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Snowman Cheese Ball

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 24th, 2010
Frosty the Cheese Ball

‘Tis the season for last-minute appetizers. Here’s one to be merry about; it’s easy, cheesy and doubles as table decor. It’s a cheese ball . . . snowman. Learn how you can make one in minutes. Read more

Melted Ice Cream Is Your Friend

by in Holidays, December 23rd, 2010
Don't cry over melted ice cream.

Reading through Food Network Magazine’s 50 Holiday Drinks booklet, you’ll notice a couple of recipes that call for melted ice cream.  Homemade eggnog usually requires making a custard, which isn’t difficult to do, but takes time and makes a lot of cooks nervous. Melting a good-quality ice cream is a great time-saving technique that can give you the same rich, luscious end-product as making custard from scratch.  In the booklet, you’ll find a French Vanilla Eggnog (recipe #16), but with the same combination of liqueurs, you could easily replace the French vanilla ice cream with coffee or chocolate ice cream. And with a little tweaking, such as replacing the crème de cacao with amaretto, you could push the limits even further by using a festive, seasonal ice cream flavor like pumpkin pie. Choose a couple of your favorite ice cream flavors and see what kind of fancy eggnogs you can come up with . . . have fun with it!

French Vanilla Eggnog from 50 Holiday Drinks

Whisk 3 cups milk, 6 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon nutmeg in a pitcher or punch bowl; whisk in 4 ounces each brandy and rum, 2 ounces crème de cacao and 3 cups melted French vanilla ice cream.

By Andrea Albin, Recipe Tester, Food Network Kitchens

Drawing Inspiration: Christmas Pudding

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2010
Brooklyn artist James Gulliver Hancock dazzles with his Christmas pudding, a step-by-step in fun. 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.

Okay, we’ll admit it: we are huge fans of James Gulliver Hancock. The guy is so creative and is such a great illustrator. We love every recipe he sends in, and this is no exception. We are so intrigued by his recipe for Xmas Pudding and equally intrigued by all of the awesome doodles and design elements. The instructions are all there: Follow the arrows. According to the artist, this is soaked in 1/4 cup of brandy, which equals “yummers.” No kidding. Have some fun on his site; it’s a treat, just like this recipe.

See more super fun and cool illustrated holiday recipes today on They Draw and Cook. And get all the last-minute Christmas feast recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Stained Glass Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 22nd, 2010
British artist Sarah Ward makes whimsical Christmas cookies that sparkle. 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.

Artist (and baker!) Sarah Ward from Sheffield, United Kingdom, makes these stunning cookies seem simple to make. Her super sweet illustrations lead you easily from one step to the next. We both love her fanciful lettering style and tumbling snowflakes. The end result could not be one bit sweeter than the little girl winking in the cookie window. It’s 100 percent charming, as is every single illustration on Sarah’s website. We think these would make beautiful ornaments for your tree; don’t you?

See more illustrated dessert recipes 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.

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.

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