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Pizza Party Giveaway

Pizza Recipe

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a DayMy co-author, Jeff, and I wrote our latest book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, because we love pizza.You can’t bake these recipes without creating a party, whether it’s for an evening spent watching a movie or a big gathering of friends in the backyard. Pick the crust and toppings to suit your mood and within minutes you will have pizza — lots and lots of fresh pizza. It’s fast, easy and costs only $1.50 for the most delicious pie you’ve ever eaten.

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Cookbooks for Gifting (and Trying)

Cookbooks for Gifts

Our desks have been overflowing with mountains of amazing new cookbooks this year, covering all cuisine and every niche imaginable (like biscuits and mini pies). So we were thrilled to see the New York Times editors’ top cookbook picks for 2011 – great for holiday gifts or for adding to your own collection.

We’ve covered a few of their picks ourselves, plus we have sample recipes. So before you start buying, get cooking!

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Beet Salad with Walnuts, Dates, and Plenty of Garlic

Garlicky Beet Salad Recipe

When it comes time for Russian soirees, there’s no shortage of little bites, known in Russian as zakuski, that precede the main event. Personally, I’ve always been of the zakuski persuasion myself, enjoying the generous spread and often skipping the main course all together.

The word zakuski comes from the word zakusit, meaning “to have a snack”, but really it’s more of a vodka chaser than anything, which would explain why the assortment of various zakuski always includes pickles, herring, tiny meat pies, diminutive bread slices with bites of caviar or salami, and potent salads. The idea is to awaken your palate, to make you hungry for the meal to come. But for me, it’s always meant that my favorite snacks were together in one place.

One of my favorite zakuski family members is this intensely garlicky beet salad that’s ubiquitous at any family gathering. Russian delis also sell them by the quart, making it almost pointless to spend time making your own. But as I’ve tried to use as much organic produce as possible, it’s worth that extra effort.

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Cookie Swap 2.0: Cookies & Cocktails

Holiday Cookies on Cooking Channel

Gear up for holiday baking with Cooking Channel. Your favorite celebrities, chefs & Food People have opened their kitchens to share their best cookie recipes. From Cookie Monster’s sugar cookies to Kelsey’s Peppermint Meltaways, we’ll keep you baking all season. Visit our All-Star Cookie Swap, then head over to FoodNetwork.com for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs.

Cookies, cocktails, supermodels and more: Tune in to the Cooking Channel special Cookies & Cocktails for a modern take on the holiday cookie swap.

Cooking Channel’s Kelsey Nixon helps her friend Chrissy Teigen — a swimsuit model and passionate foodie — host a festive holiday cookie swap with a group of Chrissy’s close friends. From John Legend preparing his warm and chewy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chunk Cookies to mixologist Kevin Denton stirring up a Brown Butter Old Fashioned, you won’t want to miss a minute.

Tune in December 4th at 8 p.m. ET.

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Meatless Monday: Tofu Salad With Chive Ginger Oil

tofu salad

Don't you need a break from meat today?

If you haven’t jumped on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, today is one of the best days of the year to do so. After several days of indulgences, your gut needs a break. A meatless meal on the Monday after Thanksgiving doesn’t mean scraping the last bits of sweet potato casserole out of the dish and eating it with a side of green beans with crunchy onions and a stale dinner roll. After all those casseroles, a dinner salad is surely in order. Plus, if you still have Thanksgiving leftovers in your ‘fridge, it’s probably a good day to toss them.

This Tofu Salad With Chive-Ginger Oil is packed with enough protein to make it a filling main dish and the Asian flavors of the ginger, sesame and miso are the perfect antidote to all of the heavy American fare you’ve been gorging on since Thursday. Leftovers, if there are any, are brown-bag worthy, but keep the dressing on the side and add if before you eat so the greens don’t get soggy.

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Craving: Holiday Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes on Cooking Channel
Gear up for holiday baking with Cooking Channel. Your favorite celebrities, chefs & Food People have opened their kitchens to share their best cookie recipes. From Cookie Monster’s sugar cookies to Kelsey’s Peppermint Meltaways, we’ll keep you baking all season. Visit our All-Star Cookie Swap, then head over to FoodNetwork.com for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs.

I have to admit, I have quite the sweet tooth. And while Thanksgiving had plenty of pies and other fall desserts, it’s Christmas cookies I’ve been craving since early November.

And from your favorite Cooking Channel chefs’ recipes to the sweet treats of all-star celebrities, Cooking Channel has the holiday cookie recipes to keep you baking all season long. Here are the ones I’m adding to my December baking agenda (and you should, too):

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Get Ready For Cooking Channel’s Holiday Programming

We’re celebrating the season with a whole line-up of festive holiday specials and shows!

Join Chuck when he tackles Christmas dinner for the first time, enjoy Cookies & Cocktails with Kelsey Nixon, Chrissy Teigen and Jon Legend, and make sure to save room for Nadia G.’s outrageous 7-course feast.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe

Come end of November, the only thing that rivals the anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner is the following week of Thanksgiving leftovers. The midnight fridge raid for a sliver of pie. A scoop of potatoes au gratin reheated for breakfast alongside some scrambled eggs. Another raid on the fridge for another piece of pie.

However, the true king of the leftovers is, of course, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey. Maybe it’s because we hardly ever take the time to roast a turkey the rest of the year, because come Thanksgiving, we just can’t get enough. In our household, we’ll even go so far as to roast an extra turkey on Thanksgiving just for the leftovers.

Of all our “turkey reinvented” dishes, Turkey Sloppy Joes is one of our all-time favorites. Saute up some onions and garlic. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, a little vinegar and brown sugar. Throw in a few more ingredients for spice and flavor. Chop up a chunk of the leftover turkey. And no sloppy joe is complete in our house without the addition of cheese. It’s a tradition that goes back to childhood.

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Cooking Channel’s Holiday Gift Guide for Food People


Black Friday — it’s the Olympics of shopping. The one day of the year all hell breaks loose and decorum goes out the window. Avoid disaster by starting your day with a game plan and, of course, gift ideas so you aren’t left in the dust. (We recommend starting your day with the proper fuel. These Lemon Blueberry Muffins are delish and will super charge you for the retail task at hand.)

We asked Cooking Channel stars and staffers what they wanted in their stockings this year — take some inspiration from their Holiday Wish Lists.

Shake things up with Kelsey Nixon’s pick: a Soda Stream. It’s perfect for making custom soda flavors from your own artisanal-flavored syrups.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Cooking Channel!  We hope you enjoy your day with family and friends.  Share your best pics with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tomorrow, enjoy Day 2 with our amazing Leftovers Recipes.

While you’re in your digestive daze, start dreaming about Holiday Cookies!

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