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Go Island Hopping for Beach Bites with Katie Lee

Even if you’re stuck at home this summer, you can still roam around the world in spirit. On our new show Beach Bites with Katie Lee, Katie will take you hopping from St. Thomas to Mackinac Island to sample tropical treats like Caribbean Stewed Kitchen and Ahi Tuna Nachos. It’s not just about soaking up the sun or sinking into the sand, though — Katie is working for her food. Watch her kayak to shore for a unique burger and harvest her own oysters for Oyster Escabeche when Beach Bites premieres on Wednesday, August 25 at 9:30pm ET on Cooking Channel.

The World’s Most Unique Religious-Themed Restaurants

Most theme restaurants are based on tiki bars and guys dressed in gorilla suits, but some use religion as a source of inspiration. Here are eight theme restaurants from around the world that could kick your faith, and hunger, into high gear.

Relgious-Themed Restaurants

For more restaurants where food meets faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

Meet the Easiest (and Cheesiest) Summer Meal of Your Dreams

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are almost over. Soon we’ll be sipping pumpkin spice lattes and slow-braising meat as the leaves start to fall. Until then, let’s set a final goal for the warm months: eat more pizza. The Italian staple is one of the fastest and most endlessly customizable meals, and it’s even better when you throw it on the grill.

Whether you make your own dough or cheat and pick some up at a local pizzeria or grocery store, it’s a crowd-pleasing, easy and deliciously cheesy way to get dinner on the table quickly. While anything can go on a pizza — that dough is just a vessel for all of your favorite foods — here are four foolproof recipes below.

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9 Foods with Religious Symbolism

It’s easy to go your whole life, munching away, and never realize that many of the foods you eat were actually originally inspired by religion and religious iconography. We decided to pull the veil off of these faith-based foods to give you an inside look at the secret history of some of your favorite chomps.

Symbolism and Origins of Religious Food Traditions

For more food, fun and faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

Watch Cake Hunters to Find Out Which Wedding Bakery Takes the Cake

Wedding bells may not be ringing for you, but you can still live out the sweetest part of the planning process with Cooking Channel’s new show Cake Hunters. Engaged couple Josh and Jessalyn are down to the wire, as they have only a few days to find the perfect French-themed wedding cake. Luckily, they have three top designers presenting jaw-dropping concepts — from a geometric wonder to a countryside stunner — to pick from. The winning cake concept will then become a multi-tiered masterpiece, which hopefully will make it to the reception in time.

Tune in to see whose cake they pick on Cake Hunters, airing Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9pm ET.

Learn how to make your own cake.

Bake Doughnuts, Not Cupcakes!

If you’re looking for something other than cupcakes to contribute at your next birthday party, may we recommend Ina Garten’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts? For a festive twist we added sprinkles to the batter, then replaced Ina’s cinnamon sugar topping with frosting and sprinkles. To make the frosting we mixed confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and blue food coloring until we got a thick, smooth consistency (we went with electric blue in honor of the birthday girl’s favorite color). So, just like plain cupcakes, doughnuts are a great canvas for personalizing decorations.

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Squash Boring Dinners with Zucchini as Your Main Dish Tonight

When you head to the farmers market or the grocery store this summer, there are plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to choose from, but sometimes it’s easier to stick to tried-and-true produce for quick meals. One of the most abundant and popular veggies of the season is zucchini, which is at its peak and always manages to sneak its way into your basket.

If you’re bored of just roasting, grilling or sauteing, we have some great zucchini recipes that will make you want to gorge on gourds. Check out these six ideas for using squash as your main dish, from a breakfast-for-dinner frittata to meatless meatballs.

Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini

Play with your food when you hollow out little zucchini boats (and/or red peppers) and fill them with creamy risotto. You won’t miss the meat in this hearty dish.

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Remembering Jon Stewart’s 5 Best Food Rants on The Daily Show

No one knows how to scream and shout about food quite as well as Jon Stewart. In his 16 years hosting The Daily Show, he’s taken down everything from Arby’s sandwiches to Chicago deep-dish pizza in epic rants, and in honor of his final show on August 6, we’re reliving the best of them.

From a massive deli sandwich that is basically a “cow with a rye bread yarmulke” to a life-changing breakfast-sandwich hack, take a walk down memory lane with five of our favorites below.

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These Slow-Cooker Recipes Are the Closest Thing to a Robot Cooking for You

It’s 2015 and robots that cook for you still haven’t been invented yet*, so we have to settle for the next best thing: a handy-dandy slow cooker, which you can pretend is actually Rosie from The Jetsons.

A slow cooker can make fall-apart-tender meat for tacos or macaroni and cheese while you’re at work, and save you from turning on your oven until the world cools down. So get ready to do some easy prep, turn on that magical machine and come home to a delicious meal with six slow-cooker recipes perfect for the sweltering summer.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli

Pulled pork is a slow-cooker staple, but there’s another meat you should try going low and slow with: chicken. Kelsey Nixon’s easy recipe gives you everything you love about chicken wings — spicy sauce, blue cheese and a crunch from celery — all tucked into a sandwich.

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6 Fake-Out Takeout Recipes That Are Faster Than Delivery

When your closest relationship is with the food-delivery guy, it may be time to reevaluate your meal habits. Though there’s an undeniable appeal to delivery food, there are also the matters of cost and questionable ingredients.

To solve both of these problems, we’ve gathered six homemade renditions of your favorite delivery food, from sesame chicken to fully stuffed burritos. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you after you chow down on these dishes.

Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp

Haylie Duff adds bacon to the traditional Thai fried-rice dish for a punch of smoky flavor. Serving it in a pineapple is much better than presenting it in a white takeout container, too.

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