10 Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks

by , December 13th, 2013

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True, time in the kitchen can be relaxing and therapeutic — but that doesn’t mean efficiency is a bad thing. There are lots of shortcuts that make cooking a healthy meal quicker and simpler. Here are ten favorite tricks of the trade.

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What to Watch: Iron Chef America Winter Ice Battle, Restaurant Express Finale and Cutthroat Kitchen Premiere

by in Shows, December 13th, 2013

Iron Chef AmericaThis weekend it’s about holiday feasting and holiday competition on Food Network. Tune in Saturday afternoon to see Rachael Ray’s Easy Holiday Feast. Then in the evening, two teams of Iron Chefs have a Winter Ice Battle. On Sunday morning, watch Farmhouse Rules, where Nancy hosts a canning party and cooks up a seasonal menu. In the evening, watch a special holiday edition of Guy’s Grocery Games. After, it’s the season finale of Restaurant Express: One of two finalists will win a restaurant in the M Resort in Las Vegas. Finally, watch the new season premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen, where the chef sabotage continues.

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Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 13th, 2013

Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint 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

This cookie was crafted just for you. When Food Network asked fans to weigh in on their dream holiday cookie, chocolate and almonds were ingredients in the most popular picks. These treats are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite peanut-butter blossom cookies — a little more grown-up, thanks to almond butter, but just as addictive. They stay fresh and delicious refrigerated in an airtight container.

Get Food Network Kitchens’ Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint 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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Alton’s Cutthroat Kitchen Survival Techniques

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, December 12th, 2013

Alton's Cutthroat Kitchen Survival TechniquesAs Season 2 of Cutthroat Kitchen approaches (tune in Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10pm/9c), FN Dish thought it was an optimal time to look back on the first season with the host himself, Alton Brown, and some of the best lessons learned. This quickly translated into Alton’s Survival Techniques.

1. Never leave the pantry unless your basket is full. There is absolutely no excuse for not having a full basket — to the brim.

2. Always grab flour and eggs. Even if you think you’re not going to need them, you can make a lot of things with those two ingredients that you can’t make with other things.

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#TBT: Melissa d’Arabian

by in Food Network Chef, December 12th, 2013

Melissa d'ArabianIt’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.

Long before Melissa d’Arabian provided parents with a one-stop guide to combatting picky eating in kids or started writing for this very blog, she was a devoted Food Network fan looking to take her love of cooking to the next level. She ultimately earned the chance to do just that when she proved her commitment to the kitchen once and for all by getting cast on Food Network Star, Season 5 — and winning. This mom of four impressed the Selection Committee with her personable charm and family-friendly recipes so much so that she went on to star in her first-ever Food Network series, Ten Dollar Dinners.

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When Broccoli Meets Cheddar — Fall Fest

by in In Season, December 12th, 2013

When Broccoli Meets Cheddar - Fall FestBacon and eggs. Milk and cookies. Some things just go hand in hand. Broccoli and cheddar? Now that is a union of epic proportions. Luckily, there are many ways for you to indulge your broccoli-cheddar fixation, especially now that this favorite winter veggie is perfectly in season. With this trusty recipe list on your side, you have every reason to witness this fated pairing on your plate this week.

1. Perhaps the most-iconic display of broccoli and cheddar together is eaten with a spoon. Food Network Magazine’s Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup is creamy and rich, best when served restaurant style in a crusty bread bowl. For those hoping for something a little less heavy, Healthified Broccoli-Cheddar Soup is your saving grace.

2. Say goodbye to your strolls down the brisk freezer section. Make homemade Broccoli-Cheddar Pockets, like these by Food Network Magazine, by folding fresh broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese into store-bought French bread dough. No microwave required.

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25 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

by , December 12th, 2013

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Planning your holiday shindig? Here are a whole lot of delicious party foods for under 300 calories a serving.

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Sunny’s German Chocolate Cake Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 2013

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake 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

If you’re craving chocolate and coconut, skip a time-intensive German chocolate cake in favor of Sunny’s quick cookies. She starts with a basic cookie recipe and then adds cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans to give it the German-chocolate-cake twist. It’s a simple cookie recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes.

Get Sunny Anderson’s German Chocolate Cake 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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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by , December 11th, 2013

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In this week’s news: Why we should get cracking (nuts, that is); signs that diet soda is fizzling out (or would that be fizzing out?); and the true cost of healthy eating.

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Enter for a Chance to Win Ree Drummond’s New Holiday Cookbook

by in Contests, December 11th, 2013

Enter for a Chance to Win Ree Drummond's New Holiday CookbookBack with another helping of Food Network’s favorite accidental cowgirl recipes, Ree Drummond’s back with a new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, encompasses everything you need to help celebrate the holidays all through the year. From a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day to decadent dessert shots on New Year’s Eve, Ree presents inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, gifts and feasts, accompanied by dozens of her signature step-by-step photos.

Bring family and friends together with treats such as:

  • Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr. Pepper Cupcakes for the Super Bowl
  • Loaded Queso, Red, White and Blue Sangria for the Fourth of July
  • Caramel Apples and Mummy Dogs for Halloween
  • Prime Rib and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce for Christmas

You can buy Ree’s new cookbook here, or enter for a chance to win one now. To enter: Tell FN Dish which one of Ree’s recipes is your favorite in the comments (you must include the recipe URL). We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected winners each a copy of the book.

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