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.
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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:
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Ring in the New Year right with a glass of something bubbly. Here’s a quick rundown of your sparkling options:
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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
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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.
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Nom, nom, nom. The nominations are in and now it’s time to enjoy Sunday’s broadcast while munching on our favorite Emmy-inspired bites. While not all entirely practical, they’re all certainly delicious. So whether you’re rooting for a certain actor or just tuning in to see red carpet fashions, we’ve got a whole bunch of eats with nods to your favorite shows.
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