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Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s been 27 years since the nation spent Christmas In Hollis, but the holidays remain a pretty big deal for Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run. So much so, the Simmons’ celebrate Christmas for a straight up week, feasting the entire way through. A few of the dishes on the spread this year are Rev’s Rev Run’s Gotta-Be-On-Time Prime RibFestive Fruit Salad with Orange-Maple-Vanilla Syrup and Ninjabread Men Cookies. You’ll have to tune in to Rev Run’s Happy Holidays to see what else is on the menu. We can tell you that for Rev, the most important ingredients are happy hearts, full bellies and family. Get a sneak peek of Rev’s rich and creamy hot chocolate after the jump.

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31 Days of Cookies: Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies

On the 12th day of cookies our guest blogger shares a citrusy treat that is bound to impress your holiday party guests.

These Lemon Meringue Thumbprints are the perfect holiday treat. They are pretty enough to serve as holiday decorations on their own. More importantly, they’re also completely irresistible. They strike all the right notes: tart, sweet, creamy and crunchy. And they make use of one of the few fruits available in the dead of winter. They practically guarantee you will be a holiday party star.

Here’s the trick, which isn’t tricky at all: Those spiky meringue swirls are best applied the day you plan to serve them. Now, you could go the sensible and modest route and finish them before your friends arrive. But why not show off? Just before everyone arrives, don an apron and top each cookie with a gorgeous meringue swirl. Then, once everyone has assembled with cocktail in hand, bring out the tray of cookies and your mini blowtorch. Fire it up and blast that snowy meringue to toasty perfection. Cookies and a show! Your guests won’t know what hit ‘em.

Click here for the Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies recipe.
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More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Samantha Seneviratne is a New York-based writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She’s currently working on her first two cookbooks, The New Sugar and Spice (Ten Speed, fall 2015) and Gluten Light (Clarkson Potter, fall 2016). She blogs about dessert at Love, Cake.

Recapture Childhood With This All-Cereal Restaurant

Ah, the innocence of youth. Curled up on the living room couch, watching cartoons and mindlessly eating mass amounts of sugary cereals. It was a grand time. Those days are long gone for most of us, however. If only there was a way, outside of time travel, to get them back? Well, this London restaurant is going to give it the ole kindergarten try.

Cereal Killer Cafe is one of the world’s first bistros dedicated exclusively to cereal. All told, they have over one hundred different varieties on ‘tap’ and the restauranteurs say as long as it is importable, they can get it. In addition to all of that crunchy goodness, they also serve twelve different varieties of milk and over twenty toppings, like berries and bananas. It’s even decorated with tons of memorabilia from the 80s and 90s so you can feel awesome or old depending on your outlook on life.

To up the nostalgia factor, the cafe also features oversized furniture and knickknacks so you can re-experience everyone’s favorite part of childhood, helplessness.

31 Days of Cookies: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Want to know something absolutely bananas? Kelsey Nixon’s banana chocolate chip cookies. Add two overripe mashed bananas to a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe for a soft, sweet batch that you can kind of pull off as healthy. They’re our pick for the 11th day of cookies.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click here for the Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

A Way to Order Unlimited Booze With Your Phone

The holidays can be a stressful time — so stressful that they can quite literally ‘drive one to drink.’ Why spend your precious time off from work hauling yourself to and from the liquor store? Now, thanks to the enabling magic of technology, you can push a few buttons on your smartphone and have all of your precious brands delivered right to you.

A recently launched app called Drizly is the Grubhub, or Netflix if you are an alcoholic, of alcohol delivery services. It works simply enough. You pick what kind of alcoholic haze you want to get lost in and in around forty minutes, it’ll show up at your doorstep wearing a red bow and a sign that reads ‘drink me now.’

The downside? Like most new technologies, it is in beta and only available in a small number of cities. That is likely to change as people discover the freeing notion of ordering bottles of wine while in their underwear.

Health Reasons to Eat Pomegranates

Remember when pomegranate juice hit the shelves along with a lot of marketing hype about its super powers? While pomegranate juice does have laudable health benefits (it might help quell the growth of prostate cancer, prevent heart disease and improve memory), eating pomegranate arils may be even better. (FYI on the lingo: Arils are the seeds encapsulated by jewel-like juice sacs.) In fact, for all fruits and vegetables, getting the whole form is usually better than the juice, as whole fruits are packaged in perfect portions.

They’re rich in health-promoting flavanols. Flavanols are plant compounds that give pomegranate juice and the whole fruit most of its most-promising health benefits (see above: cancer and heart disease prevention, memory).

They take a long time to eat. Consider grapes: They are big, plump, sweet and easy to eat. You can down a couple cups of grapes (200 calories) without even realizing it. Pomegranates, on the other hand, make you work for those arils within. And the arils themselves contain seeds that require chewing.

Fiber! A half cup of pomegranate arils gives you 4 grams of fiber. Eating enough fiber is important for several aspects of your health: It makes you feel full, which can help keep your calorie intake in check, it can lower your cholesterol and it prevents your blood sugar from spiking. Women should get at least 25 grams per day; men need at least 38 grams.

They’re a good source of vitamins and minerals. Pomegranates are a good source of vitamins C and K, which support supple skin and strong bones, respectively. They also have a smattering of numerous other vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.



Hump Day Snack: Smokey Mezcal Hot Chocolate

It’s hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago we were reveling in the fall season, staring at golden-hued trees and eating Mini Pumpkin-Pie-Slice Cookies. As winter quickly approaches and the temperatures drop, sit by the fireplace and stay warm with a mug of this outrageously good, adults-only  Smokey Mezcal Hot Chocolate. It’s easy to rip open a packet of store-bought mix, but this hot chocolate is full of authentic, holiday flavors thanks to a combo of milk, baking chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, chile powder and nutmeg. Pep it up with a combination of heady Mexican mezcal and a generous glug of vanilla-citrus-laced Licor 43. Go crazy with the fresh whipped cream and marshmallows, or garnishes like candied orange peel, then welcome winter in all its glory.

For more toasty ways to warm up your days, check out more of Cooking Channel’s hot sweet treats and boozy beverages:

31 Days of Cookies: Pecan Jewel Cookies with Spicy Jam Filling

On this 10th day of cookies, Nadia G kicks things up with her pecan jewel thumbprints. These crumbly winning cookies are filled with a cayenne-spiced raspberry jam filling. Nip any fiery flavors in the bud with a glass of sparkling wine.

Pecan Jewel Cookies

Click here for the Pecan Jewel Cookies with Spicy Jam Filling recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Pizza Hut Australia Says Screw it and Tops Pizzas with Doritos

Pizza Hut has never been known to shy away from experimentation. After all, they are the company that has consistently found new places to hide melted cheese. Now, however, they may have jumped the nacho cheese-flavored shark. They are coating their pies in Doritos.

Pizza Hut Australia just unveiled their Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza. What makes the crust so crunchy? Each crust is topped with a healthy layer of crinkled up nacho chips. Now you can not ruin your dinner by gorging on snack chips ahead of time.

The crunchy, cheesy, vegetable oil-laden crust topping can be applied to any pizza, if you are in Australia and feel uncomfortable asking for something called the Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza. Who could blame you?


Sifted: Pomegranate Guacamole, Gingerbread Granola + More

Homemade Pomegranate Guacamole

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  • 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.

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