12 Days of Cookies: Holiday Monster Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 4th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

These cookies are gonna get ya! OK, not really (seriously, we’ve never met a sweet that scared us). But they are super-stuffed with every holiday treat we could possibly fit into the dough.

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Hometown Hungers: Montreal Poutine

by in Restaurants, December 3rd, 2016

Poutine

When it comes to covetable cuisine, America’s neighbor to the north has more than just the maple market cornered. After all, Canada is also the land that learned to load French fries with salty nibs of fresh cheese (aka curds) and ladleful upon ladleful of warming brown gravy. The resulting dish, known as poutine, has become the comfort food of choice for many a Canadian.

Poutine first began popping up in the province of Quebec in the 1950s, though no one can say for sure in which restaurant kitchen the dish originated. The signature snack reportedly evolved over time, with one story crediting the now-shuttered Café Ideal as churning out the first iteration — crisp fries heaped with fresh cheese curds — at the request of a customer in 1957. Retro restaurant Le Roy Jucep is said to have first served the gravy-soaked version that’s standard today in 1964, with the spot even having scored a registered trademark to call itself the inventor of the dish.

In the decades since poutine was created, its popularity has spread across Quebec. The province’s biggest city — Montreal — boasts a particularly high concentration of spots serving the signature snack. Poutine is now so prevalent across Canada that it is considered by many to be the country’s unofficial national dish. But for those who are unable to nose around up north, restaurants in America are turning out their own takes on the traditional recipe. Check out Food Network’s gallery of the best spots in the United States to cozy up with this comforting dish.

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese-and-Cracker Platter (Into an Edible House)

by in Entertaining, Recipes, Shows, December 3rd, 2016

Cheese and Cracker HouseAt holiday parties big and small, cheese-and-cracker platters are practically required. You can keep them simple with just some slices of your favorite cheddar and kid-friendly crackers, or you can dress them up, offering an array of fresh and funky cheeses and various trimmings. You can even ditch the platter notion altogether and instead opt for home construction when building your cheese-and-cracker setup, like the co-hosts of The Kitchen did on this morning’s all-new episode. With four walls, a stable roof and even pepperoni shingles, their Cheese-and-Cracker House is the ultimate in party-ready edible entertainment, sure to keep your guests chatting as they pick away at its exterior and interior.

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12 Days of Cookies: Jeff Mauro’s White Chocolate Confetti Christmas Cookies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 3rd, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Some of us dream of a white Christmas — but Jeff dreams of white chocolate. These playful cookies are layered with many classic cookie elements, like a sugar cookie base, a white chocolate drizzle and loads of sprinkles.

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What to Watch: Christmas Cookies, Holiday Feasts and the Premiere of Triple G: Impossible

by in Shows, December 2nd, 2016

Guy's Grocery Games
It’s the season of family feasts and sweet holiday treats and this weekend on Food Network your favorite chefs are sharing recipes to help ring in the holiday season. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is whipping up a trio of cheesy and savory appetizers, Trisha Yearwood is baking festive holiday cookies and the co-hosts on The Kitchen are putting together a fabulous holiday dinner party — cocktails included. Then Valerie Bertinelli is hosting a blended family feast and serving Crown Roast of Lamb, Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf and Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.

On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is making a series of dishes using vegetable juices, Ina Garten is hosting a breakfast buffet and Nancy Fuller is hosting a holiday party for her whole family. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Secret Santa dinner party and Bobby Flay is using Christmas leftovers to make a day-after brunch.

Robert Irvine is coming to Flavortown on Sunday evening for the premiere of GGG: Impossible, featuring Guy’s most-daunting challenges yet. After that, the bakers are making desserts based on ugly Christmas sweaters on Holiday Baking Championship, and the Grandmas on Clash of the Grandmas are making appetizers using some of Santa’s favorite food hacks.

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12 Days of Cookies: The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 2nd, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Here’s proof that gingerbread can be comforting and surprising. Our new twist on the classic has everything you love in traditional gingerbread: molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and (of course) ginger. But we’ve also added some cayenne and black pepper to give the cookie a little extra bite. The lingering heat is unexpected but pleasant — expect your platter to empty fast.

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How to Elevate Every Dish, Even Humble Potato Dumplings

by in Books, December 1st, 2016

Potato DumplingsIf you’re a dedicated home cook, the hunger to learn and improve your skills can be as insatiable as the hunger to eat incredible food. If you find yourself in the position of being competent in the kitchen but at a loss for how to take your home cooking to the next level, Naomi Pomeroy’s new book, Taste and Technique, is the cookbook you’ve been waiting for.

“There are three major differences between a great home cook and a good home cook,” Pomeroy told us. “A great home cook gets themselves organized ahead of time, and does as much prep as possible in advance. Great home cooks also taste all of the things they are making for balance. The last thing that really sets a great cook apart, of course, is practice.”

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What to Watch: Holiday Baking, Christmas Competitions and Warming Winter Recipes

by in Shows, December 1st, 2016

Gingerbread Cookies
Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just getting started, and this December Food Network is joining the celebration with a new batch of holiday competitions and comforting recipes from your favorite chefs.

Starting this weekend, tune in to catch brand-new recipes from Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis and Valerie Bertinelli that are perfect for hosting a holiday dinner party. Then Bobby Flay is using holiday leftovers to make the ultimate day-after-Christmas brunch. If sweet treats are your favorite part of the season, you’ll want to watch Trisha Yearwood as she shares her best recipes including Gingerbread Cookies (pictured), Caramel Candy and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies.

It wouldn’t be the holidays without plenty of baked goods, and this holiday season Cake Wars is all about Christmas, challenging bakers to create elaborate confections based on classic Christmas characters. There are also brand-new episodes of Holiday Baking Championship, and holiday-themed episodes of your favorite competition shows, like Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cooks vs. Cons. Head over to Food Network’s Holiday Central for more details on holiday premieres, recipes and more.

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Easy, Cheesy Appetizers Your Holiday Guests Will Hover Around

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2016

Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese WellingtonSome people like receiving gifts. Others? They’d be quite pleased with one thing and one thing only: cheese — lots and lots of cheese. When family and friends converge at your place this holiday season, these are the cheesy appetizers you should greet them with.

Think of Melissa d’Arabian’s Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington (pictured above) as a cross between baked Brie en croute and a cream cheese log. After covering a bar of cream cheese in ranch dressing, chopped bacon and green onions, wrap it up in store-bought puff pastry and bake. It’s a flaky, oozing appetizer that’s elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too.

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12 Days of Cookies: Sunny Anderson’s Raspberry and Oatmeal Lattice Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 1st, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

If you’re a baking fiend, you’ve likely tried creating a favorite restaurant treat at home. Sunny Anderson totally gets you: “These are my favorite cookies to order at a place called Crave in Sherman Oaks, California,” she says. “I love nothing more than figuring out how to make something at home that I can’t always get.”

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