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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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 Rib, Festive 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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This is Jim Stacy. He’s run landmark bars, revamped a historic drive-in movie theater, built the South’s most famous corndog truck and created a temple of comfort food treasures at his Georgia restaurant Pallookaville Fine Foods.On Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy, Jim tracks down some of the most innovative rebel chefs around who are creating offbeat food and experiences (like a restaurant in Seattle with circus décor that serves carnival-inspired dishes and a spot in Louisville that is one part old-school arcade and one part gastro-pub). We sent Jim 26 rapid-fire questions about his favorite foods, trends, comic book and more.
Cooking Channel: Craziest thing you’ve seen deep fried?
Jim Stacy: I’ll answer that in a roundabout way. I see too many things fried badly. Folks will fry things to shock you and be clever. That’s fine, but I see right through it. My most surprising and satisfying thing I’ve had fried lately is Kale Pakoras. It is a curry spiced, battered and fried kale dish. Pakoras are usually made out of potatoes or cauliflower, but I recently had them made of Kale at Chai Pani in Decatur, Georgia and was slain by how great they were. I’d rather people seek out the sublime and smart than deep fry stupid stuff.
CC: Favorite food?
JS: I’m partial to Soul Food made by a crew of old ladies that have worked together for years.
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Calling someone a “hipster” seems like more of an insult than a compliment these days. But if we can look past bulky fedoras, black thick-rimmed glasses and the insistence that a Pabst in hand is an accessory, there is some fun to be had with this fashion trend. Check out G’s look from “Hipster Brunch,” and you’ll be rocking plaid, but avoiding lumberjack comments, in no time!
Plaid can’t be left to only the devices of school uniform designers — or farmers. Rather than decking out head to toe in the trendy print, choose one great piece, like G’s Boy by Band of Outsiders dress in blue plaid. It says “I know what’s cool,” but it doesn’t leave you dealing with sweating in flannel.
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