Summer entertaining is my favorite kind of entertaining — it’s relaxed, laid-back and easy-breezy. I recently hosted a summer soiree to celebrate my son Oliver’s first birthday (in real life, not on Kelsey’s Essentials!). It was one of the first parties I threw this summer, and we all had a blast. No party is ever perfect, but I feel that this one was a success because I followed a few essential summer entertaining tips.
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The taping of Season 5 of Kelsey’s Essentials was our best yet. I still have to pinch myself every time I write “Season 5″ — I truly feel like I have the greatest job in the world, and I can’t believe I’ve been at it for this many seasons now. Each time we shoot, there are plenty of highs and lows that make the experience both challenging and rewarding. Here are a few of my favorite moments of Season 5 that made this season unforgettable. Look forward to seeing them when you tune in to new episodes on Wednesdays at 8pm ET.
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Rachael Ray's Enchiladas Suizas weren't just a crowd favorite, they were the crowd favorite in 2011.
With only a few days left until year’s end, it’s time to take a moment and reflect on Cooking Channel’s 2011 with all it’s delicious offerings.
Look back with us at the shows, recipes, food and photos you loved the most in 2011. Scroll through, see what you think, chime in with your thoughts and impressions, and make sure to let us know what you want more of in 2012.
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It’s Friday. Or maybe it’s Saturday. Either way, you’re having a dinner party. Normally that means friends or family, sometimes even both. But what if you could invite over one Cooking Channel chef or host for the evening? That’s the question we posed to Cooking Channel fans last week.
From United Tastes of America host Jeffrey Saad to Debi and Gabriele from Extra Virgin, and Kelsey Nixon to the Two Fat Ladies, your 400+ responses spanned the entire gamut of Cooking Channel stars. After reading your list and checking it twice, we narrowed it down to the top 5 most dinner-worthy chefs. Who made the cut? Read on to find out.
Invite #1: Chuck Hughes (pictured above)
Whether it’s the suave, Montreal accent, boyish good looks or laid back vibe, one thing’s for sure: Chef Chuck Hughes is in high demand. With so many stars to choose from, nabbing a quarter of the votes is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Chuck did. Champion of the legendary turducken, Chuck has also happens to shuck a mean oyster. If you’re going to have him over for dinner though, you may want to consider cooking up one of his top recipes.
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Giada's Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad
This time of year, there’s tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to put to use. Whether it’s blueberries, heirlooms, corn, squash or eggplants you crave, we’ve got recipes galore to get you going. From Bal Anerson’s Zucchini Paneer to Kelsey’s Cucumber, Meyer Lemon and Lavender Granita, we couldn’t help but notice how Cooking Channel Fans have been keeping up to date with the summer’s freshest bounty. With all the great reviews, twists and tweaks piling up, we’re back for another call out to the ones that caught our attention.
Light and summery, Giada’s Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad (above) comes to life with fresh basil and mint, and crunch pine nuts.
“YUM… a super easy/fast recipe with intense flavor. I used an herb-garlic goat cheese — it’s what we had in the fridge. My wife loved it. I loved it. I’d make this for guests. Thanks Giada!!!” — digrst in Southern California
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Have Tyler's Turkey, Avocado and Bacon sandwich for lunch today.
Whether lounging at home or lazing outside in the grass, there’s little better than being able to hold your lunch between two hands. Turkey or ham, portobello or beef — no matter how you stack it, sandwiches and burgers are hot commodities this time of year. From Kelsey’s BLT with a twist to Nadia G.’s mondo Hawaiian burger, Cooking Channel fans haven’t been shy in showing their love for summer sammies and burgers. With so many raving reviews still coming in, and tons of great tweaks and substitution ideas from all of you, we’re back to shout out some more of our faves.
A classic — but always classy — pairing, Tyler Florence stuffs roast turkey, bacon and avocado in between buttered country toast, along with thin slices of creamy fontina cheese. His Roast Turkey, Avocado and Bacon Sandwich (above) is a summertime must-have, just ask this fan:
“Simply delicious…the turkey melts in your mouth and is really easy to make. I also have made this turkey and placed it in a ‘Thanksgiving Sandwich,’ made with cranberry sauce, homemade sage stuffing and this turkey recipe on crusty homemade bread…delicious! Beats deli turkey every day of the week!” — gmustoe_7167552 in Westford, MA
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