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Unwind With Wine Milkshakes and 3 More Buzzworthy, Boozy Frozen Desserts

When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.

What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.

Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.

How to Make a Wine Milkshake

The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.

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Satisfy Your Salty and Sweet Cravings With 4 Dreamy Ice Cream Treats

As the weather heats up, everyone is looking for a way to cool down. Sure, you can go for a swim in the local pool or stand in front of your air conditioner, but the ultimate way is to grab a sweet ice cream treat.

Even though we’re big supporters of the classic soft-serve twist in a cone, sometimes other cravings take over and you don’t want just a sugar rush. To satisfy your savory side, there’s always caramel-candied bacon, goat cheese ice cream or a sprinkling of popcorn to give you a salty bite of life.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon

When the powers of popcorn, caramel, bacon and sweet corn ice cream combine, magic happens.

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Watch the Steak Out with Kix Brooks Premiere as He Takes On Omaha

Country superstar Kix Brooks is all about great music, but he’s also a man who will go to great lengths for an incredible steak. On his new show Steak Out with Kix Brooks, he’s traveling the globe to find the best steakhouses, and in the Season 1 premiere, he hits up Omaha for prime rib, whiskey steak and much more. Watch the full episode below, and check out the show on Tuesdays at 9pm ET.

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Watch the Pork-Filled Man Fire Food Season 4 Premiere Online Now

Roger Mooking knows a thing or two about fiery cooking, and on the Season 4 premiere of Man Fire Food, it’s all about ways to pig out on pork. From a Green Menace Wrap to a classic pulled-pork sandwich,  it’s a mouthwatering look at BBQ. Watch the full episode online below now, and then be sure to check out the show on Tuesdays at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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Let Kix Brooks Show You How to Make the Perfect Steak

There are two things that Kix Brooks has major expertise in: country music and great steaks. Before you get to grilling this summer, consult him for at least one of them — and follow his tried-and-true steak-cooking tips — though he probably has a killer soundtrack for your backyard BBQ, too.

Whether it’s the basics of picking the right meat to start with, like a great T-bone, or achieving the perfect char once it hits the flames, Kix has you covered. Check out a few of his tricks below, and get his whole guide to cooking the perfect steak here.

Have Grate Prep for Your Grill

Once your grill is cleaned, be sure to oil it up so your steaks don’t stick. After that, all you have to do is oil and season your steaks with salt, pepper and any other spices before cooking them off.

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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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7 Minion-Themed Foods for Your Kids’ Party (or for You to Embrace Your Inner Child)


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Everywhere you turn, there are tiny yellow Minions taking over the world, and it’s best to just embrace it. Despicable Me’s adorable babbling sidekicks get their own movie on July 9, and what better way to celebrate them than with a menu fit for for mini villains?

Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of kids for a birthday bash or embracing your inner child before seeing the new flick, these seven Minion-themed dishes are perfect. Some are foods that Minions would actually eat — like bananas and soda — while others are based on what they look like (Twinkies, of course) or callbacks to the first two movies, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

Minions look like bananas and they go nuts for them, so banana pudding is the ideal dish to whip up. The added chocolate, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings don’t hurt, either.

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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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What Kind of Fried Chicken Matches Your Personality? 5 Ways to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

In the world of random food holidays, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6) may be one of America’s best. Celebrating the Southern staple should really be an everyday occurrence, especially considering how many different ways you can prepare your poultry.

Even though we’re fans of the classic flour-egg-breadcrumb assembly-line process, today’s the day to be more adventurous. Below, find five of our favorite fried chicken recipes fit for any personality. Find out if you’re more of a classic Southern belle, a fit-and-fabulous food lover, a culinary globetrotter or something else.

The Classic Southern Belle: Fried Chicken in a Basket

Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can embrace your inner Southern belle. Big hair is optional when chowing down on Alex Guarnaschelli’s classic buttermilk-brined fried chicken.

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5 Food Hacks to Make Your 4th of July Picnic Stress and Mess Free

As we head into a holiday weekend this July 4th, there are plenty of options for patriotic celebrations, but one of our favorites is a picnic in the park. Whether you’re planning an afternoon date or a big shindig for friends, lounging on a checkered blanket surrounded by great food is never a bad option.

If you always end up trashing spoiled food at the end of the day, drinking warm wine or whining about sticky fingers, listen up. Good to Know hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March have some easy food hacks to make your picnic less stressful, from cooling down wine with frozen juice boxes to ditching utensils in favor of toothpick-sized bites.

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