All Posts In Holidays

Beyond the Turkey: All About Wine on Thanksgiving, According to Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Drinks, Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 7th, 2016

Alex GuarnaschelliWith so much focus on executing the all-important turkey, mashed potatoes and casseroles, it’s often easy to overlook what comes next on Thanksgiving, after the prep work is done: the actual eating of the turkey, potatoes and casseroles, of course. With eating comes drinking, especially around the holidays, and just as you invested time in planning an epic feast, so too can you find an extra-special wine to round out the meal. Recently we caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at an event in New York City in which she partnered with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines to showcase her secrets for transforming turkey-day leftovers with Woodbridge wines. The Iron Chef and Chopped judge was quick to point out that there are no hard-and-fast rules for both drinking and cooking with wine.

“You write a rule book and then we just break it,” she said of pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner. “Turkey’s one of those things. In a way, I would almost say you could do a platter of the white meat and a little bit of stuffing and some green bean casserole, and have a nice, crisp Chardonnay. Then you could go in the other direction: Take some of the dark meat, some cranberry sauce, some stuffing and have a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon,” she explained, adding that there are possibilities for personal preference. “Depending on how you lay out your plate, you could really drink either.”

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The Best Ways to Stress-Eat Through Election Night

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2016

Every other day of the year, we aim for moderation and mindfulness in our diets. But all bets are off on November 8 — when what many consider to be the most-contentious presidential election in our nation’s history takes place — and we inevitably stress-eat while the results torturously crawl in and the fate of our country is decided. No matter which candidate you plan to check on your ballot, our collective election-night anxiety will be off the charts this Tuesday. So here’s our stress-eating strategy to help you make it through this beautiful (yet totally insane!) thing called the American democratic process, and Election Night 2016.

Soothe frayed nerves by starting your night off with a patriotic Firecracker Shot (pictured above), made with layers of booze-infused red and blue gelatin and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Politically Charged Foods for Election Day

by in Holidays, November 3rd, 2016

Political CollectionNo matter whom you’re voting for on November 8, everyone can unite behind the platform of good food. This election season, companies have created patriotic snacks, candy and beverages to satisfy both parties. While you anxiously await the results of this year’s presidential election, show your support with these politically minded groceries. Read more

Last-Minute Halloween Treats That Are Scary-Easy to Make

by in Holidays, October 30th, 2016

Spider BitesIf Halloween snuck up on you (boo!), don’t get tricked out of a Halloween treat. You don’t need to invest in hokey smoke machines or tangled cobwebs to get in the Halloween spirit — we’ve got easy ideas for last-minute Halloween treats that are scary-good, and perfect for a spooky meal or take-to-school snack. A last-minute costume, on the other hand, is a bigger challenge, and one that we’ll leave to you.

All you need to make Sandra Lee’s Spider Bites is three ingredients: semisweet chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and creamy peanut butter.

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When Food Gets in Costume: Edible Takes on Creepy Halloween Things

by in Holidays, October 27th, 2016

How to Make a Sushi BrainYou aren’t the only one who’ll be all dressed up for Halloween on the 31st. No, it turns out the food on your plate will be dressed for the occasion too. As you’re putting the final touches on your costume creation, pick from our fleet of spooky, creepy and Halloween-y food creations that look just like real things.

Anyone with a brain will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, but not everyone will be doing it with an extra edible brain in tow. Learn how to make an edible sushi brain here, made with an avocado-cream cheese core, rice and a smoked salmon exterior.

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7 Halloween Treats to Sneak Into Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Holidays, October 26th, 2016

Halloween lunch calls for snack ideas that are both a trick and a treat, and our ideas are one part creepy, one part silly and all parts grin-inducing. Feeling extra ambitious this year? Find even more Halloween lunchbox ideas here.

Snack Monsters (above)

Two puffy marshmallows-turned-eyeballs (thanks to the addition of chocolate chips) turn an unassuming bag of cheese puffs into a snack that stares back.

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What’s Your State’s Favorite Halloween Candy?

by in Holidays, News, October 24th, 2016

What's Your State's Favorite Halloween Candy?Alabama and Washington love Airheads. Connecticut and Rhode Island prefer peanut butter cups (Reese’s, if you please). And candy corn is the Halloween treat of choice in five states, uniting in sugar Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina.

We know these sweet-tooth truths because product-focused social media company Influenster put the question of fave Halloween candy to its members and distilled the 40,000 survey responses from across the nation into a sweet-by-state U.S. map.

Other revelations:

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8 Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats That Are More Sweet Than Spooky

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2016

Candy Bucket CookiesI once turned deviled eggs into spiders by putting carefully sliced black olives on top. They were an adorable nod to Halloween, and I couldn’t help thinking my kids would just love them. But then my 3-year-old burst into tears at the sight of them. Since then I’ve forgone the gravestones and monsters, and focused on can’t-miss Halloween favorites instead, like chocolate. And lots of it.

Candy Bucket Cookies (pictured above)
Start with a base recipe for buttery cookie dough, and add to it your pick of candies.

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8 New Spooky (and Silly!) Desserts for Halloween Night

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 15th, 2016

Halloween is a particularly playful holiday — even costumes and decorations meant to spook us are all in good fun. And we like Halloween treats that strike a similar balance. These new desserts are inspired by the holiday ghouls and goblins, but they really just make us smile.

Stuffed Candy Corn Cake (above)

The tricks in this treat are two-fold. First, there’s the candy corn surprise in the center. And second, thanks to a clever frosting pattern, each slice actually looks like a giant piece of candy corn. Watch how to make it here.

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6 Hauntingly Delicious Halloween Party Punches

by in Drinks, Holidays, October 14th, 2016

Bloody PunchDouble, double toil and trouble — these are the drinks that make our cauldrons bubble. Some are boozy (and some are fit for little ghouls and boys), but all of these after-dark Halloween punch picks will ensure your party is a hauntingly good time.

If the idea of this Bloody Punch featured in Food Network Magazine has you feeling all faint, rest assured that The Pioneer Woman concocted this vibrant red hue with red fruit punch, strawberry daiquiri mix, grape-raspberry juice and soda.

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