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Tiffani Thiessen’s Favorite Spots to Eat in NYC for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tiffani Thiessen loves to entertain with friends — as seen on her show Dinner at Tiffani’s, Season 2 premiering on Feb. 3 at 8pm ET — but when she’s traveling away from home, she has a handful of go-to restaurants in her back pocket. One of her favorite food cities in the entire country is New York, where she spent a few years living on the Upper West Side. Check out some of her favorite restaurants below for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Nachos’ Calorie Count Becomes Less Grande in the Junk Food Flip Premiere

Melted cheese apparently does have a limit. Bobby Deen and Nikki Dinki are back with a brand-new season of Junk Food Flip, and in the Season 2 premiere the duo traveled to San Diego to tackle the epic, 2,290-calorie Champion’s Chicharrones Nachos at Lucha Libre’s.

Bobby and Nikki faced off to create the best healthy remake of the restaurant’s shrimp-and-chorizo-topped fried pork rinds before their versions were put to a blind taste test with local diners. Check out the full episode below to see which dish reigned supreme in their showdown.

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Kelsey Nixon’s Mesmerizing Food GIFs Will Move You

Every day, we eat with our eyes first, but today you’re in for a real feast. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and drooling over delicious food is a thing of the past now that cinemagraphs of jaw-dropping recipes are here. For Kelsey Nixon’s new show, Kelsey’s Homemade, we’re highlighting the best finishing touches from her recipes in GIF form, and they’re the food equivalent of a yule log — you can’t look away.

Check out three of our favorites below, and then fuel your addiction with more of Kelsey’s recipe cinemagraphs here.

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Watch Patti LaBelle and Viral YouTube Star James Wright Chanel Bake Sweet Potato Pie

If you ran to the store after watching the viral video of James (literally) singing his praises for Patti’s sweet potato pie, we have exciting news: You can finally make your own at home. Better yet, Patti and James will show you how to hit the high notes at your holiday party with three different pie recipes on her new Cooking Channel special, Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies.

To ring in the holidays, Patti and James baked up a storm; they made an Apple-Peach Cobbler, Holiday Brisket Pot Pie and, of course, that signature family recipe for sweet potato pie.

Watch them bake — and maybe even sing — together when you watch the full episode below, then check out some of her best recipes here.

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Homemade for the Holidays

When it comes to home cooking, I can’t think of a better time of year. The holiday season brings with it family food traditions, classic recipes and the tastes and smells of those dishes that you look forward to. Cooking during these months almost seems to be therapeutic for me.

While there are many holiday dinners that are planned around this time of year, I also love to do a lot of impromptu cooking and baking. The most-successful way for me to do this is to keep my pantry well-stocked with ingredients that I know I’ll reach for time and time again — whether the recipes are sweet or savory.

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Catch Cooking Channel Favorites at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

While it’s chilly in most places across the country in February, things will heat up in Florida for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Some of your favorite Cooking Channel hosts are heading down to cook by the ocean, and tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 24 through 28 fest.

Here’s the dish on some of the chefs who’ll be at SOBE in 2016: Extra Virgin’s Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos will host a fun Italian dinner, Unique Sweets’ Hedy Goldsmith will pair food and wine at a Wine Spectator tasting, and Emeril Lagasse will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Emeril’s Restaurant with a special dinner. And for you night owls, Taco Trip’s Aarón Sánchez will serve late-night eats at Tacos After Dark.

What are you waiting for? Book your flights, get South Beach Wine & Food Festival tickets and start counting down the days until Feb. 24.

 

Let Kix Brooks Show You How to Make the Perfect Steak

There are two things that Kix Brooks has major expertise in: country music and great steaks. Before you get to grilling this summer, consult him for at least one of them — and follow his tried-and-true steak-cooking tips — though he probably has a killer soundtrack for your backyard BBQ, too.

Whether it’s the basics of picking the right meat to start with, like a great T-bone, or achieving the perfect char once it hits the flames, Kix has you covered. Check out a few of his tricks below, and get his whole guide to cooking the perfect steak here.

Have Grate Prep for Your Grill

Once your grill is cleaned, be sure to oil it up so your steaks don’t stick. After that, all you have to do is oil and season your steaks with salt, pepper and any other spices before cooking them off.

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Watch Big Bad BBQ Battle to Find Out Which Chef Goes Up in Smoke

The heat is on when Brooklyn BBQ Chef Shannon Ambrosio goes head-to-head against Southern pitmasters on Big Bad BBQ Battle. If you missed it on Sunday, you can watch it again this Thursday, June 4 at 8pm ET. He and his boys travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for a smoked brisket cook-off against Cousins Bar-B-Q, then to Shreveport, La., to take on Hickory Stick for a pulled pork sandwich throwdown. With some twists on the classics — including going Italian for one dish — it’s an unforgettable battle.

Find out if Shannon and his brother, Big Rich, go up in smoke during the Southern competition. No matter who wins, this will start a big beef between New York City and the South.

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4 Dishes from Man Fire Food That Will Help Kick-Start Your Summer

With sunny summer weekends on the way, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. If you have a grill in your backyard, Man Fire Food‘s Roger Mooking will get you inspired to fire it up with an array of barbecued and smoked meats from around the country. Throughout his travels across the country, he’s found mouth-watering dishes from slow-cooked prime rib to baked bacon cornbread, so even if you don’t have the means to grill, you can try out some of his recipes.

Check out four of our favorites below.

Carnitas del Horno

Chipotle is having a pork shortage, so whip up your own carnitas at home with this Carnitas del Horno recipe.

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How Cooking Channel Chefs Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Kids. None of us would exist without them. Therefore, we hope the following impression isn’t too belittling (even if spot-on): “Wah. That food’s too brown. That food’s too green. Wah. That food’s too yellow. That food’s not yellow enough. I’m a kid. Wah.”

Fortunately, many of our chefs have kids of their own and have figured out ways to transmit their passion of food onto their offspring. We’ve compiled a few of their tenets here:

Last, but not least, new-as-of-this-week mom Haylie Duff (pictured) has several ways to disguise healthy foods as kid-approved treats — like pizza with secret veggies and apple cookies — and she’s sharing her recipes on The Real Girl’s Kitchen,  Saturday at 1pm ET.

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