G. GARVIN'S SOUTHERN HOLIDAY Among Cooking Channel's December Highlights, Airing Today

G. Garvin gets in the holiday spirit in his one-hour special G. Garvin's Southern Holiday tonight, December 8th at 8pmET/5pmPT as he highlights his favorite dishes and holiday traditions, and Cooking Channel serves up Holiday Weeks packed with themed episodes every night at 8pm from today, December 8th to Saturday, December 21st.

Also on the December menu are premiere episodes of fan-favorite shows including Eat St., My Grandmother's Ravioli and Restaurant Redemption. Nigella Lawson brings her Italian recipes to Cooking Channel in new series Nigellissima premiering Saturday, December 7th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT as she shares her secrets on creating easy and seasonal dishes for home cooks. CookingChannelTV.com celebrates December with recipes, tips and tricks to warm up the season and help plan the best holiday meal. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

SERIES PREMIERE

Nigellissima

Premiering Saturday, December 7th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT

Nigella Lawson shows how easy it can be to create fresh feasts from everyday ingredients as she brings the spirit and tastes of Italy to your table.

Premiering Saturday, December 7th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT

Nigella introduces viewers to her love of Italian food through a spectacular yet simple Sicilian pasta with tomatoes, garlic and almonds. Then, she serves up a midweek family feast of Tagliata - a juicy steak cut into thin slices - served with crisp, fluffy Tuscan fries. She also serves up 'eggs in purgatory' - a late night fiery dish inspired by her early days in Florence.

Premiering Saturday, December 14th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT

Nigella shares the secrets of her celebratory, yet simple Italian roast chicken, served alongside a sunny saffron orzotto. Dessert comes courtesy of Nigella's surprisingly easy coffee ice cream - inspired by lazy days spent in the ice cream parlors of Florence. She serves an extra treat in the form of a chocolate olive oil cake, and to end she dishes out a silky pasta dish with courgettes - a dish that elevates a quick fridge foray into a languorous late night treat.

Premiering Saturday, December 21st at 10:30amET/7:30amPT

Nigella treats her friends to an Italian-inspired supper including pork loin stuffed with Parma ham and oregano, served alongside her speedy mock mash and vignarola. For her pasta dish, Nigella cooks spelt spaghetti - an earthy choice to match a fresh, no-cook olive and anchovy sauce. Nigella's weekend indulgence is Sambuca kisses - delicate, doughnut-like treats so light that one would never be enough.

Premiering Saturday, December 28th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT

Nigella reveals a secret passion for one of the tastes of Italy with her dark and deviant liquorice pudding, before introducing the joys of fregola - the Sardinian sun-dried and toasted couscous - in a light, tomato-hued recipe of couscous with clams. Nigella serves her dinner party guests a simple yet sumptuous meal of butterflied leg of lamb and baby aubergines with oregano and roasted red onion. Dessert is an irresistible meringue gelato cake with sharp raspberries and a dark chocolate sauce.

Beginning November 22nd, get Nigella's guide to turning everyday ingredients into fresh Italian feasts at CookingChannelTV.com. Tweet your favorites using #Nigellissima.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Holiday Weeks

Premiering nightly from Sunday, December 8th to Saturday, December 21st at 8pmET/5pmPT

Cooking Channel serves up a holiday-themed episode of fan-favorite series to gear up for the season.

G. Garvin's Southern Holiday

Premiering Sunday, December 8th at 8pmET/5pmPT

G. Garvin puts together the ultimate holiday feast, cooking his favorite southern-inspired holiday dishes for his family and friends. Born and raised in Atlanta, G.'s cooking style is deeply rooted in the south. He has fond memories as a kid in Atlanta cooking with his mother in the kitchen and as a teenager working in some of Atlanta's most prestigious restaurants. And when it comes to the holidays, there is no place like home. G. Garvin invites some of his family and friends over and prepares the ultimate southern holiday feast at his home in Atlanta.

Beginning on November 29th, find G.'s recipes and learn about his favorite holiday traditions with his family at CookingChannelTV.com.

PREMIERE EPISODES

Best in Chow

Premiering Wednesday, December 4th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT - "Taco Wars Vancouver"

Cris Nannarone travels to Vancouver to find the best taco the seaside Canadian city has to offer. Will it be the Taco al Pastor from Sal Y Limón, the Fish Taco from Tacofino or the Pollo Taco from El Caminos?

Premiering Wednesday, December 11th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT - "Pizza Wars Chicago"

Cris Nannarone travels to Chicago to fulfill a boyhood dream of eating authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. Will the winner be the deep dish Pepperoni Sausage Pizza from Burt's Place, theNduja Pizza from Coalfire, or the Steak Nacho Pizza from Dimo's?

Premiering Wednesday, December 18th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT - "Burger Wars Banff"

Cris Nannarone heads to Banff, Alberta, Canada in search of the best burger in the quiet mountain town. His first stop is Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon for the Elk Burger inspired by the local wildlife. The next stop is to SalkLik for the Royale with Cheese, and his last stop is the Banff Ave. Brewing Co. for the Drive-In Classic Burger.

See the contenders for best burger, pizza and tacos around and judge for yourself who should be crowned Best in Chow on CookingChannelTV.com and follow the food mania on Twitter #BestInChow.

Come Date with Me

Premiering Friday, December 6th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Wilder"

Things are getting "Wilder" as Oh So Cosmo TV host Wilder Weir goes on a quest for romance. This bachelor will have his pick of four lovely ladies including Persian princess Sarah, no-nonsense reporter Nadia, sweet and sassy Justine and racy redhead Rose. With the ladies all swooning, Wilder takes the opportunity to ask some tough questions, and at the end of the night, Wilder sends one lady packing. Drops, bumps and bruises are in store for Wilder on his list of dates which include flair bartending, roller skating and bumper ball. Only one lucky lady will win this love showdown and walk away with a $1,000 dream date and hunky Wilder's heart.

Premiering Friday, December 13th at 10pmET/7pmPT -"Kathy"

Brash and bold divorcée Kathy Dymond is looking for her diamond in the rough. Kathy will have her pick from four doting dudes including bad boy boxer Wayne, handsome Diego, pretentious Pete and down-to-earth dad Dave. To get an appraisal of her suitors, Kathy hosts the men for dinner and serves up a manly meal, but at the end of the night, Kathy must send one guy home. Kathy spends the rest of the week on romantic dates including dance lessons, diamond shopping and horseback riding, but there can only be one mate for a $1,000 date and this leopard-loving lioness.

Premiering Friday, December 20th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Gail"

Glam girl Gail McInnes is on The Hunt for the elusive Mr. Right. With high hopes of finally finding her match, fashionista Gail will have her choice of four men: culinary artist David, macho man Mike, former model Emir and class clown Dan. To get to know the bachelors, Gail hosts a spicy dinner party, literally and metaphorically. The guys have their peacock feathers on display as they pump themselves up and put each other down throughout the night, but Gail sends one man packing. The remaining men choose activities she's never tried before including shucking oysters, circus training and playing the drums, but only one can win a $1,000 dream date and the heart of this flawless fashionista.

Premiering Friday, December 27th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Cathy"

Come Dine With Me superstar Cathy Habus has had enough of the single life. Here she will have her pick of four standup suitors vying for love including nice guy Dave, budding brew master Justin, rebound man Miles and desperate-for-love Trevor. Once again, Cathy will open her parent's basement door to four strangers, though, this time, they are all handsome single men. The men impress chatty Cathy, but for one unlucky bachelor, the journey ends here. She spends the next three days getting to know each man through activities including laughing yoga and striptease classes. Sassy Cathy is serious about love, and only one man can win a $1,000 dream date and the chance for romance.

Flip through our gallery of suitors and pick who you think deserves to win the ultimate dream date on CookingChannelTV.com and comment on your hottest choices on Twitter #DateWithMe.

Eat St.

Premiering Thursday, December 5th at 8pmET/5pmPT- "Tick, Tick Kaboom!"

First up is Kaboom Box in Vancouver for fresh, west coast seafood. Next in the streets of Philadelphia, the Foo Truck serves up savory Asian sandwiches. Then in Dallas, the Three Lions truck is the best British bistro on wheels. Finally, The Lime Truck brings internationally-inspired handheld delights to the streets of Irvine, California.

Premiering Thursday, December 12th at 9pmET/6pmPT- "Cowboys and Indians"

First up in Calgary, Alberta, the Naaco Truck serves fresh, authentic Indian cuisine, and in Toronto, the Hank Daddy's Cart dishes out smokin' hot barbecue. Then in Miami, it is all about grilled cheese sandwiches courtesy of the Ms. Cheezious truck, and the Scratch Truck delivers savory Asian-styled sandwiches to streets of Minneapolis.

Premiering Thursday, December 19th at 9pmET/6pmPT- "Hot Haute Cuisine"

First in Edmonton, Alberta, The Act truck puts on a culinary show of excellence with creative combinations. In Dallas, Jack's Chowhound wrangles up savory Southern-style sandwiches, and then in Minneapolis, the Sassy Spoon serves up healthy lunches with a side helping of attitude. Finally in Miami, the Gastropod trailer delivers hot haute cuisine curbside.

Premiering Thursday, December 26th at 8pmET/5pmPT- "Jamaican Me Crazy"

The Mighty Skillet truck in Calgary, Alberta puts some punch into lunch with dishes like Eggs Benedict with Lemon Hollandaise. In Orange County, Calif., The Bite Truck serves up global cuisine, and in Dallas, the Nammi truck dishes out Vietnamese fushion dishes. Finally, The Cinnamon Snail in New York specializes in vegan dishes with an Asian twist.

Find a food truck in your neighborhood with CookingChannelTV.com's interactive food truck map and tell us about it on Twitter using #EatSt.




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