8 Holiday Cooking Specials You Don't Want to Miss
If you haven’t noticed, Food Network has been ready for the holidays for quite some time, with a stacked lineup of holiday-themed competitions and showcases. But this weekend seems to be the holy grail of holiday programming with some of your favorite chefs and savvy cooks.
Starting Saturday, Food Network will be debuting a whole bunch of new shows and programs from the likes of Ina Garten, Trisha Yearwood, Ree Drummond, Giada de Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, and many more. If you're looking for some inspiration for your upcoming holiday events and dinner parties—or if you're just trying to get into the holiday spirit—these holiday-themed shows are for you.
Starting on Saturday, December 1:
The Pioneer Woman: “Cowboy Cookie Swap”
Ree Drummond is kicking off Food Network’s holiday specials with a cookie feast for her favorite cowboys. From cinnamon roll cookies to shortcut peppermint bark, you just might find the perfect recipe for your own holiday cookie exchange this year.
This episode airs at 10 a.m. EST.
Are you obsessed with the Pioneer Woman? Read more about Ree Drummond:
The Kitchen: “Holiday Show-Stopping Spread”
Caprese wreaths by Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin are definitely going to be worth checking out on Saturday morning. The hosts will be inviting a few guests to join them in creating the holiday spread of your dreams, mixing traditional items with unique additions to the holiday table.
This episode airs at 11 a.m. EST.
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: “Naughty Or Nice Party”
Join Trisha Yearwood and her friends in her Naughty or Nice themed holiday party this year. From Fallen Angel Cocktails (a fun holiday cocktail you can make at home!) to a Dark Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cupcake Tower, she makes it hard to decide which side is the most appealing.
This episode airs at noon EST.
Guy’s Ranch Kitchen: “Kitchen at the Ranch”
Guy Fieri, host of several major Food Network shows, is inviting some star-studded chef friends to create a diverse, mouthwatering holiday spread that will make you want to take a road trip to his Northern California ranch ASAP.
This episode airs at 12:30 p.m. EST.
And these shows are live on Sunday, December 2:
Girl Meets Farm: “Holiday Spirit”
Molly Yeh is the adorable classical musician turned food blogger royalty, and has made America fall in love with Midwest cuisine thanks to her own unique upbringing. The newly-pregnant Yeh is cooking up a massive festive buffet for three generations of family to celebrate her favorite time of year. With dishes such as Brussels sprouts latkes, pastrami meatballs, and Airline Cookie Sheet Cakes (inspired by Speculoos cookies), you will want to tune in on Sunday morning!
This episodes airs at 11 a.m. EST.
Giada’s Holiday Handbook: “Name That Tune Party”
Giada De Laurentiis is known for her entertaining tips and tricks, make-ahead recipes, and of course, stunning holiday feasts. This week’s episode highlights her latest holiday party, where guests dress as their favorite Christmas song and have to guess which ones each other are dressed as. And you do not want to miss Giada’s mozzarella bar!
This episode airs at 11:30 a.m. EST.
Cook Like a Pro: “Celebration Sides” with Ina Garten
Like Ina, we believe the sides make the meal at holiday celebrations, so we will be taking notes during this episode—which is based on her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. Don’t miss out on Ina Garten whipping up some tasty veggie dishes to highlight her English Rib Roast, alongside her trademark sprinkles of sass, of course.
This episode airs at 12:30 p.m. EST.
“Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” with Marcela Valladolid
Whether you know her as an Iron Chef champion or former host of The Kitchen, Valladolid is taking on a new role as this year’s host of Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. The show’s website page promises “an over-the-top seasonal showdown unlike any other,” and you know it will be loads of fun with Valladolid in charge.
This episode airs at 2 p.m. EST.