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Side Show on Broadway: “Come Look at The Sweets”

Side Show

Side Show which opened to critical acclaim in New York City on Monday night, is everything a Broadway musical should be. Centered around two joined-at-the-hip twins, Violet and Daisy Hilton, the glamorous, thrilling, epic story follows the duo’s quest for true love and acceptance through the spectacle of fame and the scrutiny of the spotlight.

To celebrate its opening, Cooking Channel teamed up with Zac Young, resident Musical Maestro of Sweets and Executive Pastry Chef at David Burke Fabrick, to create a Sweet Show to match the grandeur of the twins’ incredible Freak Show (you have to see it to understand). Exotic and enticing, playful and full of passion, these recipes — cleverly named for big Side Show numbers — are sure to stop the show at your next holiday gathering. And just like the Hiton twins, what makes these dessert recipes just a little different is what makes them extraordinary.

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Incorporate Seasonal Flavors into Cocktails at Home

Holiday cocktail party season is officially upon us, and we at Cooking Channel couldn’t be more excited about the plentiful libations to come. But by your 5th or 6th ugly sweater party, you might find yourself a little nogged-out on ‘nog or mulling over tossing that mulled cider down the sink. To get some inspiration for mixing up our best seasonal cocktails throughout the holidays, we sat down with Theo Lieberman, head bartender at New York City’s esteemed cocktail destination Milk and Honey. Theo loves incorporating seasonal flavors into his drinks – like in his Pomegranate Moonrise Cocktail (below) – and here he shares with us his favorite ways to shake up your signature party cocktail.

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Oz: The Great and Powerful Cocktail Pairings

Oz The Great And Powerful Movie Menu

Disney’s March 8 release of Oz: The Great and Powerful has me conflicted. On one hand, I can’t help but be sucked into the technicolor grandeur of the trailer, in which a tuxedo-clad James Franco is sent to the land of Oz to defeat the Wicked Witch. On the other hand, what new spin on the classic — that made Dorothy’s red slippers and Margaret Hamilton’s cackle immediately recognizable — could possibly out-do Wicked, the uber-musical centering around the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West? Unless James Franco turns green, belts a high F and flies through the air, this movie has its work cut out for it.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any movie that features flying monkeys, I’m interested — particularly as a perfect excuse to pair with-a-twist cocktails with the classic icons of Oz.

To start things off, this cocktail is sweet, light and a little bit dangerous — just like Glinda. Try this Glinda-inspired punch that will flirt and wink its way into your heart, and then knock you out with a Bourbon kick. Nice one, Glinda.

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Les Misérables Movie Menu

Les Miserables Menu from Cooking Channel
The epic musical Les Misérables is coming to the big screen, and fans of the musical are eagerly anticipating its release on Christmas day. There have been many things written about the film of late, most not without strong opinion: some nice things, some not so nice.
After watching the actors pour their hearts and souls out during a preview screening in New York City for 2.5+ hours (singing live, thanks to director Tom Hooper’s genius), I was starving. What was I craving? French food, of course.
Check out our Les Mis Movie Menu to see how the characters and songs from the epic match up with our perfect French recipes.

 

Hugh Jackman‘s Jean Valjean is heroic and valiant. At one point in the film when he is first released from prison by Russel Crowe’s ruthless (and pitch-less) Javert, Valjean is rescued by a priest who feeds him his first decent meal in nineteen years: stew. Hugh gulps it down eagerly, but probably would have devoured it with even more gusto had it been Laura Calder’s Beef Bourguignon.
Valjean, Before and After Enjoying The Stew
Jean Valjean Hugh Jackman

WTFood: Beer and Bacon Battered Deep Fried Doritos?!

Deep-Fried Bacon Beer Battered Doritos

Thank goodness it’s bulky sweater season: Nick of DudeFoods.com has come up with a button-popping recipe for Beer and Bacon Battered Deep Fried Doritos.

WTFood?!

We’re all about combining foods we love like Chili Mac ‘n Cheese and Chicken Caesar Salad Pasta, but this takes the idea of a food mash-up to a whole new level. My mouth is watering, but my pants are getting tighter just from looking at this image.

The process sounds fairly simple. According to the dude at DudeFoods, all you need to do is:

  1. Mix equal parts flour and beer
  2. Toss in some diced bacon pieces
  3. Dip the Doritos into your batter
  4. Deep fry in hot oil until crispy

We suggest a 5th step: Call your Cardiologist and make an appointment.

Make these, enjoy, then check out Pinterest for ugly holiday sweaters to cover your new food baby.

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Also, it would be a shame to miss this Nacho Doritos Casserole recipe.

Top 10 Tips for Hosting The Ultimate Holiday Party

Holiday Party Tips

Holiday party season is upon us. Here are our top 10 secrets for throwing a holiday bash to remember without adding stress to your holiday season.

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Enter for a Chance to Win: “Let It Snow” Cookies

Let It Snow Cookie Giveaway from Cooking Channel and Peapods Cookies

This time of year, we’ve got one thing on our minds: cookies. So does Kristie, the incredible cookie baker from Peapods Cookies (who made us a batch of “Cookout Cookies” this summer). Since it is the season of giving, we asked Kristie to create a holiday-themed batch of her decorated sugar cookies to give away to you, DEVOUR readers!

The song “Let It Snow” inspired her cookies: You’ll find a glowing fireplace, warming winter drinks, “corn for popping,” and of course beautiful snowflakes in this cookie assortment.

We’re giving away one batch of these “Let It Snow” cookies to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite holiday cookie.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite holiday cookie?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one batch of cookies away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 5:00 p.m. ET on December 12 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 16. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $48. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

 

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Review: Gingerbread Oreos

Gingerbread Oreo Review

The holiday season is finally upon us, and that means one thing.  The folks at Oreo have done it again and concocted a new seasonal variety to delight us: Limited edition Gingerbread Oreos are now on the shelves at your local grocery. We snagged a bag and put them to the seasonal taste test.

Gingerbread Oreos Review

How do these Gingerbread Oreos stack up?

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American Classics: Happy Birthday, Mark Twain!

Huckleberry Pie Recipe Mark Twain

When celebrating the birthday of an American literary icon, not just any grocery story birthday cake will do. For American food-lover Mark Twain, perhaps the greatest and most mythologized American writer ever, only an iconic American dessert starring an ingredient that shares its name with his most famous character will do. Since Twain loved “all sorts of American pastry” and “fresh American fruits”  this Huckleberry Pie (above) seems like the obvious choice to stick a candle in to celebrate his birthday while rafting down a river reading (or SparkNotes-ing) The Adventures of Huck Finn.

Twain’s love of food wasn’t limited to pie. On one long voyage over seas, he (as he would) waxed poetic about a long list of favorite American foods he couldn’t wait to get home to enjoy. We’ve got recipes for lots of ‘em, and we think Mr. Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) had pretty good literary and culinary taste.

For example:

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Back to the Future: Restaurant Has Menus on 3-D View-Masters

At a time when technology and food are rapidly becoming intertwined, New York City’s MONO+MONO stands out as a unique bar and restaurant that is throwing back to an earlier time of scientific know-how. On December 1, this Korean eatery will premiere its menu on 3-D View-Masters (pictured above). While other restaurants are offering their menus on apps and iPads, owner M.J. Chung (above) says that his Korean restaurant is “proudly old-school.” M.J.’s  impressive collection of View-Masters showcase beautifully photographed images of MONO+MONO’s nightly specials (Garlic Soy fried Chicken, anyone?).  If the menu, which features delicate crispy beef buns and  Korean fried chicken, is not tempting enough on its own, seeing it in 3-D will surely push you over the edge.

But the View-Master menu is not the only unique feature that MONO+MONO boasts.

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