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Drawing Inspiration: Sweet Ideas for Spice Cake

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 10th, 2010
Artist Wilma Sanchez of Bedford, New York, reinterprets spices the season in a woodsy way. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

There is an abundance of warmth and charm in this recipe and illustration by artist Wilma Sanchez. How can you possibly go wrong with all of these adorable critters helping in the kitchen? We want to hug the bear, and the little bluebirds are really charming. The cake is full of wonderful ingredients, and the rum syrup is a super delicious extra idea for grown-ups. We love the beautifully rendered details like the cute little buttons and especially the stitchery “To:” and “From:” tags.

It would be very sweet and special gesture to bake this cake for a friend and use this illustration as the gift tag! Wilma is a great artist, and this is just a sample of the beautiful artwork that she creates each day of the holiday season and beyond.

See more illustrated recipes for cakes and pies and tarts today on They Draw and Cook and on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Waste Not, Want Not

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2010
Artist Kim Carney of Seattle, Washington, shows how to put Christmas ingredients to best use. Click the image to expand it.

This recipe and nostalgic, collage-illustration style blend so well together. The story behind the recipe from Seattle artist Kim Carney is heart-warming and we love that it has become a family tradition to be passed down through the generations of Kim’s family. It is also a lesson we should all remember: “Waste not, want not,” as our mother always says (moms are so smart!). These few simple ingredients really make for a memorable and delicious treat. Our grandma used to make us a similar snack with leftover pie crust. It was so yummy and made her kitchen smell heavenly. As Kim says at the end of her story: “Delicious memories.” Indeed!

See more illustrated recipes for holiday cookies and create your own sweet memories today on They Draw and Cook and visit Food Network for A-to-Z  holiday coverage.

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: New-Fashioned Latkes

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2010
Artist Amy Schimler of Roswell, Georgia, updates traditional latkes with an exotic twist. Click the image to expand it.

Artist Amy Schimler tells us that this recipe was inspired by her son who is half Jewish. While he was in college he studied abroad in Vietnam, and he will be traveling back there this month to visit his host family. This just goes to show that while you never know where you’re inspiration will come from, the results can be amazing.

The ingredients in this recipe are such a festive and exotic mix, and when you’re starting off with a dish as wonderful as latkes, you can’t go wrong. We especially like the addition of coriander, Thai basil, lime and mint to the applesauce. As for Amy’s illustration, we love the punchy colors and the subtle textures. She is one of our favorite illustrators and her website is full of art that is guaranteed to make you smile.

See more illustrated recipes for latkes and other Hanukkah happiness today on They Draw and Cook and on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Panettone Perfection

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2010
Artist Silvia Sponza from Milan, Italy, pieces together a perfect panettone and sandwich ideas for your holiday celebration. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

This recipe is just begging to be the center of the party. Not only is this illustration a work of art, but so is the recipe for eggy holiday bread and a massive appetizer sandwich to make with it. Artist Silvia Sponza says that “Gastronomic Panettone is a typical appetizer for Christmas or New Year’s dinner in Milan” and that she made this for her family last Christmas. If this, Silvia’s second recipe for They Draw and Cook, is the appetizer, can you imagine what the main course is like? Silvia is quite an amazing illustrator–her work, like the panettone extravanza she created, builds layer upon layer of visual interest and delight.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday treats today on They Draw and Cook, and check out panettone recipes here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Rudolph Serving Spiced Smoothies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 6th, 2010
Artist Angela Matteson of Columbus, Ohio, conjures a whimsical holiday mixer: Santa, his reindeer, and a frozen frappe worthy of sharing. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

What could possibly be cuter than the idea of Rudolph whipping up a batch of delicious mango frappés for his coworkers and boss? Artist Angela Matteson tells us, “This is something I invented a few weeks ago. I thought mango and cinnamon might make a nice taste combo, and it quickly became one of my favorite treats. I only use a splash of milk to keep it thick, and blend it until it becomes like ice cream. I add some vanilla protein powder, and it’s a great breakfast I can take to work with me, or a pick-me-up treat anytime.” And, of course, the extra shot of protein is essential for the long night these guys have ahead of them!

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out more festive drink recipes here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Cute Christmas Cottage

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2010
Artist Sharon Mann of Las Vegas, builds a sweet gingerbread house--with graham crackers. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

This wonderful hand-stitched design beautifully illustrates a simple version of a holiday classic: the gingerbread house (actually, in this case, it’s a graham-cracker house…details, details!). No shortcuts were taken in doing the drawing, however. The illustration, with such charming and fun details, totally inspires us to make our own edible neighborhood.

Why would anyone buy a prefab gingerbread house when you can make your own version so easily? Check out the artist Sharon Mann’s website to see all her amazing embroidery, crochet and quilted creations, then weave together one of your own.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out gingerbread adventures here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Aromas of the Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2010
Artist Kasia Glowa from Cracow, Poland, creates the scents of fruit and spice in an illustration. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

Simple images and simple ingredients can lead to complex looks and flavors. In this illustration by Polish artist Kasia Glowa, we adore the combination of the beautiful renderings of each ingredient, and we admire the lovely watercolor lettering and the scratchy graphite arrows. Just look at that pear on the right…doesn’t it look delicious? This must make the house smell wonderful. And the fruit and spice–on their own or over ice cream or pound cake–must taste spectacular.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out desserts that celebrate spiced fruit here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing Inspiration: Buttery Biscuits, Brit-Style

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2010
Artist Natalie Smillie from Peterborough, England, draws on a homey comfort: cookies! Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

Call them whatever you like–they’ve got appeal. Across the pond, buttery cookies are called biscuits but their look and aromas match up with your memory. In this illustration by English artist Natalie Smillie, we love the delicate watercolor style and beautifully embellished lettering. For some reason, we think an illustrated recipe like this makes baking just that much more enjoyable. Oh, and to save you guys time on conversions, here you go (pay no mind that you won’t have any “fifths” measuring cups–just be inspired!): 100g sugar = 2/5 cups, 225g self-raising flour = 1 4/5 cups and 100g butter = 7tbsp.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out favorite butter cookies, sugar cookies and “biscuits” here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Recipes as Art: Finding a Sweet Spot

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 2nd, 2010
Artist Amy King of New York, New York, renders playful pops good enough to eat. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.

Everything about Amy King‘s lollipop illustration is delightful and cheery. The holiday season is particularly fun for the young and the young at heart, and it’s the time of year when you might take the time to cook up something sweetly special. We think making pops would be a super-fun kitchen activity to do with your kids, especially the decorating! Amy, the artist who created this picture, is a great surface and textile designer, and you can see some of her excellent pattern work in the background of this illustration. We thrill at her combining her joys and sharing them.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out candy-making recipes and techniques from your favorite chefs here on FoodNetwork.com:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.

Drawing on Inspiration: Holiday Recipes as Art

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2010
Artist Alison Kolesar of Williamstown, Massachusetts, warms us up with minted cocoa. Click the image to expand it.

They Draw & Cook The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes rendered by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more info.

This is a really great design to kick off a month’s worth of wonderful holiday recipe illustrations. At They Draw and Cook, we think this is such a fun and festive collage. It captures everything we love to see in an illustrated recipe: a nice layout, interesting typography, good color palettes, creative approaches to illustration, a bit of a story and, of course, a great recipe! The artist whose work is shown here, Alison Kolesar, is an awesome illustrator – she has the best handwriting, and her whimsy is simply magical.

See more warm and toasty holiday drink ideas today on They Draw and Cook, or riff on your favorite Food Network chefs’ hot cocoa creations:

—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.