What to Watch: Ina Garten Goes to the White House and the Premiere of Holiday Baking Championship
Before turning back the clocks, spend the weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their updated takes on comfort food classics. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond’s making lunch for her husband and her father-in-law and serving a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are sharing their tips for innovative hostess gifts and making sweet and savory versions of stuffed apples. After that, Ayesha Curry is preparing a date-night meal for her husband, Stephen, and Valerie Bertinelli is making comforting recipes for a night spent at home with her husband, Tom.
On Saturday afternoon, Ina Garten is heading to Washington, D.C., to take in the local food scene and visit a former Barefoot Contessa staffer. Then, Ina takes a trip to the White House kitchen and makes some afternoon snacks for tea-time with first lady Michelle Obama.
Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is putting his own spin on classic comfort food recipes, Ina’s making a chicken dinner for Jeffrey, and Nancy Fuller is making a brown-bag lunch for a charity motorcycle rally. Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a vintage-inspired cocktail party, and Duff Goldman is taking on some holiday baking challenges on Duff’s Sweet Spot.
It’s a Cooking Channel cook-off in Flavortown on Sunday night, when four Cooking Channel stars take on Guy and his twisted games. Then, it’s the premiere of Holiday Baking Championship with a new batch of bakers competing for the grand prize of $50,000. Finish the weekend with the finale of Worst Bakers in America as the last two recruits are tested on everything they’ve learned in Boot Camp.
While Ree Drummond's husband, Ladd, and his father, Chuck, dismantle a historic old cattle-feed storehouse on the ranch, she cooks them a lunch of juicy Steak and Eggs Benedict with Spicy Hollandaise (pictured) piled high on Garlic Butter English Muffins. To drink, there's a pitcher of Chuck's Cherry Limeade, and at the end of the meal there’s a delicious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake as a take-home gift.
The Kitchen warms up for the holiday season with Katie Lee's Butternut Squash and Sausage Lasagna. Then the co-hosts harvest savory-sweet apple recipes: Jeff Mauro's Sausage and Sage Apple-Stuffed Apples and Sunny Anderson's PB and J Stuffed Apples. Chef Franco Noriega puts a new spin on a classic protein with his Peruvian Chicken, and Geoffrey Zakarian makes a pear bourbon cocktail. Plus, the cast helps you get holiday-ready with tips on prepping a baking pantry, seasonal ideas for the home and innovative hostess gifts.
Date nights are a great way for Ayesha Curry and her husband, Stephen, to get together with their friends. This date night, they're switching things up by using new and interesting ingredients in recipes like Easy Saffron Creme Brulee and Spiced Tea Mojitos! Ayesha's friend, interior designer Parisa O'Connell, offers to spice up the tablescape while Ayesha finishes off the dinner with Crispy Rice and Spiced Beef, and Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt.
Bad weather outside is perfect for snuggling inside, so Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, make comforting stay-at-home recipes like Shrimp Scampi and Pasta with Herb Breadcrumbs, Pull-Apart Garlic Bread with Asiago Cheese, Helen Vitale's Orange and Fennel Salad, Crispy Chocolate-Mint Cookies and a lovely Hot Chai with Spiced Rum.
Ina Garten heads to where her career began, Washington, D.C., for an unforgettable trip that culminates in a visit with first lady Michelle Obama. While in D.C., Ina stops by to see Bettina Stern, a former Barefoot Contessa staffer, at her restaurant Chaia to make Homemade Tacos with Roasted Cauliflower (pictured). She drops in to judge the New York Times' Washington Bureau’s monthly Food Club cook-off and co-hosts a birthday lunch with writer Elsa Walsh and her husband Bob Woodward with her delicious Maple Roasted Carrot Salad on the menu. Ina takes in the city's burgeoning food-and-drink scene, meeting up with her friend from The Washington Post for more local flavor and fun, including science-meets-drama mixology in the form of the Highlander Cocktail. Ina then attends a very special event celebrating the White House Kitchen Garden and first lady's Let's Move! Initiative, including a visit with the first lady's deputy chief of staff, Melissa Winter. She cooks up tea time treats with Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in the White House Kitchen, including Vegetable Tarts and Salad Wraps with Greek Yogurt Feta Cheese Dip, before an extraordinary finish in which she joins first lady Michelle Obama for tea!
Guy Fieri is shaking up comfort food classics, starting with his Andouille Brisket Meatloaf and Smashed Fingerlings with BBQ Sauce. To drink, Guy stirs up a Maple Pig Cocktail, with cherries, whiskey and bacon. Yep, you gotta see how he makes that one!
It's Friday, and that means two things: Jeffrey's coming home, and there’s chicken for dinner! Ina's shaking things up, making Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken (pictured) and serving it with amped-up Roasted Broccolini on the side. For dessert, it's Raspberry Rhubarb Crostata with ice cream.
Nancy Fuller is trading in her apron for a leather jacket and her wooden spoon for a hog! She's been chairing her local hospice's charity motorcycle rally for 25 years, and she's putting together a brown-bag lunch for the whole gang. From an epic the Whole Hog Hoagie with Parmesan and herb-dusted sweet potato chips to Big Slab Chocolate Brownie Bars with Fruit Cider, this is a menu sure to fill those hungry bikers’ bellies and raise some funds for a great cause.
The holiday season is near, and Giada De Laurentiis hosts a swanky, vintage-inspired cocktail party. The festive and fun menu includes throwback recipes with a modern twist, like Bacon Onion Dip, a spiked gelatin mold and a Korean Shrimp Cocktail.
'Tis the season for baking, so Holiday Baking Championship judge Duff Goldman takes you inside the mind of a holiday baking pro! Duff whips up his version of Holiday Baking challenges, including a gorgeous holiday wreath made of madeleine cakes, a decorative cinnamon chess pie and a carved ice skate cake that will be the highlight of any festive dessert table.
Four of Cooking Channel's favorite hosts – Josh Elkin, Kelsey Nixon, Dan Pashman and Jazz Smollett -– are taking on Guy Fieri's twisted games. First, the chefs try to fit all the ingredients for their signature dish into the world's smallest grocery bags. Next, they bowl for the ingredients they must put in an international favorite. Finally, the remaining two hosts have to make a delicious lasagna with one small catch: Traditional lasagna ingredients are off-limits!
For the Pre-Heat, host Bobby Deen challenges the nine bakers to take seasonal hot beverages like hot chocolate and apple cider a step further by turning them into desserts. Then, in the Main Heat, these culinary artisans show off their decorating skills by creating a filled Bundt-cake wreath.
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The final two recruits face their ultimate challenge: to take over a bakery and bake for a panel of baking experts. Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale coach their recruits as they are tested on all the skills they have learned over the past six weeks in Boot Camp. Only one recruit will be named the winner and take home $25,000.