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Host a Carnival at Home with These 4 Deep-Fried Favorites

Step right up, because it’s carnival season and funnel cakes and corn dogs are ready for you to devour. If you can’t get to a local fairground, you can still enjoy the best deep-fried delicacies with a handful of DIY carnival foods — we just don’t recommend trying to make your own rides at home.

Whether you’re frying pickles or a candy bar, you can satisfy any craving without leaving your kitchen. To really set the mood, play some weird jingles while you’re cooking and tune in to Carnival Eats starting July 16 at 10pm ET for more inspiration.

Banana Split Funnel Cake

This ultimate indulgence combines a super-crispy funnel cake with banana split toppings. Warning: Sugar highs are inevitable.

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6 Kitchen Adventure Weekend Projects, from Ice Cream to Homemade Bacon

Whenever the weekend rolls around, you have two options: sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day or be super-productive. Even though we’re all about lounging around and eating great food — especially when it is themed around camping-movie marathons or pairs perfectly with summer jams — you can use your downtime for a fun kitchen adventure instead.

Whether it’s churning up homemade ice cream for a backyard bash or starting the process for homemade bacon, there’s a cooking project fit for you. Check out six ideas below, ranked from easy-breezy to crazy-hard (but so worth it).

Easy-Breezy: Homemade Ice Cream

Once you master an easy ice cream flavor base, you can add any flavors that you want. Chocolate, strawberry, balsamic cherry — you name it! The ice cream maker does most of the work for you.

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Claps and Apps: Summer Music and Food Pairings

When you think about a good party, the first things that come to mind are great food and drinks, but the next-best part is memorable music. There is nothing worse than a dull shindig with no music or an obscure Spotify playlist on in the background, so when you plan your next party, try to match excellent seasonal bites with equally fantastic summer jams.

On the June 24 episode of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev is having a music-centric DJ’s dinner, which inspired us to think about what songs — both throwback faves and current hits — would pair well with passed appetizers and small plates. With these six duos, you can dance, drink and eat all at the same time.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Sometimes you just need a dish to Instagram, and these Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon are “just so pretty!” This appetizer will be as big of a hit as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s song.

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Watch Every Episode of Heat Seekers If You Can Handle the Fire

The age-old saying “if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen” doesn’t apply to Heat Seekers co-hosts Roger Mooking and Aarón Sánchez. The spicy-food-loving hosts test their limits with some of the most-fiery food across the country, eating insanely hot foods like Inferno Soup with eight kinds of chiles and Habanero Mad Mac. If you’ve missed any of their heat-seeking adventures, don’t worry — you can watch full episodes of Heat Seekers online for free.

The entire series is currently streaming on Cooking Channel, and for even more of Roger and Aarón’s shenanigans, check out hilarious candid photos of them diving face first into spicy food. The struggle is real, and you may cry laughing while watching them try to beat the heat.

While you’re at it, you can also watch Roger’s other show, Man Fire Food, and Aarón’s road-tripping on Taco Trip.

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Full Episodes of Cooking Channel Shows Online Will Help You Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of freaking out about every little detail of your next summer bash, let the experts do the work for you. With full summer-themed episodes of Cooking Channel shows online, you can plan everything from the comfort of your bed, including easy, unique dishes, fun signature cocktails and much more.

Check out six tips straight from our hosts below, and be sure to stream full episodes using the links below.

1. Go Small or Go Home

Instead of making a huge, six-course meal, just whip up some appetizers. Giada De Laurentiis’ easy yet impressive dishes like mini Foccacia Lobster Rolls and Avocado and Papaya Salad will wow your crowd.

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Can You Grill It? 9 Foods Beyond Burgers to Throw on the BBQ

When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it’s appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we’ve rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.

Breakfast: Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary

Michael Symon’s genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.

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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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Can We Guess Your Food Flavor Personality?

Take our quick quiz and we’ll tell you if you’re Sweet, Spicy, Salty or Tangy and why (plus get a recipe picked just for you). Let us know in the comments if we got it right.

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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Pasta Bolognese

Gluten-Free Pasta Bolognese
AKA It’s Like You’re in Big Night and You’re Cooler Than Stanley Tucci

I’m kind of obsessed with the movie Big Night. I’ve loved it since before I began writing about food and thinking about the role food plays in our lives. All the cooking, all the rushing around, the loud mouths and big stomachs, and that huge meal at the end that rendered everyone nearly unconscious: I’ve always wanted to host a dinner like that. The closest I’ve ever gotten is with pasta and Bolognese (I’ll save the timpano and the other 40 courses for another day).

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25 Ways to Use Lentils

A pantry staple, dried lentils are often overlooked for convenient canned beans. These little legumes are packed with nutrition and are an easy way to add extra protein without meat to every meal.

Lentils were one of the first plants to be domesticated, and these nutritional powerhouses are used in cuisines all around the globe. Red, orange, yellow, brown or green, lentils are a good non-meat source of potassium, iron and protein. Unlike other beans and legumes, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking; use a 2-to-1 ratio of water to lentils and you’ll be good to go in about 25 minutes (or more if you want to mash them).

Not only do you get a great bang for your buck, but lentils are a “meaty” legume, meaning they have the ability to turn sometimes-wimpy vegetarian dishes into hearty meals.

If you’re looking to decrease the amount of meat in your diet, use mashed lentils to replace part (or all) of the ground meat in dishes like meatballs, meatloaf and stuffed dumplings. But if meat is still on the table for you, pair lentils with fats like duck and pork (think bacon) to add a bit of richness to this mild-flavored legume.

Whether you’re trying a meatless meal or making a hearty stew, lentils are a go-to pantry staple that deserve to come out of the pantry to shine this winter.

  1. Alton Brown’s classic Lentil Soup (pictured above) will be sure to warm you up during the next cold spell. The trick to good lentil soup is to make sure all of the vegetables are finely chopped, about the size of a cooked lentil.
  2. Instead of going out to eat, try making your own Ethiopian spread at home. Serve Red Lentils with chicken stew (doro wat), braised cabbage, braised beef and injera flat bread.
  3. Bal’s Lentil Cookies, made with lentils, whole-wheat flour and rolled oats, are healthier than the average cookie, but brown sugar and chocolate chips still hit the sweet spot.
  4. Rachael Ray turns lentil soup into a full meal with her Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup.
  5. Salads aren’t just for summer; warm French Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese is a protein-packed vegetarian lunch option.

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