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Party in Five: Football Game-Day Party

We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

There’s nothing like getting a group together for a game-watching party — the entertainment’s a no-brainer, the food is hassle-free and the guests arrive ready to have a good time. This year, I hosted a big-game party for a group of fellow fans, and after a bit of planning, the day came together in a way that was both stylish and sporty. The food centered around a build-your-own-chili bar with details in our home-team colors, and in addition to the game playing on a big screen, I set out some fun activities and more than enough beer.

To throw your own football game-day party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Cheddar & Ale Dip

My fiancé and I aren’t really the types to have a local watering hole where everybody knows our name. It’s not that we aren’t social, but we much prefer to entertain from home. The closest thing we do have to our own “spot” is a happening little Irish pub just a few miles away.

Everything—and I mean everything—on their menu is amazing (which is sort of surprising, in that the restaurant lurks in a chain-obsessed suburban strip mall) but it’s the oh-so-sinful ‘cheddar & ale dip’ that keeps us coming back for more.

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Super Bowl Tragedy? Chicken Wing Shortage Could Be a Reality

Chicken Wings
Lighter Buffalo Wings with Tangy Cheese Dip
The splendid pageantry of Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us. It’s the one day of the year where we are encouraged, nay required, to eat as many chicken wings as humanly possible. Luckily, these wings are plentiful. It’s not as if anything could get in the way of placing dozens and dozens of wings in our gaping maws right? You may want to sit down before you continue reading this.

According to the National Chicken Council, we are in the midst of a bona fide wing shortage. This is due to a number of factors, but the council mostly lays the blame on rising corn prices. Corn is the main ingredient in chicken feed and, well, you can figure out the rest. All told the council says we could be staring down a wing shortage to the tune of 12.3 million delectable, blue cheese-drenched wings.

All is not lost, however. Some are saying the council’s study is full of hot air, and corn prices will go back to normal as soon as so much of it stops being used for ethanol production. In the meantime, watch this related video and cross your fingers that we aren’t forced to eat only carrots and celery this Sunday.

How a Chick Can Survive the Super Bowl

Nadia G Super Bowl Tips

Look, if you’re dating a dude who enjoys sports, your living room will probably be transformed into an all-male mecca come February. And if you’re planning on sticking around rather than leaving on a full day’s worth of shoe shopping, I’ll have to question where your priorities are. Then again, maybe I can see the allure of men in tight pants, savagely attacking each other to the ground all in the name of pigskin ….

If you’re going to survive the man cave, though, you’re going to need food. Luckily, I have recipes for just this occasion. Here’s my quick guide to surviving the Super Bowl!

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Today in Smartphone Gadgetry: A Coffee Cup iPhone Holder and the Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

We love our smartphones. They can do just about anything we can dream of. However, this doesn’t stop food enthusiasts from creating even more things that they can do. Introducing two new gadgets that make eating with smartphone at the ready even more pleasurable than it was before.

The UpperCup solves one of modern life’s greatest riddles, how to drink coffee and fiddle with your smartphone at the same time. This coffee cup includes a stand for your iPhone so you can sip and stare longingly into it with no fear of scalding spillage. It’s so simple that it’s ingenious.

Next up, the Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl. Yeah, that is the actual name of the product. How does this ramen bowl fight off loneliness? By letting you affix your smartphone to it so you can fiddle while you slurp, of course. Nothing makes for a unique Facetime experience then a mouthful of ramen.

Lee Anne Wong’s Food Crawl, Starring Pretzel Dumplings

Pretzel Dumplings

We’ve all been on pub crawls (perhaps more often than we’d admit), but what about a legit food crawl? Enter Lee Anne Wong. When she has a craving for dumplings and noodles, she doesn’t just face her craving—she goes running after it with reckless abandon. Tonight at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel, Lee Ane Wong takes her love of Asian food to the streets of New York with her one-hour special Food Crawl with Lee Anne Wong where she finds a treasure trove of savory Asian treats in every corner of the city.

Lee Anne has that distinct ability to make everything she puts in her mouth seem like miracles sent from heaven. Her enthusiasm for food is contagious, and generally speaking I’d be all too happy to “have what’s she having.” But one particular dumpling on her crawl really got my attention and my stomach grumbling. Meet the Pretzel Pork and Chive Dumpling with Tahini Mustard Dipping Sauce courtesy of Talde in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Restaurant Makes a Box of Chocolates in Your Likeness

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Why not surprise the special someone in your life with chocolates that are shaped like a horrifying version of the one you love? That’s what one cafe in Japan is trying and we can only hope it catches on in the States.

Here’s how it works. You head to FabCafe, a restaurant in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, and get a scan of your face. The wizards in the kitchen then turn that scan into a box of chocolates that bear your likeness. Also, just to reiterate, the faces look like a somewhat horrifying version of yourself. How romantic!

A box of face chocolates will set you back around $68 and, of course, are available only in Japan. Until this technology flies across the pond, it looks like we’ll be stuck with boring old Whitman’s Sampler boxes.

Ten Deliciously Edible Stadiums for the Super Bowl

Edible Stadium for Super Bowl

Unless you have been living underneath a football-shaped rock, you no doubt know the Super Bowl is on February 1. Guess what that means? Eating massive amounts of snacks! Super Bowl Sunday is like Thanksgiving, only with less family drama and more nachos. It’s also a reason for some people to take their food gluttony to the next level. These adventurous souls build great, edible monuments to honor their favorite pastime. We’ve put together some of our favorite edible football stadiums.

Flip through our gallery of ten deliciously edible stadiums for the Super Bowl.

How to Cheat on Your Diet and Not Feel Guilty

How to Cheat on Your DietAarti Sequeira and Samantha Cassetty after indulging in some pizza on Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.

As the resident nutritionist on Drop 5 Lbs, people tend to think that I eat healthfully 100 percent of the time, or that I don’t have a sweet tooth, let alone ever give in to one. But my friends and family can vouch for me: I give into my sweet tooth regularly — every day, in fact. But I keep my weight in check with a few simple strategies. Here’s how:

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Philadelphia Restaurant Gives World the Bacon Taco Shell

Just when you thought bacon couldn’t continue its quest toward utter and total world dominance, a restaurant has managed to up the pork ante. Philadelphia’s PYT, which we assume has nothing to do with Michael Jackson, has concocted the bacon taco shell. You read that right. It’s a taco shell made entirely out of bacon.

To make matters even more decadent, the restaurant packs this bacon taco shell with burger meat, multiple cheeses and an avocado-flavored ranch dressing. They call it the Bacon-Shell Burger Taco. We call it a reason to give up on our New Year’s resolutions once and for all.

Their bacon taco shell will only be available for a while longer, so you had better book your trip to Philly as soon as you can. You can go see the Liberty Bell and make a trip out of it.