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Happy Trails with Sweet Actions’ Trail Mix Ice Cream


Sam and Chia, co-owners of “Sweet Action” ice cream in Denver, blaze a new delicious trail with this sweet and salty ice cream flavor.

Even rough and tumble cowboys need to get in touch with their sweet side, and no one understands this better than our friends out West at Sweet Action Ice Cream.  Chia Basinger and Sam Kopicko might not be traditional gun-slingin’, cattle ropin’ cowboys, but they’re definitely pioneering new frontiers in the ice cream biz. Since they opened Sweet Action in Denver, they’ve served up over five hundred fearless flavors, including more savory ones like Colorado Sweet Corn and Sour Cream and Chive. Sound risky? Well that’s because it is, but the flavors also happen to be insanely, out-of-this-world delicious.

Lucky for us (and for you, since we can’t keep a secret), we managed to wrangle the recipe of one of our favorite flavors — Trail Mix Ice Cream. Wondrously cold and creamy with just a hint of vanilla flavor, the ice cream base makes a sweet and subtle backdrop for all the yummy trail mix add-ins. Next comes the crunch factor. Studded with almonds, peanuts, chocolate chips, rich peanut butter cups, colorful M&Ms and chewy raisins, every icy bite explodes with sweet and salty crunchiness. And hey, if you don’t own an ice cream maker and don’t think you’ll be flying out to Denver any time soon, no worries. Try tossing a handful of your favorite trail or nut mix on top of your favorite vanilla ice cream. You’ll be glad you did.

As much as we love this recipe, the best take away from Sweet Action is their commitment to taking chances with their ingredients and recipes.  Don’t be afraid to explore new flavors and culinary frontiers, because (in the words of one very wise cowboy), “It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Thanks, Roy Rogers. And happy trails, foodies!

Make sure you watch Unique Sweets tonight at 10:30pm ET to see Sweet Action in action and all the epic sweets of the wild, wild West.

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Watch the New Season of Brunch @ Bobby’s

Bobby Flay Brunch

Bobby Flay can cook anything, but there’s nothing he loves to cook more than brunch. With a  spatula in one hand, a cocktail in the other and nowhere to be, the Iron Chef is in his element on Cooking Channel’s Brunch @ Bobby’s. The third season premieres tonight at 9:30pm ET with Bobby creating a brunch menu in the style of Italian trattorias — casual, laid back and with plenty of family-style dishes!

In the picture above, he’s cooking up a side of Rosemary Home Fries with Pancetta, Parmesan and Parsley. Tune in at 9:30pm ET to see how he makes his full mouthwatering menu including Cinnamon Mascarpone Pancakes with Warm Morello Cherries and Hazelnuts; Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes, Sausage, Arugula and Ricotta; and a citrus and mint cocktail he calls a Citronata to toast to an amazing new season.

Plus, be sure to check out his new web series Bobby Flay Fit starting January 14 on FoodNetwork.com to get Bobby’s fitness tips and healthy eating plans.

Tune in to Brunch @ Bobby’s every Thursday at 9:30pm ET on Cooking Channel.

Cooking Channel Chefs’ Favorite Holiday Dishes

When it comes to holiday traditions, delicious food always takes center stage. Tonight at 8pm ET, seven of your favorite Cooking Channel personalities — Bobby Deen, Nadia G., Roger Mooking, Kelsey Nixon, Aarti Sequeria, G. Garvin and Eden Grinshpan —  are getting together to share personal holiday dishes that remind them of being home for the holidays.  Tune in to All-Star Holiday Special: A Taste of Home to get the  ultimate holiday menu along with fun stories of home from some of Cooking Channel’s brightest stars.

Get a taste of what’s cooking with their best recipes from the special:

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Tune in to All-Star Holiday Special: A Taste of Home Sunday, December 2, at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.

The Voltaggio Brothers Will Get You Through Thanksgiving

Voltaggios Thanksgiving

No holiday meal holds more culinary challenges or opportunities than the original American feast, Thanksgiving. Even the best cooks often find themselves rattled getting the meal done. Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio can help you take on the big event without the stress. Tune in to Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving tonight at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel to watch the accomplished duo put their unique twist on classic recipes that reveal their secrets for creating an impressively delicious meal.

Voltaggios Thanksgiving

Get recipes for their complete menu with all the fixings.

Get their survival tips to get you through America’s toughest culinary challenge.

Watch Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving Sunday, November 18 at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.

Watch Extra Virgin’s Third Season Every Wednesday at 9:30pm ET

Gabriele Corcos Builds Fire Pit

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos return to Cooking Channel for a new season of Extra Virgin tonight at 9:30pm ET. Set your DVRs, smart phone alarms and old-school hand-written appointment books for 13 new episodes of food, family and fun every Wednesday.

On tonight’s episode, travel with Debi, Gabriele and their daughters to their beautiful farmhouse in Tuscany and watch Gabriele try to rally his extremely jet-lagged family into preparing an enormous feast for family and friends using ingredients sourced from their backyard. They may not be thrilled about it, but it gets us pretty great recipes (and helps them sleep better.)

Continue Reading Watch Extra Virgin’s Third Season Every Wednesday at 9:30pm ET

Hurricane Sandy: A Message From Brooke Johnson

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To our Food Network & Cooking Channel audience,

First and foremost, if you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.

Many of you probably didn’t realize, but our Food Network & Cooking Channel headquarters are located in lower Manhattan. Like most of that area, our office is currently still without power and our entire staff is doing their very best to work remotely (if possible) while the area begins the process of returning to normalcy. Despite the hurricane, our New York team as well as personnel in offices not directly impacted by the storm, have been working tirelessly to keep our programming and digital content updated and available for you.

Food Network & Cooking Channel have made a corporate donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund to support restoration and care efforts benefiting people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I know that our team right here in New York, despite limited or no access to power or internet, has volunteered with many worthwhile organizations to aid recovery efforts and we will continue to do everything we can.

We will keep you updated in the coming days, but in the meantime, we ask for your patience as New York, and the entire East Coast, recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Warmest regards,

Brooke Johnson
President Food Network & Cooking Channel

Watch Pat LaFrieda Revolutionize the Meat Industry

Pat LaFrieda, Jr., the “Magician of Meat,” runs a third-generation wholesale meat purveyor business in New Jersey with his cranky dad, Pat Sr., and his smooth-talking cousin, Mark Pastore. They’ve built the company into a meat empire, but the high-“steaks” business has plenty of pitfalls.

Tune in to Meat Men tonight (and every Thursday) at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel to watch how Pat and his family handle everything from last-minute requests and creating burger blends and menus for new clients to dealing with difficult customers and navigating the personalities of a 500-person work staff.

On tonight’s episode, Pat is gunning for the business of The Prime Rib, one of the most famous steakhouses in Washington, D.C., but he only one shot to impress the “godfather of steak” Buzz Beler.

Bonus: Get Pat LaFrieda’s top tips on burgers, cuts of meat and supermarket shopping.

Watch Chuck Hughes Tour the Country’s Best Food

Chuck’s Eat the Street premieres tonight at 8:30pm ET on Cooking Channel. Chuck Hughes is hitting the most famous streets in the country — from Magazine Street in New Orleans to Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue  — to sample the amazing food on them. Click the picture of Chuck tasting the shockingly delicious veggie meatballs at Marabella Meatball Co. to flip through his photos of Philadelphia’s best eats on Walnut Street.

Tune in to Chuck’s Eat the Street every Tuesday at 8:30pm ET to watch Chuck experience the food, history and lore behind America’s most famous street.

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Join Claire Robinson’s Quest for the Fresh

Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson holds a massive ostrich egg (equivalent in size to 24 chicken eggs.)

Tonight starting at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel, Claire Robinson sets out to track down ingredients when their flavor is at the pinnacle. The mission turns out to be a bumpy ride with all the digging, diving, picking, milking and stealing required to find and cook with the best stuff around. There’s an angry herd of ostriches, swarms of honey bees and the hauling of gallons of fresh seawater to harvest some salt (to name a few of her roadblocks). If you can stand the heat, get out of the kitchen and join Claire on her Quest for the Fresh.

Flip through Claire’s photos for a sneak peek of her journey.

Watch the two-part special Quest for the Fresh at 8 and 8:30pm ET on Cooking Channel.

Kelsey Nixon’s Essential Tailgating Tips

Kelsey's Essentials - North End Grill

Good news: Kelsey’s Essentials is returning to Cooking Channel for 13 new episodes of the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen. Tune in tonight at 8:30p/7:30c as Kelsey Nixon enlists the help of chef Floyd Cardoz of New York City’s North End Grill and learns his best outdoor grilling tips.

After the jump, get the contents of his grilling grab bag for a flawless on-the-go feast.

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