In this week’s news: Why we should get cracking (nuts, that is); signs that diet soda is fizzling out (or would that be fizzing out?); and the true cost of healthy eating.
Pass the Cocktail Nuts
A recent study in The New England Journal of Med...
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Back with another helping of Food Network’s favorite accidental cowgirl recipes, Ree Drummond’s back with a new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, encompasses everything you need to help celebrate the holidays all through the year. From a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day to decadent dessert shots on New Year’s Eve, Ree presents inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, gifts and feasts, accompanied by dozens of her signature step-by-step photos.
Bring family and friends together with treats such as:
- Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr. Pepper Cupcakes for the Super Bowl
- Loaded Queso, Red, White and Blue Sangria for the Fourth of July
- Caramel Apples and Mummy Dogs for Halloween
- Prime Rib and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce for Christmas
You can buy Ree’s new cookbook here, or enter for a chance to win one now. To enter: Tell FN Dish which one of Ree’s recipes is your favorite in the comments (you must include the recipe URL). We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected winners each a copy of the book.
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Similar to Thanksgiving, the Christmas supper is often a rich, hearty meal complete with beef, turkey, lamb or ham, among other sides and salads — not to mention dessert — which is why party starters tend to be simple and light fare. But while you don’t want your guests to fill up on appetizers, it’s best to offer a few pre-dinner munchies to satisfy their cravings when they walk in the door and to hold them over until the main dish is ready. Quick-fix snacks like dips and mini meatballs are go-to picks, as is crostini or cheese and crackers, since they don’t require forks and knives, and guests can grab them as they mingle. This holiday, stick with Food Network’s top-five appetizers below to ensure casual, stress-free get-togethers that let crowd-pleasing recipes shine.
5. French Onion Dip — The secret to Guy’s top-rated recipe is cooking the onions slowly over a low temperature so they have time to become sweet, soft and caramelized, which will add to the overall depth of flavor in his sour cream-based dip. Click the play button on the video after the jump to watch Guy make it.
4. Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes — For an elegant appetizer presentation that’s deceptively simple to achieve, Chopped host Ted Allen slow-roasts slices of tomatoes until they’re tender, then features them atop garlic-rubbed toast.
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There’s no question that in most homes, the kitchen is the warmest room in the house, the place where memories are made and stories are shared — not to mention where family meals are prepared day after day. And beginning this winter, five of your favorite Food Network stars will celebrate these aspects and more of the kitchen on an all-new series.
Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson will come together on The Kitchen, premiering Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11am/10c, in a weekly morning show to not just cook some of their signature recipes together, but to dish on current food trends, chat about their families’ strategies for easy weeknight meals, swap money-saving tips and help you get the most out of your favorite kitchen gadgets. As these stars will gather around the kitchen table week after week, each will lend a unique perspective to the conversation, among them Katie’s often-healthy point of view, Marcela’s flair for Mexican cuisine and Geoffrey’s penchants for crafted cocktails.
Make coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more at home with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo. A cup of joe turns out to have some surprising healthy benefits, including an impressive amount of antioxidants.
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It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs
Anne’s recipe takes classic oatmeal cookies to a whole new level, thanks to pieces of chocolate. Since she’s a fan of dark chocolate (semisweet works as well), she chops that up with walnuts to make these oatmeal cookies nice and chunky. Though Anne’s perfect cooking time is 12 minutes for these cookies, a little less time will result in a chewier cookie, while a little more time in the oven will make them crispy. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt to give it a little something special.
Get Anne Burrell’s Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.
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On a special episode of Chopped, four teenaged chefs entered the competition to prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to culinary talent. On the line was a $40,000 scholarship to The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. Not to mention bragging rights to call oneself a Chopped Champion. Now that’s pretty cool for a kid still in school! The competitors ranged in age from 13 to 16, but it didn’t matter that they lacked the years of experience, because they made up for it in energy, ambition and a determination to win. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning teen-chef.
SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Who Won
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient Swiss chard, which most people think of as a boring green relegated to side dishes. But that’s not the way Chopped competitors think! The key is making the basket ingredient shine and this recipe for Swiss Chard Lasagna does just that. It’s also a really creative way to get kids — or even adults — to eat their greens. Your family will be surprised by the wonderful flavors and cheesiness of this lasagna, and they won’t even miss the meat.
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Spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg have been used for centuries in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cooking to bring out rich, meaty flavors in savory dishes. Try adding a pinch or two of your favorite baking spice to a rub for meat, or drop a cinnamon stick into simmering tomato sauce. Just remember: A little goes a long way.
The crunchy texture of sliced red cabbage, paired with the sweet flavor of roasted carrots and lots of chopped parsley, makes a pretty great salad. But when these ingredients are tossed with a flavorful creamy dressing, this simple salad is taken to...
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