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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.

12 Days of Cookies: Marcela’s Polvorones

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2010
Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies
Marcela's Ground Walnut Cookies will melt in your mouth.

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.

These crumbly, buttery walnut cookies are named for the Spanish word for powder, which, according to Marcela Valladolid, is what they turn into the minute you bite into one. They’re traditionally Mexican wedding cookies, but she ate her mother’s Polvorones at Christmastime every year growing up, dipped in hot chocolate. Once you’ve sampled your first batch, you’ll probably find yourself looking for other excuses to make them, too.

Get Marcela’s recipe and check out dozens and dozens of batches in 12 Days of Cookies for more sweet ideas. Then tell us what you’re baking.

Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners, has been baking cookies since she was old enough to climb onto the kitchen stool. She and her family are partial to Zimtsterne—cinnamon stars—for the holidays, but love cookies of all kinds all year long.

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.

12 Days of Cookies: Alton’s Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2010
Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Alton's Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies are festive and fabulous treats.

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 won’t be able to help feeling jolly when you get a look at Alton Brown’s Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies. These sweet swirls of peppermint and chocolate dough, jazzed up with bits of candy cane for extra zip, look like something straight from the elves’ workshop. All they’re missing is the ribbon and wrap (and maybe a few sleigh bells!).

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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.