On today's Wednesday edition of the ABC hit show "The Chew" titled “Winter Funderland,” the entire crew was again around the table. Clinton Kelly announced that Niecy Nash was a guest on the show, for a return appearance.
Mario Batali likes a theme for his holiday menu each year. This year he has a Porto Ercole Coast theme for Christmas Eve, with linguine with clams, crab fritters, whole baked turbot and escarole salad. He has a New Orleans theme for Christmas this year featuring ham with mustard glaze, biscuits and truffle honey, collards and andouille, red beans and rise, cauliflower mash, truffle gravy and Rucola salad with country ham, apples and pecans. He has always done a theme, and every year he plans his menu and does not have a staff, and does the entire thing himself.
Clinton announced the top holiday stresses as per Consumer Reports, were; crowds and long lines, seeing certain relatives, seasonal music, disappointing gifts and gaining weight. The crew chimed in with their top stressors; Carla Hall mentioned hearing the holiday music too early and Clinton agreed, there should be a law against playing holiday music until after Thanksgiving. The one thing people are not stressed about is re-gifting, and most agreed.
Niecy Nash was introduced and related that this is her first Christmas in her new home. Clinton helped her make his Holiday Toffee. It looked great as she poured the caramelized sugar recipe onto the silicone baking sheet. Once it was hardened, they melted chocolate, put it on both sides and topped it with hazelnuts, salt and crushed candy canes. Yum!
After playing a game with audience members, Daphne Oz introduced Todd Oldham, a designer for Target, who gave crafting help for children who sat at the kids’ table like Santa’s elves. They made their own table linens with permanent markers that were set with alcohol in designs of their choosing. He also had some lovely Christmas decorations and designs that kids could do and parents would be proud to display.
Next, Carla Hall made a yummy looking recipe called Buche de Noel Cupcakes with the help of Michael Symon. The cupcakes were light like soufflé, with filling and a quick chocolate dip for icing, then sprinkled with powdered sugar. They looked spectacular!