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Fresh Food on TV: Weekday 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.
Monday (July 18)
Martha Bakes: Martha tackles biscuits and scones; herb-buttermilk biscuits, angel biscuits, and cream scones to be more specific. 11 am., Hallmark.
Chopped: Today, the chefs must proceed with caution as they navigate baskets full of prickly cacti that must be incorporated into an appetizer. Other ingredients that must be used: a commonly overlooked pork product for the entree and chocolate for dessert. 7 pm., Food Network.
Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: Guy's tastebuds run the gamut today as he samples classics like Chicken a la King with buttermilk biscuits in Chaffee, New York, and cioppino in Santa Cruz, California. 9:30 pm., Food Network.
Tough Cookies: Crazy Susan's is in crisis mode; Linda cannot find Susan, and the Ocean City Block Party is quickly approaching and they still need to make 5,000 cookies for the event. 10 pm., Food Network.
Tuesday (July 19)
Gordon Ramsay's F Word: Girls Aloud, a British all-girls pop band from the early 2000s, joins Ramsay in the kitchen for a decadent meal of pan-fried foie gras with rhubarb, butter-roasted rib-eye, and summer berry soup. 9 am., BBC.
Kitchen Impossible: The Kitchen Impossible team revamps a crumbling kitchen in an 80-year old house, turning it into a beautiful country kitchen. 9:30 am., HGTV.
Cupcake Girls: When a list detailing the "Best of Vancouver" is published, Heather and Lori are prompted to work on the customer experience because Cupcakes isn't on it. 12 pm., WE.
Hell's Kitchen: The 16 survivors of the first round of elimination must make up for the disaster that was their opening night dinner service, but to no avail. 8 pm., Fox.
MasterChef: The top ten face off in another challenge, hoping to become Master Chef. 9 pm., Fox.
Wednesday (July 20)
Famous Food: The celebs turn to an interior designer to help create a theme for their restaurant. 12 pm., VH1.
Main Ingredient with Bobby Flay: Bobby focuses on wraps, putting together a Greek pita, an eggplant and goat cheese tortilla with red pepper vinaigrette, and a corn pancake. 2 pm., LRW.
Fabulous Cakes: San Francisco bakeries flex their cake-making muscles with an 18th-century France-inspired cake, a Shakespearean Globe Theater cake, and a tea party-themed pme. 5 pm., TLC.
Man vs. Food Nation: It's a new feat of strength for pro wrestler Jerry Sags as Adam coaches him on his attempt to eat 10 spicy hot wings at Rapscallions in Land O' Lakes, Florida. 9 pm., Travel Channel.
Thursday (July 21)
Ratatouille: The story of a young rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a chef in one of Paris's finest restaurants. 10 am., Disney Channel.
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Andrew doesn't just sample Korean delicacies in Seoul; he makes kimchi! 6 pm., Travel Channel.
24 Hour Restaurant Battle: Comfort foods get a healthful spin at one restaurant, while its competitor brings internationally-tinged seafood to the table. 7 pm., Food Network.
Extreme Chef: The chefs take refuge in a house made of ice as they cook in the middle of a hailstorm. 10 pm., Food Network.
Friday (July 22)
Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn: A mother herself, Lucinda understands the importance of a kid-friendly meal, making a cheesy pasta wheel, bite-size vegetables, chicken fingers with herb-buttermilk dressing, and toasted marshmallow cupcakes. 11 am., Hallmark.
At the Table with Anthony Bourdain: Anthony invites Ted Allen, Bill Buford, Chris Wilson, and Amy Sacco over for a dinner party where discussions range from society to food and everything in between. Everything. 1 pm., Travel Channel.
Giada at Home: Giada packs up penne with butternut squash and goat cheese, salmon cakes with lemon-caper yogurt sauce, and apple-and-mint punch for a picnic at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. 4:30 pm., Food Network.
Barefoot Contessa: Ina makes chive biscuits as a delicious accompaniment to lentil and sausage soup and seafood stew. 5 pm., Food Network.