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Ree Drummond in `The Pioneer Woman` (Food Network photo)
Ree Drummond in "The Pioneer Woman" (Food Network photo)

Food Network is ultimate Thanksgiving destination


Mon, Oct 26th 2020 06:40 pm

Food Network is prepping for food's biggest holiday with a bountiful schedule of brand-new cross-platform content this November, offering the best Thanksgiving recipes, expert culinary advice and all-star holiday hacks. 

Back-to-back weekends of Thanksgiving content lead up to the big day, kicking off the weekend of Nov. 14 and concluding the weekend of Nov. 21. The lineup includes: Ree Drummond and her family sharing their must-have Thanksgiving recipes in “The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home” on Saturday, Nov. 14 (10 a.m. all times ET/PT); no-rules holiday ideas from “The Kitchen” hosts Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian at 11 a.m.; Kardea Brown's take on Southern side dishes in “Delicious Miss Brown” at noon; a look at Food Network Magazine guest editor Anderson's holiday gathering in “Turkey Day Sunny's Way” at 12:30 p.m.; Molly Yeh's Thanksgiving on the farm in “Girl Meets Farm” on Sunday, Nov. 15 (11 a.m.); Michael Symon's outdoors menu in “Symon's Dinners Cooking Out” at 12:30 p.m.; and “Barefoot Contessa” one-hour celebration of sides and celebrity guests with Ina Garten on Sunday, Nov. 22 (noon).

FoodNetwork.com has a robust roll-out of fresh content every day during the month to help fans prepare for the holiday, including interactive Q&As with culinary experts and almost 2,000 Thanksgiving recipes among the site's more than 80,000 recipes. Food Network digital typically sees a lift of approximately 50% each November, boasting 84 million-plus visits and 269 million video views across site and social media platforms in November 2019 – making it one of the Top 5 Novembers ever on digital. With over 150 classes this month, Food Network Kitchen app will offer specialty classes with the top names in food, including Alton Brown and Giada De Laurentiis, and a daily Thanksgiving hotline.

"Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, but Food Network is always here as a one-stop shop for the best recipes, all-star experts and advice for entertaining," said Courtney White, president of Food Network. "However our viewers celebrate food's biggest day, we are right beside them to help with some inspiration, fun and top-notch menus."

In “The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home,” “Ree's Thanksgiving 101” includes her fool-proof simple roasted turkey with an incredible herby butter; cornbread and sausage stuffing that is easy and delicious; green beans and tomatoes in a fast spin on a favorite; a perfect classic giblet gravy; and the trick to a doctored up shortcut cranberry sauce.

“The Kitchen” thinks outside the box for a no-rules Thanksgiving. Think you have to cook the whole bird, can't combine side dishes and pie is a requirement? The hosts are here with alternative ideas for a brand-new menu.

Brown is all about the sides on a special “Delicious Miss Brown.” This year she is keeping her favorite holiday intimate with a special meal for Ma and Grandma. Grandma always brings the turkey, so Kardea is taking on the sides. She hopes Grandma approves of her candied yams – and no low-country Thanksgiving is complete without oyster stuffing. Brown also adds sauteed turnip greens and cranberry custard pie for a holiday menu to be thankful for.

Anderson is the first guest editor of the November issue of Food Network Magazine and she is giving thanks this season by inviting artists, designers, chefs, family and friends to help celebrate. She introduces the people who inspire her and hopes they will inspire viewers to create an outdoor holiday to remember in “Turkey Day Sunny's Way.”

On “Girl Meets Farm,” Yeh celebrates Thanksgiving the best way she knows how – with lots of food! She's making creamy twice baked potatoes, a hearty brussels sprout casserole, sweet and sticky orange marmalade glazed ham and the most delicious pumpkin pie with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Symon heads outdoors to share his favorite holiday dishes – all cooked on the grill, making Thanksgiving an al fresco affair in “Symon's Dinners Cooking Out.” He shares recipes for spatchcock smoked turkey, "Almost Famous" family corn pudding and pecan tassies, while his wife, Lizzie, serves mulled wine. Throughout the show, Symon will answer frequently asked Thanksgiving questions submitted by fans across Food Network social media platforms. After the show, Food Network digital will post even more of his answers across platforms.

The following week, “The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home” launches the second all-Thanksgiving weekend, and this time things are perfect as pie on the ranch. Drummond shares four irresistibly easy pie recipes. To start, there's a celebratory drunken pecan pie and a showstopping coconut cream pie with shortcuts. Then festive leftovers star in cranberry and cherry cobbler pie and Ree whips up a fast and fabulous cast iron blueberry and nectarine galette, proving that the pie's the limit.

“The Kitchen” tackles Thanksgiving to-do lists, and the hosts offer their tips and tricks for last-minute holiday prep in anticipation of food's biggest day.

On “Delicious Miss Brown,” Kardea makes the most of a free day by preparing dishes that make the perfect leftovers. First up is chicken pot pie, which is good at first bite and even better the next day. She also makes plenty of cheesy country ham grit balls with spicy mayo and some pan-roasted sage and butternut squash. Finally, Brown bakes a pumpkin chai loaf that she'll enjoy today, tomorrow and days after.

Garten's favorite part of Thanksgiving is the sides, and she is sharing past classics and new favorites in a one-hour “Barefoot Contessa.” There's mushroom and leek bread pudding, homemade gravy and cranberry fruit conserve, new ideas for sprouts – sautéed, roasted, shredded – taste-tested by Bobby Flay, and then Ina makes the best haricots verts with dill and hazelnuts. There's amazing celery root and apple puree, classic mashed potatoes with three variations and make-ahead and marvelous root vegetable gratin. For roasted vegetables, Garten’s got cauliflower, carrots, kale and new favorite roasted broccolini with cheddar. Plus, chef Massimo Bottura, Jennifer Garner, Nigella Lawson and chef Marcus Samuelsson share their must-have Thanksgiving dishes. Forget the turkey – Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides.

On digital and social, Food Network will be counting down to Thanksgiving with brand-new content launching every day across platforms to help fans navigate what will surely be an untraditional holiday season. Fans will get the best-of-the-best recipes and tips, expert demos, recommendations and interactive Q&As throughout the month. Via self-shot videos, Food Network talent will also share their best shortcuts, their biggest holiday fails, and some untraditional recipes worth inviting to the party.

For even more inspiration, fans will be able to use the Food Network Kitchen app as a direct line to trusted experts to solve their biggest Turkey Day conundrums through daily hotline classes. Network stars including Alton and Giada will be giving classes to make sure every feast is a success.

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