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Eat Your Way Across the Country with Summer Dishes from Every State

When traveling, the first thing we look for is delicious food. Whether it’s great barbecue in Texas or succulent seafood in Maine, one of the best parts about roving across the country is chowing down. But if you’re stuck at home this summer, don’t worry — you can easily re-create some states’ signature dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.

We’ve highlighted seven of our favorite summer recipes below, ranging from the classics (Key Lime Pie from Florida) to the adventurous bites (Salmon Candy from Alaska). For the full list of all 50 states’ recipes, click here.

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes

The combination of salty and sweet fried green tomatoes is so great that it inspired a movie starring Julia Roberts. Try serving them with green chile mayonnaise for an extra kick.

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You’re Eating Summer Wrong, But Don’t Worry — It’s an Easy Fix with These 5 Food Hacks

You may not realize it, but you’re eating your favorite foods the wrong way. Sure, they’re delicious, but there are much easier solutions to getting bites from your plate to your mouth. Thankfully You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman is here to solve your problems, particularly for summer treats like perfectly cut watermelon, non-drippy ice cream cones and less-messy corn on the cob.

Check out some of his best food hacks below, and watch all of his videos here.

1. Take your corn off the cob.

There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of corn stuck in your teeth at a barbecue. Cut the corn off the cob and mix with any seasonings you like — Dan is a big fan of going Mexican with Cotija cheese, chili powder, lime and cilantro.

Watch the You’re Eating Corn Wrong video.

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Clean Out Your Spice Cabinet with These 8 Genius Recipes

When you open up your cabinets, you probably have at least a few dozen spice bottles staring at you. How many of them do you really use? Instead of letting them collect dust, it’s time for a spice purge, and we have the perfect recipes to do it.

FYI, spices last about six months once opened, although some brands claim you can keep them up to three years. Even though old bottles may not be spoiled, they lose flavor over time. So let’s get to cooking with everything from Italian blends to that allspice you use only twice a year.

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6 Gourmet Camping Foods to Make Your “Glamping” Trip Deliciously Fabulous

If the idea of the great outdoors is terrifying and you don’t want to sleep anywhere near bugs, you’re probably not well-suited for camping. However, you can still have your fun out in the wilderness if you play your cards right. On Saturday’s premiere of The Real Girl’s Kitchen (June 13 at 1pm ET), Haylie Duff is taking her friends “glamping,” which means there will be running water, delicious food and comfortable beds.

To help inspire your next glamorous weekend retreat, we’ve come up with some gourmet twists on camp food, from skillet cornbread infused with bacon, beer and cheddar to fish baked in foil (sorry, hot dogs) to classy s’mores in jars. Still nervous about pitching a tent? We also have great menu ideas for camping-movie viewing parties if you’d rather stay in the air conditioning this summer.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix

Instead of making Jiffy Pop on the campfire, you can eat this sweet and spicy popcorn while watching a movie on an iPad in your tent (or your cabin).

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Full Episodes of Cooking Channel Shows Online Will Help You Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of freaking out about every little detail of your next summer bash, let the experts do the work for you. With full summer-themed episodes of Cooking Channel shows online, you can plan everything from the comfort of your bed, including easy, unique dishes, fun signature cocktails and much more.

Check out six tips straight from our hosts below, and be sure to stream full episodes using the links below.

1. Go Small or Go Home

Instead of making a huge, six-course meal, just whip up some appetizers. Giada De Laurentiis’ easy yet impressive dishes like mini Foccacia Lobster Rolls and Avocado and Papaya Salad will wow your crowd.

Watch the full episode.

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Food Pairings For Your Favorite Camping Movies, From Troop Beverly Hills to Heavyweights

Camping can be fun, but it’s not for everyone. Some people would rather enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned home than the coziness of a tent, so they’ve never gotten to experience cooking hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire while watching the sun go down over a scenic lake.

For the camping-averse, we have two solutions for you. One is “glamping” — a glamorous version with air mattress beds and electricity that Haylie Duff will show off on the Saturday, June 13 premiere episode of The Real Girl’s Kitchen at 1pm ET — and the other is watching iconic summer-camp movies at home with a menu to match. Choose your own adventure.

It Takes Two: Sloppy Joes

Ellie Krieger’s delicious Sloppy Joes are so good that you won’t want to throw them at your friends while watching the movie, as exciting as a food fight sounds.

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Can You Grill It? 9 Foods Beyond Burgers to Throw on the BBQ

When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it’s appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we’ve rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.

Breakfast: Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary

Michael Symon’s genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.

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DIY or Buy: 7 Spice Blends That Pack Flavor In and Save Money

When you look in your spice cabinet, you probably see a lot of miscellaneous, barely used bottles. Instead of just letting them sit around and expire — because most do within a year — try blending a few of them up for delicious DIY spice blends. Whether it’s taking the everything spices from your bagel and putting them on, well, everything, or making a homemade chai for a fraction of the price of one at your local coffee shop, we’ve got you covered.

Check out seven spice blend recipes below, from sweet to savory and back again.

Chai Spice

Once you’ve mastered a chai tea latte at home, you’ll never need to buy one at the coffee shop again. You can also use these flavors to spruce up coconut macaroons or a milk shake.

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It’s National Doughnut Day, and You Doughn’t Want to Miss These 4 Tasty Treats

Today is about to become your new favorite “holiday,” because it’s National Doughnut Day. Even though we associate the sweet treats with jelly or lots of powdered sugar, they can take on the flavors of any dessert. Stuffed with cream, they become Boston Cream Pie doughnuts, while after being coated with cinnamon sugar, they taste like churros. You can even stack some with frosting to make an Icebox Doughnut Birthday Cake.

Take a walk on the wild side with some of our favorite delicious combinations below — even a savory chicken-and-waffles one — and for even more crazy confections, check out Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.

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Watch Big Bad BBQ Battle to Find Out Which Chef Goes Up in Smoke

The heat is on when Brooklyn BBQ Chef Shannon Ambrosio goes head-to-head against Southern pitmasters on Big Bad BBQ Battle. If you missed it on Sunday, you can watch it again this Thursday, June 4 at 8pm ET. He and his boys travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for a smoked brisket cook-off against Cousins Bar-B-Q, then to Shreveport, La., to take on Hickory Stick for a pulled pork sandwich throwdown. With some twists on the classics — including going Italian for one dish — it’s an unforgettable battle.

Find out if Shannon and his brother, Big Rich, go up in smoke during the Southern competition. No matter who wins, this will start a big beef between New York City and the South.

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