One hundred and twenty-one scoops of yummy ice cream piled on a cone and ready for gleeful consumption may seem like a gelato lover’s unrealizable fantasy. But thanks to the fast scooping, artful packing and impressive balancing skills of an Italian man named Dimitri Panciera, that dream is now a reality. A Guinness World Record-setting reality, that is.
Seven weeks ago, nine bakers entered the Holiday Baking Championship with the hopes of leaving with the coveted title and the $50,000 grand prize. With every passing week, the challenges got harder and harder, and the competition got cut down one by one, until just three bakers remained to compete in the finale: Shawne, Cheryl and Jason. A holiday-themed cake Main Heat determined who would be crowned the winner. Find out which baker’s life was changed forever and read the exclusive interview.
Where there’s a holiday party there’s almost certainly eggnog, and we can be sure that with just a week until Christmas, seasonal soirees are in full swing. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week puts that sweet, creamy drink to good use — beyond sipping, of course. Since eggnog has a custardlike texture, it’s used as the dipping liquid to gently moisten the turkey-ham-cheese sandwiches before they’re cooked. The indulgent flavor of the eggnog delivers a savory-sweet richness, which pairs well with tart cranberry sauce on the side.
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Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
There’s a lot of stress when it comes to gifting at the holidays, but professional chefs are not the type to buckle under pressure. Many infuse their presents with an ultra-personal touch by using their culinary talents to create the gifts themselves. These edible (and drinkable) presents range from beyond-basic baked goods (standard sugar cookies need not apply) to a hot sauce so in demand that it’s now offered right in the creator’s restaurant. Here’s what chefs across the country are fermenting, infusing and baking for friends and family — and even some lucky customers. Read more
Mom always said homemade gifts were the best gifts, right? You don’t have to be a professional baker or an expert crafter to knock it out of the park with these edible presents, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot. Some are even simple enough for kids to help make, and participating in the process will make them more excited about holiday gift-giving (not just receiving!). Forget fruitcake and truffles – these unique ideas are full of thought and flavor.
If your favorite day of the week is #TacoTuesday, this poll is for you! Food Network Magazine wants to know how Food Network fans enjoy their favorite tacos. Share your opinion on fillings, toppings — even timing! (But really, is there ever a wrong time to eat a taco?) Then pick up a future issue of the magazine to see how your answers stack up against others’.
The history of Kentucky’s Hot Brown is as deliciously decadent as the state’s signature dish itself.
This hot turkey sandwich that comes drenched in a silky Mornay sauce got its start in the 1920s. It was dreamed up in the kitchen of the glamorous Brown Hotel, which had gained notoriety among Louisville locals and travelers alike for its legendary weekend dance parties. Chef Fred Schmidt needed a hearty dish to satisfy the masses and keep the celebration going during those swinging days of the Jazz Age. Accomplishing this task was no easy feat, as there were up to 2,000 people in attendance on any given weekend. But Chef Schmidt’s culinary talents proved to be formidable, as he transformed a few humble ingredients that he already had on hand — brioche bread, turkey, bacon and tomatoes — into a truly indulgent creation perfect for the hotel’s partygoers. He made an open-faced sandwich and then smothered it in a classic Mornay sauce (his featured Pecorino Romano, butter, cream and nutmeg). Read more
What’s amaro? No, it’s not what you get when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s amore. (Thanks, Dean!)
Bring generations together at your holiday dinner with recipes inspired by dishes of decades’ past. Modern twists on retro favorites like fondue, cheese balls and punch will bring holiday cheer to guests of any age. Give a nod to Grandma and make one of these recipes for Christmas Day. Read more
What to Watch: Cross-Country Eats and the Finales of Holiday Baking Championship and GGG: Impossibleby Joel Raneri in Shows, December 16th, 2016
Old Man Winter is peeking his head around the corner, so stay warm and spend the next few weekends inside enjoying a few food-centric road trips and the finales of some of your favorite culinary tournaments. It all starts tonight, when Guy Fieri heads on a cross-country journey to get a taste of authentic international cuisine without getting a stamp on his passport. Then on Sunday night, it’s the penultimate episode of GGG: Impossible followed by the finale of Holiday Baking Championship, where the baker with the best North Pole-inspired cake will win the title of Holiday Baking Champion and the grand prize of $50,000.
On Christmas Day, after all the presents have been unwrapped, get comfortable and tune in for the GGG: Impossible finale, and find out who will earn another chance to cook against Mr. Impossible, Robert Irvine, and a chance at winning another $10,000. Then it’s a special episode of Holiday Baking Championship, where three Holiday Baking champions and three fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship battle it out for a chance to win $10,000. Then, Guy is on another cross-country road trip, hunting down the most decadent and delicious desserts.