It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
It’s time to embrace the holiday “spirit” as our calendars count down the days until Christmas. Celebratory and decadent cocktails are the hallmark of a good holiday party, so put down that ‘nog and whip up a unique wintry concoction that will light up Rudolph’s red nose.
This Candy Cane Martini is a sweet and refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh ginger and mint leaves, and it is the perfect, festive way to kick off the holiday season. The crushed peppermint candy that rims the chilled glasses puts the final, Christmasy touch on this winter wonderland cocktail.
Here’s to some holiday cheer! Bottoms up, folks.
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Come December, it’s easy to turn to pasta as a (nightly) dinner option. But incorporating vegetables into the mix nearly justifies the habit. Ellie’s Macaroni and 4 Cheeses adds squash to the classic dish. Her recipe calls for frozen pureed winter squash, but since there are so many varieties available fresh right now, in-season acorn squash works well, too.
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The old adage “good things come in small packages” is especially true when it comes to stocking stuffers. To maximize this year’s small pleasures, here are some stocking-sized gift ideas for the food lover in your family, perfect for the…
Sometimes a few secret ingredients can make a huge difference in baked goods. Black cocoa (King Arthur Flour; $9.95) is one ingredient that packs a wallop, for the most intensely chocolaty desserts. Vanilla bean paste (King Arthur Flour; $12.95) adds flecks of vanilla to baked goods without the hassle and expense of using a real vanilla bean.
Ice size really does matter for cocktails — bigger cubes mean less watered-down drinks. This highball ice mold (Sur la Table; $12.95) makes a glacier of an ice cube that fits perfectly into a highball glass. Dad can use it to ice down cocktails, or just tea and soda.
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First there was the gingerbread house and it was fine, if your name wasn’t Gretel. Next came the gingerbread cul-de-sac. It offered a decent amount of cookie goodness, but it wasn’t going to feed an entire football team. Now, however, there are entire gingerbread villages, each unique in its own edible splendor. Some of these villages are downright enormous, with a recently constructed New York City iteration being named world’s largest.
The gingerbread wonder was made by New York Chef Jon Lovitch and it clocks in at an amazing 1.5 tons of cookie. The village boasts several to-scale blocks, over sixty trees and an underground subway station. Every bit of it is edible, even though some pieces are older than others (it’s been under construction for almost a year.)
If you have a hankering to see this village with your eyes and your mouth, it will be on display until January 12th at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Each visitor gets a piece to take home. If you don’t mind risking a broken tooth, take a bite!
On tonight’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli at 8pm ET, Ilene and Freddie Tsuhara are throwing a bash at their Concord, North Carolina, pad. Mo Rocca helps assemble the appetizers, like Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, Grilled Short Ribs and Pineapple and Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Rolls. Then he learns some potent potables, including the Harvey Wallbanger, from mix master Freddie.
The food and drinks are a success, but the real surprise of the night is firecracker Ilene. In this web-only deleted scene from the show, Ilene explains why showing up three hours late for a dinner she’s made is a bad idea, plus the reasons she was the worst military wife who ever walked the Earth:
Watch My Grandmother’s Ravioli every Wednesday at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars by Buttered Up
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- Step up your game and serve Buttered Up’s dulce de leche cheesecake bars at your holiday party.
- This kale and quinoa salad with apple and sweet potato by Arielle Likes to Cook is perfect for your post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas diet.
- Why How Sweet It Is decided to make eggnog baked oatmeal with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean brown butter is irrelevant. We’re just very happy she did.
- Foodess’ merry Manhattan cocktail will have you merry indeed.
- The Beeroness’ salted beer caramel sauce makes a great gift, but you may have trouble giving it away.
It’s a little known fact that pancakes are the most versatile breakfast food around. To prove it, serve up this towering stack of tree-shaped pancakes at the Christmas morning breakfast table and wait for the applause to start. Part of a blog called The Pancake Project, this edible Christmas tree is assembled with the help of a squeeze bottle filled with batter, which allows for artful pancake shaping on a griddle. The owner of the blog has experimented with endless pancake colors and shapes, creating realistic 3D replicas of foods, animals and well-known artworks with just a squeeze bottle and a little food coloring. Test your own pancake prowess by griddling up this fluffy and festive stack and get inspired with some of Cooking Channel’s holiday-worthy pancake recipes:
Instagram. The very word conjures up visions of dogs standing on things and POV shots out of the side of an airplane. Everyone has their favorite Instagram users and their favorite pictures. Now, thanks to the sublime magic of technology, you can put your money where your mouth, uh, will be.
A new service allows you to get your very favorite Instagram pictures printed on big, fluffy marshmallows. These mallows are 4cm by 4cm and come in boxes of nine, which will set you back around $16. All you have to do is sync your Instagram account with the service, which is called Boomf. Maybe that’s the sound a marshmallow makes as it slowly melts into a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
It’s too bad Thanksgiving has gone and come. I’d like to see some sweet potato casserole absolutely covered with selfies.