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Food Network serves up safe-at-home comfort food weekend lineup

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Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 10:45 am

Features recipes & easy pantry-pull dishes perfect for everyone cooking while stuck at home

‘The Kitchen’ to premiere special quarantine edition with co-hosts

Plus: hit the road from the comfort of your couch with a marathon of ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

Food Network has packed this weekend's lineup with timely comfort food-focused episodes to satisfy the needs of viewers at home looking for entertainment and menu ideas perfect for the whole family, including the first-ever quarantine edition of “The Kitchen” on Saturday (11 a.m.). Co-hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian will join remotely to share pantry-pull recipes from their own home kitchens. The special episode will be preceded by a special live Q&A with Zakarian from his home taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Food Network's Instagram.

From pantry-pull recipes to easy-to-make menu ideas, the Saturday and Sunday schedules will also feature premiere episodes and encores from some fan-favorite series and hosts such as Rachael Ray in “30 Minute Meals,” Ina Garten in “Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro,” Bobby Flay in “Brunch @ Bobby's,” Molly Yeh in “Girl Meets Farm,” Guy Fieri in “Guy's Ranch Kitchen,” Ree Drummond in “The Pioneer Woman,” Trisha Yearwood in “Trisha's Southern Kitchen” and Valerie Bertinelli in “Valerie's Home Cooking.”

"Food Network programming now more than ever serves as a much-needed respite to viewers who are looking not only to be entertained, but to also get easy recipe ideas and handy pantry-pull recommendations to help with their own home meal-planning" said Courtney White, president of Food Network. "To ensure we are delivering that comfort, escape and also utility to fans, we have enhanced our weekend schedule with special premieres and hand-picked encores and marathons to deliver what is needed and craved during these trying times.”

On Saturday, timely spring dishes, quick and easy bites, and chicken served a variety of ways, are all on the menu for those stuck at home and looking for recipe inspiration. The day's schedule begins with encore airings of “30 Minute Meals” at 7 a.m. featuring a 3-salad chef's salad plate; “Valerie's Home Cooking” brings the outdoors inside at 7:30 a.m.; “The Kitchen” offers a variety of recipes for springtime chicken at 8 a.m.; “Trisha's Southern Kitchen” showcases seasonal recipes at 9 a.m.; “Girl Meets Farm” at 9:30 a.m. features a hearty breakfast spread sure to satisfy all tastes; “The Pioneer Woman” premiere at 10 a.m. features Ree cooking a spring feast, followed by an encore episode at 10:30 a.m. with quick and easy chicken dishes; “The Kitchen: Quarantine Edition” then airs at 11 a.m., followed by an all-new “Trisha's Southern Kitchen” serving up a classic Nashville meal complete with fried chicken and cornbread (with an additional encore at 12:30 p.m. providing even more recipe inspiration).

For those fans looking to hit the road virtually from their own homes, “Food Paradise” airs at 1 p.m. followed by a fun-filled, power marathon of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” beginning at 3 p.m. Guy will be doing what he does best: Shining a light on restaurants from coast to coast and the folks putting their heart and soul into each delicious bite they serve.

On Sunday, viewers can kick off the day with Ina in “Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” at 7 a.m.; then join Bobby in the kitchen in “Brunch @ Bobby's at 7:30 a.m. Guy offers up easy, healthy recipes in “Guy's Ranch Kitchen” at 8 a.m., followed by “Valerie's Home Cooking” at 8:30 a.m. with an apt episode titled, "Mighty Neighborly of you.” A block of “The Pioneer Woman” episodes from 9-11 a.m. will give viewers more time in the kitchen with Ree, followed by a timely spring-themed premiere of “Girl Meets Farm,” with additional encore episodes with Molly at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., a marathon of “Guy's Grocery Games” begins serving up fun competition, followed by the 9 p.m. premiere of “Buddy vs. Duff,” and the 10 p.m. premiere of “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Online, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com for full schedule details, and across Food Network's digital platforms access cooking short-cuts, recipes, tips and community. Whether for menu inspiration or to remake the ingredients already stowed in the pantry, FoodNetwork.com has fans covered. Join the comfort food conversation and community using #WeCook to showcase some of the dishes you are making at home.

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