14 Cooking Projects to Tackle with Your Kids Over the Holiday Break

by in Family, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Baked Macaroni and Cheese CupckesI’m the mom of four small kids, and one of my goals (other than enjoying an empty dishwasher for more than three seconds at any time) is to inspire them to cook when they get to be adults. That means giving them confidence, skills and warm memories of doing it as kids. These recipes are a great place to start.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Giada De Laurentiis’ take on classic mac and cheese is so kid-friendly that it’s almost impossible for the little guys to resist.

Kids can: fill muffin cups with mac and cheese mixture.

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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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6 Ways to Warm Up with Flavored Hot Chocolate

by in Drinks, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Gingerbread Hot ChocolateThe official first day of winter may be not be until next week, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already felt plenty frosty outside. If the season’s chill has you cozying up under a blanket (or two) already, it’s probably high time to brew your first batch of hot cocoa. As you’re snuggling on the couch, reach for one of these six flavorful renditions of comforting cocoa to warm up from the inside out.

Flavor: Gingerbread

Not just for too-cute cookies, the seasonal flavor of gingerbread, featuring plenty of fragrant ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg, shines when paired with chocolate. This Gingerbread Hot Chocolate recipe gets two boosts of chocolate: one from cocoa powder and another from chopped milk chocolate.

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Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah

by in Restaurants, December 14th, 2016

Dark-Rum Doughnuts from The Dutch
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah
Hanukkah spans eight nights, which means there is plenty of time to reflect on traditions, exchange gifts and indulge in one celebratory meal after another. The holiday is full of dishes that are steeped in symbolism. Many of them are made with oil, to celebrate finding the oil that kept the temple’s menorah lit for eight days. That’s why the holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Whether you are preparing your first Hanukkah feast or are looking for ways to mix up traditional recipes, get inspiration as these chefs across the country give their take on what should land on your table this holiday. Read more

A Meat-Lovers-Only Online Dating Service Is a Juicy Idea

by in News, December 14th, 2016

A Meat-Lovers-Only Online Dating Service Is a Juicy IdeaVegetarians have their dating services — apparently lots of them — but what about a dating service for the poor, neglected meat lovers of the world?

Turns out, there is one — or at least there’s the tongue-in-cheek promise of one in Australia. The meat-delivery service Carnivore Club, which serves carnivores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, marked its launch into the land Down Under with a video ad touting an online dating service called, cleverly, Meat Your Match.

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Food Network Staffer Diary: I Made a Giant Sushi Doughnut in a Tiny Kitchen — Here’s How

by in Behind the Scenes, Community, December 14th, 2016

Sushi DoughnutBy KC Cibran
I moved to New York City a few months ago — fresh out of college — for a postgrad internship with Cooking Channel. The most-common question I get is, “Is there a lot of food in the office?” The answer is yes. I mean, I literally work with food. When I’m not eating it in the break room, I’m seeing it on my computer screen. I’d say my passion for cool foods has definitely hit a high since I started working here. But when I’m not at work, I am confined to the tiny space that is my kitchen. Girl with big foodie dreams meets tiny kitchen. Seriously, I am confident that I can now win any fridge Tetris challenge.

Despite the space, I pretty much live with an Iron Chef Jr. Her name is Annie, and she keeps me alive in this city by cooking for me. We cook cool foods on a budget and have fun doing it. While researching our next project, we ran into a food craze known as the sushi doughnut. We love sushi, and we love decorating food, so we decided to make our own. Please, step into our sushi doughnut world.

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7 Gingerbread Desserts to Make this Christmas

by in Recipes, December 14th, 2016

Gingerbread SpiceWe’ve been waiting all year to break out our gingerbread spice. (Don’t have any on hand? Make your own spice blend with this recipe from Food Network Magazine.) With the holiday season in full swing, we’re pining for gingerbread-flavored desserts that go beyond cute cutout cookies. Check out these new ways to use this season’s favorite flavor. Read more

One Recipe, Two Meals: Creamy Chicken Pasta

by in Family, Recipes, December 13th, 2016

Creamy Chicken PastaIt’s almost winter. Cream sauces are mandatory. We’re adding veggies and pasta and chicken and vodka, so it’s all good.

I feel like creamy chicken pastas should be a staple in your winter-meal rotation. Actually, your all-year rotation. Your all-day rotation? Your every-hour rotation? Your right-now rotation? I’ll chill. This sauce! The sauce makes the dish here. It’s buttery, creamy and cheesy for the kids, and for you adults, it’s adorned with a tiny kiss of vodka, right at the end. These are the good things in life.

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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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