Drinks by the Numbers

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 13th, 2015

For this year’s December issue, Food Network Magazine took the guesswork out of figuring out how much alcohol to buy for your holiday soiree. With the handy “beverage formula,” you can easily calculate the number of drinks you’ll need. Wondering why there is an asterisk? It’s simply there to explain that guests generally consume two drinks in the first hour of a party and one drink for each additional hour. So pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy your own party.

Scroll down below for affordable champagne alternatives and festive big-batch cocktail recipes. Each of the pitcher drinks can be made in advance and serves about 16.

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Best Food Gifts from 5 Cities

by in Restaurants, December 13th, 2015

BittermilkWhen it comes to holiday gifts, home is where the hearty appetite is. But if homemade gifts elude you, rely on the pros to help play savory Santa. We scoured several cities across the country, tracking down the best edible gift in each to share the spirit of the city, including a few with in-airport kiosks for the ultra-last-minute gift giver. Whether you’re keen to give chefs’ pantry favorites or a nip of the holiday spirit, here are our tasty local finds.

Check out the full gallery for the best food gifts from even more cities.  Read more

Easy Calzones — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 13th, 2015

Easy CalzonesCheese and sausage — if this combination sounds like your favorite pizza toppings, then you’ll surely enjoy this decadent duo when wrapped up in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, The Pioneer Woman’s Easy Calzones. Follow Ree Drummond’s lead and opt for store-bought frozen dinner rolls for the pastry, which will save you the time of making dough from scratch. She mixes up a creamy mixture of ricotta, gooey mozzarella and nutty Parmesan to create the ultimate gooey cheese filling, which partners well with hearty sausage. Serve a tomato-garlic sauce on the side for a tried-and-true pairing.

For more comforting recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Easy Calzones 

Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Sides

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 13th, 2015

yorkshire puddingUnlike the Thanksgiving feast, where turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are pretty much guaranteed year after year, the menu for Christmas dinner is more flexible and can be more fun. You get to make what your family loves most — a big old-school ham, shrimp scampi, rack of lamb, whatever — and no one will judge. But as at Thanksgiving, sides (and ideally a plethora of them) are key. To help you choose your holiday lineup, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite traditional and unconventional side dishes.

Herbed Yorkshire Pudding (pictured above)

If this year’s feast involves prime rib, you’re going to want Yorkshire pudding. Seriously, you don’t want those flavorful pan drippings to go to waste. The addition of chopped herbs to the batter is a simple but major upgrade.

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Three Hot Food Trends

by in View All Posts, December 13th, 2015

Three Hot Food TrendsFrom Our Sponsor S.Pellegrino

Food lovers around the country are expanding beyond the upscale for the authentic, both old and new. They want to eat traditional street food with their hands, lick fried chicken off their fingers and try cutting-edge desserts. You know you want to too. Here’s how.

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Peppermint Meringues — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 13th, 2015

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.

Classic snow-white meringues will add a delicate touch to any dessert spread, but these peppermint-streaked cookies are especially suited for a holiday celebration. Although you can use regular water-based food coloring, the cookie experts at Food Network Kitchen prefer gel for this recipe, because the final color is more vibrant. Here’s a clever decorating trick: Paint lines of food coloring gel up the sides of a pastry bag before filling it with meringue, and each cookie will come out striped as you pipe it. You can even use this trick with cupcake frosting.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Peppermint Meringues 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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10 Christmas Cookies So Easy Kids Can Help Make Them

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 12th, 2015

Cocoa ThumbprintsI have four kids under the age of 7, so you can bet there are some Christmas cookies baking in my house — and the rascals want in on it. These are our favorite cookies for baking as a two-generation team.

Cocoa Thumbprints from Food Network Magazine
Anything that involves rolling dough into a ball, jamming your finger into it and placing candy on top is a hit with kiddie cooks.

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Chefs’ Picks: Top Holiday Bottles

by in Restaurants, December 12th, 2015

Favorite Holiday WinesChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating, cooking and drinking from coast to coast.

When parties abound, it’s tempting to just buy a box of wine and let the masses descend. But if you want to put a little more thought into the season’s celebratory bottles, dazzle your guests by taking your cues from these chefs’ go-to bottles to serve, gift and brighten spirits. Read more

Dress Up Your Holiday Ham with The Kitchen’s 2 New Recipes

by in Recipes, Shows, December 12th, 2015

The KitchenUnlike Thanksgiving, when it’s all but assumed that a glistening turkey will be headlining your feast, the December holidays leave room for interpretation when it comes to the star of your table. Turkey makes repeat appearances, but we also see impressive beef rib roasts, grilled lamb, seafood and, of course, classic ham. Though many hams are sold precooked and require little more than reheating in the oven, a simple glaze can boost the flavor, as can complementary side dishes and the way you plate the meat. That’s where this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen comes in. Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro shared creative twists on the traditional slice-and-serve ham. See what they did to dress up this seasonal staple with their recipes below.

Instead of opting for just a bit of mustard to accompany his ham, GZ offers a duo of sides to add next-level taste and texture to the dish. Similar to the traditional glaze that gets slicked across the ham, Geoffrey’s Fig Chutney boasts subtle sweetness, which he balances with the heat of a pinch of cayenne pepper and the richness of fresh red wine. To round out the meal, his Collard Salad with Walnuts, Pecorino and Mustard Vinaigrette is an easy, no-cook salad that comes together in mere minutes. If you’ve never before served collard greens raw, Geoffrey notes in his recipe, “The acid [in the vinaigrette] will break down the leaves a bit and tenderize them.”

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Sneak Peek: Alton’s Snapchat Discover Takeover

by in Community, Food Network Chef, December 12th, 2015

Can’t wait for tomorrow night’s episode of Cutthroat Kitchen (at 10|9c) to get your Alton Brown fix? Fear not. All day Sunday, Alton is staging a total takeover of Food Network’s Snapchat Discover page. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get exclusive access to everything Alton, but for 24 hours only.

If you’re not familiar with how Snapchat Discover works, here’s a quick rundown. Download the Snapchat app (for iPhone and Android), if you haven’t already. Swipe right twice (past the camera and the Stories page) and you’ll see a list of mini-magazines produced daily just for Snapchat users. Find the Food Network logo (the orange bubble!) and tap. You’re in!

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