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6 Types of Bread to Complement Your Holiday Dinner

Gathering ’round the table for a big holiday dinner requires a lot of prep work, and one item tends to get overlooked in the madness of Christmas meal planning: bread. It’s tempting to buy premade canned dough, but aside from the biggest problem — your being terrified when the can pops open before you’re ready — it really takes down the quality of the meal. Don’t settle for store-bought. Try a few of our favorite holiday bread ideas, starting with gorgeous grape-studded rosemary focaccia (pictured above).

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Unique Savory Cookies to Throw a Curveball Into Your Holiday Cookie Swap

There are only so many gingerbread figures and snowflake-shaped sugar cookies that you can make, so impress everyone at your cookie swap party by going savory this year. Try Parmesan-black pepper thumbprint cookies with cranberry-orange-thyme marmalade, or just top chocolate chip cookies with candied bacon — they’ll be a welcome break from the holiday sugar rush.

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Is This Sandwich Better Than a Cheesesteak? Find Out on Cheap Eats

Pennsylvania gave us the gift of Philly cheesesteaks, but on the premiere of Cheap Eats Season 2, host Ali Khan may have uncovered an even better sub. During his travels to Pittsburgh, he stumbles upon a sandwich that may blow a Philly out of the water, plus cheesy pancakes, pretzels and tacos. Yes, it is the food lineup of your dreams — watch the full episode for free below to find out where you can indulge in all of it for $30 or less.

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Spread Holiday Cheer with These Cheesy Appetizers

A foolproof way to keep hunger at bay — and ravenous partygoers out of the kitchen — before the big holiday dinner is appetizers, and lots of ‘em. We have plenty of tried-and-true Christmas appetizer recipes to choose from, but the ones that fly off the table the fastest are always ones filled with cheese.

Here are  five of our favorites, including crunchy crostini topped with baked prosciutto, apple butter and melted Brie (pictured above) and deep-fried mozzarella bites. The best part? They’re all ready in 30 minutes or less, so you can get back to babysitting your slow-roasted prime rib and other magnificent holiday dishes.

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes That’ll Hold Up to Reheating

Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food, family and fun, but before you get to the good stuff, there’s a lot of stress in the kitchen. Help calm things down by preparing in advance many Thanksgiving side dishes that can reheat well. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites — including Haricots Verts with Rosemary (pictured above), which can be served either room temperature or warm — that will keep you from going berserk on Turkey Day.

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See Bone Marrow Doughnuts and More Crazy Food on the Unique Sweets Premiere

Seven seasons in, Unique Sweets is still finding wacky treats across the country. In the premiere episode, our colorful commentators tried savory bone-marrow-stuffed doughnuts and everything-bagel doughnut hybrids at The Doughnut Project in New York, edible cookie shot glasses at Dirty Cookie in California and much more. If you missed any of the sweet action, watch the full episode for free below, and tune in for more on Sundays at 10pm ET.

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5 Gorgeous Carrot Recipes That Will Make You Eat with Your Eyes

Vitamin A-rich carrots are good for your eyes, so we’re always thinking of new ways to incorporate them into meals. One foolproof way to get more carrots into your diet is to make recipes that are easy on the eyes and thoroughly craveworthy. Take this Beet and Carrot Slaw, pictured above, that takes only minutes to make and is instantly Instagram-ready. Below, we’ve rounded up four more gorgeous ways to eat more carrots — some healthy, and some cake — that’ll have you saying, “What’s up, Doc?”

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Every Day We’re Brusselin’: 4 Craveable Brussels Sprout Salads

Brussels sprouts have come a long way in the palate-pleasing department. Once known as the foul-smelling, boiled, soggy vegetable of nightmares, they’ve transformed into a trendy, craveable and usually healthy dish. When you get sick of roasted Brussels, try crafting new, innovative salads instead.

Chuck Hughes makes a warm Brussels sprout salad (pictured above) by lightly sauteing leaves with bacon and Parmesan — hey, we said usually healthy. Check out three more of our favorite Brussels salads below.

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5 Horror and Sci-Fi TV Show-Themed Halloween Bites

It’s easy to fall back on your fifth Hocus Pocus Halloween party in a row, but this year, ditch witches for other horror and sci-fi fun. To help narrow down the genre’s options, we’ve picked five TV shows for inspiration. How about a Stranger Things-themed bash featuring Eleven’s favorite food — waffles, pictured above, that you can make in less than 30 minutes — or a Walking Dead party where you serve a zombie cocktail?

Check out more Halloween recipes and ideas below.

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Learn the Hole Truth About Bagels on the Food: Fact or Fiction? Premiere

On the Season 2 premiere of Food: Fact or Fiction?, host Michael McKean brought bagels, doughnuts and other treats to court for an important question: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the hole truth and nothing but the truth?” Actually, he just learned the history of baked goods with middles missing, including why New York City bagels are so good, whether doughnuts helped end a war and what makes Bundt cakes important. Check out the full episode streaming for free below, and watch Food: Fact or Fiction? on Mondays at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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