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Embrace Your Inner Kid with 5 Fun Flips on Pizza

The best way to de-stress after a long day at work is to eat satisfying comfort food, but narrowing that category down to the ideal meal can sometimes be tough. Let us do the work for you: You want pizza. You always want pizza.

Instead of serving a boring cheese pie, satisfy your inner kid (and make your kids happy) with sky-high Stuffed Pizza (pictured above) or dessert pizza for breakfast. Once you know how to make pizza dough, the possibilities are endless. Check out four more of our kid-friendly favorites below, and tune in for Cooking Channel’s Pizza Week from Sept. 11 to 18.

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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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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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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese on the Food’s Greatest Hits Premiere

If you are always looking for new ways to incorporate cheese into meals, let Food’s Greatest Hits give you some fresh ideas. On the premiere of Cooking Channel’s new show, comfort foods are transformed into wacky creations. You’ll get to watch brave volunteers captured on camera as they try remixes like triple-decker breakfast grilled cheese and shrimp-topped savory cheesecake. You’ll also see some familiar faces — like Haylie Duff, Rev Run and Justine Simmons, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, and others — providing commentary about cheese’s rich history and ways you can use it.

If you missed the first episode, check it out in all its cheesy glory below, and watch more of the wacky remixed food on Food’s Greatest Hits every Monday at 10 and 10:30pm ET.

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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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Meat Your Dream Burger with Our Grilling Personality Quiz

Devouring juicy burgers by the pool is living the dream, but picking which one to make isn’t. Match your foodie personality with our favorite burgers below and find out if you should grill up a classic burger (pictured above), a cheese-stuffed patty or some other befitting burg.

Want fries with that? Get our favorite french fry recipes, too.

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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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Watch the Big Bad BBQ Brawl Premiere for a Sandwich Showdown

What happens when a Yankee chef battles the best barbecue pitmasters in the South? Brooklynite Shannon Ambrosio is here to find out on his new show Big Bad BBQ Brawl.

This week, he traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to challenge the chefs from local favorite ‘cue restaurant  Murky Waters to a Southern-style BBQ sandwich showdown, using local flavor inspiration to try to win over a panel of judges. Who came out on top? Watch the full episode below to see who took the BBQ crown.

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