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DIY Chinese Food Favorites for Christmas Day Feasting

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2016

Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-FryFor many American Jews, waking up on Christmas morning doesn’t mean opening presents, though it might with the holiday converging with Hanukkah this year. What it often does involve, however, is an annual Chinese food feast: bowls of sinus-tingling soups, greasy egg rolls, heaping platters of fried rice and pillowy steamed dumplings. If this sounds a lot like your Christmas Day, do something a little different on the second night of Hanukkah and make Chinese favorites at home instead.

In addition to never having to get out of your PJs, another plus side of making this yearly feast at home is that you can make the dishes a little bit healthier too. Food Network Kitchen’s meatless, 15-minute Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-Fry is a better-for-you take on a nutty, spicy vegetable side.

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How to Dress Up Latkes for Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 23rd, 2016

Applesauce and sour cream are the traditional accoutrements for latkes. Some load their potato pancakes up with both toppings, while others have strong feelings about one over the other. (I’m Team Applesauce, all the way.) However, this Hanukkah, don’t feel constrained by these standard-bearers. Latkes are just fried potatoes, after all, so they’re basically a blank canvas of crispy deliciousness. Pick any of our top latke recipes and try a new topping this year. Read more

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas on These Food Blogs

by in Community, Holidays, December 22nd, 2016

Wreath Cookies

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent most of December with your eyes glazing over, dragging item after item to your virtual shopping cart and crossing your fingers that all the gifts would arrive in time. That said, you can’t blame us for taking a break here and there to ogle some of the cutest holiday treats in the blogosphere — no shipping fee required.

Some people have holiday wreaths nailed to their doors, but Alana Jones-Mann set out to spread festive cheer in the baking department. Her adorable, green-as-can-be Wreath Cookies (pictured above) are all about leafy texture, and packing them up in little boxes makes for a cute, edible gift.

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5 Super-Fun Ways to Win the Holidays

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 19th, 2016

The holiday season is, of course, very much about the traditions we look forward to each year. But every tradition was new once upon a time — so why not add to your family’s repertoire this year? There’s still plenty of time to wow everybody with something totally new, fun and delicious.

Champagne Hacks (above)

Make your annual bubbly toast a little extra special with these cool bar tricks. We’ll show you how to chill a bottle of the sparkling stuff super-fast, use fruit as ice cubes, and doll up flute rims for the festive occasion.

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DIY Food Gifts for Everyone on Your List

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 17th, 2016

Mom always said homemade gifts were the best gifts, right? You don’t have to be a professional baker or an expert crafter to knock it out of the park with these edible presents, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot. Some are even simple enough for kids to help make, and participating in the process will make them more excited about holiday gift-giving (not just receiving!). Forget fruitcake and truffles – these unique ideas are full of thought and flavor.

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The Quickest, Easiest Sides for Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Individual Potato GratinsThat gift list won’t shop itself, and as for trimming the tree and decking the halls before everyone arrives, let’s just say your hands are full well until New Year’s Day. When it comes to holiday menu prep, think of your side dishes as one super-easy way to cut down on effort this holiday season. These quick and easy holiday side dishes won’t take too much attention away from all the work you must do in the gift-wrapping, roast-monitoring and guest-hugging departments — and they’ll be just as delicious.

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Mastering the Elusive Macaron

by in Holidays, How-to, December 13th, 2016

There’s the coconut-based macaroon, wet and miserably dense. And then there’s the ambrosial French macaron — lighter, more ethereal and only a little harder to pronounce (mah-kah-ROHN).

The cupcake craze may have come and gone, but macarons will always have, for me, a timeless mysticism about them. Maybe it’s their aromatic chewiness or their richly scented history as descendants of the medieval Arab world (think pistachios, almond pastries and rose water).

One thing’s for certain: The perfect macaron can be impossible to find.

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12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate-Covered-Cherry Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 13th, 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 always reach for the box of chocolate-covered cherries that lands on the holiday buffet once a year, move these cookies to the top of your baking list. They’ve got everything you love about the elegant candy: good-quality cherries, that festive almond flavor and rich dark chocolate. Fill a box (and tie it up with a bow) for a twist on your go-to hostess gift this year.

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7 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Wonderful for the Holidays

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 12th, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holidays without all your favorite traditional dishes and sweet treats, of course. But don’t forget how much the scents of the season (pine-y trees, spiced drinks, cookies baking in the oven) really make the holidays feel like they’ve truly arrived. Try these easy ways to enjoy even more seasonal fragrance over the next few weeks.

Put together a simmer pot.

Before you open your door to party guests, throw some herbs, fruit slices or other aromatics into a saucepan with some water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and the steam will fill your home with a subtle scent. Try one of our nine combo ideas, or experiment with your own.

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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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