All Posts By Lauren Piro

Exactly What to Make When All You Want to Do Is Hygge

by in Recipes, February 21st, 2017

In America, we aren’t strangers to the comforts of curling up in a fuzzy blanket, book in one hand, cocoa in the other. But in Denmark, coziness (and all its accessories — fireplaces, knit socks, sweet treats, candlelight and good friends) is practically a national sport. The Danes call it “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”), and you likely heard about it late last year when several books on the subject hit shelves and turned the Danish tradition into a full-blown lifestyle trend. Why are we not surprised? Adopting a trend that basically involves getting into your comfiest pajamas and never leaving the couch is pretty much a no-brainer. When your family is ready for some major hygge time, dial it up the with one of these recipes — some inspired by traditional Scandinavian dishes, and others with a more American flair.

Ginger Molasses Skillet Cookie (above)

In Denmark, it’s not hyggeligt without sweets, and this skillet cookie (with its Scandi-inspired icing design) is a no-fuss way to get your whole crowd in a comfy state-of-mind instantly.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Hearty Mains for Half-Time

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, February 3rd, 2017

Appetizers, chips and beer don’t have to the be only stars of your Super Bowl party spread. Skipping the main dish seems tempting, but seriously — an hours-long party cannot survive on dip alone. By the time the second quarter ends, your guests will start nosing around for a dish that’s a little more hearty. Add one of these savory mains to your buffet this year.

Cheeseburger Pizza (above)

Mash-up dishes are all the rage right now, but our cheeseburger-meets-pizza dish isn’t gimmicky — it’s just majorly delicious.

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Countdown to the Big Game: All the Dips You Can’t Resist

by in Entertaining, Holidays, January 31st, 2017

If there’s ever a time to bust out your boldest dips, it’s a Super Bowl party. Dips are often cheesy and creamy (and carb-y, once you count the chips) and are easy to eat one-handed as party-goers mingle or kick back on the couch. In fact, you could probably get away with serving only dips, if you dared. For a crowd-pleasing spread that also has variety, start with these delicious recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip (above)

It’s all the flavor of your favorite wings (and their must-have pairing, blue cheese!) but in a genius, scoopable package. Carrots and celery sprinkled on top offer extra crunch.

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9 New (and Genius) Ways to Make Your Favorite Dishes

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 10th, 2017

Even though it’s “new year, new you” season, there are some things we’ll never change — like the meals we make ourselves over and over again. But if you want to freshen up the ol’ routine, you might try a new (and, dare we say, potentially better) technique for getting your favorite flavor fix. These new recipes come with clever twists that give meal prep a makeover.

Sideways Lasagna Roll-Ups (above)

This family-friendly dish (stuffed with the creamy ricotta and comforting sauce that always pleases everyone) becomes worthy of a dinner party with some small tweaks: Build the recipe in a springform pan so you can display it dramatically on a platter, and turn the roll-ups on their sides to show-off the pretty lasagna ruffles and crannies filled with cheese.

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7 Ways to Reset Your Lunch Game in the New Year

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 3rd, 2017

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to pack your lunch more often (or make better lunches — or, heck, eat lunch at all!), start here. These easy ideas prove that “make-ahead” doesn’t always mean “sandwich,” and that “nutritious” doesn’t have to mean “carrot sticks.”

Just-Add-Water Shrimp Paella Soup (above)

It only takes five minutes of night-before prep to be the envy of your office at lunch the next day. Rice, corn, peas, shrimp and chorizo just need a little hot water to turn into a warm dish at your desk. (Be a nice cubemate and give your work friends the recipe.)

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8 Party Recipes to Usher in a Fab 2017

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 29th, 2016

The last bash of the year calls for some especially festive party food. We’ve picked out a few ideas that turn up the dial when it comes to flavor and presentation — but aren’t too difficult to tackle as you’re wrapping up your end-of-year to-do list. Cheers to 2017!

Champagne Jelly Flutes (above)

For a truly “magical” New Year’s Eve, toast with jelly shots that trick the eye. These inspired treats look like fizzy flutes of sparkling wine, but really require a spoon to eat!

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5 Super-Fun Ways to Win the Holidays

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 19th, 2016

The holiday season is, of course, very much about the traditions we look forward to each year. But every tradition was new once upon a time — so why not add to your family’s repertoire this year? There’s still plenty of time to wow everybody with something totally new, fun and delicious.

Champagne Hacks (above)

Make your annual bubbly toast a little extra special with these cool bar tricks. We’ll show you how to chill a bottle of the sparkling stuff super-fast, use fruit as ice cubes, and doll up flute rims for the festive occasion.

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12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate-Covered-Cherry Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 13th, 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 always reach for the box of chocolate-covered cherries that lands on the holiday buffet once a year, move these cookies to the top of your baking list. They’ve got everything you love about the elegant candy: good-quality cherries, that festive almond flavor and rich dark chocolate. Fill a box (and tie it up with a bow) for a twist on your go-to hostess gift this year.

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7 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Wonderful for the Holidays

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 12th, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holidays without all your favorite traditional dishes and sweet treats, of course. But don’t forget how much the scents of the season (pine-y trees, spiced drinks, cookies baking in the oven) really make the holidays feel like they’ve truly arrived. Try these easy ways to enjoy even more seasonal fragrance over the next few weeks.

Put together a simmer pot.

Before you open your door to party guests, throw some herbs, fruit slices or other aromatics into a saucepan with some water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and the steam will fill your home with a subtle scent. Try one of our nine combo ideas, or experiment with your own.

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12 Days of Cookies: Katie Lee’s No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 12th, 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.

The easiest cookie you make this holiday season just might also be the one your family can’t stop eating. These require four only ingredients (crackers, peanut butter, chocolate chips and sprinkles) and are the definition of a satisfying, homespun treat.

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