Watch Natalie and Dave Sideserf Make an Epic Santa Cake for Christmas

by in Holidays, Shows, December 9th, 2016

Christmastime is nearly here, and while Santa Claus is making his nice list, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, of Austin’s famed Sideserf Cake Studio, are decking the halls with an epic Santa Claus cake. You’ve seen holiday-themed cakes before, right? Well, this one isn’t like those. Natalie and Dave’s jolly creation brings Santa to life (in a snowy chimney, of course) with the utmost realism, and it’s all thanks to their unmatched creativity, attention to detail and steady hands. Click the play button on the video above to watch their process unfold.

On Texas Cake House, which will premiere back-to-back episodes starting at 9|8c on Monday, Jan. 9, this powerhouse couple will give fans an insider’s look at the world of extravagant-cake design. Not only will viewers see the ins and outs of Natalie’s creative process, from the drawing and design stages to the stacking, carving and decorating, but they can also expect all-access accounts of the real-life goings-on of the business, as this husband-wife duo run Sideserf Cakes.

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Why Wine Gives You Headaches, and 4 Tips for Avoiding Them

by in Drinks, News, December 8th, 2016

Why Wine Gives You Headaches and 4 Tips for Avoiding ThemThere’s nothing like sipping a glass of red wine at a gathering of friends on a winter night. It’s truly a lovely feeling. But that headache you get afterward? Not lovely at all.

Why do you always seem to get a red wine headache, especially when the person next to you has no issue at all? And what can you do to keep those headaches at bay?

Some answers:

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9 Holiday Treats for Kids’ School Parties That Aren’t Cookies

by in Family, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

Strawberry SantasWith four kids, I’ve brought my fair share of party treats to school. Each of these ideas is simple to make and transport to school and, best of all, will be a hit with the kids.

Strawberry Santas (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds Italian flavor with mascarpone cheese filling for these adorable treats, but if you substitute whipped cream straight up, we’ll never tell.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies to Ease Up the Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

No-Bake Between gift wrapping and meal prepping, entertaining and party hopping, where is the average human supposed to find the time to fit in cookie baking? This year, ease up on your holiday prep (and on your oven) with simpler, no-bake cookies that’ll disappear from the cookie swap just as quickly as any baked ones.

Loaded up with cocoa powder, old-fashioned rolled oats and peanut butter, Katie Lee’s No-Bake “Cow Pile” Cookies are chewy, chocolatey and super-simple to make, thanks to a simple “batter” that just sits at room temp until the cookies firm up.

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Food Network’s Chatbot, a Friend in the Kitchen

by in News, December 8th, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, Food Network has launched a brand-new recipe chatbot on Facebook Messenger.

Through fun, friendly one-on-one conversations, users can now ask the bot directly for recipes, meal ideas and seasonal picks, culling from a collection of over 60,000 trusted Food Network recipes.

Think of it as your own all-in-one, personal sous chef, food-based encyclopedia and extensive recipe box — right on your phone.

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12 Days of Cookies: Classic Shortbread

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 8th, 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.

Sliced into neat rectangles, pricked gently with a fork, and simultaneously crisp, crumbly and tender, these shortbread cookies are perfectly traditional. And we don’t mean “traditional” in a stuffy, tired way — we mean “traditional” in a familiar, comforting and you’re-going-to-want-to-make-this-cookie-every-year way. They require only five ingredients, so you likely have everything you need to start baking right now.

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Chefs’ Picks: Feast of the Seven Fishes

by in Restaurants, December 7th, 2016

Michael's Genuine Fish Stew
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Wander into an Italian-American household on Dec. 24 and there’s a good chance you will be dazzled by platter upon platter of delectable fishcentric dishes. This stunning array of seafood is served as part of a holiday vigil when many abstain from eating meat. Read more

Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like a Kardashian for 3 Days

by in Behind the Scenes, December 7th, 2016

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like a Kardashian for 3 DaysMost of us go above and beyond simply “keeping up” with the Kardashians. Ever since Kim K.’s not-so-little scandal in 2003, confused (and mostly bored) people across the U.S. have been absolutely obsessed with the Kardashian family. Kylie Jenner dyes her hair and within a split second her “transformation” is the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. Kim posts a nude selfie to Instagram and a full-blown social media war ensues. Khloé Kardashian finalizes her divorce with Lamar Odom and 90 percent of the U.S. population reacts as if the royal couple just called it quits.

In 2007 our fascination with the Kardashian family transitioned into hardcore obsession. Keeping Up With the Kardashians was officially on the air, exposing a concerning amount of American people to the most highly addictive television series to date. Even I will admit I’ve spent hours of my life watching Kourtney Kardashian eat salad on a television screen. Those are hours I will never get back, and, unfortunately, that’s something I have to live with.

Over the past 10 or so years, we’ve watched each of the Kardashian sisters grow … and in other ways, we’ve watched them literally shrink down. Yes, I’m talking about their beyond drastic, inconceivable weight loss journeys in which they seemingly drop about 5 pounds overnight.

Kim lost almost 70 pounds only seven months after she and Yeezy welcomed Saint West into the world — 70 pounds could very well be equal to the weight of both my legs combined. Khloé also shed some serious poundage within the past year, reaching her slimmest weight yet in late July. The 32-year-old superstar dropped a whopping 40 pounds post-separation with Odom and has kept the weight off since. Kourtney has been stick thin for years. Then again, we’ve never seen her eat a carb, so that explains that.

All three of the OG Kardashian sisters have opened up to various media outlets about their day-to-day diets. After hearing each of them spill the beans on how they stay so thin, I decided it was time to give the Kardashian diet a good old-fashioned try.

I ate like a Kardashian for three days, following Khloé’s, Kourtney’s and Kim’s daily diet plans. Here’s what I ate each day and how I rated each Kardashian’s diet.

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12 Days of Cookies: Cream Cheese Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 7th, 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.

These fluffy, crumbly cookies melt in your mouth — but not before hitting you with a triple dose of cream cheese. First, it gets mixed into the batter. Then, frozen chunks are folded into the dough (and won’t disappear into the cookie during baking). Finally, it’s whipped into the glaze for a finishing tangy bite.

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