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8 Holiday Cooking Specials You Don't Want to Miss

8 Holiday Cooking Specials You Don't Want to Miss

And they are all coming up this weekend!

If you haven’t noticed, Food Network has been ready for the holidays for quite some time, with a stacked lineup of holiday-themed competitions and showcases. But this weekend seems to be the holy grail of holiday programming with some of your favorite chefs and savvy cooks.

Starting Saturday, Food Network will be debuting a whole bunch of new shows and programs from the likes of Ina Garten, Trisha Yearwood, Ree Drummond, Giada de Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, and many more. If you're looking for some inspiration for your upcoming holiday events and dinner parties—or if you're just trying to get into the holiday spirit—these holiday-themed shows are for you.

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Starting on Saturday, December 1:

The Pioneer Woman: “Cowboy Cookie Swap”

Ree Drummond is kicking off Food Network’s holiday specials with a cookie feast for her favorite cowboys. From cinnamon roll cookies to shortcut peppermint bark, you just might find the perfect recipe for your own holiday cookie exchange this year.

This episode airs at 10 a.m. EST.

Are you obsessed with the Pioneer Woman? Read more about Ree Drummond:

The Kitchen: “Holiday Show-Stopping Spread”

Caprese wreaths by Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin are definitely going to be worth checking out on Saturday morning. The hosts will be inviting a few guests to join them in creating the holiday spread of your dreams, mixing traditional items with unique additions to the holiday table.

This episode airs at 11 a.m. EST.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: “Naughty Or Nice Party”

Join Trisha Yearwood and her friends in her Naughty or Nice themed holiday party this year. From Fallen Angel Cocktails (a fun holiday cocktail you can make at home!) to a Dark Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cupcake Tower, she makes it hard to decide which side is the most appealing.

This episode airs at noon EST.

Guy’s Ranch Kitchen: “Kitchen at the Ranch”

Guy Fieri, host of several major Food Network shows, is inviting some star-studded chef friends to create a diverse, mouthwatering holiday spread that will make you want to take a road trip to his Northern California ranch ASAP.

This episode airs at 12:30 p.m. EST.

And these shows are live on Sunday, December 2:

Girl Meets Farm: “Holiday Spirit”

Molly Yeh is the adorable classical musician turned food blogger royalty, and has made America fall in love with Midwest cuisine thanks to her own unique upbringing. The newly-pregnant Yeh is cooking up a massive festive buffet for three generations of family to celebrate her favorite time of year. With dishes such as Brussels sprouts latkes, pastrami meatballs, and Airline Cookie Sheet Cakes (inspired by Speculoos cookies), you will want to tune in on Sunday morning!

This episodes airs at 11 a.m. EST.

Giada’s Holiday Handbook: “Name That Tune Party”

Giada De Laurentiis is known for her entertaining tips and tricks, make-ahead recipes, and of course, stunning holiday feasts. This week’s episode highlights her latest holiday party, where guests dress as their favorite Christmas song and have to guess which ones each other are dressed as. And you do not want to miss Giada’s mozzarella bar!

This episode airs at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Photo courtesy of PEOPLE Magazine.

Cook Like a Pro: “Celebration Sides” with Ina Garten

Like Ina, we believe the sides make the meal at holiday celebrations, so we will be taking notes during this episode—which is based on her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. Don’t miss out on Ina Garten whipping up some tasty veggie dishes to highlight her English Rib Roast, alongside her trademark sprinkles of sass, of course.

This episode airs at 12:30 p.m. EST.

“Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” with Marcela Valladolid

Whether you know her as an Iron Chef champion or former host of The Kitchen, Valladolid is taking on a new role as this year’s host of Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. The show’s website page promises “an over-the-top seasonal showdown unlike any other,” and you know it will be loads of fun with Valladolid in charge.

This episode airs at 2 p.m. EST.


19 Slow Cooker Seafood Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss

Seafood lovers, you’re in luck. You can enjoy the convenience of your crock pot with many of your favorite recipes. These slow cooker seafood recipes cover everything from a hearty low country boil to creamy clam chowder and more.


Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes

There’s one table that doesn’t require a reservation on Valentine’s Day: yours! If you’re planning a night in with your sweetie, these deliciously decadent dishes will make your meal just as special as if you had gone out.

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Heart-Shaped Lasagna Bundt

Get more fun ideas for date night dinners and Valentine&rsquos Day treats, both in cooking classes and step-by-step recipes, on the Food Network Kitchen app.

Share your heart with the whole family this Valentine's Day. This fun lasagna feeds 10 and is filled with a red meat sauce that oozes out when you slice into it.

Lobster Wellington

Wine and dine with an elegant and polished lobster wellington, sure to impress any date. Seasoned spinach and mushrooms balance the natural sweetness of the lobster and the pastry adds a nice, buttery note.

Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner for Two

Date night just got a lot easier &mdash and less expensive. Here's a traditional surf-and-turf dinner with all the sides, but without the steakhouse prices or any complicated prep. Using just one sheet pan makes it a quick cleanup.

Lobster Bisque

Valerie's lobster bisque makes for an elegant start to any special dinner for two.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Crostini

Start the night off right with toasty, golden, spinach-topped crostini &mdash perfect for pairing with a nice bottle of wine.

You-Won't-Be-Single-for-Long Vodka Cream Pasta

Paella

Keep things vibrant and flavorful with this perfect-for-two baked seafood and rice dish.

Linguine with Shrimp and Garlic Cream Sauce

It only takes 8 ingredients and 25 minutes to make this special occasion-worthy dish. Want to save even more time? Look for shrimp that's already deveined when you shop at your local seafood counter.

Roast Chicken and Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce

Red Wine Risotto with Peas

Giada De Laurentiis proves that risotto is easier to make than you think. Her recipe calls for red wine for a robust flavor, and she adds frozen peas right at the end for freshness.

Steakhouse Steaks

With just about 300 5-star reviews, Ina's steak recipe is doable for even beginner cooks. The secret is simple: start out with quick sear and finish the steaks in the oven with a pad of butter over the top. She serves the steaks with a Roquefort-chive sauce, which sounds fancy, but only requires three ingredients.

Roasted Oysters with Garlic-Parsley Butter

These simple roasted oysters are guaranteed to make your Valentine's dinner feel extra special.

Cremini Carpaccio

Who knew that sliced mushroom, bacon, arugula and parmesan could make a delicate and delicious dish to rival any appetizer from your favorite fancy restaurant?

The Ultimate Beef Wellington

Prosciutto, Brie and Apricot Crostini

The perfect start to a beautiful meal? Thin slices of prosciutto, melted brie and sweet apricots on tiny pieces of baguette.

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad

Crispy pancetta gives this salad a pleasant unctuous quality, and a tart red wine vinaigrette balances out the richness with acidity.

Spicy Lobster Pasta

Katie makes an impressive lobster dinner easy with her spicy pasta dish. Serve as a stand-alone main course &mdash or alongside steak for a new twist on surf and turf.

Engagement Roast Chicken

Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi is the perfect dish if you want to cook together on Valentine's Day. You don't need a ton of ingredients and, no matter what the little potato dumplings look like, they'll taste delicious!

Heart-Shaped Pizza for Two

With a few little tricks, you can transform a regular pepperoni pizza into a special heart-shaped treat. We take a few shortcuts, like store-bought pizza dough and sauce, so that it comes together quickly, but don't worry, we won't tell anyone it wasn't a labor of love.

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

40-Cloves-of-Garlic Chicken Alfredo

This rich, creamy pasta is perfect for a Valentine's dinner for two. if you're both garlic lovers (and you're not dating a vampire!). Otherwise, enjoy it on your own with the rest of that bottle of wine you just opened and avoid the Valentine's hype.

Eggplant Gratin

Cozy and comforting, Ina's gratin is always a hit (300+ reviewers can't be wrong!). Pro tip for a seamless date night: Put the dish together ahead of time and start with some light apps while the gratin is in the oven. Then you can play the "Oh this? It's nothing." card when you execuse a perfectly timed dinner.


8 Holiday Cooking Specials You Don't Want to Miss - Recipes

Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley, combines the healing properties of cannabis with her wellness regimen in Cooking with Herb.

12 fluid oz (1 serving = 1/2 teaspoon = 5 mg THC)

  1. Grind the herb using a hand grinder (you don’t want it to be powder fine—think dried oregano).
  2. Combine the butter and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Once the butter begins to melt, add the ground cannabis.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and cook the butter very gently, stirring occasionally and maintaining a temperature of between 200° and 250°F, until the top layer in the saucepan changes from watery to glossy and thick, 2 to 3 hours—you may need to add water if the temperature gets close to the 250°F mark (so the butter doesn’t scorch).
  4. Set a sieve over a medium bowl (preferably glass) and line the sieve with cheesecloth. Pour the infusion into the sieve and let it sit until all of the butter has been filtered, about 5 minutes. Wrap the edges of the cheesecloth over the herb and use a rubber spatula to press on the solids to extract all of the butter (discard the solids). Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate the strained butter for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. The next day, lift out the solid block of butter and discard any liquid remaining in the bowl. Use a paper towel to pat the surface of the butter on all sides to absorb any droplets of moisture. Wrap the butter in two layers of plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  1. Grind the herb using a hand grinder (you don’t want it to be powder fine—think dried oregano).
  2. Add the melt butter or oil to a slow cooker. If using butter, add 2 cups of hot water (some people choose not to add the water if using the slow cooker method since the chance of scalding is very small however, as a precaution, use water the first time and as you get to be a butter-making expert, adjust your method to suit your needs). Turn the heat to the low setting and add the ground herb. Cover the cooker. The infusion is finished when the top layer changes from watery to glossy and thick, 8 to 24 hours (the length of cooking time depends partially on the herb that you’re using know that cooking for a longer time won’t hurt the butter, just in case you need to leave the slow cooker on overnight or while you’re at work).
  3. Set a sieve over a medium bowl and line the sieve with cheesecloth. Pour the infusion into the sieve and let it sit until all of the butter or oil is filtered, about 5 minutes. Wrap the ends of the cheesecloth over the herb and use a rubber spatula to press on the solids to extract all of the liquid (discard the solids). CannaOil can now be transferred to a jar and stored at room temperature for up to 3 months. For CannaButter, cover the bowl tightly, and refrigerate the strained butter for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. The next day, lift out the solid block of butter and discard any liquid remaining in the bowl. Pat the solid butter block with a paper towel, then wrap the butter in two layers of plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Reprinted from COOKING WITH HERB by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2017, Cedella Marley, Raquel Pelzel


Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake

To make the chocolate cake, preheat the oven to 425ºF. Place a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat on a 17x12 sheet pan, and rub butter on it to grease.

In a large bowl, whisk to combine the cocoa powder, flour, and salt.

Bring an inch of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Combine the eggs and sugar in a heatproof glass bowl, then place over the simmering water (make sure the water doesn&rsquot touch the bowl). Using a hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together over medium speed for about two minutes, until the eggs are thick, pale yellow, and warm to the touch (if you have a thermometer, you want the eggs to be about 120ºF. If you don&rsquot have a thermometer, just touch the mixture with your finger every once in a while until it feels like hot tap water).

Remove the egg bowl from the heat and continue beating at medium high speed for another 3 minutes, until it&rsquos thick and airy, and has reached the ribbon stage. That means when you drag and drizzle a spoonful of the liquid, it shouldn&rsquot settle back into the liquid for a good 5&ndash10 seconds. Mix in the melted butter.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixture, and gently fold it into the eggs with a spatula, working quickly. Spread the batter onto the buttered parchment or silicone mat, leaving an inch from the edges. Bake the cake for 5&ndash6 minutes, until springy to the touch.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and sprinkle lightly with cocoa powder. Flip the cake onto the parchment, then remove the parchment or silicone mat that the cake baked on. Gently roll the cake up into a log while it&rsquos still warm. This is like muscle memory for the cake, and it will roll easier again later.

To make the filling, combine the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl, and whip with a hand mixer to stiff peaks, about 5 minutes on medium speed.

Unroll the cooled cake, then spread the cream all over, leave a 1-inch border around all edges. Roll the cake up gently (leaving the parchment paper behind), then place on a wire rack.

To make the chocolate ganache, microwave the cream and chocolate in a heatproof bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each time, until combined. Add the tablespoon of milk, which will give a more pourable consistency. Pour the chocolate ganache evenly over the cake, then refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving, so the ganache can firm up.


There have been quite a few questions on this recipe, please check here before asking in the comments as it may already have been answered. PLEASE READ the notes in the printed recipe.

Can I double this recipe and does it change the cooking time?

Yes, this recipe can be doubled provided you have a large enough slow cooker. The cooking time will not change.

The recipe says to use uncooked noodles, however, it also says to rinse the pasta?

Yes, rinse the uncooked pasta simply to remove any dust and foreign particles from the manufacturing plant.

I don’t eat yellow cheese, what is a good white substitute?

Monterey Jack works well, as does White American and White Cheddar. A marble cheese should work as well. Sharp cheddars will give this dish the best flavor, try Vermont white sharp cheddar!

Can I make this ahead and reheat it?

We don’t recommend reheating macaroni and cheese as it never tastes quite the same and there’s a possibility that the macaroni will become mushy. However, if this is a deal breaker, you can reheat it – simply add some milk to loosen the thickened sauce while reheating. We recommend making it and having it ready right before you leave. Turn off the slow cooker but leave the lid on. When you arrive stir it and loosen with milk if needed.

How many servings does this make?

This serves 6-8 people. A serving size is 2 ounces of dry pasta which expands to approximately 1.5 cups with sauce when cooked.

Why was my mac and cheese gritty?

Prepackaged shredded cheese contains an anti-caking agent that can cause your final product to taste gritty. Purchase your cheese from the deli and shred it yourself. We’ve also discovered that some less expensive cheeses are gritty even when you shred them yourself, but after the mac and cheese sits for a while the grittiness goes away.

Why was my mac and cheese mushy?

If it cooks too fast or too long it will get mushy. The biggest culprit is an older slow cooker that may cook hotter (even on low) than a newer crock pot. Leave the lid on for one hour on low. DON’T increase the temp to High! Stir after one hour then check after 15 more minutes. Check and stir every 15 minutes after that if needed. Mine was done is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Mushy mac and cheese can also be the result of using gluten free macaroni noodles as they do not hold up as well. One of our readers made this successfully with gluten free pasta. she said hers was done in 90 minutes but began to get mushy at 2 hours, so it’s important to keep an eye on it!

Can I mix all of the ingredients, refrigerate overnight, and put in the crockpot a few hours prior to serving?

Yes, with the exception of the pasta. Wait until you take it out of the fridge and are turning the slow cooker on before you add the macaroni.

I’m confused by the cooking time, is it 2 hours or 3?

Actually, it’s up to 3 hours. You should cook the dish on low for 1 hour, then stir it and check for doneness. After that, check it periodically (every thirty minutes or so) until it is done. The actual cooking time is completely dependent on the slow cooker you have (similar to ovens, they all cook differently), hence the “up to 3 hours” instruction.

Can I use regular milk instead of evaporated milk?

Don’t use regular milk. However, you can create your own evaporated milk. To make 1 cup of evaporated milk, simmer 2 1/4 cups of regular milk down until it becomes 1 cup.

Is evaporated milk the same as condensed milk?

Condensed milk is sweetened and the two cannot be used interchangeably.


1. Mulberry (Shahtoot)

Mulberries are known as blood cleansers as they improve the blood circulation

2. Grape (Angoor)

Grapes are high in fiber, B1, B2, B6, vitamin K and Potassium

3. Gooseberry (Amla)

Amla helps fight common cold and infections due to the presence of vitamin CGooseberry or amla is a berry with a sour taste. India's subtropical region is home to amla. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. This translucent green berry is known for its various health benefits. It helps fight common cold and infections due the presence of vitamin C while various antibacterial and astringent properties help stimulate the immune system of the body. Amla is high in fiber that adds bulk to the stool and helps food move forward and thus, keeping your bowel movements smooth and regulated and your stomach clean. (Also Read: Amla For Skin: How To Use The Ayurvedic Superfood For a Beautiful and Glowing Skin)

4. Cape gooseberry (Rasbhari)

Cape berries have high amounts of vitamin A

5. Strawberry

The presence of vitamin C in strawberries helps in boosting your immunity

6. Kanta Berry (Kanntam)

This rare berry which is also known as kanntam originates from the Konkan region. Kanta berry is a tiny purple colored fruit and has a white sticky substance on the skin. "It is also found in yellow color and are generally eaten raw as a fruit and not cooked. It has a pungent taste, a lot similar to amla," shares Health Expert Shilpa Arora.

7. Zara Berry

Zara berry is primarily grown in Goa and is sold in the local markets. It is a blackish-purple fruit with green seeds inside. The fruit is sweet tasting. The inner green seeds are known to be eaten as a delicacy in Goa. According to Nutritionist Shilpa Arora, the health benefits of zara berries may be similar to that of jamuns because of the dark purple color that they have and the presence of antioxidants. The flavonoids help control diabetes, blood pressure and keep your cholesterol levels in check.


90 Irresistibly Good Christmas Cookies to Make This Season

If these cookies don't convince Santa to make a stop at your house, nothing will.

Christmas cookies: they're not just for Santa! Everybody loves to cuddle up by the fireplace with hot cocoa in one hand and a freshly-baked cookie in another. Whether you go right to the chocolate or you're more of a ginger snap fan, there's a Christmas cookie for everyone, and it's all about finding the right recipe. On our list of almost 100 Christmas cookie recipes, you're sure to find your soulmate in sweetness.

Make your holiday countdown the most indulgent one yet by trying one (or all!) of these easy and delicious cookies, which range from 30-minute classics to elaborate cookie swap showstoppers (these Christmas cookie decorating ideas sure bring things to the next level). Whether you prefer super-sweet or a little bit spicy (gingerbread!), there&rsquos a unique Christmas cookie recipe here for you &mdash and for all of the people you want to give simple-yet-thoughtful homemade food gifts. (Side note: Did you know you can easily turn an empty Pringles can into a cute and festive Christmas cookie container? Check out our holiday cookie container tutorial.) Fire up your oven (or don&rsquot &mdash we&rsquove got no bake options too), and get ready to spread some holiday cheer.


Dinner Recipes

It's dinner time! Discover dinner recipes in almost every category imaginable. Whether you're looking for something quick and simple for the busy weeknights, like this Easy Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet or a hearty Creamy Tortellini-Broccoli Bake for your next get-together, we've got you covered. Got picky eaters? Try our picky eater recipes for the kids. With all of the options, you're bound to find a dinner recipe to please every palate.

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The packaging of this kit is darling — it comes in a festive, vintage triangular box. The price is even better, as it’s hard to find a gingerbread house kit for less than $10. The kit includes icing sugar and instructions: whip egg whites, add to sugar, and add a few drops of white vinegar. It has small packs of candy, gummies and sprinkles. Add the Mint Stars and Mini Gingerbread People and let the decorating festivities begin!

Kavita Varma-White is a Senior Editor for TODAY Parents, Digital. With two kids in college, she lives in a newly empty nest. Thankfully, her dog (and husband) still reside with her in Bellevue, WA. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.