On today's Monday edition of the ABC hit show "The Chew" titled “How-to-Holiday,” With all the crew on hand they all got to teach viewers how to make extraordinary gifts for Christmas.
Carla Hall made gift tags from wooden ice cream spoons that normally would be discarded after use, into something so cute. She also took cans that stacked potato chips come in and used them to store homemade cookies, once wrapped; they are a great gift, and the can could be thrown away after use. Another trick was to use a cereal box (instructions and today’s recipes are here.
Daphne Oz stated that it was “National Cover Anything in Chocolate Day.” As the rest of the crew was blindfolded; Mario was first to taste a chocolate-covered pepper; Michael got a chocolate-covered pickle; Clinton had a chocolate covered pig-in-a-blanket, and Carla had a chocolate-covered raw onion slice.
Michael Symon introduced his friend Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa, who made some awesome holiday foods. She made a Mango-Orange Glaze for her Baked Virginia Ham, and while making the glaze, had Michael remove the ribs from kale leaves to make her Crispy Roasted Kale, and she also made Potato-Fennel Gratin as the hosts were salivating as they waited for it to be done. Then in a segment called “What Would Ina Do?” they asked her questions using scenarios. First, if you asked a person to bring the wine, and they showed up with boxed wine; what would she do? Serve the wine. The guests bring their uninvited children along and there is no kiddy table? She is always prepared with videos that appeal to kids and will set up a table around the television for the kids. Next, guests arrived who were vegans, and she planned to serve prime rib? They can eat the kale, and she will find some almonds in the pantry.
In Clinton’s Craft Corner, they made ombre felt Christmas trees. Starting with Styrofoam cones, 12 or 15 inches tall, felt, scissors, marker and hot-glue gun. He glued the cone on a piece of round wood as a base. Then using football shapes he made a template on paper and cut them using four different colors of felt from dark to light and starting from the bottom with the darkest glued them on the tree overlapping as he went up. See photo and directions here.