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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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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.

12 Days of Cookies: Guy’s Craisy Oatmeal Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 10th, 2010
Craisy Oatmeal Cookies
Don't miss Guy's off-the-hook Craisy Oatmeal Cookies.

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.

Channel your inner Fieri with this recipe for Guy’s Craisy Oatmeal Cookies. Dried cranberries replace the usual raisins, coconut adds some extra chewiness, and chopped rosemary gives them a totally unexpected Italian edge. If you like rosemary in meat or pasta dishes, you’ll be amazed by the depth it adds here. The unique combination of flavors will explode in your mouth with every bite.

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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.