Baked Artichoke Dip, Lightened Up

by , December 8th, 2013

artichoke dip
Traditional artichoke dip is delicious, but the calories and fat lurking in every bite may surprise you: 1/4 cup has 200 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. That’s without crackers or chips (and assuming anyone stops at 1/4 cup!). Most reci...

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Bobby’s Blondies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2013

Bobby's Blondies
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

Bobby’s bar cookies don’t require multiple batches in the oven; they’re baked all in one butter-and-parchment-lined baking pan. Starting with a classic blondie base, Bobby then adds milk-chocolate chips, toffee chips and toasted almonds. The butterscotch and molasses flavors from the light and dark brown sugars plus the toffee chips contrast well with the chocolate and nuts. Be careful not to overmix your batter, in order to avoid a tough blondie.

Get Bobby Flay’s Blondies 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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WATCH: Make Macaroni and Cheese in a Rice Cooker

by in How-to, December 7th, 2013

Double-duty gadgets are a favorite on FN Dish, and rice cookers are just that. Newsflash: you can make more than rice in a rice cooker. Click play on the video above to watch Jonathan from Food Network Kitchens easily make the ultimate comfort food: macaroni and cheese.

What do you make in your rice cooker (besides rice)? Tell FN Dish in the comments below.

Watch the Top 4 Missions with a Cause on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 7th, 2013

Each business Robert Irvine visits on Restaurant: Impossible is worthy of his time and resources in the hopes of giving it a second chance at lasting profitability. But every once in a while he’s met with a mission that’s of particular importance — a challenge with especially high stakes and a meaningful cause on the line.

These special missions require not only Robert’s signature focus and commitment to success, but often additional support and an expanded team as well. While this often comes in the form of an increased budget and more time to work, it also includes the contribution of countless volunteers, including celebrity chefs and local neighbors alike. In the past on these special episodes, Robert’s received his list of tasks from none other than the First Lady of the United States, and he’s welcomed back his Dinner: Impossible crew, plus friend Chef Michael Chiarello, to help him complete the tests on time.

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

by , December 7th, 2013

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Ask any gluten-free chef or home cook about baking and the response is unanimous: Creating delicious treats without gluten is tricky.

The “stretch” in wheat gluten is what gives most baked goods the qualities we love — tenderness, ...

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Melissa’s Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 2013

Melissa's Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread
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

Melissa’s easy cookies make use of pantry staples like sugar, flour and chocolate chips but get a savory kick from dried rosemary. The result is a flaky, buttery cookie that’s not too sweet. At just a few dollars for the entire batch, they’re an inexpensive holiday treat.

Get Melissa d’Arabian’s Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread 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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Hot and Sticky Noodle Bowls — The Weekender

by in Recipes, December 6th, 2013

Hot and Sticky Noodle Bowls - The WeekenderWe are now officially in the time of year known as “the holiday season.” You can tell it has arrived by the uptick in events on your social calendar and ever-present cookies and treats in the office break room.

During these last few weeks of the calendar year, it can be increasingly hard to do things like get to the gym regularly and ensure that you’re having healthy, homemade dinners. I can’t help you with the gym issue, but I do have a suggestion as to how to get a meal on the table in the midst of the weeknight holiday rush.

Steal a couple of hours on Sunday and prep a couple make-ahead meals. If all you have to do on Tuesday is boil some water and reheat some vegetables, you’re far more likely to resist the siren call of takeout.

One of my favorite make-ahead meals is the Hot and Sticky Noodle Bowls from Rachael Ray’s show Week in a Day. You season and cook some chicken and vegetables, then cool them and stash them in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, just cook some spaghetti noodles, reheat the chicken mix and toss it all together. Truly, it’s easier than ordering pizza and should become part of your Weekender routine.

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What to Watch: Christmas Brunches and a Special Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 6th, 2013

Trisha YearwoodThis weekend on Food Network, the holiday parties are in full swing. On Saturday, watch Ree host a Christmas cocktail party for her friends and family. Then Trisha invites her band over for a special brunch, complete with a jam session. Later, Giada throws a Christmas brunch with the help of her aunt Raffy. In the evening, watch a special comedy-themed episode of Cupcake Wars.

Start off Sunday morning with a feast from Guy as he prepares grilled swordfish for a holiday meal, complete with healthy and seasonal sides. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy and her husband are celebrating their wedding anniversary and he’s planned a surprise hot air balloon ride. In the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games and Restaurant Express, followed by a special holiday edition of Restaurant: Impossible where Robert gives back to the hurricane-torn Jersey Shore.

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How To Build A Healthy Mocktail

by , December 6th, 2013

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Build a healthy mocktail using these simple guidelines, and let everyone join in on the holiday cheer.

The Base
Even minus the alcohol, virgin drinks can get heavy on calories and sugar, so it’s important to choose ingredients wisely.

Juice: M...

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Alton’s Toasty Coconut Macaroons — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2013

Alton's Toasty Coconut Macaroons
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

Requiring just five ingredients and 20 minutes’ of prep time, Alton’s macaroons are a quick cookie fix. Toast sweetened shredded coconut until golden before folding it into whipped egg whites, sugar and vanilla. These cookies bake into golden-brown bites, but their insides stay nice and moist.

Get Alton Brown’s Toasty Coconut Macaroons 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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