by Arnold Myint in Entertaining, Holidays, February 1st, 2016
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 31st, 2015
A handful of holidays require pulling out all the stops — elaborate menus, fabulous tablescapes, special gifts and wearing your good suit. And though I normally encourage playing with your food and exploring new culinary adventures, sometimes during these special times, like Valentine’s Day, a few practical tips and help from outside sources can calm the nerves, relieve the pressure, and allow you to stop and smell the roses.
I’m not trying to keep you from busting out the souffle pan, roasting rack and Chateau Lafite. If you are an ambitious domestic diva who enjoys the thrill of a party-hosting challenge, by all means, go for broke. But if not, it’s totally OK. Working within your technical and financial means with a few subtle personal touches will do the trick, especially on this heart-filled day. Here are a few creative and approachable Valentine’s Day ideas that are sure to spark a romantic “love bug” moment.
Private Party of Two
by Emily Lee in Holidays, December 30th, 2015
If there’s any day that might start with the symptoms of a hangover, it’s tomorrow: the night after New Year’s Eve. In preparation for tomorrow’s wake-up call, plan on a breakfast start that will ease you into 2016, no matter how you’re feeling. There might not be any scientific evidence that food actually cures a hangover, but these recipes for filling hangover breakfast sandwiches and made-for-morning comfort-food casseroles (plus probably some coconut water and ibuprofen) will put you on the road to recovery after a night of indulgence.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015
Ring in the new year with Food Network’s classiest desserts, from molten chocolate cake to delicate lemon bars finished with a sweet dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Best of all? Each recipe is individually portioned for easier serving and cleanup.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Crushed Candy Canes (pictured at top)
Molten chocolate cakes couldn’t be easier to make, but thanks to their soft, oozy center, they always steal the show. Anne Burrell’s decadent recipe features a cool peppermint topping — a perfect seasonal accent, and a great opportunity to use up the last of your Christmas candy canes.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015
When you’re little, celebrating New Year’s Eve is really just a fun reason to have special food, and this menu doesn’t disappoint! Offering a buffet of simple but festive fare is the way we love to ring in the new year with our own brood of four.
Create a kids’ table with party hats and noisemakers at each place. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; just throw a sheet over the craft table and get them set up. Then offer a buffet, lined with all the food. Set it out all at once, or in a couple of shifts. The second way, kids have a better chance of seeing everything.
by Foodlets in Holidays, Recipes, December 25th, 2015
You’ve decked the halls, made the season bright and let it snow (depending on where you live), and now it’s time to ring in the new year with a party-ready menu fit for the final feast of 2015. Though New Year’s Eve fare might seem downright decadent — Champagne, anyone? — your menu doesn’t have to be especially extravagant to feel fancy. All it takes is a few dressed-up dishes, and perhaps some bubbly at midnight, to kick-start 2016 on a high note.
by Allison Milam in Community, Holidays, December 23rd, 2015
If a glistening ham is gracing your holiday table today, chances are you’ll have a bit of that smoky, juicy meat left over at the end of the meal. Don’t let that beautiful ham go to waste! These easy ideas won’t keep you in the kitchen for long. In only a few minutes, you’ll transform what was once a holiday dinner into kid-friendly fare — pizza, breakfast cups, mini sandwiches and more.
Macaroni and Cheese
Giada De Laurentiis has included diced ham and three different cheeses for a surprisingly simple dish … with more than 700 5-star reviews.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, December 21st, 2015
No matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. A couple of weeks back, we came your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we called out the theme on Instagram, you put your baking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to recipe, snapping a photo and tagging us for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!
Year after year, the holiday season is the time for home-baked cookies galore, whether they’re iced cut-outs, sandwich cookies or morsels that are fruity, spiced, chocolatey or minty — seriously, you name it. Typically, we get our Instagram picks from our hashtag, #FoodNetworkFaves, but this time around we borrowed from #bakeitforward, which was jam-packed with incredible holiday cookie creations. With each photo that’s shared and tagged with #bakeitforward, Food Network will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry — and $1 provides a whopping 10 meals to those in need.
We are pleased to introduce our winning bakers and their festive cookies!
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 21st, 2015
Your holiday host has worked hard to create a warm, festive atmosphere with good food and drink. Show your appreciation by picking out a thoughtful gift that will be put to good use — not another candle or decorative soap set that’s going to collect dust in a cabinet. Here are seven of our top 2015 gift ideas under $50.
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 20th, 2015
Christmas is only four days away, and if you’ve been tasked with hosting at the last minute, or if you’ve simply been procrastinating making a menu for the holiday dinner while you focus on gift shopping (and wrapping) and cookie baking (and eating) instead, you’re in luck. It’s not too late — even if your plan is to entertain on Christmas Eve. Below is a complete, at-the-ready menu of dishes that will take you and your party guests from bite-sized appetizers to a comforting first-course pasta to a meaty braciole, all the craveable side dishes and, of course, a sweet ending of chocolatey cookies. Best of all, each recipe can be ready in hurry — just 45 minutes or less.
Holidays mean family gatherings, gifts and meals together. And those things cost money. But the holidays shouldn’t be about overspending, so I leave you with my last post of 2015: six money-saving tips for the holidays.
1. Comparison-shop, even if you don’t usually think it’s worth it. Stores really go all out with “loss leaders” (advertised super-low prices on a few key items designed to get you in the door) during the holidays. Shopping at multiple stores may lead to your getting the absolutely bottom price, but you always have to balance the hidden costs (gas, time) of visiting multiple markets (which is why most of the year, it probably isn’t worth visiting three supermarkets). If you are hosting a big group for a holiday, spend a few minutes to compare stores’ flyers that come in the mail (or check online) to decide if an extra trip to another store is worth it. The larger the crowd, the more likely it is.
2. Buy gift cards — for yourself! Some major grocery stores promote their gift cards around the holidays with a bonus offer. For instance, you buy a $100 grocery store gift card and you get a $10 or $20 bonus card. Usually, the more you buy, the higher the bonus. Nothing is stopping you from using those gift cards to buy your groceries or holiday gifts, and using those bonus dollars yourself. Read more