6 Mocktails for Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties

by in Family, Holidays, December 27th, 2016

Italian LemonadeFancy drinks don’t have to be limited to the over-21 crowd at your New Year’s Eve party. Just follow these simple instructions for creating festive mocktails kids love.

Italian Lemonade (pictured above)
The addition of Basil Simple Syrup dresses up this refreshing sipper from Giada De Laurentiis.

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The 10 Most-Popular Recipes on FoodNetwork.com in 2016

by in Recipes, December 27th, 2016

The 10 Most-Popular Recipes on FoodNetwork.com in 2016The end of the year is a time for reflection and review — the memories made, the lessons learned and, of course, the food eaten. Here on FoodNetwork.com, 2016 was full of game-changing dishes, from fresh spring dinners to sweet-tooth-satisfying holiday treats. But no matter the season or holiday, there were a few dishes that our fans kept coming back to, those tried-and-true picks that proved to be classics for a reason. Read on below to get our 10 most-popular recipes of the year.

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Hot Chocolate Pudding — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 25th, 2016

Hot Chocolate PuddingNo, this pudding isn’t served hot a la hot chocolate. Instead, this rich, creamy treat takes its flavor cues from the cozy drink you know and love with the help of hot chocolate mix. That’s right. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is made with the same mix you’d use to make a cup of cocoa, plus a bit of cornstarch, which helps the mixture thicken and turn into a pudding. When it comes to serving the pudding, the chefs in Food Network Kitchen explain, “Our hot chocolate pudding is topped with whipped cream, but as on the real thing, mini marshmallows would be great too.”

For more season recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate the Holidays board on Pinterest.

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Chefs’ Picks: Chinese Takeout

by in Restaurants, December 24th, 2016

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

For some, ordering Chinese food is a time-honored Christmas Day tradition. For those who plan to dive into a bowl of noodles tomorrow, follow the lead of these chefs who’ve shared their preferred takeout plates, including Americanized favorites and regional classics.

A Feast of Favorites
Chefs Salil and Stacey Mehta brought the traditional Chinese fare of India to Brooklyn earlier this year when they opened the Chinese Club, which honors Stacey’s Indian-Chinese heritage. Given the hectic pace of running two restaurants (they’re also owners of LAUT in New York City) while raising a family, the husband-and-wife duo are fans of ordering in when they need a bit of a break. Stacey’s takeout picks are Kung Pao Chicken, Chinese corn soup and Singapore Mai Fun, while Salil opts for crab rangoon, General Tso’s Chicken and roast pork fried rice. “We love these dishes as our lazy day food, especially after a long day of working at both restaurants and also looking after children: dropping them off at school, picking them up, spending time with them and playing with them,” says Salil.

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DIY Chinese Food Favorites for Christmas Day Feasting

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2016

Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-FryFor many American Jews, waking up on Christmas morning doesn’t mean opening presents, though it might with the holiday converging with Hanukkah this year. What it often does involve, however, is an annual Chinese food feast: bowls of sinus-tingling soups, greasy egg rolls, heaping platters of fried rice and pillowy steamed dumplings. If this sounds a lot like your Christmas Day, do something a little different on the second night of Hanukkah and make Chinese favorites at home instead.

In addition to never having to get out of your PJs, another plus side of making this yearly feast at home is that you can make the dishes a little bit healthier too. Food Network Kitchen’s meatless, 15-minute Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-Fry is a better-for-you take on a nutty, spicy vegetable side.

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Burger King Israel Offers Magical Doughnut Burger for Hanukkah

by in News, December 23rd, 2016

 

By Lauren Haslett

If you were hoping for a little Hanukkah magic this holiday season, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that one of the world’s biggest fast-food giants is a brand that’s trying to make some. According to Consumerist, Burger King Israel is attempting to take a trendy, once hard-to-find food item and take it main stream at its locations in that country – BK Israel will sell doughnut burgers this December 25-January 1.

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How to Dress Up Latkes for Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 23rd, 2016

Applesauce and sour cream are the traditional accoutrements for latkes. Some load their potato pancakes up with both toppings, while others have strong feelings about one over the other. (I’m Team Applesauce, all the way.) However, this Hanukkah, don’t feel constrained by these standard-bearers. Latkes are just fried potatoes, after all, so they’re basically a blank canvas of crispy deliciousness. Pick any of our top latke recipes and try a new topping this year. Read more

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas on These Food Blogs

by in Community, Holidays, December 22nd, 2016

Wreath Cookies

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent most of December with your eyes glazing over, dragging item after item to your virtual shopping cart and crossing your fingers that all the gifts would arrive in time. That said, you can’t blame us for taking a break here and there to ogle some of the cutest holiday treats in the blogosphere — no shipping fee required.

Some people have holiday wreaths nailed to their doors, but Alana Jones-Mann set out to spread festive cheer in the baking department. Her adorable, green-as-can-be Wreath Cookies (pictured above) are all about leafy texture, and packing them up in little boxes makes for a cute, edible gift.

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Professional Bakers to Battle Fakers in Blind Cook-Offs on Brand-New Series

by in Shows, December 22nd, 2016

Bakers vs. FakersSo, your cupcakes are the talk of the neighborhood potluck, and your cheesecake has been described as “legendary.” Does that mean your amateur baking chops could carry you in a competition versus the pros? Perhaps. On the all-new upcoming series Bakers vs. Fakers, professional pastry chefs will be all but equalized as they face off against home bakers in a series of battles — blind battles, that is.

Premiering Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10|9c, Bakers vs. Fakers will bring together pros and Joes, but since the identities of all competitors will be hidden, the judges will evaluate the competitors’ offerings with no knowledge of their experience — or lack thereof. It’s up to the contestants to keep up with host Buddy Valastro’s demands in back-to-back challenges and attempt to convince the panel of their professional techniques, even if they’re fibbing along the way.

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This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

by in News, December 22nd, 2016

This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried ChickenScented candles that smell like vanilla or rose petals, pine needles or apple pie, lavender or luxury perfumes are for chumps. A candle that releases the aroma of fried chicken? That’s a candle a fried-food lover can really warm up to. And now, thanks to the chicken-centric KFC powers that be, it is, yes, a thing that exists.

KFC New Zealand recently offered up a limited-edition KFC Scented Candle (complete with Colonel Sanders’ smiling face on it) on Instagram as a reward to lucky contest winners. To enter, KFC Scented Candle cravers had to share ideas for KFC merchandise by commenting on KFCNZ’s Instagram account.

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