F2 a new website the Food Network is launching in early 09. According to Kelsey they plan to shoot 65 episodes and have wrapped filming on the first 13. This is an interesting move for Food Network and I definitely look forward to checking out the chemistry between bubbly Kelsey and spastic Spike. What do you think of the unlikely duo?