4 Ways to Make a Cream Cheese Sandwich

by in Recipes, Shows, October 5th, 2016

Cream cheese sandwichesBy Angela Carlos

What do you do when life (or the Chopped Junior mystery ingredient basket) gives you everything doughnuts? Besides enjoying the sweet and savory treat as is, you turn them into cream cheese sandwiches for your lunchbox, of course.

This week’s inspiration for our Chopped Junior-inspired lunchbox came early in the episode, when one of our young contestants scraped the cream cheese topping from a sweet-and-savory doughnut and added the topping to his plate.

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12 Big-Batch Breakfast Ideas That Make Mornings a Breeze

by in Family, Recipes, October 5th, 2016

Cinnamon Baked French ToastWith sweet and savory ideas, this collection of one dozen recipes features kid-approved ways to prep a hearty breakfast ahead of time, so all you need to do in the morning is slice, heat or, in some cases, grab and go.

The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast (pictured above)
I’ve made Ree Drummond’s amazing French Toast for my brood many times, and I love that it’s such a large recipe — it works for at least two breakfasts. I like to prep the whole thing the night before, but I don’t bake it until the morning. When we’re done, I cover the leftovers with foil and store in the fridge for another morning that week. When it’s time to reheat the French toast, set the oven to 350 degrees F, and very slowly pour 1/4 cup of milk right over the top. Replace the foil and bake for about 20 minutes for a second helping! To make it more nutritious, I always use whole-wheat bread and love sprinkling a little wheat germ into the top layer of crumble.

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3 of a Kind: Ube Desserts

by in Restaurants, October 5th, 2016

Ube Ice Cream from 2nd City
By Patty Lee

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

With its striking color, a unique flavor and a texture that works in cookies, cakes and other confections, ube — a purple yam native to the Philippines — was destined to become the next dessert sensation. While lavender-hued sweets have recently caught the eye of Instagrammers, the ingredient is more than just a buzzy trend for Filipino chefs. “In any Filipino party, ube would be present at the dessert table alongside leche flan and fruit salad,” says Ginger Lim-Dimapasok, owner of Cafe 86 in Pasadena, Calif. “To those of us who moved to the U.S. from the Philippines, being able to eat ube and to have it be so easily accessible really brings us back to our roots.” As Filipino cuisine rises in popularity, more ube-centric eats are popping up on menus, sometimes in unexpected forms. “It’s inspirational to see how other chefs transform this ingredient very differently from how we’ve always known to eat it growing up,” says Nomad Donuts’ Kristianna Zabala. Here’s how three chefs are currently shining a spotlight on ube.

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Every Kind of Chocolate Chip Cookie You’d Ever Want to Bake

by in Recipes, October 4th, 2016

Cakey Chocolate Chip CookiesAs with most things in life, the “one size fits all” approach doesn’t apply when it comes to cookie baking — especially when we’re talking chocolate chip. There are so many ways this classic comfort-food favorite can vary, whether in its texture (crispy? chewy? cakey?) or in its taste (nutty? extra-chocolatey?). Check out our wide range of crazy-good chocolate chip cookie recipes, and take a peek at our ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Guide to bake your best batch every time.


A batter mixed with dark brown sugar alone, rather than the combination of light brown and white sugars that our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies call for, results in Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies that are delightfully tender.

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Duff Goldman Revels in the Magic of Baking and Reveals Why He Decided to Become a Baker

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 4th, 2016

Duff GoldmanWhen Duff Goldman first appeared on Food Network on Ace of Cakes, we originally knew him as the owner of a small cake shop in Baltimore that put out some pretty inventive and over-the-top sweets. Since then he’s expanded his business to Los Angeles, and we’ve gotten to see the inner workings of his studio — and meet his exceptionally creative staff — on Duff Till Dawn and Cake Masters. More recently Duff has also lent his expertise as a judge to Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, and he’s served as a co-host and judge on Kids Baking Championship. But now Duff has taken on the role of teacher on Worst Bakers in America, airing Sundays at 10|9c. He’s paying forward all he’s learned by mentoring a set of bumbling baking wannabees, from which he hopes to train a winner.

So why did Duff end up becoming a baker, and what inspires him about his craft? FN Dish caught up with the cake-baker extraordinaire on the set of Worst Bakers to chat about his baking philosophy and the ups and downs he’s gone through in his career to get to where he is today.

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Cozy Up to These 5 Potato-Topped Casseroles

by in Recipes, October 4th, 2016

Casserole — a meaty, creamy flavor landscape that graces our tabletops in endless forms — can be topped in imaginative ways. No one has ever argued against a sprinkling of grated cheese, and crunchy breadcrumbs certainly deserve an honorable mention. But have you ever tried using potatoes? Mashed, pulsed to a crumb or sliced into thin rounds — the more we test our options, the more we come to believe there’s no better way to finish off a casserole, no matter the filling. Here are the five potato-topped casseroles we’ve had on our minds lately.

30-Minute Shepherd’s Pie
This traditionally English casserole was once prepared as a method for using up leftover pot roast. Rachael Ray simplifies the process by using ground beef, which browns quickly in a saute pan. The main attraction is the heap of buttery mashed potatoes on top, which turn golden after a quick stint under the broiler. You can save even more time by using leftover mashed potatoes.

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Nothing Says “A Lifetime of Love” Like a Doughnut Wall

by in News, October 4th, 2016

Nothing Says 'A Lifetime of Love' Like a Doughnut WallFirst there were wedding cakes, those traditional, towering and tiered confections. Then there were cupcakes, bringing a sense of fun and variety to nuptial feasts across the land. Now comes a hole new wedding dessert trend (see what I did there?): doughnut walls.

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Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 3rd, 2016

Cream of Wild Mushroom SoupIf you’re skipping meat this Monday (or any day), look to mushrooms to bulk up a dish that would otherwise be made heftier by the addition of meat. Like beef, mushrooms are hearty and earthy, and they pack a filling punch that delivers the satisfaction you crave.

In her recipe for Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, Ina Garten opts for three varieties of fresh mushrooms — shiitake, portobello and cremini — to add not just flavor but also welcome texture to her fan-favorite soup (there are a whopping 400-plus user reviews of this top-rated recipe). The secret to her soup is making a homemade stock; it’s simmered with mushroom stems and fresh thyme to create a full, bold taste, then it’s used to make up the soup’s broth, which is studded with buttery leeks and the mushroom caps. To add richness, Ina adds white wine, half-and-half and cream for next-level decadence and warming comfort.

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What You Won’t See on TV: Behind the Scenes of All-Star Halloween Spectacular

by in Shows, October 3rd, 2016

All-Star Halloween SpectacularThis Halloween, five of your favorite stars from Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel are coming together for the first time ever — and it’s not to go trick-or-treating. On All-Star Halloween Spectacular, airing Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8|7c, they’ll face off in teams — Drew Scott and Tia Mowry versus Jonathan Scott and Duff Goldman, with Adam Richman and Egypt Sherrod on hand as well — in an extravaganza of building, cake baking and downright scary-good times as they create life-size haunted houses right in the heart of Sin City. They’ll be working against the clock to not only wow with a ghoulish display fit for fright night, but also sweet-tooth-satisfying confections worthy of the competition.

We joined the crew in Las Vegas to watch some of the creations come together behind the scenes and to catch up with the crew. Click here and here to watch two Food Network Facebook Live videos of cakes in progress, then check out more Facebook Live videos from HGTV here and here to see Drew and Jonathan on set — with some tricks and treats of their own.

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Sandra Lee Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 3rd, 2016

Get your orange and black oven mitts out. Semi-Homemade Cooking queen Sandra Lee is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel. In the spirit of our Halloween Baking Championship (premiering tonight at 9/10c), Sandra is sharing her breadth of Halloween baking knowledge for the next 24 hours. Plus, she’ll be providing plenty of costume inspo.

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