by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 22nd, 2015
by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, November 21st, 2015
I’m all for saving a buck. But more than that, I believe in spending with purpose and intent — saving where I can but splurging a bit where it counts. So as you go into your Thanksgiving holiday shopping, I’ve created a handy list to show you where to splurge and where to save on turkey-day groceries.
I’m starting with my favorite part of Thanksgiving: the stuffing. But just because it’s my favorite doesn’t mean I will spend a ton of money on it. Stuffing is mostly just dried bread — cheap! And bags of stuffing or dried bread are usually a “loss leader” in the grocery store around the holidays, meaning something the store sells really cheaply to get you in the door (and buying the rest of your full-price groceries). My cheapie hack: Buy the premade, inexpensive bread cubes, but add some homemade bread cubes you cut yourself from bakery bread. Swing by the day-old-bread rack (usually near the dairy aisle, not the bakery). For stuffing, you want your bread to be a day or two stale anywayso pick up a rich, dark bread or a tangy sourdough loaf to pump up the premade cubes; it will add homemade flavor and texture on the cheap.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, November 21st, 2015
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
When it comes to Thanksgiving feasts, the turkey is pretty non-negotiable, so side dishes are where chefs get creative with their homemade spreads. We asked a few chefs from across the country to share their favorite Thanksgiving supporting players, and the picks include a jazzed-up gravy and two ways to update seasonal sweet potatoes. Read more
by Lauren Miyashiro in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, 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.
by Maria Russo in Drinks, Holidays, November 20th, 2015
Turkey 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.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 20th, 2015
Turkey 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.
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.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 20th, 2015
Ten 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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by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 20th, 2015
This 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.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 19th, 2015
This 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.
by Michelle Baricevic in Holidays, How-to, November 19th, 2015
After 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.”
Three 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.