Get All the Trimmings On Today’s Thanksgiving Live!

by in Holidays, Shows, November 23rd, 2013

Thanksgiving LiveThanksgiving Live! is finally here. Tune in today at 12pm EST to watch Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina cook up their Thanksgiving favorites, all while answering your questions about cooking and serving turkey dinner. Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingLive on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ to ask away. Your questions may be answered on live television. Here’s a rundown of what to look forward to:

Lots and lots of recipes: If you’re looking for the dishes cooked on today’s show, stop by a little later and we’ll have them posted right here.

Behind the scenes snapshots: During the show we’ll also be posting behind-the-scenes photos of what goes on in the kitchen during taping and all the fun that happens during commercial breaks.

The after show: Even though Thanksgiving Live ends at 2pm, that doesn’t mean the turkey talk is over. The conversation continues in our Google+ Hangout. Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina will be joined by Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid; the cast of Food Network’s new show The Kitchen @ Food Network, to talk about turkey leftovers and post-holiday eating. Watch here at 2 pm and ask more of your questions on Google+.

Don’t forget to check out Food Network’s Thanksgiving Central for recipes, menus and entertaining ideas.

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by in Community, November 23rd, 2013


Hoppy Thanksgiving

by in Food Network Magazine, November 22nd, 2013

The Most-Purchased Thanksgiving ItemsPop quiz: What are the top-five grocery items sold during the week of Thanksgiving, excluding turkey? The obvious — milk, eggs and butter — are top-sellers year-round, including Thanksgiving week, but we were surprised that beer came in fifth across the country, beating out canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce. The fourth most popular item? That depends on which side of the country you’re on: East Coasters buy record amounts of cream cheese, while those in the West are big on packaged fried onions.

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Winter Slaw — The Weekender

by in Holidays, November 22nd, 2013

Winter Slaw - The WeekenderIn my family, having a salad on the Thanksgiving table is a controversial issue. My mother, an avowed vegetable enthusiast, lobbies for it every year. My dad is firmly attached to tradition and so had long been entirely opposed to the presence of raw greenery.

He thinks that the menu should remain unchanged and the side dishes should be limited to stuffing, mashed potatoes, pureed winter squash, buttered green beans and a quivering log of canned cranberry jelly. The issue is made harder by the fact that he is the designated holiday cook in our household and so much of the prep falls to him.

In recent years, my mom and I have had some success in convincing my dad of the merits of a hearty autumnal salad as an addition (not a replacement) to the holiday table. He has reluctantly conceded, provided we select a salad that maintains a sense of seasonal integrity.

And so, during the last few years, I’ve dreamed up an array of salads and relish-like concoctions that satisfy a hunger for raw, crunchy things. For this year’s salad, I have my sights set on Tyler Florence’s recipe for Winter Slaw.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know You Need to Know for Thanksgiving

by in Holidays, How-to, November 22nd, 2013

Thanksgiving is less than one week away. You’ve got your essentials covered and your guest list set, but here are 15 things you didn’t know you need to know for Turkey Day.

#1. How to Make a Thanksgiving Stuffing Cake
Yep, that’s just what it sounds like: Stuffing baked in a Bundt pan, iced with mashed potatoes, drizzled with cranberry sauce and garnished with fried onions for an entirely new Thanksgiving side dish experience. Get the recipe and watch Food Network Kitchens show you how it’s done.

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You Can Eat the Apple Core, Really + the Best Burger Buns of 2013

by in Community, News, November 22nd, 2013

ApplesThe Atlantic: Rethink throwing away the core of your next apple. News is that it’s perfectly fine to eat.

The Salt: Not just for brewing that morning cup of joe anymore, you can steam, poach and grill with your coffeemaker. A retired photographer in Oregon creates and sends recipes for home-cooked coffeemaker meals to her nephew deployed in Afghanistan.

BurgerBusiness: For burger enthusiasts, 2013 was the year of the bun. Here’s a recap of this year’s craziest trends, including the infamous ramen burger.

Slate: Is Nebraska the new foodie destination? For a truly authentic farm-to-table experience, the Cornhusker State may be the next spot to check out.

Eatocracy: Find out why you shouldn’t panic about the Butterball shortage.

What to Watch: Trisha Cooks with Kelly Clarkson, Thanksgiving Live and Square Dancing on Farmhouse Rules

by in Shows, November 22nd, 2013

Trisha and KellyThis weekend, Food Network has all the fun, starting in the kitchen. On Saturday morning, watch as Kelly Clarkson stops by from her busy tour to cook — and sing — with Trisha. Then tune in to Food Network’s yearly tradition, Thanksgiving Live! Ina, Alton, Bobby and Giada will be on call, live, answering viewers’ questions while cooking up a holiday dinner. Then in the evening watch a special aquarium-themed episode of Cupcake Wars.

On Sunday Morning, Guy plans an Indian menu for his family inspired by tandoori-style cooking. Then Damaris shows a soldier how to cook a special meal for his wife. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller hosts a square dance in her barn with local food to feed her neighborhood friends. And finally in the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games and Restaurant Express.

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BBQ vs. Chops: Which Restaurant Divided Concept Did You Like Better?

by in Shows, November 21st, 2013

Restaurant DividedFor Phil and Robin Schmidt, the struggling business at Phamous Phil’s BBQ & Grille didn’t just lead to an inability to pay bills; it created a significant amount of tension in their marriage as well. These husband-and-wife owners run the nearly four-year-old eatery in Collegeville, Pa., but after accruing $140,000 of debt, they decided to welcome Rocco DiSpirito and his Restaurant Divided team to the restaurant in the hopes of jump-starting profitability once and for all. They both realized the need for change, although Robin’s idea for pursuing a chop house concept in place of the barbecue menu didn’t appeal to Phil, who was committed to his smoky offerings.

Before Rocco could attempt to salvage Phamous Phil’s, and ultimately Phil and Robin’s marriage, he divided it, separating the space into two restaurants — a made-over Phamous Phil’s run by Phil himself and Robin’s Chop Shop, complete with mahogany-clad walls — for only one night of service. He worked with both teams to create deliciously approachable menus, and when the eateries opened to local diners and critics alike, both Phil and Robin managed to dish out crowd-pleasing plates. After examining the restaurants’ likelihoods of success, he ultimately reopened the business as Phamous Phil’s, as it offered the greatest opportunity for lasting viability.

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