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Homemade Hot Chocolate + New Treats to Make with It

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2015

Homemade Hot Chocolate 3 WaysSipping from a steamy mug of hot chocolate, complete with bobbing marshmallows, is the surest sign that it’s the holiday season. Though making your own at home can be as easy as tearing open a packet of hot cocoa powder, mixing it with milk or water and zapping it all in the microwave, a more hands-on approach means that your blend can be tailor-made to your preferences. Follow Food Network Kitchen’s lead for Homemade Hot Chocolate, and watch how they spike the base blend for three wintry hot chocolate cocktails.

If you’re not making your own hot cocoa powder from scratch, there’s no shame in buying the store-bought blend by the packet. That said, if you have more hot cocoa powder on your hands than you know what to do with, we’ve got ways to use it for treats that might be even better than the drink.

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Jeff Mauro’s Pecan Crescent Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Jeff Mauro dresses up buttery pecan cookies for a holiday soiree by rolling them in snowy powdered sugar until they’re generously coated. Be careful not to overbake these delicate crescent moons — burnt dough compromises their delicate flavor and results in a firmer cookie than is intended. You can trust that the bake times have been thoroughly tested: The Mauro family has been serving these cookies every Christmas for over 30 years. Jeff’s one piece of sage advice? Don’t try to sneak one. “These tempting cookies were nearly impossible to sneak a pre-holiday nibble of, because even one bite would yield a trail of powdered sugar all over the kitchen, your shirt and your mouth!” says The Kitchen co-host.

Get Jeff’s Pecan Crescent Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Goodbye, Pumpkin Spice. Hello, Peppermint!

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2015

peppermint hot chocolateGet ready for peppermint everything. With the pumpkin spice craze behind us, it’s time for a more festive flavor trend. And no food embodies the spirit of the winter holidays quite like a shiny red-striped candy cane. Here’s our list of top peppermint-flavored treats to make this season.

Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate (pictured above)

This easy homemade recipe is thicker and more indulgent than your average hot chocolate. Stick a ladle directly in the pot, set up an add-ins bar with mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies and peppermint schnapps, then let guests serve themselves.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

If you’re in need of a quick, inexpensive yet festive recipe for your next holiday party, look no further than Food Network Kitchen’s easy peanut butter cookies. These gluten- and dairy-free cookies require just 20 minutes of prep work, and, better yet, it takes just a few pantry staples — like sugar, brown sugar and vanilla — to throw them together. Since there is no flour or butter to compete with it, the peanut butter flavor is pretty intense! Peanut butter purists may prefer these cookies sans chocolate.

Get the recipe for Food Network Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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9 Best Children’s Books About Food

by in Books, Family, Holidays, December 7th, 2015

Bread and Jam for Frances
When I was a kid, I had a poster on my wall that read, “A book is a present you can open again and again.” And it’s true — books make a perfect holiday gift for kids of all ages.

Some of my favorite books for children are about food. Surely you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Green Eggs and Ham, but have you heard of any of these other delicious stories?

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
In this classic book, Frances wants to only eat her favorite foods — bread and jam — at every meal, turning up her nose at all the delicious things her family enjoys. Mrs. Badger ultimately gives her what she wants, but Frances soon realizes an important lesson about the importance of variety.

Image courtesy of HarperCollins

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Lotsa Latkes, Just in Time for Hanukkah

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Potato LatkesTonight at sundown marks the start of Hanukkah. To commemorate the miracle of oil, it’s a tradition to fry potato pancakes, or latkes, as a part of the celebration. That miracle goes back to ancient times, when the Temple in Jerusalem’s limited supply of oil burned for eight days instead of one. Whether frying up homemade potato latkes is a yearly tradition for your family or you simply can’t resist crispy, golden potatoes in any form, these classic and creative latke recipes are the ones to make during the Festival of Lights — or year-round.

To achieve the quintessential light, crispy shredded potato patty you’d expect out of the holiday season, start with Ina Garten’s recipe for perfect Potato Latkes, which take just 20 minutes to make. Follow these 5 Rules for Better Latkes and serve the customary way: with applesauce and sour cream on the side.

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All the Sweet Treats You Need to Indulge In This Holiday Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry SauceAs you shuttle from at-work celebrations to cocktail parties and host casual family gatherings and the elegant Christmas Eve feast alike, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite fare during the holidays. But perhaps the best, most-decadent dishes come not from the savory buffet, but rather from the dessert table, in the form of decadent cakes, cookies, trifles and fudge. Check out Food Network’s favorite holiday desserts below, each a wow-worthy pick sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry Sauce
Bobby Flay celebrates the beloved flavor combo of gingerbread and lemon in his layered trifle, featuring a crimson-colored blackberry sauce, which he whirls in the blender for smooth results. Follow Bobby’s lead and save time in the kitchen by opting for store-bought lemon curd; it brightens up the fluffy whipped cream layers in his big-batch dessert.

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Geoffrey Zakarian’s Hermit Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Crispy yet chewy, chocolatey yet spicy, Geoffrey Zakarian‘s Hermit Cookies are everything you could possibly want from a holiday treat, and the simple vanilla glaze adds a pretty touch. You can pipe the glaze in a simple zigzag pattern — or get inspired by festive holiday imagery (pine trees, anyone?). “This is my favorite holiday cookie, because it blends two of my favorite cookies,” says The Kitchen co-host. “Soft chocolate chip cookies and spicy gingerbread — the best of both worlds.” Although, if you’re a hardcore gingerbread fan, we suppose you could skip the chips altogether.

Get Geoffrey’s Hermit Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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8 Ways to Win Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2015

With Christmas lights, Santa mall stations and red coffee-shop cups appearing before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah often gets overlooked, even though it starts tonight, three weeks before December 25. Here are eight ways to show some love for the Festival of Lights — one for each crazy night.  Read more

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don’t have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look. For the crinkled effect, simply roll hand-formed balls of chocolate cookie dough in confectioners’ sugar until each ball is generously coated. Adding espresso powder complements (and heightens) the chocolate flavor — it’s subtle, but totally worth it. And since almonds are a classic ingredient in Italian baking, try spiking the batter with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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