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Top Chefs Go Head-to-Head With Malaysian Cooking

Rendang dishes

When we received the invite to attend Malaysia Kitchen‘s first Rendang Cook-Off, I’ll admit I had to Google what rendang even was. A favorite dish in Malaysian culture, rendang calls for lots of lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, chiles and various other spices. Although it’s usually made with beef, the layers of flavor go well with any hearty, slow-cooked meat (and taste even better the next day).

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To showcase the latest Asian dish to become popular in the United States, six New York City top chefs took over the Astor Center and went head-to-head in a rendang battle of the bites. Angelo Sosa, Anita Lo and Dale Talde of Top Chef fame, plus Shaun Hergatt of SHO, Todd English and Fatty Crab‘s Zak Pelaccio, each gave brief demonstrations showing off their culinary chops and chatting up the crowd with stories of their Malaysian travels.

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It’s National Cherry Pie Day!

Kelsey Nixon's Cherry Pie-in-a-Jar

Celebrate National Cherry Pie Day (plus National Cherry Month and President’s Day — remember that story about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree?) all in one go by baking up Kelsey Nixon’s adorable and easy Cherry Pie-in-a-Jar.

This concoction is perfect for home cooks who want the elegance of a fruit-filled masterpiece without all of the fuss. Cherries, sugar and cinnamon combine in a sweet yet tart filling that tastes even better with a golden brown crust. Spread the joy by delivering to friends or have a pie-in-the-jar party.

Either way, we guarantee your day will be a sweet success.

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Princess Bride Wine? As You Wish!

Princess Bride Wine

It has been 25 years since The Princess Bride graced the silver screen, but the characters (and quotes!) are truly timeless. In honor of this cult classic, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is releasing a line of wine called “The Bottle of Wits” with two varietals. (You know the scene, Wesley rescues Princess Buttercup from Vizzini by outsmarting him in a “battle of wits.”)

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Sweeten Up Halftime with Madonna’s Favorite Treat

The star of the show — vegan cupcakes.

Admit it: Football is great and all, but the highlight of Sunday’s big game is the halftime performance. OK, I know that statement doesn’t apply to everyone, but it’s not every day Madonna rocks out a montage of old songs (plus her new single, Give Me All Your Luvin, with M.I.A. & Nicki Minaj) in front of thousands of people at the Super Bowl.

I became a die-hard Madonna fan at a young age, learning all the words to Lucky Star, Vogue and Holiday before the first grade. I’ve even been fortunate enough to see the Material Girl in concert (twice!), so I fully expect Sunday’s halftime show to Justify My Love.

A vegan for nearly 20 years, Madonna has a sweet spot for cupcakes. While she’s pumping out the jams on stage, pay homage to the show with Happy Little VegansVanilla Agave Cupcake recipe. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these sweet little bite-size treats topped with vegan buttercream.

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Super Bowl Sandwiches and Sliders

Cajun Shrimp Po Boy

Believe it or not, a sandwich might just be the perfect game-day food. It’s, generally speaking, pretty uncomplicated, allows for a limitless number of meat/veggie/spread combinations, and comes in a handy, hand-held, nothing-left-over format.

With Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, we’re pulling out the best Cooking Channel has to offer between two buns.

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Cooking Channel’s Semi-Homemade Super Bowl Snack Throwdown

To celebrate the Super Bowl, Cooking Channel staff decided to embark on an unprecedented Semi-Homemade Super Bowl Ultimate Snack Challenge Throwdown. Although the name is quite a mouthful, the instructions were simple:

  • Use ingredients most home cooks can find easily.
  • Spend $20 or less.
  • Create the dish in one hour or less.
  • Microwave usage is allowed, but the oven is not.

Full Spread
Here’s a sampling from the Super Bowl smorgasborg:

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Breakfast Gets a Makeover

Blueberry almond pancakes
Break out of the “cereal for breakfast” rut. Start the day strong with a healthy breakfast, and it’s sure to set the tone for any and everything you may tackle throughout the day. Eating things like eggs, fruit, granola and whole wheat keeps your stomach full longer while revving your metabolism for the day ahead.

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Spice Your Holiday Party Food Up with Bourbon

It’s easy to use Kentucky bourbon to infuse your chicken wings with more flavor, make unforgettable cocktails and warm up from the inside out — all while spreading some festive cheer.

Start with Chef Lee Anne Wong’s Bourbon Onion Dip (pictured above). Greek yogurt and ricotta cheese lighten up this usually mayonnaise-heavy party favorite. Serve it with raw vegetables or pita chips for an easy snack that will have guests clamoring for more.

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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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New York Taste: A World of Flavors

Macarons from Francois Payard

Cooking Channel’s Eden Eats wasn’t the inspiration for New York magazine’s 13th annual New York Taste: A World of Flavors presented by HSBC Premier, but it might as well have been. For one night only, more than forty of New York City’s hippest restaurants came together to present a truly global menu that spanned the map in taste, presentation and ingredients.

The spacious Skylight Soho was packed with eager guests sipping Spring44 cocktails and moving from station to station, sampling delicious bites. Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem, Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab, Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York and Dan Barber of Blue Hill were just a few of the all-star chefs in attendance.

I didn’t sample all of the foodie fare, but the plates I did were works of art.

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