Home for the Holidays - Let Food Network, HGTV and FINE LIVING Festive Programming Entertain, Delight and Inspire You This Holiday Season

    TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - This festive season, Food Network, HGTV and FINE
LIVING television networks celebrate being at home for the holidays, offering
the best in holiday programming, recipes and tips beginning Saturday, December
1. Food Network's lineup is crammed with fantastic feast ideas, sweet treat
recipes and nail-biting competition. Culinary goddess Nigella Lawson prepares
delectable holiday meals and fun edible ornaments in the Canadian premiere of
the three-part series Nigella's Christmas Kitchen broadcast on Thursday,
December 13. For all of your gift and decorating needs, get inspired by HGTV.
Both outrageous holiday displays and affordable decorating ideas are on the
agenda. Host Wendy Russell demonstrates how to get the most bang for your buck
with fantastic homemade presents, including bodylicious body scrub, in a brand
new episode of She's Crafty airing on Monday, December 3. Finally, FINE LIVING
offers time and money saving tips and advice on holiday preparations, party
ideas and last minute gift suggestions in four Canadian premiere specials
airing each Saturday in December.

    Iron Chef America: All Star Holiday Battle (Canadian Premiere)
    Sunday, December 2 at 2pm ET repeating at 9pm ET (Encore Presentation
    December 5 at 9pm ET/PT)
    In this all star culinary showdown, the Chairman has invited Paula Deen
to partner up with Iron Chef Cat Cora and compete against Food Network's own
Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine. By the end of this holiday challenge whose
team will come out on top?

    Edible Ornaments (Canadian Premiere)
    Wednesday, December 5 at 11pm ET/PT (Encore Presentation Saturday,
    December 15 at 4pm ET)
    Four professional culinary artists trim a holiday tree entirely in edible
decorations. Over the course of several timed rounds, the competitors make
edible garland, ornaments, and then cap off their trees with an edible topper.
Each chef is allowed an assistant, but won't know who their assistant is until
the moments before the competition begins. The competitors have to figure out
how to stay focused and quickly communicate their vision if they want any hope
of taking home the prize of $10,000.

    Dinner Impossible: Mission Holiday Hope (Canadian Premiere)
    Sunday, December 9 at 8pm ET (Encore Presentation Sunday, December 16
    at 9pm ET)
    In this one hour special of Dinner Impossible, Robert has less than seven
hours to cook dinner for 1000 residents and volunteers of Biloxi but there's
more to this mission than just cooking food. This dinner is also a 'welcome
home' for one Biloxi resident who has been waiting to see her home for two
years! Robert will escort Ms Brenda to her home where she will receive the
keys to her brand new furnished home!

    Nigella's Christmas Kitchen (Canadian Premiere)
    Thursday, December 13 at 10pm ET (Encore Presentation Thursday,
    December 20 at 10pm ET/11pm PT)
    This season Nigella is back in her kitchen and evangelical about the
upcoming holiday. During this three-part series, Nigella creates a delectable
holiday meal and hosts a pre-holiday party for friends. A trip to a Salzburg
Christmas market is the inspiration for Cinnamon biscuits, Christmas Stollen
and a brandy infused Hot Chocolate. Also on the menu this holiday season is
Nigella's own Christmas Ham, Mulled Cider, Roasted Christmas Chicken and
homemade Cured Salmon.

    She's Crafty: Just Give'r (World Broadcast Premiere)
    Monday, December 3 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
    Host Wendy Russell gets into the spirit of giving with do-it-yourself
gifts guaranteed to blow away your friends, not your budget. Wendy transforms
an empty picture frame into a cool tray that's perfect for holiday parties and
whips up stylish accessories using a surprise ingredient. Crafty beauty expert
Mashiah Vaughn drops by to share her secret recipe for a homemade spa gift
that every woman will want.

    Decorating Cents: 100 Holiday Ideas Under $100 (Canadian Premiere)
    Wednesday, December 5 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
    Host Joan Steffend and a team of talented designers present 100 holiday
ideas for decorating your home-all under $100 each.

    Special: Over the Top Holiday (Canadian Premiere)
    Friday, December 7 at 8pm ET/9pm PT
    Over The Top Holiday is a one-hour special featuring the most outrageous,
quirkiest, over-the-top holiday displays ever.

    12 Ways of Merry Making (Canadian Premiere)
    Saturday, December 1 at 5pm ET
    Let's be honest - the holidays involve so much stress people can forget
to have fun along the way. This year, how about some exciting new celebrations
you can look forward to? From a Hawaiian office party complete with a Tiny
Bubbles Band to Christmas Carol Karaoke, plus other parties to get excited

    The Art of the Holiday Party (Canadian Premiere)
    Saturday, December 8 at 5pm ET
    Warm up to a winter wonderland dinner party for eight - the prep takes
just one day! The decor's winter white and chocolate brown, the crown pork
roast is dazzling and hot toddies provide that holiday glow. Or how about a
holiday open house that takes the anxiety out of entertaining with a no-cook
dessert buffet and a favour tree for guests?

    A Christmas Catalog (Canadian Premiere)
    Saturday, December 15 at 5pm ET
    Relieve your holiday shopping stress by selecting some of these
ingenious, unique and simply spectacular gift ideas from this season's best
Christmas catalogs. Whether you're a kid, grownup, sports fan, foodie, dog
lover, cat cuddler, nostalgia nut, decorating diva or gadget guru, we'll
recommend sure-fire starting points, no matter your budget or the bauble your
Christmas wishes desire.

    Holiday with Friends (Canadian Premiere)
    Saturday, December 22 at 5pm ET
    Andrea gathers her friends from the East and West coasts to celebrate the
holidays in wine country. Together they'll deck the halls, prepare great food,
share wine pairing tips and fill the house with music and laughter. With a
spectacular wine bar for the adults and cookies for the kids to decorate,
everyone will indulge in the delicious flavours of the season.

    The Handbook: Holidays (Canadian Premiere)
    Sunday, December 23 at 5pm ET
    The Handbook: Holidays is a collection of tips, ideas, suggestions and
strategies to make the holiday season more beautiful, enjoyable and manageable
- in short, a survival guide with style! Hosts Gordon Elliott and Saira Mohan
are joined by experts in the fields of decorating, food and wine, gift buying
and charitable giving.
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television channels boasting targeted, high-quality programming from Canada
and around the world. Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting channels include
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Showcase Diva, BBC Canada, BBC Kids, National Geographic Channel, IFC,
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For further information: Contacts: Jaclyn Atwood, Publicist, Food
Network, (416) 966-7293, Jaclyn.Atwood@allianceatlantis.com; Rosemary
Petrossi, Publicist, HGTV and FINE LIVING, (416) 966-7714,

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