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.

Anne Burrell’s Molasses Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 2014

Anne Burrell's Molasses 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.

Anne Burrell’s soft and chewy cookies are a little spicy and a little exotic. Roll the cookies in coarse sugar to make them super sweet with a crystal crunch.

Get Anne’s Molasses 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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DIY Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2014

By Camille Styles, photography by Molly Winters

When gifting presents to friends, family and coworkers, the act of wrapping each individual package can be tedious, to say the least. But for me, gift-wrapping is the highlight of the season. And because no two presents are wrapped the same, each wrapping job is an opportunity to break out the crafts and challenge myself to put as much thoughtfulness into the packaging as I do the gift inside. Looking for a relaxing holiday activity to escape the madness? There’s nothing like turning on the holiday tunes and sitting down with a cup of cider to lovingly wrap each holiday gift.

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Top With Cinnamon — Off the Shelf

by in Books, December 9th, 2014

Top with CinnamonLondon food writer Izy Hossack has made quite a name for herself in the food blogging world. At just 18 years old she wrote her first cookbook, Top With Cinnamon (aptly named after her successful food blog), and delighted food fans the world over. Hossack’s book delivers on her blog’s promise of light, effervescent writing and delicious food. “A few of my fave ingredients are bittersweet chocolate, Maldon salt, pecans and maple syrup,” she writes in the About section of Top With Cinnamon. “That pretty much sums me up.”

You’ll find all of Hossack’s favorite ingredients in her new book’s recipes, each laced with an inviting attitude of fun and built on a foundation of culinary skill. The Rainbow Biscotti Cubes (recipe below for you to try at home) are the perfect little holiday party bites if you’re on the hook for bringing a sweet treat. Hossack admits, “My favorite thing to make is the pulled Chicken Tacos with Peach BBQ Sauce because they’re ridiculously easy and surprisingly quick to make, so they’re great for weeknight meals or when I’m cooking with friends.” Which dish seals the vote for friend favorite? “I think the general consensus is that the Swedish Chocolate Cake is the favorite recipe of everyone I know, but it’s such an easy recipe to make that they all make it themselves!”

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Holiday Table Settings for $10 or Less

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2014

By Ashley Rose

For those of you hosting guests and dinner parties during the holidays, here are a few centerpiece ideas to spice up the room without breaking the bank.

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Nancy Fuller’s Peanut Butter Blossoms — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2014

Nancy Fuller's Peanut Butter Blossoms
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.

Double down on the peanut butter goodness in Nancy Fuller’s traditional blossoms. Incorporate smooth peanut butter into the cookie batter before folding in peanut butter chips. The intense peanut butter flavor pairs perfectly with the addition of a chocolate kiss candy in the center.

Get Nancy’s Peanut Butter Blossoms 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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A Special Holiday Mission: Robert Irvine Transforms Double H Ranch

by in Shows, December 8th, 2014

Holiday: ImpossibleIn the largest Restaurant: Impossible challenge to date, Robert Irvine and his team traveled to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., for an extra-special mission at Double H Ranch, a year-round camp dedicated to serving children with life-threatening illnesses. Double H was founded on the premise of “health and happiness” according to CEO and executive director Max Yurenda, and the camp indeed lives up to its promise, as every child who attends is welcomed and made to feel safe and hopeful.

With the help and generosity of Lexus, Robert and his team had three days and an increased budget of $50,000 to transform the kitchen and dining hall at Double H, and it’s a good thing they had extra time and money to spend, because the 4,000-plus-square-foot dining room was among the largest they’d ever attempted. In true Irvine fashion, Robert welcomed the challenge, and not only did he overhaul those spaces and turn them into comfortable, friendly and functional designs, but he and Lexus also gifted the camp dozens of pieces of new equipment, plus a $10,000 donation. Read on below to hear from Max, and director of operations Jacqui Royael, to find out how Double H is doing today. Then, browse insider photos of the transformation in progress, and see Robert at Double H.

How have the new hot boxes improved serving time?
Jacqui Royael: The new hot boxes will allow more time for staff and campers to enjoy their meal together and less time waiting in a crowded line in the kitchen. The food can now be prepared and ready to go the minute the kids enter the dining hall, allowing all of camp to be served in half the time and eat together. So what once was 20-plus minutes and several trips back and forth to the serving line will now be a quick five to 10 minutes and one trip to have everyone enjoy a meal together.

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A Breakfast Battle to Remember — Terra’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, December 8th, 2014

Holiday Baking ChampionshipThis past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship, the competition was all about holiday traditions. The bakers were faced with the pre-heat challenge of creating something original using the classic combination of hot chocolate and peppermint. Then, they moved on to the real challenge: creating an over-the-top holiday breakfast including three sweet treats. Although her hot chocolate cakes from the pre-heat were praised by the judges, Terra was ultimately eliminated when her cream cheese surprise went awry. But this bourbon-loving Kentucky girl brought lots of fun and flavor during her time on the show. Relive Terra’s journey in GIFs