It’s award season, and the biggest event is just around the corner. When planning an Oscars party, it’s always fun to have a theme, but if you design yours around the 2016 Best Picture nominees, you’ll just have one big bummer after the next.
If the heavy material in the nominated films — The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight — is too much to bear, we give you full permission to eat your feelings on Feb. 28. Round up some friends and break out some comfort food as heavy as the films’ content. That means extra cheese, please, lots of decadent chocolate desserts, and, of course, drinks on drinks on drinks. Check out our comforting menu below.
Continue Reading Eat Your Feelings with a Comfort Food-Filled Oscars Party
If you think the Super Bowl is less than super, listen up. If you don’t like football, you shouldn’t have to suffer through watching the game just for the cheesy dips and chicken wings. Instead, host an anti-Super Bowl party with your like-minded friends, gathering ’round the TV for a binge-watch of Friday Night Lights, an endless stream of the Puppy Bowl, or a slew of romantic comedies.
Below, we’ve paired some alternative viewing options and the best food to serve at your anti-Super Bowl shindig.
Pawsitively Adorable Puppy Bowl Food
Make everything miniature for a fun Puppy Bowl party. Watch dogs run around and try to fetch footballs while you snack on tiny cupcakes with strawberry glaze, pigs in blankets or mini meatball sandwiches.
Continue Reading How to Host an Anti-Super Bowl Party
Photo via Lionsgate
If there’s any movie series that deserves a food-pairing party, it’s The Hunger Games. Aside from the name and the culinary innovations that the tributes had to come up with in the arena, there are a handful of important food moments throughout the trilogy.
With the final installment of the series, Mockingjay — Part 2, hitting theaters on Nov. 20, we came up with the perfect all-day, binge-watching movie marathon menu, ranging from (non-poisonous) blueberry muffins for the morning to baguettes that baker boy Peeta would love to a bowl of hearty Capitol-worthy lamb stew.
Continue Reading Pay Tribute to The Hunger Games with This Movie Marathon-Ready Menu
Photo via Universal Pictures
Everywhere you turn, there are tiny yellow Minions taking over the world, and it’s best to just embrace it. Despicable Me’s adorable babbling sidekicks get their own movie on July 9, and what better way to celebrate them than with a menu fit for for mini villains?
Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of kids for a birthday bash or embracing your inner child before seeing the new flick, these seven Minion-themed dishes are perfect. Some are foods that Minions would actually eat — like bananas and soda — while others are based on what they look like (Twinkies, of course) or callbacks to the first two movies, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.
Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding
Minions look like bananas and they go nuts for them, so banana pudding is the ideal dish to whip up. The added chocolate, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings don’t hurt, either.
Continue Reading 7 Minion-Themed Foods for Your Kids’ Party (or for You to Embrace Your Inner Child)
When you think about a good party, the first things that come to mind are great food and drinks, but the next-best part is memorable music. There is nothing worse than a dull shindig with no music or an obscure Spotify playlist on in the background, so when you plan your next party, try to match excellent seasonal bites with equally fantastic summer jams.
On the June 24 episode of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev is having a music-centric DJ’s dinner, which inspired us to think about what songs — both throwback faves and current hits — would pair well with passed appetizers and small plates. With these six duos, you can dance, drink and eat all at the same time.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon
Sometimes you just need a dish to Instagram, and these Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon are “just so pretty!” This appetizer will be as big of a hit as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s song.
Continue Reading Claps and Apps: Summer Music and Food Pairings
As you ready yourself for the spring holidays and general turn-of-the-season entertaining, consider adding this simple (yet impressive-looking) recipe to your arsenal. Elegant, party-ready foods needn’t take much of your time to prepare, or be particularly difficult to execute. Here, I use a sheet of puff pastry, onion, herbs, cherry tomatoes, feta and French olives (all of which happened to be in my refrigerator) to make these bite-size tarts. This combo makes a great Mediterranean-inspired dish, but really any mixture of pantry items will do. Consider it my contribution to your spring cleaning.
Continue Reading Quick Onion Tarts for Spring Entertaining
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.
Though the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, it’s no secret that they can also be the most stressful. Between endless events, crowded stores and planned travel, the thought of hosting your own party can often seem daunting. But we show you how you can invite friends over during the holidays and be relaxed with a chic affair that can be thrown together at the last minute. (Hint: Jewelry becomes ornaments on a tabletop tree composed of snipped branches.)
To host your own last-minute holiday cocktail party, you’ll need these five essential ingredients:
Continue Reading Party in Five: Last-Minute Holiday Cocktail Party
Ring in the New Year right with a glass of something bubbly. Here’s a quick rundown of your sparkling options:
Continue Reading Guide to Sparkling Wine, Just in Time for New Year’s Eve
Let Cooking Channel help you throw a Kiki to remember.
Some of you undoubtedly have heard the Scissor Sisters‘ viral dance anthem, “Let’s Have a Kiki.” The song chronicles a girl’s night out gone terribly wrong – torrential rain, no cabs, and to top it all off — police busting up the party. Frizzy hair, runny mascara, having to take the subway, and the NYPD: What could be worse? The only thing that could save this night is a Kiki: the ultimate after party.
We love (a can’t-stop-playing kind of love) this song. So after endless repeats, we decided to riff off of our Party in Five series and see what it would take to throw the Kiki of our (wildest) dreams.
Party in Five: Let’s Throw a Kiki
Continue Reading Let’s Have a Kiki with Cooking Channel
Turn your New Year’s Eve party into a fiesta with these flavorful recipes from Ivy Stark’s new cookbook, Dos Caminos: Mexican Street Food. Street food is designed to be eaten standing up, with limited utensil use, which translates wonderfully to a bustling holiday party scene.
Chef Stark, now the executive chef at Dos Caminos, began her love affair with food at a young age thanks to parents’ emphasis on trying new things. She had her first jalapeno at the age of five and was trying frog legs by age seven. At eight years old, she was taking cooking classes at the YMCA. She now combines her classic culinary training with her many Mexican adventures and love of that cuisine to develop her recipes for the restaurant, recipes that are tasty, unpretentious and meant for sharing.
Continue Reading Perfect Party Foods