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See What Haylie Duff Eats on Her Ultimate Cheat Day

There is only so much green juice and chia pudding that one gal can handle, so on the premiere episode of Haylie’s America, it was time for the biggest, baddest cheat day ever. Haylie Duff teamed up with friend Jonathan Bennett for a day of wine tasting, savory waffle sandwiches, West Coast barbecue and a cupcake-frosting competition in Santa Barbara, Calif., and their adventures may inspire you for your own day off.

Miss any of the fun? Watch the full episode below, and tune in for more Haylie’s America on Thursdays at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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5 Regional American Dishes Everyone Must Eat Before They Die

I’m a good ol’ Southern girl, so it’s no big surprise I love America! My new show, Haylie’s America, pays true homage to some of my favorite regional dishes. I love to discover new and exciting foods, but there are a few dishes that everyone should eat before they die — no exceptions. Here’s my ultimate list and why:

Fried Green Tomatoes (pictured above)

These are a staple in the South and you really don’t see them on menus anywhere else. I’m weak in the knees for my grandmother’s cornmeal-batter version, dipped in ranch dressing.

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Traveling with Kiddos Without Losing Your Mind

Just the title alone is funny — and maintaining your sanity while traveling with kids sometimes seems impossible! Have no fear, mama birds: There are a few things your can do to make life easier on yourself. Not that I am an old pro at this mama game by any means, but I certainly do spend my fair share of time on an airplane. I like to think I have picked up a thing or two along the way.

Don’t overpack your carry-on bag: If you do, you are doomed before you even leave the house! It’s too much to juggle. Streamline your packing, and stick to the essentials. (I will break down my carry-on items at the end of this post, and I have a fab ultimate packing list on RealGirlsKitchen.com.)

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Watch Haylie Duff vs. Food on Haylie’s America

Eating your way across America may sound like a fun, glamorous job, but it’s a lot more work than it appears. In a behind-the-scenes preview of Haylie’s America, host Haylie Duff admits that she feels like she’s entering a Man vs. Food battle before eating plate after plate of food for the Cheat Day episode.

“You’re gonna have to roll me down the block!” she exclaims in the new clip, explaining that bites that don’t happen on camera don’t count. Check out the full video after the jump, and watch Haylie’s America starting Thurs., Sept. 8 at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel. Haylie will also be taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover on premiere day, so be sure to check it out.

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Haylie’s 5 Must-Have Travel Items

I feel so lucky that my “job” takes me to all kinds of fun and exciting places, but we all know that even traveling somewhere wonderful still includes a trip to the airport and some in-air time. Here are my five travel must-haves for making the experience a bit more enjoyable!

1. Always wear shoes that require socks, or put an extra pair in your carry-on bag! This is, hands down, my No. 1 rule. Have you seen those floors?? Germs galore. Don’t be the one who’s barefoot and standing on your tippy toes, thinking that that will keep you from picking up whatever is on the ground. BTW, this isn’t just a cleanliness thing — this is a great way to protect yourself from getting sick. I mean, you can wash your hands, but ya can’t really wash your feet in an airport or on a plane.

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How to Make Pok Pok’s Kai Yaang, the Ultimate Roast Chicken

Chicken doesn’t have to be boring, and Pok Pok’s chef, Andy Ricker, proves that with his cult-favorite dish, Kai Yaang. A whole roasted chicken is brined, stuffed with Thai aromatics like lemongrass, garlic and cilantro, then marinated in soy and fish sauces and basted with shallot oil and honey to ensure maximum flavor.

If you can’t get to Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon, or its outposts in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, you can check out Ricker’s recipe for Kai Yaang here. Then watch him make it with Man Fire Food host Roger Mooking on Tuesday, August 16 at 9pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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The Man Fire Food Season 5 Premiere Is Too Hot to Handle

Roger Mooking is back for another season of Man Fire Food, and in the Season 5 premiere, he discovered even crazier ways to cook with fire. In Miami, he made paella and roast butterflied pork on a coal-fueled contraption called the Cross Table, and then in Birmingham, Ala., he made a meat-lovers’ feast with a portable oven.

If you missed any of the fiery action, watch the full episode below, and tune in for more Man Fire Food on Tuesdays at 9pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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Watch Roger Mooking’s Fiery Takeover of Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

’Tis the season — barbecue season, that is. And who better to get you pumped up to take on the quest for the perfect smoke and sauce than Cooking Channel’s resident flamethrower, Roger Mooking? To celebrate Man Fire Food Season 5 (premiering tonight, Tuesday, July 5 at 9pm ET), Roger is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.

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White BBQ Sauce: The Next Big Trend in Barbecue

White BBQ sauce is popping up on menus from Portland, Ore., to New York City, where Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer is dousing wings with it at Blue Smoke, to fine-dining restaurants like Publican in Chicago, where Paul Kahan has served char-grilled carrots with white BBQ sauce. So what is it, and what makes it so special? Actually, the sauce has existed since the early 1920s, when “Big Bob” Gibson opened his eponymous restaurant in Decatur, Ala. Over 90 years later, a lot of people in Alabama believe BBQ sauce is white, because that’s what they grew up with. Outside of Alabama, people who have ever heard of such a thing have been few and far between. But with 93 (and counting) Shake Shacks around the world, Danny Meyer is as good a barometer as any for what you can expect to see on your plate in the coming years.

We caught up with the man who helms the pit at “Big Bob” Gibson Bar-B-Q these days, Chris Lilly, to find out why he thinks white BBQ sauce is the best.

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Summer Preview: Haylie’s America, Sugar Showdown Season 2 and More

Summer is just around the corner, and so are a slew of new Cooking Channel shows. As the weather heats up, Haylie Duff is hitting the road in Haylie’s America, Shannon Ambrosio is battling pitmasters in Big Bad BBQ Brawl and comfort food is getting remixed on Food’s Greatest Hits.

Check out our full summer TV lineup below. It includes more playing with fire on Man Fire Food, sweet treats on Sugar Showdown Season 2 and more.

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