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What to Watch: A New Season of Kelsey’s Essentials

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 3, Cooking Channel brings you a brand new batch of must-have kitchen know-how with the season premiere of Kelsey’s Essentials airing at 8:00pm ET. This sizzling first episode follows Kelsey on a heat-seeking mission for fiery foods at the first annual Hot Sauce Expo. There she finds spicy inspiration for her own savory recipes, including a homemade Fresno pepper sauce to pair with her Spicy Kale Caesar Salad, complete with hot sauce croutons. Join her in the kitchen tonight and see if you can stand the heat radiating off the screen.

Get fired up for the new season with a few of Kelsey’s especially spicy recipes:

Burger Week on Cooking Channel

Memorial Day and grilling burgers seem to be synonymous, so get ready to tune into some juicy, well-seasoned programming on Cooking Channel as we kick off Burger Week. We’re turning to the coals for over-the-top, fire-kissed burgers that you won’t find at a drive-through window.

Start on Sunday, May 26 with the Deen Burger complete with applewood-smoked bacon, sharp Cheddar, avocado and Jamie’s special sauce. Then catch an episode of Unique Eats and go beyond the traditional with the Smokey Burger (pictured above) topped with Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ sauce and gouda.

On Wednesday, May 29, explore the history and evolution of this beloved culinary icon on United Tastes of America. Then check out Bobby Dean’s answer to a mushroom burger that doesn’t lack confidence. And tune into Bobby Flay’s Burger Throwdown on Thursday, May 30, as he prepares a Burger with Cheddar, Grilled Onion and Horseradish Mustard. Whether you prefer the revered American Cheese-topped burger or a burger that really pushes the envelope, we’ve got the recipes to satisfy your appetite.

Hungry yet? Don’t forget to check out our Top Burger Recipes.

The Heat is on Cooking Channel

Next Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexico’s vibrant heritage that almost always involves lively fiestas and dishes that are muy caliente. Get ready for a week of festivities with some Scoville-worthy programming on Cooking Channel.

What better way to anticipate this May 5th celebration than by tuning into Cooking Channel to see how Alton Brown makes homemade chili powder (Friday, May 3, at 8:30pm ET) or how Bobby Flay throws a Mexican-inspired brunch (Thursday, May 2, at 9:30pm ET)? You can also visit some of the spiciest kitchens around the country with Unique Eats (Saturday, May 4, at 5pm ET), and be sure to stay tuned for Saturday’s prime-time marathon of Heat Seekers (starting at 8pm ET) as chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking explore the fruity, raw heat of chiles. From fiery salsas (Wednesday, May 1, at 8pm ET) to jalapeno-laced guacamole, we have all things hot and spicy this week on Cooking Channel.

Literally turn up the heat in your kitchen with more hot and spicy recipes. Just be sure to keep a glass of milk close by.

America’s Best Bites: Discover Our Favorite Restaurants and Recipes

Tune in today at 4:30pm ET for the series premier of America’s Best Bites where host Natalie Forte scours the country for locally-renowned restaurants.

Each episode is like a personal cooking lesson with some of America’s most talented chefs as they delve into the secrets behind making their most outstanding dishes. From Bison Empanadas in Louisville to Smoked Beef Pierogies in Michigan, discover the dishes (and cook the recipes) that make these restaurants truly some of America’s best bites.

Don’t forget to check out the America’s Best Bites page for tasty recipes from some of the greatest restaurants across the country.

Cooking Channel Masters: Whoopi Goldberg and Ming Tsai

When Ming Tsai was a guest chef on The View, he was told by the show’s food stylist not to expect Whoopi Goldberg to eat anything he made — she was just too picky. Determined to prove the food stylist wrong, Ming crafted a menu that even Whoopi couldn’t help but love. Now, a few years later, not only is Ming one of the only chefs who Whoopi trusts with her culinary quirks, the two have become good friends. Tonight at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel’s Masters, as these two masters of their respective crafts get together to cook a meal, they’ll talk about food, their careers and life at large. I won’t even try to recount this dynamic duo’s natural and (often hilariously) candid tête-à-tête, but I will share Ming’s mouthwatering menu.

First up, Ming makes Whoopi’s favorite Chinese appetizer: traditional pork and ginger dumplings (or pot stickers). Did you know that the origin of potstickers is really one big, happy accident? Hundreds of years ago, the emperor’s cook ran out of water while steaming his dumplings and they stuck to the bottom of the pan (thus the name). But much to the cook’s surprise, the emperor loved the crispy texture. From then on, steamed-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-bottom dumplings have been a Chinese staple, and yes, even Whoopi can’t help but be a fan.

Next up, Ming puts a Chinese twist on American fried chicken with a rub made up of eight spices (and really 12, since one of those spices is five spice powder). Dipped in buttermilk and thrown into a bubbling pool of oil, Ming’s chicken is crispy, spicy and finger-lickin’ good.

Tune in tonight at 10pm ET to Cooking Channel’s Masters and watch as Ming serves up a meal fit for kings (and Academy Award winners) and Whoopi serves up good conversation and plenty of laughs.

Eat St.: A New Season of Food Truck Fare

Beginning tonight, April 16, at 8pm ET, food trucks from across the country will park on a television near you for Cooking Channel’s newest season of Eat St. Host James Cunningham makes pit stops across the country to discover some of the best, messiest and most creative eats on wheels for the ultimate street food experience.

And the next stop on the road map is the season four premiere that will take you on a mouth-watering journey of curbside cuisine, from Sizzling Pork Sisig in Phoenix to a tasty order of Mahi Mahi Ceviche in Miami, Florida.

Remember to check out the Eat St. homepage for irresistible recipes from our favorite food trucks.

These Farm Kings Know How to Run a Family Business

Tune in to Cooking Channel tonight at 10pm ET for GAC’s Farm Kings and watch as the King family of Freedom Farms battle the weather and each other to bring fresh produce to the locals.

These burley brothers (with the help of mama bear Lisa) work the land while running a farm store and bakery. Keeping the business running — from planning fall festivals and making homemade cider to planting and picking fresh crops — requires all ten siblings working 7 days a week. While Lisa holds the family together and makes sure the work gets done fast (she can bake 30 pies in an hour), Joe, the oldest of the ten King kids, runs the show, making all the business decisions for Freedom Farms. Each family member has a crucial role in bringing it all together, whether it’s being “the plant doctor” (Tim) or “the human harvester” (Pete). From early-morning picking to late shifts at the bakery, this passionate family works hard to bring fresh food to hungry customers. With strong work ethics inspired by Lisa, it’s no wonder this family was born to farm.

Tune in to Farm Kings at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel. Then find out when to watch the all-new season 2 on GACtv.com.

The Country’s Ultimate Comfort Foods


It’s an incontrovertible fact that fried foods pair fantastically with other fried foods.
Comfort food. Utterly lacking in rules and regulations or even regionalisms, its a culinary genre that’s near and dear to most of our hearts. Despite its vast and unwieldy plethora of options, nobody has to ask what constitutes as comfort food. You know it when you see it (because it always looks preposterously amazing). Comfort food pushes us beyond the physical realm of taste into the emotional realm of feeling, as in “This burger makes me feel like all is right with the world,” or “I’m divorcing my husband to marry this donut.”*  It’s pizza and burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese and pie and donuts and pretty much anything deep-fried. Sure there’s a 99.5% chance that it’s terrible for you, but it feels so good going down and don’t you deserve to feel good now and then? We think so, and that’s why we’re presenting you with Unique Eats Comfort Foods tonight at 8pm ET.

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Food Hoarders (or How to Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning)

John struggles to admit that an orange pepper has, in fact, gone bad. Even after Sarah, a personal organizer assigned the task of helping John clean out his fridge, points out mold spots, he grimaces to see it thrown away. This is because John is a food hoarder —  a psychological condition only recently studied at length. Hoarding, or “stock piling” as it’s called in some cases, is characterized by the excessive retention of … well, everything, as well as an inability to organize and throw things away. From the outside, people like John appear to live normal lives in normal apartments and homes, but inside it’s just a downright mess.

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Country Music’s Kimberly Schlapman Sure Can Cook

Tune in to Cooking Channel at at 2:30pm ET for a taste of GAC’s Kimberly’s Simply Southern with Kimberly Schlapman, of the band Little Big Town, bringing us authentic Southern recipes from her Nashville kitchen.

As Kimberly tours America with her country-singing quartet, she explores the wonderful local foods in each city. This life on the road helps her learn about different ingredients while meeting the many fascinating people that share her love of food. Everyone she meets adds a touch of inspiration to her classic Southern recipes, and back in her kitchen in Nashville, Kimberly whips up her own twist on some traditional family recipes. And don’t be surprise when Kimberley welcomes a few fellow country artists into her home to help her cook and feast on the authentic Southern meals.

Looking for some Grandmother-approved fried chicken? Look no further. Or how about Captain Jim’s Lobster Casserole, inspired by Little Big Town’s tour stop in Maine?

For more Southern-inspired dishes, tune in to Kimberly’s Simply Southern at 2:30pm ET on Cooking Channel. Then find out when to watch the all-new season 2 on GACtv.com.

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