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.
I spend a lot of time with recipes, usually writing, photographing or testing them. Like reading anything consistently, the work becomes familiar and you start to pick up on its patterns — in the case of recipes, that tends to mean similar cooking methods or ingredients. I had a record-scratch moment the other day as I came across a recipe for Vietnamese shrimp that started out by making a dark caramel. Step 1: Almost burn a pot of sugar. Huh?!
Turns out, lots of Vietnamese dishes — which are known for big, bold flavors — build their sauce or marinade from a dark caramel foundation. When I say “dark caramel,” shutter out those visions of some sensual portion of a dreamy indulgent confection. We’re talking almost-burnt sugar that is cooked so long it loses its sweetness and transforms into an enriching base that soaks up savory flavors like a sponge. It’s in that almost-burnt moment, my friends, when greatness happens.
So, as you start to prepare this dish and begin with a whole bunch of honey going into a bowl, ignore that inner record scratch. Go with it and watch as the glaze reduces, bubbles and thickens its way toward that luxe caramel base. Sure it’s a bit different, but be not afraid. You’re doing it right.
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With holiday travel now in full swing — and perilous shopping frenzies forecast through the month of December — people are going insane. Like, actually clinically insane. Case in point: the live tweeting between Elan Gale and Diane of seat 7A on a Thanksgiving Day US Airways flight. Did you happen to miss that? Because it broke the Internet last week.
Elan, the producer of the esteemed programs The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, was irked that a fellow passenger — a middle-aged woman who identified herself as Diane — was complaining about a flight delay on Thanksgiving. Elan was so angered at Diane’s anger that he sent her a glass of wine to chill out, accompanied by a scathingly condescending note. Diane didn’t appreciate this, and she sent a nasty note back. Elan then walked two bottles of vodka over to her seat, and more notes followed, including some from Elan that were graphic and incredibly insulting. He tweeted that Diane slapped him upon de-planing, and, to be honest, we hardly blame her. Elan sounds like a human pile of antagonistic, non-compassionate garbage. (See: Georgia’s thoughts on Elan vs. Diane on her Tumblr.)
So we’ve decided to write up some tips on how to send a drink to a stressed-out stranger. Study up, because we’re sure you’ll encounter at least one person in an airport who is totally losing his or her mind.
Continue Reading Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Sending an Angry Stranger a Drink
Are you tired of that one “friend” of yours always arranging the pizza so they get the giant slice and you get a pathetic, tiny slice? That’s no way to treat a person. We, the modest yet hungry citizens of the world, demand slice equality for all. To that end, here is a laser-guided pizza cutter.
Wait, what? That’s right. This laser-guided pizza cutter will make sure your homemade pizzas are always accurately sliced, thus ensuring no bad vibes and plenty of equally sated stomachs. It’s called the Tactical Laser Pizza Cutter, which calls to mind a military operation, which is actually perfect when you think about how intense those situations are. All you do is attach this to your average pizza cutting wheel and let it work its magic.
Of course, you could still use this to cut really, really straight slices in which seven take up 1/8th of the pie and one takes up the rest. No matter your intentions, you can grab one of these for around fifteen bucks.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating 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?
You’ve completed another successful holiday eating marathon. Beginning last Thursday and ending on Sunday, it was mashed potatoes, stuffing and apple pie all day, everyday. You never thought the day would come, but you’re finally tired of leftovers (which is good because it’s time to consider tossing them anyways). With Christmas and more festive feasting soon to come, take a break from the rich and heavy foods with something light and healthy like Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf.
Packed with protein and fiber, quinoa is a great food to ward off hunger. Filled with bright flavors like lemon, pomegranate and scallion, Kelsey’s recipe tastes healthy, but in a good way. A generous serving will energize you rather than make you full and sleepy so you’ll be ready to tackle another holiday season (and enjoy more Christmas cookies).
Continue Reading Meatless Monday: Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf
Fruit and vegetables are cool and all, but how come they don’t come in lots of cool shapes? Come on Mother Nature, get with the program! This is the future and if we can have pizzas shaped like cool stuff then, by golly, we should have fruit shaped like cool stuff too.
Auspiciously, the Mihara Citrus Fruit Company of Hiroshima, Japan has begun making lemons in the shape of hearts.* This romance-approved citrus is made by cradling the lemons in a heart-shaped mold when they are young and impressionable. Farmers in the area have reported that more than 80-percent of their stock comes out looking like a heart. The other 20-percent? They come out looking creepy, but as Meatloaf once sang “four out of five ain’t bad.”
Incidentally, Hiroshima is also known for producing some of the world’s most delicious lemons. Delicious and cute? Sign me up!
*Actually, heart-shaped fruit sculpting isn’t all that innovative.