Contest Countdown: They Draw and Cook’s Third-Place Pick

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 29th, 2010
California artist Paula Pertile extends the holidays, coming in third place for They Draw and Cook's contest.

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.

As we come to the final days of our month-long celebration of artistically illustrated holiday recipes, it’s time to recognize (and reward!) four artists whose recipes represent all the good things we love about drawing and cooking at holiday time. We at They Draw and Cook will reward four artists with cash prizes totaling $2,000, to be announced here today through the 31st. Because Salli and I love all the recipes you’ve seen this month we could never in a million years pick favorites! So, we asked our friends at Weldon Owen Publishing (they will publish the upcoming They Draw and Cook book, available next fall) and here at the FoodNetwork.com to be the judges. From a batch of 250 holiday recipes, they picked four top favorites.

Today, we’d like to congratulate Paula Pertile, an illustrator from California, for being our third-place winner. Paula will receive $300 from They Draw and Cook for her wonderful ahortbread illustration. The judges told us that they loved the cuteness (reindeer with apron), humor (reindeer listening to music while the shortbread is baking) and simplicity (such an easy recipe to follow!) of this illustration. They also loved the sweet story this conveys through Paula’s use of the happy reindeer family all helping out and enjoying this holiday treat. Her color palette and exquisite hand-lettering were the icing on the cake, or, in this case, shortbread cookie.

Come back tomorrow to see who the 2nd place winner will be.Meantime, check out FoodNetwork.com for great New Year’s recipes.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Picking Favorites

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 28th, 2010
London artist Weef brings us across the pond as we wind down our month of drawings and wind up for They Draw and Cook

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.

As we come to the final days of our month-long celebration of artistically illustrated holiday recipes, it’s time to recognize (and reward!) four artists whose recipes represent all the good things we love about drawing and cooking at holiday time. We at They Draw and Cook will reward four artists with cash prizes totaling $2,000, to be announced here on December today through the 31st. Because Salli and I love all the recipes you’ve seen this month we could never in a million years pick favorites! So, we asked our friends at Weldon Owen Publishing (they will publish the upcoming They Draw and Cook book, available next fall) and here at the FoodNetwork.com to be the judges. From a batch of 250 holiday recipes, they picked four top favorites.

Today, we’d like to congratulate Weef, an illustrator from London, for being our 4th place winner. Weef will receive $200 from They Draw and Cook for his amazing Turkey Curry illustration. The judges told us that in addition to his great artwork and wonderful layout, they loved this recipe for its innovative and fresh solution to a common holiday dilemma: what to do with all that leftover turkey. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your talents with us Weef! Be sure to visit the FN Dish tomorrow to see who the 3rd place winner will be.

Meantime, check out FoodNetwork.com for great New Year’s recipes.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Cocktail Time

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2010
Artist Pamela Nudel of Berkeley, California, readies us all for New Year

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.

Whoa. This beverage will help relax everyone after all the holiday madness. Artist Pamela Nudel had some fun creating this illustration (and beverage). Her clean and crisp illustration style makes this tasty drink all the more appealing. The zesty lime juice mixed with the hint of peppermint is a winning seasonal combination for any party. We can almost taste how absolutely refreshing this drink is, and that’s what an illustrated recipe is all about.

See more illustrated recipes for great holiday drinks and dishes today on They Draw and Cook. And get ready for New Year’s with FoodNetwork.com.

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

Beat the Blizzard: 5 Warm-Up Favorites From Alton

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010

Alton is at the ready with his Food Network Magazine Buffalo Wings, helping me wing it through the next 24 hours of snow.

Connecticut friends stuck in Los Angeles. Manhattan friends stuck in Texas. My three kids, my mom, my husband and I (or is it me? delirious, clearly), very much stuck at home. Warning, Florida, Arizona and other sunny outposts–this post may not be for you.

Here in New York City, a snowball fight is sounding like a good idea, if you know what I mean. Maybe some fresh air will make quality time in the family room seem more appealing. Meantime, what can I run out to the neighborhood store for, so that, as winter becomes a wonderland outside, we can warm things up inside? I’m dreaming of a ski vacation and the comfy-cozy lodge food that goes with it. Alton Brown recipes, to the rescue:

  1. Alton’s Hot Wings Butter and garlic makes these Food Network Magazine wings even better, and not only in snowy Buffalo.
  2. Hot Cocoa His secret? Confectioners’ sugar. Sweet memories in the making. Will use extra marshmallows to keep the kids’ energy up, so to speak.
  3. Cheese Fondue Alton uses a double dose of cheeses (smoked Gouda and Gruyere) and a double shot of spikes (hard cider and brandy) to make your heart melt.
  4. Alton’s Pressure Cooker Chili No pressure, all ease. Spicy and meaty and soul-warming, and without much effort. Bonus: When else will I put that pressure cooker I got last Christmas to use?
  5. Ultimate Nachos Corn tortillas, jalapenos, guac, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Six servings, so there’s enough to share.

How will you be cooking your way through the snow?

Showing Favoritism: FoodNetwork.com’s Top Recipes of 2010

by in Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010

2010 is drawing to a close, and many of us may find ourselves looking back over the year at goals achieved, trials overcome, times spent with friends and family and – if you’re anything like us – meals eaten. We’ve pulled together your favorite recipes from the past year in one place, so if you’re looking to revisit a beloved mac ‘n cheese dish or you’re searching for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, look no further; we’ve got you covered! As a little taste, here are five of my favorite recipes from the roundup.

Paula's Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup

Paula’s irresistible French Toast Casserole can be pulled together ahead of time, and then popped in the oven for an early-morning treat. Waking up to the sweet, cinnamon smell of the baking casserole is a real pleasure, as the 1,346 reviewers can attest to!

Good Eats Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a tried-and-true classic, a comfort food tradition for many. Messing with that sort of thing can be risky, but Alton changes up the flavors in his Meatloaf with skillful aplomb, punching up the spice mixture with cayenne and chili, and adding cumin and hot pepper sauce to the glaze. A no-fail, knockout recipe for meatloaf novices and masters alike – as evidenced by the 432 rave reviews.

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Drawing Inspiration: Dipping Into the New Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 26th, 2010
Artist Joana Faria of Lisbon, Portugal, gives creamy dip a mod makeover. 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.

Mmm-mmm-mm. This is such a simple and easy recipe that promises such big flavor. We’re pretty sure there won’t be any of this left over after a holiday party. We love Joana Faria‘s slightly edgy illustration style. The creative twist on the Advent calendar works so well for this recipe. The chunky hand-lettering style is great combined with the delicate rows of garland. If you venture over to her website you’ll see lots more of her detailed line drawings and intriguing designs. In fact, we love this recipe so much we made it for our own get-together, and it turned out great. Next stop, New Year’s.

See more great illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook. And let FoodNetwork.com do the planning for your New Year’s Eve party.

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

Drawing Inspiration: Last Call for Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 26th, 2010
Artist Abz Hakim of Toronto, Canada, nods to holiday cookie baking. 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.

It doesn’t get any more festive than this recipe and illustration by Abz Hakim. We love the elaborately rendered details and all of the holiday sparkle. Every milk pitcher needs to be decorated with a string of lights and a Santa hat! And of course, this is a classic holiday cookie recipe made really yummy by adding buttermilk and cinnamon. Abz is quite the cook and artist. By the way, Santa has given us permission to print his secret recipe. But wait, there’s more!

Artist Sandee M. Chamberlain of Atlanta, Georgia, left a particularly sweet treat for Santa and his reindeer. Click the image to expand.

Cherries, chocolate, and nuts? Some people call this a cookie; we call it dinner. The artist who created this recipe, Sandee Chamberlain, gave us a little background information about this recipe. She said, “This recipe is near and dear to my heart. I have been making it with my family for the past 30 years–it’s our Christmas Cookie!” We love holiday recipes like this, which bring out the tradition in families everywhere. It’s great to have something special like this to look forward to once a year, every year. And, isn’t the cherry on Rudolph’s nose an awesome little touch?

See more great illustrated recipes today on They Draw and Cook. And count down to 2011 with great sweets, appetizer and drink recipes at FoodNetwork.com.

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

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.