5@5 - Catherine McCord
December 3rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Catherine McCord is a mother of two, model and former co-host of MTV's "Loveline." Now that Dr. Drew and FHM spreads are sitting on the sidelines, she turned her biggest passion - cooking - into Weelicious, a popular food blog for parents. And don't worry, McCord isn't into that whole I'm-gonna-slip-puréed-broccoli-into-the-chicken-nuggets tomfoolery - what your kids see is what they get.

The holidays are the perfect time to get the wee ones involved in the kitchen making homemade treats. Just don't let 'em eat too much icing or stick gumdrops up their noses - trust us, it ain't pretty.

Best part is? You never have to go to the mall. Edible gifts, for the win.

Five Homemade Holiday Party Treats: Catherine McCord

1. "Whenever we have all the kids and their parents over and the kids are running around creating chaos, I find the best way to get them to take it down a notch is to getting involved in some of the cooking! Let them be creative by decorating sugar cookies right before they go in the oven. You can put out all their favorite edible decorations and even let them ice the cookies when they're cool. Letting their inner artist come out is part of the spirit of this time of year."

2. "When friends leave our house during the holidays, I love to send them off with a thank-you gift of orange date muffins for the next morning, so they have something to enjoy for breakfast. If you place them in a Christmas-decorated bag tied with a nice ribbon, it adds to the special quality of the present."

3. "Wow your guests by serving them fancy mini crab cakes with a dollop of lemon aïoli on top and some diced red bell peppers and scallions as a garnish served on a nice platter. Better watch out though, the kids will be grabbing these little treats off the platter as well."

4. "Don't just serve one dessert after dinner, offer four! Placing an assortment of mini sweet treats such as date-nut brownies, decorated 'brown-wees', coconut macaroons and mini phyllo cheesecakes on individual plates for each guest to keep their palates nice and happy."

5. "Don't forget about you teachers and co-workers. A homemade gift, especially from your kitchen will not only impress, but also warm their heart and tummies. I love filling glass jars with chewy granola bars, gingerbread cookies or graham crackers in festive shapes."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. The Witty One

    I'd hit it.....


    December 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  2. RichardHead@AD

    I shall say it one more time for Jdizz and myself-Cowboys and 49"ers Suck! Did ya get some sleep?

    December 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  3. AuroraDawn

    LOL I bet she does

    December 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  4. AuroraDawn

    LOL She;s a beauty!!! God I'm so excited to be going home....it'll be nice to just relax.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:37 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      I hear Ya Baby Girl. Gotta work tomorrow or are ya off? Gettin ready for the Florida run again and hopefully no bad weather this time.

      December 5, 2010 at 11:43 am |
      • AuroraDawn

        I hope you have way better weather. I do have to work tomorrow, get all caught up and organized. Transfer some files onto a flash drive for Bob...other than that...not too much. You make sure you drive safe!!

        December 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Always! Santa brought a gift to WD-It's Nite Vision Goggles and a New Whistle. She looks REAL cute when she has them on!

        December 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Got some runnin to do but I'l be back on around 5:30 Tx time. Relax today if you can and I'll catch you this evening. XO!

        December 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  5. AuroraDawn

    LOL I LOVE SNOW!!!! I swear I'm gonna be like a big kid when I get home. WD would have a blast we have 40 acres she could run around on!!!

    December 5, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      Run? More like waddle since Thanksgiving,but she's my little pig and I Love Her!

      December 5, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  6. AuroraDawn

    LOL GO WD!!!

    December 5, 2010 at 11:26 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      She wouldn't know what to do with all that snow. She's seen it maybe 5 times in her 10 yrs.

      December 5, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  7. AuroraDawn

    LOL I just can't stand people who say "you need to get a life for posting"....when they're posting!!!! On thE Elaine thread...it seems people are incredibly rude regarding her. If you have an original thought that varies from theirs....watch out all hell will break loose....It's stupid. Anyway, I am looking forward to going home...it's been 18 months.

    Now, you want to talk cooking....it'll be foodfest 2010 when I get there. My mom always does a big crazy Christmas eve party, then Christmas day, then Boxing day God...it'll be fun though.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:13 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      It does sound like a blast. BTW-Wonder Dog wishes for you to give a kiss to your 2 big dogs from her. Unless they are female. She's not that kind of girl!

      December 5, 2010 at 11:18 am |
      • AuroraDawn

        LOL Not a problem!!! Lola is a girl but, my sister's Mastiff is a boy!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 11:20 am |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Suddenly she is panting very heavily. Hmmm-I wonder what is going thru her mind?

        December 5, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  8. AuroraDawn

    I wish!!! I have to stop over in Toronto..ugh! My own personal hell. Pearson Intl is the WORST airport on the planet. I always seem to have to walk 800 miles through the place to catch my connection. Which usually isn't too bad,but I have sooooo much luggage this time.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      Try flying into New Jersey,What a Hell Hole. I have noticed that you are calming down on your responses to other posters. Proud of Ya! It helps keep the blood pressure down and NO fisticuffs.

      December 5, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  9. AuroraDawn

    LMAO No...Felicia!!! I'll be on no worries. I still have email too you know!!! I'm excited to go home. Seeing everyone the house will be CROWDED. I have 7 brothers and sisters and all their kids etc....it'll be crazy! First thing I'm going to do is grab my friend Tanya and go horseback riding...hopefully there is lots snow!!

    December 5, 2010 at 10:45 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      I am Still loyal to my "special brunette"! Sounds like fun with all your family and friends. Send me some pics?

      December 5, 2010 at 10:50 am |
      • AuroraDawn

        I will for sure!!!!! I will be on here plenty. I'll miss you too!!!!

        December 5, 2010 at 10:54 am |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Dang,Like pulling teeth to get you to say that. Doc Holiday would be proud! Direct flight to Ottawa?

        December 5, 2010 at 11:01 am |
    • FelishaFetish@AuroraDawn

      You best learn how to spell my name,Missy! I ain't no Southern Brownie! This man thinks that you are special! Wish I had someone like that.

      December 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  10. AuroraDawn

    LOL I can still pop in...we have internet ya know!!!! LOL You are too sweet though.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      Does this mean I have to talk louder so you can hear me way up yonder? Miss you already!

      December 5, 2010 at 10:35 am |
      • AuroraDawn

        LOL Nope you don't have to talk louder!!! Aww..you won't have a chance to miss me!!! LOL

        December 5, 2010 at 10:36 am |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Trying to decipher that last comment. Oh well,there's always Felisha!

        December 5, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  11. AuroraDawn

    This one coming the 7th

    December 5, 2010 at 10:26 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      Damn,Now I will know how my Brother Jdizz is feeling. Withdrawl without you here!

      December 5, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  12. AuroraDawn

    I'm leaving Tuesday and coming back on the 30th have to bust out theat New Years dress I've been starvin myself for.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • RichardHead@AD

      Which Tues?

      December 5, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  13. RichardHead@AD

    O.k. so when ya leavin and the most important-When ya coming home?

    December 5, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  14. RichardHead@Jdizzle

    Well my brother,I count 12 days remaining and alot of steps after that. Stay strong,we are all behind you. Miss you man! x.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  15. Verite

    Je veux frapper cela.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  16. RichardHead@GR8

    Don't lite a match!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Gr8fuldude@RichHead, Biddle

      RHead, VERY good point.

      I am out guys. Talk to y'all on Monday! Have a safe weekend all!

      December 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
      • RichardHead@GR8

        Have a Great weekend my friend. Will talk at you on Monday.

        December 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  17. Sir Biddle via the mobile

    Well played Gr8 . Definitely hit that!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
    • RichardHead@SirB

      Have a good weekend my friend. See you Monday!

      December 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  18. RichardHead

    LMAO-Poor Wd was sitting next to me with all 4 legs crossed so I had to let her out. The love between a man and his dog! Well played GR8.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Gr8fuldude@RichHead

      I am not sure I would want to eat anything from that kitchen unless she washes the counter that her kid has his feet all over...

      December 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
      • RichardHead

        I'd be more worried about where he is sitting and NOT the feet.

        December 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
      • Gr8fuldude@RichHead, Biddle

        Good point, I don't see the kid wearing any pants...;)

        December 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  19. Gr8fuldude

    Actually it looks as if someone already hit that...at least twice!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
    • mrsmarvel

      Those aren't real children they are stage props offered by the photographer.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  20. Gr8fuldude

    Would definitely hit that!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jerry

      Now thats what you call a MILF

      December 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
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