How to Make a Batch of Festive Crackers

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, December 21st, 2013

How to Make a Batch of Festive CrackersUse your holiday cookie cutters to make fun tree-shaped crackers: Just punch out shapes from wonton wrappers (usually found in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle). Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with pesto and season with salt; bake at 350 degrees F until golden around the edges, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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On the Road: Best Holiday Dishes

by in Holidays, Restaurants, December 21st, 2013

On the Road: Best Holiday DishesWith family and friends spread far across the country, you’re likely to spend a lot of time on the road visiting this month. While en route, embrace the busy travel season with these Food Network-approved restaurant dishes that will guarantee you a happy holiday road trip. We’ve rounded up the top festive spots to find eggnog, gingerbread and yule logs galore, stretching all the way from the East Coast to snowy Alaska. Here are a few highlights to get your merry eating season started.

Ronnybrook Farm — Ancramdale, N.Y.
Sugarplums may be the traditional dancing vision this time of year, but Alex Guarnaschelli always dreams of rich eggnog instead. Her favorite kind hails from Ronnybrook, where the creamy classic is made with whole milk and heavy cream, and it’s spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Alex suggests adding a splash of bourbon to Ronnybrook’s glass bottle of ‘nog for an extra-cozy holiday sip.

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Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Crisps, a Healthy Snack for Kids

by in Family, December 20th, 2013

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Crisps‘Tis the season for snacking, and this recipe combines two of my favorite elements: It’s pretty healthy and the kids can help. All you need is a pack of whole-wheat pitas, olive oil and cinnamon sugar. I like to make my cinnamon sugar with a ratio of 2:1, sugar to cinnamon, which is a little less sweet than most. Slice the pitas, brush them with oil and sprinkle away — do it again on the other side and pop the whole pan into an oven at 400 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. My preschooler made these herself, then told her dad the step-by-step instructions the moment he got home from work (you know, while he was trying to get his suit jacket off, set his bag down and avoid stepping on the baby’s toys that somehow got scattered across the kitchen floor). The crisps are a huge hit here, and I hope they will be for you too.

The Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Christmas Cookies — The Weekender

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 20th, 2013

The Pioneer Woman's Favorite Christmas CookiesWhen my sister and I were young, we had a standing Christmas- cookie-decoration date with a family friend. Eleanor’s kids were grown, but she loved mixing up several batches of dough (some colored red and green with food-safe dye), pulling out the cookie cutters, and helping us make and bake fancy tray after tray of cookies.

I looked forward to that afternoon in Eleanor’s kitchen every year. Even after I got too old for the annual cookie party, I thought about it fondly (and dreamed about her delicious, buttery cookies).

When December rolled around this year, I found myself craving the experience of making and decorating holiday sugar cookies. I used to have a copy of Eleanor’s recipe, but no matter how much I looked, I couldn’t put my hands on it. And so I went looking for options and found The Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Christmas Cookies.

It uses vegetable shortening in place of butter and adds a little bit of orange zest to the dough, but otherwise seems very close to the recipe I once knew. And truly, it’s a delightful dough to work with. It comes together quickly, rolls out beautifully and holds its shape nicely while baking. If you’re still in the midst of your holiday baking, stir together a batch of this dough and cut out some cookies for your Weekender!

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Get an Exclusive First Look at the Season 3 Premiere of Rachael vs. Guy on iTunes

by in Shows, December 20th, 2013

RvGRachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off fans, here’s your chance to see the first episode before it hits TV. You can get an early look at the Season 3 premiere on iTunes before it airs on Food Network. Plus you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of the entire season and bonus scenes that haven’t been seen before. Just visit starting today to get the exclusive early preview. And stay tuned for the rest of the season on Food Network, starting with the premiere on Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c.

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Tips for Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

by , December 20th, 2013

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Wheat flours are an obvious no-no for gluten-free baking, but gluten is also commonly found in other baking staples like some brands of oats, as well as candies and leavening agents, so it’s important to read labels carefully. It’s also ...

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What to Watch: Trisha’s Birthday Party and a Weekend with the Grandkids on Farmhouse Rules

by in Shows, December 20th, 2013

Trisha and BethStart your Food Network Saturday off with a joint birthday party for Trisha and her sister on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. The ladies head to the bowling lanes for some fun. Then in the evening, watch an all-new episode of On the Rocks, where host John Green helps revive a failing establishment. On Sunday morning, Rachael Ray has a week’s worth of meals to show you — and it’s all about layered recipes. Later, Nancy Fuller gets together with her grandkids for a weekend full of fun and treats. And in the evening, catch a brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen for more sabotages, including a chef having to wear a certain kitchen utensil.

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Homemade Pop-Tarts

by in Holidays, December 19th, 2013

How to Make Homemade Pop TartsBrown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts, my first taste of baked perfection.

I still remember those Saturday mornings and the faint scent of cinnamon drifting into my bedroom, waking me out of a deep sleep – the delicious smell of pastry being caramelized and the exotic scent of spice.

My mom, a die-hard coffee cake eater, would, on occasion, crave the breakfast treat of my generation. Sneaking into the kitchen before the sun came up, my mom would drop a Pop-Tart into the toaster and – voila! – fresh-“baked” perfection.

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No-Brainer Holiday Sides — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, December 19th, 2013

Christmas Stuffing with BaconTying bows on those last few holiday gifts (or – who are we kidding? – the first few) can be stressful enough as we near closer and closer to Christmas. Luckily, there’s one thing you can be sure about by the time you finish reading: your roster of holiday sides. As we start the final countdown to December 25, use this recipe roundup to brainstorm comforting, seasonal side dishes for your family’s festive holiday dinner.

We won’t argue with you – traditional mashed potatoes are a holiday mainstay. But for something a bit different, Anne Burrell’s Chestnut-Potato Puree for Food Network Magazine comes along with a nutty finish. They may not be roasted on an open fire, but cooking the chestnuts with the potatoes allows for the nuts’ innate sweetness to shine through. Or, switch out potatoes for Sunny’s Holiday Parsnip Puree, which hits the table with a sharper aftertaste and a pinch of nutmeg.

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25 Holiday Potluck Dishes

by , December 19th, 2013

Attending a potluck dinner for the holidays? Whether you’re driving or flying, these easy, healthy dishes are worth bringing along.

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The most important decision is to choose a dish that totes well. Dishes that easily spill or get soggy c...

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