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Alie & Georgia’s Most-Vital Comfort Food

More than anything else, people will ask us, “Alie and Georgia — which one is which, and does it matter?”

But the second most-common question we get is, “How did you get your job, and what does it have to do with chicken nuggets?”

It’s a great question, and one we ask ourselves often. See, we started our entire hosting-cocktail-entertaining expert career semi-accidentally. We made a farcical video for a fictitious drink called a McNuggetini and it went viral. When we were offered jobs to create more cocktails, we dove in like harried med students and learned everything we could about actual, palatable drinks, distilled spirits and the history of Prohibition-era beverages. And we got good at it, thank god.

But we dreamed up the McNugg long ago because we were tired and hungry. After long days at soul-draining desk jobs, we wanted a postwork salve that was dinner, dessert and a cocktail all in “one chalice of multitasking.”

So what do you do when you need comfort food? How far is too far? (Don’t think we’ve never made architectural sketches for a papasan chair made of pizza.)

Well, here are our three most-vital comfort food recipes that are just enough of a treat to help you unwind, bond with a friend and maaaaaybe inspire your own Cooking Channel career. No promises.

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Sifted: Comfort Food Breakfasts, Chicken-Fried Potatoes + More

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Another snow day? Perfect excuse to linger in the kitchen a little longer and griddle up a batch of Half Baked Harvest’s rice krispie treat pancakes with browned butter syrup.
  2. Sally’s Baking Addiction says that it’s ok to start your day with your favorite sweet duo, ideally in her chocolate peanut butter lovers’ granola, so you can get your fix on the go.
  3. Further proof that everything is better chicken-fried, Spoon Fork Bacon’s chicken fried potatoes are battered in herbs and spices and served with buttermilk-ranch dipping sauce.
  4. Cold weather is an ideal excuse to break out the ol’ slow cooker. Put it to good use and brew up a cozy pot of The Midnight Baker’s steak and ale cheese soup.
  5. Meyer lemon season is in full swing during the chilly winter months, so buy a bushel of the sweet citrus and try out My Baking Addiction’s recipe for meyer lemon meltaways.

Craving More?

  • Cooking Channel has your comfort food cravings covered with an endless array of piping-hot soups and stews to help warm you up this winter.
  • Kick the boxed mac and cheese to the curb and settle in with 35 inspired ways to eat the creamy, childhood classic. Double the cheese, please.

10 Healthy, Comforting Slow Cooker Recipes

This winter has already seen its fair share of cold, snowy days. It’s the type of weather that makes me crave warm, wholesome food. At the same time, I don’t have hours every day to spend cooking complicated meals. That’s why I love my slow cooker. I can prep the ingredients when I have time, add them to the slow cooker and let the low, steady heat cook it all day long (or all night, in the case of steel-cut oats).

The slow-heat method can also be a boon to healthy foods. It’s the perfect way to tenderize lean cuts of meat, to soften whole grains, and to let the flavors and textures of vegetables mellow and merge.

Here are some healthy slow-cooker recipes that I can’t wait to try. What are your favorite slow-cooker meals?

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Comfort Fest: Bobby’s Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Strata with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes

After a polar vortex you might be tempted to hunker down and order delivery instead of bundling up to shop for groceries. But many of these comforting recipes from Bobby Flay rely on staples you’ll likely have on hand. Even better, they ensure that you can have the most important meal of the day even after 5pm.

1. Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Strata with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes (pictured above)

A strata is a breakfast casserole featuring bread, eggs and cheese. Bobby’s version is filled with sauteed cherry tomatoes and spinach. This big batch dish serves eight, but you’ll definitely be tempted for seconds.

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Pick Your Meat (Loaf): Beef, Pork or Turkey

meatloaf recipe

Ground meat may be a prerequisite for meatloaf recipes everywhere, but that doesn’t have to mean ground beef. Keep your meatloaf classic or swap it out for your meat of choice to make this comfort food classic.

1. Good Eats Meatloaf (pictured above)

In just an hour and ten minutes, Alton’s meatloaf can be on your family’s dinner table. He uses both ground chuck and ground sirloin in his mixture that gets just enough kick from cayenne pepper and chili powder. Brush the meatloaf with a catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey glaze to keep each piece moist.

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Comfort Feast: Chili, Outside the Bowl

Just in time for game day, we’re sharing recipes for a great-for-groups food: chili. While chili tastes delicious served straight from the pot with your favorite fixings, you can also use it to smother some of your other favorite foods including Fritos, hot dogs and tortilla chips. So think outside a bowl of chili and try these creative options.

1. Baggy Nachos (pictured above)

For a party-ready hand-held treat, open a bag of corn chips and stuff with a chorizo and bean chili. Garnish with cheddar, sour cream, jalapenos and scallions.

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Bobby Deen Makes a Fat Sandwich Skinny

Bobby Deen's Skinny Darrell Wrap

Paula Deen once had a man on her show who taught her how to make his heart-stopping Fat Darrell sandwich — a roll packed with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and french fries. It has 1790 calories and 92 grams of fat. On tonight’s episode of Not My Mama’s Meals at 9pm ET on Cooking Channel, Paula’s son Bobby will reinvent that sandwich into his Skinny Darrell Wrap, a version with a much more reasonable 670 calories and 22 grams of fat. To make it happen, he’ll use the same ingredients — only instead of deep frying everything, he’ll swap in oven-baked chips, baked chicken fingers and fresh mozzarella all rolled into a whole wheat wrap. The result is lighter and leaner, but just as delicious.

Tune in to Not My Mama’s Meals at 9pm ET to watch Bobby Deen takes his mom’s best comfort food recipes and transform them into meals that work with his fit lifestyle.

Flip through our gallery of Bobby Deen’s healthy takes of Paula Deen’s recipes.

Get more of Bobby Deen’s tips on lightening up your favorite meals like burgers, cake, pizza and more.

Comfort Feast: Unexpected but Delicious Pizza Toppings

From a classic homemade dough to calorie-saving pita crust, the possibilities for your homemade pizza are endless. Alton Brown’s Pizza Pizzas (pictured above) call for a dough that must rest for 18 to 24 hours but if you’ve got to immediately satisfy a pizza craving and you want to skip store-bought dough, stop by your local pizzeria. Chances are they’ll sell you a homemade dough for a fraction of what you might pay for a full pizza. Then head home to top it with some of these delicious (and unique) toppings:

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Sifted: Game-Day Desserts + Lightened Up Comfort Foods


Joy the Baker’s Baked Polenta
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Joy the Baker says her baked polenta with tomato and basil is “as comforting as macaroni and cheese [or] splurging on 4 slices of pizza.” Seriously, how you can you resist?
  2. For all you oatmeal cookie fanatics, it’s time to try Tuttie Dolci’s oatmeal pear cookies with toffee and cookie butter.
  3. Creme brulee ditches the ramekins and transforms itself into a fabulous pie. Design Eat Play, we like the way you think.
  4. Rosemary and garlic baguette chips by Seasaltwithfood are the perfect landing place for that spinach and artichoke dip this football Sunday.
  5. How do you vamp up your banana bread recipe? Tracey’s Culinary Adventures roasts the bananas, browns the butter and adds in some peanut butter chips.

Craving More:

  • If Joy’s mouthwatering recipe has you craving comfort food tonight, we’ve got delicious, lightened-up recipes that will leave you feeling both satisfied and guilt-free.
  • Keep your eye on the game! Fans can get their sweets fix without missing a play with these handheld desserts on game day.

Sifted: Winter Comfort Foods, Healthy Weeknight Recipes + More


Rosemary Chicken Lasagna by Feasting at Home
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Feasting at Home’s rosemary chicken lasagna calls for wonton wrappers for a more delicate comfort dish.
  2. Don’t settle for boring breakfast. Spoon Fork Bacon’s recipe for baked oatmeal is great for tasty leftovers and adjusts easily to whichever mix-ins you prefer.
  3. The Endless Meal’s mini BLT cups are cute bite-size appetizers perfect for your next party. We’re especially intrigued by the chipotle aioli.
  4. These peanut butter chocolate shortbread bars by Saramay’s Specialties are calling your name. The name in itself is drool inducing.
  5. Try this bacon leek and gruyere souffle by Who’s Hungry? It’s a dreamy combination perfect for a cold winter day.

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