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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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Pay Tribute to The Hunger Games with This Movie Marathon-Ready Menu


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If there’s any movie series that deserves a food-pairing party, it’s The Hunger Games. Aside from the name and the culinary innovations that the tributes had to come up with in the arena, there are a handful of important food moments throughout the trilogy.

With the final installment of the series, Mockingjay — Part 2, hitting theaters on Nov. 20, we came up with the perfect all-day, binge-watching movie marathon menu, ranging from (non-poisonous) blueberry muffins for the morning to baguettes that baker boy Peeta would love to a bowl of hearty Capitol-worthy lamb stew.

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Watch the Kelsey’s Homemade Premiere and Get Schooled in Brunch 101

After teaching us the basics on Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey Nixon is bringing us back to her roots on Kelsey’s Homemade. Instead of just focusing on tips and tricks to make cooking easier, she’s sharing old family secrets and making her own traditions. On the series premiere, she planned a last-minute brunch for three couples and three kids, taking us on a quick 20-minute shopping trip in Essex Market with her toddler in tow and whipping up a full sweet and savory spread.

If you missed the new show, don’t worry — you can watch her make Chorizo Frittata, Charred Citrus Salad and Oatmeal Berry Cobbler  by watching the full episode below. There’s even a secret recipe from Kelsey’s mom for tart lemon whipped cream:

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Connie Britton Dishes on Her Favorite Restaurants in Austin and Nashville

Connie Britton knows her way around a Southern accent, and her time on the sets of Friday Night Lights (in Austin) and Nashville (in, well, Nashville) have taught her about great local cuisine, too.

When we caught up with the actress at the Empire State Building lighting in honor of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York, she took us on a food tour of two of her favorite cities, and shared the memories she has of “hazy” afternoons drinking margaritas in Texas and lounging on the back patios of Tennessee haunts.

If that’s not enough for y’all, we also chatted with some of her other Friday Night Lights costars – check out their favorite Austin eats here. Clear eyes, full hearts (and stomachs), can’t lose.

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Watch the Tia Mowry at Home Premiere for the Craziest Cook-Off

If you can’t take the heat, stay out of Tia Mowry’s kitchen. In the Tia Mowry at Home Season 2 premiere, she and her husband, Cory, battled it out in a fun cook-off. Each of them made a shrimp-centric entree and a totally bananas dessert — yes they included bananas — in a friendly competition to settle once and for all who is the master of their kitchen. The stakes were high, with the loser doing dishes for a whole week, and you may be surprised by who reigned supreme.

Watch the full episode below to see their dishes and who came out on top, then get all of Tia’s best recipes.

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