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12 Days of Cookies: Melissa’s Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2010
Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread
Celebrate with Melissa's Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread

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.

Ten Dollar Dinners host Melissa d’Arabian is giving jewels to her fans. In a way. Melissa topped her holiday cookies this year with dried cranberries, orange marmalade and chocolate chips, and the Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread cookies that result are as pretty to look at as they are delicious to eat. The cookies themselves are crisp, buttery basics, brought together in baking alchemy: butter, flour and sugar. They’re easy to make, and the fruit-and-nut topping is simple to stir together. Set the cookies, decorated in holiday finery, on a candlelit table, where they’ll glisten like little treasures.

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Drawing Inspiration: Rudolph Serving Spiced Smoothies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 6th, 2010
Artist Angela Matteson of Columbus, Ohio, conjures a whimsical holiday mixer: Santa, his reindeer, and a frozen frappe worthy of sharing. 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.

What could possibly be cuter than the idea of Rudolph whipping up a batch of delicious mango frappés for his coworkers and boss? Artist Angela Matteson tells us, “This is something I invented a few weeks ago. I thought mango and cinnamon might make a nice taste combo, and it quickly became one of my favorite treats. I only use a splash of milk to keep it thick, and blend it until it becomes like ice cream. I add some vanilla protein powder, and it’s a great breakfast I can take to work with me, or a pick-me-up treat anytime.” And, of course, the extra shot of protein is essential for the long night these guys have ahead of them!

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out more festive drink recipes here on FoodNetwork.com:

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

12 Days of Cookies: Sunny’s PB and J Thumbprints

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2010

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’ll never look at peanut butter and jelly the same way after trying Sunny Anderson’s thumbprint cookies. Ingredients that might seem humble become festive when you make a peanut butter cookie dough, roll each ball in sugar for a sparkly effect, then add a dollop of strawberry preserves in the center before baking. Just like that, a staple of childhood lunches is transformed into a grown-up dessert.

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Drawing Inspiration: Cute Christmas Cottage

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2010
Artist Sharon Mann of Las Vegas, builds a sweet gingerbread house--with graham crackers. 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 wonderful hand-stitched design beautifully illustrates a simple version of a holiday classic: the gingerbread house (actually, in this case, it’s a graham-cracker house…details, details!). No shortcuts were taken in doing the drawing, however. The illustration, with such charming and fun details, totally inspires us to make our own edible neighborhood.

Why would anyone buy a prefab gingerbread house when you can make your own version so easily? Check out the artist Sharon Mann’s website to see all her amazing embroidery, crochet and quilted creations, then weave together one of your own.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out gingerbread adventures here on FoodNetwork.com:

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

12 Days of Cookies: Sandra’s Raspberry Cake Bars

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2010

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.

Turn ready-made sugar cookie dough into a dessert fit for anybody who graces your doorstep this season. Just add raspberry jam, lemon extract and chopped pecans, and voila — Sandra Lee’s Raspberry Cake Bars! Personally I think they’d be just as good for breakfast — especially if I can snag the corner piece.

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Drawing Inspiration: Aromas of the Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2010
Artist Kasia Glowa from Cracow, Poland, creates the scents of fruit and spice in an illustration. 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.

Simple images and simple ingredients can lead to complex looks and flavors. In this illustration by Polish artist Kasia Glowa, we adore the combination of the beautiful renderings of each ingredient, and we admire the lovely watercolor lettering and the scratchy graphite arrows. Just look at that pear on the right…doesn’t it look delicious? This must make the house smell wonderful. And the fruit and spice–on their own or over ice cream or pound cake–must taste spectacular.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out desserts that celebrate spiced fruit here on FoodNetwork.com:

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

12 Days of Cookies: Claire’s Turtle Graham Bars

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2010
Turtle Graham Bars
Claire's salty-sweet graham bars are an easy and delicious five-ingredient treat.

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.

Turtles are a true American classic, and they’re even better in Claire Robinson’s bar form with a graham cracker crust to hold them together. Melted dark chocolate poured over a toffee made of pecans, sugar and butter on top of the crackers make Turtle Graham Bars a multi-layered delight. For a little bit of subtlety, sprinkle flaky sea salt on them either before or after cutting.

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Drawing Inspiration: Buttery Biscuits, Brit-Style

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2010
Artist Natalie Smillie from Peterborough, England, draws on a homey comfort: cookies! 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.

Call them whatever you like–they’ve got appeal. Across the pond, buttery cookies are called biscuits but their look and aromas match up with your memory. In this illustration by English artist Natalie Smillie, we love the delicate watercolor style and beautifully embellished lettering. For some reason, we think an illustrated recipe like this makes baking just that much more enjoyable. Oh, and to save you guys time on conversions, here you go (pay no mind that you won’t have any “fifths” measuring cups–just be inspired!): 100g sugar = 2/5 cups, 225g self-raising flour = 1 4/5 cups and 100g butter = 7tbsp.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out favorite butter cookies, sugar cookies and “biscuits” here on FoodNetwork.com:

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

12 Days of Cookies: Giada’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2010
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Giada's light and citrusy cookies are made with fresh ricotta.

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.

Think of these as a friendly holiday squeeze from Giada De Laurentiis. A batch of her light and citrusy Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze offers enough cookies for an easygoing finish to an indulgent meal as well as a delightful chilly-afternoon snack with a steaming cup of tea.

Nodding to her love and expertise in all things Italian, Giada stirs up a mixture of ricotta cheese that includes both lemon juice and zest to give the cookies a seasonally bright, delicate flavor. They’re finished with a glossy sugar glaze, also spritzed with lemon. Pucker up!

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Recipes as Art: Finding a Sweet Spot

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 2nd, 2010
Artist Amy King of New York, New York, renders playful pops good enough to eat. 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.

Everything about Amy King‘s lollipop illustration is delightful and cheery. The holiday season is particularly fun for the young and the young at heart, and it’s the time of year when you might take the time to cook up something sweetly special. We think making pops would be a super-fun kitchen activity to do with your kids, especially the decorating! Amy, the artist who created this picture, is a great surface and textile designer, and you can see some of her excellent pattern work in the background of this illustration. We thrill at her combining her joys and sharing them.

See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out candy-making recipes and techniques from your favorite chefs here on FoodNetwork.com:

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