Creative ideas for your ho-ho-holiday dinner courtesy of Food Network

Holiday meal ideas from Food Net

Giada De Laurentiis

It’s three weeks before Christmas, a time when the discriminating foodie goes on the lookout for holiday baking or meal ideas.

Food Network is there to help, offering up an array of new and repeat episodes on everything from appetizers, entrees and beverages adult and otherwise to cakes, pies, cookies and all manner of pastries — from here and abroad. So check out what’s in store for the coming week.

On the subject of international foods, Giada De Laurentiis puts an Italian spin on things in her “Giada’s Holiday Handbook” on Sunday, Dec. 5, throwing a holiday party complete with a family-style meal that includes roasted fennel, creamy lobster pasta and chocolate almond cheesecake. Try to resist.

Also that morning on “Girl Meets Farm,” host Molly Yeh prepares a day’s worth of Scandinavian meals in honor of her farming family. For breakfast, she bakes a spiced cardamom wreath and for dinner, it’s a menu consisting of meatballs and lutefisk (a lye-cured fish), and a fluffy Norwegian cream cake. Expand your horizons with this exotic fare.

Kardea Brown is also in the holiday mood that morning on “Delicious Miss Brown,” which finds her in her coastal South Carolina kitchen preparing a dinner for family that consists of a brown sugar glazed ham with cloves, red rice perloo and a green bean casserole. And for dessert, it’s an apple cider cobbler. Southern fare from the heart of Low Country.

Later in the week on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 11, Ina Garten is busy at work on “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics,” preparing a seasonal brunch of morning glory muffins, a fresh fruit platter, shakshuka with feta and a spicy bloody Mary. Sweet and savory — hard not to like this.

Then on “The Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond gets in a festive spirit with a menu of apple, brie and mushrooms en croute, a traditional eggnog in a ginger crumb-rimmed glass and an ugly sweater cake. She also prepares a berry basil vodka and festive marinated olives for a happy hour gift basket. A decidedly adult meal.

Also that morning, the chefs of “The Kitchen” are in the holiday spirit, highlighted by Sunny Anderson’s pesto and ricotta crostini and Geoffrey Zakarian’s tostones with tuna tartare and adobo chili. Certainly, outside-the-box ideas for your holiday table.

And on “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” host Trisha Yearwood does her holiday party right with a menu consisting of a holiday biscuit wreath, red and green holiday deviled eggs, a grits and greens casserole and milk and cookies fudge. Yum!

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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