Vegetable Noodle Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Vegetable Noodle SoupWhile some soups require hours of slow simmering to achieve their best flavor, it’s indeed possible to turn out the best results in a hurry — think just 30 quick minutes. Food Network Kitchen’s Vegetable Noodle Soup, a fan-favorite recipe with a 5-star rating, comes together quickly once you’ve prepped the veggies and added them to the pot, since the noodles are cooked right in the broth as it boils. To finish, brighten up the soup with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice for satisfying results.

While this recipe is speedy enough to make and take for lunch, Food Network Kitchen notes that you can also freeze it for later. “Freeze any leftovers or make a double batch to have plenty on hand,” the chefs in the Food Network Kitchen explain. They add, “You can stir in some cooked chicken or mini-meatballs, if desired, for another meal,” so keep it on hand for when you’re not celebrating Meatless Monday too.

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All the Sweet Treats You Need to Indulge In This Holiday Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry SauceAs you shuttle from at-work celebrations to cocktail parties and host casual family gatherings and the elegant Christmas Eve feast alike, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite fare during the holidays. But perhaps the best, most-decadent dishes come not from the savory buffet, but rather from the dessert table, in the form of decadent cakes, cookies, trifles and fudge. Check out Food Network’s favorite holiday desserts below, each a wow-worthy pick sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry Sauce
Bobby Flay celebrates the beloved flavor combo of gingerbread and lemon in his layered trifle, featuring a crimson-colored blackberry sauce, which he whirls in the blender for smooth results. Follow Bobby’s lead and save time in the kitchen by opting for store-bought lemon curd; it brightens up the fluffy whipped cream layers in his big-batch dessert.

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Geoffrey Zakarian’s Hermit Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 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.

Crispy yet chewy, chocolatey yet spicy, Geoffrey Zakarian‘s Hermit Cookies are everything you could possibly want from a holiday treat, and the simple vanilla glaze adds a pretty touch. You can pipe the glaze in a simple zigzag pattern — or get inspired by festive holiday imagery (pine trees, anyone?). “This is my favorite holiday cookie, because it blends two of my favorite cookies,” says The Kitchen co-host. “Soft chocolate chip cookies and spicy gingerbread — the best of both worlds.” Although, if you’re a hardcore gingerbread fan, we suppose you could skip the chips altogether.

Get Geoffrey’s Hermit 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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“Are You Making This Up?” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, December 6th, 2015

Englishman Simon Majumdar is likely acquainted with bangers and mash, the Round 2 dish on tonight’s new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. But he wasn’t familiar with the concept of a Round 1 sabotage — double dutch jump rope — that put a punny twist on Dutch baby pancakes, as host Alton Brown revealed on the After-Show. Alton explained that the goal of the game was for two people to jump rope in tandem, and Simon couldn’t help but wonder, “Are you making this up?” The host assured him that such a game was indeed “a major pastime,” and Alton and Simon went on to don the joint double dutch table sabotage, on which they had to whisk egg whites while simultaneously jumping.

Despite his first few missed attempts to successfully jump the rope, Simon admitted, “I’m getting there.” Both he and Alton were forced to whisk vigorously as they were whipping their egg whites by hand, and Alton explained one minor impediment to a quicker process: “I didn’t add any cream of tartar to this,” Alton said. “Cream of tartar, of course, helps you when you’re beating eggs like this because the acid breaks down some of the bonds so that you can form brand-new ones.” As both Simon and Alton held on to their tools and jumped with each call of “double Dutch baby” from the Bobs, Simon said simply, “I’m exhausted.”

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10 Things I Ate About You: Birmingham, Ala.

by in Restaurants, December 6th, 2015

Satellite

10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

Birmingham, Ala., has many nicknames — Steel City, The ’Ham, B’ham — but for a city with a lot of culinary tricks up its sleeve, the one that may be most fitting is The Magic City. In its early days, the magic referred to the city’s rapid growth, but today it is a symbol of all that new and homegrown talents are doing to pay tribute to Birmingham’s food traditions.

Brown Butter Old-Fashioned Doughnut at Satellite Coffee Bar
Local music venue Saturn’s Satellite Bar is pre-show cocktail scene by night, coffee house by day. The coffee goes quite well with cake doughnuts from local startup We Have Doughnuts. The Brown Butter Old-Fashioned is a real-deal, old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut fried to perfection and then topped with a rich brown-butter glaze, resulting in a doughnut that tastes somewhere between caramel and butterscotch. Start by breaking off the craggy petals of the outer ring, one by one, until you reach the soft inner ring within. Pop by on the first and second Sunday of each month for the bonus of Satellite’s choose-your-own-adventure cereal bar, featuring 40-plus types of cereal and classic cartoons on TV. Read more

Quickest Mac and Cheese — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 6th, 2015

Quickest Mac and CheeseWhen you’re strapped for time on the busiest of weeknights, juggling not only your own to-do list but also that of your kids, it can seem nearly impossible to get dinner on the table in the little time you have to devote to it. But this week’s Pin of the Week is here to save supper. Ready to eat in only 10 minutes, this creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese comes together with just a handful of ingredients and boasts three kinds of indulgent cheeses — cream cheese, cheddar and American — for over-the-top richness.

For more hearty recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Quickest Mac and Cheese

8 Ways to Win Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2015

With Christmas lights, Santa mall stations and red coffee-shop cups appearing before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah often gets overlooked, even though it starts tonight, three weeks before December 25. Here are eight ways to show some love for the Festival of Lights — one for each crazy night.  Read more

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 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.

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don’t have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look. For the crinkled effect, simply roll hand-formed balls of chocolate cookie dough in confectioners’ sugar until each ball is generously coated. Adding espresso powder complements (and heightens) the chocolate flavor — it’s subtle, but totally worth it. And since almonds are a classic ingredient in Italian baking, try spiking the batter with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Crinkle 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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Chefs’ Picks: Chicago Burgers

by in Restaurants, December 5th, 2015

Edzo'sChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chicago gets a lot of love for its pizza, but Chicagoans also love their burgers — charred or griddled, with classic or creative toppings. Here are some of the pros’ favorite places to get one. Read more

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2015

Good friends, fresh baked goods and a few generous mugs of (possibly spiked) hot chocolate: That’s what a holiday cookie swap is all about. If you’re hosting this year, it’s time to choose your recipes, check your pantry (ditching old spices and other baking staples that have been collecting dust at the back of your shelves), and head to the store for missing ingredients. Remember to stock up on treat bags or roomy covered containers; that way, everyone can go home with a few edible mementos.

Guests are generally expected to bring one batch of cookies. (Or you might ask guests to bring two or three batches, depending on the size of the swap.) When hosting, it’s wise to bake two or three different varieties, and remember to take food allergies into account. Choose two familiar, tried-and-true recipes, like classic sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. (That way you won’t stress over making errors and can focus on beverages and decor too.) The third cookie should be super-seasonal and more of a challenge. You can make one recipe the day of, but make the other recipes a day in advance — whatever works best with your schedule. Here are a few of our most sought-after holiday cookies to get you started.

Cookie #1: Classic Sugar
Food Network Kitchen’s Soft Sugar Cookies (pictured at top) are the classic sugar cookies you could roll out in your sleep — except they might be more tender than you’re used to, thanks to an extra egg in the dough. Before baking, roll the dough in red and green sanding sugar. The cookies will bake up in just 20 minutes. Check out more of our festive takes on sugar cookies here.

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