What to Watch: Holiday Episodes of Cupcake Wars and Sweet Genius

by in Shows, December 5th, 2012

Sweet Genius Holiday SpecialGet your sweet tooth on with new holiday episodes of Cupcake Wars and Sweet Genius, premiering this Thursday.

Cupcake Wars: Cupcakes on Parade

Four bakers compete for the opportunity to serve their cupcake creations at a VIP party for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade in Chicago.

Tune in: Thursday, December 6 at 8pm/7c

Get in the spirit with Sweet Genius, too

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The Next Iron Chef Pantry Cook-Off Challenge Winner Is …

by in Shows, December 5th, 2012

Pantry ChallengeIs it possible to make something delicious from a can of food? Last week FN Dish editors challenged you to a pantry cook-off to find out what dish you would make out of ordinary canned foods. It was a challenge inspired by Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef, where the chefs had to transform a chosen canned food into something worth plating for the judges. In the end, most of the chefs were successful in the challenge, even those who chose cans labeled with question marks. But what can the average person at home create with canned foods? You voted for the ingredient you would choose to cook with and then told us the dish you would make.

Find out which ingredient was your top choice and who won the challenge

Enter for a Chance to Win the Food for the Southern Soul Pantry Gift Box

by in Contests, December 5th, 2012

Food for the Southern Soul GiveawayThe Food for the Southern Soul Pantry Gift Box is the perfect starter kit for all things Southern cooking. Featuring vegetable soup, pickled okra, stone ground grits and barbecue mustard sauce, this box will give you a true taste of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

You can buy your own box here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us your favorite Southern dish in the comments. We’re giving away pantry gift boxes to two lucky, randomly selected commenters.

Read official rules before entering

5 Light Squash Recipes — Fall Fest

by in In Season, December 5th, 2012

Slow-Cooker Squash Stew
fall festAfter the endless pies and casseroles of Thanksgiving, think about giving yourself a quasi cleanse before the holidays — all the while incorporating seasonal favorites. This week, we’re all about winter squash. And lucky for us, the winter squash category includes some of the most popular ones, like butternut, acorn and kabocha. It turns out that squash is low-cal on its own and these recipes don’t contain a trace of butter or cream.

Food Network Magazine’s Spiced Squash With Yogurt Dressing boasts spiced, roasted kabocha squash drizzled with a low-fat yogurt sauce and pomegranate seeds.

Slow cookers are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping things balanced without forsaking flavor. Food Network Magazine’s Slow-Cooker Squash Stew (pictured above) comprises butternut squash, chickpeas and Swiss chard. That sprinkle of Parmesan, however, is up to you.

For a fresh take on fall produce, look to Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Food Network Magazine, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette. In between bites of butternut squash come juicy tangerines, dried cranberries and spinach. Ina Garten’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Warm Cider Vinaigrette blends apple cider and cider vinegar for a tangy contrast to squash roasted with maple syrup.

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Anne Burrell’s Pignoli Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2012

Anne Burrell's Pignoli Cookies
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.

A classic Italian Christmas cookie, the pignoli is made with just a handful of ingredients and takes only 35 minutes to prepare. Anne mixes up a light batter of almond paste, smooth powdered sugar and warm cinnamon, as well as lemon zest, which offers a bright, fresh flavor. After you’ve piped the dough into 1-inch balls, top them with crunchy pine nuts — pignoli — and bake for just 12-14 minutes until these two-bite cookies are a golden hue.

Get Sunny’s Anne Burrell’s Pignoli 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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Finish Pasta in the Sauce

by in Food Network Magazine, December 4th, 2012

Pasta

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:

Drain your pasta when it’s just al dente, then cook it for a minute or 2 more in a skillet with the sauce. This lets the pasta absorb flavor from the sauce and it helps the sauce cling to the pasta. Try it with any simmered sauce (not pesto or carbonara), and if the sauce gets too thick, thin it with some of the pasta cooking water.

(Photograph by Christopher Testani)

Chat With Food Network About the Holidays

by in Community, Holidays, December 4th, 2012

Easy Holiday Centerpieces
We have an all-star line-up of holiday-themed Facebook and Twitter chats coming your way. Mark your calendars for these upcoming social media chats:

  • December 6: Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be joining us for a Twitter chat about this season of The Next Iron Chef at 1pm/12c. Find out what it’s like to sit at the judges’ table this season by tweeting your questions using hashtag #NextIronChefQA.
  • December 11: Food Network Kitchens will be back to chat about holiday cookies with Food Network Facebook fans at 3pm/2c.
  • December 18: We’ll be answering all of your holiday cooking, baking and entertaining questions with Food Network Kitchens on the Food Network Facebook page at 3pm/2c.
Get your holiday cooking and entertaining questions ready. We look forward to chatting with everyone this week.

Red Wine: Is It Healthy?

by , December 4th, 2012

red wine
Red wine has been coined the good-for-you alcohol. My clients often tell me they choose red wine over other alcoholic beverages because it’s good for their heart. Does red wine really provide this amazing-for-you benefit or is it an over-hyped hea...

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Sunny Anderson’s Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2012

Sunny Anderson's Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies
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.

Just when you thought that timeless chocolate chippers couldn’t get any better, Sunny delivers these dressed-up beauties, made with crushed red or green candy canes and a pinch of fragrant pumpkin pie spice. The cool, minty flavor of the candy canes is balanced by the taste of the seasonal spice, which Sunny says “should be added to any of your chocolate chip cookie recipes for an added hit of warmth and flavor.”

Get Sunny’s Chocolate Chip Candy Cane 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.

Get more top holiday cookie recipes