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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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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