Tag: holidays

Chefs’ Picks: Feast of the Seven Fishes

by in Restaurants, December 7th, 2016

Michael's Genuine Fish Stew
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Wander into an Italian-American household on Dec. 24 and there’s a good chance you will be dazzled by platter upon platter of delectable fishcentric dishes. This stunning array of seafood is served as part of a holiday vigil when many abstain from eating meat. Read more

Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

The Holiday Cookies Food Network Staffers Can’t Wait to Make This Year

by in Community, Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Eggnog MeltawaysHoliday baking season is upon us, and while we’re tempted daily by the prospect of putting together all manner of cakes, cinnamon rolls, gingerbread houses, cheesecake and tarts, it’s really all about the cookies for us. (You, too? It’s not too late to sign up to receive our 12 Days of Cookies newsletter, BTW.) Read on below to see which cookies we Food Network staffers will be baking up first this season, and get the recipes to try them at your home, too.

“Meltaways (aka polvorones, aka Mexican wedding cookies, aka butterballs) have always been my favorite Christmas cookie (my mom called them ‘snowball meltaways’ when I was growing up), but this year I’m making Food Network Kitchen’s new version: Eggnog Meltaways. They really do taste just like eggnog – there’s bourbon, rum extract and nutmeg in the dough — but they’re buttery and crumbly like a meltaway should be.”

— Michelle Buffardi, Director, Digital Programming

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Chefs’ Picks: Cookie Swap

by in Restaurants, December 4th, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Cookies can be enjoyed year-round, but let’s face it: The holidays provide the perfect excuse to indulge in this classic treat. And there’s no better tradition for doing so than the cookie swap, that sweet soiree where each invitee brings a batch to share. We’ve asked some of the country’s finest cookie aficionados — pastry chefs and bakers — to weigh in with their good-to-the-last-crumb creations. Read on to get their recipes that are sure to reign supreme at any party. Read more

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese-and-Cracker Platter (Into an Edible House)

by in Entertaining, Recipes, Shows, December 3rd, 2016

Cheese and Cracker HouseAt holiday parties big and small, cheese-and-cracker platters are practically required. You can keep them simple with just some slices of your favorite cheddar and kid-friendly crackers, or you can dress them up, offering an array of fresh and funky cheeses and various trimmings. You can even ditch the platter notion altogether and instead opt for home construction when building your cheese-and-cracker setup, like the co-hosts of The Kitchen did on this morning’s all-new episode. With four walls, a stable roof and even pepperoni shingles, their Cheese-and-Cracker House is the ultimate in party-ready edible entertainment, sure to keep your guests chatting as they pick away at its exterior and interior.

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Easy, Cheesy Appetizers Your Holiday Guests Will Hover Around

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2016

Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese WellingtonSome people like receiving gifts. Others? They’d be quite pleased with one thing and one thing only: cheese — lots and lots of cheese. When family and friends converge at your place this holiday season, these are the cheesy appetizers you should greet them with.

Think of Melissa d’Arabian’s Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington (pictured above) as a cross between baked Brie en croute and a cream cheese log. After covering a bar of cream cheese in ranch dressing, chopped bacon and green onions, wrap it up in store-bought puff pastry and bake. It’s a flaky, oozing appetizer that’s elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too.

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A Cookie Baking Challenge for the Ages

by in Shows, November 28th, 2016

The Christmas Cookie Challenge, hosted by Alison Sweeney, is a furious but festive battle to determine the best cookie baker in the country with the winner taking home $10,000. Five bakers’ holiday delights were judged in three rounds of competition by chef and culinary entrepreneur Sharone Hakman, American Idol-winner and seasoned baker Jordin Sparks and Food Network Star Season 12 finalist Damiano Carrara.

Find out whose cookies took home the grand prize.

3 Ways to Infuse Cocktail Flavors Into Party-Time Snack Mixes

by in Recipes, Shows, November 26th, 2016

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack MixChips and dip, carrots and ranch, maybe a fruit platter — these are all fine party starters. They’re great ones, actually. But when it comes to holiday parties, sometimes we like to up the appetizer ante a bit, all while keeping it casual and easy, of course. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of snack mixes that are the kind of next-level recipes that will transform your seasonal spreads. Combining two party-time favorites — booze and bites — the co-hosts made three cocktail-inspired snack recipes that range from savory and salty to sweet and oh so crunchy. Read on below to find out how they turned a Bloody Mary, a White Russian and a tequila-based cocktail into eat-with-your-hands nibbles. (Spoiler: It all comes down to spiking, pouring and mixing.)

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack Mix

The flavors you know and love in a classic Bloody Mary are well-represented in this big-batch mash-up of rice cereal, bagel chips and pretzels. Just as tomato juice and vodka form the base of the drink, this snack mix is made with tomato paste and vodka, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, which deliver the salty, deeply umami flavor you love in a Bloody Mary. Once the mixture is warmed, it’s poured over the munchies, which get microwaved for just a few minutes so the flavors can marry.

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5 Teacher Gifts for $20 or Less

by in Holidays, December 17th, 2015

Holiday shopping can feel like an endless (and expensive) endeavor, but these sweet tokens of appreciation won’t go unnoticed — and they won’t break the bank either. Whether you’re shopping for a college professor or your kid’s elementary school teacher, these five gifts are right on the mark.

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Best Food Gifts from 5 Cities

by in Restaurants, December 13th, 2015

BittermilkWhen it comes to holiday gifts, home is where the hearty appetite is. But if homemade gifts elude you, rely on the pros to help play savory Santa. We scoured several cities across the country, tracking down the best edible gift in each to share the spirit of the city, including a few with in-airport kiosks for the ultra-last-minute gift giver. Whether you’re keen to give chefs’ pantry favorites or a nip of the holiday spirit, here are our tasty local finds.

Check out the full gallery for the best food gifts from even more cities.  Read more