The Big Book of Sides — Off the Shelf

by in Books, November 21st, 2014

The Big Book of SidesThe holiday season is here and it’s time to make room on the shelf for books that will make holiday menu planning easy and fun. Rick Rodgers’ The Big Book of Sides is the perfect answer to everything from your most-elaborate holiday meals to your year-round weeknight family dinners.

The book is broken down into sections based on ingredients and preparation method, starting with Getting It to the Table, then covering Eat Your Vegetables, From the Root Cellar, A Hill of Beans and others. It’s a brilliant layout, making it easy for you to select a recipe based on what you’ve already got in the pantry or the refrigerator. The book boasts over 450 recipes, which means you’ll never be left scrambling to come up with a new way to serve potatoes again. It covers everything from classics, like Potato Rolls, from-scratch Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, and Potato and Fennel Gratin to new favorites, like Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup and Carrot Ribbons with Pomegranate Dressing (recipe below for you to try at home). The Getting It to the Table chapter even includes comprehensive menus for all your special occasions, from Old-Fashioned to New-Fashioned Thanksgivings, to a New Year’s Day Open House, to a Sunday Roast Pork Dinner.

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People Names Chopped Judge Marc Murphy “Sexiest Chef”

by in Food Network Chef, News, November 21st, 2014

Marc MurphyThere may be little as sexy as a man who truly knows his way around the kitchen. The swift, confident knife skills, the joyful embrace of the spicy and sensually pleasing, the willingness to experiment and get messy — a certain sort of male chef, especially if he happens to be handsome, can really make a person salivate.

That fact is apparently not lost on the editors of People magazine. In the just-released Sexiest Man Alive 2014 issue, they’ve named Food Network Chopped judge and restaurateur Marc Murphy as “Sexiest Chef.”

Marc was included, along with poet Terrance Hayes, “snake charmer” Evan Antin, scientist Hendrik Streeck, “model with tats” Parker Hurley, teacher Nicholas Ferroni and artist Javier Gomez, as one of the magazine’s picks for “Sexy Men at Work.”

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There’s a New Chef in Boot Camp: Tyler Florence Joins Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in America, Season 6

by in Shows, November 21st, 2014

Tyler and Anna on Worst Cooks, Season 6Worst Cooks in America is back, but this time it’s Anne Burrell facing off against Tyler Florence, who’s taking on coaching the Blue Team in hopes of transforming kitchen disasters into confident cooks. On Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9|8c, Season 6 returns with new culinary incapable recruits, all hoping to become the most improved, with a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 and bragging rights for his or her mentor and team. But first they must make it through a grueling series of challenges, proving they have what it takes to cook a gourmet meal for a set of expert chefs in the finale challenge.

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What to Watch: This Weekend, Tune In to Thanksgiving at Bobby’s and Learn Recipes from Food Network Chefs

by in Shows, November 21st, 2014

Thanksgiving at Bobby'sThere’s only one weekend left until Thanksgiving. And what better way to celebrate than with Iron Chef Bobby Flay and his talented friends and Food Network chefs Katie Lee, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Sunny Anderson? And, in addition to Bobby’s holiday feast, get deliciously inventive recipes from Guy’s Big Bite, Southern at Heart and Farmhouse Rules for delights like Tomahawk Chops with Tomatillo and Green Tomato Chow Chow, Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage, Barley and Goat Cheese and Cheesy Potato Gratin.

Be sure to tune in to Guy’s Grocery Games, Holiday Baking Championship and Cutthroat Kitchen, where the competition isn’t letting up just because it’s a heartfelt holiday time. In fact, the rivalries might have gotten even more intense.

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Honey-Pear Icebox Trifle with Soft-and-Easy Gingersnaps — The Weekender

by in Recipes, November 20th, 2014

Honey-Pear Icebox Trifle with Soft-and-Easy Ginger SnapsWhen it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, I come from a family of traditionalists. Pies are required, and they typically come in both pumpkin and apple (though when the gluten-free gather with us, I’ll often make an apple crisp with GF oats instead).

As I was plotting out my contributions to the two Thanksgiving meals I’m attending this year, however, I started to ponder options beyond the classic. Part of the reason I feel so free to monkey with the tried and true is that I’m attending two collaborative dinners (really, that’s just a fancy term for a potluck). I know others will bring the requisite pies, and so I am free to explore a little.

For my husband’s family, I’m taking vanilla pound cake with runny raspberry jam for topping. We’re traveling several hours for that meal and I know those cakes will survive even the most-arduous journey over the river, through the woods and up the New Jersey Turnpike. I made the jam with fresh fruit this summer, but a similar batch could easily be made by combining 2 pounds of frozen berries, 2 cups of sugar and a little lemon juice, then simmering until thick.

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Colorful Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 20th, 2014

Best Ever Green Bean CasseroleMashed potatoes, stuffing and other sides that come in a delightful shade of beige make Thanksgiving the great holiday that it is. Still, everything in life is better with balance — even these all-important potato- and bread-based dishes. Next Thursday, build a well-rounded Thanksgiving plate with vibrant, seasonal vegetable recipes for classic Thanksgiving side dishes.

Though the green bean casserole of years past might have meant canned cream of mushroom soup and limp green beans, Alton Brown’s Best-Ever Green Bean Casserole (pictured above) is a modern take made totally from scratch. Fresh, crunchy green beans, half-and-half and real mushrooms give the dish its distinctive flavor, while home-fried onions create the crucial crispy topping.

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Food Network Stars’ Thanksgiving Traditions

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, November 20th, 2014

Wondering what your favorite chefs have up their sleeves (and in their ovens) for next Thursday? We caught up with more than a dozen Food Network stars about their unique Thanksgiving traditions with family and friends. Bobby hosts a themed Thanksgiving for 50, Alex does double-dinner duty and Guy likens his epic outdoor feast to “a shotgun wedding”. Read on and check out the full gallery for all the tasty details.

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7 Ways to Food-Style Your Thanksgiving Feast

by in Entertaining, Holidays, How-to, November 19th, 2014

We’ll admit it. The Thanksgiving feast isn’t the most naturally photogenic of meals. With turkey, gravy, stuffing and potatoes, there’s a lot of brown and beige in the mix. To make our Thanksgiving look as good as it tastes, we’re taking a cue from food stylists who make Thanksgiving look gorgeous for a living. Yep, we’re upping our garnish game this year. Edible garnishes are the best kind, and the flavors should always complement the dish they accompany. These suggestions from Food Network Kitchen are based on both color and dish texture. Check out the full gallery for ideas to spruce up every course of the feast.

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Families That Shop Together Stay Together: The Competition Goes Family Style on Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, November 19th, 2014

Grocery Games FamiliesThe new season of Guy’s Grocery Games is kicking off with four special family episodes, premiering Jan. 4 at 8|7c. In this family-style showdown, four teams made up of three family members will compete in each episode for a chance to win the grand prize. Each family team will have to navigate through the aisles of the grocery store, battling different supermarket-themed obstacles, from cooking on a budget to cooking with five ingredients or less — or the dreaded new game, Station Swap. The last family standing will go onto the shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000. These families know, live and love food, so don’t miss the laughs, tears and sibling rivalries.

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POLL: Your Favorite Holiday Pie — Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 19th, 2014

Competitors on Holiday Baking ChampionshipSo far on Holiday Baking Championship we’ve seen the bakers take on cookies in the premiere and just this past Sunday they made desserts inspired by sugar and spice, a classic combination. This coming Sunday the bakers will be making one of the most-iconic holiday desserts, pies. Not only that, but they’ll have to bake three different kinds to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any twists and turns in the challenge.

Ahead of the episode, vote on your favorite holiday pie and let us know in the comments why it’s your favorite.

Tune in this Sunday at 9|8c to see how the competition unfolds and who goes home for the least-successful pies.

Vote on your favorite holiday pie