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Comfort Fest: Most-Comforting Peanut Butter Desserts

Sure, this comfort food classic is fantastic on its own, straight out of the jar, but this versatile snack also pairs perfectly with a surprising number of foods, savory and sweet. Some of its most-celebrated companions include chocolate, banana and even bacon. Here are a few satisfying peanut butter desserts, perfect for toting along to parties or serving at cozy get-togethers with friends and family (though you may not want to share!).

1. No-Bake Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream (pictured above)
Requiring only 15 minutes of prep work, this no-bake pie combines rich layers of whipped chocolate topping, peanut butter-cream cheese filling and a buttery pretzel crust to amplify the peanut butter’s natural saltiness.

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The Best Irish Dishes You Can Make at Home

Have you ever tasted something that flooded you with memories, transporting you to a different place and time? Around St. Patrick’s Day, I’m often reminded of some of the tasty Irish food I tried during my adventurous travels filming for my ulive series, Travel Like the Locals with Darley. I’ve been lucky to visit Ireland a few times and try many of the classic dishes that Irish cooks and Irish families have come to love.

If St. Paddy’s Day has you in the mood to cook or you’re just dreaming of Ireland, celebrate with one or more of these simple and tasty Irish recipes that you can make at home! If you’re feeling particularly inspired, make them all together for a complete St. Paddy’s feast.

Irish Soda Bread (pictured above) Simple and tasty, this quick bread is inexpensive and goes with any meal. You’ll find it in pubs and restaurants throughout Ireland.

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Traditional Lunar New Year Dishes and Their Significance

The Chinese Lunar New Year is January 31. For Cooking Channel’s Luke Nyugen, that means cooking fantastic food with his family, everyone wearing red, and wishing for prosperity and luck. In this web-only video, Luke shows you what he cooked with his family to celebrate last year and why:

Check out more web-only videos with Luke Nyugen celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Watch Cooking Channel all day on January 31 to celebrate Chinese New Year with Ching-He Huang and Easy Chinese from 7am to 4pm ET, Restaurant Redemption from 4pm to 8pm ET and Ching’s Chinese New Year special at 8pm ET.

Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure

World Figure Skating Hall of Famer Brian Boitano has medals for reaching new heights (Google clips of his signature jump, the Tano Triple). In that spirit, he’s vaulting up to the beautiful hilly town of of Favale di Malvaro, Italy — where his family originated — to search for his culinary roots. His plan is to learn the secrets of what makes northern Italian cuisine so amazing and use them, along with local ingredients, to put his spin on some simple Italian recipes like Bruschetta, Testaroli with Basil Pesto, Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Sauce, Grilled Steak with Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Peach Tiramisu, Sauteed Swiss Chard with Pine Nuts and Pancetta, Shrimp Scampi with Chickpea Mash and Trofie with Basil Cream Sauce.  Then he’ll show you how to bring it all home on his new special Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure premiering tonight at 8pm ET. This info will be far more serviceable then knowing who won Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Watch Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure Sunday, January 26, at 8pm ET.

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Get a Grandma’s Web-Only Recipe for Stuffed Grape Leaves

There is rarely a family get-together where the main meal is not accompanied by a group of side dishes that are of the traditional flavors of our history in Syria. Many of our meat dishes are sweet, sour and savory all at once — often with warm spices and dried fruits.

When at a celebration such as a religious holiday, Sabbath meal or an American holiday, the turkey or a roasted beef or chicken dish is the focus of the table, of course. But the side dishes are like little gems sprinkled through the meal, which is almost always done as follows:

1. The main focus dish of beef, fowl or fish.

2. A stuffed vegetable dish such as Mesche (zucchini, tomato, cabbage leaves, carrots, potatoes or onions scooped out and stuffed with Hashu, a spiced meat and rice filling) or Yebrat (brined stuffed grape leaves, usually made with dried fruit and tamarind sauce (also referred to as oot).

3. Rice made with a browned noodle and a sauce usually made of a tomato base with a meat or meatball (Keftes or Blahat).

4. A vegetable dish such as string beans or peas made with warm spices and sometimes a braised beef on the bones (flanken).

I am going to share my family version of Yebrat, or rolled stuffed grape leaves.

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