Asheville baker competes on Food Network “Holiday Baking Championship”

An Asheville resident is in the ultimate battle of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Gingerbreader Linda Carney will compete on Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown.” The episode, titled “Best in Show,” will air at 9 p.m. Nov. 15 on Food Network and Discovery+.

Host Jesse Palmer and judges Nacho Aguirre, Kardea Brown and Breegan Jane will witness three teams of gingerbread artists and baking assistants attempt to create an edible masterpiece reflecting the theme of holiday memories. The winning team will win $10,000 worth of festive prizes.

Gingerbreader, Linda and Baker, Cheryl work in the beginning stages of shaping up their Gingerbread House, as seen on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship Gingerbread Showdown, Season 1.

After Food Network invited Carney to compete, she called on her longtime friend and fellow gingerbread artist, Cheryl Filion of Medina, Ohio, to be her baking assistant. The pair traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to film the episode earlier this year.

Carney’s no stranger to television or baking competitions. In 2017, she was followed by a film crew for another Food

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Make this humble pie for a sweet fall dessert

Early fall — before the onset of the holiday crazies — is a great time to relax and get cozy. Apples are at their peak, and rustic, uncomplicated desserts that naturally showcase their flavor and sweetness are par for the course. It’s time for a crostata.

A crostata is essentially a free-form tart. It’s easy to make, with no fuss in perfecting the shape. The filling is all about the fruit, coated in a shower of sugar and spice, then mounded in the center of the dough, which is then folded over the edges to frame and contain it. It’s simple and unadorned, and that is the attraction.

The dough can be prepared in advance and frozen if needed. Simply defrost the dough overnight in the refrigerator before rolling. When you get to the rolling stage, aim for a circle, but if the edges are uneven, you can smooth them

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Is Spicy Food Good For You? Here’s What an RD Says

If you’ve ever experienced a bout of digestive distress or heartburn after eating a particularly fiery meal, your (albeit reasonable) instinct may be that whatever you ate should be avoided at all costs. It’s something you may have heard before: Oh, no spicy food for me thanks! 

The unpleasant symptoms are enough to make you wonder, is spicy food good for you? It’s a tricky question since the herbs used to season fiery dishes are full of anti-inflammatory benefits. How can you reap their benefits without succumbing to unpleasant side effects?

What is spicy food?

When asking the question, “is spicy food good for you,” registered dietitian Nour Zibdeh, RD, says it’s important to think about what “spicy food” even is. After all, technically any food seasoned with herbs from your pantry could be considered spicy. “A lot of people think of spicy food as hot foods, such

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