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Our Food Predictions for 2015

Food Network Kitchen have a pretty good handle on the trends that will shape what you order, eat, watch and read in the new year. Here are their predictions:

1. More Love-Child Snacks: 2014 saw the unholy couplings of brands that spawned Dewitos (Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew), cappuccino-flavored Lay’s, pumpkin pie-flavored Pringles and more — and that was just for chips.   In 2015 expect more collisions of sweet and salty, bitter and befuddling, like candy bar-flavored sodas and other flavors that you can’t find in nature

2. Easy Meal Customization:  Forget fussy fixed menus.  In 2015 expect more curated mix-and-match fast-casual joints, smaller menus at mid-range restaurants and family-style feasts at high-end places.

3. More Drinking, Less Chewing: 2015’s must-have utensil is a cup. Whether they’re filled with green juice, fruit smoothies or full-on sippable meal replacements, people want their protein, vitamins and minerals on the go and on the double.

Look out for even more squeezable kids’ fruit pouches, high-end blenders making juicing mass, bone broth becoming the new kale smoothie, butter coffee and DIY Soylent.

4.  Don’t Be Anti Bacteria:  Our culture is really into cultures — fermented and probiotic foods like kombucha, kefir, kimchi and miso — that support healthy gut bacteria.

In 2015 watch for a bounty of fermented pickles and pickle juice; sauerkraut; savory yogurt; cultured butter and buttermilk; kefir grains and kombucha; fermented sausages (salami, Thai sour sausages); and kvass.

Get the rest of our 2015 food trends and predictions.

Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s been 27 years since the nation spent Christmas In Hollis, but the holidays remain a pretty big deal for Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run. So much so, the Simmons’ celebrate Christmas for a straight up week, feasting the entire way through. A few of the dishes on the spread this year are Rev’s Rev Run’s Gotta-Be-On-Time Prime RibFestive Fruit Salad with Orange-Maple-Vanilla Syrup and Ninjabread Men Cookies. You’ll have to tune in to Rev Run’s Happy Holidays to see what else is on the menu. We can tell you that for Rev, the most important ingredients are happy hearts, full bellies and family. Get a sneak peek of Rev’s rich and creamy hot chocolate after the jump.

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The Hilarious Outtakes of Man Fire Food

Sometimes on Man Fire Food, the seriousness of television production goes up in smoke:

Check out a new episode of Man Fire Food tonight at 8pm ET to watch Roger Mooking head to Kentucky to cook a spectacular Southern feast in a massive outdoor grill.

Bobby Deen’s Taking the Guilty Out of Guilty Pleasures

Growing up surrounded by delectable Southern fare, Bobby Deen learned how delicious — and rich — family favorites can be. But then he discovered that he could recreate his family’s favorite Southern classics with simple swaps that take the guilty out of guilty pleasures. Now on his new show Deen of Lean, Bobby is heading around the country to surprise high-octane home cooks and attempt to turn their decadent dishes into lighter, leaner recipes. Their family and friends will judge his remakes to see if they can match or surpass the originals in deliciousness. First stop is New Jersey to meet up with Kardea. She’s a very good cook and her Southern dishes are made with love — but her boyfriend says she might use a little too much love.

Tune in to the premiere of Deen of Lean tonight at 9:30pm ET.

The Recipes:

Haylie Duff’s Web-Only Watermelon Salad Recipe

Watch Real Girl’s Kitchen every Saturday at 2pm ET on Cooking Channel.

This Is the Final Week to Win a Sick Kitchen

Nadia G makes sure to add style to everything she does, from her recipes to her outfits to her kitchen. That’s because, in order, she likes great food, looking hot and cooking in a place that has as much flavor as the food she prepares in it. The latter is the subject of her new web series Sick Kitchen on our sister site Ulive. She travels around to people’s houses, tells them their kitchens are tacky and cluttered, and then revamps them with inspired decor and slamming new appliances.

Now through June 16, you can give your own kitchen a bit of Nadia G’s sick style by entering the Sick Kitchens sweepstakes. We’ve teamed up with Ulive to give away a sweet fridge and range (in the colors of your choice) from Elmira Stove Works to one lucky winner.  Check out Sick Kitchens and then enter to win now.

You can enter twice a day — once here and once on Ulive.

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Watch Haylie Duff in Real Girl’s Kitchen This Saturday

Actress Haylie Duff has been in Napoleon Dynamite and 7th Heaven (with the seasonally-appropriate character names Summer and Sandy, respectively). Her most exciting undertakings for us, though, have been her 2013 cookbook and wildly popular blog, both called Real Girl’s Kitchen. Now she has a TV show of the same name, and it’s premiering this Saturday, June 7 at 2pm ET on Cooking Channel.

Tune in every Saturday afternoon to step into Haylie’s world, where she serves up recipes, stories and adventures. A true Texas girl at heart, Haylie blends her Southern roots with her busy life in Hollywood for the perfect combination of food, family, travel, work and play.

Check out this Web-only clip to get a taste of what to expect:

The Recipe: Banana Boats

The Show: Real Girl’s Kitchen

The Pretentious Food Critic Baby

Fine restaurants beware: This baby is very particular about the food served on kids’ menus.

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Radishes Can Heal Bee Stings and More Amazing Radish Facts…

… Like the word radish comes from the Greek word Raphanus meaning “quickly appearing” because you can pick them just three weeks after planting the seed. Check out our awesome video guide to radishes for more intel on selecting, prepping and serving spring’s raddest root vegetable:

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