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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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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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.
Let’s talk about cranberry sauce for a moment. It’s the wonderful sauce that anoints turkey. It’s the ruby-hued, sweet relish that adds texture, color and diversity to the holiday plate. It’s an excuse to have a little something sweet for dinner. For those who could consume a bowl of cranberry sauce like it’s a bowl of cereal, here’s a boozy way to get your fix.
For this Gin and Cranberry Sauced cocktail, add gin, lime juice, bitters and, of course, some cranberry sauce to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float a sprig of rosemary on top, and the opulent fragrance will make you think of Christmas. It’s hard to go wrong with these well-balanced sweet, tart and herbal flavors.
Bottoms up, folks!
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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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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
For every holiday party I’ve been invited to, the host instructions are to bring “an appetizer or dessert.” As much as I love baking, I prefer to bring the former. There are always plenty of sweets at a holiday gathering, but no guarantee that there will be meatless pre-dinner snacks. If I bring one or two vegetarian appetizers, it guarantees that I’m able to snack while I’m mingling and if dinner happens to be a whole bunch of ham and prime rib, then at least I can continue to nibble on my own apps.
The best bring-to-a-party appetizers are those that pack well so they won’t get all mangled in your travels and that can be made ahead — don’t count on being able to do a lot of last-minute prep or assembly at the party. If you’re bringing a hot dip or something that needs to be cooked (even re-heated) before serving, check with the host to make sure you’ll have access to the stove, oven or microwave.
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Want to make sure your 4th of July bash goes off without a hitch? Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, who knows a thing or two about cooking for a crowd, has four tips to make entertaining easier.
Michelle Bernstein’s Tips for Easy Entertaining:
- Make dishes that sit well. “I want to hang out, too,” she says. “Make things in a thoughtful way beforehand, and then prepare fully the day of.” For instance, if you’re putting together a Greek salad, chop all of the cucumbers, tomatoes and seasonings the night before.
- Let your kids join in on the fun. Give them prepared tasks like setting up the table so they feel like part of the action, too.
- Use the freshest ingredients possible, especially for the finishing touch. If you prepare the salad a day or two ahead, add a pop of flavor with fresh cilantro and citrus. “It will taste like you made it that day,” Michelle says.
- Taste everything before you serve it. Seriously, this one is a must. Get approval from yourself for each dish.
Michelle’s last tip? Mix up your menu.
“I like to change things up and play in the kitchen,” she says.
So skip the burgers this year and bring in some Latin flavors with Michelle’s recipe for chorizo tacos:
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Get your holiday party started with savory, irresistible Bacon and Cheese Puffers from The Whole Hog Cookbook. Photograph by Chia Chong.
For cool new holiday recipes or a last-minute gift for the pork lover in your life, The Whole Hog Cookbook by Libbie Summers is a great find. Libbie is a recipe developer and food stylist for Paula Deen, and I was excited to chat with her about her unique new cookbook.
Libbie was inspired by her hog-farmer grandparents, especially her “sassy grandmother,” to write a book covering the whole hog, not just bacon and pork chops. “I have no recollection of them throwing anything away,” she says. But it’s also about the rich flavor and fat that runs through unexpected pig parts, like the shanks and the hocks. Of all the unusual recipes in her cookbook (chitlins, anyone?), Libbie hopes people will try making pork cracklings – she takes a bucket of them on the road with her to book signings and they’re a sure crowd-pleaser.
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