It’s a ver­i­ta­ble cor­nu­copia of culi­nary pro­gram­ming on Food Net­work and Cook­ing Chan­nel

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Whether it’s burg­ers or bird, carbs or con­fec­tions, there’s some­thing for just about ev­ery­one in culi­nary pro­gram­ming this week on Food Net­work and Cook­ing Chan­nel.

That’s cer­tainly the case with the Sun­day, Oct. 6, episode of Food’s “Girl Meets Farm.” As the ti­tle “Mid­west Ok­to­ber­fest” sug­gests, host Molly Yeh is hard at work in her Min­ne­sota kitchen pre­par­ing her fa­vorite Ger­man-in­spired dishes in­clud­ing a crispy chicken sch­nitzel, a mus­tardy Ger­man potato salad with ba­con and braised red cab­bage. Break out the leder­ho­sen.

Also that day on Cook­ing Chan­nel, a visit to the Wis­con­sin State Fair is in order for host Noah Cappe of “Car­ni­val Eats,” where he sam­ples a Wis­con­sin hot chicken bomb, a French onion soup’r stick and the state’s sig­na­ture cock­tail trans­formed into a deep-fried dessert. And im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing on “Food Par­adise,” pork is what’s on the menu at sev­eral restau­rants of­fer­ing out­sized dishes of the meat.

Speak­ing of ma­jor meals, the Tues­day, Oct. 8, edi­tion of Cook­ing’s “Man v. Food” finds host Casey Webb in Santa Bar­bara, Calif., to take on a two-pound por­tion of steamed lo­cal crab, a tri-tip steak sand­wich with home­made bar­be­cue sauce and ap­ple horse­rad­ish, and a chal­lenge of eight cheese­burger slid­ers with a pile of tot-chos. Pass the antacid, please.

The sea­son fi­nale of “Man’s Great­est Food” Wed­nes­day, Oct. 9, on Cook­ing Chan­nel, sees host Roger Mook­ing walk­ing view­ers through his list of the coun­try’s 15 best desserts, be they cho­co­late-y, fruity or just down­right deca­dent. Then on “De­li­cious Des­ti­na­tions,” host An­drew Zim­mern heads to Panama City to check out clas­sic tastes in­spired by the city’s blended cul­tures, from fried whole fish with plan­tains to cit­rus ce­viche and yucca frit­ters packed with steak.

Fri­day, Oct. 11, on Food’s “Din­ers, Drive-Ins and Dives” finds host Guy Fieri sam­pling chicken and bis­cuits at a Santa Fe, N.M., pub, wild boar spaet­zle in Reno, Nev., and bagel sand­wiches with an imag­i­na­tive bent in Cam­bridge, Mass.

Fieri is also front and cen­ter of the Satur­day, Oct. 12, edi­tion of Food’s “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen,” in which he chal­lenges his chef friends to ap­ply their creative chops to the ba­sic ham­burger. The re­sult? An­to­nia Lo­faso’s sir­loin, brisket and braised ox­tail burger, Carl Ruiz’s chorizo and beef burger and Justin Warner’s kofta burger smoth­ered in feta cheese sauce and cheese­burger egg roll.

Also that day on Food, Tr­isha Year­wood pre­pares her takes on county fair fa­vorites with co­mestibles such as mini corn dogs, cot­ton candy lemon­ade slushies, soft pizza pret­zels and a fun­nel cake ice cream sand­wich. Yum!

Molly Yeh

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