If you ran to the store after watching the viral video of James (literally) singing his praises for Patti’s sweet potato pie, we have exciting news: You can finally make your own at home. Better yet, Patti and James will show you how to hit the high notes at your holiday party with three different pie recipes on her new Cooking Channel special, Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies.
To ring in the holidays, Patti and James baked up a storm; they made an Apple-Peach Cobbler, Holiday Brisket Pot Pie and, of course, that signature family recipe for sweet potato pie.
Watch them bake — and maybe even sing — together when you watch the full episode below, then check out some of her best recipes here.
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Forget about gathering ’round the tree — sometimes the best holiday traditions include sitting together around the TV. When the weather outside is frightful, watching hilarious Christmas movie scenes with your family or tuning in for special holiday-themed episodes of television is great if you don’t love football. Plus, seeing dysfunctional families fighting at their dinner tables might just make you realize yours isn’t so bad.
Below, we’ve highlighted five Christmas — and a few Chrismukkah, aka Christmas and Hanukkah — episodes that we want to cozy up and watch this year, including 30 Rock’s Ludachristmas, The Office’s Benihana celebration and much more. And while you’re at it, start planning your own feast with our best Christmas recipes.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, there’s one you should get on your radar. Chrismukkah — which combines the best parts of Christmas and Hanukkah — is the brainchild of The O.C.’s Seth Cohen, and throughout the show’s four seasons, we learned all the magical ways to combine menorahs and candy canes during the joint holiday.
During the eight days of presents followed by one day of many presents, two things are vital: wearing a Yamaclaus and eating an abundance of food from both styles of feasts. So to help you throw the perfect Chrismukkah party, we’ve put together the ultimate menu fusing Jewish cuisine, like latkes and kugel, with traditional Christmas fare, like prime rib and cranberry sauce.
And remember: Chrismukkah is unruinable. It has twice the resistance of any normal holiday, making it the perfect time to experiment.
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As the weather outside gets frightful and the sound of jingle bells draws closer, it’s time to prepare for the holiday season. While you’re lazily hibernating inside as the snow falls outside, you can also actively get ready for big family dinners with Cooking Channel’s impressive programming lineup through December.
This year, we have new specials from YouTube’s Nerdy Nummies host Rosanna Pansino as she tackles a holiday edition of Ro’s Tasty Treats, plus a brand-new episode of Unwrapped 2.0 that uncovers the mysteries of candy canes and canned cranberry sauce. If you’re in the mood for old favorites, hosts like G. Garvin, Chuck Hughes, Nadia G, Rev Run and many more will share their Christmas and Hanukkah recipes and entertaining secrets. Check out the festive guide below — the variety’s snow joke.
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There’s nothing like easing into Christmas morning with a cup of hot coffee and the aromas of a special brunch wafting from the kitchen. But if you haven’t already planned that meal, don’t worry. There are plenty of recipes that you can still pull together for tomorrow’s mid-morning feast.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Blackberry Crush: Oats add great flavor, texture and a little nutritional boost to almost any baked good, including these plump, tender pancakes.
Overnight French Toast Casserole: Assemble this decadent casserole before you go to bed tonight, and it’ll be an easy centerpiece to your Christmas brunch.
Cranberry-Orange Compote: This easy compote is a perfect holiday topping for french toast or pancakes.
Southwestern Hash: Ellie’s healthy hash is a flavorful and hearty accompaniment to eggs.
Perfect Scrambled Eggs: Creamy scrambled eggs are always a treat. Find out the secrets to getting them just right every time from Michael Symon.
Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps: For a non-alcoholic peppermint hot chocolate, just add a few drops of peppermint oil, or simply garnish a cup of hot cocoa with a peppermint stick.
Cranberry-Raspberry Upside Down Cake: This beautiful cake is a festive addition to the Christmas table. With a heaping amount of fruit, it counts as a brunch item!
Christmas is nearly upon us, so let’s celebrate everyone’s favorite snow-filled holiday with a tribute to the famous cookie hound, Santa Claus. Here are some cool foods inspired by good ole Saint Nick.
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The holidays are all about eating, spending time with family and then avoiding said family by going to the movies alone. These holiday movies often show off gratuitous amounts of food. Here is some of the most succulent and inviting — and just plain weird — food to appear in seasonal flicks. Try not to drool.
Gallery: Famous Christmas Movie Scenes
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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If you are Polish, then it is possible your Christmas and Easter holidays have been filled with the delightful makowiec, a lovely dessert with poppy seeds.
Laura and Peter Zeranski, co-authors of Polish Classic Desserts (Pelican Publishing, 2013), say their recipe for the dessert comes from Peter’s mother, noted cookbook author of the acclaimed Art of Polish Cooking, which she wrote in 1968 (Doubleday; reissued in 1989 by Pelican Publishing). No doubt she received the recipe from her mother, who got it from her mother — and so on. “Our branch of the Zeranski family has documented its roots in Poland to the mid-1800s, and it is entirely conceivable that this recipe goes back at least that far, since Christmas Eve suppers are highly traditional from generation to generation,” says Laura.
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