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Food Network Stars — Holiday Round-up

by in View All Posts, December 25th, 2008

Since we’re all home enjoying the holidays, we wanted to share some holiday memories from your favorite Food Network stars…

Tyler Florence: Best gift — moped as a ten-year old…and then, “…whatever my wife got me last Christmas. Thanks, honey!”

Sandra Lee: Best gift — a love letter from her honey.

Guy Fieri: Best gift — His horse, Rebel was his first thought. However, he changed his answer to his two sons instead.

Alton Brown: A jet from his wife. That’s right, a REAL jet.

Sunny Anderson: Beebee bear from her mom.

Danny Boome: Skiing lessons. Worst gift: Hospital bills after the skiing lessons.

Watch all the holiday memories from your favorite FN stars.

Here’s a toast to all of the FN Dish’ers!
And if your glass needs a great companion…
try Paula‘s Mama’s Eggnog. YUM!

Happy Holidays!
~ The FN Dish Staff

Baking with the Pros

by in View All Posts, December 24th, 2008


My dreams of a respite from work and a day of baking were both answered on Thursday with an invitation from the FN Kitchens to help them prepare for FN’s holiday cookie party!

SarahInstructingSarah Copeland, the kitchens’ very own recipe developer, led a group of us away from our computer monitors in the interactive department and into a gingerbread and sugar cookie extravaganza in which used our keyboard-weary hands to mix, flour, roll and bake over 1000 cookies.

Along the way we learned some handy tips from the pros, like how the use of a triggered cookie scoop promises even sized cookies along with even baking times, ensuring that all of your cookies will turn out looking professionally made. Sarah also taught us cookie decorating 101, from which the most important takeaway is that with decorating, less is more.

We had a blast, and today the cookies were devoured eagerly by the staff here at FN Chelsea as a holiday gift from the Kitchens. I can’t wait for the next invite upstairs!

Warmest wishes and happy baking!
Allison Dunmire
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Wendy Gets Your Tables Set

by in View All Posts, December 23rd, 2008

Wendy recently shared a bold tablescape which prompted:

Dear Wendy,
Every year something goes horribly wrong and I’m left with a mis-mash of clutter on my table. You mentioned bold colors (which I LOVE) but my walls are bright yellow and orange. Is it over the top to incorporate more bold colors in my tablescape or should I go subtle? I don’t want my guests to need sunglasses but I don’t want it to look blah! ~ Robin

Here’s what Wendy shared:

While table settings should connect to the immediate environ, it’s the type of gathering that determines the “flavor” of color…

  • High energy: If it’s a lively event with spicy foods and fun music, go bold!!! A tropical “bamboo” green would also be a great choice in your setting, Robyn.
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  • Down to earth: Neutrals or creamy textures are great for a more conversational, daytime mood.
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  • Tryouts: Test how your color vision works with your table and the rest of the room. Paint swatches are helpful. Or in a pinch, try book jackets, colorful clothes like sweaters and scarves, or simple objects around your home to achieve that preview.
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  • Start small: Still unsure? Use a touch of bold color via napkins or a table runner for a color splash with impact.
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Best,
Wendy

Star Wish Lists!

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, December 22nd, 2008

Food Network stars tell The FN Dish what’s on their holiday wish lists!

Italian Sea Bass Magic

by in View All Posts, December 17th, 2008


When people visit Food Network, they are often surprised, and I’ll venture to say disappointed, that they don’t find delicious heaps of food for the taking by our offices. I guess one can rightfully assume that one of Giada’s awesome, mouth-watering plates would just be waiting for them in a grand buffet line. Alas, this is not the case. [We do have coffee though.]

Unfortunately, we must whip up these plates of heaven on our own. And speaking of an amazing Giada plate, give her Sea Bass alla Fiorentina a try…

Full confession: I am by no means gifted in the kitchen. New husband will happily attest to this. But I recently tried out Giada’s Florentine-take on sea bass and I cannot tell a lie — it was unbelievably good. You have to try it! It’s so easy and I am now one with the beauty of canned tomatoes…and the magic of flour; a little dusting and the fish tasted just right.

Next, I’m attempting Tyler’s Ultimate Holiday meal….
Have you taken on any amazing plates lately?
~ Kristen, Programming Coordinator
PS — Wish me luck with Tyler.

Design Director Wendy Sees Red

by in View All Posts, December 16th, 2008

Food Network Design Director, Wendy Waxman, got her latest assignment — create a vibrant tablescape for a Food Network charity event featuring Chef Duff…oh, and make it kid-friendly. Wendy immediately saw red — in a good way.

As the table came together, Wendy shared some great tips…
1) Bold, vibrant colors will stay true to you – going bold works well all year long, whether the holidays or the 4th of July.
2) Pick a plate that’s ready to take the stage. For this, Wendy fell for a rich collection from SoHo-based Global Table.
3) Let your creativity bloom. Wendy chose amaryllis and orchids from Ovando to complete her vision. A top-notch florist should always supply fresh product (and ideas, if you want them).
Have a holiday tablescape question?
Hit Wendy up in the comments below…
Or check out her holiday tablescape photo gallery.

Backstage with Guy

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, December 15th, 2008

The FN Dish goes backstage at Guy Fieri’s upcoming special, Guy’s Big Night.

FN DISH CONTEST!

Enter in the comments a short description of your favorite diner, drive-in, or dive — the top entry will win the autographed book featured in the video!! Thanks to all who submitted cooking techniques — CONTEST ENDED on 12/21 — winner will be contacted via email!

FN’s Pie Winner Makes It Big!

by in View All Posts, December 10th, 2008


You may remember Food Network staffer, Emily, from this amazing lattice-work apple pie she baked in our Thanksgiving Throwdown. Emily manages the Food Network Store and was asked to do a holiday gift segment on New York’s local CW network — PIX 11. To heighten the stakes, it was LIVE — which was a first for her.

We all think she did a pretty bang-up job and wanted to share. Check out Emily’s segment here. Plus, according to Em, you still have about five more days to place orders with guaranteed Christmas delivery, if you didn’t feel like dealing with Black Friday.

Co-worker Cookie Clash

by in View All Posts, December 9th, 2008

As mentioned, Food Network staffers just baked off in honor of the 12 Days of Cookies. To settle some bets, we’d love to hear which you think turned out the best. Plus, see if you can guess all the FN Gingerbread Stars in the last of the two fan photos at the bottom. Full answers (and the staff winner of our internal taste test) will be posted this Friday in the comments below…

Sunny’s Back!

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, December 8th, 2008

Sunny Anderson takes a break from filming new episodes to give The FN Dish a behind the scenes peek at her Cooking for Real set!

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