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Is This Mardi Gras Bead Necklace Doughnut Worth $10 Grand?

Fat Tuesday is coming up. The holiday has given us solid empirical evidence that people will do almost anything for beads. And if a string of chintzy plastic balls is worth disrobing in public, an actual edible version should conceivably merit 10 thousand dollars. That is what the judges of Donut Showdown will decide tonight at 9pm ET when a singing rabbi, a lawyer and a recent college grad compete in a speedy Mardi Gras-themed doughnut extravaganza. The bead necklace doughnuts made with an orange liqueur glaze are like portable king cakes — with considerably less risk of swallowing a plastic infant. They’re also just one of several awesome creations to come out of the competition, with the top doughnut’s maker taking home ten grand.

Watch Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.

Breaking and Following The Chocolate Rules

It’s chocolate week on Cooking Channel. You may be saying, “I’m pretty sure every week is chocolate week, buddy.” You have a great point, but it’s a little silly to talk back to a blog.

Of course we’re prepping for Valentine’s Day which is less than a week away. And on that subject, here’s a tip: Don’t go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants use the holiday as an excuse to markup the cost of a scallop by about 300%. You’ll make a better impression by cooking the meal yourself (a juicy roasted chicken is a pretty solid bet). Then — and this is the kicker — to really win over this person you’ve right-swiped on Tinder or perhaps have been courting for years, you need to give her/him something chocolate. We know this because in a survey of people writing this right now, 100% agree that chocolate is the best way to show your devotion to another person. For your inspiration, Cooking Channel is dedicating each night this week to shows about chocolate.

The theme week begins Sunday, February 8th at 8pm ET with a new special hosted by Justin Warner, Breaking the Rules: Chocolate. Americans consume about three billion pounds of chocolate a year. Justin will check out some of the coolest things being done with chocolate, debunk some chocolate myths, and then completely reinventing the chocolate chip cookie. Check out our schedule to see what other chocolate insanity is lined up. And remember to watch Breaking the Rules: Chocolate on February 8th at 8pm ET. Don’t be choco-late. (Nailed it.)

 

How Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos Prepare for a Disaster

Winter storm Juno turned out to be a well-received bust for New Yorkers. Despite it, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos (who lived through Los Angeles earthquakes and Hurricane Sandy) remain self-proclaimed catastrophists and want to always be prepared for the worst.  On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, they are putting their family through a drill where they’ll build a family emergency kit and attempt to cook a meal without any power, electronics or any communication with the outer world. Living without showers, TV, the internet and cell phones is a challenge for the kids, but at least they have some pretty top-notch cooks to attempt a great Italian meal without a stove.

Watch Extra Virgin at 9pm ET to watch how they cook Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Insalata di Cannellini, Frullati Cantaloupe and Italian Tuna Salad without any electricity.

The Bacon, Egg, Cheese, French Fry, Pastrami Sandwich


The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their opportunity to play this Sunday way back in the first round of the playoffs. We’re guessing they either weren’t consuming enough of these Steel City Sandwiches or too many. This behemoth has similarities to a typical bacon, egg and cheese (namely bacon, eggs and cheese), but takes it several yards further with stacks of five Italian meats, hand cut fries, homemade Italian slaw and tomato.

Putting the fries and the slaw directly on the sandwich is a tradition of steel workers in Pittsburgh. Now a food truck in Los Angeles is bringing this Pennsylvania tradition from Steel City to Tinseltown.

See how it’s done and hear the word on the street on a new episode of Eat St. tonight at 10:30pm after the season premiere of Rebel Without a Kitchen.

Philadelphia’s Four Best Tacos

On tonight’s Taco Trip at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez heads to the city of taco love as part of his mission to find the country’s best taco originators. Here are the bites that blew his mind:

The Cheesesteak Taco at Union Taco (pictured above)

Visiting Philly without hitting a cheesesteak would be like going to the moon and not glide-walking backwards. Union Taco takes the holy grail of Philadelphia sandwiches as inspiration for this short rib-packed, plantain ketchup-drizzled wonder.

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Watch Brunch @ Bobby’s Season 5 Premiere

Did you miss yesterday’s season 5 premiere of Brunch @ Bobby’s? Do you think waffles hit their innovative peak with Eggo Wafflers? Would you like a wine smoothie?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, watch the full episode of Waffles Gone Wild after the jump and get Bobby Flay’s recipes for unexpected waffle creations like Cornbread Waffles With Ranch-Style Eggs and Glazed Waffle Donuts! Oh, and yes, wine smoothies, too.

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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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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.

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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

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