by Kristina Bornholtz in Behind the Scenes, How-to, December 28th, 2016
by Dara Pollak in Restaurants, December 28th, 2016
Dear readers, this is my confession. I may work in food, but for my entire life, I have been holding my knife incorrectly. And using the wrong knives. And generally making life more difficult for myself than it needed to be.
Finally, I decided to do something about it.
For the last four years of my life, I was a college student, settling for cutting everything in my house with a haphazard set of serrated and paring knives. Everything worked, but just barely. I was too busy focusing on my classes to focus on technique or true expediency.
But now I have graduated and have a little more dignity than a bowl full of misshapen veggies — and the constant fear that I might slice my finger off with a steak knife as I slice through a slippery mango. And I have a whole slew of foodie co-workers to impress. So, what does any post-grad with a plan do?
Go back to school, of course.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, December 27th, 2016
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Caviar and potato chips usually sit at opposite ends of the fancy food spectrum. Lately, however, chefs have united the two, pairing the upscale tinned fish eggs with the humble potato, a seemingly ideal combination that brings together both creamy and crisp textures. Read on to get the take on these creative dishes that fuse the familiar flavors of fried potato with the bold and briny notes of caviar. Read more
by Maria Russo in Recipes, December 27th, 2016
Fancy drinks don’t have to be limited to the over-21 crowd at your New Year’s Eve party. Just follow these simple instructions for creating festive mocktails kids love.
Italian Lemonade (pictured above)
The addition of Basil Simple Syrup dresses up this refreshing sipper from Giada De Laurentiis.
by Maria Russo in Community, December 25th, 2016
The end of the year is a time for reflection and review — the memories made, the lessons learned and, of course, the food eaten. Here on FoodNetwork.com, 2016 was full of game-changing dishes, from fresh spring dinners to sweet-tooth-satisfying holiday treats. But no matter the season or holiday, there were a few dishes that our fans kept coming back to, those tried-and-true picks that proved to be classics for a reason. Read on below to get our 10 most-popular recipes of the year.
by Sara Ventiera in Restaurants, December 24th, 2016
No, this pudding isn’t served hot a la hot chocolate. Instead, this rich, creamy treat takes its flavor cues from the cozy drink you know and love with the help of hot chocolate mix. That’s right. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is made with the same mix you’d use to make a cup of cocoa, plus a bit of cornstarch, which helps the mixture thicken and turn into a pudding. When it comes to serving the pudding, the chefs in Food Network Kitchen explain, “Our hot chocolate pudding is topped with whipped cream, but as on the real thing, mini marshmallows would be great too.”
For more season recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate the Holidays board on Pinterest.
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by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2016
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
For some, ordering Chinese food is a time-honored Christmas Day tradition. For those who plan to dive into a bowl of noodles tomorrow, follow the lead of these chefs who’ve shared their preferred takeout plates, including Americanized favorites and regional classics.
A Feast of Favorites
Chefs Salil and Stacey Mehta brought the traditional Chinese fare of India to Brooklyn earlier this year when they opened the Chinese Club, which honors Stacey’s Indian-Chinese heritage. Given the hectic pace of running two restaurants (they’re also owners of LAUT in New York City) while raising a family, the husband-and-wife duo are fans of ordering in when they need a bit of a break. Stacey’s takeout picks are Kung Pao Chicken, Chinese corn soup and Singapore Mai Fun, while Salil opts for crab rangoon, General Tso’s Chicken and roast pork fried rice. “We love these dishes as our lazy day food, especially after a long day of working at both restaurants and also looking after children: dropping them off at school, picking them up, spending time with them and playing with them,” says Salil.
by Sara Levine in Holidays, December 23rd, 2016
For many American Jews, waking up on Christmas morning doesn’t mean opening presents, though it might with the holiday converging with Hanukkah this year. What it often does involve, however, is an annual Chinese food feast: bowls of sinus-tingling soups, greasy egg rolls, heaping platters of fried rice and pillowy steamed dumplings. If this sounds a lot like your Christmas Day, do something a little different on the second night of Hanukkah and make Chinese favorites at home instead.
In addition to never having to get out of your PJs, another plus side of making this yearly feast at home is that you can make the dishes a little bit healthier too. Food Network Kitchen’s meatless, 15-minute Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-Fry is a better-for-you take on a nutty, spicy vegetable side.
by Allison Milam in Community, Holidays, December 22nd, 2016
Applesauce and sour cream are the traditional accoutrements for latkes. Some load their potato pancakes up with both toppings, while others have strong feelings about one over the other. (I’m Team Applesauce, all the way.) However, this Hanukkah, don’t feel constrained by these standard-bearers. Latkes are just fried potatoes, after all, so they’re basically a blank canvas of crispy deliciousness. Pick any of our top latke recipes and try a new topping this year. Read more
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 22nd, 2016
If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent most of December with your eyes glazing over, dragging item after item to your virtual shopping cart and crossing your fingers that all the gifts would arrive in time. That said, you can’t blame us for taking a break here and there to ogle some of the cutest holiday treats in the blogosphere — no shipping fee required.
Some people have holiday wreaths nailed to their doors, but Alana Jones-Mann set out to spread festive cheer in the baking department. Her adorable, green-as-can-be Wreath Cookies (pictured above) are all about leafy texture, and packing them up in little boxes makes for a cute, edible gift.
So, your cupcakes are the talk of the neighborhood potluck, and your cheesecake has been described as “legendary.” Does that mean your amateur baking chops could carry you in a competition versus the pros? Perhaps. On the all-new upcoming series Bakers vs. Fakers, professional pastry chefs will be all but equalized as they face off against home bakers in a series of battles — blind battles, that is.
Premiering Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10|9c, Bakers vs. Fakers will bring together pros and Joes, but since the identities of all competitors will be hidden, the judges will evaluate the competitors’ offerings with no knowledge of their experience — or lack thereof. It’s up to the contestants to keep up with host Buddy Valastro’s demands in back-to-back challenges and attempt to convince the panel of their professional techniques, even if they’re fibbing along the way.