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Dressed-Up Punch

by in Holidays, December 21st, 2010
Holiday drink #25 in Food Network Magazine's 50 Holiday Drinks booklet: Shirley Temple Punch.

The Shirley Temple Punch (# 25 in Food Network Magazine’s 50 Holiday Drinks insert) is a kid-friendly favorite that can easily be dressed up with a festive ice float:

Layer sliced oranges and maraschino cherries in a 10-inch Bundt pan.  Cover with 3 to 4 cups of water and freeze until completely set.  Run cold water over the Bundt pan to help release the ice ring.  Place in the bottom of your serving bowl and top with punch.

If you’re serving adults, stir in some bourbon, gin or vodka for a spiked refreshment (they’ll still love the ice ring!).

Shirley Temple Punch from 50 Holiday Drinks

Mix 5 cups ginger ale, 2 cups orange juice and 1/2 cup grenadine in a punch bowl. Add sliced oranges and maraschino cherries. Serve over ice.

By Leah Brickley, Recipe Tester, Food Network Kitchens

Easy Holiday Drink: Winter Slushes

by in Holidays, December 20th, 2010
Holiday drink #47 in Food Network Magazine's 50 Holiday Drinks booklet.

I knew that I was finally an adult when my mother let me have my first Brandy Slushie (#47 in Food Network Magazine’s 50 Holiday Drinks booklet) at our annual holiday party one year.  I tried to recreate this recipe from memory for the booklet, and when I gave my mom a copy of the magazine, she approved, but said that something was missing.  It turns out that all those years she had boiled her water and sugar with a secret bag of green tea!  The difference with the tea is subtle; either way the slushes are yummy.  Experiment with your favorite tea and start a family tradition.

Brandy Slushes from 50 Holiday Drinks

Bring 1 cup each water and sugar to a boil; cool completely. Mix with 1-1/2 cups brandy, 2 cups orange juice and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a baking dish; freeze until slushy. Scoop into glasses, top with seltzer and stir to desired slushiness.

By Leah Brickley, Recipe Tester, Food Network Kitchens

Drawing Inspiration: Vegetarian Stuffing

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 20th, 2010
Brooklyn artist Charrow makes meatless stuffing for vegetarian guests. 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.

A holiday dinner just isn’t the same without a heaping mound of stuffing. For turkey lovers, stuffing is best when it comes straight out of the bird’s cavity, but for vegetarians, that’s a no-no. So for your vegetarian guests take a hint from artist and illustrator Charrow, and whip up this super savory meat-free stuffing. If there’s room in your oven, you can bake it there, but if your turkey is being an oven-hog, follow Charrow’s instructions and pop it in the microwave. You can never have too much stuffing and there’s nothing better than a slice of leftover stuffing on a turkey sandwich the next day, right? Charrow is a frequent recipe contributor to They Draw and Cook, and her artwork always brings a smile to our face.

See more illustrated recipes that are vegetarian-friendly today on They Draw and Cook. And get all sorts of Christmas recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

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

Drawing Inspiration: “Ultimint” Treat

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 19th, 2010
California artist Monika Roe has a bark to boast about; can it measure up to FN chefs? 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.

We think this recipe and especially Monika Roe‘s illustration are totally amazing. We posted another recipe for peppermint bark several days ago and just couldn’t resist posting this one too. (Only a few days until Christmas–it’s a popular gift, hint, hint.)

Monika is one of our favorite illustrators, and in this recipe illustration her visual instructions are so fun and easy to follow. Plus the layout she used for this recipe is 100% perfect. From the various lettering styles to the sparkly bursts and snowflakes to the wonderfully festive and simple color palette, this recipe has so many things we love. Wouldn’t a mountain of this peppermint bark look awesome on your holiday table? Save room for dinner!

See more deliciously drawn illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook. And get all sorts of holiday dessert recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Bella Pizzelles

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 18th, 2010
Maryland artist Kristen Nohe joins in the party with a classic Italian delicacy. 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.

Pizzelles! Oh, what we wouldn’t give for a plate of pizzelles right now. For some reason, these little Italian waffles are so easy to eat a whole stack of without even thinking about it. They’re so light and crunchy and just sweet enough. This recipe is for the plain version, but you can also add a little flavoring such as vanilla, anise, lemon zest or even a little cocoa to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

We were first introduced to artwork of Kristen Nohe 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. Kristen’s recipe was for peach cake and was so good that we decided to include it our cookbook, which comes out next fall. Next to try: the pizzelles, which are, well, just peachy.

See more illustrated recipes that will bring you holiday happiness 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: 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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