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  • Happy Holidays from the Food Network Family


    'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house,
    Chefs were busy cooking, for children and spouse.
    Anna's rich shortbread, Roger's exotic feast;
    John's English puddings and Dean's grilling meat.
    But never could they forget  the loyal fans this time of year,
    So they've asked us to spread some of their holiday cheer!
    From our family to yours we wish a safe and delicious night;
    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good bite.

    holiday wishes



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  • 10 Festive & Fried Latke Recipes for Hanukkah

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    There are so many reasons to love the humble potato; french fries, hash browns, tater tots, hello!
    But there are only eight days to celebrate the spud, so we’re fixin’ to fry.
    The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of oil (another fabulous ingredient worth saluting!) fueling a long-lasting flame in the Second Temple with a fry-fest potato latkes. Gather the family, fire up the skillet, and get clicking through our favourite ways to serve up Hanukkah.  

    Just Like Bubby Used to Make
    Potatoes and onions are bound together by flour and eggs then fried to golden perfection. While it may seem straightforward, there are two distinct camps for patty prep: a rosti-style grated latke or smooth, creamy mashed-potato pancakes. To keep the peace, we’ve got both along with an oven-baked option for the traditionally flavoured holiday treat.

    New Spins on an Old Favourite
    Give your Bubby’s recipe a fresh approach, fresh produce that is. Supplement (or even replace) the potatoes in your latke mixture with seasonal root vegetables like carrots, squash and parsnips. Up the nutrition factor in this holiday staple by swapping white flour for fibrous ingredients such as bran flakes or white potatoes with richly coloured veg like zucchini. Click through these surprising options for your family  get-together:

    Dressed to Thrill
    Sour cream and applesauce will tickle your nostalgic taste buds, but kick your latke toppings up a notch with these ideas and recipes that will turn your family’s holiday gathering into a party in your mouth!

    •    19 Festive Hannukah Recipes
    •    The FNC Holiday Guide: Meal Ideas, Host Tips, Gift Guides & More

    Original photo: Rodney Bedsole

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  • 3 Time-Saving Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Shopping

    Holiday Shopping Tips

    The holiday grocery run can leave the best of us seeking refuge in a dark corner of the produce aisle. The hosts of ET Canada and The Morning Show perform under pressure every day, but even they were feeling the heat when asked to participate in The Ultimate Cook-Off for $10,000 going to the winning team's charity of choice. Tune in to ET Canada tonight to see the teams hit the grocery store for a high-stakes holiday ingredient grab; 15 minutes, $100 dollars and everything they need to make a three-course holiday feast for judges Lynn Crawford and Roger Mooking!

    We won't spoil any of the fun, but we plucked three top tips from the hosts' shopping experience that will help slash the stress from your holiday hosting shop.


    ET Canada hosts gear up to shop for The Ultimate Cook-Off

    1. Buy quality ingredients 

    What's a winning dish without winning ingredients? If you want your dishes to shine, identify the best place to get the things you need ahead of time to prevent you from making unanticipated additional stops amidst the rush. 

    2. Have an organized shopping list 

    Keep your eye on the prize. Having a master list of ingredients for all your holiday cooking divided by grocery store section will save your time and sanity.

    3. Navigate the store like a pro 

    Being familiar with a grocery store's layout can be invaluable when fighting the crowds. Don't venture into new territory; stick with the aisles you know and can fly through with ease.



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  • Why Vikram Vij is Cooking for the Cure


    I am participating in the Cook for Cure Culinary Showdown because I recently met a young lady, named Sara Mody, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. What is interesting about her story is that she turned down chemotherapy treatment and made the decision to fight her cancer with the healing powers of food. She has used the art of "Auyurveda", which is eating healthy and using spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cumin and cloves. These amazing spices are a huge part of my style of cooking and my heritage. 

    Sara has been fighting her cancer with food, mediation, yoga, laughter and positive thinking. She will be reaching her five year cancer-free mark in February 2014. At present, she is feeling alive, strong, proud and grateful. Cancer has become a positive part of her life, because it has taught her about herself and how to live; the attributes that are necessary in life to keep strong and remain focused. The experience has become a vital part of what makes Sara, SARA!  


    Sara is a huge fan of Indian cooking, being half Indian herself. It will be a dream come true for us to cook together and showcase our cuisine and culture on December 7th in Toronto for the Cook for the Cure event. It will be especially meaningful for Sara to be a part of this event as a survivor who has used food as her medicine and has joie de vivre attitude in life.

    To cook along with us in the battle to end breast cancer, host a fundraising dinner party and serve my Marinated Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry recipe!





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  • Win Chuck's Perfect Christmas Gift!

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    Chuck Hughes at a Toronto event last month for Le Creuset and CFCC (photo: Carole Bezuidenhout)


    What do you get when a superstar chef, a top cookware line and a local culinary crusader team up for a cause? The ultimate gift that keeps on giving!

    Chuck Hughes has partnered with Le Creuset and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) to create the limited edition Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Gift Set that will help supply Canadian communities in need with access to good, quality food. 

    The CFCC tirelessly works to support low-income communities across the country in the ongoing battle against hunger and food insecurity. With the help of Le Creuset, all existing and future CFCC centres (there are 15 new centres being developed over the next 5 years!) will be furnished with high quality cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and accessories for all of the CFCC-run community meals, markets, events, and educational programs. To fund this generous initiative, Chuck joined the dream team to develop the much-coveted mini cocotte set, the proceeds of which will go towards stocking centre shelves across the country.

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    Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Gift Set (photo: Carole Bezuidenhout) 


    So whether you're decking the halls or just your kitchen counter, help support local communities from coast to coast this gift-giving season with these pots o' gold!

    To practice what we preach, we're gifting one lucky reader with the limited edition set! Email us at giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with your favourite mini recipe from the Food Network Canada database by 5pm EST on November 19th. Good things come in small packages and we want to know which you love best; from mini quiches to bite-sized cupcakes, each submission will enter you into a random draw to win.     

    HOW TO WIN...

    GIVEAWAY: We have 1 (one) Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Gift Set to give away. For your chance to win, email giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with your favourite mini recipe from the Food Network Canada database!

    Giveaway Rules
    The following are the giveaway rules (“Rules”) for the Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Gift Set giveaway (the “Giveaway”) being administered by Shaw Media (“Shaw”).
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, entrants must answer the question posted above correctly, as determined by a Shaw representative. The Giveaway shall run until 5pm EST on November 19th, after which time no answers will be considered.
    Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the answers submitted by each entrant to determine which entrant answered the question correctly. From the entrants that correctly answered the question, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.
    There is one prize available to be won, which consist of one Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Gift Set (“Prize”).

    By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.

    Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.

    The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.
    Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.
    By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.

    In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
    Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway


    Rules by Shaw shall be final.

    The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

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