Food Network Magazine December 2021

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8 Issues

in this issue

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to your health

Early-Bird Special Eating before 8:30 a.m. could reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the Endocrine Society. In the study, early eaters had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance. Make an easy early-morning breakfast: Spread scallion or veggie cream cheese on toasted pumpernickel bread; top with smoked salmon, baby arugula and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season with pepper. In Season: Blood Oranges This crimson fruit not only looks cool, it’s extra good for you, too: Blood oranges are packed with vitamin C like other citrus, but they also have high levels of anthocyanins, pigments with powerful antioxidant properties. Add blood oranges to the winter fruit salad recipe in the booklet on page 1. A Case for Cocoa A cup of hot cocoa could help lower your risk…

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star search

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candy crush

malcolm Gladwell popularized a theory that you need to practice something for 10,000 hours to become an expert, and by his reasoning, I think I’m pretty close to being an expert in decorating cakes with M&M’S. My training started a decade ago on my older daughter’s second birthday, when I set out to place four different colors of M&M’S on her cake in a dizzying pattern designed to look like a penny-tile floor (exhibit A, below). I had to buy the candies at the M&M’S flagship store in Times Square because I’m uptight and wanted a very specific burgundy hue, and it took me four hours to arrange them—which would have been fine had I started the project before 10 p.m. A couple years later, I attempted a simpler design (rainbow…

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it’s everlasting

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory opened in theaters in 1971, which means it has been 50 years since moviegoers first watched Charlie Bucket win a golden ticket and head off to the land of chocolate rivers and Fizzy Lifting Drinks. Honor the anniversary with a treat inspired by Wonka’s most prized creation, the Everlasting Gobstopper: Pipe melted red candy melts onto a Jujube candy and attach about 8 more Jujubes to create points. Let set, then place on a frosted mini chocolate cupcake. It’s not Wonka’s secret recipe of course—that’s where pure imagination comes in! FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON; PROP STYLING: PAIGE HICKS. MOVIE STILL: ALAMY…

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new on the shelf

Magical Cookware The Harry Potter film franchise turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, Le Creuset is releasing a collection of kitchenware fit for a wizard, including a Harry-inspired dutch oven with a lightning bolt knob, a broomstick-shaped basting brush and plates decorated with the Hogwarts house symbols. From $25; DIY Boba A boba shortage this year left fans worried about how to get their bubble tea fix—but now you can make your own: Two top boba tea chains, Boba Guys and I’Milky, are selling kits, and the syrup company Torani has released a black sugar flavor! Shortcut Challah The Challah Box comes with premeasured ingredients for the beloved Jewish bread, including the traditional five pounds of flour. Gift the box or the extra loaves—one recipe yields eight. $45; Supermarket Arrivals…

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books for cooks: bread lovers’ edition

Bread Book You’ll find foolproof formulas for rustic baguettes and other loaves in this new book from Tartine founder and master bread baker Chad Robertson. $40; Bittman Bread Former New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman shares no-knead recipes for sandwich bread, cinnamon rolls and more. $35; Advanced Bread Baking at Home If you have the basics down, move on to this book from chef Daniele Brenci and try recipes like marble chocolate sourdough. $25; The Sweet Side of Sourdough Pastry chef Caroline Schiff shows readers how to whip up sourdough desserts, including cakes. $22;…