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Host a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 26th, 2013

Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster SammiesOn Halloween, kids — and many grownups — are excited to eat just one simple thing: candy. But while a little indulgence may indeed be called for on the holiday, most moms and dads insist on offering something other than chocolate bars and peanut butter bites to their littlest ghosts and goblins. This year, whether you’re hosting a pre-trick-or-treating get-together with the neighbors or simply making dinner for your family before heading out for the night, serve up a themed menu of spooky eats and drinks to celebrate. These family-friendly recipes below for grilled cheese and tomato soup, chicken lollipops and strawberry-orange punch go a long way in making sure kids’ bellies are full before they start collecting candy.

As comforting as it is hearty, Food Network Kitchens’ Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster Sammies (pictured above) is a top-rated recipe that features a Halloween-worthy twist on a kid-approved pairing: tomato soup and grilled cheese. Here the Kitchens puree tomato-basil soup into a smooth consistency, then serve the warming mixture alongside gooey cheddar-muenster grilled cheeses built on pumpernickel bread. To achieve the ghoulish designs pictured above, opt for a ghost-shaped cookie cutter when shaping the sandwiches.

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Best 5 Halloween Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 23rd, 2013

Candy Bucket CakeEven if you won’t be trick-or-treating this year, your sweet tooth will likely start acting up a bit more than usual as Halloween nears. After all, kids and kids at heart would surely agree that this spooky holiday means but one thing: sugar. Instead of resorting to store-bought chocolates or caramel-filled, peanut-topped candies to curb your cravings, however, make your own ghostly goodies at home in the form of decadent Halloween desserts that both little goblins and grownups will enjoy. Check out Food Network’s top-five treats below to find sweet tooth-satisfying recipes ideal for family-friendly indulgences and fright night bashes alike.

5. Chocolate Candy Pie — Save time in the kitchen by starting with a prepared pie crust, then fill it with a rich chocolate pudding and finish with fluffy whipped cream and your favorite crushed chocolate candies. It’s important that this pie freeze for a few hours so the flavors and textures can set, so it’s best to plan ahead before making and serving.

4. Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples — Perhaps the ultimate autumn indulgence, Giada’s triple-coated apples feature a first layer of gooey caramel, then a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, and finally a sprinkle of crunchy nuts, sprinkles and candies. Set up a DIY decorating bar, and let everyone create his or her preferred apples.

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Beyond Tricks and Treats: Savory Recipes for Halloween

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 19th, 2013

Ghostini with Bloody Murder Sundried Tomato TapenadeFor kids — and kids at heart — Halloween may mean just one thing: candy. But beyond all things chocolate-covered and caramel-filled there lies an entire array of savory eats and drinks to celebrate this spooky holiday. Whether you’re hosting a fright night bash with friends or simply entertaining fellow moms and dads before trick-or-treating begins, opt for Halloween-inspired bites to set the theme. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite party-ready recipes below, then tell FN Dish in the comments what you’re serving at your Halloween party.

Just as the party’s starting, put out a platter of Ghostinis with Bloody Murder Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchens. Just like traditional crostini, these toasts are served with a blend of sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and capers, but the bread is cut into ghosts to achieve an eerie effect. This fuss-free appetizer can be eaten with your hands, so it guarantees a relaxed, mingle-friendly atmosphere all night long.

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How to Make Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes for Halloween

by in Holidays, October 15th, 2013

Candy Corn Hi-Hat CupcakesHi-hat cupcakes are one of the most beautiful and decadent ways to enjoy a cupcake; while they can seem intimidating, they are actually very easy to make.

I am a big fan of surprise-inside treats and my cupcakes are no exception. These hat cupcakes hide a sweet fall-inspired surprise that replicates the colors of candy corn.

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Create a Candy Corn-Inspired Cheese Platter

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, October 3rd, 2013

candy corn cheese platter

Serve a candy corn-inspired cheese platter for Halloween.

To create this candy corn cheese platter, we molded goat cheese into a triangle to look like the tip, then we formed the middle with cubes of orange cheddar and the bottom with sliced havarti. Serve with crackers, or just replace the bottom layer with slices of pumpernickel bread — it’ll look like a piece of Indian-candy corn.

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Food, Family and the Fourth

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, July 4th, 2013

Melissa d'Arabian's 4th of JulyIt’s the 4th of July! My community goes all out: huge hometown parade of marching bands, meticulously made floats carrying with local kids and war veterans, fun runs, open-air concerts, barbecues and picnics, and of course, fireworks. It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year, so this suits me perfectly. Quite frankly though, I haven’t always been such a 4th-o-phile (I just made that up). For years, I enjoyed Independence Day as much as any other barbecue with friends — with the added bonus of a wink to my status as an American — a relatively small blip on my special-event radar.

Then I moved out of the country. The first 4th of July I spent living away from the United States, I was in Greece (did you think I would say France?). I was 21 and was working on a Greek cruise ship for my first job out of college. Afloat in the Mediterranean, I was the only American member of the cruise staff (ask me some day about my gig dancing the Sirtaki to the bouzouki in the Greek folkloric show and then posing in full costume with passengers while cruise photographers snapped souvenir photos; if you took a Mediterranean cruise in the early ’90s, check your photo albums for a blonde wearing a festive outfit made primarily of gold coins).

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A Laid-Back 4th — Easy Recipes Ready in No Time

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2013

Giada's Berry LemonadeThe Fourth of July is less than 24 hours away, but no need to panic about spending all day in the kitchen over last-minute dishes. These easy recipes will be ready in no time — 30 minutes or less.

Start the holiday afternoon off with simple Red, White and Blue Cocktails. Turn any red summer drink or cocktail into a firecracker by coating the glass rims with blue Pop Rocks. For a fruity, kid-friendly beverage, blend up Giada’s Berry Lemonade (pictured above). In a mere five minutes, the lemonade will be ready to chill in the refrigerator until the festivities tomorrow or can be served over ice immediately.

For an easy main dish that will serve a crowd, try these Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Grilled baguettes are topped with ripe sliced tomatoes and melted cheese, making an elegant, no-fuss dish. Bring some New England flair to your barbecue with Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Loaded Lobster Rolls. Aaron uses fresh lobster, but you can find precooked lobster at your seafood counter or grocery store to save a little time. Whip up Gina’s Orzo Salad in just 20 minutes for a summery side dish. Red and yellow cherry tomatoes add color, fresh basil and mint lend aromatic seasoning, and crumbled feta gives a salty bite. Need something for your crowd to nibble on? Try Mama’s Cornmeal Hushpuppies. Trisha Yearwood’s jalapeno bites are a classic Southern appetizer fit for any summer holiday.

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Red, White and Blue Savory and Sweet Recipes

by in Holidays, July 2nd, 2013

Blueberry French Toast CasseroleColorful summer produce and clever ingredients make Fourth of July food even more festive with red, white and blue shades. Starting with breakfast and ending with dessert, these recipes will ensure your holiday food pays tribute to Independence Day in the colors of the American flag.

Rise and shine with this Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawberries. Prepare the bread and custard mixture the night before and simply bake the casserole in the morning. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream complete this star-spangled start to the holiday.

When lunch or dinnertime roll around, utilize the colors of potatoes for a patriotic salad. Blue or purple potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes make up the United Tates of America side served with a spicy mayonnaise dipping sauce. Or try this Red, White and Blue Potato Salad with hearts of palm and piquillo peppers, tossed in a white wine and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Coleslaw gets an Independence Day makeover with red onion and dried blueberries in this Red, White and Blueberry Coleslaw. Serve the salad alongside these mini Buffalo Puppies topped with a blue cheese sauce, diced red onion and crumbled blue tortilla chips.

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4th of July Recipes for a Crowd

by in Holidays, July 1st, 2013

Patriotic TrifleThe countdown is on until Fourth of July entertaining begins, but before the party guests arrive, choose easy-to-prepare dishes that will please the crowd. Make-ahead meals will save time and minimize day-of kitchen chaos. Call up friends, family and neighbors worry-free this year by adding these simple, crowd-wowing dishes to your menu. Inspired by summertime and filled with festive red, white and blue colors, these Fourth of July eats will be the stars of the day.

While the party guests are rolling in, serve Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips to tide over their hunger. The Creamy Garlic Lime Dip balances the spice in the Red Pepper Salsa. Don’t forget a big pitcher of this Perfect Lemonade. Ready in just 15 minutes and garnished with fresh lemon slices, the lemonade is a crowd-friendly refresher. Make a separate pitcher for adults and spike it.

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Try Making: A Red, White and Blue Gelatin Flag

by in Family, Holidays, June 29th, 2013

A kid-friendly project that will bring the entire family together for the 4th of July, this Red, White and Blue Gelatin Flag by Food Network Kitchens will be the centerpiece of your party. Fun and festive, kids will enjoy making it just as much as they’ll enjoy eating the sweet combination of strawberry-, coconut- and blueberry-flavored layers.

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