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Take a Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez

Tonight at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez — the badass Mexican dude you see on Chopped every time you turn on the TV — is heading out on a simple mission: to stuff himself with the best tacos in the country, every week, one city at a time, from the sophisticated to the mom-and-pops.

His Taco Trip begins in a place you might not associate with tacos, but is home to the country’s fifth largest Hispanic community.  Tune in to meet the chefs, families and locals who have helped define Chicago’s culinary landscape. Or check back here tomorrow to watch the full episode for free online.

It’s Thanksgiving!

Here’s what to do with all that food tomorrow.

26 Questions with Corndog Maestro Jim Stacy

This is Jim Stacy. He’s run landmark bars, revamped a historic drive-in movie theater, built the South’s most famous corndog truck and created a temple of comfort food treasures at his Georgia restaurant Pallookaville Fine Foods. On October 17 at 9:30pm ET, he’s coming to Cooking Channel with his new show Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy.  For six episodes, Jim will track down some of the most innovative rebel chefs around who are creating offbeat food and experiences (like a restaurant in Seattle with circus décor that serves carnival-inspired dishes and a spot in Louisville that is one part old-school arcade and one part gastro-pub). We sent Jim 26 rapid-fire questions about his favorite foods, trends, comic book and more.

Cooking Channel: Craziest thing you’ve seen deep fried?

Jim Stacy: I’ll answer that in a roundabout way. I see too many things fried badly. Folks will fry things to shock you and be clever. That’s fine, but I see right through it. My most surprising and satisfying thing I’ve had fried lately is Kale Pakoras. It is a curry spiced, battered and fried kale dish. Pakoras are usually made out of potatoes or cauliflower, but I recently had them made of Kale at Chai Pani in Decatur, Georgia and was slain by how great they were. I’d rather people seek out the sublime and smart than deep fry stupid stuff.

CC: Favorite food?

JS: I’m partial to Soul Food made by a crew of old ladies that have worked together for years.

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Cooking Channel’s Can’t-Miss Fall TV Schedule

Worst Things About Fall: school; everything is suddenly pumpkin flavored; it’s getting brisk out there.

Best Things About Fall: Oktoberfest, everything is suddenly pumpkin flavored; awesome new shows on Cooking Channel.

Here’s a peek at our fall TV lineup. Get pumped for some of the best new shows and best returning shows on Cooking Channel this fall.

Premieres September 27
Simply Laura
Saturdays at 1:30pm ET

Web sensation and online superstar Laura Vitale brings her take on American mealtime to television. With an emphasis on simple and seasonal, Laura blends easy but enticing recipes and girl-next-door charm, making meals that America will adore.

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Enter to Win a Sick Kitchen!


Nadia G’s kitchen is candy-colored and decked out in animal print and leather, because she thinks your kitchen decor should have as much flavor as the food you make in it. On her ulive web series Sick Kitchens, she’s revamping tacky, cluttered kitchens to have bitchin’ form and even bitchin’-ier function. Since Nadia can’t make over every kitchen in the world (she’s busy with stuff like a new Cooking Channel travel series coming out this summer), we’ve teamed up with ulive to give away a sweet fridge and range from Elmira Stove Works to one lucky winner. You pick the color. They’ll deliver it and make your kitchen awesome. Check out Sick Kitchens and then enter to win now.

You can enter twice a day from now until June 16th — once here and once on ulive.

Enter the Sick Kitchens Giveaway now!

Web-Only Freshman Class Videos

On last night’s The Freshman Class, Amalia was forced to choose between school and family when her daughter’s play conflicted with an important wine class.

In this web-only clip, Amalia seeks the advice of another mom to help her decide:

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Improve Your Insight with Our Guide to Carrots

Did you know that if your carrots become limp, you can recrisp them in a bowl of ice water? If you carrot all about sweet, crunchy root vegetables, check out our complete guide to buying, prepping, using and storing carrots for more tips to amaze your inner Easter bunny:

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In 1 Minute, Learn How to Make Decadent Tiramisu

All these Mondays back at work are really cutting into our sitting-in-the-park-to-watch-the-flowers-bloom time. It’s unreasonable after that incorrigible winter. The reassuring news is that you need only 60 seconds to find out how to make Giada’s tongue- and mind-stimulating tiramisu. Drop a post-it note on the floor and watch this video while your boss bends down to pick it up. Then when she hands it back, write “I know how to make tiramisu” on it and wait for your promotion:

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The Secret to a Perfect Omelet

Omelets are a simple idea, but they’re not always easy to execute. Bobby Flay, possibly one of the world’s foremost omelet authorities, shows you how to nail the technique and presentation:

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The Scoop: The 10,000 Calorie Burger and Bouncers at Starbucks

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