Food TV Round Up: Week of November 6

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Wednesday on The Martha Stewart Show, none other than Joan Collins joins Martha to prepare a cranberry and grape compote and brussel sprouts.

Also on Wednesday Jamie Oliver returns to TV with a new show, this time on the Travel Channel. In Jamie Oliver’s Great Italian Escapes, Jamie wanders around Italy looking for culinary inspiration.

Thursday on Food 911, Tyler Florence makes a spead of interesting Thanksgiving side dishes, including Mushroom Soup with Chestnuts and Roasted Fennel, a salad of Roasted Beets and Arugula with Blue Cheese Dressing, and Savory Mashed Root Vegetables.

Friday Rachael Ray does a special supersized 30 Minute Meals, in which she cooks an entire Thanksgiving dinner in just one hour, but with a Mediterranean and Spanish twist. Her turkey is seasoned with a spice rub made of cumin, corriander, paprika, cilantro and pistachios and her mashed potatoes are made with Manchego cheese. Isn’t that a refeshing twist?

Sunday on Nigella’s Feast, Nigella is the only person on Food Network not instructing viewers how to roast a turkey for Thanksgiving (they don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK). Rather she’s making a mushroom pasta bake and a cranberry glazed ham.

Also on Sunday Rachael Ray goes up against Giada De Laurentiis in an epic battle in a special episode of Iron Chef.