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6 Protein-Heavy Salads to Make Your Desk Lunch Less Sad

Embracing the “new year, new you” mentality isn’t usually the easiest thing to do — or the tastiest — but it doesn’t have to be that way. In 2016, don’t force-feed yourself green juice and rabbit food. Instead, try keeping yourself full and happy with protein-packed salads that are equally satisfying and healthy.

We’ve rounded up six of our favorite salad recipes — kicking off with the above Composed Mediterranean Chicken Salad filled with chicken, halloumi cheese, cucumbers and red peppers — and there’s plenty more where that came from with Cooking Channel’s other healthy lunch ideas.

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Kelsey Nixon’s Mesmerizing Food GIFs Will Move You

Every day, we eat with our eyes first, but today you’re in for a real feast. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and drooling over delicious food is a thing of the past now that cinemagraphs of jaw-dropping recipes are here. For Kelsey Nixon’s new show, Kelsey’s Homemade, we’re highlighting the best finishing touches from her recipes in GIF form, and they’re the food equivalent of a yule log — you can’t look away.

Check out three of our favorites below, and then fuel your addiction with more of Kelsey’s recipe cinemagraphs here.

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Watch Patti LaBelle and Viral YouTube Star James Wright Chanel Bake Sweet Potato Pie

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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Homemade for the Holidays

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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TV’s 5 Best Christmas Food Moments, from 30 Rock to Gilmore Girls


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Forget about gathering ’round the tree — sometimes the best holiday traditions include sitting together around the TV. When the weather outside is frightful, watching hilarious Christmas movie scenes with your family or tuning in for special holiday-themed episodes of television is great if you don’t love football. Plus, seeing dysfunctional families fighting at their dinner tables might just make you realize yours isn’t so bad.

Below, we’ve highlighted five Christmas — and a few Chrismukkah, aka Christmas and Hanukkah — episodes that we want to cozy up and watch this year, including 30 Rock’s Ludachristmas, The Office’s Benihana celebration and much more. And while you’re at it, start planning your own feast with our best Christmas recipes.

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How to Have the Best O.C.-Style Chrismukkah Celebration Ever


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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, there’s one you should get on your radar. Chrismukkah — which combines the best parts of Christmas and Hanukkah — is the brainchild of The O.C.’s Seth Cohen, and throughout the show’s four seasons, we learned all the magical ways to combine menorahs and candy canes during the joint holiday.

During the eight days of presents followed by one day of many presents, two things are vital: wearing a Yamaclaus and eating an abundance of food from both styles of feasts. So to help you throw the perfect Chrismukkah party, we’ve put together the ultimate menu fusing Jewish cuisine, like latkes and kugel, with traditional Christmas fare, like prime rib and cranberry sauce.

And remember: Chrismukkah is unruinable. It has twice the resistance of any normal holiday, making it the perfect time to experiment.

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Holiday Specials Preview: ‘Tis the Season with Rosanna Pansino, Chuck Hughes and More

As the weather outside gets frightful and the sound of jingle bells draws closer, it’s time to prepare for the holiday season. While you’re lazily hibernating inside as the snow falls outside, you can also actively get ready for big family dinners with Cooking Channel’s impressive programming lineup through December.

This year, we have new specials from YouTube’s Nerdy Nummies host Rosanna Pansino as she tackles a holiday edition of Ro’s Tasty Treats, plus a brand-new episode of Unwrapped 2.0 that uncovers the mysteries of candy canes and canned cranberry sauce. If you’re in the mood for old favorites, hosts like G. Garvin, Chuck Hughes, Nadia G, Rev Run and many more will share their Christmas and Hanukkah recipes and entertaining secrets. Check out the festive guide below — the variety’s snow joke.

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Watch Judy Greer’s Culinary Dream Become a Nightmare on Star Plates

Judy Greer has worn many hats in her career — including helpful best friend Penny on The Wedding Planner, wacky assistant Kitty on Arrested Development and maniacal secretary Cheryl on Archer — but our favorite yet is when she plays chef for the night. On Cooking Channel’s new show Star Plates, Judy learns how to make her favorite ravioli with Chef Antonia Lofaso — whom you may know from Top Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen — at Black Market Liquor Bar in Los Angeles.

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Say “Yee-Haw!” to Texas Barbecue on Eat the Nation

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Ching-He Huang is on the hunt to find out exactly how big and bold the barbecue is in Fort Worth on her new show Eat the Nation. The Easy Chinese and Restaurant Redemption host’s first adventure includes smoking her first brisket at Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ, checking out strapping cowboys at ranches and rodeos, and enjoying copious amounts of cowboy cuisine.

Watch Ching-He gallop on up to Texas cuisine on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 10:30pm ET.

Keep Calm and Friendsgiving On with 3 Thanksgiving Potluck Tips

They say that you make your own family with close friends, and that’s never more apparent than during the holidays. Whether you can’t get home for Mom’s down-home cooking this year or you’re just greedy for more turkey, celebrating Friendsgiving with a lively potluck should be your new favorite tradition.

If you’re taking hosting duty, the most-important part of the celebrations is obviously the turkey, but don’t forget the other essential details — like keeping the wine aflowin’. Check out some of our best tips, like how to master make-ahead shortcuts and how to keep the crowd’s hunger at bay as the bird cooks, then get more Friendsgiving recipes and ideas here.

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