Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies — A Virtual Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 14th, 2011

Bake this batch of cookies and present them in a cast-iron skillet.
The holidays are upon us and here at Food Network, that means cookies, particularly the 12 Days of Cookies.

Yesterday, Gaby Dalkin shared her tips for a successful cookie exchange, but if you’ve never been to a cookie swap, “The concept is pretty simple: Make your favorite kind of cookies, bring them to the party and give them away. In return you get a plethora of cookies from your friends that you get to turn around and take home for your family.”

In honor of these sweet and sometimes savory treats, we’re inviting all of our friends to our Communal Table, an event that we opened up to the entire food community. Today, experts from the industry will share their favorite cookie recipes, as well as cocktails to wash them down with (if you’re age appropriate).

We couldn’t help but bring these Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies from Food Network Magazine to the table. Peanut butter, chocolate chips and bacon — it’s like dying and going to cookie heaven.

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Chatting With the Latest Next Iron Chef: Super Chef Exile

by in Shows, December 13th, 2011


The fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is coming to a close, with just two chefs left fighting it out for a grand prize that so many would-be chefs covet: joining the ranks of Iron Chefs Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces and Michael Symon. Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Super Chef to get the boot.

This week, two competitors said goodbye in a double elimination. Alex Guarnaschelli has certainly proved herself worthy of being in this competition throughout the season. She’s made us laugh with her zingy one-liners and she’s impressed us with her vast culinary expertise. However, we had to say goodbye to her this week.

Find out if Alex would do it all over again »

Cookie Exchanges — Simple Soirées

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 13th, 2011

malted milk chocolate chip cookies
It’s holiday baking time and that means one thing: cookie exchanges. These simple soirées are hands down one of my favorite type of parties to host or attend during the holiday season. It’s a great way to get a ton of your friends together, share the holiday spirit and stock up on lots of different holiday cookies. If you’ve never hosted or been to a cookie exchange, the concept is pretty simple: Make your favorite kind of cookies, bring them to the party and give them away. In return you get a plethora of cookies from your friends that you get to turn around and take home to your family. So basically, you’re spreading a little of your holiday baking love and getting some serious love in return. I always serve some savory nibbles at these parties to make sure no one goes into a sugar coma. A cheese plate with some crackers or a dip duo with some pita chips tends to do the trick.

This year, I’m all about these Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ree Drummond.

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Food Network Kitchens’ Apple Cider Snickerdoodles — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 13th, 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.

Celebrate seasonal apple cider with these thin and crumbly snickerdoodles. Ground cinnamon and brown sugar give them their classic warm taste while a quick dip in a sweetened apple pie spice mixture guarantees them their famed sugar coating.  Chopped apple chips are baked inside and added on top of the cookies to add a bit of crunch and subtle fruity flavor.

Get Food Network KitchensApple Cider Snickerdoodles 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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Chatting With the Latest Next Iron Chef: Super Chef Exile

by in Shows, December 12th, 2011


The fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is coming to a close, with just two chefs left fighting it out for a grand prize that so many would-be chefs covet: joining the ranks of Iron Chefs Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces and Michael Symon. Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Super Chef to get the boot.

This week, two competitors said goodbye in a double elimination.

Find out who went home »

Spicy Lentil Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 12th, 2011

Ready in just 35 minutes, this warm and hearty bowl gets its heat from a serrano chile pepper, its robust flavor from garlic, fresh ginger and ground turmeric, and its thick consistency from boiled red lentils. Dollop with tangy Greek yogurt for a refreshingly cool contrast.

For an easy, non-leafy salad, try Food Network Magazine’s Warm Farro Salad, made with roasted sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant squash. Barley is a go-to substitute if you can’t find farro at your supermarket.

Get the recipe: Spicy Lentil Soup from Food Network Magazine

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 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.

Soft, chewy and packed with chopped hazelnuts, shredded coconut and dark chocolate chips, Guy’s blondies offer a unique take on traditional holiday cookies. Use a snowflake- or candy cane-shaped cookie cutter to slice these bar cookies into fun, festive designs.

Get Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots 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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Hamptons Seafood Showdown on the Next Iron Chef — Critical Moments

by in Shows, December 12th, 2011

Next Iron Chef: The Final Four
Next Iron Chef judge Simon Majumdar joins us on the FN Dish each week to share his insider’s take on what went down Sunday night.

In the penultimate challenge, the four surviving chefs were given the task of showing us just what truly passionate cooks they could be. To do this they were each handed $500 by Alton Brown and given two hours to source enough ingredients to feed not only the judges but also 20 noteworthy individuals of the Hamptons dining scene.

While they were running around in search of the best fish, seafood and produce they could afford, the judges waited in the comfortable surroundings of the Montauk Yacht Club. I would like to say that we relaxed, but it simply wouldn’t be true. Just as the pressure had mounted on the chefs with each elimination, so it was weighing down on the judges each week as we looked into the eyes of the despondent chefs we had to send home.

The pressure was even greater now as we were informed that we would have to choose two chefs to compete for the title in Kitchen Stadium while crushing the dreams of the two others. Michael Symon told me that the thought of the decision ahead was making him physically ill. I could totally sympathize, as Chefs Falkner, Chiarello, Zakarian and Guarnaschelli had all proved time and again that they were each capable of going on to the show.

On returning from their quest the chefs had two hours to cook, the guests started filling up the seats on the terrace and we were led to the judging chamber. Read more

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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