Watch Cooking Channel

Author Archive

Sifted: Naughty Coal Cookies, Gingersnap Biscotti + More

Naughty Coal Cookies

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • 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.

Craving More?

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.

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

Sifted: Pomegranate Guacamole, Gingerbread Granola + More

Homemade Pomegranate Guacamole

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • We always thought tomatoes were the only way to add festive red to classic guacamole, but Cookie & Kate proves that saying isn’t always the case. If you get your hands on some ripe avocados this holiday season, mash them into Festive Pomegranate Guacamole. Not only do pomegranate seeds add a surprising juicy sweetness, they also add a contrasting ruby red hue that’s ideal for holiday entertaining.
  • If chugging rich eggnog by the glass won’t sate your yearly craving, bake Dine & Dish‘s Spiced Eggnog Snack Cake for an added dose. The slathered frosting is made with real eggnog, for a spiced treat will guaranteed to woo eggnog lovers and haters alike.
  • Even the first meal of the day deserves some holiday spirit. Gingerbread Granola by Minimalist Baker is folded with flavors of molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves for an authentic gingerbread flavor that’s never seen the inside of a latte cup or candy-studded house.
  • Ooey-gooey puffed rice treats are a childhood favorite for a reason, and they’re even better when crowned with a layer of cookie dough. Cookies and Cups tops no-bake Cookie Dough Crispy Treats with a milk chocolate ganache for a triple threat treat.

Craving More?

Sifted: Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts, Rum Ball Ice Cream + More

Gingerbread Doughnut Holes

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • Just like pumpkin spice trickled its way into all of our baked goods and cloying coffee drinks at the start of October, gingerbread is at your service for the holiday season and beyond. Before you reach for the cookie cutters shaped like little men, make a batch of Edible Perspective‘s gluten-free, sprinkled-and-spiced Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts instead.
  • If your holidays are spent biting into rum ball after rum ball, The Sugar Hit‘s Rum Ball Ice Cream might just be your idyllic scoop. Studded with rum-soaked raisins and brownie chunks, this ultra-creamy scoop of milk chocolate ice cream is as rich as it gets, and its ice cold temp is excusable no matter how many down parkas you have to pile on to go outside.
  • Though candy bark dusted with shards of candy cane remains an iconic holiday treat, Pop Rocks Candy Bark are here to shake up the chocolatey staple. Foodie with Family‘s recipe is as fizzy and festive as it gets, with strawberry pop rocks bringing a fruity effervescence to its dark chocolate base.
  • Would a bagel without a hole in the middle be a bagel at all? Top with Cinnamon proves that all the seasoned flavor of your plush, need-not-be-toasted favorite can arrive in loaf form, too. The sliceable Bagel Bread Loaf is yeasty in all the right ways and cloaked in poppy and sesame seeds. Of course, it’s best taken with a whirl of cream cheese.
  • Hosting a brunch during the month of December means one thing for dessert: bread pudding. Soaked with a cocoa powder-laced custard and topped with a creamy chocolate icing, Picky Palate‘s Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Bread Pudding is the most decadent concoction that day-old bread has ever seen.

Craving More?

Sifted: Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream, Turkey Enchiladas + More

Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  •  For a lot of us, the hoopla of Thanksgiving isn’t so much about the turkey or the potatoes or the stuffing. Instead, we come to the table for the tangy, invigorating cranberry sauce. Down even more of this seasonal condiment this year with Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream by A Thought for Food, featuring ruby ribbons of orange-spiked cranberry sauce in scoops of homemade vanilla.
  • When the big day has come and gone, use your Thanksgiving bird for a higher purpose than turkey sandwiches. Gimme Some Oven rolls together spicy Turkey Enchiladas that pack the leftover meat in with beans and cheese before shrouding with avocado, onion and cilantro. Extend all your hard work even longer by freezing the enchiladas for future eats.
  • Take your punch of caffeine in slice form with a silky Affogato Cake by A Spicy Perspective. By pouring creamy espresso over layers of sponge cake, you achieve a decadence similar to a tres leches cake, but this time with an eye-opening, caffeine-induced twist.
  • After carving your turkey on Thursday, don’t waste any time before throwing the bones into a pot for a fresh batch of homemade broth. Then give comfort food a new meaning, with Honestly Yum’s simmering Turkey Pho (AKA Vietnamese noodle soup), brimming with cilantro, lime, chiles and spices.
  • While serving dips as appetizers may ruin your appetite on Thanksgiving, sweet Pumpkin Pie Dip by Averie Cooks is the perfect after-meal treat. Made with pumpkin puree, cream cheese and spice, each bite of this slimmed-down dip is reminiscent of pumpkin pie filling. It’s best scooped with gingersnaps, apples and graham crackers  or just a spoon.

Craving More?

Sifted: Pretzel Parker House Rolls, Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie + More

Pretzel Parker House Rolls

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • Bread is an oft-overlooked, but critical part of Thanksgiving. After all, it’s the best vessel for sopping up gravy. If you’re tired of classic rolls, upgrade to Pretzel Parker House Rolls by Smitten Kitchen, which have a glossy pretzel shell scattered with coarse pretzel salt (or sesame seeds).
  • If ever there was a cookie of your dreams, this one would be it. The Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie by Cook Republic is best eaten with a spoon so that you can dig out the dollops of peanut butter and chocolate chunks. It may be gargantuan, but it is only sweetened with honey, making it surprisingly wholesome (if you don’t devour the whole darn thing).
  • Sometimes burning things in the kitchen is a true disaster, but other times, it can turn out quite well. Lottie and Doof studs its Espresso-Burnt Sugar Shortbread with small shards of shattered sugar. Though not actually burnt, the sugar chips give a sweet, caramelized flavor to traditional shortbread.

Craving More?

Sifted: Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, Winter Squash Empanadas + More

Brown Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • Your classic empanada may come with a spicy meat stuffing, but Food For My Family‘s Winter Squash Empanadas are a different story and loaded with fall flavor. Caramelized shallots, goat cheese and fresh sage ooze from the flaky folds.
  • When we’re in need of some serious comfort food, sometimes a spoon is the only utensil that’ll make the cut. A spoonful of the aptly named Best Cheeseburger Soup by Foodie Crush involves everything you love between the bun, from tender ground beef to gooey cheddar cheese to a hit of hot sauce.
  • When is it too soon to start hoarding all the eggnog? According to Country Cleaver, not soon enough. Instead of glugging it from the carton, creamy and spiced Eggnog No-Bake Cheesecake comes together from scratch.

Craving More?

Sifted: Grilled Cheese Pizza, Baked Apple Cider Donuts + More

Grilled Cheese Pizza

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • Grilled Cheese Pizza by I Am a Food Blog is a glorious mash-up slice that proves you never have to choose. Cut gooey grilled cheese sandwiches into small squares and sprinkle them over pizza crust with crisp bacon and tomato slices.

Craving More?

Sifted: Dusty Bone-Shaped Cookies, Pumpkin-Quinoa Pie + More

Dusty Bones Sugar Cookies

Hot Links We’re Loving:

  • If you’ve ever encountered puppy chow (the cereal-based snack), you know it’s hard not to scarf it all at once  especially now that I Am Baker gives it a fall spin with Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.
  • Culinary Bro-Down knows what we really need, presenting us with a cheesy, spicy idea during a week that’s all about the sweet stuff. Come Friday, don’t beat yourself up over all the Halloween candy you’re bound to inhale. Instead, fry up a Chorizo Mac ‘N’ Cheese Quesadilla that answers every one of your guiltiest savory pleasures.

 Craving More?

Sifted: Spicy Cornbread Biscuits, Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Cake + More

Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits

Hot Links We’re Loving:
  • When you’re faced with a bowl of steamy chili, it would be an injustice to choose between cornbread and biscuits. Dinner Was Delicious makes it easy with Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits, which are somehow both crumbly and flaky, not to mention loaded with sharp cheddar and jalapeno.
  • Want to put a new spin on pumpkin pie? Layer pumpkin and vanilla ice creams (with a jolt of pumpkin butter) into Shutterbean‘s easy Ice Cream Cake. Pound gingersnap cookies into crumbs for a speedy buffer layer.
  • We hate to say it, but the days of juicy, fresh tomato salsas are now over (unless you live in the tropics). Face the tomto-free music with these Fish Tacos by Turntable Kitchen. The recipe ingeniously creates a pomegranate salsa, ysubg the seeds out of in-season pomegranate for a juicy sweet-and-sour salsa condiment.
  • Think of Alsatian Flammkuchen as a bacon-, apple- and taleggio-topped take on pizza, though the dough is made with milk rather than water and results in a lighter, crunchier crust. Take a slice of Eat in My Kitchen‘s recipe with good, dry wine.
Craving More?
c