Home Sweet $77,910 Gingerbread Home

by in News, December 7th, 2014

The Most Precious Gingerbread House (VeryFirstTo)The Most Precious Gingerbread House (VeryFirstTo)

Sure, you could build your own gingerbread house this holiday season – laboring over the icing and gumdrop placement to get them just so. But if you happen to have $77,910 rattling around in your pocket, have an affinity for ginger and gems, and take deep pride in your home, luxury-launches website VeryFirstTo.com has a better idea: The Most Precious Christmas Gingerbread House Ever.

The U.K.-based site has teamed up with Le Cordon Bleu-trained, high-end cake baker Georgia Green, of Georgia’s Cakes, to offer what it says is the “world’s most expensive gingerbread house” – made in the precise image of your own home. The house features “150 AAAA grade South Sea Pearls and a 5 carat unheated Mozambique Ruby,” the company notes, all set lovingly (and one hopes somewhat securely) within curlicues of icing. (You can order your house with extra pearls for an additional fee.) After you devour the bespoke cake, these treasures remain with you as a keepsake.

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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 7th, 2014

By Camille Styles, Photography by Kate Stafford

This holiday season, get in the spirit with a party concept that’ll satisfy each guest’s sweet tooth and spread wintry cheer. Inviting friends over for a midday cookie swap is a super-simple way to gather loved ones and mix and mingle over treats, and when guests get to contribute their own recipes and baked goods to the spread, hostess duties are a breeze. Simply set a neutral foundation with tableware that you likely already have, then add some sparkly handmade details to turn up the holiday factor in a flash.

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Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 7th, 2014

Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted CauliflowerNo longer second-string components on the dinner table, side dishes can indeed take center stage — and perhaps even upset a meaty main dish — when they become packed with flavor, as in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week.

Made with only a handful of ingredients, Food Network Kitchen’s Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower is as striking to look at as it is easy to prepare. Just brush the vegetable with mustard, then roast the cauliflower until it’s tender and finish with a topping of nutty Parmesan and fresh parsley. Serve fresh lemon alongside for a light, fresh finish to this good-for-you side.

For more go-to side dish recipes, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower (pictured above)

How to Make Chestnut Bread for the Holidays

by in Holidays, How-to, December 7th, 2014

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread to cozy up your home for the holidays. So what about the scent of hundreds of loaves fresh out of the oven? Delightful. Such is the aroma at French bakery Maison Kayser in New York City, where master baker Yann Ledoux has brought a French holiday favorite to America: chestnut bread. The specialty bread is available only during the month of December, but with just a few ingredients and a bit of patience while the yeast works its magic, you can make the seasonal classic at home.

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Marc Murphy’s Millionaire Shortbread — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 2014

Millionaire Shortbread 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.

Chopped judge Marc Murphy takes shortbread cookies to a whole new level by layering the traditional recipe with dark chocolate and homemade cookie butter. Garnish the glistening squares with flaky salt before serving for an elegant touch.

Get Marc’s Millionaire Shortbread 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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Raising Rice Krispies Treats to High Art

by in News, December 6th, 2014

Raising Rice Krispies Treats to High ArtWe think of Rice Krispies Treats as the happy taste of childhood as well as a school bake-sale staple. New York food artist Jessica Siskin, who goes by Misterkrisp on Instagram, clearly thinks of them as sculpting material, perfect for fashioning whimsical edible art.

Siskin, a former fashionista who is currently pursuing her master of fine arts in creative writing, says she began making edible Rice Krispies Treat sculptures two years ago. She had a breakthrough moment one night when she figured out she could add food coloring to the standard side-of-the-cereal-box recipe. She instantly felt compelled to fashion herself a Rice Krispies Treat cheeseburger — and then continued to experiment with other designs.

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Songbook Playbook: Holiday Recipes Inspired by Carols

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2014

Songbook Playbook Recipes

Fa la la la la, the holidays are here — and it’s about time you started eating like it. Instead of opening up a recipe book, get inspiration from your favorite holiday carols with a little help from Food Network. Even if you aren’t much of a caroler, these carol-inspired recipes will surely strike a chord.

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Enter to Win an Engraved 5 O’Clock Somewhere Cocktail Shaker

by in Contests, December 6th, 2014

Engraved Cocktail ShakersIn the words of Geoffrey Zakarian, “It’s five o’clock somewhere!” As the unofficial mixologist among The Kitchen co-hosts, he’s shaken up his share of cocktails during the show’s regular cocktail segment, pouring the cast elegant sippers and casual, party-ready drinks alike with a collection of signature barware.

Just in time for seasonal entertaining, FN Dish is giving fans a chance to add to their own home bars an engraved cocktail shaker reading “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Whether you use it to make classic martinis, fresh-fruit margaritas or next-level smashes, look to this workhorse of a tool to create chilled, well-mixed drinks ideal for parties.

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Melissa’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2014

Melissa's Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men
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.

Melissa d’Arabian uses white rice flour, tapioca flour and buckwheat flour for her gluten-free take on traditional gingerbread men. Because there isn’t any gluten, you don’t have to worry about overworking the dough when using up your cutout scraps.

Get Melissa’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men 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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Rachael Ray and Fellow Food Lovers Do Good and Give Back

by in News, December 5th, 2014

Rachael RayThe holidays are a time of giving, and by that we don’t mean just the stuff you wrap in pretty paper, tie with a bow and tuck under the tree or exchange in the glow of your menorah – or whatever your tradition may be. It’s a time of reaching out and helping others. But sometimes, that sentiment can get lost in the doorbuster, cybersale rush of it all.

The national movement called #GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as an antidote to the acquisition fever that grips us during the holiday shopping season – the anti-Black Friday or Cyber Monday. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, businesses, charities, community centers, celebrities, and regular folks like you and me were encouraged to do something to give back – through charitable contributions, volunteerism or just doing a lovely, generous thing for another person.

All sorts of people and lots of organizations thought up wonderful ways to help.

Food Network’s Rachael Ray, for instance, helped make a little boy named Ben’s dreams come true. Ben’s response when he found out that Rachael had worked out a way for him to check off not one but two items on his to-see list (Ben is steadily losing his sight) is priceless. Watch here.

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