10 Holiday Treats to Make with Candy Canes

by in Holidays, How-to, December 12th, 2014

Candy canes are a sweet, minty emblem of the holiday season, and anything made with them just feels a little more festive. Here are our favorite ways to put them to good use. Read more

Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food — Off the Shelf

by in Books, December 12th, 2014

Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food“It wasn’t easy – but it was sweet.” That’s how Aaron Rezny and Jordan Schaps described the making of their new cookbook, Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food. As you might expect from a good Jewish cookbook, the recipes run the gamut. You’ll find everything from kreplach and chopped liver and pastrami-on-rye sandwiches with Russian dressing (the recipe from Katz’s Deli is below for you to try at home) or mustard to pickles and blintzes and gefilte fish. The late Joan Rivers wrote the introduction to the book and quipped, “Jewish food makes Italian food seem like Lean Cuisine.” As the time of year approaches when you want your meals to stick to your bones, Eating Delancey will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf.

Eating Delancey is half culinary tour of historic Delancey Street, complete with recipes from some of the most-notable eating establishments in New York’s epicenter of Jewish cuisine, and half essay collection that lands close to every reader’s heart. Even if you don’t have roots steeped in Jewish culture, the unmistakable themes of hard work, pride, family and food resonate in each story and dish. These essays are what make the book such an exceptional find. Friends and family of Rezny and Schaps all jumped to help contribute recipes and stories. “They were amazingly enthusiastic and wanted to contribute, and wrote immediately,” said the authors. “The memories of the food, the making of the food, the family experience – the words, the emotions and the memory of the recipes flowed. We were thrilled by the outpouring. It inspired us to make this book.”

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What to Watch: A Sweet Season Finale for Holiday Baking Championship, and Holiday Fun with The Kitchen

by in Shows, December 12th, 2014

Holiday Baking ChampionshipThe trials and tribulations of Holiday Baking Championship will culminate in an action-packed season finale on Sunday at 9|8c. Tune in to see who will win the $50,000 prize and all of the sweet holiday-season joy. On Saturday at 11a|10c, The Kitchen hosts are getting a visit from Annie herself, Quvenzhané Wallis, as she helps them celebrate the holidays and promotes her new movie.

Rewrapped, Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen are back this weekend as well. Whether you’re spending Saturday afternoon with Rewrapped, or Sunday with Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, each show brings something delicious to the table, whether it be food or competitive rivalry.

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Katie Lee’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 2014

Katie Lee's Peanut Butter and Jelly 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 from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Katie Lee’s thumbprint cookies can be made entirely in the food processor. Pulse unsalted roasted peanuts with old-fashioned oats as the base for a crumbly dough that will taste just like your favorite sandwich once a dollop of jelly is added after baking.

Get Katie’s Peanut Butter and Jelly 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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Easy Chicken Mole — The Weekender

by in Recipes, December 11th, 2014

Easy Chicken MoleFor the last few weeks, we’ve been using the Weekender column to talk about things you can do on Saturday or Sunday to make it easier to eat well throughout a busy week. There was this tasty meatloaf (double it and freeze one!), these suggestions for salad packing and this dead-easy one-pot pasta.

This week, I want to take a moment to advocate for a weekend batch of homemade sauce. Now, when I said the word “sauce,” I’m sure that most of you mentally inserted the word “tomato” before it. However, there is a world of sauces and pastes you can make on Sunday afternoon and use all week in your dinner prep that are faster, easier and just as delicious as your grandmother’s red “gravy.”

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Best Sipped Out of a Mug: Warming Holiday Cocktails — Fall Fest

by in Drinks, Holidays, December 11th, 2014

Hot Buttered RumWhen the weather outside is frightful and there’s a party happening indoors, you better bet that holiday cocktails will be in high demand. Grab a mug and stir together comforting spiked cocktails that are brimming with holiday flavor and perfect for winter entertaining.

For a double dose of warmth, stir together a holiday classic. Rachael Ray’s Hot Buttered Rum (pictured above) is a toasty drink simmered with spiced rum, real butter, dark brown sugar and loads of spices (think cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg). Serve with cinnamon sticks and watch guests drink it by the ladleful.

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Ina Garten’s White Chocolate Bark — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2014

Ina Garten's White Chocolate Bark
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 from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Making candy sounds like a really complicated thing to do, which is why Ina Garten likes to make chocolate bark, which is quite simple. Temper white chocolate in the microwave, a foolproof way that also cuts down on prep time. Once the chocolate is poured onto a baking sheet, add your favorite toppings and then let it harden. Ina chose items that look good and taste good together: pistachios, cranberries and apricots.

Get Ina’s White Chocolate Bark 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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Behind the Scenes of The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Christmas

by in Holidays, Shows, December 10th, 2014

The Pioneer Woman's Cowboy ChristmasJust in time for the holidays, Ree Drummond welcomed crowds of Oklahoma ranchers and their families for the ultimate seasonal extravaganza as she hosted her first-ever prime-time special, The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Christmas. In true Drummond fashion, this seasonal bash included no shortage of hearty fare, like party-ready glazed ham, cheesy potatoes and spiced gingerbread cookies, plus down-home games and plenty of dancing. If you missed the special last weekend, there’s still time to catch up: Watch the full episode on FoodNetwork.com now, and get all of Ree’s comforting sweet and savory recipes featured on the show.

Food Network was on hand as Ree and her family hosted the local ranching community and captured behind-the-scenes snapshots as the celebrations unfolded. Read on below for an insider’s look at the seasonal soiree, see Ree and Ladd strut their stuff on the dance floor, and check out the over-the-top spread of holiday dishes shining on the buffet.

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Cards for Your Christmas Cookie Cravings

by in Holidays, Product Reviews, December 10th, 2014

Rock Candie DesignsDeny it all you want, but we all know one of the best parts about Christmas is, in fact, the cookies! Cookie baking, cookie decorating, cookie exchanging … it all gets you right into that holiday spirit. For those of you who are gifting cookies this year, hosting a cookie swap or just generally want to shout your love for Christmas treats from the rooftop, I’ve rounded up some cards (like the one pictured above from Rock Candie Designs) I know you’ll appreciate.

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Tough It Out with Duff Goldman’s New Baking Competition, Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, December 10th, 2014

Duff GoldmanDuff Goldman is back with a brand-new cake competition show, premiering on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, and this one is anything but sweet. Duff Till Dawn mirrors Duff’s out-of-the-box baking style and his flair for dessert dramatics, which means fans are in for pure cake chaos of the contest sort.

Each episode will be a midnight battle between two professional bakers and their trusty assistants, and the competition goes beyond the physical. Because this underground competition is based on pride,  it isn’t going to be friendly. Saddle up for smack talk and tension, as bakers are about to vie for Duff’s sought-after approval and attention.

While legendary in his crazy culinary skills, Duff isn’t the sole decision-maker. Contestants will be assessed by three judges including Duff, plus a celebrity and a baking professional. The three will determine which baker ultimately deserves the trophy and pretty major bragging rights.

Tune in for a sneak peek on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c before the series premiere on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c.