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Hump Day Snack: Olympic Torch Cupcakes

The Olympics over these past few weeks have been packed with festive trousers, slushy snow, Sage Kotsenburg’s holy crail and probably a whole lot of vodka. As the events at Sochi wind down this weekend, commemorate the passing of the torch to Rio 2016 with cupcakes that channel the iconic Olympic flame, featuring lemon cake baked into ice cream cones, with fire-like shards of sugar on top.

For more gold-medal snacking, check out Cooking Channel’s Olympics-inspired treats:

Meatless Monday: Sochi-Inspired Beet Salad

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?

The Super Bowl may be over, but there’s only a quick break before action-packed sports resume with this week’s opening of the Winter Olympics. In honor of this year’s host city, Sochi on the Black Sea, we’re fueling up with a classic vegetarian zakuski, Russia’s version of tapas. This vibrant, crimson-hued salad is remarkably simple, calling for shredded roasted beets tossed with ample garlic and chopped walnuts. Lemon juice and sweet medjool dates mellow out the intense garlicky punch, while sour cream and mayonnaise give the dish its luxurious, creamy texture. Toss in other hearty vegetables like potatoes or carrots to make it a filling meatless main, or load the salad up on blinis for a gold medal-worthy appetizer. Let the games begin!

Garlicky Beet Salad with Walnuts and Dates

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Cooking Channel’s Olympic Round Up

2012 Olympics

Like the USA’s 5-medal swimming champ Missy Franklin, the Summer Olympics went by really fast. It’s hard to pick a favorite Olympic moment, between watching athletes barely old enough to drive do multiple back flips on a 4″ beam or that one time Michael Phelps won more medals than any Olympian ever. But we’ll mostly miss the great excuse the competition provided to try out several international dishes, each as impressive as its country’s athletic masters. In case you missed it, here’s a round-up of all of our Olympic coverage, from our Opening Ceremony party menu to gold medal-Olympian’s lavish taste for $3149 cocktails.

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Hump Day Snack: Gold Medal-Olympians Drink $3149 Cocktails

Olympic Golden Cocktail
Someone who proves him or herself as one of the world’s best athletes at the Olympics deserves to let loose. And while you’d think the best way to celebrate surviving two weeks of intense competition would involve hours of jacuzzi time followed by a two- to nine-month nap, a club in London feels otherwise.

The bar Chinawhite is handing out £2,012 cocktails to gold medal-winning Olympians instead. “The Golden Cocktail,” a mix of Hennessy Paradis Imperial Cognac and Luxor 24ct gold-leaf champagne, has several custom-made 18ct gold rings at the bottom of the glass. Though taking the edge off with a flavorful mix of booze is definitely our style, we prefer our cocktails to be a little more accessible. To that end, our own Classy Ladies Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark have invented an amazing cocktail based on another English tale of overcoming incredible odds. Watch them honor the dickens out of soda pop with their Grape Expectations Cocktail. Because everyone should be able to enjoy a weirdly innovative drink, regardless of their athletic prowess.

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Hump Day Snack: Olympians Who Eat Their Medals

Eating Olympic Medals

BuzzFeed has a roundup of 19 Olympians Who Think Their Medals Are Food. We get famished just sitting in front of a computer all day, so we can imagine the insatiable hunger one might feel after swimming 400 meters. Nevertheless, there are much more nutritious and flavorful ways to taste gold. We’ve put together our top chefs’ best gold and silver recipes after the jump so you can live like an Olympic champion.

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How to Eat Like an Olympian

Iron Chef America

As the games begin to heat up in the Olympics arena, the competition will be equally fierce in Kitchen Stadium during Cooking Channel’s marathon of Iron Chef America tonight beginning at 8 PM ET. They’re two different arenas with two different kinds of champions, but both keep us on the edge of our seats.

The London Olympics 2012 opening weekend brought us some great television: David Boyle’s cinematic opening ceremony, intense international competition and a round-up of athletes with bodies so toned you can’t help but feel inferior watching them. By the end of it, with my mind on Olympics overload, I naturally began to think about food. What do Olympics athletes eat to keep up with such a strenuous physical regimen?

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Olympics 2012: Opening Ceremony Party Menu

 

Olympic Games Opening Night Ceremony Menu

Cooking Channel has the globally-inspired menu to kick the Olympics off right.

As the Opening Night Ceremony of the Summer 2012 Olympic Games approaches, I’m looking forward to the international spectacle with increasing enthusiasm. Allegedly, this little shindig to celebrate the cultures of the world will cost roughly $42,000,000. (In case you’re wondering like we were, that’s enough to buy approximately 168 million Twinkies.) As athletes from countries all over the globe prepare to walk one-by-one into the Olympic Arena, we are reminded that:

1. The Australian Swim Team members are simply too good-looking to all live on that island together.

2. Our geography skills are poor if not abysmal: Spelling Kyrgyzstan correctly is close to impossible, never mind finding it on the map.

3. There are hundreds of countries competing AND THIS CEREMONY WILL LAST FOREVER.

We know, we know: The Opening Ceremony is a beautiful celebration of the cultures of the world. But let’s be real: Despite the cost of this ceremony, without a killer spread of diverse dishes, you’ll be bored to tears before the athletes from the countries that start with the letter “C” enter the arena. Cooking Channel has you covered with a tantalizing globally-inspired Opening Ceremony Party Menu:

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