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5 Ways to Make Your Picnic Slawsome

Grab your picnic basket and cabbage of choice — it’s slaw season! Nothing is better than a refreshing salad on a summer day. Make an unbeetable slaw with roasted cumin seeds and cilantro dressing (picture above) or fire up the grill for slaw with a smoky kick.

Check out four more picnic picks below, which are just a handful of our favorite summer side dishes.

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Watch the Big Bad BBQ Brawl Premiere for a Sandwich Showdown

What happens when a Yankee chef battles the best barbecue pitmasters in the South? Brooklynite Shannon Ambrosio is here to find out on his new show Big Bad BBQ Brawl.

This week, he traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to challenge the chefs from local favorite ‘cue restaurant  Murky Waters to a Southern-style BBQ sandwich showdown, using local flavor inspiration to try to win over a panel of judges. Who came out on top? Watch the full episode below to see who took the BBQ crown.

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Dig Into The Great American Food Feud with Animated BBQ Brawls

This summer, Brooklyn chef Shannon Ambrosio is taking on the best Southern pitmasters on Big Bad BBQ Brawl, but before we watch him battle ‘cue kings, there’s another food fight to check out.

Get a taste of the battles in The Great American Food Feud, Cooking Channel’s new animated shorts featuring actual BBQ brawls.

In the first episode, Texas BBQ Ribs have a bone to pick with the Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwich. Who will hosts Tom Mato and Grace Poupon announce as the winner of this sizzling fight? Watch below to find out.

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Fuel Up for Summer with 4 Protein-Packed Grilled Chicken Skewers

To kick off summer, put down the chips and pick up the chicks. Fire up the grill for some quick grilled chicken skewers with grapes (pictured above), light Indian-spiced bites and more grilled chicken skewer recipes.

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Red, White and Blue Sides for a Patriotic Memorial Day Picnic

We’ve found the key to being patriotic inside and out: eating the combo of red, white and blue, as well as wearing it. You don’t need to break out food dye to make Sunny Anderson’s red, white and blue mashed potatoes (pictured above) with bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and garlic, or an equally colorful side dish like blueberry and pomegranate salad.

Check out four more of our favorite red, white and blue side dishes below, perfect for a Memorial Day picnic.

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The Cake Hunters Premiere Will Cake Your Breath Away

Sometimes not even Southern charm can get you out of a sticky situation. In the premiere of Cake Hunters, Vanessa and Tim worked with multiple bakers to find a cake that balanced her idea for a garden-centric, Savannah-inspired confection and his desire to show their love story without being too feminine or flowery.

Watch the full episode below to see which designer won out and whether flowers took the cake. Cake Hunters airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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Dive Into a Full Episode of Beach Bites with Katie Lee

It’s time to get a taste of paradise. On Katie Lee’s new show, Beach Bites with Katie Lee, she is crossing sand and surf in search of the best beachside food with a view. In the pilot episode, Katie takes us island-hopping from St. Thomas to Mackinac Island, Mich., to sample 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 in the full episode below, and check out even more of her seaside adventures in her scrapbook. Beach Bites airs on Thursdays at 10pm ET, starting June 2..

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Pasta Salads That Go Beyond Mayonnaise

It’s time to reinvent the pasta salad. Use your noodle to think outside the mayonnaise bottle for your next picnic, with interesting flavor combinations like Giada De Laurentiis’ orecchiette with mixed greens and goat cheese (pictured above) and zesty green-onion dressing tossed with bowtie pasta.

Check out four more of our favorite pasta salad recipes below — only one of which uses mayonnaise for creaminess — and get more camping recipes and picnic ideas here.

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Beat the Clock with Easy, Under-15-Minute Side Dishes

If you’re always running around your kitchen to get dinner together after a hectic day at work — hopefully not while holding a knife — sit down. We have six timesaving recipes for you.

Check out our favorite easy side dishes that can be made in 15 minutes or less, including a Roasted Peanut Slaw (pictured above) and a lightning-fast fried rice.

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It’s All Right, Because We’re Saved by Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Reunion

Forget about Fuller House — this year’s most-nostalgic house is Tiffani Thiessen’s. On the May 11 finale of Dinner at Tiffani’s, Zack and Kelly reunite for a double-date dinner party that puts The Max’s food to shame, and we have some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the big bash.

While wearing matching denim shirts, Tiffani and Mark-Paul Gosselaar cooked a romantic lobster dinner together — for their real-life spouses, Brady Smith and Catriona Gosselaar, respectively — and goofed off in Tiff’s celebrity photo booth.

Transport yourself back to Bayside High with the pictures below, and tune in to Dinner at Tiffani’s on Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm ET. (It will rerun Sunday, May 15 at 10pm ET if you miss it.)

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