A Breakfast Battle to Remember — Terra’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, December 8th, 2014

Holiday Baking ChampionshipThis past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship, the competition was all about holiday traditions. The bakers were faced with the pre-heat challenge of creating something original using the classic combination of hot chocolate and peppermint. Then, they moved on to the real challenge: creating an over-the-top holiday breakfast including three sweet treats. Although her hot chocolate cakes from the pre-heat were praised by the judges, Terra was ultimately eliminated when her cream cheese surprise went awry. But this bourbon-loving Kentucky girl brought lots of fun and flavor during her time on the show. Relive Terra’s journey in GIFs

Slow-Cooker Bean and Barley Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 8th, 2014

Slow-Cooker Bean and Barley SoupIf you’ve ever gotten home on a particularly draining Monday and wished dinner would just cook itself, then this recipe for Slow-Cooker Bean and Barley Soup is just for you. After all, what better way to celebrate Meatless Monday than with a recipe that’ll hit the spot and save you some precious time?

This no-hassle meal can be prepped in merely 15 minutes, with minor work involving some chopping and squeezing. Once that’s done, you put the sorted-out ingredients together in the slow cooker before work, and by the time you’re home about eight hours later — voila! Your dinner is nearly done.  All you have left to do is add in the cheese, stir in the spinach, season and serve.

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Top 5 Recipes from Holiday Central

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2014

Gingerbread HouseFrom tried-and-true cookie classics to crowd-pleasing dinner recipes, go-to gift ideas, hosting how-tos and step-by-step videos, FoodNetwork.com’s Holiday Central is the ultimate destination for all things seasonal cooking, so you can spend more time celebrating with family, friends and food. Just in time to kick off the season, Angela Moore, FoodNetwork.com’s vice president, interactive site manager, joined The Kitchen co-hosts on this weekend’s all-new episode to introduce Holiday Central and show off the latest additions to this culinary winter wonderland, including all-in-one guides to easy baking and entertaining.

If you’re new to Holiday Central, spend some time clicking around. Check out our best-ever Christmas recipes and easy, speedy dessert picks, plus learn new ways to bake with gingerbread and find gift inspiration for everyone on your shopping list. Read on below to get the top-five recipes featured in Holiday Central, then watch insider videos to see how more of your favorite Food Network stars celebrate the season.

5. Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls — Two flavors that are simply better together, Buffalo-style hot sauce and juicy rotisserie chicken combine with cheddar cheese to create golden bite-size rounds ideal for entertaining.

4. Eggnog — Raise a glass to the holidays with Alton Brown’s 15-minute eggnog, a rich, smooth holiday must-have spiked with bourbon.

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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Egg Nog Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2014

Egg Nog 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.

Alex Guarnaschelli loves these cookies because “they have all the flavors of eggnog but don’t have eggnog in them.” Sandwich the cookies with creamy icing, then top with a drizzle of caramel and spiced sugar.

Get Alex’s Eggnog 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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“Pat, the Snowman Made Out of Butter” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, December 7th, 2014

Just in time for the holidays, Alton Brown decked the Cutthroat Kitchen halls on tonight’s all-new episode with a series of seasonal challenges — and even a Christmas tree-adorned sweater worn by judge Simon Majumdar. In true evilicious fashion, Alton didn’t shy away from punny sabotages inspired by the traditional holiday meals or activities, as the challenge dishes included a ham dinner, cocktail party fare and holiday cookies. And in Round 1 the chefs played a not-so-merry game of gift swap.

In the final round’s cookie challenge, Alton doled out the ultimate in seasonal sweets — a gingerbread house — but this one wasn’t exactly a treat. Complete with shortening, sugar, flour and leavening agents, plus various candies and decorations, this “gingerbread diorama,” as Alton called it, contained everything needed to make a cookie, and Chef Keith could use only the given ingredients to prepare his dish. While the contestant used nearly everything in Alton’s “majestic scene” in preparing his ultimately doomed cookies, only one element remained: a triple-decker butter figure shaped like a snowman. “Is he called Pat?” Simon jokingly asked Alton on the host’s After-Show, and Alton simply replied with a smile, “Yes, Pat, the Snowman Made Out of Butter.”

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Home Sweet $77,910 Gingerbread Home

by in News, December 7th, 2014

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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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