Hometown Hungers: San Francisco Cioppino

by in Restaurants, December 10th, 2016

Cioppino
When the fog rolls through the waterfront city of San Francisco, few dishes can ward off the ensuing chill like a steaming bowl of cioppino.

This tomato-based stew sings with the flavors of the sea, as any version done right comes crammed with a veritable bounty from the ocean in every bite. Though seafood is the constant of this dish, there is no set standard as to what kind must be used. Seasonings and type of stock also vary, though the base traditionally includes tomatoes.

Though the history of San Francisco’s signature stew is as nebulous as the city’s famous fog itself, this comforting staple is believed to have come into existence more than a century ago. Italian fishermen who migrated to the area are credited with having invented the dish, whose name and ingredients are similar to the seafood stew ciuppin that originated in Liguria, Italy. It’s thought that they combined whatever they happened to reel in on any given day with a base made from tomatoes to create the prototype that came to be known as cioppino.

This dish that started off as a simple way for fishermen to satiate their appetites eventually lured the interest of local restaurateurs. The late Rose Alioto was one of the first to offer it, creating a version in the 1930s for her waterfront restaurant, Alioto’s. This iconic restaurant, which is still standing on Fisherman’s Wharf, continues to attract crowds hungry for a taste of the classic stew.

Cioppino has since seeped past the confines of San Francisco and can now be found simmering on restaurant stoves across the country. This Food Network gallery reveals which spots are ladling out the most-luscious spins.

$25-or-Less Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016

Fill your favorite foodie’s stocking for not a lot of jingle. You can snatch up all of these culinary-inspired mini gifts for $25 or less.

Hand-cut Snowflake Marshmallows (pictured above; $8) make pretty, whimsical toppers for mugs of hot chocolate — perfect for those who have zero chance of real flurries in their Christmas forecast and for those who’ll need to warm up with some cocoa after a day of sledding. Read more

2 Creamy, Melty New Ways to Do Fondue

by in Recipes, Shows, December 10th, 2016

Poblano and Corn Queso FundidoNope, you didn’t just step into the 1970s. We’re still here in 2016. But that doesn’t mean you can’t break out your retro fondue pot, because this old-school food trend makes an ideal party-time spread, especially during the holiday season. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced two fondue recipes — one savory, one sweet — sure to wow your crowd with their hands-on dipping and eating potential. Read on below for top ideas from Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson, then check out more cozy, comforting recipes from today’s Winter Lodge episode.

For a new take on your appetizer buffet, try Marcela’s Poblano and Corn Queso Fundido, a richly decadent melted cheese mixture made smoky with the addition of charred poblano peppers. Sliced chorizo, bread cubes and chicken make ideal dippers, which you can wrap up in warm tortillas for a hearty start to your holiday meal.

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12 Days of Cookies: Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

If you look forward to your annual cup of this comforting holiday drink, why not double down on the tradition this year? This puffball cookie mimics eggnog’s spicy flavors, thanks to rum extract, bourbon and nutmeg. And a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and almonds creates a crumbly texture that truly does melt in your mouth.

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Spike It: Boozy Peppermint-White Chocolate Iced Mocha

by in Drinks, Holidays, December 9th, 2016

Boozy Peppermint-White Chocolate Iced MochaPeppermint-white chocolate mochas ruined my life. But in the best way possible!

See, I never used to like coffee. I didn’t have any desire to try to drink it as a kid or through high school. When I went to college, I once got some sort of a sugary mocha frozen drink, which made me break into a cold caffeine sweat in the middle of class. I decided to never drink it again. The problem was, as I got older, I wanted to like coffee.  I wanted to be the cool kid who could meet friends at coffee shops and actually, well, drink coffee — not get hot chocolate.

So, one holiday season, I started getting a small peppermint-white chocolate mocha, and I actually enjoyed it. It became my gateway to what could now be considered a caffeine addiction. But, of course, it’s a good addiction. Right?

Back in the day, I wanted my coffee — especially iced coffee — to taste like ice cream. The thing is, I lean way more toward iced coffee than toward a hot cup. I don’t like my hot coffee sweet, but I do love my iced coffee sweet.

And this mocha that I made for you today — not only is it sweet, but it’s boozy, too! Win, win. This would be such a fun afternoon holiday treat while you finish trimming the tree. It would even be a delicious dessert if you use decaf espresso. And since it is the holiday season, it may even make a lovely Christmas morning treat. Just sayin’.

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Vegetarian Entrees Worthy of Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2016

Let’s face it: Vegetarians are often overlooked at holiday dinners, left to cobble together meager, miscellaneous meals from the breadbasket and a couple of side dishes. But this year can be different. Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a main dish to bring to a holiday party or a carnivore searching for a hearty vegetable dish to serve your guests, try these five veggie-friendly entrees that are sure to make everyone at the table drool.

Show your dinner guests some extra-special holiday love with Giada De Laurentiis’ Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter (pictured above). The pillowy homemade pasta is made with fresh ricotta, sweet potatoes and a touch of cinnamon, and gets finished with a sweet-and-savory brown butter sauce that’s guaranteed to make diners swoon.  Read more

GAC and Dolly Parton Team Up to Host Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon in Support of the Tennessee Wildfire Relief Efforts

by in News, December 9th, 2016

GAC and Dolly Parton Team Up to Host Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon in Support of the Tennessee Wildfire Relief EffortsFollowing several weeks of raging wildfires that cost 14 lives and ravaged the area of Sevier County, Tennessee, and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains, the town of Gatlinburg reopened its businesses this morning. But the devastating effects of the tragedy will be felt throughout the state for weeks and months to come.

Tennessee holds a special place in the hearts of us here at Food Network. Our parent company, Scripps Networks Interactive, calls Knoxville home, as does the team at Great American Country, which is also owned by Scripps Networks Interactive. Dolly Parton, too, is a Tennessee native with strong ties to the Great Smoky Mountains, and on Tuesday, Dec. 13, GAC will team up with her to host the Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon, which will air on GAC at 8 p.m. EST, to benefit the ongoing wildfire relief efforts.

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What to Watch: Warming Comfort Food Recipes and a Social Media Showdown on Clash of the Grandmas

by in Shows, December 9th, 2016

The Kitchen
The weather outside may be frightful, but this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are whipping up some delightfully decadent recipes. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is sharing her favorite uses for puff pastry and the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making rich and comforting recipes including French Onion Soup as well as sweet and savory fondues.

Sunday morning, Rev Run joins Guy Fieri in the kitchen, Ina Garten is cooking lunch for a weekend guest, and Nancy Fuller is making Penne with Meaty Ragu and 3-Cheese and Herb Garlic Bread for a meal with her husband. On Sunday evening, Robert Irvine is back in Flavortown for the second part of GGG: Impossible, the bakers are making cream puff Christmas trees on Holiday Baking Championship, and on Clash of the Grandmas, the Grandmas are taking on social media food trends and making impostor cupcakes.

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12 Days of Cookies: Marcela Valladolid’s Caramel Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 9th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Marcela’s pretty shortbread cookies, stacked around a rich caramel, are a take on alfajores filled with Mexican cajeta — a traditional goat’s milk caramel. Can’t find goat’s milk? Whole milk is a decent stand-in.

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Watch Natalie and Dave Sideserf Make an Epic Santa Cake for Christmas

by in Holidays, Shows, December 9th, 2016

Christmastime is nearly here, and while Santa Claus is making his nice list, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, of Austin’s famed Sideserf Cake Studio, are decking the halls with an epic Santa Claus cake. You’ve seen holiday-themed cakes before, right? Well, this one isn’t like those. Natalie and Dave’s jolly creation brings Santa to life (in a snowy chimney, of course) with the utmost realism, and it’s all thanks to their unmatched creativity, attention to detail and steady hands. Click the play button on the video above to watch their process unfold.

On their brand-new series, Texas Cake House, which is slated to premiere in early 2017, this powerhouse couple will give fans an insider’s look at the world of extravagant-cake design. Not only will viewers see the ins and outs of Natalie’s creative process, from the drawing and design stages to the stacking, carving and decorating, but they can also expect all-access accounts of the real-life goings-on of the business, as this husband-wife duo run Sideserf Cakes.

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