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Last Call! 6 Ways to Devour Fresh Summer Produce Before Labor Day

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but the time has come to bid farewell to fresh summer produce. After months of eating piles of fresh corn on the cob, watermelon and other in-season fruits and vegetables, it’s time to move on to apples, squash, Brussels sprouts and more fall fare.

Before Labor Day rolls around, start a mini bucket list of things to cook with your farmers market favorites. Whether you enjoy baking a bubbling stone fruit cobbler or biting into a fresh tomato like it’s an apple, the countdown starts now. Get it all out of your system now so when fall comes on Sept. 23, you’ll have some closure, having given warm-weather produce a proper sendoff. Here are six ideas to get you started with your goodbyes.

Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Fresh heirloom tomatoes are so juicy that you may want to take a bite of one without bothering to even slice it up. But if you want to be a little less of an animal, make a simple caprese salad with Burrata cheese, basil and olive oil.

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Take a Denver Taco Trip with Aarón Sánchez When You Watch the Full Episode Online

Ain’t no party like an Aarón Sánchez party, and in the Season 2 premiere of Taco Trip, the spicy-food-loving host took over Denver’s Mile High taco scene. From Gouda-mash-topped, beer-braised Stella’s Pork Carnitas at Comida to an epic chile relleno-stuffed burrito at El Taco De Mexico, Aarón ate his way through the mountain town (and made our mouths water in the process).

If you missed his Denver adventures, watch the full episode online below and check out all the locations he’s hit in our Taco Trip location guide.

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Take Your Own Taco Trip with 5 Unique Twists on the Mexican-Food Favorite

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to have a taco party. If we had it our way, every day of the week would be filled with different variations on the Mexican staple, whether it’s classic childhood fare — aka ground beef stuffed in hard-shell corn tortillas — or upscale twists like braised pork belly or fresh lump crabmeat.

Even if you don’t have time to travel across the country in search of the best tacos, you can still make your own taco trip at home. Check out five of our favorite unique taco recipes, then tune into the premiere of Taco Trip with host Aarón Sánchez on Tuesday, August 25 at 10pm ET for more new takes on Mexican fare.

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

Reinvent your fast-food favorite with two easy swaps: slow-cooked beef shoulder instead of ground beef and freshly fried corn tortillas instead of mass-produced hard shells. Homemade guacamole and salsa don’t hurt, either.

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Holy Schnitzel, Watch the Holy & Hungry Premiere Online Now

Some people feel like their kitchen is their church, and on Holy & Hungry, that is truly the case for many restaurateurs. On Cooking Channel’s new show, host Sherri Shepherd travels across the country seeking out those who combine their love of food and faith. Watch the first episode online below for divine dining in the Big Apple: sacred sweets at Veniero’s Pastry, Jesus & Mary Biscuits at Riverside Church’s Grits to Grace Supper Club, fast-food-inspired kosher fare at the aptly-named Holy Schnitzel on Staten Island and much more.

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Go Island Hopping for Beach Bites with Katie Lee

Even if you’re stuck at home this summer, you can still roam around the world in spirit. On our new show Beach Bites with Katie Lee, Katie will take you hopping from St. Thomas to Mackinac Island to sample tropical treats like Caribbean Stewed Kitchen and Ahi Tuna Nachos. It’s not just about soaking up the sun or sinking into the sand, though — Katie is working for her food. Watch her kayak to shore for a unique burger and harvest her own oysters for Oyster Escabeche when Beach Bites premieres on Wednesday, August 25 at 9:30pm ET on Cooking Channel.

The World’s Most Unique Religious-Themed Restaurants

Most theme restaurants are based on tiki bars and guys dressed in gorilla suits, but some use religion as a source of inspiration. Here are eight theme restaurants from around the world that could kick your faith, and hunger, into high gear.

Relgious-Themed Restaurants

For more restaurants where food meets faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

Meet the Easiest (and Cheesiest) Summer Meal of Your Dreams

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are almost over. Soon we’ll be sipping pumpkin spice lattes and slow-braising meat as the leaves start to fall. Until then, let’s set a final goal for the warm months: eat more pizza. The Italian staple is one of the fastest and most endlessly customizable meals, and it’s even better when you throw it on the grill.

Whether you make your own dough or cheat and pick some up at a local pizzeria or grocery store, it’s a crowd-pleasing, easy and deliciously cheesy way to get dinner on the table quickly. While anything can go on a pizza — that dough is just a vessel for all of your favorite foods — here are four foolproof recipes below.

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9 Foods with Religious Symbolism

It’s easy to go your whole life, munching away, and never realize that many of the foods you eat were actually originally inspired by religion and religious iconography. We decided to pull the veil off of these faith-based foods to give you an inside look at the secret history of some of your favorite chomps.

Symbolism and Origins of Religious Food Traditions

For more food, fun and faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

Watch Cake Hunters to Find Out Which Wedding Bakery Takes the Cake

Wedding bells may not be ringing for you, but you can still live out the sweetest part of the planning process with Cooking Channel’s new show Cake Hunters. Engaged couple Josh and Jessalyn are down to the wire, as they have only a few days to find the perfect French-themed wedding cake. Luckily, they have three top designers presenting jaw-dropping concepts — from a geometric wonder to a countryside stunner — to pick from. The winning cake concept will then become a multi-tiered masterpiece, which hopefully will make it to the reception in time.

Tune in to see whose cake they pick on Cake Hunters, airing Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9pm ET.

Learn how to make your own cake.

Bake Doughnuts, Not Cupcakes!

If you’re looking for something other than cupcakes to contribute at your next birthday party, may we recommend Ina Garten’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts? For a festive twist we added sprinkles to the batter, then replaced Ina’s cinnamon sugar topping with frosting and sprinkles. To make the frosting we mixed confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and blue food coloring until we got a thick, smooth consistency (we went with electric blue in honor of the birthday girl’s favorite color). So, just like plain cupcakes, doughnuts are a great canvas for personalizing decorations.

More Reasons We Loved This Recipe (Plus Photos):

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