Fresh Food on TV: Weekend Edition
With all the channels on broadcast TV and cable and the inevitable episode repeats, it's hard to sort out what's new or worthwhile. Let us sort it out for you so you don't miss anything worth watching. Times may vary with region; check your local listings for exact hour and channels.
Saturday (July 23)
Aarti Party: Aarti draws influence from her visits to Turkey to create a Mediterranean-style tapas party, with mezze including garlicky grilled calamari, quinoa tabbouleh, and eggplant rolls with ricotta, walnuts, and mint. 9 am., Food Network.
Mexican Made Easy: Marcela whips up a crowd-pleasing brunch of Mexican chocolate and date fritters, cowboy beans, corn-and-cheese-stuffed crepes, and Mexican hot chocolate. 9:30., Food Network.
Hungry Girl: Lisa creates tasty comfort foods like pulled pork and bread pudding, while still keeping them HG-approved. 10:30 am., Cooking Channel.
Down Home with the Neelys: Gina and Pat make this weeknight meal feel like date night meal: curried cauliflower and carrots, herbed brown rice pilaf, spice-rubbed grilled pork chops, and coconut cream pie. 11:30., Food Network.
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: Anne Burrell unwraps the mystery surrounding chicken roulades, stuffing hers with chorizo and manchego and accompanying them with a simple sauteed kale. 12 pm., Food Network.
30 Minute Meals: Rachael makes a meal that's worth getting out of bed for. Savory french toast, sausage patties, and warm honey with strawberries and basil. 12:30 pm., Food Network.
Barefoot Contessa: Ina shares tips for baked fontina, sticky toffee date cake, and lemon chicken breasts. 1 pm., Food Network.
Giada at Home: Giada throws a pool-side shindig, serving up black forbidden rice with peaches and snap peas, shrimp and beef skewers with soy and scallion butter, washed down with ginger, honey, and apple martinis. 1:30 pm., Food Network.
Two Fat Ladies: The Two Fat Ladies seek out less conventional meat, turning to game like roast grouse, medallions of venison with bramble jelly, and partridges with cabbage. 10 pm., Cooking Channel.
Sunday (July 24)
Guy's Big Bite: Guy features tomatoes on his menu today in everything from nitro tomato soup to fried green tomatoes with horseradish cream to lomo soltado. 10:30 am., Food Network.
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction: Bobby takes advantage of the supremely fresh seafood available in New England, as he throws oysters, lobster, and sea scallops on the grill. 11 am., Food Network.
Food Network Challenge: With the new Smurf movie hitting theaters, four great cake designers are challenged to create a cake fit for Papa Smurf and Smurfette. 8 pm., Food Network.
Food Network Star: Ina Garten is the guest judge for a cupcake bake-off, then competitors must host a cooking demo in front of a live studio audience. 9 pm., Food Network.