12 Days of Cookies: The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 2nd, 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.

Here’s proof that gingerbread can be comforting and surprising. Our new twist on the classic has everything you love in traditional gingerbread: molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and (of course) ginger. But we’ve also added some cayenne and black pepper to give the cookie a little extra bite. The lingering heat is unexpected but pleasant — expect your platter to empty fast.

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How to Elevate Every Dish, Even Humble Potato Dumplings

by in Books, December 1st, 2016

Potato DumplingsIf you’re a dedicated home cook, the hunger to learn and improve your skills can be as insatiable as the hunger to eat incredible food. If you find yourself in the position of being competent in the kitchen but at a loss for how to take your home cooking to the next level, Naomi Pomeroy’s new book, Taste and Technique, is the cookbook you’ve been waiting for.

“There are three major differences between a great home cook and a good home cook,” Pomeroy told us. “A great home cook gets themselves organized ahead of time, and does as much prep as possible in advance. Great home cooks also taste all of the things they are making for balance. The last thing that really sets a great cook apart, of course, is practice.”

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What to Watch: Holiday Baking, Christmas Competitions and Warming Winter Recipes

by in Shows, December 1st, 2016

Gingerbread Cookies
Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just getting started, and this December Food Network is joining the celebration with a new batch of holiday competitions and comforting recipes from your favorite chefs.

Starting this weekend, tune in to catch brand-new recipes from Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis and Valerie Bertinelli that are perfect for hosting a holiday dinner party. Then Bobby Flay is using holiday leftovers to make the ultimate day-after-Christmas brunch. If sweet treats are your favorite part of the season, you’ll want to watch Trisha Yearwood as she shares her best recipes including Gingerbread Cookies (pictured), Caramel Candy and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies.

It wouldn’t be the holidays without plenty of baked goods, and this holiday season Cake Wars is all about Christmas, challenging bakers to create elaborate confections based on classic Christmas characters. There are also brand-new episodes of Holiday Baking Championship, and holiday-themed episodes of your favorite competition shows, like Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cooks vs. Cons. Head over to Food Network’s Holiday Central for more details on holiday premieres, recipes and more.

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Easy, Cheesy Appetizers Your Holiday Guests Will Hover Around

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2016

Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese WellingtonSome people like receiving gifts. Others? They’d be quite pleased with one thing and one thing only: cheese — lots and lots of cheese. When family and friends converge at your place this holiday season, these are the cheesy appetizers you should greet them with.

Think of Melissa d’Arabian’s Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington (pictured above) as a cross between baked Brie en croute and a cream cheese log. After covering a bar of cream cheese in ranch dressing, chopped bacon and green onions, wrap it up in store-bought puff pastry and bake. It’s a flaky, oozing appetizer that’s elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too.

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12 Days of Cookies: Sunny Anderson’s Raspberry and Oatmeal Lattice Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 1st, 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.

If you’re a baking fiend, you’ve likely tried creating a favorite restaurant treat at home. Sunny Anderson totally gets you: “These are my favorite cookies to order at a place called Crave in Sherman Oaks, California,” she says. “I love nothing more than figuring out how to make something at home that I can’t always get.”

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4 Food-Origin Tidbits to Dish Out at Parties

by in News, November 30th, 2016

4 Food-Origin Tidbits to Dish Out at PartiesYour favorite foods always please you — that’s why they’re your faves. But who knew they could also surprise you? A video posted online by the network Great Big Story fills us all in on the unexpected origins of six disparate yet equally beloved foods.

Here are four takeaways from the video to trot out and impress the people you’re stuck making small talk with at all those holiday parties you’re apt to find yourself at this season.

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Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Only Orange Foods for 24 Hours

by in Behind the Scenes, Community, November 30th, 2016

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Only Orange Foods for 24 HoursIn many ways, fall is all about orange. Between society’s perpetual obsession with all things Halloween and the endless supply of festive autumnal vegetables, you can’t turn a single corner without spotting the color.

In an attempt to fully embrace the fall spirit, I decided to eat only orange foods for one full day. When I first accepted this challenge, I feared what my body may go through. I pictured myself loading up on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and aggressively squirting Easy Cheese into my mouth (no shame). And before my short-lived diet even started I was already resenting it. But I made a commitment, and without my good word, I was nothing. I strapped on my booties, put my big girl pants on and trekked all the way to my local grocery store to purchase the goods. And truly, the orange options were endless.

Butternut squash. Sweet Potatoes. Peppers. Pumpkins. Oranges. Apricots. Cantaloupe. Carrots. Peaches. Persimmons. Mangoes. Nectarines. Orange tomatoes. Tangerines. Goldfish. Cheez-It crackers. Cheese puffs. Cheez Doodles. Cheese. Cheese. A lot more cheese. The world was my oyster.

Of course, oysters were off the table.

I moseyed my way through each aisle, deciding to fully embrace the orange life and dive into the challenge head-on. To my surprise, locating orange food was anything but difficult. Finding the right produce to make well-balanced, home-cooked meals on the other hand was much more challenging. I definitely wasn’t in the mood to eat mostly raw vegetables for an entire day; I’m simply not interested in a lifestyle that healthy.

Eating orange was not so bad compared to some of the extremely questionable diets I’ve been subjected to during my 22 years on Earth. In sixth grade I attempted an all-celery diet, which I told myself was a thing, but it definitely was not. I somehow made it through “breakfast” that day, had an emotional breakdown before noon, then binged on an entire box of Mallomars for lunch just to calm myself down.

It’s shocking I was overweight.

Anyway, here’s how I pulled off eating only orange foods for a day.

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3 of a Kind: Savory Beignets

by in Restaurants, November 30th, 2016

Sweet Potato Beignets at République
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Few can resist the siren call of sizzling fried dough, whether it comes in the shape of a fritter, a doughnut or some other old-school treat. One such confection that has received renewed attention in recent years is the beignet, which is essentially the French version of a fritter. Pastry chefs are tweaking the traditional recipe in ingenious ways to transform the sugary snack into something more akin to a salty appetizer. Here are a few spots serving savory beignets. Read more

Familiar Food Network Faces Among People’s Sexiest Chefs Alive

by in Food Network Chef, News, November 29th, 2016

Franco NoriegaBeing handy in the kitchen is a deeply attractive quality — the way to the heart is through the stomach and all that. So we probably didn’t need People magazine to tell us that a man who cooks is sexy. Still, it’s nice to see the chefs honored in the publication’s “sexiest man alive 2016” package get some deserved recognition for heating up the kitchen without firing up the stove.

Several friends of Food Network made People’s list, including Franco Noriega (pictured above), a former underwear model and New York restaurateur (the Lower East Side Peruvian chicken spot Baby Brasa). And while the magazine celebrates him for his “ripped” abs and “drool”-worthy Instagram snaps, we’re equally as likely to drool over the Peruvian-style chicken recipe he recently shared on The Kitchen.

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Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your Grapefruit

by in News, November 29th, 2016

Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your GrapefruitMany of us consider grapefruit’s natural granular mate to be sugar. But it seems generations of Americans were more inclined to pair their grapefruit with another easy-to-sprinkle crystal: salt.

In fact, in a post on NPR’s The Salt blog (which is not, of course, a blog only about salt), science historian Nadia Berenstein dubs grapefruit and salt an “unlikely power couple,” noting that during much of the 20th century marketers linked the two, claiming the latter was capable of making the former taste sweeter.

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