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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Cake

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, November 18th, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Pecan Cake
Having a hard time deciding what pie to make for Thanksgiving dessert? Take a departure from the traditional and try Food Network Magazine’s Pumpkin Spice Cake With Chocolate-Pecan Filling from page 112 of the November issue (pictured above). We took our favorite parts of pumpkin, pecan and chocolate pies and layered them together to make this centerpiece cake.

Not a chocoholic? Skip the chocolate glaze and opt for this easy pumpkin cream cheese frosting instead:

Beat together 1 pound room temperature cream cheese, 1 stick room temperature unsalted butter, 1/3 cup pumpkin purée, 1/4 cup carrot baby food, 1 teaspoon each vanilla extract and orange zest, and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg on medium-high in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Adjust the speed to low and add 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar, in batches, until the frosting is smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before frosting your cake. (Cake can be frosted and refrigerated up to 2 hours before serving.) Enjoy!

What’s Cooking on Thanksgiving Live!

by in Holidays, Shows, November 18th, 2012

Thanksgiving Live! ChefsWhat happens when nine Food Network stars come together in the kitchen around the holidays? If you guessed a whole lot of cooking, eating and drinking, then you are correct. This afternoon, Alex Guarnaschelli, Alton Brown, Aarón Sanchez, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Jeff Mauro, Rachael Ray, Ree Drummond and Sunny Anderson will gather in Food Network Kitchens for Thanksgiving Live!, Food Network’s annual call-in show, to answer all of your Turkey Day questions and cook up a holiday feast from start to finish. Want to see what’s on the menu this year? Take a peek at the recipes below, and be sure to catch the show from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Cocktails and Appetizers
Alton’s Concord Grape Royale
Aarón’s Hot Punch (Ponche)
Jeff’s Maple Perfect Manhattan
Sunny’s Fruity Limoncello Spritzer
Rachael’s Ginger Snap
Ree Drummond’s Holiday Bacon Appetizers
Aarón’s Sopes

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Is Your Table in Shape for the Holidays?

by in Entertaining, Holidays, November 17th, 2012

Thanksgiving Buffet TableI suspect that many basic round white plates or sets of plates adorn many tables around the country for the holidays and for everyday use. Square plates and even triangular dishes have also made a splash on many a table top store display and Web site. But what’s the solution if you have a few of one and some of another shape? How do you know if your table needs a little seasonal shape-shifting?

Here are some suggestions:

1. Layer two square-shaped plates on top of a round shape to create a bit of holiday panache. Most round plates have a rim around the edge to contain sauces or meat juices. These will serve as a great base.

2. Square plates without lips or borders look great atop round plates. Instead of nesting them atop the round plate to form a square, try fanning both plates in a diamond pattern (see photo above), the way bartenders always fan out the cocktail napkins. It’s a little fancy and a bit unexpected.

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Go Nuts With Bark

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 15th, 2012

Hedy Goldsmith's BarkBark (noun): Tough protective covering of the woody stems of trees

Popcorn + Peanut Bark (noun): Delicious dark chocolate covering that protects buttery, salty, freshly popped popcorn and peanuts

Bark (verb): to speak in an unfriendly tone when it’s all gone

Now that Halloween is over and the holidays are right around the corner, are you starting to panic? Is your heart racing and blood pressure sky-rocketing? This disorder may have everything to do with the fact that you haven’t a clue which direction to go as far as holiday gifts are concerned. Relax and take a deep breath — I am going to make your gift-giving very easy this year.

Gifts of food, especially sweet ones, speak volumes to your friends and family. Everyone on your list will feel special.

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The Fall Fest Community Joins The Thanksgiving Communal Table

by in Community, Holidays, November 14th, 2012

What's Gaby Cooking Sweet Potato Gratin

See what Fall Fest contributors are bringing to the table and tell us what you would bring to the table on Twitter by using the hashtag: #pullupachair.

Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads and Breads:
Haute Apple Pie: Apple Jack
Cooking With Books: Spiced Couscous and Walnut Salad
Mooshu Jenne: Honey Bacon Potato Pops
Food For My Family: Roasted Beet and Lacinato Kale Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Super Seeded Cornbread

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Headliner Thanksgiving Turkey — The Communal Table

by in Community, Holidays, November 14th, 2012

Bobby Flay's Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed TurkeyIn honor of Thanksgiving, we’re kicking off our second annual Communal Table on Food Network, an event that we opened up to the entire food community. Experts from the industry are “pulling up a chair” to our table and offering readers their favorite recipes for appetizers, sides, salads, breads, mains, desserts and cocktails.

As we near a certain Thursday, we’ve all got the same thing on the brain: turkey. It’s that one dish per year that you simply cannot fail, and the one dish on your table that requires the most TLC.

This year, as you start dog-earing recipes and staking out techniques, rest assured that we’ve got your back when it comes to the bird. You see, while we’re all for the classic roasted turkey, a la Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey, we’ll also welcome a new take with open arms.

Enter: Bobby Flay’s Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey. For added flavor, it’s rubbed with fresh sage and roasted garlic before being glazed with zesty Dijon mustard, horseradish and all that pomegranate goodness.

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Enter for a Chance to Win This Holiday Cupcake Decorating Kit

by in Contests, Holidays, November 12th, 2012

Holiday Cupcake Decorating Kit GiveawayStart your holiday season right with perfectly decorated cupcakes. Wilton’s cupcake decorations will spruce up your fall and holiday cupcakes with color and pizzazz. From autumn leaf sprinkles to holiday poinsettia baking cups, Wilton has everything for you to make your most-impressive cupcakes ever.

You can buy your own cupcake decorations here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win some of your own. To enter: Tell us your favorite Food Network cupcake recipe in the comments (must include recipe URL or cupcake name from the app). We’re giving away a decorating kit, two different kinds of autumn-themed sprinkles and three sets of Christmas-themed wrappers to six lucky, randomly selected commenters.

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Jeff Mauro Joins Thanksgiving Live! As the Digital Host — Ask Him Your Questions

by in Events, Holidays, November 9th, 2012

Jeff MauroThe countdown is official: Thanksgiving Live! is just nine short days away. Before the live show starts at noon, Food Network will serve up a three-hour Thanksgiving Live! webcast at FoodNetwork.com with the one-and-only Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, serving as the digital correspondent. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, the site will stream a pre-show featuring Jeff taking viewers behind the scenes in Food Network Kitchens, catching Alton, Giada, Bobby, Aarón, Alex, Sunny and Ree getting ready for the live broadcast.

Stick with us during the live show and then go to FoodNetwork.com during commercials. Jeff will be featuring viewers’ tweets (don’t forget to use hashtag #ThanksgivingLive), taking more questions and — knowing Jeff — I’m sure the ultimate Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is coming your way, too.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Jeff? Whether it’s about the way the way he celebrates Turkey Day or tips for the ultimate turkey sandwich, we’ll handpick a selection of your questions and ask him live during the show. Leave your question in the comment section below, or submit it via Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #ThanksgivingLive.

Best Carrot Sides for Thanksgiving — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, In Season, November 7th, 2012

Coriander Glazed Carrots
fall festCarrots may be your go-to zip baggie snack, but there’s something to be said for graduating this in-season veggie to your dinner table. As we compile our Thanksgiving wish lists, look no further for this year’s best carrot sides.

For a killer side that’s as worthy as your prize-winning stuffing, there’s no need to completely change the face of this root veggie. Instead, simplicity is key.

Sunny Anderson prepares her Honey Glazed Carrots with just butter, honey and lemon, while Ina Garten’s Sauteed Carrots and Food Network Magazine’s Roasted Carrots are even simpler.

Claire Robinson’s Baby Carrots With Sweet Ginger Butter look to crystallized ginger for a sweet and fresh flavor. For a rustic side that’s one of her favorite comfort foods, Alex Guarnaschelli makes her Brown Sugared Carrots with molasses, rosemary and dark brown sugar. For the brightest recipe of all, go for Food Network Magazine’s Coriander-Glazed Carrots (pictured above), which come laced with orange and lime juices, cilantro and brown sugar too.

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Think About Appetizers — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

by in Holidays, November 5th, 2012

Paula's Hot Spinach-Artichoke DipEveryone loves spinach-artichoke dip — it’s a crowd-pleaser that will have guests busy nibbling while you prepare the main meal. Bonus: This no-bake recipe is ready in 15 minutes.

Try making: 28 Other Thanksgiving Appetizers

Browse more of Food Network’s Thanksgiving recipes and tips.