Enter to Win an Engraved 5 O’Clock Somewhere Cocktail Shaker

by in Contests, December 6th, 2014

Engraved Cocktail ShakersIn the words of Geoffrey Zakarian, “It’s five o’clock somewhere!” As the unofficial mixologist among The Kitchen co-hosts, he’s shaken up his share of cocktails during the show’s regular cocktail segment, pouring the cast elegant sippers and casual, party-ready drinks alike with a collection of signature barware.

Just in time for seasonal entertaining, FN Dish is giving fans a chance to add to their own home bars an engraved cocktail shaker reading “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Whether you use it to make classic martinis, fresh-fruit margaritas or next-level smashes, look to this workhorse of a tool to create chilled, well-mixed drinks ideal for parties.

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Melissa’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2014

Melissa's Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men
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.

Melissa d’Arabian uses white rice flour, tapioca flour and buckwheat flour for her gluten-free take on traditional gingerbread men. Because there isn’t any gluten, you don’t have to worry about overworking the dough when using up your cutout scraps.

Get Melissa’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men 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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Rachael Ray and Fellow Food Lovers Do Good and Give Back

by in News, December 5th, 2014

Rachael RayThe holidays are a time of giving, and by that we don’t mean just the stuff you wrap in pretty paper, tie with a bow and tuck under the tree or exchange in the glow of your menorah – or whatever your tradition may be. It’s a time of reaching out and helping others. But sometimes, that sentiment can get lost in the doorbuster, cybersale rush of it all.

The national movement called #GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as an antidote to the acquisition fever that grips us during the holiday shopping season – the anti-Black Friday or Cyber Monday. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, businesses, charities, community centers, celebrities, and regular folks like you and me were encouraged to do something to give back – through charitable contributions, volunteerism or just doing a lovely, generous thing for another person.

All sorts of people and lots of organizations thought up wonderful ways to help.

Food Network’s Rachael Ray, for instance, helped make a little boy named Ben’s dreams come true. Ben’s response when he found out that Rachael had worked out a way for him to check off not one but two items on his to-see list (Ben is steadily losing his sight) is priceless. Watch here.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, December 5th, 2014

Opening the door on a cold night and being greeted by the inviting smells of stew from a slow cooker can be a dream come true. But winter is not the only time a slow cooker is useful. In the summer, using a slow cooker avoids heat from a hot oven — and it takes less electricity. Slow cookers are a modern mom’s favorite weeknight helper. Some chefs peer down their nose at them, but there are so many recipes that are updated for today’s farmers-market sensibilities and farm-to-table tastes, proving that using a slow cooker doesn’t automatically involve also using a can opener! Read more

Best 5 Mulled Drink Recipes

by in Drinks, December 5th, 2014

Mulled WineWhen it comes to steamy seasonal sippers, piping-hot cups of cocoa and glasses of rich buttered rum may be go-to picks, but when warmed, wine, sangria and cider can shake the December chill too. The secret to serving mulled beverages is pairing the drink with the warm flavors of complementary ingredients, like fragrant spices and fresh fruit. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five mulled drink recipes to find seasonal inspiration for wine, cider and sangria from Rachael Ray, Ina Garten, Alton Brown and more of your favorite chefs.

5. Mulled Cran-Cider — Crimson-colored cranberries add sweetness to Rachael’s fuss-free cider, while ginger promises subtle spice and a welcome bite to the drink.

4. Hot Mulled Cider — Ready to enjoy in a hurry, Ina’s big-batch drink laced with cloves and star anise is a last-minute party favorite that’s made with only a handful of ingredients.

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Hand Made Baking — Off the Shelf

by in Books, December 5th, 2014

Hand Made Baking“If you can make a cake or a batch of cookies using a mix, you can surely bake something from scratch!” This is the premise of Kamran Siddiqi’s new cookbook, Hand Made Baking, and the simple, delightful, classic recipes in the book deliver on that promise. Siddiqi’s goal is to set even the most-timid home baker up for culinary success with easy-to-follow and fun-to-make dishes. Everything in Hand Made Baking, from the friendly headnotes to the luscious images, draws you in and compels you to head straight for the kitchen. Classic Cream Scones and Lemon-Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake (recipe linked below for you to try at home) dare you not to crave them. The Cinnamon-Raisin Granola wants to be your new go-to breakfast. Jammy Linzer Cookies are the perfect sweet treat to make this holiday season.

Siddiqi shared with us several tips to ensure success when baking from scratch. “My first tip, though quite obvious to most, is to read the recipe first; this helps any confusion later on.” He added, “Learn how to measure flour properly. Proper measurement of flour is crucial in baking, and not doing so can lead to lackluster baked goods. A pretty standard way to measure flour is the ‘fluff, pour, and sweep’ method, which I talk about in detail in the ‘Before You Begin’ chapter of my book.” If you’re just starting out baking from scratch, Siddiqi recommends his Nancy Drew Blondies, the Everyday Chocolate Cake and the New York-Style Bagels as a jumping-off point. And with the holidays coming up, Siddiqi said his family and friends always request the Pistachio Polvorones, the Molasses Spice Cookies, Forgetabout it Cinnamon Rolls (perfect on Christmas morning), Cranberry and Almond Coconut Macaroons, and the Chocolate Pudding Pie. The reality is there’s not a bad recipe in the book, and you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

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What to Watch: This Weekend Food Network Spreads the Holiday Cheer

by in Shows, December 5th, 2014

The Pioneer WomanIt’s never too early to get into the spirit of the season. So in keeping with that notion, Food Network is celebrating the first weekend of December with holiday-themed episodes. Watch as the Food Network stars gear up for the holiday season, baking and preparing the perfect festive spreads. Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Outrageous Christmas, Giada at Home, Guy’s Big Bite, Southern at Heart, Farmhouse Rules and Cutthroat Kitchen all share in the Christmas cheer.

Don’t forget to tune in to Guy’s Grocery Games, Rewrapped and Holiday Baking Championship; they are all equally packed with fun, with supermarket challenges and dessert obstacles alike.

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Trisha’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
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.

This is basically Trisha Yearwood’s favorite chocolate chip cookie batter recipe, but she’s replaced the egg with applesauce so you get the same great flavor without the raw egg. Freeze the little balls of dough before dipping them in chocolate-almond bark, which helps them set more quickly. If you use regular milk chocolate, add a bit of coconut oil and it’ll do the same trick.

Get Trisha’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls 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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Home Cooks to Enroll in Food Network Chefs’ All-Star Academy in 2015

by in Shows, December 4th, 2014

Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Curtis StoneThree Iron Chefs and a Level 4 World-Class Kitchen Inferno Gladiator, together Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Curtis Stone, make up one of the fiercest foursomes in culinary competitions. And in the brand-new upcoming series All-Star Academy hosted by Ted Allen, they’ll battle it out in the kitchen as mentor versus mentor with teams of shining home cooks.

Beginning in March 2015, 10 of America’s most-skilled home cooks will make their way to Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis’ All-Star Academy, where they’ll be faced with rigorous kitchen challenges over the course of eight episodes. It’s up to the mentors to support their team members as they face off in the contest, but the contest isn’t just for the home cooks; with their own stellar culinary reputations on the line, Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis will want to guide their apprentices well if they want their team to make it to the end and one of their students to claim the $50,000 grand prize.

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Candy Corn a Christmas Food? Well, Yes, Actually

by in News, December 4th, 2014

Candy Cane Candy CornCandy corn has always been kind of a fall thing, a delicious harvest-colored treat you gobble by the handful around Halloween until your teeth ache and your belly rebels. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

But now – teeth and belly objections aside — you don’t have to stop eating candy corn just because the seasons change. Candy corn can be a winter thing, too: Brach’s has just introduced a version that looks and tastes like Christmas.

Brach’s new Candy Cane Candy Corn features the familiar kernel shape, but swaps in green and red for the usual yellow and orange. Each kernel’s tip is green, its center is white and its base is red.

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