Fresh Food on TV: Weekend Edition

NOMTVWith 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 (August 6)

Aarti Party: Aarti makes a special meal in honor of her sister: zucchini ribbon salad with lime juice, red chile, and peanuts; red 'mole' swordfish steaks with pickled shallots; and bananas Sequeira. 9 am., Food Network.

Mexican Made Easy: Marcela throws a taquiza, a traditional Mexican cookout made up of beer-marinated grilled skirt steak, creamy poblano pepper strips, sauteed potatoes with chorizo, pico de gallo, and watermelon and mint aguas frescas. 9:30 am., Food Network.

Hungry Girl: Lisa makes breakfast pizza Mexicali, crispy white pizza, and pizza-fied chicken. 10:30 am., Cooking Channel.

Down Home with the Neelys: The Neelys make homemade granola, cinnamon-sugar waffles with blueberry syrup, and black pepper maple bacon. Now that's breakfast, right? 11:30 am., Food Network.

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: Anne Burrell cooks a restaurant-worthy meal of cod and shrimp in a fennel and white wine broth and braesola and lightly pickled mushroom and cauliflower salad with crispy parmigiano. 12 pm., Food Network.

30 Minute Meals: Rachael makes prosciutto-wrapped chile shrimp with green onions and pesto, alongside grilled steak with quick roasted tomatoes and garlic. It's technically surf-n-turf.12:30 pm., Food Network.

Barefoot Contessa: Ina makes honey vanilla pound cake, roasted beets, mache with warm brie and apples, and basil mayonnaise, all from local ingredients. 1 pm., Food Network.

Giada at Home: Things get a spicy kick when Giada makes cherry tomato and chile gazpacho, meatballs a la pizzaiola, ravioli with spicy sage butter, and spicy zabaglione with strawberries and chocolate. 1:30 pm., Food Network.

Two Fat Ladies: The Two Fat Ladies visit the nuns in the Abbey to make them a special meal of lobster with mayonnaise, broad beans with dill, tomato tartlets, and raspberry-strawberry shortcake. 10 pm., Cooking Channel.

Sunday (August 7)

Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction: Bobby grills a Middle Eastern feast, complete with sea scallops with cracked wheat salad, roasted red pepper tahini vinaigrette and grilled lemons, tuna kofte with pomegranate molasses-mint glaze with crushed spicy hummus, and apricot-glazed lamb chops with pistachio and sumac. 11 am., Food Network.

Food Network Challenge: The arrival of the Renaissance Festival has cake artists scrambling to create the best Renaissance-inspired cakes. 8 pm., Food Network.

Food Network Star: The television hopefuls compete in another round, hoping to eventually be the newest star on Food Network. 9 pm., Food Network.