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Have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dinner Party


To celebrate the recently released Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which features behind-the-scenes extras with director Mel Stuart, we say throw a Wonka-inspired dinner party and invite your closest friends.

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Na’Cho Average Party Snack

Nachos, nachos, man.

2011: Year of the Rabbit. Sure, that’s fun. But how about the Year of the Nacho?

Chips are a blank canvas. Load ‘em up with whatever you like, and bake. It’s the ultimate customizable snack. (Recite the following in your best Benjamin Buford Blue from Forest Gump voice) There’s Shrimp Nachos, Beef Nachos, Breakfast Nachos, Pork Nachos, Eggs Benedict Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Spinach-Artichoke Nachos, Veggie Nachos, Seafood Nachos, S’Mores Nachos, Strawberry Shortcake Nachos . . . Nacho toppings are limited only by your imagination. And you don’t even need to use chips! Pretzels, bagel chips, pita chips, Triscuits — all nacho-worthy. There are surely enough nachos to have a different combo every single day for at least a year. (C’mon, who’s up for it?)

Since Super Bowl season is basically nacho season, the watercooler chatter at the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices has been themed around who tops the best chips. Naturally, a competition was in order, thus the idea for the First Annual Nacho Cook-Off was born. Take 8 different nachos, a few celebrity judges, and some healthy competition, and you have an average afternoon at the office for us.

Sunny Anderson, host of Food Network’s Cooking for Real, Kelsey Nixon of Kelsey’s Essentials, and Claudia Sidoti, Senior Recipe Developer at Food Network Kitchens (she worked on Food Network Magazine’s 50 Nachos booklet!) stopped by the office to judge the cook-off. They tried each of the 8 contestants’ nachos, deliberated in a private room and announced the winner and runner up.

Celebrity judges Sunny Anderson, Kelsey Nixon and Claudia Sidoti taste the nacho entries.

There’s no such thing as a bad nacho, right? Judging must have been tough.

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Next Food Network Star: After Party

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After Party hosts Kelsey Nixon, Sunny Anderson, Adam Gertler and Bob Tuschman

Twelve hopeful food-enthusiasts have been competing for the chance of a lifetime — their own show on Food Network. Week after week on Next Food Network Star we’ve seen the pressure build as these contestants reveal their true mettle.  The judges have made their picks and this week we’re down to the final seven!

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