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Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Birthday Cake + Doughnuts

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways. Over the past several weeks, we’ve revealed the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.

Though birthday cake is traditionally round, layered and bedecked in colorful icing, these days, it seems that any pastry punctured with candles — from soft cookie cakes to icebox pies — can stand in for the classic at celebratory festivities. At the same time, “birthday cake” has become a popular flavor at ice cream shops and in packaged consumer goods, interpreted across the board as an intense vanilla with frosting and sprinkles. For this week’s ultimate and final mash-up, we’re rethinking birthday cake — from a shape and flavor perspective — by combining it with the dessert superstar of the moment: the doughnut.

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Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Meatloaf + Lasagna

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.

One thing that makes comfort food give you the warm fuzzies is the memories it evokes. Because the recipes that hail from our mothers’ and grandmothers’ kitchens are some of the heartiest we’ve known. Case in point: meatloaf and lasagna, the subjects of this week’s throwback fusion, wherein we rival your family’s retro recipes.

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Comfort Fest: Mashed Potatoes, Reinvented

Nobody can deny the appeal of warm, velvety mashed potatoes. But there are a number of variations on this classic side dish worth exploring. Try any of these recipes and you may never go back to the original.

1. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese (pictured above)

Bobby enhances the already rich and velvety texture of mashed potatoes by folding in a hearty dose of mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone’s mildly sweet flavor also helps to balance out the saltiness of traditional mashed potatoes.

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Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Mac ‘n’ Cheese + French Onion Soup

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.

When we think of comfort food, the first things that come to mind are soup, cheese and pasta. It’s even better when a dish combines the filling, warming bounty into one awesome dish. Thus mac and cheese — the ultimate high-brow/low-brow craveable pasta — and French onion soup (those cheesy crouton-topped crocks) form this week’s melty mash-up.

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11 Best Songs About Comfort Food

Ah, comfort food. Is there anything better than sitting down, preferably in front of the TV, and gorging on one of your all-time favorites? The same goes for music. Is there anything better than driving around when one of your all-time favorite comfort tunes comes on? Let’s combine the two and take a look at the world’s greatest songs about comfort food — yummy for both your mouth and your ears.

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Party in Five: Southern Comfort Food Potluck Party


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

Right now we’re all languishing at that middle point between the winter and spring holidays, when everyone’s holed up indoors without an excuse to celebrate. Though it may be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the season, you can be social and stay cozy by hosting a comfort food potluck party. With a few rustic decorations and a bring-your-own menu of indulgences, this party will help beat the winter doldrums. (Want to hammer home the comfort factor? Invite guests to come in sweatpants — seriously.)

To host your own comfort food potluck party, you’ll need these five essential ingredients:

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Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Cheesecake + Carrot Cake

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.

In this second installment, we’re taking on two desserts that might not seem like natural — until you realize their shared reliance on cream cheese. Carrot cakes are best when smeared with a crown of cream cheese icing as thick as the cake itself, while cheesecakes are, well, made out of sweetened cream cheese. To tango with these tangy desserts, we had to get a bit creative.

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Vegetarian Comfort Foods That Won’t Make You Miss the Meat

America’s meat dependency deserves a break. Sure, meaty meals can taste great and satisfying, but eating less of it is a smart choice, both for your health and the environment. Eating less meat can help lower your risk of heart disease and your carbon footprint. But it can often be a challenge to figure out just how to transform your favorite meaty standards into enticing vegetarian alternatives that deliver on flavor and satisfaction. Here are several classic comfort foods and their vegetarian makeovers.

Instead of: Chicken Pot Pie
Try: Vegetarian Pot Pie
You might be surprised to find that chicken is not essential to a mouthwatering pot pie, as proven here.

Instead of: Shepherd’s Pie
Try: Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Layers of spaghetti squash, lentils and vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes make this a five-star recipe.

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Comfort Food Mash-Ups, Remixed: Caesar Salad + Pizza

Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and Ramen Burger, we decided to beat the winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in order to come up with THE most-indulgent comfort food. Together with Food Network, we’ve mashed up some classic comfort foods in unique — and dare we say, mind-blowing — ways.

The funny thing about mash-ups is that inevitably one of the foods is going to be more dominant. For example, if you wanted to mangia bene Italian-American-restaurant style, you might combine your pizza pie with a creamy Caesar salad. But does the salad get sprinkled on top of the pizza, or do you saddle the salad with little pizza-shaped croutons?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Cooking Channel and the other on Food Network.

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Comfort Fest: 5 Bread Pudding Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Skip traditional treats this Valentine’s Day and make a decadent dessert that will keep you satisfied for days. These bread pudding recipes make enough for a celebratory crowd or can be a sweet treat for the whole weekend for you and your sweetie.

 1. Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (pictured above)

Swap traditional bread for croissants in this chocolate bread pudding. The chocolate custard fills every layer of flaky pastry. Plus croissants are almost all crust, which is the best part of bread pudding. Use stale croissants since they’ll be more firm and absorbent than fresh ones; the finished product will hold together better.

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