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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Seafood vs. Italian: Which Restaurant Divided Concept Did You Like Better?

by in Shows, December 5th, 2013

Restaurant DividedIt was father versus son at Michael’s Porthole in Oceanside, N.Y., when Rocco DiSpirito entered the restaurant for the first time. Specializing in seafood, this waterfront eatery was on the brink of closure after a series of devastating accidents and natural tragedies, and while owner Mike Rodonis Sr. was committed to making its fish-focused menu work long-term, his son, Mike Rodonis Jr., who is also the chef at the restaurant, believed that a brand-new Italian concept was needed to jump-start the restaurant’s profitability. Rocco had no choice but to divided the space and pursue both ideas before ultimately determining which offered the greatest opportunity for lasting success.

Working with his Restaurant Divided team, Rocco transformed one half of the interior of Michael’s Porthole into Mike Jr.’s Il Portello, serving Italian-inspired appetizers, and converted the other half into Mike Sr.’s Canal House Grill, a made-over version of the existing restaurant. Rocco helped both guys tweak their menus to be both business-smart and appealing to customers, then the father and son served separate meals to customers and critics alike. After considering both business’ viability and hearing from diners, Rocco announced that the concept of Il Portello is stronger.

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4 Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make This Holiday Season

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 5th, 2013

Classic Apple TartsI love the excitement of the holiday season, and I even crave a bit of the chaos that comes with being pulled in a million directions. Still, I like to keep (most of) my sanity, especially in the kitchen, which I like to consider my own little haven. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make in the holiday kitchen, along with a quick fix for each one.

1. Edible gifts: There’s nothing like getting a tasty homemade gift!
The big mistake: making them at the last minute. One year I decided to make all my neighbors Homemade Apple Tarts (pictured above). Everyone loved them, but they needed to be made and delivered fresh, which meant I was up all night making pie after pie.

The fix: Take a tip from those high-end croissant dough delivery places and give frozen (un)baked goods. My Scones can be whipped up in a flash, flavored according to your preferences, cut into triangles and frozen unbaked. Give them frozen so the recipients can bake them according to their schedule.

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#TBT: Sandra Lee

by in Food Network Chef, December 5th, 2013

Sandra LeeIt’s Thursday, and while that means everyone is just one day away from the weekend, it also means it’s time to throw back — to an earlier period in Food Network’s history. Check back on FN Dish every Thursday to find the latest #tbt of your favorite chefs and get a retro look at their earliest days on TV.

With nearly a decade’s worth of experience on Food Network, Sandra Lee knows the ins and outs of food television and what it takes to be successful on air. She’s managed to find the sweet spot in which she’s not only cooking tried-and-true quality recipes, but doing so in an approachable way that teaches fans and inspires them to get in the kitchen as well.

Sandra has hosted several series on Food Network, and each furthers her commitment to easy, family-friendly recipes that everyday home cooks can tackle. She’s a firm believer in the semi-homemade concept of cooking — the notion that store-bought products can be used alongside fresh ingredients to create home-style dishes — and the idea even inspired one of her first shows, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. Every week she’d introduce dishes like Teriyaki Salmon Strips and 5-Bean Chili that combined simple shortcuts, like prepared teriyaki sauce and chili seasoning mix, respectively, with fresh goods, so that viewers could not only put food on the table quickly, but feel good about what they were serving as well.

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