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How to Host the Easiest-Ever Secret Santa Potluck

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 12th, 2016

Yes, the holidays are for spending time with family, but let’s not forget the other meaningful people in our lives: friends, neighbors, co-workers. They deserve a special nod during the season of giving, too, and the best way to cover your gift-giving bases (without going on a spending spree) is none other than the sacred tradition of Secret Santa. If you’re hosting this year, lighten your load by declaring 2016 the year of the Secret Santa Potluck. These festive dishes from Food Network are so quick and easy that you won’t feel any guilt asking your guests to pitch in.

To start, ask one of your guests to whip up a simple appetizer — something along the lines of this creamy wheel of brie (above) topped with orange marmalade, chopped fresh rosemary and toasted pine nuts. Because who doesn’t love cheese?

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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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$25-or-Less Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016

Fill your favorite foodie’s stocking for not a lot of jingle. You can snatch up all of these culinary-inspired mini gifts for $25 or less.

Hand-cut Snowflake Marshmallows (pictured above; $8) make pretty, whimsical toppers for mugs of hot chocolate — perfect for those who have zero chance of real flurries in their Christmas forecast and for those who’ll need to warm up with some cocoa after a day of sledding. Read more

12 Days of Cookies: Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 10th, 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 look forward to your annual cup of this comforting holiday drink, why not double down on the tradition this year? This puffball cookie mimics eggnog’s spicy flavors, thanks to rum extract, bourbon and nutmeg. And a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and almonds creates a crumbly texture that truly does melt in your mouth.

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Spike It: Boozy Peppermint-White Chocolate Iced Mocha

by in Drinks, Holidays, December 9th, 2016

Boozy Peppermint-White Chocolate Iced MochaPeppermint-white chocolate mochas ruined my life. But in the best way possible!

See, I never used to like coffee. I didn’t have any desire to try to drink it as a kid or through high school. When I went to college, I once got some sort of a sugary mocha frozen drink, which made me break into a cold caffeine sweat in the middle of class. I decided to never drink it again. The problem was, as I got older, I wanted to like coffee.  I wanted to be the cool kid who could meet friends at coffee shops and actually, well, drink coffee — not get hot chocolate.

So, one holiday season, I started getting a small peppermint-white chocolate mocha, and I actually enjoyed it. It became my gateway to what could now be considered a caffeine addiction. But, of course, it’s a good addiction. Right?

Back in the day, I wanted my coffee — especially iced coffee — to taste like ice cream. The thing is, I lean way more toward iced coffee than toward a hot cup. I don’t like my hot coffee sweet, but I do love my iced coffee sweet.

And this mocha that I made for you today — not only is it sweet, but it’s boozy, too! Win, win. This would be such a fun afternoon holiday treat while you finish trimming the tree. It would even be a delicious dessert if you use decaf espresso. And since it is the holiday season, it may even make a lovely Christmas morning treat. Just sayin’.

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Vegetarian Entrees Worthy of Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2016

Let’s face it: Vegetarians are often overlooked at holiday dinners, left to cobble together meager, miscellaneous meals from the breadbasket and a couple of side dishes. But this year can be different. Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a main dish to bring to a holiday party or a carnivore searching for a hearty vegetable dish to serve your guests, try these five veggie-friendly entrees that are sure to make everyone at the table drool.

Show your dinner guests some extra-special holiday love with Giada De Laurentiis’ Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter (pictured above). The pillowy homemade pasta is made with fresh ricotta, sweet potatoes and a touch of cinnamon, and gets finished with a sweet-and-savory brown butter sauce that’s guaranteed to make diners swoon.  Read more

12 Days of Cookies: Marcela Valladolid’s Caramel Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 9th, 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.

Marcela’s pretty shortbread cookies, stacked around a rich caramel, are a take on alfajores filled with Mexican cajeta — a traditional goat’s milk caramel. Can’t find goat’s milk? Whole milk is a decent stand-in.

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Watch Natalie and Dave Sideserf Make an Epic Santa Cake for Christmas

by in Holidays, Shows, December 9th, 2016

Christmastime is nearly here, and while Santa Claus is making his nice list, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, of Austin’s famed Sideserf Cake Studio, are decking the halls with an epic Santa Claus cake. You’ve seen holiday-themed cakes before, right? Well, this one isn’t like those. Natalie and Dave’s jolly creation brings Santa to life (in a snowy chimney, of course) with the utmost realism, and it’s all thanks to their unmatched creativity, attention to detail and steady hands. Click the play button on the video above to watch their process unfold.

On Texas Cake House, which will premiere back-to-back episodes starting at 9|8c on Monday, Jan. 9, this powerhouse couple will give fans an insider’s look at the world of extravagant-cake design. Not only will viewers see the ins and outs of Natalie’s creative process, from the drawing and design stages to the stacking, carving and decorating, but they can also expect all-access accounts of the real-life goings-on of the business, as this husband-wife duo run Sideserf Cakes.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies to Ease Up the Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

No-Bake Between gift wrapping and meal prepping, entertaining and party hopping, where is the average human supposed to find the time to fit in cookie baking? This year, ease up on your holiday prep (and on your oven) with simpler, no-bake cookies that’ll disappear from the cookie swap just as quickly as any baked ones.

Loaded up with cocoa powder, old-fashioned rolled oats and peanut butter, Katie Lee’s No-Bake “Cow Pile” Cookies are chewy, chocolatey and super-simple to make, thanks to a simple “batter” that just sits at room temp until the cookies firm up.

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12 Days of Cookies: Classic Shortbread

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 8th, 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.

Sliced into neat rectangles, pricked gently with a fork, and simultaneously crisp, crumbly and tender, these shortbread cookies are perfectly traditional. And we don’t mean “traditional” in a stuffy, tired way — we mean “traditional” in a familiar, comforting and you’re-going-to-want-to-make-this-cookie-every-year way. They require only five ingredients, so you likely have everything you need to start baking right now.

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