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Comfort Fest: Kelsey’s Decadent Grilled Cheese

Kelsey Nixon pays homage to late-night dining and decadent comfort food with this grilled cheese sandwich. You might be tempted to eat her Creamy Stovetop Bacon Mac and Cheese —filled with thick-cut smoked bacon, loads of sharp cheddar and shredded Muenster — all by itself. But even better is the super sandwich creation that incorporates this creamy dish.

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Binge Watch Kelsey’s Essentials Online

If you want to know how to make easy homemade pasta or a fail-proof roast chicken or perfect pie crust,  Kelsey Nixon will show you how on Kelsey’s Essentials — and that’s just in the first three episodes of Season 1. Now you can watch every single episode in its entirety online, and pick up all the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen.

Stream All of Kelsey’s Essentials

More Kelsey: Tune in to Kelsey’s new special Cans Make the Meal tomorrow, Saturday, February 8, at 10am ET to watch how to transform canned ingredients into simple and nutritious family dinners.

Cookbook Giveaway: Kelsey Nixon’s Kitchen Confidence

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Kitchen Confidence

Cooking Channel host Kelsey Nixon’s first cookbook, Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything (available Feb. 11), is all about teaching techniques and recipes that will have home cooks of all skill levels cooking with more confidence. Like on her Cooking Channel show, Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey shares her “essential” pantry items, equipment and techniques, along with the hows and whys of cooking. With this basic knowledge, even beginner cooks can start getting more creative in the kitchen.

Kitchen Confidence covers every course, with recipes easy enough for everyday cooking but just as appropriate for special occasions, from breakfast, starters, salads, soups and sandwiches to mains, sides and desserts. Kelsey updates classic family-favorite recipes, like tuna noodle casserole and lasagna, with fresh new touches. These are building-block recipes you’ll return to again and again — and then easily modify and change to suit your own personal tastes.

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31 Days of Cookies: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Rocher

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 21st day of cookies, we’re piling it on with Kelsey Nixon’s quick, easy pyramid-shaped coconut rocher.

Click here for the Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Rocher recipe.

More cookies:
All-Star Cookie Swap
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 20th day of cookies, we’re making Kelsey Nixon’s quick and easy peppermint-kissed fudge cookies.

Click here for the Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
All-Star Cookie Swap
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: 1 Cookie Dough, 5 Recipes

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 11th day of cookies, we’re making not one, but five different holiday cookies from Kelsey Nixon’s versatile sugar cookie dough.

Click here for all five recipes, including Peppermint Twist Candy Cookies, Snickerdoodle Snowflakes, Maple Pecan Present Cookies and Salted Caramel Chocolate Stockings.

More cookies:
All-Star Cookie Swap
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

My Favorite Back-to-School Cookies

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

One of my favorite family food traditions is that my mom always made a fresh batch of cookies on the first day of school. Since back-to-school fever seems to be in the air, I wanted to share one of the cookie recipes I love most from home. My Pink Lemonade Candy Cookies are a variation of a Lemon Drop Candy Cookie that my mom made when I was growing up. The secret ingredient is none other than classic lemon hard candies (Lemonheads!). They are scattered throughout the batter and every now and then you get a bite with a zing of lemon candy that is crazy delicious. The secret to making hard candies work in a cookie recipe is to pulse them in a food processor. It’s important that they’re a fine crumble and that there aren’t any large pieces throughout.

The most important rule for making these cookies perfect is that it’s critical to not overbake them. When you pull them out of the oven, you might think that they aren’t finished, but they are — I promise. It’s also important to let them cool completely on the sheet tray.

I made a batch this week for the sake of tradition, even though no one in my family is headed back to school. Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love having an excuse to make cookies?

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Kelsey’s Icebox Cake Essentials

The icebox cake is an iconic retro dessert that is perfect for the summer months. From June to August I avoid my oven at all costs, so the only way to make cake is by “baking” it in the refrigerator, rather than the oven. It’s easy to make and is always a favorite among family and friends. The ingredients are simple enough to have on hand and once you get the method down, the variations are endless. Every icebox cake is made up of some key components: essentially, cookies and cream. (What’s not to like?) I tend to think about it in layers.

First: the wafer cookies. These chocolate wafer cookies are a classic option and perfect for any icebox cake, but I’ve found that a variety of flavored wafer cookies are fun to use as well, like lemon, almond, chocolate-mint and ginger. I usually use two (6 to 9 ounce) boxes of cookies for one cake made in a 9-inch springform pan.

Second: whipped cream. Here you can keep it super simple, or have some fun. Fresh whipped cream is a must and it can be a great canvas for other flavors from extracts, sweeteners, or even peanut butter, coffee or fruit curd. I usually use 2 1/2 to 3 cups heavy whipping cream for one cake made in a 9-inch springform pan.

Third: flair. Here’s where you can really play with flavor, whether by layering in or garnishing with additional ingredients. Consider adding fresh fruit or chocolate shavings in between the layers or to the top of the icebox cake. 

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One Lemonade Base, Three Recipes

You just can’t beat a big, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. I’m a lemon lover, so this classic refreshing drink is right up my alley. I made lemonade the old-fashioned way for years by concocting a simple syrup (boiling sugar and water together until it dissolves and then letting it cool), but the past few summers I’ve been cheating (or being lazy, whatever you want to call it) and making this drink an even easier way. The result? Fresh-squeezed lemonade that comes together more quickly, with no chilling time. The key is to use superfine sugar. At the beginning of each summer, I now buy a big bag, which I dedicate to fulfilling my lemonade cravings during the hot summer months. This recipe is embarrassingly simple, and I often adjust the amount of sugar I use simply based on how much sweetness I’m craving that day. It’s very unscientific and easy to remember. The best part is that it’s a wonderful base recipe or ratio for other variations. Below are three of my favorite lemonade variations, which I’ve been making all summer long.

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Grilling in the Park: How City Girls Can Barbecue

It’s no secret that I miss my grill from the suburbs. But even city dwellers have a couple options for achieving the authentic flavor of a BBQ dinner (including indoor grilling). Just because that grill isn’t on your back patio (if you have one), it doesn’t mean you can’t spend a sunny summer day grilling outdoors. We love living in Brooklyn, especially near the new Brooklyn Bridge Park — it’s an amazing public space that continues to get better every year. One recently opened feature is the Picnic Peninsula, which has a ton of hibachi-style grills and picnic tables. We’ve been trying to get there all season for a good old-fashioned city BBQ and finally made it happen this past week; the experience was one of our best this summer. I learned a few things my first time barbecuing on-the-go that you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re ready to plan your own city adventure.

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