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Drawing Inspiration: Family Fun

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 17th, 2010
Philadelphia artist Colleen M. Madden finds playful humor in a sweet potato and apple recipe. Click the image to expand.

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.

Here is a great twist on a traditional side dish that can be found on lots of Christmas dinner tables this year. We know sweet potatoes are a definite must-have, according to our mom, and we hope she’ll let us try this version this year. Sweet potatoes and apples and spice; how nice. We love the smart and cute symbolism that the artist, Colleen Madden, used to illustrate this recipe:  “Grannies” for Granny Smith apples and “Sweety” little girls for sweet potatoes! The other little details like the apples on Granny’s walker and the “snowgranny” are adorable, all making for a memorable holiday with the family.

See more illustrated recipes that are cute and funny and sweet and silly today on They Draw and Cook. And get all sorts of holiday recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

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

Drawing Inspiration: No-Bake Bites

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 16th, 2010

Way over in Uzbekistan, artist Dinara Mirtalipova shows off a cocoa-kissed no-bake treat. Click the image to expand.

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.

Have you ever seen a cuter bear in your life? He’s just asking for a hug. And his little bird friend is super sweet. And speaking of sweet, take a look at the awesome ingredients in this recipe. These sound fun to make, and we love the fact that you can use whatever cookie you like…graham crackers, gingersnaps, chocolate wafers–the possibilities are endless. Dinara Mirtalipova has contributed several recipes to They Draw and Cook, and each one is a little masterpiece. Dinara was so pleased with how this recipe turned out that she turned this happy bear into her Christmas card this year, sending a Happy Holidays wish from afar.

See more illustrated recipes for creative cocoa concoctions and sweet treats today on They Draw and Cook. And get your chocolate–and cookie–fix by browsing FoodNetwork.com’s holiday dessert recipes.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Nuts for Nuts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 15th, 2010
Illinois artist Kathleen Marcotte shows off spiced pecans that dazzle. Click the image to expand.

Have you ever tried to draw a pecan? Trust me, it is not easy. So how does Illinois artist Kathleen Marcotte make it look so fun and effortless? Because Kathleen is a very talented young illustrator, that’s why. We were first introduced to Kathleen’s artwork through a class assignment, in which her instructor Rebecca Bradley at Maryland Institute College of Art assigned her students to draw a recipe for They Draw and Cook. Kathleen’s recipe was for Karokke, a breaded and fried meat and potato pancake, which was delightful. The spiced pecan recipe shown here makes for a very easy appetizer that’s a surefire crowdpleaser. Friends and family will be so impressed when they asked you where you bought them and you say, “I made them myself.” Nutty, right?

See more illustrated recipes for nuts and other delicious dishes today on They Draw and Cook, and check out all of Food Network’s holiday appetizer coverage.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Peppermint Bark

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 14th, 2010
Vermont artist Christine Hale finds a sweet spot with her peppermint bark. Click the image to expand.

How can you look at this adorably clever illustration without smiling? Of course it’s for peppermint “bark.” We know the holidays are here when the tins of peppermint bark appear and we say, “The more the merrier.” Artist Christine Hale of Barre, Vermont, has such a sweet way of presenting the instructions, and she has even included a warning about NOT feeding this to dogs–even if they bark nicely. Christine’s website is full of so many awesome illustrations. Be prepared to stay there for awhile. And she is also an amazing musician–we’ve been listening to her band’s latest music all day. Wow, er, we mean WOOF! (And, yes, we noticed the tiny little chocolate chip under the pup’s tail. Hee-hee.)

See more super fun and festive holiday illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook and check out all of Food Network’s holiday dessert coverage.

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

Donatella Does Brunch: Hangover Pizza, Anyone?

by in Holidays, Shows, December 13th, 2010

hangover pizza donatella
After slinging Neapolitan-style pies at lunch and dinner for the past couple of months, Donatella Arpaia’s eponymously named New York pizzeria rolled out a brunch menu this past weekend.

2010 has been a big year for Donatella—she opened this very personal addition to her restaurant mini-empire, served on the judges’ panel for The Next Iron Chef Season 3 and on several episodes of Iron Chef America, and published her first cookbook, Donatella Cooks. We’d be surprised if the lawyer-turned-restaurateur ever sits still long enough for a lazy brunch, but she clearly gets what it’s all about. Her sunny pizzeria is perfectly suited for relaxing mid-day repasts and the menu is full of carby comfort.

Take the Hangover Pizza. Donatella’s executive chef, Jarett Appell, came up with it when he was making himself some food after a night of, well, too much of the obvious. The blistered crust is topped with breakfast sausage, an egg, and thin, melting slices of cured lardo (pork fat). The whole thing is oozy, decadent, satisfying—a delicious interpretation of the classic breakfast plate. The boss told Jarett to run with it on the brunch menu.

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Gingerbread Fashion Show

by in Holidays, December 13th, 2010
Work it: Not willing to settle for simple frosting squiggles, this ginger-guy is ready to rock the runway in a bold holiday tie.

The sweetest designs of this season aren’t found on the red carpet, but instead on the pages of Food Network Magazine. Take inspiration from the styles seen on the pages of the December issue and create your own to-die-for candy outfits. Start with a batch of perfect gingerbread, and check out these runway-worthy duds:

A frothy, layered gown worthy of the finest holiday gala.

How to DIY: Snip mini marshmallows in half with scissors; toss in colored sugar (it sticks to the cut side). Attach with royal icing. Read more

Drawing Inspiration: Yule Log to Love

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 13th, 2010
Philadelphia artist Kaitlyn McCane reinterprets the classic holiday Yule log with whimsy. Click the image to expand.

If you’re in need of something to make you smile, wander on over to Philadephia artist Kaitlyn McCane’s website. Everything on her site is every bit as wonderful as this illustration for her yummy Yule Log Cookies. And this little critter is right when he says “numm numm tasty.” We love how Kaitlyn incorporated the ingredients list into the timbering tree. We also are very fond of the red plaid border. Sometimes it’s the little details that really make an illustration–and a holiday–so special.

See more illustrated recipes for cookies and treats today on They Draw and Cook, and check out all of Food Network’s holiday dessert coverage.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Fruitful Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 12th, 2010
London artist Irena Inumaru celebrates the simplicity of fruit with a balsamic sauce. Click the image to expand.

We love this recipe for its bold flavors and incredible simplicity. While we totally love holiday desserts like tortes and cakes and cookies and pies, these things take time to bake and, at least for us, tend to make an enormous mess out of the kitchen. This delicious dessert has four readily available ingredients, six if you count the mint garnish and black pepper (which is a must!), and it can be whipped up beforehand in about 15 minutes.

Americans typically use balsamic vinegar in salad dressings. This recipe reminds us of its original and traditional Italian uses as a drizzle on Parmigiano-Reggiano and mortadella in an antipasto or used sparingly to enhance steaks, eggs or grilled fish, as well as on fresh fruit such as strawberries and pears and on plain crema (custard), gelato or even as a digestif to be drunk from a tiny glass to conclude a meal.

The artist who created this illustrated recipe, Irena Inumaru, tells us, “I think it is a perfect light dessert after a roast or a big, heavy holiday dinner.” Irena’s simple and pretty art style jives so nicely with the simplicity of this dessert. Now, if only we all had little blue serving bowls as beautiful as this one.

See more illustrated recipes using strawberries, apples, pears, cranberries and other festive fruits today on They Draw and Cook and check out all of Food Network’s holiday dessert coverage.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Gingerbread Martini

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2010
New York artist Megan Pendergrass brings together two holiday favorites: the martini and gingerbread cookies. Happy holidays, indeed. Click the image to expand.

We love the holidays because they really inspire people to celebrate the art of food and drink. It’s a time of year to really go over the top and prepare drinks and dishes that would never even be considered at any other time of the year. Take, for example, New York artist Megan Pendergrass‘ amazing work of artistic mixology: the Gingerbread Cookie Martini! It’s a cocktail and a dessert all shook into one, with butterscotch, cinnamon, graham crackers and cocoa…YUM! We love the non-traditional yet super fun and festive color palette that Megan used on this design. And the layout is everything an illustrated recipe should be: lots of visual cues, really easy to understand, fun and festive and totally inspirational. We especially admire Megan’s smart mash-up of typography: classic cursive script coupled with the fun and chunky hand-drawn type really make this a dynamic design. Megan’s website is a super fun place to visit too – every day she posts a new illustration of whatever food she happened to eat that day. It’s definitely worth checking out, before or after that martini.

See more illustrated recipes that will inspire you to mix up your own holiday cheer today on They Draw and Cook, and get all sort of holiday cocktail recipes from FoodNetwork.com.

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

12 Days of Cookies: Facebook Fan Cookie

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2010
3-in-1 Sugar Cookies
These 3-in-1 Sugar Cookies from Food Network Kitchens are our Facebook fans' pick.

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie swap. Each day visit us here on the Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give – or keep – from favorite Food Network chefs. Then visit Cooking Channel’s blog for great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike – cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

You can roll them, you can slice them, you can cut them in at least a zillion ways with cookie cutters or even a knife. And once you have your shapes, 3-in-1 Sugar Cookies, made extra sweet by the addition of orange zest, are the ideal vehicle for the really important stuff: the icing. Frost them in as many Royal Icing colors as you care to make, then use sanding sugar and other decorations to create a cast of thousands for the holidays.

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