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'The Chew' enjoys ‘Extra Value Friday: Homemade Holidays’ on ABC-TV

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On yesterday's ABC hit show "The Chew" all five co-hosts were in attendance, as Clinton Kelly introduced each one wearing their ugly Christmas sweaters. Carla Hall donned her candy cane sweater vest, decorated with poinsettias and ornaments; she knows how to rock anything she wears and when she turned around, black Santa was prominently displayed watching her back. Next, mom-to-be, Daphne Oz had a huge snowman on her sweater that had built-in mittens right across the belly. Mario Batali wore a vest to compliment his shorts and orange crocs. On the vest was a huge Christmas tree with the word Noel across the top. Michael Symon wore a red shirt adorned with a roaring fireplace and stockings hung over the fireplace, across the fireplace were the words; Merry Christmas. Not to be outdone, Clinton was wearing the NYC subway special shirt, with a sad gingerbread boy surrounded by rats gnawing at his face, hands and feet. Eh!

They received a visit from Grammy-nominated singer Jewel, donning an ugly sweater who showed them how she makes her Roasted Poblano Mac n’ Cheese for her hubby, who grew up in the South and loves spicy food. She even had the assistance of the best sous chef ever, in Michael. See all of today’s recipes here. As Jewel announced her new holiday album, her first in over ten years, she is also co-hosting The Sing Off, where a capella groups vie for $100,000 and a recording contract.

Carla showed some inexpensive hostess gifts, that will be welcome at holiday visits, without breaking the budget. She made Scented Sugars that would sure to please any hostess at holiday time. The first was made with cinnamon sticks, orange rind and cloves. It can sit for about a week to absorb all the flavors. She made lemon-thyme sugar for Daphne, and can also be done with salt. With a pretty tag, the most expensive is the $2 jar, because the rest is just stuff, you probably already have. She then made Sweet and Spicy Nuts with the help of Mario and Michael, and she already had made Sugared Cranberries, that could be eaten like a snack or put in a drink. Packaged in pretty tins, they made a perfect gift.

Daphne gave her recipe for Roasted Garlic and Chicken Soup, that was sure to be a winner, especially because chicken soup is the perfect medicine. She started with two bulbs of garlic. She cut off the tops, sprinkled them with olive oil, wrapped them in foil and put them in a 400-degree oven about thirty minutes. She squeezed the garlic into the chicken stock and mixed it with an immersion blender. See the recipe link above for the rest.

On the third day of Clinton’s 12 Days of Ornaments, he showed the gang how to make a lovely poinsettia ornament with toilet paper or paper towel rolls, coffee filters, spray paint and glue. See the video here.

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