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Hump Day Snack: Sufganiyot (AKA Jelly Doughnuts)

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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began last night, kicking off eight nights of celebration. But whether you celebrate the Jewish holiday or not, you can still get in the spirit with traditional foods. After you’ve had your filling of crisp potato latkes, try your hand at another fried delight: sufganiyot, an Israeli jelly doughnut covered in powdered sugar. To make the pillowy balls of dough, use yeast, sugar, lukewarm milk, egg yolks and any zest of your choice (try orange or lemon) in small batches. Fry them to a golden brown, then fill the cooled rounds with raspberry or strawberry jam and prepare for a holiday celebration. 

For more recipes to celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah, try some of Cooking Channel’s favorites:

Healthy Holiday Foods

ChestnutsBetween all the cookies and cocktails, it can seem like holiday food is out to get you (or at least your waistline). But let’s take a moment to celebrate all of the festive ingredients and dishes that are actually good for you.

Nuts
Break out the nutcracker and get cracking on some fresh, whole almonds, walnuts, filberts and other nuts. They’re a great source of protein, healthy fats, fiber and some vitamins and minerals. Plus, if you take time to shell them you’ll be less likely to overdo it on these calorie-rich snacks.

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31 Days of Cookies: Whoopie Pies

Chuck Hughes’ take on these pillowy cookie sandwiches will have holiday revelers screaming “whoopee!” on the 17th day of cookies. The tender chocolate cakes are filled with a honey-tinged marshmallow mixture, imbuing the sticky-fingered favorite with even sweeter flavor.

Click here for the Whoopie Pies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Domino’s Taiwan Stuffs Their Crusts With Peanut Sauce

From being stuffed with cheese or topped with all manner of flavoring, the world of pizza crusts has been in constant flux. Will there ever be an end to the madness, a plain Jane crust lover might cry. Probably not. On that note, here are some pizza crusts stuffed with peanut sauce.

Domino’s Taiwan has just introduced a specialty crust, available for all pizzas, that features a mixture of both cheese and peanut sauce. This salty-and-more-salty combo may just be the ticket for someone who couldn’t decide between a pizza and a bowl of dandan noodles.

So if you find yourself wandering around Taiwan in search of the calming glow of a multinational corporation, give this bizarre concoction a shot.

Sifted: Naughty Coal Cookies, Gingersnap Biscotti + More

Naughty Coal Cookies

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  • For once, you won’t be disappointed to receive a lump of coal. Simply Scratch baked a batch of Naughty Coal Cookies that emerge from the oven jet-black thanks to an extra-dark cocoa powder. But fret not: Their taste is definitely nice-list quality.
  • Splay Stuffed Endives with Cranberry and Roquefort in a circle to create a festive, vibrant and edible wreath as your holiday party appetizer using red and green Belgian endive spears. The Clever Carrot‘s recipe is a crunchy and refreshing reprieve from all the richness of the rest of your holiday spreads.
  • We hear a lot about the superhero powers of our slow cookers, panini presses and other kitchen gadgets, but i am a food blog has uncovered a hidden talent of our rice cookers, as well. Instead of making another fluffy mound of white rice, use it to create an Epic Rice Cooker Pancake best served with berries and cream.
  • Just because you aren’t throwing a banging holiday party this winter, doesn’t mean you can’t sip one of the season’s greats. Rather than whipping up a vat of boozy nog, Dessert for Two created Small-Batch Eggnog that makes it easy for you to sip the spiced classic on any frosty night of the week.

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Take a Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez

Tonight at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez — the badass Mexican dude you see on Chopped every time you turn on the TV — is heading out on a simple mission: to stuff himself with the best tacos in the country, every week, one city at a time, from the sophisticated to the mom-and-pops.

His Taco Trip begins in a place you might not associate with tacos, but is home to the country’s fifth largest Hispanic community.  Tune in to meet the chefs, families and locals who have helped define Chicago’s culinary landscape. Or check back here tomorrow to watch the full episode for free online.

Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Gifts for the Hungriest People on Your List

Zoku Ice Cream Maker

Ready or not, here the holidays come. If listlessly strolling store aisles in search of the perfect gift isn’t totally your thing, we’ve got you covered with these nailed-it gifts for every type of foodie on your list.

For the Ice Cream Lover: Sure, you could just phone it in and give them their favorite pint of ice cream (especially if you threw in the spoon), but for a grand slam, give them a frozen treat of their own creation. Thanks to the  Zoku Ice Cream Maker ($25.95), ice-cream eaters can customize their own mix-ins and have a bowl in hand in just 10 minutes.

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31 Days of Cookies: Candied Apple Rugelach

Kick off Hanukkah celebrations on the 16th day of cookies — and first night of the Festival of Lights — with this amped-up version of a classic Jewish cookie. The pastry’s delicate layers are wrapped around a caramelized apple confit, rather than chocolate or nuts. With a 32-cookie yield, this recipe is perfect for a whole crowd of candle-lighting revelers.

Click here for the Candied Apple Rugelach recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Heroic Australian Chef Creates 99-Cheese Pizza

They say that life doesn’t create true heroes anymore. They say that we live in a morally compromised world bereft of such black and white concepts. They say a lot of things. They also have not laid eyes on this pizza that features ninety-nine different types of cheese, so what do they know?

Johnny Di Francesco, an Australian chef who has already won the coveted World’s Best Pizza award, just unveiled his newest creation. It’s a pizza made with ninety-nine cheeses and a Jay Z joke isn’t one. The pie starts with the paltry-seeming ninety-four cheeses as its base, then once it is baked the chef tops it with five more, including fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese and ricotta.

Even cooler? Melbourne residents who popped in at his pizza place, Gradi, last weekend were able to pick up the short-lived pie for a whopping nineteen bucks! That’s like twenty cents a cheese.

Meatless Monday: Potato Latkes with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini and Fried Egg

Potato Latkes with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini and Fried Egg

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Tomorrow at sundown, Jews around the world will observe Hanukkah, the festival of lights. They will say prayers over the menorah, exchange festive presents and spin a mean dreidel. And they will eat lots of latkes.

Eating fried foods is an essential part of Hanukkah tradition and potato pancakes are often the dish of choice. In this recipe, Chuck cleverly serves his latkes with roasted vegetables and a fried egg to create a complete (albeit not Kosher) meal. Enjoy. And Happy Hanukkah!

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