Tag: Holiday

Deck the Halls with Food Lights

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, December 17th, 2013

Deck the Halls with Food LightsTrade your traditional holiday lights for a fun food-themed strand. Go for a sweet look with gumdrop string lights ($30 for 25 feet; holidayprojectors.com) or peppermint candy lights ($20 for 11 feet; lightsforalloccasions.com). Or if your family hides a pickle ornament in the tree every year (a quirky tradition in which the kid who finds the pickle gets an extra present), change the game with a strand of pickle string lights ($8 for 11 feet; thewirelesscatalog.com).

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

This Year’s Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts

by in Books, Holidays, December 15th, 2013

This Year's Best Cookbooks for Holiday GiftsWhether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a culinary pro, you can never have enough cookbooks—especially during the holidays. Find inspiration for your next holiday feast, weeknight dinner and more with our favorite cookbooks from the last year.

Caramel (pictured above) — Here is an easy-to-follow guide for using classic caramel techniques in fun dishes like creme brulee and truffles.
Click here for picks

Best 5 Christmas Appetizers

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2013

Baked BrieSimilar to Thanksgiving, the Christmas supper is often a rich, hearty meal complete with beef, turkey, lamb or ham, among other sides and salads — not to mention dessert — which is why party starters tend to be simple and light fare. But while you don’t want your guests to fill up on appetizers, it’s best to offer a few pre-dinner munchies to satisfy their cravings when they walk in the door and to hold them over until the main dish is ready. Quick-fix snacks like dips and mini meatballs are go-to picks, as is crostini or cheese and crackers, since they don’t require forks and knives, and guests can grab them as they mingle. This holiday, stick with Food Network’s top-five appetizers below to ensure casual, stress-free get-togethers that let crowd-pleasing recipes shine.

5. French Onion Dip — The secret to Guy’s top-rated recipe is cooking the onions slowly over a low temperature so they have time to become sweet, soft and caramelized, which will add to the overall depth of flavor in his sour cream-based dip. Click the play button on the video after the jump to watch Guy make it.

4. Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes — For an elegant appetizer presentation that’s deceptively simple to achieve, Chopped host Ted Allen slow-roasts slices of tomatoes until they’re tender, then features them atop garlic-rubbed toast.

Get the top-three recipes

5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the Holidays

by in Holidays, How-to, December 4th, 2013

5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the HolidaysDuring the holidays, I want everything to have an extra layer of sparkle, even the food — okay, especially the food. Sprinkles, from the silver BB-like dragees to edible glitter and shimmering sugars, deliver that extra layer of over-the-top, spectacular visual joy to my holiday expectations. These colorful, shiny confections add some glamour without much extra effort, not only to desserts but also appetizers and drinks, and they balance out savory dishes with just a touch of sweetness. Here are some ideas for fun and easy ways to add sprinkles to your holiday creations.

1. Eggnog Party Rims
Dressed up with red and gold sugar and tiny white nonpareils, these vintage cut-glass mugs brimming with eggnog are ready to party.

Keep reading

10+ Mix-Ins You Haven’t Thought to Put in Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

10+ Mix-Ins You Haven't Thought to Put in CookiesChocolate chips, toffee pieces, raisins, walnuts — all very traditional cookie add-ins. I grew up slicing and baking cookies from logs of premade dough bought from the refrigerated case in my grocery store. You know, the “Dough-boy” brand.

Thinking outside the cookie log will set you apart from other cookie bakers. Have you ever thought about adding chai tea, potato chips, pretzel chunks, licorice or even bacon bits? Keep your mind open and read on.

In my Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Chai Cookie recipe, I use ground chai tea leaves along with Indian spices such as cloves, cardamom, mace and freshly grated ginger. Think of a classic gingersnap with a modern spin (or your favorite coffeehouse beverage).

Get more mix-in ideas

Tyler’s Pistachio Biscotti — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

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

Like the classic Italian biscotti, Tyler’s cookies are baked twice: first as whole logs and then as sliced pieces. The pistachio-filled bites bake into deliciously hard cookies that are fit for dunking. Pair the cookies with your morning coffee, or dip them in a mug of hot chocolate.

Get Tyler Florence’s Pistachio Biscotti 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.

Get more top holiday cookie recipes

Alex’s Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2013

Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

These holiday cookies make a beautiful gift, thanks to their pretty presentation. One of the essential steps in Alex’s recipe is creaming the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer for about 5 to 8 minutes. Don’t skimp on time, as the ingredients will get lighter and fluffier as you go. Sandwich the freshly baked cookies with raspberry jam and dust them with powdered sugar.

Get Alex Guarnaschelli’s Linzer Star Sandwich 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.

Get more top holiday cookie recipes

Save the Dates: Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition

by in Community, Holidays, December 1st, 2013

Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition ScheduleJoin Food Network in the month of December for a series of holiday-themed Facebook chats with Food Network Kitchens. Bring all your cookie, edible gift and entertaining questions, and let the experts help you take the fear factor out of creating a memorable holiday season.

It kicks off with the 12 Days of Cookies chat this Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:30pm/12:30c on Food Network’s Facebook page.

Come back to Food Network’s Facebook page for these additional chats:

  • Edible Gifts: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 2pm/1c
  • Holiday Entertaining: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30pm/12:30c

Ree Drummond’s Mint Chocolate Truffles – 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 1st, 2013

Mint Chocolate Truffles
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Ree’s truffle mixture of semisweet and bittersweet chocolate plus sweetened condensed milk and mint extract is so delicious you might be tempted to eat it with a spoon. A melted milk-chocolate coating gives the truffles a smooth finish. Decorate the tops with a sprinkling of coarse sugar that not only adds to their presentation but also gives crunch to every bite.

Get Ree Drummond’s Mint Chocolate Truffles 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.

Get more top holiday cookie recipes

How to Make the Perfect Butter Spritz Cookie

by in Holidays, November 30th, 2013

Butter Spritz Cookies are quintessential buttery bites that come together in just 23 minutes. The only special equipment you’ll need for these sprinkled shapes is a cookie press.

Get the step-by-step photos