Sneak Peek: Alton’s Snapchat Discover Takeover

by in Community, Food Network Chef, December 12th, 2015

Can’t wait for tomorrow night’s episode of Cutthroat Kitchen (at 10|9c) to get your Alton Brown fix? Fear not. All day Sunday, Alton is staging a total takeover of Food Network’s Snapchat Discover page. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get exclusive access to everything Alton, but for 24 hours only.

If you’re not familiar with how Snapchat Discover works, here’s a quick rundown. Download the Snapchat app (for iPhone and Android), if you haven’t already. Swipe right twice (past the camera and the Stories page) and you’ll see a list of mini-magazines produced daily just for Snapchat users. Find the Food Network logo (the orange bubble!) and tap. You’re in!

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Magic Bars — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 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.

What’s the secret behind these decadent bars? With a recipe so simple and a flavor so remarkable, it can only be magic. Or maybe it’s the ooey-gooey crust, which comes together with the help of graham cracker crumbs and some sweetened condensed milk. Chopped pecans, melted chocolate and butterscotch chips complete the top layer. For texture, finish them off with some sweet shredded coconut. Other holiday partygoers will slave over complicated cookie recipes, but your 15-minute bars will be the belle of the ball. Now, that’s magical.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Magic Bars 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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Make Merry with Boozy Holiday Drinks

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2015

Holiday Party PunchWhether you’re having a sweet-as-can-be cookie exchange, a Secret Santa party or a mix-and-mingle cocktail affair, the holidays are a time to let loose and be merry. In the spirit of the season, pour your friends and fam boozy seasonal cocktails, from eggnog martinis to steamy hot toddy swigs, that’ll warm your clan up in a jiff.

If for no other reason than sheer quantity, parties are better with punch. Serve a big batch of this crowd-ready, fizzy Holiday Party Punch, made with a blend of sparkling cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, and let guests serve themselves from an old-fashioned punch bowl.

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Christmas Risotto with Lemon and Shrimp — Party of Two

by in Recipes, December 11th, 2015

Christmas Risotto with Lemon and Shrimp — Party of TwoIt seems like once November hits, the season of food begins. If you had a hand in helping out with the Thanksgiving feast, you know the labor of love it can be to cook all day, even if it was for just you two or for a small crowd. So now that Christmas is almost upon us, don’t let the thought of another holiday meal stress you out.

This Christmas risotto with lemon and shrimp has simple yet elegant flavors. For some reason risotto sounds like a daunting thing to cook, but I’ll show you with my recipe below how simple it actually is. Traditionally, risotto is also made in large batches to feed a crowd, but here I’m breaking that tradition and showing you how to make it for exactly two people! You and your special someone will love making risotto together this holiday season, but hang on to this recipe into the New Year for any time you want a warm and inviting risotto made with love

. Check out the recipe below, and get more of my Party of Two dishes.

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What to Watch: Emeril Lagasse on The Kitchen, and A Barefoot Holiday

by in Shows, December 11th, 2015

EmerilIt’s the season of celebrations, so this weekend all your favorite chefs have celebratory meals planned to inspire your get-togethers. First, Ree Drummond is cooking a stick-to-your-ribs anniversary meal for her husband Ladd and their family, complete with prime rib, hasselback potatoes and country bread with honey butter. After that, Emeril Lagasse is stopping by The Kitchen to demonstrate how to make a perfect rack of lamb for the holidays. What’s more, the co-hosts are sharing tips on how to dress up a store-bought gingerbread house. And on a new Valerie’s Home Cooking, Valerie Bertinelli is preparing a 5-star Italian dinner for French chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife, including panzanella and branzino.

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Sunny Anderson’s Ginger-Molasses Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 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.

Buttery, chewy and perfectly spiced, Sunny Anderson‘s Ginger-Molasses Cookies are just the recipe to round out your holiday cookie tray. “These are my knockoff of my fave chewy spiced cookie at a local bakery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, called Naidre’s,” says The Kitchen co-host. “They are perfect for a frosty glass of milk. If you ever make it to my area, check them out; until then, enjoy the baking!” Remember to dust the cookies in sugar before baking — this helps to create a gingerbread-like crunch on the outside. Add the crown jewel — a piece of crystallized ginger — when the cookies are still warm from the oven.

Get the recipe for Sunny’s Ginger-Molasses 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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Robert Irvine’s Holiday: Impossible Mission at City Kids Wilderness Project

by in Shows, December 10th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Holiday: ImpossibleEach week on Restaurant: ImpossibleRobert Irvine and his team offer much-needed business support to restaurateurs who are barely managing to keep their eateries afloat. But come the holiday season, Robert’s penchant for giving back is even stronger; the last several years, he’s celebrated the season with extra-special missions on Holiday: Impossible. This year is no exception, and in what he called “our biggest project to date,” he and his team traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to help the children and staff of City Kids Wilderness Project.

Founded by Randy Luskey 19 years ago, City Kids may appear to be a traditional summer camp from the looks of it, but its effects on the youth it welcomes are anything but ordinary. The kids who attend City Kids, all in grades six through 12, come from underprivileged communities in Washington, D.C., and without City Kids, they likely wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy nature and experience the outdoors in such a supportive, welcoming community. “You get to meet all kinds of new people, test your limits and try new things that most people never do,” one camper told Robert.

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The Ladies of Chopped — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 10th, 2015


Tonight the ladies of Chopped, or the “Charlie’s Angels of Chopped,” as Alex Guarnaschelli put it, judged a special mother-in-law and daughter-in-law episode of the show. And on After Hours the ladies are busting into the kitchen to take on one of the baskets from the episode. Judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Alex take on cooking with lasagna, onion blossom chips, arugula and a wine purse. “This was one of the more catastrophic appetizer baskets that we’ve seen,” says Alex as the ladies chat about the basket’s difficulties. But there’s no doubt the three will succeed, despite it being a 20-minute appetizer round.

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Scripps Lifestyle Studios’ Ultimate Cookie Party

by in Community, Holidays, December 10th, 2015

Gingerbread CookiesCalling all cookie lovers! For the first time ever, FoodNetwork.com and HGTV.com are coming together for a holiday cookie extravaganza complete with a full spread of seasonal sweets, a duo of next-level gingerbread houses and even all-star talent like Justin Warner — and it’s all happening live on Facebook.

Beginning at 10 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 11, you can go to Food Network’s official Facebook page, where Justin will be taking fans behind the scenes inside the Food Network Kitchen and chatting with expert cookie bakers on the team to find out what it takes to bake a cookie that not only tastes great but looks festive too. As the day unfolds, stay tuned to our Facebook page and pop over to HGTV’s official Facebook page to see how the Food Network and HGTV teams put their signature spins on a store-bought gingerbread house. You can also delve into the little-known bits and bites of cookies with Dan Pashman as he reveals the right way to eat a cookie. (Yes, there’s such a thing as a wrong way.) And learn the best sips to serve alongside your favorite cookies.

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Relax, It’s Just a Holiday Party

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 10th, 2015

And just like that, the holidays are upon us. We see TV commercials with foyers full of people greeting and clinking wine glasses, we watch Diane Keaton movies directed by Nancy Meyers in which the kitchens look like the love children of Martha Stewart and Philip Johnson, and we start to agonize over the fact that we really, really promised ourselves that this year we would (finally) host a holiday gathering. But all those people! All that cooking! All that planning!

But we are going to entertain. And this is how’s it’s going to happen: an open house. It will not be a sit-down dinner for just a handful of friends or be a frenetic cocktail party. It will be a gentile stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. There’ll be a serve-yourself bar with an array of (mostly) room temperature food, and it’ll have a relaxed atmosphere in which people understand that the whole point was to connect for a little while, share a drink and enjoy something good to eat.

Everyone’s time is so stretched in the last months of the year. This kind of party allows people to stop by when it works for them and stay as long as they wish — and it allows you to host a lot of people in one day (i.e., knock off all those IOUs for the times you’ve been their guest) without cramming everyone into your house at once.

Check out our step-by-step guide to throwing an open house holiday party that’s as fun as it is stress-free — even for the host.