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Cooking Channel Fans Call Out Favorite All-Star Recipes

Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

Since Cooking Channel launched recipe ratings and reviews just over a month ago, fans have been pretty vocal about which recipes are their faves.

From Gabriele and Debi’s Pesto Lasagne to Bal’s sweet and nutty Vesan treat, Food People are chiming in about what they’re cooking and how they’ve made Cooking Channel recipes their own.

Here are a few recipes that caught our eye!

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Happy Doughnut Day!

Beer Donuts

Homemade IPA - Amber Ale Donuts

Chocolate, glazed, coconut, creme-filled, or flavored with amber ale — it doesn’t matter. Today’s National Doughnut Day and we’re celebrating them all. 

From homemade beauties to a run-through of our Pix Potluck backlog, we’re honoring the day of the doughnut with a round-up of our favorite doughnut love from Cooking Channel and beyond.

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A Birthday Cake Masterpiece

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Orange-spiked Chocolate Truffle Cake is a weekend project worthy of life's most special occasions. Happy birthday Cooking Channel!

Sarabeth's Bakery Cookbook

When I asked Sarabeth Levine, author of Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours and our neighbor here in Chelsea Market, if she wanted to contribute a cake recipe to Devour in honor of Cooking Channel’s birthday, I pictured an everyday, quick and easy cake. What she delivered, her Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe, she describes as an “edible masterpiece,” and I have to agree.

As an ambitious baker (remember the croissants Sarabeth helped me tackle?), this recipe makes my heart skip a beat. It holds so much promise, uses techniques I never dreamed of and the final product is absolutely beautiful and professional-looking. This cake isn’t messing around – it’s a weekend project that will make an amazing dessert for a very special occasion. Like a birthday. . .

Here’s how Sarabeth makes what could be an ordinary cake, extraordinary:

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Channel Your Inner Child, Tonight on Unique Sweets

Swiss Roll

Lulu's Cream-Filled Swiss Rolls tonight on Unique Sweets

Cream-filled chocolate rolls, red velvet cake, ice-cold popsicles — tonight’s all new episode of Unique Sweets takes a look at your favorite childhood sweets, but now they’re all grown up.

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Chocolate Matzo Brittle

Matzo Brittle may forever change the way I feel about matzo.

I was asked to bring a dessert to my family’s Passover Seder this year. This presented a bit of a conundrum: All use of flour and leavening agents is forbidden on Passover, so needless to say, the baked goods on the holiday table often leave something to be desired. I also needed something that I could make ahead and transport easily on the train from New York to Washington D.C.

Rather than attempting a batch of flourless cookies that go uneaten every year, I decided to embrace the dry, cracker-like, mostly flavorless bread of the holiday and make chocolate matzo brittle. I usually can’t stomach much matzo, but certainly I could improve it by smothering it with molten sugar, chocolate and nuts?

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Sifted: Special Cupcake Edition

Cupcake Linkage were liking:

  • Beautiful, bizarre and breathtaking… Food2’s Cupcake Challenge — Food2
  • Cupcakes Push Pops push the limits of the cupcake universe — Love From The Oven
  • Host a Cupcake Fondue Party! — Chickabug
  • Going undercover: Cupcakes in disguise — Our Best Bites

Got a sudden cupcake craving? Feast your eyes on one-of-a-kind cupcakes from Unique Eats.

Have your own recipe to share? Enter Cooking Channel’s first-ever Recipe Contest for a chance to win a trip to NYC!

The Easiest Italian Dessert You’ll Ever Make

I recently had this amazing trifle at Barbuto in NYC, and it was so delicious I decided to make my own version the other night. Easy, and absolutely divine, it’s a must try at home.

Here’s how to prep one yourself:

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Toasting Grandma’s Biscotti

An tradtional Italian dessert: Biscotti and a glass of Vin Santo.

I love baking biscotti for family events and potluck parties, and especially during the holidays, when I make several batches and ship them as presents to family and friends. They are perfect gifts to make on a small budget, and they travel very well.

Cantuccini di Prato, the traditional Tuscan name for the biscotti we make, are the real reason Italians start drinking at a young age. Usually grandparents are to blame. Well… at least in my case!

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Cooking The Channel: Emeril’s Butternut Squash Cobbler

Butternut Squash Cobbler

Emeril's Butternut Squash Cobbler

Butternut squash risotto. Butternut squash soup. Roasted butternut squash. My diet has been full of the stuff ever since I invested in a bushel bag of butternuts. But since there’s only so many bowls of soup one person can eat, I needed to branch out. Enter Emeril’s recipe for Butternut Squash Cobbler: Use the last of the season’s squash to throw together an impromptu dessert easy enough for a Wednesday night.

And here to show you how, a special guest: my mustached sidekick/sous chef, Bertram the Butternut Squash.

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Fall Fest: Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Enjoy the combo of sweet potatoes and marshmallows AFTER your turkey. (Photo: Tom Censani)

Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Marshmallows are dessert. They’re made of sugar and are positively dreamy when floating in a cup of homemade hot cocoa. They’re probably at their best when charred on an open flame (on a stick found in the woods, of course) stacked on a piece of slowly-melting chocolate and smooshed between two graham crackers. Or, if you’ll admit to certain guilty pleasures, marshmallows are pretty fabulous when melted with butter, mixed with cereal and formed into Rice Krispie Treats. There are endless ways to enjoy these sweet, springy confections, but the dinner table is surely not the best place to showcase them.

Enter the ubiquitous marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. Surely invented to trick kids and adults into eating a not-so-popular tuber: the sweet potato, Sweet Potato Casserole is featured prominently on Thanksgiving tables and in womens’ magazines — right next to the canned onion-topped green bean casserole — this time of year. Well it’s high time we put marshmallows back where they belong, on the dessert buffet, and the can take those sweet potatoes with them.

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