Old Man Winter is peeking his head around the corner, so stay warm and spend the next few weekends inside enjoying a few food-centric road trips and the finales of some of your favorite culinary tournaments. It all starts tonight, when Guy Fieri heads on a cross-country journey to get a taste of authentic international cuisine without getting a stamp on his passport. Then on Sunday night, it’s the penultimate episode of GGG: Impossible followed by the finale of Holiday Baking Championship, where the baker with the best North Pole-inspired cake will win the title of Holiday Baking Champion and the grand prize of $50,000.
On Christmas Day, after all the presents have been unwrapped, get comfortable and tune in for the GGG: Impossible finale, and find out who will earn another chance to cook against Mr. Impossible, Robert Irvine, and a chance at winning another $10,000. Then it’s a special episode of Holiday Baking Championship, where three Holiday Baking champions and three fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship battle it out for a chance to win $10,000. Then, Guy is on another cross-country road trip, hunting down the most decadent and delicious desserts.
Anyone who has ever heedlessly heated up last night’s leftover broccoli or tuna casserole in the office microwave knows the shame of the smelly office lunch. Ew! Why, oh, why do so many high-rise office windows not open?
Your co-workers may never forgive or forget, bringing it up at meetings for many months to come and bestowing unflattering nicknames on you. So do you have to resign yourself to a daily greeting of “Hey there, stinky!”? Or is it time to fire up the ol’ resume and dodge the bad rap by getting out of Dodge?
Nothing so drastic may be necessary, as it happens. Because now, armed with info, you can take precautions.
Much like chocolate chip cookies and ice cream flavors, brownies are personal. Beyond the myriad mix-ins available (nuts versus no nuts — the debate rages on), the very consistency of a chocolate brownie can provoke strong opinions. Do you like when the crumbly center is similar to that of cake, or do you prefer a chewy interior? Maybe you like something richly fudgy and nearly wet? We want to know which you like best. Cast your vote in the poll below to share your preferences.
I’m the mom of four small kids, and one of my goals (other than enjoying an empty dishwasher for more than three seconds at any time) is to inspire them to cook when they get to be adults. That means giving them confidence, skills and warm memories of doing it as kids. These recipes are a great place to start.
That gift list won’t shop itself, and as for trimming the tree and decking the halls before everyone arrives, let’s just say your hands are full well until New Year’s Day. When it comes to holiday menu prep, think of your side dishes as one super-easy way to cut down on effort this holiday season. These quick and easy holiday side dishes won’t take too much attention away from all the work you must do in the gift-wrapping, roast-monitoring and guest-hugging departments — and they’ll be just as delicious.
The official first day of winter may be not be until next week, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already felt plenty frosty outside. If the season’s chill has you cozying up under a blanket (or two) already, it’s probably high time to brew your first batch of hot cocoa. As you’re snuggling on the couch, reach for one of these six flavorful renditions of comforting cocoa to warm up from the inside out.
Not just for too-cute cookies, the seasonal flavor of gingerbread, featuring plenty of fragrant ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg, shines when paired with chocolate. This Gingerbread Hot Chocolate recipe gets two boosts of chocolate: one from cocoa powder and another from chopped milk chocolate.
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Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah
Hanukkah spans eight nights, which means there is plenty of time to reflect on traditions, exchange gifts and indulge in one celebratory meal after another. The holiday is full of dishes that are steeped in symbolism. Many of them are made with oil, to celebrate finding the oil that kept the temple’s menorah lit for eight days. That’s why the holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Whether you are preparing your first Hanukkah feast or are looking for ways to mix up traditional recipes, get inspiration as these chefs across the country give their take on what should land on your table this holiday. Read more
Vegetarians have their dating services — apparently lots of them — but what about a dating service for the poor, neglected meat lovers of the world?
Turns out, there is one — or at least there’s the tongue-in-cheek promise of one in Australia. The meat-delivery service Carnivore Club, which serves carnivores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, marked its launch into the land Down Under with a video ad touting an online dating service called, cleverly, Meat Your Match.
By KC Cibran
I moved to New York City a few months ago — fresh out of college — for a postgrad internship with Cooking Channel. The most-common question I get is, “Is there a lot of food in the office?” The answer is yes. I mean, I literally work with food. When I’m not eating it in the break room, I’m seeing it on my computer screen. I’d say my passion for cool foods has definitely hit a high since I started working here. But when I’m not at work, I am confined to the tiny space that is my kitchen. Girl with big foodie dreams meets tiny kitchen. Seriously, I am confident that I can now win any fridge Tetris challenge.
Despite the space, I pretty much live with an Iron Chef Jr. Her name is Annie, and she keeps me alive in this city by cooking for me. We cook cool foods on a budget and have fun doing it. While researching our next project, we ran into a food craze known as the sushi doughnut. We love sushi, and we love decorating food, so we decided to make our own. Please, step into our sushi doughnut world.
We’ve been waiting all year to break out our gingerbread spice. (Don’t have any on hand? Make your own spice blend with this recipe from Food Network Magazine.) With the holiday season in full swing, we’re pining for gingerbread-flavored desserts that go beyond cute cutout cookies. Check out these new ways to use this season’s favorite flavor. Read more