Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2011


It’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 favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

For the indecisive dessert eaters amongst us, whoopie pies are the ultimate holiday present. A combination cookie and cake, they boast a decadent, frosting-like filling sandwiched between light and fluffy pies. Alex makes indulgent dark chocolate whoopie pies that are laced with lemon zest and fills them with a rich cream, made with egg yolks and almond-infused milk.

Get Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 2011

It’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 favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Sandra Lee puts a Semi-Homemade twist on her cookies by using store-bought dough and adding weetened coconut flakes and chopped macadamia nuts to it. Just drop and bake these sweet treats and drizzle each with rich and creamy melted white chocolate. Ready in a little over 30 minutes, Sandra’s cookies are a quick weekend baking project that the whole family can enjoy.

Get Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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The Next Iron Chef Caption It: Final Four

by in Shows, December 9th, 2011
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Sunday’s next-to-last episode of The Next Iron Chef brings the finalists to Montauk. But for the four remaining contestants Chef Chiarello, Chef Falkner, Chef Zakarian and Chef Guarnaschelli this trip is anything but a day at the beach.

Here, the rival chefs take a moment to regroup and think about the last seven weeks of the competition. Are they reminiscing about past challenges? Guessing what’s to come next?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to watch the final four face off for a spot in the finale, we’re challenging you, Next Iron Chef fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

There’s still time! Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

Pappa Al Pomodoro — The Weekender

by in Recipes, December 9th, 2011

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Soup and bread are one of the most natural pairings I know. Truly, what goes better with a bowl of warm, belly-filling soup than a roll, hunk of baguette or even just a slice of basic, buttered toast?

The trouble I so often run into is the fact that I buy lovely loaves of bread to go with my batches of soup and inevitably end up chucking the last third of the loaf as it’s gotten too stale to be eaten. For someone who tries to keep the grocery budget in check and prevent food waste, this can be an awful blow.

Happily, there is an answer to my bread-waste issue and it’s found in (another) pot of soup. For centuries now, frugal Italian cooks have been reviving those day-or-two-old bread ends by adding them to the soup kettle. They work to thicken the soup, give it a silky consistency and generally manage to transform a humble vegetable broth into a sturdy, substantial potage.

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A Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2011

Nothing brings people together around the holidays quite like good food and drinks. Whether you’re hosting a Saturday night cocktail party, an after-work soiree or a casual get-together with your friends, a few festive cocktails, bite-sized snacks and good cheer are all you need to ensure your gathering goes off without a hitch. Food Network Magazine caught up with Chopped host Ted Allen and asked him what makes his Holiday Happy Hour such a success.

Instead of sweating it out over the stove, Ted suggests making simple dishes that can be cooked in the oven instead. “And serve a few dishes that work at room temperature. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating and drinking with your friends,” he says. As for drinks, Ted prefers crimson-colored Due Campari Nuovo cocktails from Food Network Magazine, complete with bubbly prosecco and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2011


It’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 favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

A timeless cookie that can be enjoyed all year round (what cookie can’t, really?), Bobby’s classic chocolate chippers are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and bursting with both milk and semisweet chocolate chunks. Bake at your own risk: You might just find yourself on a midnight run to the cookie jar for a few of these sweet treats.

Get Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Polenta — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, Recipes, December 8th, 2011

spicy pork with polenta
Most people consider polenta a restaurant food. Because as good as this creamy, cheesy Italian staple is, few of us have the hour needed to crank it out.

But hidden on the grocer’s shelves is a shortcut that can help get polenta on your dinner table any day of the week in minutes: prepared polenta. Which is different — and far better than — a related product known as instant polenta.

But first, some polenta basics.

Polenta is a traditional starch in Italian cooking, an alternative to pasta, rice and potatoes that pairs deliciously well with robust sauces and meats.

Polenta is made by slowly simmering and stirring cornmeal with chicken broth or water. It’s usually also seasoned with Parmesan cheese and butter.

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Cooking Tips From Bobby Flay

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 8th, 2011

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At a recent cooking demonstration at Bobby Flay’s namesake steakhouse, located at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., Chef Flay not only cooked up delicious shrimp and grits, he also shared some great cooking tips that you’ll want to keep handy this holiday season.

Serving grits:
Grits are basically the American version of polenta, but instead of costing a few bucks, Italian restaurants can charge $32 a plate. Make grits or polenta for the holidays: Take ¼ of the polenta you are going to make and toast it dry in a pan. This will give your polenta a nice nutty flavor and it will separate your polenta from everyone else’s. Try this trick with Bobby’s Shrimp and Grits from Bar Americain, for polenta are sure to impress.

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Anne’s Meringue Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2011

It’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 favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Lighter than air but full of flavor, Anne’s cinnamon-laced cookies are made with just five ingredients, including crunchy chopped almonds. Try to resist the temptation to taste one of these beauties right out the oven — letting them dry out for a bit after baking will help ensure their crispiness.

Get Anne’s Meringue Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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5 Myths of Buying Wine in Supermarkets

by in Drinks, December 7th, 2011

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“Who is buying this stuff?” I always wonder when I pass by one of the wine aisles at a certain 24-hour supermarket in California’s Silicon Valley. Past aisles of everyday wine and not far from a display of pet flea and tick collars and a table of diapers, is a display cabinet of bottles of fine wine, some of it under locked glass. You have to wonder: Do the Mark Zuckerbergs and Larry Pages of the world really need to make 4 a.m. runs for Heitz Cabernet?

Apparently so, or else the supermarket wouldn’t stock it — or at least stock so much of it. What it also reminds us is that a great deal of the world’s wine is purchased at supermarkets and, contrary to common conception, many of these stores sell more than supermarket wine.

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