Chefs’ Picks: Holiday Traditions

by in Restaurants, December 19th, 2015

LambChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

No matter which holidays they celebrate, chefs tend to fete the season in delicious style. Whether they’re behind the stove or for once letting someone else tie on an apron, these pros (and their families) know how to put the “eatings” in “season’s greetings.”

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Farmer Lee Jones’ 11 Favorite Flavors of the Holiday Season

by in Holidays, In Season, December 19th, 2015

Fall RadishPerpetually clad in his trademark overalls, white shirt and a red bowtie, Farmer Lee Jones is the iconic figure of his family’s 300-acre sustainable farm in Huron, Ohio. He, his father, Bob Jones Sr., and his brother, Bob Jones Jr., lead the team at The Chef’s Garden in pioneering the sustainable agricultural movement. The farm grows the best-tasting and most-nutritious specialty vegetables, herbs and micro greens in the world. The family lives by a commitment to produce food that looks good, tastes good and is good for you. Hear from Farmer Lee below about what farm-fresh ingredients he craves during the holiday season.

By Farmer Lee Jones

Fall Radish (pictured above): This is mild, slightly peppery with some sweet notes.

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Sweet vs. Savory: Oatmeal

by in Recipes, December 19th, 2015

Savory Oatmeal RisottoJust as everyday rice is a blank-canvas ingredient that can be transformed into something new (rice pudding or paella, anyone?), oatmeal too brings with it many opportunities. Think beyond serving it up in the morning alongside brown sugar and a few raisins. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced two new ways to take your oatmeal: one savory and one sweet, for dinner and even as a drink. Check out their recipes below, then browse all the recipes from today’s show.

You’ve seen farro and barley take the place of rice in risotto, but now Geoffrey Zakarian is letting oatmeal have the starring role in his Savory Oatmeal Risotto. Laced with nutty Parmesan cheese and rich butter, GZ’s recipe comes together just as a traditional risotto recipe does, with slow and steady stirring as the oats simmer in chicken stock. GZ opts for steel-cut oats instead of the old-fashioned variety, as the steel-cut kind offers the heft needed to stand up to the cooking process.

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7 Desserts That Prove Chocolate and Peanut Butter Are Better Together

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 19th, 2015

peanut butter-brownie barsWe’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Chocolate and peanut butter is the world’s best combination. You can’t go wrong with this creamy, sweet, salty and indulgent duo. Of course, peanut butter blossoms are a crowd favorite right about now, but they shouldn’t be the only reason you pull out your jar of peanut butter this holiday season. Choose a new kind of chocolate-peanut butter treat to bring to your festive soiree this year.

Peanut Butter-Brownie-Coconut Layered Bars

Peanut butter cookie, brownie and macaroon … need we say more? The three-in-one dessert created in Food Network Kitchen is similar to fudge, so a little square goes a long way — something to consider before you double the recipe because of how ridiculously amazing it sounds.

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6 Genius Ways to Use Up Candy Canes

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 18th, 2015

Molten Chocolate Cake with Crushed Candy CanesBuying out the convenience store’s stock of candy canes in bulk might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but odds are you’ll have more of the striped sweets than you know what to do with. Use your surplus of the seasonal candies to add a minty crunch and festive color to your favorite holiday treats.

Give homemade cakes a fallen-snow effect (and a minty crunch) by sprinkling crushed candy canes over the top. Anne Burrell’s Molten Chocolate Cake with Crushed Candy Canes may look tricky to pull off, but it’s actually quite easy to achieve the chocolate-oozing center.

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Holiday Party Recipes That Will Please Even the Kid Guests

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 18th, 2015

Antipasti de SalumiWhether it’s an open house, a dinner party or a family celebration, these are the top holiday recipes kids just can’t resist. From starters to mains and a dessert, too, this will be a bash the little guys will love.

Giada De Laurentiis’ Antipasti Platter
Use cookie cutters to create adorable cheese shapes to serve along with crackers, salami, olives and any other nibbles your kids enjoy.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
I love serving soup at an open house. It’s easy to keep warm and doesn’t mind sitting on the stove for hours at a time. And this tomato soup from the Barefoot Contessa is amazing. Roasting the tomatoes ahead of time punches up the flavor, an important step when it’s not tomato season.

Roasted Squash Stuffed with Sausage & Apples
Individual portions can be so popular with kids — especially when they look a little like flowers. This dish is practically a meal in itself, great for a day that includes lots of pre-dinner snacks and plenty of desserts.

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8 Ways to Eat Gingerbread on Christmas

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 18th, 2015

Classic gingerbread inspires endless variations of delicious, decorative treats that go way beyond simple cut-out cookies — although we love those, too. From soft, moist loaf cake to sturdy homes made out of spicy gingerbread, here are just eight of the ways you can incorporate this timeless dessert into your Christmas feast.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread (pictured at top)
Ina Garten’s gingerbread just smells like the holidays, with its mix of spices, crystallized ginger and raisins. Try putting a dollop of rum whipped cream on top to take this treat over the top.

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Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes That’ll Make You Ignore the Cookies

by in Holidays, December 18th, 2015

We go crazy for Christmas cookies like the rest of you (check out our 12 Days of Cookies countdown), but they’re not the only reason to preheat your oven this season. Show up at a holiday gathering with a batch of festive cupcakes or a gorgeous Christmas cake that might just overshadow that table full of cookies. Read more

What to Watch: Patti LaBelle Bakes Pies with Her Biggest Fan, and a Holiday Baking Champion Is Crowned

by in Shows, December 18th, 2015

Holiday Baking Championship Final 3This weekend, wintry favorites are on the menu as the Food Network chefs settle in for nights filled with comfort food and even more holiday celebrations. First on Saturday morning, The Kitchen welcomes The Today Show’s Natalie Morales, and the co-hosts offer tips on making the most of leftover holiday sweets. After that, Guy Fieri is demonstrating his Smoked Prime Rib just in time for the holidays on a new episode of Guy’s Big Bite.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Special Delivery at La Casa Bianca

by in Shows, December 17th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossiblePaul Liscio was struggling in his work as the owner of La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, N.J., a restaurant that had seen significant declines in recent years. But it was his daughter, Megan, who was determined to remedy the situation as she reached out to Robert Irvine for help in rescuing her father and his business from impending failure. After ambushing Paul with a Restaurant: Impossible renovation, Robert and his team managed to not only reopen La Casa Bianca with the tools it needs to succeed, but also help Paul find the inspiration to manage his eatery. Read on below to hear from Paul and find out how La Casa Bianca is doing today.

“Business is picking up,” Paul explains. “[The experience] has brought new customers. The combo of my food and what [Robert and the team] did is clicking more and more every day. It’s special.”

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