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Cooking Channel Talents’ Funniest Holiday Traditions

One of our talent’s family keeps a bed by the dinner table during the holidays so they can just roll back and go to sleep after the feast.

Check out our gallery of Cooking Channel’s chefs and hosts’ favorite holiday memories to find out who.

Cooking Channel’s Holiday Entertaining Do’s and Don’ts

Do pay attention to our chefs and hosts’ tips about getting through the holidays with as minimal stress as possible.

Cooking Channel Talents’ Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Entertaining

Cooking Channel’s Favorite Holiday Music

We asked our chefs and hosts what songs they’ll be playing during the holidays, because cooking and entertaining this season won’t be nearly as fun with silent nights.

Get Cooking Channel talents’ holiday playlists.

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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The Kiddie Cookie Factory

The holiday cookie factory is a really efficient way to get a ton of baking done and keep the kids happy.

More tips and hacks that are Good to Know.

Alie & Georgia’s Holiday Cocktails and Treats

Winter has just started to peek its adorably mild head around town here in Los Angeles, and that means it’s the time of the year when everyone drives terribly and stays inside as much as possible to avoid the 60 degree light rain. And what goes better with weather-induced agoraphobia than a nice, strong cocktail or plate of comfort food in the form of dessert?

Since there’s nothing we love better than a seasonal cocktail and something sweet to accompany it, we’ve created quite a few holiday-time treats that’ll make winter hibernation not just tolerable, but delicious as well.

The Chosen Wine

With one of us being Jewish, and the other wishing she was (we’ll let you guess which is which), we’re always annoyed with how few Hanukkah-specific cocktails there are this time of year, especially when compared to the overabundance of Christmas libations and treats. The Chosen Wine cocktail solves that problem, and tastes great to boot! L’chaim!

Bourbon Cider Sipper

This deceptively simple recipe is bursting with warming winter flavors like brown sugar, clove simple syrup, hard apple cider and everyone’s favorite cold-weather warmer, bourbon.

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Hump Day Snack: Fudge Forest

Everyone knows that the best holiday centerpiece is an edible one, and that means that this lush forest of fudge is the indisputable choice for your Christmas table this year. Don’t be fooled by the grassy hues, these trees are chocolatey through and through. They’re easy to make too, with a simple formula for white chocolate fudge that’s bolstered with marshmallow cream, vanilla extract and heaps of Grinch-tinted food dye. Once you’ve got your perfect green shades down to a science, just cut the fudge into wedges or use a tree-shaped cookie cutter. Prop your trees up in a bowl of snowy sugar and watch your family tear the forest apart like a ravenous pack of lumberjacks. It’ll be a merry Christmas indeed. Get the easy deets for building this festive fudge forest, then further explore the sweet thickets of Cooking Channel’s fudge collection:

Ho Ho Holiday Weeks on Cooking Channel

Hey, it’s the holidays! It may be cold outside, but it’s also a time for celebration, indulgent foods and festive drinks. Get ready for some holiday entertainment here on Cooking Channel from Sunday, December 8, to Saturday, December 21, every night starting at 8pm ET.

Start the feasting with G. Garvin’s Southern Holiday this Sunday, December 8, at 8pm ET. G. Garvin throws together a delicious, Southern-inspired holiday meal with the help of his family. The feast starts with appetizers, including G’s Deviled Eggs and Pimento Cheese Toasts. For the main course, G makes show-stopping Glazed Orange and Honey Ham, Roasted Cornish Hens and slowly braised Short Ribs.

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Watch G. Garvin’s Web-Only Holiday Survival Tips

On Sunday, December 8th, at 8pm ET, G. Garvin is putting together a Southern holiday feast that will make you wish you were part of his family. The menu includes yams, Cornish hens, short ribs, deviled eggs and glazed ham — and that’s not even half of it.
G’s mother and daughter even join him in the kitchen to make some of their family favorite sides. Watch how they live, love and eat on G. Garvin’s Southern Holiday. Till then, check out this web-exclusive video of how G gets through the season stress-free:

Thirsty Thursday: Candy Cane Martini

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.

It’s time to embrace the holiday “spirit” as our calendars count down the days until Christmas. Celebratory and decadent cocktails are the hallmark of a good holiday party, so put down that ‘nog and whip up a unique wintry concoction that will light up Rudolph’s red nose.

This Candy Cane Martini is a sweet and refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh ginger and mint leaves, and it is the perfect, festive way to kick off the holiday season. The crushed peppermint candy that rims the chilled glasses puts the final, Christmasy touch on this winter wonderland cocktail.

Here’s to some holiday cheer! Bottoms up, folks.

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