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Fantasy Top Chef Update: Restaurant Wars [SPOILER ALERT]

Last night was the Top Chef challenge the cheftestants had been waiting for: Restaurant Wars. They were divided into two groups by drawing knives and given just 24 hours to build a restaurant from the kitchen to the menu to the décor. Here, F&W's Fantasy Top Chef report. SPOILER ALERT>>

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F&W Book Club

The All-Chocolate Cookbook from Brooklyn Mavericks

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

This week's inspiring new book comes from Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick Mast and Michael Mast.

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F&W Gift Guide

Jason Stratton's Style Picks

Jason Stratton's Style Picks

Jason Stratton's style picks are perfect for similarly fearless and adventurous cooks ready to tackle any DIY project. Read more >

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Twitter Alert

Party With Best New Chef All-Stars on Twitter

Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST, @fandw will host a blowout holiday party on Twitter with some of the genius chefs featured in the Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook: Grant Achatz (@Gachatz), Barbara Lynch (@barbaralynchBOS), David Chang (@davidchang), Michael Symon (@chefsymon), Anne Quatrano (@annequatrano) and Graham Elliot (@grahamelliot). To learn about their top holiday gift picks, cooking tips and more, join in by following along and tweeting with the hashtag #FWChat.

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Cookie Swap

Macadamia, Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

During F&W Cookie Week, some of our favorite digital contributors are sharing their best holiday cookie recipes in a virtual swap. Post your favorite baking experiments on Instagram using #FWCookie.

Here, Australian photographer and stylist Chantelle Grady offers one of her favorite holiday recipes, featuring macadamia nuts. "Macadamias are native to Australia and I love using them in sweets," she says. Grady recommends baking this recipe while prepping decorations. "The smell of them baking in the oven while putting up the tree really makes it feel like Christmas." 

Macadamia, Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

3 1/2 tablespoons (50g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (60g) dried cranberries
1 cup (120g) macadamias, halved
1 cup (160g) white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 175˚C (345˚F). Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

In a bowl, place the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugars, salt and vanilla essence and beat to combine. Add the egg and stir to combine. Add the flour, bicarbonate soda, dried cranberries, macadamias and white chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Roll large spoonfuls of dough in your hands to form a ball and place on baking trays allowing space between each to spread. Continue until all dough has been used. Gently press each ball with fingers to flatten slightly. Bake in oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden.

Makes 18

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