Chefs’ Picks: Brunch for a Crowd

by in Restaurants, December 26th, 2015

 Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast. 

The presents have been opened and the holiday dinner digested. But how do you keep guests sated in the days after the big event? We chatted with a handful of chefs to get the scoop on their best crowd-pleasing brunch dishes to end the holidays on a delicious note. Read more

8 Things to Make with Leftover Holiday Ham

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 25th, 2015

Macaroni and CheeseIf a glistening ham is gracing your holiday table today, chances are you’ll have a bit of that smoky, juicy meat left over at the end of the meal. Don’t let that beautiful ham go to waste! These easy ideas won’t keep you in the kitchen for long. In only a few minutes, you’ll transform what was once a holiday dinner into kid-friendly fare — pizza, breakfast cups, mini sandwiches and more.

Macaroni and Cheese
Giada De Laurentiis has included diced ham and three different cheeses for a surprisingly simple dish … with more than 700 5-star reviews.

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What to Watch: Guy’s Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champs Finale and the Premiere of Cupcake Wars Kids

by in Shows, December 25th, 2015

Grocery GamesThis weekend, while you’re finishing off your holiday leftovers and deciding how many cookies is too many cookies, don’t miss four exciting premieres, including lots of Guy Fieri and a brand-new series. On Sunday morning, Guy is cooking up Mexican-inspired food with Chef Luigi Agostini, including Mexican Chile Pork Chops and Chayote Slaw with Cumin and Lime. And on Sunday night, catch the finale of Guy’s Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champions, when one of the chefs will become the biggest prizewinner in Grocery Games history. After that, it’s the premiere of the all-new series Cupcake Wars Kids with four junior bakers competing to create the best Scooby Doo-themed display and win $5,000. Then, Alton Brown auctions off tiny tools stuck in potato people on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Our Faves of Your #FoodNetworkFaves: Holiday Cookie Swap Edition

by in Community, Holidays, December 23rd, 2015

Cookie CollageNo matter your Instagram following, your filtering prowess or your like-to-minute ratio, nothing truly proves #deliciousness like an old-fashioned, ready-set-go contest. A couple of weeks back, we came your way in search of the greatest creations made in your very own kitchen. When we called out the theme on Instagram, you put your baking skills to the test by whipping up your go-to recipe, snapping a photo and tagging us for your chance to be featured on FN Dish!

Year after year, the holiday season is the time for home-baked cookies galore, whether they’re iced cut-outs, sandwich cookies or morsels that are fruity, spiced, chocolatey or minty — seriously, you name it. Typically, we get our Instagram picks from our hashtag, #FoodNetworkFaves, but this time around we borrowed from #bakeitforward, which was jam-packed with incredible holiday cookie creations. With each photo that’s shared and tagged with #bakeitforward, Food Network will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry — and $1 provides a whopping 10 meals to those in need.

We are pleased to introduce our winning bakers and their festive cookies!

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: BBQ Broccoli Rabe Salad

by in Recipes, Shows, December 23rd, 2015

Broccoli saladThe young contestants on this week’s episode of Chopped Junior were faced with some pretty tough ingredients in their mystery baskets, like barbecued-flavored larvae in the appetizer course. They also faced off with broccoli rabe (aka rapini), which is similar to broccoli, though it’s thinner, with smaller crowns and longer stalks. It can also be bitter and should be blanched first to help mellow its flavor.

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Savory, Spicy Yogurts Are Set to Mix Things Up in the Grocery Aisle

by in News, December 22nd, 2015

Savory, Spicy Yogurts Are Set to Mix Things Up in the Grocery AisleIt has been a few months since we passed along the news that savory yogurts were set to be the next big thing. Now it looks as if they’re hitting the mainstream and mixing things up in the grocery store dairy aisles.

U.S. Greek yogurt giant Chobani has just announced that, in January, it will release new flavors for its Flip line of yogurts — individual yogurt portions with separate ingredients you flip in to use as a topping or a mix-in — that are sweet and spicy, in hopes that American yogurt eaters will flip for savory flavors.

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Lime Meringue Bars — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, December 22nd, 2015

Lime-Meringue BarsLight and airy meringue is the stuff of dreams. Made of just egg whites and sugar, it magically transforms into something that’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

French meringue is the simplest to make. The egg whites are simply whipped while sugar is gradually added. This meringue needs to be baked. Swiss meringue starts with sugar and egg whites gently heated in a double boiler until the sugar is completely dissolved. It’s then whipped into a dense, silky cloud. Swiss meringue is the base of for my favorite kind of buttercream frosting.

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Catch Some Extra Z’s This Weekend and Enjoy as Top 5 Restaurants Covers Brunch — Vote for your Favorite

by in Shows, December 22nd, 2015

Pot Roast HashWeekends were made for ignoring the clock and sleeping in late. Weekends were also made for heading to a local eatery and enjoying a little ritual called brunch. Later than breakfast but earlier than lunch, brunch is the best time to indulge in everything from syrupy pancakes to peppery hash browns. Plus, drinking boozy beverages at noon is totally acceptable. This past week on Top 5 Restaurants, hosts Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson gave viewers a fork-grabbing look at the best brunch dishes in the country.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite.

Our Top Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $50

by in Holidays, December 21st, 2015

Your holiday host has worked hard to create a warm, festive atmosphere with good food and drink. Show your appreciation by picking out a thoughtful gift that will be put to good use — not another candle or decorative soap set that’s going to collect dust in a cabinet. Here are seven of our top 2015 gift ideas under $50.

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Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 21st, 2015

Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot SauceThe roasted turkey, the glazed ham, the standing rib roast, the rack of lamb — there are many ways to make meat the star of your holiday spread, while the veggies often get relegated to the side-dish selection. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Enter this mushroom-instead-of-beef Wellington.

While traditional beef Wellingtons may feature a tenderloin in the center, Food Network Magazine’s Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot Sauce swaps that out and replaces it with a combination of hearty, earthy portobellos and shiitakes. Scented with fresh thyme and a splash of white wine, this filling is full of flavor as well as meaty and substantial. Just like the classic version, this one too features a golden-brown, flaky puff pastry shell to hold the filling, which gives it the striking, holiday-worthy appearance you crave.

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