by Leah Brickley in Shows, December 30th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, December 29th, 2015
This week’s mystery baskets on Chopped Junior were filled with sweet ingredients like gingerbread cookies, birthday cake and candy dots! But when it came time to develop a lunchbox dish, we decided to go for savory and focused on the tofu from the appetizer challenge.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015
Looking for a totally rad party-theme idea? One word: Stonehenge!
About 4,500 years back, the celebrations enjoyed by visitors to the upright prehistoric-stone monument in Wiltshire, England, were “epic barbecues,” according to NPR’s The Salt blog.
New details about the revelry and feasts enjoyed by travelers to Stonehenge around the winter solstice, many of whom stayed at Durrington Walls, a village nearby, are starting to emerge, NPR reports, citing recent research published in the journal Antiquity.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, December 28th, 2015
When you’re little, celebrating New Year’s Eve is really just a fun reason to have special food, and this menu doesn’t disappoint! Offering a buffet of simple but festive fare is the way we love to ring in the new year with our own brood of four.
Create a kids’ table with party hats and noisemakers at each place. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; just throw a sheet over the craft table and get them set up. Then offer a buffet, lined with all the food. Set it out all at once, or in a couple of shifts. The second way, kids have a better chance of seeing everything.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015
If holiday guests are lingering at your house this week — and surely looking for something to eat — stick with easy, speedy all-in-one meals to save you prep time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to breakfast. For morning meals and a hearty meat-free option any time of day, eggs are a go-to pick to deliver filling, protein-rich dishes. And, perhaps most importantly during the busy holiday season, they cook up in a flash.
For a next-level spin on the usual egg-and-toast plate, Food Network Kitchen chefs introduce the warm, slightly smoky flavor of curry in their quick-fix recipe for Baked Eggs with Curried Spinach, featured in Food Network Magazine. Just as you’d simmer eggs in marinara sauce for classic eggs in purgatory, this recipe comes together by cooking the eggs on a bed of spinach, curry sauce (the store-bought kind is A-OK) and red lentils, which deliver extra heft. A splash of heavy cream adds a luxurious richness to the dish, while warm naan bread offers welcome possibilities for dunking and soaking up the savory sauce. Though eggs may be traditionally thought of as a morning meal, keep this recipe on hand for fuss-free lunches or a lighter dinner too.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 27th, 2015
You’ve decked the halls, made the season bright and let it snow (depending on where you live), and now it’s time to ring in the new year with a party-ready menu fit for the final feast of 2015. Though New Year’s Eve fare might seem downright decadent — Champagne, anyone? — your menu doesn’t have to be especially extravagant to feel fancy. All it takes is a few dressed-up dishes, and perhaps some bubbly at midnight, to kick-start 2016 on a high note.
by Maria Russo in Community, December 27th, 2015
Surviving Cutthroat Kitchen is tricky enough for a chef who’s trying to manage his or her own lot of eviliciousness, but when a particularly diabolical challenge requires two chefs to work together in the hopes of surviving, the feelings of doom in the arena only increase. Such a scene unfolded during tonight’s all-new episode, and during the After-Show later on, host Alton Brown revealed what he deemed a challenge diabolical enough for the ages. “This is probably [among the] top 10 sabotages of all time,” he told Simon Majumdar, the judge of the day, while revealing a pair of wraparound bars that forced chefs Betty and Michael to work in tandem while making tandoori chicken.
“As you dose out the pain of sending people home, I figured that it would be good for you to kind of get an idea of what this felt like,” Alton explained to Simon as the guys attempted to settle into this oddball contraption. Though they didn’t have to attempt tandoori chicken on the After-Show, Alton and Simon indeed tried their (tied) hands at potato pancake prep work. After a few initial fumbles, the host and judge found their rhythm, and Simon couldn’t help but wonder about the chefs who had to endure this sabotage. “We’re grating, so that’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy,” he said. “But what were they doing?” Alton explained that the competitors had a few more tasks at hand, like “trying to cut chicken and make all their seasonings and mix up everything that they needed.” As for the host, he could only somewhat describe how such an experience felt as he endured it. “It’s kind of like you’re being a puppet and not being a puppet,” Alton said.
by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, December 26th, 2015
Prep it, fill it and forget it — that’s the name of the game when it comes to the slow cooker, which allows for easy, hearty meals without constant attention. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is one such slow-cooker standby, as it lets the machine do the work of turning macaroni, milk and rich cheddar cheese into a gooey, oh-so-creamy classic that will feed the whole family.
For more fill-you-up recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
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by Foodlets in Holidays, Recipes, December 25th, 2015
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
The presents have been opened and the holiday dinner digested. But how do you keep guests sated in the days after the big event? We chatted with a handful of chefs to get the scoop on their best crowd-pleasing brunch dishes to end the holidays on a delicious note. Read more
by Ricky Smith in Shows, December 25th, 2015
If a glistening ham is gracing your holiday table today, chances are you’ll have a bit of that smoky, juicy meat left over at the end of the meal. Don’t let that beautiful ham go to waste! These easy ideas won’t keep you in the kitchen for long. In only a few minutes, you’ll transform what was once a holiday dinner into kid-friendly fare — pizza, breakfast cups, mini sandwiches and more.
Macaroni and Cheese
Giada De Laurentiis has included diced ham and three different cheeses for a surprisingly simple dish … with more than 700 5-star reviews.
This weekend, while you’re finishing off your holiday leftovers and deciding how many cookies is too many cookies, don’t miss four exciting premieres, including lots of Guy Fieri and a brand-new series. On Sunday morning, Guy is cooking up Mexican-inspired food with Chef Luigi Agostini, including Mexican Chile Pork Chops and Chayote Slaw with Cumin and Lime. And on Sunday night, catch the finale of Guy’s Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champions, when one of the chefs will become the biggest prizewinner in Grocery Games history. After that, it’s the premiere of the all-new series Cupcake Wars Kids with four junior bakers competing to create the best Scooby Doo-themed display and win $5,000. Then, Alton Brown auctions off tiny tools stuck in potato people on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.