10+ Mix-Ins You Haven’t Thought to Put in Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

10+ Mix-Ins You Haven't Thought to Put in CookiesChocolate chips, toffee pieces, raisins, walnuts — all very traditional cookie add-ins. I grew up slicing and baking cookies from logs of premade dough bought from the refrigerated case in my grocery store. You know, the “Dough-boy” brand.

Thinking outside the cookie log will set you apart from other cookie bakers. Have you ever thought about adding chai tea, potato chips, pretzel chunks, licorice or even bacon bits? Keep your mind open and read on.

In my Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Chai Cookie recipe, I use ground chai tea leaves along with Indian spices such as cloves, cardamom, mace and freshly grated ginger. Think of a classic gingersnap with a modern spin (or your favorite coffeehouse beverage).

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Watch the Top 5 Tough Love Moments on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 3rd, 2013

Much of the work Robert Irvine does on Restaurant: Impossible focuses on showing business owners and their employees where they’ve made mistakes in the past and how they can best fix them going forward. To teach those lessons, however, so that the staff will learn once and for all how to avoid similar struggles in the future, Robert is forced to be brutally honest in his assessment of the restaurant’s design, its food and the management skills of its leaders. It’s ultimately for the betterment of the business that Robert shares his tough love in the form of constructive criticism and unhindered remarks about what he’s seeing and tasting at the restaurant.

In the more than six seasons Restaurant: Impossible has aired, Robert’s gone to great lengths in words and actions to prove his point to businesses owners and their staff, holding no bars in his assessment of the good, bad and just plain awful scenes he finds in kitchens and dining rooms. Click the play button on the video above to watch the top-five tough love moments, then tune in to an all-new episode Wednesday at 10pm/9c to watch Robert tackle his latest restaurant mission.

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Tyler’s Pistachio Biscotti — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

Pistachio Biscotti
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Like the classic Italian biscotti, Tyler’s cookies are baked twice: first as whole logs and then as sliced pieces. The pistachio-filled bites bake into deliciously hard cookies that are fit for dunking. Pair the cookies with your morning coffee, or dip them in a mug of hot chocolate.

Get Tyler Florence’s Pistachio Biscotti 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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Winter Grilling and Using a Leftover Condiment for Twice the Rewards

by in Recipes, Shows, December 2nd, 2013

Cocktail Sauce ChickenChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

On this week’s special holiday episode of Chopped, the celebrity competitors found rosca de reyes (three kings cake), Wagyu rib-eye steaks, broccoli and cocktail sauce in their mystery baskets. Unfortunately not all of them did the best job of incorporating the cocktail sauce into their dishes. But for this Chopped Dinner Challenge, the cocktail sauce gets its starring role, serving as a barbecue sauce for chicken. This recipe for Grilled Chicken Legs with Cocktail Barbeque Sauce is a great excuse to do some grilling in winter, whether it’s in the comfort of the kitchen or outdoors, weather permitting. It’s also a great use for cocktail sauce leftover from a holiday party. Your family will appreciate a taste of summer in the middle of the cold winter with this meal for dinner.

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Sesame and Peanut Noodles — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 2nd, 2013

Sesame and Peanut NoodlesNow four days post-Thanksgiving, it’s likely that the last leftovers from Turkey Day are gone from your refrigerator and you’ve nearly had your fill of all things mashed, roasted, creamed and gravied. But whether lingering relatives are still staying over or you’re back to cooking for just your immediate family, the question of tonight’s dinner remains, and for this Meatless Monday, something simple and speedy is in order.

Instead of reaching for the nearest takeout menu, try Melissa d’Arabian’s Sesame and Peanut Noodles (pictured above), a top-rated dish that can be on the table in only 20 quick minutes. The secret to this recipe is the sweet and salty balance of flavors in the peanut dressing, featuring a combination of peanut butter, honey and soy sauce, plus a few drops of Sriracha for subtle heat (if you’re cooking for little ones, just scale back on the amount to reduce the level of spiciness). What results is a thick, creamy sauce that coats the pasta and pairs well with the crunchiness of fresh peppers and cabbage. For added texture, finish the dish with chopped peanuts and sesame seeds before serving.

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Alex’s Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2013

Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

These holiday cookies make a beautiful gift, thanks to their pretty presentation. One of the essential steps in Alex’s recipe is creaming the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer for about 5 to 8 minutes. Don’t skimp on time, as the ingredients will get lighter and fluffier as you go. Sandwich the freshly baked cookies with raspberry jam and dust them with powdered sugar.

Get Alex Guarnaschelli’s Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies 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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Save the Dates: Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition

by in Community, Holidays, December 1st, 2013

Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition ScheduleJoin Food Network in the month of December for a series of holiday-themed Facebook chats with Food Network Kitchens. Bring all your cookie, edible gift and entertaining questions, and let the experts help you take the fear factor out of creating a memorable holiday season.

It kicks off with the 12 Days of Cookies chat this Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:30pm/12:30c on Food Network’s Facebook page.

Come back to Food Network’s Facebook page for these additional chats:

  • Edible Gifts: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 2pm/1c
  • Holiday Entertaining: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30pm/12:30c