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Food Network Magazine December 2016

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1 min.
to your health

DINNERS UNDER 500 CALORIES Try these light meals from our Weeknight Cooking section. GO COCOA When you digest cocoa powder, “good” probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract increase, while “bad” microbes decrease, according to a recent study at Louisiana State University. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder to your yogurt, or make the chocolate cookies on page 178. HAVE THE FISH! Saturated fats are not only bad for you, they may also lead to more unhealthy eating. A recent study on mice found that a diet high in saturated fats (like those found in red meat) causes inflammation in the brain that can keep it from controlling how much to eat and when to stop. Try eating more fish, which is low in saturated fats. See page 144 for three great holiday recipes, such as this roasted…

3 min.
star search

What’s the best holiday gift you’ve ever received? “I FIRMLY BELIEVE IN USED CARS. ONE YEAR, MY HUSBAND LEFT ME KEYS FOR A USED MINIVAN UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE. IT MADE ME FEEL SO LOVED.”“MY SON WANTED A CERTAIN TOY THAT WAS SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE. WHEN I FINALLY GOT ONE, SEEING THE SMILE ON HIS FACE, HOW HAPPY HE WAS—THAT WAS THE BEST GIFT.”“MY BAR MITZVAH WAS IN DECEMBER AROUND HANUKKAH AND MY FAMILY GAVE ME A TRIP TO ISRAEL. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.” What’s the best holiday gift you’ve ever received? WIN! A $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE You could be one of five lucky winners to receive a $1,000 gift check from Food Network Magazine! Go to foodnetwork.com/holidaysweeps from November 15, 2016, to January 2 , 2017, and enter for a chance to win. “GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN AND…

2 min.
giada de laurentiis

Go-to shades “For sunglasses, you can’t go wrong with Tom Ford. I love a classic look and a big frame—a cat-eye is always flattering, too!“ Emma Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $405; tomford.com Distressed denim “I like Frame jeans for the way they fit and where the pockets land. The black ripped ones are my favorite. They’re torn perfectly at the knee and they have a fray on the bottom instead of a hem.” Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Ripped, $199; nordstrom.com Curls on demand “I have naturally curly hair, so that helps when I do the long loose-curls style. But I also use a 1¼-inch curling iron to create a loose bend, and I leave out the ends for a more modern look.” BaBylissPRO Titanium 1¼-inch curling iron, $50; macys.com Essential oils “My grandmother used Janet Sartin cleansing oil,…

2 min.
savor the season

Honey-Cranberry Upside Down Cake Active Time: 20 minutes * Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Serves: 8 Topping: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus some for the pan ½ cup honey ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 pinch of salt 3 cups fresh cranberries or one 12-ounce bag frozen cranberries, thawed Grated zest of 1 orange Cake: 1. cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs ⅔ cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract Topping: In a medium saucepan place butter, honey, sugar and salt. Set aside until cake batter is made. Cake: Preheat oven to 325º. Grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan with butter. Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. In a separate large bowl, vigorously whisk the butter and sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds. Whisk in…

2 min.
let’s do this!

My first year home from college for the holidays, my mom turned to my sisters and me and announced, as if it was no big deal whatsoever, “I’m just going to do soup for Christmas Eve.” It was one of the craziest things my mom has ever said. We’d been eating the same Christmas Eve dinner our entire lives: ham, pineapple stuffing, scalloped potatoes and green beans. I don’t even like ham, but I was crushed. How could a time-honored family tradition end, just like that? My mom explained that getting that meal on the table, followed by Christmas-morning cinnamon buns and egg casserole, followed by a turkey feast that night, left her very little time to actually enjoy Christmas. Fair enough. Soup it was! I should have learned from this…

3 min.
you asked...

Alton, I bought European butter for baking and didn’t notice it contained salt. Should I eliminate salt in the recipe to account for the salt in the butter? Claudia Gallup Martinez, CA I only buy European salted butter if I want to put it on bread. I would never bake or cook with it, because it will throw off the recipe. Unless, that is, you’ve found some recipe that specifies salted butter—which is no recipe that I’ve ever seen. —Alton Brown Katie, my chocolate chip cookies always spread out too much after baking. How can I fix this? William Reynolds Edgewater, FL Before you bake the cookies, try refrigerating the dough for about half an hour, which will firm it up so it doesn’t spread as much. You can also take a piece of parchment paper,…