Food Network December 2017 Highlights

**FOOD NETWORK DECEMBER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS**

FOOD NETWORK CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH NEW SERIES BAKED IN VERMONT

Plus: Don’t Miss Season Finales of Guy’s Big Project and Holiday Baking Championship

FoodNetwork.com is Serving Up Everything You Need to Prepare for the Perfect Holiday Celebration

NEW YORK – November 10, 2017 – Food Network is the ultimate holiday destination this December with holiday specials and themed episodes celebrating the season all month long. First, Cody and Sam Carroll are the chefs behind two of Louisiana’s hottest restaurants, using fresh ingredients from their family farm to create delicious Southern delicacies. Now, they are sharing their talents with fans on Cajun Aces premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm. Then, on Sunday, December 3rd at 10:30pm, artist Jay Baron is showcasing his famous tiny creations with a holiday twist on the special premiere of Teeny Tiny Christmas. Next, don’t miss the exciting finale of Guy’s Big Project on Sunday, December 10th at 9pm as the journey comes to a decisive conclusion for Guy Fieri’s prospects. On Monday, December 18th catch the exciting back-to-back season finales of Holiday Baking Championship at 9pm, followed by Christmas Cookie Challenge at 10pm. Then, at 11pm, the holiday fun continues with the ultimate gingerbread house showdown on the holiday special Gingerbread Giants. Celebrate Christmas with Food Network with an extra special episode of Holiday Baking Championship when runners-up compete for redemption and a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize on Monday, December 25th at 9pm. Don’t miss primetime holiday-themed episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Iron Chef: Behind the Battle, Iron Chef Showdown and Vegas Cakes, along with new episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the grand finale of Guy’s Grocery Games: Last Judge Standing. In daytime, join self-taught baker Gesine Prado as she welcomes viewers into her Vermont farmhouse to share easy, fun baking recipes and tips on the series premiere of Baked in Vermont on Saturday, December 2nd at 12:30pm. Also catch holiday episodes of all your favorite daytime series including The Bobby and Damaris Show, Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking. FoodNetwork.com has recipes and entertaining tips for every holiday this season. Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat Discover.

PRIMETIME PREMIERE EPISODES

Beat Bobby Flay

Premiering Thursday, December 7th at 10pm – “Holidays are for Battle” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Bells will be ringing when Alex Guarnaschelli and Tia Mowry arrive in the wintery arena. Neapolitan chef Simone Falco battles Euro chef Eoghain O’Neill for the right to spoil Bobby Flay’s holiday dinner.

Premiering Thursday, December 14th at 10pm – “Cracking a Win”

The competition gets tough when French chef David Baruthio and Charlotte, N.C. hot shot Blake Hartwick bring their chops to the arena. Tough gal Anne Burrell teams up with world traveler Andrew Zimmern to make the call on who will go up against Bobby Flay.

Premiering Thursday, December 21st at 10pm – “Big Dog on the Block”

Things get blown out of proportion when The Kitchen’s Sunny Anderson and Ginormous Food’s Josh Denny bring the big guns to town. Larger-than-life chef Harold Baker and seafood guru Tony Minadakis are in the arena for a chance to beat Bobby Flay.

Premiering Thursday, December 28th at 10pm – “Windy City Wants More”

The winds of fortune are blowing for Toronto’s David Adjey and Chicago’s Cory Morris. It’s up to Chopped judge Scott Conant and Hannah Hart to decide who will go up against Bobby Flay.

Online, find out what it takes to Beat Bobby Flay, where Food Network’s own chefs reveal the skills and tactics needed to defeat Bobby. You can also check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, relive highlights, tour the set and much more. Join the conversation with #BeatBobbyFlay.

Cajun Aces – Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm & 8:30pm – ALL NEW!
Cody and Sam Carroll are the chefs behind the Restaurant of the Year in New Orleans, and they’re famous for their down-home restaurant in the swamps, too. They take the freshest ingredients from their family farm and create brand new dishes at both of their restaurants every week. When it comes to staying on top of the food scene in southern Louisiana, the last thing these Cajun Aces want to do is fold.

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm – “Crawfish and Mirliton”

It’s the first weekend of crawfish season, so chefs Cody and Sam Carroll need to work out the kinks on new dishes at their restaurant Hot Tails to create a Crawfish Po’boy and Baked Crawfish Mac and Cheese. At Sac-a-lait, the Crawfish Pot Pie and Crawfish Echappee need to be masterpieces, because an opportunity like this only comes once a year.

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30pm – “Pigs and Figs”

Homecoming weekend is a big deal in New Roads, Louisiana, and Hot Tails Restaurant expects to be swamped! Pigs are aplenty and figs are in season, so owners Cody and Sam Carroll aim to please the crowd with new dishes that make the most of these local ingredients. Wild Boar Jambalaya, Cracklin with Fig Pepper Jelly, Sweet Potato Pork Nachos, Pork Boudin Eggs Benedict and Fig-Stuffed French Toast will keep the masses happy they came, whether it’s for dinner or Sunday brunch.

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 7pm – “Turkey and Pecans”

Autumn in southern Louisiana has chefs Cody and Sam Carroll reinventing old comfort food classics featuring turkey and pecans. A Pecan Chocolate Cake and Turkey Neck Consomme made with turkey bones and sweet peas should draw crowds to their restaurant, Sac-a-Lait. At their other restaurant, Hot Tails, the locals usually don’t eat out on Sunday night, but Sam and Cody hope to lure them in with Turkey Fricassee with Pecan Rice and Crab Boil Buffalo Turkey Wings with Cranberry Pepper Jelly.

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 7:30pm – “Redfish and Okra”

In Louisiana, they say if you can’t cook redfish, you might as well pack your bags. Chefs Cody and Sam Carroll head out to the Gulf of Mexico for some late-night redfish bow hunting and plan to pair their catch with okra prepared in unexpected ways. At their restaurant Hot Tails, Cody and Sam prove they have what it takes to remain King and Queen of Seafood in Louisiana with Cajun-Style Fish and Chips featuring a spicy ginger batter, Fried Okra Chips and Creole Tomato Tartar Sauce. At their other restaurant, Sac-a-Lait, the chefs turn it up a few more notches, serving Blackened Redfish with Green Tomato Court Bouillon and Grilled Okra with Tomato Remoulade.

Online, follow Chefs Cody and Sam Carroll as they explore Cajun cuisine and culture. Talk about the show using #CajunAces.

Chopped

Premiering Tuesday, December 5th at 10pm – “Chopped Grand Holiday” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Four of Chopped’s biggest winners return to share stories of their life-changing victories and — in the spirit of the season — play for a favorite charity. The four undefeated repeat champs open up the first basket to find a variety of festive surprises. A clever take on hardboiled eggs and a deckle of beef present the champs with a challenging task in the entrée round. Then, only one chef can be named the champion again after the judges taste creative holiday desserts that include honey and chocolate.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy

Premiering Thursday, December 7th at 9pm – “True Grits”

The chefs get the Southern classic grits in the first basket and race to make appetizers that deliver on flavor, but one of the competitors has major difficulties in the final seconds of the round. An ingredient that is surprisingly similar to grits is discovered in the second basket, so the chefs must think fast and keep the creativity level high. Then, something blue and something boiled are in the dessert basket.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy

Premiering Tuesday, December 12th at 10pm – “Better Duck Next Time”

Luck is not on the competitors’ side as they open the first basket to find not duck breast, but a more formidable foe: duck tongue. A bitter juice and a pretentiously presented American classic challenge the chefs in the entrée round. For the last two chefs battling it out in the dessert round, a peachy final basket is anything but easy.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Jonathon Sawyer

Premiering Tuesday, December 19th at 10pm – “Cocktail Party”

Shaken, stirred, or Chopped? Cheers to a fabulous first: a Chopped cocktail party! The chefs learn that they’ll be preparing small plates as well as creative drinks in every round of this special competition. Tiny, lovely finger limes must end up on the plates or in the cocktails in round one. Scotch whisky and summer truffles keep the party going in the second round, then edible gold in the final basket guarantees the chefs will end on a festive note.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Lauren Gerrie

Premiering Tuesday, December 26th at 10pm – “Amped for Ramps”

The competitors find a prized member of the onion family in the first basket, ramps! But will the flavorful wild leeks play nicely with the other mandatory ingredients? An organ meat and an Italian treat are in basket two, then the two chefs who make it to the dessert round get a popcorn-flavored candy and a citrus-flavored stalk.
Host: Ted Allen Judges: Tiffani Faison, Marc Murphy, Dale Talde

Online, check out photo and video highlights and compete like a Chopped champion for a chance to win prizes. Get culinary inspiration from the Chopped experts and learn the tricks competitors have successfully deployed to transform exotic ingredients, international spices and even wintry leftovers into winning dishes. Join the action with #Chopped.

Christmas Cookie Challenge

Premiering Monday, December 4th at 10pm – “Christmas Gifts”

Santa has fallen behind on toys this year, so host Eddie Jackson recruits five crafty cookie makers to make decorated cookie toys in the first round. Judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira decide which three bakers have saved Christmas for all the good little girls and boys. The gift-giving doesn’t stop in the display round as the three remaining cookie masters must make entirely edible cookie boxes to fill with Christmas cookies. They say it’s better to give than receive, but in this case, the best cookie maker will take home a $10,000 present.

Premiering Monday, December 11th at 10pm – “Spice Up Your Christmas”

Host Eddie Jackson asks four of America’s most talented cookie makers to imagine wintry Christmas window views and then put what they see on a cookie! Judges Damiano Carrara, Ree Drummond and Jamika Pessoa peer through those cookie windows to see which ones are pristine and which three bakers advance. In the display round, the remaining cookie masters represent their favorite Christmas Eve tradition in 3D cookie form, and one competitor will have the best Christmas ever when they win the $10,000 prize.

Premiering Monday, December 18th at 10pm – “Crafty Christmas” – SEASON FINALE!

Host Eddie Jackson challenges five of America’s cleverest cookie makers to create their own custom Santa cookie shapes without the use of cookie cutters! Judges James Briscione, Ree Drummond and Joy “The Baker” Wilson step in to decide who succeeds and who just makes “Bad Santas.” In the display round, the three remaining bakers have to get even more crafty by creating a Christmas wreath using only cookies. When the flour settles, only one baker’s wreath will earn $10,000 of holiday green.

Online, see the most-creative Christmas cookies ever, meet the judges and watch video extras. Tell us which cookies are your favorite using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Premiering Friday, December 15th at 9pm – “Breakfast, Brisket and Belly”

Guy Fieri is traveling the country on this trip, digging into all kinds of dishes. In Los Angeles, he visits a late-night spot all about breakfast with a twist, like drunken French toast. In Columbus, Ohio, he stops at a funky joint serving creative combos like brisket on corn cakes. And in Phoenix, there’s a barbecue stop smoking up prime rib and pork belly dumplings.

Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 8pm – “Triple-D Classics”

Guy Fieri is cracking open the vault to check out some timeless Triple-D classics. From California to Texas, he’s rolling into old-school spots, family-run favorites, real deal Americana and international specialties.

Premiering Friday, December 22nd at 9pm – “Mom’s Kitchen”

This trip, Guy Fieri is hitting the road and grabbing grub straight out of Mom’s kitchen. In Boulder, Colorado, there’s a mother-son team serving up Chinese specialties like dan dan noodles and steamed buns. In Columbus, Ohio, he visits a Jamaican joint dishin’ out jerk chicken, red snapper and other island favorites. And in Phoenix, Arizona, he stops at a family spot cooking lights-out Latin cuisine, from a Cubano empanada to arroz con pollo.

Online, go behind-the-scenes with Guy, check out full recipes and scan the best diners, drive-ins and dives across the country. Hop along for the ride on Twitter with #DDD.

Gingerbread Giants – Premiering Monday, December 18th at 11pm – HOLIDAY SPECIAL!
Five skilled amateur gingerbread artists take edible architecture to new heights as they go head-to-head at the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina. In this ginger-ific holiday special, the repeat champ, her top rivals and a fresh young challenger with scientific skills vie for top honors and the Grand Prize.

Guy’s Big Project

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 9pm – “The Sizzle”

Guy Fieri sends the remaining prospects to New York City where they will have one last chance to hone their show into a sizzle, a pitch tape that explains a show’s concept, before the big pitch to Food Network. Their sizzles will be screened by Guy’s closest Food Network friends: Scott Conant, Mark Dissin, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Justin Warner, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 9pm – “The Pilots” – SEASON FINALE!

In this final episode, Guy Fieri will shoot their pilots putting all the skills he’s taught them to the test. He will then send the pilots to Food Network. The prospects go home and wait to hear the news. Who will land his or her own food-road show on the Food Network?

Online, fans can get an insider’s look at the making of Guy’s Big Project with behind-the-scenes photos of Guy and the finalists. Plus, bonus videos and recipes inspired by the show will bring the competition to life. Fans can join the conversation using #GuysBigProject.

Guy’s Grocery Games: Last Judge Standing

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 8pm – “Last Judge Standing Tournament Part 3”

The six remaining Flavortown judges form teams of two to prepare a regional seafood dish on limited funds in a Budget Battle with an unprecedented twist. The bottom two teams break up in an every-chef-for-themselves cook-off in the Redemption Round. Guy Fieri then declares ‘Dinner Rush!’ and the four judges have only 20 minutes to make an elevated guilty pleasure that will determine who will move on to the tournament semi-finals.
Host: Guy Fieri Judges: Troy Johnson, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 8pm – “Last Judge Standing Tournament Part 4”

It’s the semi-finals of the Last Judge Standing Tournament, and the remaining five Triple G judges find themselves in an ooey gooey situation as they prepare their best cheese dish while playing three of Flavortown’s hardest games. The winner heads directly to the finale, and the remaining judges must make a refined dinner featuring the international ingredients they were unable to bowl down in Guy Fieri’s impromptu alley. In the end, only four chefs will move on to the final round.
Host: Guy Fieri Judges Troy Johnson, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord

Premiering Sunday, December 17th at 8pm – “Last Judge Standing Tournament Finale: Judgment Day” – TOURNAMENT FINALE!

Judgment Day is here and the question of biblical proportions is: which Flavortown judge will be crowned the tournament champ? The final four begin with a chicken dinner featuring a grocery list of the panelists’ least favorite ingredients. Things lighten up a bit when the judges face a twisted version of Guy Fieri’s Food Pyramid that determines their ingredients’ weight limits, the dish they’ll serve and the weird item they must feature in it. The final two judges must make a Judgment Day dinner using an unusual list of seven ingredients … and nothing else! The Last Judge Standing will win $40,000 for charity!
Host: Guy Fieri Judges Troy Johnson, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord

Online, learn more about your favorite judges, see photo highlights and test your knowledge of Flavortown Market. Tell us which games are your favorite using #GroceryGames.

Holiday Baking Championship

Premiering Monday, December 4th at 9pm – “Comfort and Joy”

Winter is here and it’s time to cozy up inside. The five remaining bakers ‘ignite’ the holiday spirit with a fiery, pre-heat dessert. Then in the main heat, they take a traditional holiday cheese board and turn it into an unusual cheesecake.
Host: Jesse Palmer Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiering Monday, December 11th at 9pm – “Tradition! Tradition!”

The four remaining bakers celebrate two classic holiday traditions: Hanukkah jelly doughnuts and ye olde fruitcake. Duff Goldman helps introduce the pre-heat challenge in which bakers must create a dozen doughnuts featuring a challenging flavor combination. Then for the main heat, bakers try their best to reinvent fruitcake.
Host: Jesse Palmer Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiering Monday, December 18th at 9pm – “Twelve Days of Christmas” – SEASON FINALE!

The final three bakers grab two last minute holiday gifts and combine them into one impressive dessert. Then in the main heat, bakers must create a show-stopping 12 Days of Christmas dessert that illustrates a line from the famous song. The winning baker walks away with $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!
Host: Jesse Palmer Judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiering Monday, December 25th at 9pm – “Runners Up Redemption!”- HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

In the Christmas special of Holiday Baking Championship, hosts and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale welcome back runner-up contestants, teaming them up with one another by their original season, to battle it out against each other for another chance to win. In the pre-heat, baking teams must use real letters to Santa to inspire a holiday dessert. For the main heat, teams bake and decorate cupcakes before assembling them into one giant edible holiday tree. The winning team earns $10,000 in holiday cash!

Online, get ideas for mouthwatering holiday desserts, meet the bakers and learn more about the judges. Tell us about your favorite holiday traditions using #HolidayBakingChampionship.

Iron Chef: Behind the Battle

Premiering Wednesday, December 6th at 10pm – “Battle Eggnog” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

The toughest Kitchen Stadium battles often involve satisfying the Chairman’s demand for both sweet and savory dishes. When the secret ingredient was eggnog, things got even tougher for Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto. Add in thousands of pounds of ice blocks that had to be carved into icy serving vessels and all the elements were in place for one of the Chairman’s frostiest holiday celebrations.

Premiering Wednesday, December 13th at 10pm – “A Fruitcake for the Ages” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

The holidays descended upon Kitchen Stadium for one of the Chairman’s most memorable holiday parties. That year, he wrapped up just about the best gift a loyal viewer can receive — fruitcake! Oh … why the frowns? Witness what an Iron Chef can do when presented with a magnificent fruitcake for the ages. Alton Brown’s very own fruitcake was the secret ingredient that Iron Chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon used to create holiday culinary magic in this legendary battle.

Premiering Wednesday, December 20th at 10pm – “The Battle the Almost Killed Me: Michael Symon”

Alton Brown called it the “most amazing battle in Iron Chef history.” Challenger John Fraser came to Kitchen Stadium without sous chefs, so Michael Symon kicked his out as well. Putting out five Iron Chef-quality dishes in one hour with no help nearly killed Iron Chef Symon, but not only did he finish on time — he won the battle.

Premiering Wednesday, December 27th at 10pm – “Battle of the Masters: Morimoto vs. Puck”

Once an Iron Chef, always an Iron Chef. If the Chairman welcomes you into the most elite culinary club in the world, you’re a member for life. Iron Chef Wolfgang Puck may have appeared in only one battle in Kitchen Stadium, but he staked his claim by taking eggs to places only Iron Chefs can imagine when he battled Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Join the conversation with #IronChefBTB.

Iron Chef Showdown

Premiering Wednesday, December 6th at 9pm – “Italian Holiday Battle” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

The holidays hit Kitchen Stadium as Los Angeles chef Ted Hopson faces Detroit chef Kate Williams in a sweet showdown. The winning chef goes up against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli in a classic holiday battle.

Premiering Wednesday, December 13th at 9pm – “Battle Bobby Flay All Day”

Midwestern master chefs Tory Miller and Jenner Tomaska face off using one of the most versatile vegetables around. Then the winner takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay in an all-American meat battle.

Premiering Wednesday, December 20th at 9pm – “Battle Deep Sea Duel”

New Orleans chef Brian Landry cooks off against Chicago chef Ryan McCasky using a super decadent ingredient. The winning chef gets a shot against Iron Chef Stephanie Izard in a deep-sea duel.

Premiering Wednesday, December 27th 9pm – “Battle Meaty Matchup”

Alabama chef David Bancroft crosses knives with New York chef Roxanne Spruance over the most favorite of fruits. The winning chef takes on Iron Chef Jose Garces in a meaty matchup.

Online, take a deep dive into Iron Chef Showdown secret ingredients with the one-and-only Alton Brown in online series Alton’s Ingredient Alchemy which takes a fun, in-depth look at select secret ingredients. Also, viewers can go behind-the-scenes and learn more about their favorite Iron Chefs. Join the conversation on social media using #IronChefShowdown.

Teeny Tiny Christmas – Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 10:30pm – HOLIDAY SPECIAL!
Artist Jay Baron, known for his viral videos of tiny food, is preparing edible miniature food for the holidays with his wife and sous chef, Lesly. Together they make an entire Christmas meal with festive appetizers and a Teeny Tiny Christmas ham. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at how it’s done on a miniature scale.

Join the conversation with #TeenyTiny.

Vegas Cakes

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 10pm – “Christmas in Vegas Cakes” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Penn and Teller celebrate their Las Vegas show’s 25th anniversary with a magical surprise cake. Later, the holidays are in full swing starting with a Chinese food cake made for a Jewish celebration, and a local charity gets a massive gingerbread house cake for their Christmas sing-along.

Premiering Sunday, December 17th at 10pm – “Neon Museum and Roast Pig Cake”

The bakery team kicks off college pigskin season with a huge roast pig cake. Then, Vegas history comes to life when the Neon Museum flips the switch on new neon signs and the moment is recreated with an electrifying cake.

Online, watch videos of the cakes coming to life and browse photo galleries. Tell us which cake you think is the most outrageous using #VegasCakes.

DAYTIME PREMIERE EPISODES

Baked in Vermont – Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 12:30pm – SERIES PREMIERE!
Gesine Prado believes anyone can bake! She’s a self-taught baker, teacher and cookbook author with tips and tricks to make baking easy, accessible and fun. In her Vermont farmhouse, all good things begin with butter and flour – from sweet cakes, cookies and pies to savory meals.

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 12:30pm – “A Very Vermont Holiday” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

When the holiday season arrives in Vermont, snow caps the green mountains and powdered sugar falls like snowflakes in Gesine Prado’s kitchen. To celebrate the season, Gesine hosts a gingerbread house-making party for her friends, and the menu is equally festive. She bakes Pistachio Cinnamon Stars and Gingerbread Cookies in cheerful shapes, and she sets out Sugared Spicy Almonds for snacking. Gesine’s centerpiece is a Chocolate Yule Log with a Gingerbread Ax Topper that knocks her guests off their feet.

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 12:30pm – “Bite Sized with a Bang”

It’s Gesine Prado’s turn to host her knitting club’s monthly get-together. The ladies will be showing up hungry, so Gesine stitches together a menu of small appetizers and simple finger foods including Cheese Puffs and Steak Hand Pies. For dessert, she makes a beautiful Charlotte Royale Ice Cream Cake along with Homemade Caramels.

Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 12:30pm – “Baking for The Big Green”

Gesine Prado is making a big home-cooked meal for football players from her husband Ray’s alma mater, Dartmouth College. While Ray shows the offensive line a few veteran moves in the backyard, Gesine bakes a Hearty Pork Pie with a Big Green Salad. She makes The Big Winooski Fudge Cookies and a decadent Interior Cake for dessert and tops it all off with a rich, chocolatey Hot Cocoa.

Premiering Saturday, December 30th at 12:30pm – “Cider Brunch”

It’s apple season, and Gesine Prado is inviting a few friends for baked brunch and cider-making in the barn. The menu is full of Gesine’s apple-inspired brunch favorites including Poached Eggs on English Muffins with Helga’s Hollandaise, Apple Cider Donuts, Latticed Apple Slab Pie and a Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail.

Online, learn how to bake everyday savory and sweet dishes using Gesine’s easy-to-follow recipes. Tell us about your family’s favorite baking traditions using #BakedinVermont

The Bobby and Damaris Show

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 11:30am – “How About Those Holidays” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

‘Tis the season for delicious food! Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips get in the spirit with Baklava and Christmas Punch while they reminisce about holiday traditions and memories. Then they cook up some incredible holiday dishes, including Bobby’s Spicy Lobster with Fettuccini and Anchovy Bread Crumbs. Damaris adds her Seared Acorn Squash with Tahini to the menu as well as her Roasted Green Beans.

Premiering Sunday, December 31st at 11:30am – “Something to Brunch On” – SEASON FINALE!

Brunch addict Bobby Flay is cooking his favorite meal with his good friends Damaris Phillips and Alex Guarnaschelli. They start by discussing what makes a great brunch while enjoying Tequila Grapefruit Martinis, and then they add their brunch favorites to the menu, beginning with Bobby’s classic Steak and Eggs. Alex brings some freshness with Beets and Smoked Salmon, while Damaris has savory covered with her Country Ham Smashed Potato Home Fries. They wrap up on a sweet note with Damaris’ Bourbon Cherry Toaster Tart Pie.

Online, learn more about the hosts and get the featured recipes. Join the conversation using #BobbyandDamarisShow.

Giada’s Holiday Handbook

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 11am – “Santa’s Cookies” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter, Jade, host a Christmas party for Jade and her friends. Giada prepares a batch of holiday cutout sugar cookies that the kids can decorate using a variety of fun toppings and frosting. While they turn their cookies into works of art, the kids nibble and slurp on some other homemade goodies including Brown Butter Krispies, PB and J Tea Sandwiches, Double Chocolate Butter Cookies and Chocolate Citrus Slushies.

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 11am – “The Night Before Christmas Party” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

In Italy, the night before Christmas is celebrated with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a family Christmas Eve dinner that honors this tradition. She brings a California vibe to the celebration by serving dinner outside with a view of the ocean, and her menu reflects the setting, too. She prepares a beautiful Red Snapper Puttanesca, Crab and Cherry Tomato Fettuccine, Mini Lobster Rolls and Grilled Clams with Herbed Butter.

Online, get Giada’s best tips for holiday entertaining and browse her tried-and-true recipes. Tell us what dish your family can’t live without during the holiday season using #HolidayHandbook.

Guy’s Ranch Kitchen

Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 12pm – “Holiday at the Ranch” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Guy Fieri hosts some of his best chef friends at the ranch to cook up yuletide cheer with their favorite holiday dishes. Scott Conant combines creamy Burrata, Peas, Radish, Sea Asparagus and Salsa Verde and also prepares his own “Scotty-Style” Polenta and a San Remo Cocktail. Justin Warner recreates his favorite aunt’s buttery Oyster Stuffing and mixes up a Mulled Sangria, while Rocco DiSpirito’s Bouillabaisse celebrates the Feast of the Seven Fishes in a single soup. Marc Murphy serves Roasted Oysters with Garlic Butter alongside a perfect Salt Crusted Leg of Lamb, and for dessert, Jonathan Waxman makes a simple but delicious Apple Crumb with Caramel Ice Cream.

Premiering Sunday, December 10th at 12pm – “Asian Fusion”

Guy Fieri invites some of his chef buddies to the ranch to prepare an Asian fusion meal that bridges the cultural divide. Justin Warner makes a sweet and tangy Korean Barbecue Meatloaf, while Aaron May takes a Chino-Latino approach to his Pork “Al Pastor” Fried Rice with Pineapple and Onions. Aarti Sequeira makes savory Indonesian Pork Larb Burgers with Sticky Rice Buns. Carl Ruiz gives his Five Spice Lamb Salad the flavor of the Far East, and Alex Guarnaschelli reinvents the Italian cannoli for her Sesame Cannoli with Ginger.

Premiering Sunday, December 31st at 12pm – “Cali Brunch”

Guy Fieri is at the ranch with his chef friends celebrating the bounty of the Golden State with a Cali-style brunch spread. Eric Greenspan makes delicate and delicious Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Stone Fruit Compote, and Aaron May prepares a West Coast Dungeness Crab Benedict with Avocado Salad. Carl Ruiz piles up some Tallegio and Asparagus Paninis, while Aarti Sequeira’s bright and spicy Israeli Shakshouka bursts with the flavor of just-harvested local tomatoes.

Online, browse behind-the-scenes photos of your favorite chefs, watch video extras and get the recipes. Use #GuysRanchKitchen to tell us which dishes are your favorite.

The Kitchen – Premiering Saturdays at 11am
Spend a fun and food-filled morning in The Kitchen with a group of talented food experts who bring fun conversation and delicious recipes into your kitchen every week. From simple supper ideas to the latest food trends, to the “Cookbook Club,” they’ll cover all things fun in food. Pull up a stool at the counter and join them in The Kitchen.

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 11am – “A Festive Family Feast” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

The Kitchen is decking the halls for a holiday feast and Katie Lee kicks things off with her Sticky Apricot Drumsticks. Chef Bobby Flay stops by to make his Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Pecans, and then Chef Fabio Viviani brings a taste of Italy with his fresh Pappardelle with Sausage and Beef Bolognese. Plus, the gang shares ideas for sprucing up common holiday hostess gifts, shows how to dress up holiday cookies with new decoration inspiration and enjoys a warm mug of Fireside Brulee Coffee.

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 11am – “Jolly Good Holiday” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

The Kitchen is bringing good tidings and a great menu for holiday cheer. To start, Geoffrey Zakarian serves Beef Tenderloin with Jeff Mauro’s Blue Cheesy Yorkshire Puddings. The sides are Sunny Anderson’s Easy Garlicky Lemon Butter Green Beans and Katie Lee’s Mashed Potatoes Gratin. Baker Josh Snyder stops by with his wife, actress Angela Kinsey, to decorate holiday cookies and create a Gingerbread House Cookie Cake. Geoffrey toasts the season with a Mulled Cranberry Punch.

Online, access all the co-hosts’ cooking short-cuts, recipes and tips. Whether you need menu inspiration for an upcoming party or want to remake the ingredients already stowed in your pantry, FoodNetwork.com has you covered. Also, bookmark new recipes and advice, browse behind-the-scenes photos, take audience polls and much more. Join the conversation in #TheKitchen.

The Pioneer Woman

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 10am – “Things to Bring” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Ree Drummond is sharing four festive potluck party ideas for the Christmas cocktail party season. She whips up crowd-pleasing Cheery Cheesecake Santa Hats to take to a family bash and assembles a Bruschetta Bar To Go that’s an awesome appetizer for a church get-together. Next, Ree puts the hot in hors d’oeuvres with Mediterranean Artichoke Dip and Mini Bagel Chips for a friend’s party. She wraps up her “Things to Bring” list with adorable Vanilla Chocolate Chip Mini Scones for a hostess breakfast basket.

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm – “Super Sweet Christmas” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Ree Drummond shares a glorious spread of Christmas sweet treats and fun seasonal snapshots. In the cookie department, she makes charming Christmas Cherries, Christmas Cake Cookies and Wild West Gingerbreads decorated with Royal Icing. Her sweet party treats include Cow Patties and Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without Mini Pecan Sticky Buns and Cinnamon Rolls delivered by the Drummond elves. Ree fills her holiday candy dishes with Homemade Gumdrops, Pretzel Turtles and Hard Candy Shot Glasses, and she whips up Chocolate Mint Brownie Bites and Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies for Santa, too.

Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 10am – “Cowboy Drive Through”

The Drummond drive-through is open for business, and Ree Drummond is serving up the most sensational packed lunch known to cowboys. She starts with rib-sticking Ranch Hand Sandwiches Filled with Pop Pulled Pork and a bunch of tasty fixings, and a side of homemade Spicy Sweet Potato Chips are totally cowboy-approved. Ree rounds out her tasty take-out with a cup of refreshing Cowboy Fruit Salad with a subtle chili kick and triple-chocolate Cow Pies.

Premiering Saturday, December 23rd at 10am – “How the Cookie Crumbles”

It’s cookie day, and Ree Drummond’s baking a fantastic foursome to share with friends and family. There are awesome Chocolate Mint Iced Cookies decorated with swirls of snow white royal icing, Browned Butter Sugar Cookies that become the base for Cookie Jam Pies, next-level Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon and Caramel Corn, and No Bake Cookies made with grains, seeds, fruits and nuts. Ree packs them all into cute cookie collections for the kids to hand deliver to friends and family.

Premiering Saturday, December 30th at 10am – “Brunch Is In the Fridge!”

Ree Drummond is hosting brunch, and she’s making things easy with a make-ahead party spread that’s ready and in the fridge! First, she pulls together all the ingredients for an interactive and customized Bloody Mary Bar. Then, she knocks out a marvelous make-ahead dinner mashup of everyone’s brunch favorites in her Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole. Ree whips up a fresh Citrus Salad with champagne vinegar dressing and pours Tropical Bellinis for the finishing touch on a stunning brunch with friends.

Online, find all Ree’s recipes, watch exclusive video tours of the Drummond ranch and town, peek inside her kitchen and watch full episodes. Join the conversation with #PioneerWoman.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 10:30am – “Ugly Sweater Christmas” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

It’s the holidays, and Trisha Yearwood is going all out! She dons her most outrageous Christmas sweater and invites friends to do the same while making a menu of Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie, Fruitcake Cookies, Holiday Deviled Eggs, Pigs in a Wreath and a Festive Punch. Later, her friend Glenda and her husband come over for a joyful rendition of Garth’s song, “Ugly Christmas Sweater.” Deck the halls, y’all!

Online, find all Trisha’s southern-style recipes, watch highlights from the show, tour her Nashville kitchen and go behind the scenes. Join the conversation on Twitter using #SouthernKitchen.

Valerie’s Home Cooking

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm – “Cookie Party Swap” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Valerie Bertinelli recreates the warm holiday feeling she grew up with — when her mother and aunts traded cookie recipes around the holidays — by hosting a festive cocktail party with cookies and small bites. Joining in on the fun are comic actress Melissa Peterman, Andraia Allsop and Kristen Houser. Valerie’s menu includes Mrs. Bertinelli’s Christmas Bell Cookies, Tarte Flambe and Roasted Shrimp and Peppers with Chimichurri. Melted Snowmen Peanut Butter Cookies and Super Fast Rum Raisin Eggnog add to the party atmosphere.

Premiering Saturday, December 9th at 12pm – “Tamale Party Time” – HOLIDAY EPISODE!

Valerie Bertinelli loves the holiday tradition of making tamales, so she’s inviting over the best tamale makers she knows: Christy Vega Fowler, Lisa Ashley and Jo Stougaard. They’re making Chicken Tamales, Jicama and Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, special holiday drink Ponche Navideno and traditional Tres Leches Cake.

Online, follow the newest season. Plus, get the recipes and watch video highlights. Share your favorite dishes using #HomeCooking.

THEMED WEEKENDS

Holiday Weekend Blocks – Premiering Saturday, December 2nd 7am-1pm & Sunday, December 3rd 7am-2pm; Saturday December 16th 7am-1pm
For three festive weekends in December, Food Network shares holiday entertaining tips and recipes from your favorite chefs. Premiere episodes include:

Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 10am -The Pioneer Woman – “Things To Bring”
Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 10:30am -Trisha’s Southern Kitchen – “Ugly Sweater Christmas”
Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 11am -The Kitchen – “A Festive Family Feast”
Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 12:30pm -Baked in Vermont – “A Very Vermont Holiday”
Premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm -Valerie’s Home Cooking – “Cookie Party Swap”
Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 11am – Giada’s Holiday Handbook – “Santa’s Cookies”
Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 11:30am – The Bobby and Damaris Show – “How About Those Holidays”
Premiering Sunday, December 3rd at 12pm – Guy’s Ranch Kitchen – “Holiday at the Ranch”

Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 10am -The Pioneer Woman – “Cowboy Drive-Through”
Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 11am -The Kitchen – “Jolly Good Holiday”
Premiering Saturday, December 16th at 12:30pm -Baked in Vermont – “Baking for The Big Green”

DIGITAL CONTENT

Holiday Central
FoodNetwork.com is Holiday Central! Serving up December holiday recipes, entertaining tips, and more including our most-popular gallery of the month, Holiday Appetizers.

12 Days of Cookies
12 Days of Cookies features a baker’s dozen of new cookies and adorable, decorating ideas, including: Penguin Slice-and-Bake Cookies, Oreo Truffle Snowmen and a Santa Skillet Cookie.

How to Win the Holidays
Plan the most festive holiday party ever with these clever appetizer, drink and dessert ideas. Your guests will grin when they see your beautiful spread of delicious (and beautiful!) goodies.

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