Cupcake Toppers in 10 Minutes or Less

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

By Ashley Rose

When it comes to the holidays, everyone tends to let loose a bit and go for the extra cupcake, so why not make them as memorable as you can? These simple cupcake toppers can be made in less than 10 minutes and are perfect for turning a homemade or store-bought cupcake into a dessert centerpiece. Read more

Food Network Stars Share Their Holiday Baking Traditions

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

Guy and Hunter FieriPerhaps some of the most-memorable holiday moments are those when you and your loved ones are immersed in a holiday tradition. Whether it’s trimming the tree or lighting the candles, there’s something special about continuing a custom that’s been handed down from generation to generation. On Food Network, some of our most-beloved holiday traditions revolve around baking.

With recipes passed down through generations, it’s something the Food Network stars hold near to their hearts. Sometimes the holidays also offer the opportunity to reinvent those traditions and start new ones. Just see the Food Network Stars’ Holiday Baking Traditions gallery to see what the stars do during the holidays.

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Fine-Tuning the Art of Baking and Decorating — David’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, December 2nd, 2014

David presenting his yule logYule logs, which the French call “buche de Noel“, are very impressive for the holidays. They’re sure to stop every family member in their tracks. But they’re not the easiest things to make, as we saw on last Sunday’s Holiday Baking Championship. The five remaining bakers tried their luck at making their own yule logs in the main challenge, but not everyone could roll with the punches. Two bakers didn’t create traditional rolled yule logs — Erin on purpose and Terra had no choice. David, however, made two yule logs, going out of his way to set a stage for his Sugar Plum Fairies, right out of The Nutcracker. But going out of his way didn’t do him any good, as the judges pointed out, ending up in his elimination. Relive this decorator and professional baker’s time on the show.

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Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies) — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

Polvorones
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 techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Walnuts are the base for these powdered cookies that melt in your mouth. The crumbly and buttery texture is key, so if you’re making these ahead, make sure they are cooled before storing them — otherwise they will get soggy.

Get Marcela Valladolid’s Polvorones (Mexican Wedding 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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Saddle Up for a History of the Hamburger and Its Strange Origins

by in News, December 1st, 2014

HamburgerConsider the hamburger: Tucked inside a bun and served with all the fixings, it’s an American icon. (Share the spotlight, hot dog.) But how did it get that way?

National Geographic recently released a short video about the history of the hamburger, tracing its origins back to Genghis Khan and the Mongolian cavalry, who, back in the 13th century, “would actually keep meat under their saddles,” Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar says in the video. This meat-meets-seat move was not only for convenient transport, Majumdar maintains, but also because “they realized it would be tenderized as they were banging against the saddle as they rode.” Oh my.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Duff Goldman Baking Product Prize Package

by in Contests, December 1st, 2014

Duff Goldman
Now’s your chance to host your very own Holiday Baking Championship at home, and we want to give you a head start against the competition. Enter to win a giveaway package complete with products from Holiday Baking Championship judge and Chef Duff Goldman’s line. And don’t forget to tune in to Holiday Baking Championship for out-of-the-box dessert ideas every Sunday at 9|8c.

To buy these Duff Goldman baking products, you can visit the Food Network Store, or enter a comment below for a chance to win the items. To enter, let us know in the comments: Who’s your favorite competitor? The giveaway includes (from left to right) cupcake wire charms, Purple Rain premium cake mix, decorative cake wires and a heavyweight aluminum 9-by-13-inch cake pan. The contest starts at 1 p.m. EST today and ends Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. EST.

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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Leeks and Hazelnuts — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 1st, 2014

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Leeks and HazelnutsIf you’re still reeling from your holiday feasting, you are not alone. Overindulging in mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie is likely to happen. So if you’re looking for something to separate yourself from your holiday feast, this week’s Meatless Monday is just for you. This dish of Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Leeks and Hazelnuts (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine serves as a nice contrast to those heavy Thanksgiving staples.

This recipe is full flavored, through calls for only a few simple ingredients of whole-wheat spaghetti, leeks, radicchio, hazelnuts, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and Italian cheeses like fontina or Taleggio. And are you still too tired to prepare a big meal after your Thanksgiving feasting? This pasta dish takes only 35 minutes to both cook and prepare.

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Daphne Brogdon to Dish Out Humor and Family-Friendly Meals on All-New Series

by in Shows, December 1st, 2014

Daphne BrogdonWhile some cooks enter the kitchen with a get-it-done attitude toward mealtime, Daphne Brogdon prefers to dish up her dinners with a side of humor. This blogger and standup comedian is a mom to two children, and on her all-new series, Daphne Dishes (premiering Sunday, Jan. 4 at 12|11c), she’s revealing her how-tos for serving up creative takes on traditional meals. As Daphne opens up her home each week and shares go-to meals fans can count on, she’ll offer tips for transforming everyday staples — and even reveals how she outcooks her professional chef husband when it comes to family diner.

What can you expect on Daphne’s menus? Over the course of six episodes, she’ll dress up the tried-and-true chicken breast with a next-level filling, plus show how simple it can be to turn seemingly forgotten leftovers into brand-new pasta dinners and reinvented vegetable sides. In true Daphne fashion, she’ll share her family’s take on common events like birthday parties, low-key family suppers and game-day extravaganzas alike, all while dishing out humor.

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Give Back This Holiday Season with Share Our Strength’s #GivingTuesday

by in Community, December 1st, 2014

Giving TuesdayWith the season of giving freshly upon us, Share Our Strength — a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America — and its No Kid Hungry campaign is leading #GivingTuesday tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 2. It’s a one-day, all-day give-a-thon committed to providing breakfast and more meals for kids.

Thanks to fans’ support, last year’s #GivingTuesday raised enough money to provide more than 500,000 meals to children, and No Kid Hungry hopes to double that number this year, but they need your support to do so. When you donate $10, you’ll be providing 100 meals for a child in America; plus, No Kid Hungry will match your tax-deductible gift, up to $50,000.

How to get involved? Pledge your support for No Kid Hungry, and on #GivingTuesday, visit NoKidHungry.org/GivingTuesday to donate and join the cause.

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Ree’s Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 1st, 2014

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge
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.

With just three ingredients and five minutes’ prep time, Ree Drummond’s fudge is perfect in a pinch. Turn the refrigerator-friendly treat into a dessert for the holiday table by topping the finished chocolate fudge with crushed peppermint candies.

Get Ree’s Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge 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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