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Uncover Authentic Cuisines in Unlikely Places on Hidden Eats, USA

Host Aarti of Hidden Eats

Get ready to venture out and explore off-the-beaten-path food spots on Cooking Channel’s new show Hidden Eats, USA. Host Aarti Sequeira will be embarking on a food-filled adventure searching for some of the most authentic and exotic cuisines America has to offer, including home-style Filipino dishes, bona fide Uzbek Korean cuisine, coveted Ecuadorian food trucks and much more.

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Scottish Food for Disney’s “Brave”

 

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Celebrate the premiere of Disney/Pixar's Brave with our best Scottish and British Recipes.

Disney’s newest animated feature Brave chronicles the life of a Scottish young archer with flowing red hair named Merida. We know we want to see it, but the question is: What should we serve at our pre-Brave movie dinner?

When I think Scottish food, I think haggis. This national dish of Scotland is a savory pudding consisting of sheep’s pluck  (liver and heart and lungs — oh my) combined with onions, oatmeal, spices, herbs and stock, all encased in an animal’s stomach. Don’t forget to serve with “neeps and tatties” – that’s potatoes and turnips to you non-Scottish speakers.

Hungry yet? Or craving for something more…appetizing?

We’ve got the best (and yummiest) Scottish and British recipes to help you catch the Scottish spirit.

Brave Feast

The DunBroch family devours a Scottish feast in Brave. Join them!

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Cookbook Giveaway: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Lemon Pie Bars make great take-along treats for all summer get-togethers. Photograph by Squire Fox

My reputation as a baker was on the line a few weeks ago at our office cupcake bake-off. As I was searching and scrambling for a recipe, the cute-as-a-button The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes from the Best Little Bakery in the South caught my eye. A few days later I baked pretty pink Strawberry Cupcakes from the cookbook for the competition – they didn’t win, but they were fantastic (if I do say so myself). In fact, all the recipes in The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook are fresh, homey takes on classics, and I can’t wait to bake more beautiful sweets from this cookbook.

Cheryl and Griffith Day, pictured on the cover, founded the Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah in 2002. They’re both self-taught bakers, with Cheryl baking the sweets and Griffith taking on breads and the bakery’s savory fare. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook includes all their customers’ favorites, including breakfast treats, quick breads, pies, puddings and cookies, all made with fresh, local ingredients and a good bit of Southern charm.

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Thirsty Thursday: Cool Down with a Piña Colada

Clasic Pina Colada Recipe

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

A blistering heat wave has come screaming across the country, which begs the question: has there ever been a better time to sip on a Piña Colada? Light and dark rum star in this wildly refreshing frozen cocktail, blended with classic coconut cream and pineapple juice, along with frozen pineapple pieces for good measure. Bring the beach to your backyard and cool down with a tropical treat this Thursday (or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday), because, let’s face it, it’s too hot not to.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Summer’s Hottest Ice Cream Flavors

Coffee and Donuts Sundae: Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Donuts, Coffee Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce.

Summer’s here, and that means indulging in our favorite summer foods: burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, frosty cocktails and — of course — ice cream.

Every year, ice cream store owners across the country predict which flavors will most appeal to customers. As new flavors come on the market, proprietors weigh the pros and cons of swapping in a new option for a low performer from the previous year. This can mean hitting the jackpot with a hot new flavor, or sinking money into a dud that will sit around all season.

Nowhere is ice cream in higher demand than at the beach, including the Jersey Shore, a destination for New Jersey locals and visitors from nearby New York City and Philadelphia. Skipper Dipper has been a local, family-owned ice cream tradition for 35 years, a line of beach-goers often snaking out the door of its Long Beach Island, NJ location.

Store owner Dave Powitz shares the early ice cream trends from this summer.

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Sifted: Homemade Funfetti, Boozy Foods and Summertime Treats

The Baker Chick's Funfetti Layer Cake

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Boxed mix funfetti is irresistible, but homemade is even better! The Baker Chick made the colorful layer cake from Momofuku Milk Bar and we’re stunned by the results.
  2. Salad for breakfast? If by that you mean a poached egg atop avocado and prosciutto, we’re in! – The Kitchn
  3. Chocolate covered pretzels might not be the best match for the sun. But Tikkido’s royal icing covered pretzels are a sweet and salty snack that can stand up to the heat.
  4. It’s pool party season. These yogurt and chocolate stuffed strawberries from ChefMom are a healthy and delicious snack your kids will love.
  5. Boozy foods: Tartlet Sweets takes banana nut bread to a whole new level with bourbon.

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Shawarma Gets the “Avengers” Stamp-of-Approval

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Shawarma, a Middle Eastern street food staple, makes a guest appearance in the recently released The Avengers movie. OK, it might not have a starring role, but Iron Man (a.k.a. Robert Downey Jr.) does crave some after a kick-ass battle scene.

“Have you ever tried shawarma?” Iron Man asks Captain America. “There’s a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don’t know what it is, but I want to try it.”

If you’re as mystified about the dish as he is, we’re here to fix that. We talked to the pros at Mina Restaurant in Chicago for the low-down on this must-try dish:

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The Best Hotel Food Freebies Ever

Best Hotel Freebies

A not-so-continental breakfast at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve in Costa Rica

The marriage of travel and food has been a long and happy one. For foodies, a destination isn’t going to rank as a favorite unless its cuisine — be it Mexican food in San Diego, seafood in Seattle, or the hodgepodge of deliciousness that is New York — is something special. For us, that logic applies equally to the hotels where you stay within a city. We look not just for hotels with great restaurants, but for places that incorporate gourmet treats into the overall hotel experience. Below are our favorite hotels that offer awesome foodie freebies, from decadent a la carte breakfasts to free nightly wine hours. Talk about tasty extras.

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Giveaway: Cookout-Themed Cookies!

 

Cooking Channel Cookout Cookie Giveaway

We're giving away these adorable Cooking Channel Cookout Cookies - comment below for a chance to win!

For me, cookies are an essential part of summer: They’re fun, they’re portable, they’re not messy (looking at you, ice cream ‘wiches), they won’t melt in the sun (sorry, shortcake!), and they’re perfect paired with a drink by the pool. Why not have a few friends over and celebrate summer with a batch of sizzling Cooking Channel Cookout Cookies? Our friends at Peapods Cookies baked up a fresh, Cooking Channel cookout-inspired batch of cookies just for you.

Kristie at Peapods absolutely loves to bake, and is getting orders right and left on Etsy and Facebook. She bakes buttery, vanilla scented thick-cut sugar cookies decorated to perfection (she has a degree in fashion design, and it shows) with royal icing. If you can dream it, Kristie can bake it into a delicious cookie. We’re so excited to give away these adorable cookout-themed cookies to one lucky winner — they’ll be the star of any summer party.

So throw some burgers and veggies on the grill and shake up some cooling cocktails: We’ve got dessert covered.

Cooking Channel Cookout Cookies Giveaway

These summery cookies are the perfect ending to your summer party. They're sure to vanish long before ants have time to gather on your picnic blanket.

We’re giving away one batch of these Cooking Channel Cookout Cookies to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite summertime treat.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite summertime treat?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one batch of cookies away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on June 19 and 5:00 p.m. ET on June 21. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $48. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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Meatless Monday: Meat-Lover Michael Symon Goes Meatless (Sometimes)

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The meat chef goes veg . . . sometimes.

Chef Michael Symon, restauranteur, host of Symon’s Suppers, Cook Like an Iron Chef and ABC’s The Chew, and wearer of an “Eat More Meat” t-shirt (for real; take a look) has a new message: Eat more vegetables.

Chef Symon, who tops even ice cream with bacon, hosted an event at the recent Food & Wine Classic in Aspen on Meatless Mondays, and in January, shared his favorite meat-free recipes on a special Meatless Monday episode of The Chew. So is this meat man turning veg man? Not really. But even the most passionate meat-lovers need a break. “Life is about moderation, ” he tells Peggy Neu of the Meatless Monday campaign. “Even if I’m having beef for dinner, it’s probably going to be a 3-4oz portion with heaps and heaps of vegetables.” One day a week, sometimes Mondays, sometimes not, he cuts out meat to give his body  “time to do what it needs to do. ”

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