3 Times the Turkey on The Kitchen

by in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, November 21st, 2015

No matter how many side dishes you’ve prepared or how lovely your tablescape may be on Thanksgiving, when it’s finally time for dinner on turkey day, your friends and family will be looking for, well, the turkey. This year, guarantee your juiciest, most-impressive bird yet with the help of the cast of The Kitchen. On this morning’s brand-new episode, the co-hosts shared a trio of holiday-worthy turkey recipes for both classic and creative takes on the traditional bird. Check out their picks below, then hear from all five co-hosts as they offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving hacks.

By cooking the turkey in pieces, as opposed to cooking a full, intact bird, Jeff Mauro guarantees his Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey takes far less time to cook than a roasted turkey usually would. He dry brines the turkey with a salt rub, then roasts it with fresh celery, onion and garlic, as well as plenty of butter, for top taste.

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Unconventional Thanksgiving-Worthy Pies

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, November 21st, 2015

oatmeal cookie pieTurkey and mashed potatoes may be staples you don’t dare mess with, but this year, have some fun in the dessert round. Friends and family will survive without the usual slice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie, so make something fun and unexpected (which we often think means adding chocolate). Below is our roundup of unconventional pies that deserve the spotlight at your feast.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pie (pictured above)

As difficult as it may be to believe, not everyone is a pie person. But we’d have a hard time finding anyone who could pass up a freshly baked cookie, especially if it was oatmeal raisin. With a chewy cookie filling baked into a traditional pie crust, this recipe will win everyone over. If you usually prefer an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to the raisin kind, go ahead and swap in chocolate chips. No one will judge.

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The 9 Best Cocktails to Toast to Thanksgiving

by in Drinks, Holidays, November 20th, 2015

Cider PunchTurkey day may be all about the, um, turkey, but that doesn’t mean your Thanksgiving guests won’t appreciate a refreshing sipper or two to celebrate the holiday. This holiday season, instead of serving everyday beer and wine, try infusing some of the flavors of fall, like cranberries and apple cider, into easy-to-make cocktails. Check out Food Network’s best Thanksgiving cocktails below to see how it’s done.

Cider Punch
Instead of playing bartender all night and shaking your guests’ individual drinks, mix up Food Network Magazine’s big-batch apple cider-cinnamon punch spiked with apple brandy; let guests help themselves.

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Kids Baking Championship Returns with a Supersized New Season

by in Shows, November 20th, 2015

Kids Baking Season 2Ten small but majorly talented bakers will be put to the test on Season 2 of Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c. Hosts, mentors and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, through the difficult yet delicious challenges that test the kids’ baking skills. Pies, eclairs, macarons, cakes, cookies and more will be on the agenda. During the course of eight episodes, the kids will face eliminations until the best baker rises to the top, earning the title of Kids Baking Champion and $25,000.

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At Odds Over the Definition of Whoopie Pies; Susan’s “Whoopee Cushion” Cake — Holiday Baking Championship, Episode 3 in GIFs

by in Shows, November 20th, 2015

Santa sat on Susan's cakeThis past week, the bakers on Holiday Baking Championship made whoopie pies for the Pre Heat and candy-filled cakes for their Main Heat. Let’s just say that both were easier said than done. When it came to tasting the bakers’ whoopie pies, the judges couldn’t agree on the definition, because most of the treats definitely didn’t fit the mold. Actually, some bakers used molded pans, muffin tins or even sheet pans, as poor Susan did, cutting out rings of cake. When it came to the stuffed cake challenge, she tried to redeem herself by cooking a spherical cake modeled after an ornament; unfortunately, it collapsed under gravity. Relive some of the funniest moments from the episode in GIFs.

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What to Watch: All-Star Thanksgiving, and Turkey Day-Inspired Desserts on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 20th, 2015

Holiday Baking Championship JudgesThis weekend, the Food Network chefs have you covered for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving needs. On Saturday morning, catch an all-new episode of The Kitchen featuring all of the co-hosts’ best turkey ideas, including Jeff Mauro’s Turkey in Pieces and Sunny Anderson’s Deep-Fried Turkey. Then, on Sunday night, don’t miss the All-Star Thanksgiving special featuring favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Nancy Fuller and Damaris Phillips.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Fight to the Finish at Stella’s Dine-Inn Restaurant

by in Shows, November 19th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleAfter hearing from her daughter that Stacey, the owner of Stella’s Dine-Inn Restaurant, needed help, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible crew ambushed Stacey in an effort to rescue her New Kensington, Pa., eatery. When Robert arrived, he and his team were not only forced to contend with an oversize space that required a massive transformation, but also a sister-brother feud between Stacey and Dom, the cook at Stella’s. Read on below to hear from Stacey a few months after Stella’s reopening to see how the business is faring today.

Business has improved considerably since Robert and team completed their renovation of Stella’s, according to Stacey. “The first week after the show we did over half of our September sales. The second week we surpassed our September sales,” she explains. “The third week we did more than all of July and August.” She adds that the updated decor has gone over well, as she notes that the look “is so open and fresh.”

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Spatchcocking: Tyler Florence’s Revolutionary Technique for Cooking Your Thanksgiving Turkey in 90 Minutes

by in Holidays, How-to, November 19th, 2015

Tyler FlorenceThree hours. On average, that’s the amount of time it takes to adequately cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks to an innovative technique from Chef Tyler Florence, however, 90 minutes is all you’ll need this year. During an appearance at last month’s Grand Tasting at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, Tyler gave audiences a demo on spatchcocking a turkey. The process involves removing the poultry’s spine and flattening its breastbone, which not only cuts cook time in half, but also allows for greater heat distribution, making your bird juicier and crispier than ever before.

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Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence Are Back to Whip New Boot Camp Recruits Into Culinary Shape

by in Shows, November 19th, 2015

Tyler and AnneA whole new cast of culinary misfits is entering Season 8 of Worst Cooks in America, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9|8c. Five-time winner Anne, mentoring the Red Team, will once again go up against the Blue Team’s Tyler as each leads home cooks through intense challenges to train them to become better cooks in the kitchen. The single contestant who gains the most skills and makes the most-impressive transformation will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize, in addition to gaining bragging rights for his or her coach.

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Our Top 5 Must-Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 19th, 2015

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels SproutsHere at Food Network, Thanksgiving means turkey — a whole lot of turkey. In the weeks leading up to our favorite Thursday of the year, we’re knee-deep in recipes, videos and new techniques about the feast’s headliner. All the while, we know it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the sides (and lots of them). Without stuffing, mashed potatoes and the whole nine yards, your family’s holiday dinner simply wouldn’t be complete. That’s why we’re running down the list of the top-five favorite sides — from Ina Garten, Bobby Flay and more star chefs — that belong on your table.

When Ina serves Brussels sprouts as a part of her Thanksgiving menu, she transforms them into a sophisticated and indulgent treat. Her Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are joined by salty, crispy pancetta and roasted under high heat until they reach crispy caramelization; she finishes the side with a drizzle of syrupy balsamic vinegar.

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