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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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, December 7th, 2010
Where Do You Bite? - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Dissecting the Gingerbread Man: Two-thirds of those polled in a Dunkin’ Donuts survey say they go straight for the jugular when biting into a gingerbread man. What’s more is that this act, according to neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, reveals something about one’s inner workings. Head-biters are “achievement-oriented individuals,” Hirsch tells the New York Daily News. As for leg-eaters, they’re so sensitive they probably apologized to the cookie before nibbling off its lower extremity. [nydailynews.com]

Top 10 Food Scenes from Christmas Movies: The folks at LA Weekly tapped Christmas movie authority Alonso Duralde, who watched 122  yuletide films, to curate their roundup of the awesomest holiday eating scenes on film. Duralde highlights some unusual suspects (Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, Huston’s The Dead), but since it’s not Christmas without Tim Allen, the Santa Clause graces his list, too. [blogs.laweekly.com]

We All Scream for Snow Cream: When life gives you ice (falling from the sky), make ice cream. The clever cooks at Eatocracy share their all-natural recipe for snow ice cream, which basically involves waiting for a blizzard, placing a clean bowl outside and far away from an “animals’ splash zone,” and letting the flurries fill ‘er up. If you can find your bowl under the accumulation, just add some mix-ins and you got yourself a snow sundae. [eaotcracy.cnn.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

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.

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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