Food Network December 2009 Highlights

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Robert Irvine and Guy Fieri Join Forces to Accomplish ‘Dinner: Impossible’
Food Network Favorites Offer Holiday Recipes and Advice
Claire Robinson Premieres Season Three of ‘5 Ingredient Fix’

NEW YORK – November 12, 2009 – This December, Food Network spreads cheer to viewers with exciting new holiday-themed specials and series episodes. Robert Irvine and Guy Fieri work together with Share Our Strength to give Santa Rosa Boys and Girls Club members an unforgettable holiday memory in Dinner: Impossible, premiering Wednesday, December 9th at 10pm. High school chefs bring the heat in the brand-new special, Guy Fieri’s Top of the Class, premiering Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm. Guy and his family enjoy the excitement of Disneyland in Guy’s Disney Holiday, premiering Saturday, December 5th at 9pm. Food Network all-stars including Alton Brown, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, and Duff Goldman reveal their holiday favorites on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, premiering Tuesday, December 1st at 9pm. Plus, unique holiday recipes and ideas abound in series like Down Home with the Neelys, Giada at Home, Barefoot Contessa, and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals.

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Guy Fieri’s Top of the Class
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm

This behind-the-scenes special reveals what happens when aspiring teenage chefs gather in San Diego, Calif., for one of the toughest youth culinary competitions in the country – the National ProStart Invitational. Thirty-nine teams compete for almost $1.1 million in cash, prizes and scholarships. Guy Fieri hosts as the students race to complete a three-course meal before the hour runs out.

Guy’s Disney Holiday
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 9pm

Guy Fieri explores Disneyland during the holidays and shares – the fun, excitement and charm that the park offers through its holiday-themed meals and treats. Guy, along with members of his family, participate in the making of holiday favorites such as gingerbread houses, yule logs, and candy canes. They also put together a Christmas Eve dinner featuring items served at the Napa Rose restaurant.


The Best Thing I Ever Ate
Premieres Tuesday, December 1st at 9pm

Food Network chefs Alton Brown, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tyler Florence, Aarón Sánchez, Claire Robinson, and Duff Goldman along with chef and cookbook author Art Smith share the stories behind their favorite holiday foods. From the snowy streets of Chicago to the beautiful beaches of the Carolinas, the chefs will recount and track down the treats that top their wish lists, including raisin-studded panettone, smoky southern barbecue, and perfectly crisp Peking duck.

Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Premieres Wednesday, December 2nd at 9pm

“Feast of Seven Fishes”
It’s sink or swim in this holiday-themed Throwdown! The menu draws inspiration from the Feast of Seven Fishes, an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. This year, the tables are turned when the Pellegrino family of Rao’s Restaurant in Las Vegas challenges Bobby Flay to a Throwdown. As an excited audience gathers to cheer and bask in the festive charm, the chefs get down to business and create three mouth-watering fish dishes in hopes of achieving victory.

Ace of Cakes
Premieres Thursday, December 3rd at 10pm

“Merry Cakemas”
The Charm City crew gets in the holiday spirit by dressing up as Duff! Ben and Anna face a challenge with a cake in the shape of a house getting demolished. Mary Smith pipes the ultimate Christmas stocking cake, and Duff gets excited to do a pair of bridal cakes: a pineapple cake and a piece of luggage.

Premieres Friday, December 4th at 10pm

“Holiday Favorites”
Marc Summers decks the halls with everything from Korbel champagne to Sara Lee pumpkin pie, from delicious peanut brittle to amazing gingerbread houses. He also reveals the secrets of Grandma’s Fruitcake and why it enjoys such a special reputation, as well as how Spanglers makes millions of candy canes every day while still producing some parts by hand. This episode also shows the torching process of glazed honey hams, and the historical tale behind Hannukah gelt.

Diners, Drive-In, & Dives
Premieres Monday, December 7th at 10pm

“Christmas in the North Pole”
Guy Fieri takes the Camaro to the great, white North for a holiday party like none other – in the town of North Pole, Alaska, where they are decorated for Christmas 365 days a year. Guy hits some local joints that make way more than just a Christmas goose – like the smoked caribou they make at Big Daddy’s BBQ, or Mongolian Beef at Chinese restaurant staple Pagoda. And when the frost appears outside, Guy craves a homemade ice cream at Hot Licks.

Premieres Tuesday, December 8th at 9pm

“Season Choppings”
‘Tis the season to shake things up! The chefs learn that as an added challenge, their dishes must have a holiday theme. In the Appetizer Round, the added challenge includes venison as the main ingredient. Then in the Entrée Round, marshmallows don’t marry well with the huge surprise in the mystery basket. Finally in the Dessert Round the remaining chefs “say cheese,” but will they be smiling when their final festive dishes take shape?

Dinner: Impossible
Premieres Wednesday, December 9th at 10pm

“Robert & Guy’s Holiday Havoc”
Robert receives a surprise when Guy Fieri turns up to deliver an extreme holiday mission. Robert and Guy join forces with Food Network’s charitable partner, Share Our Strength to give members of the Santa Rosa Boys and Girls Club in California a holiday memory they’ll never forget. Their challenge: to create a meal for 300 guests of the Boys and Girls Club in just 10 hours.


Ask Aida
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 9:30am

“Aida’s Holiday”
Aida spreads holiday cheer with her elegant Prosciutto Standing Rib Roast and creamy Gruyere Corn Pudding. For a sweet ending, she bakes up some Chocolate-Dipped Honey Almond Lace Cookies, and her “No Recipe Recipe” for Red Velvet Trifle serves as the perfect dessert for any special occasion.

30 Minute Meals
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 10am

“Come In From the Cold”
Rachael creates a holiday meal to warm up to in under half an hour. She starts off with a flavorful Mulled Cran-Cider that goes perfectly with an Apple Brandy Fondue Pot with Bacon-Spinach-Chicken Bites. To finish the plate, Rachael puts together a Blanched Vegetable Selection and Sliced Fruit.

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 10:30am

“The Secret to Porchetta”
For an aromatic starter to this special meal, Anne whips up a Pureed Chick Pea Soup. Then, her Porchetta with Roasted Fingerlings presents a show-stopping twist on the traditional pork roast, packed with herbs and garlic then roasted on a bed of winter vegetables and wine.

Down Home with the Neelys
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 11am

“Holiday Party”
It’s time for a holiday celebration, and the Neelys know how to make it an appetizing one! The party kicks off in style with Gina’s Red Carpet Cocktails and a taste of Pat’s BBQ Pot Stickers. Next up is Vidalia Onion Dip with Fried Artichoke Hearts. Of course, no party is complete without that perfect indulgence, Neely’s Chunky Chocolate Delight.

Cooking For Real
Premieres Saturday December 5th at 12pm

“Aloha Dinner”
Sunny says “Aloha” to her loved ones with this delicious, comforting holiday meal inspired by the islands. A contemporary twist on her Hawaiian favorites, she makes a Roast Pork Tenderloin over Greens Sautéed with Juicy Pineapple, plus her tender and fluffy Easy Scallion Biscuits.

5 Ingredient Fix
Premieres December 5th at 12:30pm

“Simple But Spectacular Holiday Dinner”
Claire creates four simple but spectacular recipes that will wow any guest. To start the extravaganza, she whips up flavorful Cornish Hens Au Vin, a tasty Carrot Celery Root Puree and holiday-inspired Spiced Stone Fruit Chutney. Claire increases the spirit of the celebration with her fruity Clementine Cosmos.

Giada at Home
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 1pm

It’s a California Christmas, and Giada’s family celebrates outdoors with a stunning ocean view and food that combines holiday favorites with a taste of the Mediterranean. Giada creates a Christmas-colored Calamari Salad, juicy Beef Tenderloin and a festive Bean Pudding that commemorates the season.

Barefoot Contessa
Premieres Saturday, December 5th at 1:30pm

“Perfect Holiday Dinner”
Ina demonstrates how to create a fantastic winter meal good enough for company on a budget. The menu includes Tagliarelle with White Truffle Butter, Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes, and Roasted Parsnips and Carrots. For dessert, Ina makes a Red Berry Trifle that promises to please all guests.

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen
Premieres Sunday, December 6th at 9am

“The Big Freeze”
Nigella prepares meals wonderful to eat right away or store in the freezer for last-minute guests. For starters, Nigella makes a festive Lychee Martini before she whips up a Roast Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup with Stilton Swirl. Her Homemade Mincemeat Pies and Lamb and Date Tagine impress the holiday crowd every time! To finish off, Nigella’s Girdle Buster Pie more than lives up to its reputation!

Guy’s Big Bite
Premieres Sunday, December 6th at 11am

“Holiday on Its Head”
Guy brings new flavors to the holiday table with his Roasted Acorn Squash Soup Topped with Yogurt and Pistachio Parmesan Crostini. For a side dish, a Festive Salad provides fresh, crunchy, and satisfying flavors. To top off the meal, Spicy Ginger Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches make a dynamic dessert!

Sandra’s Money Saving Meals
Premieres Sunday, December 6th at 12pm

“Holiday Cocktail Party”
Holiday time gets a money-saving makeover as Sandra’s party menu features festive Chili Topped Corn Bites, savory Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms, and tasty Dijon Herbed Egg Salad Toasts. To drink, Sandra mixes up a special Holiday Party Punch. When the party is over, Sandra puts her leftovers to good use with her “Round 2 Recipe” of Bacon & Mushroom Quiche, and, on, she prepares Chili Hush Puppies.

Big Daddy’s House
Premieres Sunday, December 6th at 1:30pm

“Holiday Happiness”
It’s that time of year again, and Big Daddy whips up a menu that the whole family can enjoy! The main feature of this meal is a scrumptious Spiral Ham with Chipotle-Orange Glaze. Big Daddy’s Collard Greens, along with his tasty Red Bliss Potato Salad and a yummy Yam Gratin, top off this meal, making this a filling and happy holiday!

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen
Premieres Sunday, December 13th at 9am

“The Stocking Filler”
Nigella’s pre-Christmas brunch menu features comforting recipes perfect for celebration! The scrumptious lineup includes a tasty Espresso Martini to add spirit to the holiday season, and her Triple Cheese and Onion Strata, Glazed and Toasted Vanilla Cake “Brioche,” and Antioxidant Fruit Salad create the fabulous holiday feast.

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen
Premieres Sunday, December 20th at 9am

“Short and Sweet”
Nigella takes a chocolate-filled trip to Paris. Armed with inspiration, she demonstrates sweet recipes including a Chocolate Rocky Road and Christmas Pavlova. For a delicious Sunday meal, Nigella prepares Beef Rib with Port and Stilton Sauce paired with a Thai Beef Salad. Nigella makes a Poinsettia Cocktail and a Winter Spiced Vodka, festive cocktails to ward off the winter chill!

Down Home with the Neelys
Premieres Saturday, December 26th at 11am

“New Year’s Brunch”
The Neelys make a resolution to serve up the perfect brunch! Gina’s Cheddar and Bacon Biscuit Fried Egg Sandwich and Pat’s BBQ Potato Home Fries guarantee a tasty new year, while the delicious Neely’s Berry Parfait adds a little sweetness to the day. Don’t forget to toast the occasion with Gina’s Champagne Cocktail, an essential to every celebration!

5 Ingredient Fix
Premieres December 26th at 12:30pm – SEASON 3 PREMIERE

“Elegant Cocktail Party”
Claire cooks up a no-fuss cocktail party menu perfect for any gathering. Her bite-sized Beef Wellington and Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts make elegant yet simple samplers. Next, she prepares savory Shortbread and stirs up a classy cocktail. With five or fewer ingredients, impressive recipes never looked so easy!