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Thirsty Thursday: Mother’s Day Sangria


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Luckily, with things like flower delivery services and online subscriptions to magazines or whatever, it’s okay that you forgot about Mother’s Day until just now. But now that we’re three days away from celebrating the most important woman ever, it’s time to get a plan in place, preferably complete with Sunday brunch and drinks for a crowd.

This White Sangria is the perfect brunch punch. Crisp white wine, brandy and slices of citrus are all dumped in a bowl with ice. It’s easy, delicious and totally something Mom will love.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Hump Day Snack: Boozy Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cake

Mom deserves more than standard brunch fare on Mother’s Day. This gorgeous towering Boozy Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cake combines cocktails, sweets and breakfast into one impressive dish, with the swirl-topped look of a bouquet of flowers. To assemble it, slather each fragrant layer of sponge cake with whipped cream and then sprinkle them with crushed brown sugar meringues for an added crunch. Don’t stop there! Place a batch of your favorite homemade cinnamon rolls on top of the entire cake, and instead of icing, prepare the butterscotch sauce, using bourbon, brown sugar and golden syrup. Let that glaze drip down the sides of the cake, then finish it all off with a generous handful of chopped pecans for a crunch.

Good luck topping it next year.

Round out your Mother’s Day brunch with these recipes from Cooking Channel:

The Secret to a Perfect Omelet

Omelets are a simple idea, but they’re not always easy to execute. Bobby Flay, possibly one of the world’s foremost omelet authorities, shows you how to nail the technique and presentation:

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Brunch Rush! Sausage, Egg and Cheese Strata

What do the following seasonal phenomena have in common?

  1. Fitness- and diet-tracking apps flood the social media feeds.
  2. Champagne glasses clink and toast to health and good tidings.
  3. Everyone starts singing “Auld Lang Syne” (even though no one actually knows the words).
  4. Many of us brace for the first hangover of the year.

That’s right New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us again. A time to look back, celebrate the moments and achievements of the last 364 days, and flood ourselves with lofty optimism for the 12 months ahead. The best way to celebrate? A party, of course!

While the Cooking Channel team has got your back with plenty of fabulous New Year’s Eve party recipes, have you planned for the morning after? That hazy kickoff to the semi-intoxicated promises made just hours before can be a bit rough. Best to plan ahead on this one.

Few other post-drunken corpse revivers are as effective as a good ol’ sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. Putting all of that goodness together into a strata that can be made the night before should make the transition a bit easier.

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Alie & Georgia’s New Year’s Day Brunch

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, than some people (like, us) would argue that brunch is the most important meal of the weekend. And if that’s true (it is), then New Year’s Day brunch is the most important meal of the year.

While everyone else is putting their effort into making New Year’s Eve the most memorable night of the year (it won’t be), you’ll be voted “Smartest Person Alive” when you instead plan for the best brunch to ring in the first day of the new year. Invite your closest (and least hungover) friends — the ones you’d love to see more of this coming year — and plate up our perfect bite-sized brunch snacks. You’ll be the toast of 2014.

Mini Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches with Spicy Frittata (pictured above)

This two-bite breakfast of protein and carbs is the perfect mouthful to fuel your day of lounging and resolution-making.

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Brunch Rush! Christmas Frittata with Whipped Ricotta

When I was a kid, every Christmas morning’s fast was broken with quiche. It was just my mom’s special holiday thing. She’d load up a frozen, compression-molded pie crust with ham and cheese for us, peppers and onions for her, and we’d open presents while it baked away. It was no Thomas Keller-esque creation, nor was it trying to be.

It was actually a brilliant strategy on her part. A simple, self-contained breakfast that could be prepped ahead of time made the frenzy of the morning a bit more manageable. It also became a holiday tradition, the memory of which is still evoked today. The sight of our glimmering Christmas tree and the smell of cooking ham, peppers and eggs bring me back to the magic of a holiday morning — when the world seems to stop for a few hours and we all just revel in being together. It’s what food, family and the holidays are all about.

A little cook’s note: You could certainly put all of these frittata fillings into a pie shell and bake them off as a quiche, but I prefer to hold back on the carbs. It leaves more room for cinnamon rolls and mimosas.

Christmas Frittata with Whipped Ricotta

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Party in Five: Belgian Waffle Bar Holiday Brunch


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

With every passing year, the holiday season seems to get more and more expensive, as the pressure to have the best gifts, the most current decor and the fanciest family cards increases. Whether you’re scrambling before Christmas guests’ arrival or are wishing you hadn’t made a dent in your wallet for yet another box of metallic knick-knacks, we’re here to show you how you can create chic decorations using products already in your home. You can spin recycled paper goods (think books, magazines and newspaper) into a sophisticated and eco-friendly backdrop for your next holiday bash. Here, paper trees and bunting are paired with a build-your-own waffle bar — perfect for Christmas Day — and candy cane-topped mugs of hot cocoa. Frosty blue details are the final touches on this display, turning your home into the most unique of winter wonderlands.

To create this easy waffle bar holiday brunch, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Sifted: Ultra Flavorful Turkey Burgers, Sriracha Roast Chicken + More

Turkey Burgers by How Sweet It Is

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Who says turkey burgers have to be dry and boring? This roasted jalapeno cheddar burger with BBQ aioli by How Sweet It Is is anything but.
  2. A Couple Cooks grilled eggplant Parmesan is a fun summery spin on the Italian classic.
  3. The Gouda Life’s recipe for spicy Bloody Marias calls for tequila and roasted tomato juice and is perfect for brunch this weekend.
  4. We’re guessing White On Rice Couple’s Sriracha roast chicken tastes just as amazing as it sounds and looks.
  5. Bake or Break’s melt in your mouth peach drop cookies capture the taste of peach cobbler in a handheld treat.

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Party in Five: Southern Comfort Father’s Day Brunch


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

Though our dads deserve a big bash to honor their thankless sacrifices, Father’s Day is often underserved with a simple, lackluster barbecue. This year, attempt to repay Dad with a Southern-inspired comfort food brunch that features his favorite flavors and something different than the steak-and-burgers, beer-and-sports routine. (Why should brunch — a hearty, any-time-of-day meal — be saved for the moms only?) A buffet setup keeps this party concept laid-back, while a neutral palette proves that the manliest of men can be celebrated with themed decor.

To host your own Father’s Day brunch, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
• family photos, new and old
• Bloody Marys
• printable Father’s Day cards (download the template here)
• potted succulents
• Virginia ham biscuits

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A Healthy and Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your mother by treating her to a delicious homemade brunch. And while brunch can sometimes feel like a decadent version of breakfast (several courses! dessert!), there’s no reason brunch can’t also be healthy. For brunch this weekend, plan a menu that’s as good for you as it is good. Assemble your own healthy brunch menu by choosing one dish from each of the categories below:

Something sweet

Chocolate And Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Olive Oil Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Something savory

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