What to Watch: Holiday Specials, New Episodes from Your Favorite Shows

by in Shows, November 29th, 2012

A Very Chatty Christmas With Paula DeenCan’t wait to start the holidays? This weekend, Food Network has all new episodes including exciting holiday specials to get you in the spirit — you won’t want to walk away from your television set.

Paula, Trisha and Jeff have new episodes showing their individual take on the holidays. Giada teams up with HGTV’s Sabrina Soto to renovate a deserving family’s kitchen and family room. In a special episode of Barefoot Contessa, Ina and her husband Jeffrey take a trip back to Brooklyn. On The Best Thing I Ever Made, watch Food Network chefs create holiday treats that are perfect for gift-giving. Plus there are new episodes of Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes and Guy’s Big Bite.

Paula’s Best Dishes: A Very Chatty Christmas

When Paula and her longtime friends, sisters Amy and Suzette, get together in the kitchen, it’s a fun-filled day of cooking and catching up on old times. Paula makes Crawfish, Bacon and Mushroom Stuffed Beef Tenderloin. Amy and Suzette make an Eggplant Rice Dressing. For dessert, Paula reinvents the classic fruitcake as a bread pudding and serves it up with whiskey sauce. It’s a Southern meal worthy of the holiday, all wrapped up in love and memories.

Tune in: Saturday, December 1 at 9:30am/8:30c

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Holiday Cookie Party

A holiday cookie swap is an annual tradition in the Yearwood family home. Trisha is joined in the kitchen by her dear friend Lisa and her two daughters to help her get ready for the event. Together they make sweet tea before moving on to baking the cookies. Trisha makes Snickerdoodles, Bess London’s Pecan Tassies and Iced Sugar Cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Tune in: Saturday, December 1 at 11am/10c


Holiday Kitchen Takeover with Giada and Sabrina

One lucky family gets surprised with an entire makeover of their kitchen and family room in this holiday special. Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis and HGTV’s Sabrina Soto team up to help remodel the family’s dated and dysfunctional spaces. The must-see result is impressive: a well-equipped, magazine-worthy kitchen that will last the family a long time.

Tune in: Saturday, December 1 at 11:30am/10:30c


Barefoot Contessa: Back to Brooklyn

Join Ina and Jeffrey as they journey back to Brooklyn for a walk down memory lane. The day begins with a fantastic breakfast before the couple heads to Brooklyn. They visit places both familiar and new, and make some culinary stops, including a visit to Franny’s Pizzeria. The day ends with a nightcap back in East Hampton. Get to know where it all began for Ina Garten in this Food Network special.

Tune in: Saturday, December 1 at 12:30pm/11:30amc


Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day: Italian Comfort

Rachael has five Italian comfort dishes up her sleeve to help you forget about your stress this week. She prepares a Braciole with Sausage Sunday Gravy, Cheesy Rice Cake Stuffed With Herbs and Greens, Potted Beef and Celery Root With Celery Gremolata, Cannelloni or Stuffed Shells With Veal and Sweet Sausage, and Eggplant and Zucchini Roll Ups.

Tune in: Sunday, December 2 at 9am/8c


Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes: The Famous and Fantastic

In this episode, Sandra Lee shows how easy it is to make homemade versions of famous recipes. She begins with a caviar-covered pizza called the Ultimate “Should Be a $1000″ Pizza, based on the one from Nino’s Bellissima. Then she remakes one of Wolfgang Puck’s dishes, Shanghai Lobster. For dessert it’s a snack-cake remake. But if that isn’t enough, she makes a cocktail called the Fire Breathing Dragon for a finishing touch.

Tune in: Sunday, December 2 at 10am/9c


Guy’s Big Bite: Mediterranean Surf and Turf

Guy takes flavor cues from the Mediterranean in coming up with his surf and turf menu in this new episode. He makes grilled T-Bone Lamb Chops served with Homemade Olive Tapenade and Fresh Mint for his turf portion. For the surf portion he demonstrates a special technique for cooking tender octopus for a Charred Octopus and White Bean Salad.

Tune in: Sunday, December 2 at 10:30am / 9:30c


Holiday Sandwiches With Jeff Mauro

Sandwich King: Holiday Sandwiches

For most people, the focus of the holiday dinner table is a classic roast, but for Jeff Mauro it’s all about pushing the traditional into sandwich territory. In this episode, he heads to his grandma’s house to create a brunch sandwich using her special sausage bread. Jeff also makes roast beef with a side of jus for dipping and a family favorite, Spaghetti and Broccoli Aglio Olio.

Tune in: Sunday, December 2 at 11am/10c


The Best Thing I Ever Made: Stocking Stuffers

The best holiday treats are the kind you can eat. You have no excuse not to indulge when there are treats created by Food Network’s Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarti Sequeira and Jacques Torres. Some recipes to look out for include Coconut Toffee, Linzer Heart Sandwich Cookies and Chocolate Covered Cereal.

Tune in: Sunday, December 2 at 11:30am/10:30c

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Comments (5)

  1. jamie says:

    I will watch Paula's holiday special. She is heavy handed with butter, but if I attempt her recipes I always adjust towards the healthy side. I will definitely NOT watch any show from Giada or Sunny. Sunny offers the worst recipes…….fried ice cream balls on the Thanksgiving Show Special……horrible !!! And Giada is the all time worst on the Food Network. She has no depth of any cooking knowledge….always gives a recipe for cold pasta mixed with either peas or some veggie….like we need these kindergarten recipes………. and an arrogant attitude……NO THANKS GIADA !!! We like watching Rachel's show, Booby grill outside, and Chopped :))

  2. Dawn magness says:

    Hi there , I'm in the uk and would love to know if I can watch inas back to Brooklyn online ?
    I love foodnetwork and would like to see more than what's on offer here
    Many thanks. Dawn magness

  3. guest says:

    Well so far the negative folks out number positive ,so, let me say if you don't likem' turn it off . Most Great cooks change things around in their procedures for cooking and some folks are allergy prone so adjust if you do not know how ask for help, Lots of it can be had thru foodnetwork.

  4. Don says:

    Does anybody know the cookbook title of Paula's friends, Amy and Suzette, that she had on the above mentioned program?

  5. A Knott says:

    These programs are old. How about 2014 new shows. Dead give a way is that Dec 1st was not on Sunday in 2014.

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