No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 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.

Celebrate classic holiday fruits and nuts with Food Network Kitchen’s buttery toffee balls, in which dates, walnuts and orange zest find new expression. Inspired by the traditional British dessert sticky toffee pudding, these easy no-bake treats require just 15 minutes of preparation, and a little help from your food processor and refrigerator. Once they’re chilled, coat the toffee balls in red and green sanding sugar — or roll them in confectioners’ sugar combined with a large pinch of ground cinnamon for a more understated yet equally festive presentation.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls 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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Food Network Chefs Share Their Favorite Christmas Cookies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 4th, 2015

Giada De LaurentiisIf Valentine’s Day is for chocolate, Halloween for candy and Thanksgiving for turkey, then Christmas may be for cookies. Just as you likely wait all year to dig into Mom’s famous peppermint spritz or your own special recipe for chocolate-cherry chunkies, your favorite chefs, too, are indulging in their holiday cooking cravings come December. FN Dish checked in with stars like Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee and Michael Symon to find out which cookies are their favorites — click the photos above or below to hear what they had to say.

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5 Ways to School Your Kids’ Class Holiday Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2015

Holiday Roll-UpsWhen you’re a kid and holiday break is on the horizon, December is a time of cheer no matter what holiday you celebrate. If your kids’ class is celebrating the end of 2015 with treats galore, here are some take-to-school ideas that will make their holiday party extra-festive this winter.

Add Some Cheer to Lunchtime

If your kids’ winter party takes place around lunchtime, use this midday meal as an unexpected way to celebrate the season. Ree Drummond’s easy-to-make, understated Holiday Roll-Ups (pictured above) don’t call for any ingredients you wouldn’t normally pack in your kids’ lunch. Filled with a blend of cream cheese, ranch dressing mix and black pepper, these tortilla pinwheels get their festive colors (and crunch) from diced red and green peppers. The best part? They can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until it’s time to eat.

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Spread Holiday Cheer with These 7 Edible Homemade Gifts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2015

Quick and Easy Peppermint FudgeWe’ve all been there: You can’t seem to track down the perfect gifts for those last few people on your holiday shopping list, so you do the inevitable and resort to a series of gift cards. Are they still thoughtful gifts? Absolutely. But perhaps they’re just not ideal for the holidays, right? This year, skip the hours spent combing the aisles for that just-right present and ditch the gift-card game once and for all; what your friends and family will surely appreciate is an edible homemade gift full of holiday cheer. No matter whom you’re shopping for — the chocoholics, the caramel mavens, the drink connoisseur — there’s indeed a treat for everyone on your “nice” list in this ultimate collection of edible delights.

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge
It takes only a few pantry ingredients to make The Pioneer Woman’s fuss-free fudge, which she sprinkles with crushed peppermint candies for flavor and seasonal flair.

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What to Watch: Duff Goldman on The Kitchen, and Christmas at Bobby’s

by in Shows, December 4th, 2015

nullHoliday prep is in full swing, and this weekend all of your favorite chefs have new ways to make the season more enjoyable than ever. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is making lots of different Christmas goodies to give away as gifts. After that, Nancy Fuller is hosting Christmas Eve and serving Crown Roast of Pork with Chestnut Sausage Stuffing and after-dinner Ice Cream Eggnog for the adults. Next, Duff Goldman stops by The Kitchen to demonstrate how to become a pro at making gingerbread cookies. Then, Patricia Heaton is whipping up Shepherd’s Pie and Popovers with Roast Beef and Horseradish, followed by Valerie Bertinelli hosting a holiday buffet stocked with Lasagna alla Besciamella and a very special cocktail.

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Marcela Valladolid’s White Chocolate-Apricot-Oatmeal Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 4th, 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.

Marcela Valladolid puts a seasonal twist on oatmeal cookies by swapping classic raisins for two ingredients you’ll find in abundance in the baking aisle at this time of year: white chocolate chips and dried apricots. “My mom loved white chocolate and apricots, so I decided to develop a recipe for the holidays that reminded me of her when she passed. It is one of those recipes that is very comforting,” says The Kitchen co-host. Laced with cinnamon and brown sugar, these cookies are sure to be a hit — especially with guests who prefer a subtle cookie to a heavily frosted concoction.

Get Marcela’s White Chocolate-Apricot-Oatmeal 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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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Facing Fears at Cape Horn Family Restaurant

by in Shows, December 3rd, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleThough Joni Kauffman, the owner of Cape Horn Family Restaurant, did not know that Robert Irvine was about to ambush her, her husband, Barry, was indeed aware of the surprise. Barry reached out to Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team for help to rescue the failing Red Lion, Pa., eatery. With the help of some revealing hidden cameras staged around Joni’s business, Robert was able to see that perhaps the greatest problem plaguing Cape Horn was in fact Joni herself. He ultimately worked with her to improve her management skills and help her realize what she needed to do to guarantee both her personal and professional success. Read on below to hear from Joni to find out how her business is faring a few months after its Restaurant: Impossible transformation.

“Robert Irvine has taught me so much in such a short time,” Joni explains of Robert’s impact on her. “I have come to realize that I cannot and will not let my staff disrespect me or my expectations of them.”

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The Hottest Thing in Cocktails? Room-Temperature Drinks

by in Drinks, News, December 3rd, 2015

The Hottest Thing in Cocktails? Room-Temperature DrinksThe trend pendulum swings — first toward one extreme, and then toward the other. At least that’s true when it comes to what’s cool in cocktails.

One minute bar culture is all about fancy ice cubes — “premium ice,” they call it. “As with diamonds, cocktail ice is judged by its clarity, density, size and cut, all of which add to the quality and aesthetics of the experience,” Christopher Jones wrote a few months ago in a Wired.com piece looking at the “obsessive world of artisanal cocktail ice.”

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Have Yourself a Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie — Holiday Baking Championship [INFOGRAPHIC]

by in Holidays, Shows, December 3rd, 2015

Have Yourself a Perfect Chocolate Chip CookieCheck out this step-by-step guide to learn how to make the best chocolate chip cookies.

Spike It: Boozy Eggnog Sugar Cookie Shake

by in Drinks, Holidays, December 3rd, 2015

Spike It: Boozy Eggnog Sugar Cookie ShakeAny other eggnog fans out there? The creamy texture and interesting flavor tend to leave people either loving or loathing the holiday beverage. But! I happen to fall on the eggnog-lover side of things. Shocking, I know. My adoration for the drink goes so, so far back. Every Christmas my gram used to make her annual trip to our home with her infamous pumpkin rolls and loaves of fruitcake delicately bagged and tucked in her luggage. The day Gram came was one I looked forward to … basically from the day she boarded her flight back home.

According to my sweet gram, any and all desserts during the month of December could not be consumed without a glass of eggnog. My perfect equation was a thick slice of pumpkin roll and a cup of eggnog with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. This was quintessentially holiday season for me. Occasionally, I’d swap out one of her perfect sugar cookies and dip it in the nog.

Now here I am, many years later, continuing Gram’s tradition of enjoying my holiday treats with a glass of eggnog. What’s even better: making a boozy holiday dessert cocktail with it. Take your favorite eggnog, blend with some sugar cookies (I used this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite!) and bourbon. I think my gram would be awfully proud.

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