Cranberries Every Way: Sauces, Salads and More

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 18th, 2015

Cranberry SaucesIt’s cranberry season! Very soon now, those ubiquitous tart, little red berries will undoubtedly be making their way to your Thanksgiving table. Cranberry sauce is one of the most-beloved holiday flavors, and it is part of nearly everyone’s menu. But for many people, cranberry sauce is often an afterthought that’s usually uncreative and never a showstopper — just a box to check off in the “must have” category.

But cranberries are beautiful, delicious and so much more versatile than you think. Why not give your regular recipe an upgrade this year? Here are some great ideas for fresh cranberries. Read more

Coming to a Mug Near You: Homemade Hot Chocolate

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 17th, 2015

Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot ChocolateA steamy mug of hot cocoa is inarguably the best way to counter the cold weather. Though you could go the store-bought route and swirl powdered hot cocoa mix into hot water or milk, going the extra mile and making your own chocolatey blend from scratch is totally worth it. Get our top homemade hot chocolate recipes for sipping all winter long.

Food Network Kitchen’s Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one festively minty recipe that you shouldn’t wait until the holidays are in full swing to savor. It’s made and served all in one pot, and it’s thickened and enriched with dark chocolate.

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Beyond Pie: Thanksgiving Cupcakes, Cakes and Cookies

by in Recipes, November 17th, 2015

Pies are the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. But that doesn’t mean you can’t showcase fall flavors like pumpkin, pecan and apple in other sweets as well. Think outside the pie crust and take your turkey-day dessert spread to the next level this year with inspired holiday cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

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Cranberry Ginger Sticky Buns — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, November 17th, 2015

Cranberry Ginger Sticky BunsI used to be afraid of yeasted recipes. When I was kid, I was desperate to bake with yeast. I wanted to enjoy the pillow-soft texture that you can get only from warm-from-the-oven, freshly baked, homemade treats. But I could never make my breads rise. There were a few likely explanations. First of all, since yeasted baking projects were an infrequent occurrence in our house, chances were that the yeast was anywhere from 1 to 21 years old. Secondly, our drafty house could be quite chilly during those long New England winters. I could barely rise out of my own warm bed every morning. How could I expect my doughs to budge? And I probably overcompensated for the temperature with boiling-hot milk, no doubt killing my yeast before things even got rolling.

Thankfully, as an adult, I’ve learned how to keep my yeast happy. I always store it in the freezer. (That keeps it fresh longer.) And if there is any doubt, I proof it before adding it to the dough. This recipe doesn’t call for proofing the yeast, but it’s easy to do. Simply dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let it stand for 5 minutes. If the yeast gets nice and foamy, add it to the flour mixture and proceed with the recipe as written. If it doesn’t, start over with new yeast.

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Vote for Your Favorite Gingerbread House

by in Food Network Magazine, In Season, November 17th, 2015

gingerbread houseFor the December issues of Food Network Magazine and HGTV Magazine, the sister publications went head-to-head in a gingerbread house contest. The challenge: Each staff would decorate a simple gingerbread house made with a kit from the craft store, using all edible ingredients. Who won? That’s for you to decide.

Vote in the poll below, just for fun, to let the editors know which one is your favorite. Then head to Hearst’s sweepstakes page for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Michaels and a Wilton cake-decorating kit.

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Pumpkin

by in Community, Shows, November 17th, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About PumpkinThough Halloween has come and gone, pumpkin season is still upon us as we look ahead to Thanksgiving; after all, what’s turkey day without a sweet slice of pumpkin pie to finish the feast, right? In honor of last night’s Season 2 premiere of Guilty Pleasures, which showcased your favorite chefs’ picks of Thanksgiving-inspired eats from coast to coast, Food Network asked you, fans watching at home, to show us your best-ever pumpkin plates. And in true superfan fashion, you showed off some droolworthy creations. Keep on reading to see our favorites.

On their own, pancakes are among the most-indulgent breakfasts to wake up to. But when you add pumpkin, like Jose Antonio Garcia does with this butter-topped stack, this morning meal turns into a next-level treat.

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From the Turkey Down to the Pie: Thanksgiving on Top 5 Restaurants — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, November 17th, 2015

The PilgrimIf you’re looking to get your Thanksgiving fix without the hassle of cooking for a crowd, then Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants, Mondays 10:30|9:30c, has the answer. Whether you want a piled-high turkey sandwich or a pie buffet so big it will make your jaw drop, there’s something for everyone. Hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian counted down the list. Find out where you can get the best Thanksgiving dishes in the country.

Read on for the list and vote on your favorite dish

Season 2 of Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Scr(apple) Pie

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, November 16th, 2015

This week on Foodie Call, Justin invites Allison and Matt Robicelli of Robicelli’s Bakery over to his house to talk savory desserts. After the couple schools Justin in how to make a superior apple pie, Justin adds his own unique twist to their classic dessert — and it’s nothing like what you’re probably imagining.

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On Thanksgiving Day, Watch a Turkey Cooking from Start to Finish on

by in Holidays, November 16th, 2015

turkey cooking on thanksgiving day
This Thanksgiving, our turkey-day plans will look a lot like yours — we’re putting the bird in the oven in the morning and waiting for it to get golden brown and juicy a few hours later.

And you can watch.

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Beyond the Kids’ Table: How to Involve Kids in Thanksgiving Prep

by in Family, Holidays, November 16th, 2015

Cooking with KidsWe get it, Thanksgiving Day is a busy one — especially if you’re hosting the meal. You have too much to do and not nearly enough help. It’s tempting to just hand over the iPad or park your kids in front of an all-day loop of Frozen to give you the freedom to prep in peace. But Thanksgiving is a family holiday, after all, and there are so many meaningful ways kids can get involved in the meal. Read more