Cooking Channel Announces October 2012 Highlights

Cooking Channel Announces October 2012 Highlights

Chuck Hughes, Sandra Lee and Mo Rocca pepper the October landscape with three new primetime series. Chuck Hughes hits the road to visit iconic, American streets and eat his way through the city to discover famous establishments and hidden gems in Chuck's Eat the Street premiering Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT.

The following week, Sandra Lee makes her Cooking Channel debut on Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT in her new series Sandra Lee's Taverns, Lounges & Clubs as she heads out of the kitchen to reveal the secrets behind America's greatest cocktails and the hot spots that serve them.

Mo Rocca takes a culinary journey to unearth treasured family recipes from grandparents across the country in the 13-episode original series My Grandmother's Ravioli premiering Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. 

Back for a fourth season of Kelsey's Essentials, Kelsey Nixon teaches viewers the basic techniques to becoming an expert home cook in a new timeslot beginning Saturday, October 6th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. The third season of Unique Sweets premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30pm ET/7pm PT takes viewers across the country to find the most eccentric and delicious desserts in America. Cooking Channel also serves up three primetime specials including Quest for the Fresh, Food Freaks and Nadia G's Bitchin' Halloween. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.


Chuck's Eat the Street - Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
Chuck returns to Cooking Channel in Chuck's Eat the Street, visiting some of the most distinguished and intriguing streets in America, tasting delectable foods along the way. Whether it is Beale Street in Memphis, Mission Street in San Francisco, or Magazine Street in New Orleans, Chuck experiences the history, lore and food behind these famous streets.

Premiering Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - SERIES PREMIERE!
"Food Revolution"
Philadelphia is good at starting things including culinary uprisings large and small. On Walnut Street, Chuck Hughes discovers Pickled Watermelon and Poutine topped with fried eggs at Square Peg and tastes veggie and traditional meatballs at Marabella Meatball Co. He then takes a walk to nearby Middle Eastern restaurant, Zahav, for hanger steak on a bed of baba ghanoush before discovering one of the secret gelato ingredients at Capogiro Gelato that makes heads spin.

Sandra Lee's Taverns, Lounges & Clubs- Premiering Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30pmET/7:30pm PT
Sandra Lee's Taverns, Lounges, & Clubs takes viewers into the coolest bars in America for one-of-a-kind cocktails. From neighborhood watering holes to elegant cocktail lounges, Sandra jumps behind the bar to catch the bartender's best tricks and recipes, heads into the kitchen to find out what's cooking, and definitely kicks back with the regulars.
My Grandmother's Ravioli - Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Mo Rocca learns treasured family recipes, and a lot more, from grandparents across the country in the 13-episode original series My Grandmother's Ravioli. While he was growing up, Mo's grandmother prepared sumptuous Sunday dinners for the family, with "Momma's" ravioli as the main event. Although he could never forget those meals, Mo never learned her recipes. Now he's doing the next best thing: visiting other people's grandmothers and grandfathers who lovingly, and patiently, teach Mo traditional, mouthwatering specialties. In addition to making food that will take viewers back to their childhood, the grandparents share their inspiring personal stories and funny family anecdotes in each 30-minute episode. Show off your own favorite family recipes at

Premiering Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT- "Jewish Cuisine" - SEASON PREMIERE!
Mo visits 76-year-old, full-of-life grandmother Ruth Teig in Scarsdale, N.Y. for a lesson in classic Jewish cuisine. The menu includes meat-filled kreplach; a modernized version of homemade gefilte fish; and Ruth's famous 'miracle' coffee cake, which is much-loved by family, friends, her plumber, her contractor and even the local DMV. Ruth also shares family anecdotes, gives Mo a hilarious tutorial in Yiddish expressions and explains how, as a Holocaust survivor, she truly appreciates all the wonderful things in life. Mo's time with Ruth culminates in a traditional Shabbat dinner, enjoyed with family and friends.

Premiering Wednesday, October 31st at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - "Eating Outdoors"
Ninety-one year old Gaetano is determined to make Mo Rocca a rugged outdoorsman. His recent hunting booty includes moose, bear, elk and varmint, but for Mo, he cooks up a stick-to-your-ribs venison stew like the one he prepares in the wild. Gaetano takes Mo to a shooting range to teach him how to shoot a rifle while also schooling him on the eccentricities of unusual moose calls. After they prepare a feast, the outdoorsy duo throws a party in Gaetano's backyard.


Kelsey's Essentials - Premiering Saturday, October 6th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - SEASON PREMIERE!

Premiering Saturday, October 6th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
"On the Go Grilling"
Whether it is to a game, a camping trip, or, in Kelsey's case, the roof of a building, it's important to have a handful of essential techniques and tips to make On the Go Grilling flawless. Kelsey enlists the help of New York City Master Chef Floyd Cardoz on all things grilling. She takes notes on a last minute grilling grab bag and gets suggestions for the best meat, vegetables, and fruit for grilling. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey preps for her own "on the go" rooftop feast including Marinated Veggie Kebabs with Halloumi Cheese, Sweet and Sour Picnic Drumsticks, and a Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cream.

Premiering Saturday, October 13th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
"Junk Food Essentials"
Kelsey shows that with a little inspiration and a few essential ingredients, creating junk food favorites at home is more than possible! She starts with a Boardwalk Dog wrapped in homemade cornbread buns and topped with a tangy tomatillo relish. Next on the menu is a Banana Split Funnel Cake topped with a strawberry surprise and Kelsey combines two of her favorites into one drink - Cotton Candy Lemonade!

Premiering Saturday, October 20th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
"Lean and Mean"
Kelsey gets Lean and Mean with Jets' superstar center Nick Mangold. Nick prepares one of his favorite comfort meals with a healthy twist and provides tricks and tips to cook healthy everyday of the year. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey tackles her own versions including Healthy Bison Chili, Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing, and a Mean Green Smoothie.

Premiering Saturday, October 27th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
"Unexpected Desserts"
Kelsey visits Tonnie of Tonnie's Minis in Harlem to unearth the secret to his cupcake surprise - a custom cupcake bar, where any combination of cake and frosting goes. Inspired, Kelsey Heads back home to get started on a couple of unexpected desserts of her own including an Ice Cream Birthday Cake, a Homemade Root Beer Float, and Carrot Cookies with Orange Buttercream Frosting.

Get all of Kelsey's essential recipes at

Unique Eats - Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30pm ET/7pm PT -SEASON PREMIERE!
Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 10:30pm ET/7pm PT - "Brooklyn"
Premiering Sunday, October 21st at 10:30pm ET/7pm PT - "Kids' Treats"
Premiering Sunday, October 28th at 10:30pm ET/7pm PT - "Coffee Break"

Find all the locations visited at and plan a Unique Sweets road trip!


Quest for the Fresh - Premiering Sunday, October 7th at 8pmET/5pmPT
Claire Robinson's out to push culinary boundaries and encourage edible exploration with her new special, Quest for the Fresh. Her goal is to find and cook with ingredients when their flavor has reached its absolute peak, but from angry herds of ostriches to swarms of honey bees, the journey itself may have a few roadblocks along the way. Join Claire on this adventure to find the best ingredients by picking, milking, digging and much, much more.

Food Freaks - Premiering Sunday, October 14th at 8pmET/5pmPT and 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
"Sleepeater/Vinegar Drinker"
For many people, something as normal as eating can be a constant struggle, an obsession, or an out-of-control nightmare. Every night, 21-year-old Jessica sleepwalks to the kitchen and consumes up to 1500 additional calories and cannot control it, but with the aid of a sleep clinic, Jessica hopes to get to the bottom of this unusual problem before she permanently damages her health. Meanwhile, 25-year-old Patrick is so obsessed with vinegar he drinks seven cups every day. He drowns his food in it and drinks the acidic liquid by the glassful, but shocking news from a doctor will hopefully convince Patrick to give up his favorite acidic beverage.

"Mayonnaise Terror/Hot Sauce Addiction"
25-year-old Shiseido's paralyzing phobia of mayonnaise leaves her in a state of constant anxiety, and her fiancé has had enough. Finally, Food Freaks explores the life of 44-year-old Vic who has now dedicated his life to expanding his collection of hot sauce bottles. As he attempts to increase his collection from 4400 bottles to 5500, his wife is ready to put her foot down, fearing for their bank account.

Nadia G's Bitchin' Halloween Special- Premiering Sunday, October 21st at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Nadia G creates a spooky-licious feast that is just as scary as it is delicious as she discusses some strange Halloween traditions, dishes on bad costumes and shares her worst fears. She celebrates her favorite (un)holiday - Halloween - with aptly named Creepy Bocconcini Eyeballs wrapped in Prosciutto Flesh; Maggot Salad; Vegetarian Coffin Sandwiches; Bracciole Severed Arm; "Blood" Marinara; and Toffee Designer Candied Apples with Maldon Salt. Panos talks flank steak, The Spice Agent reports on pimento and Maldon salt and Hans yaps about healthy alternatives to candy.


Eden Eats
Premiering Friday, October 5th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Honolulu"

Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Premiering Saturday, October 6th at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - "Mae Salong, Thailand"

Premiering Saturday, October 13th at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - "Chiang Mai, Thailland"

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
Premiering Wednesday, October 3rd at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Hitched & Ditched"
Premiering Wednesday, October 10th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Geezer Grub"
Premiering Wednesday, October 17th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Office Lunches"

Not My Mama's Meals
Premiering Wednesday, October 3rd at 9pm ET/6pm PT - "Southern to the Core"
Premiering Wednesday, October 10th at 9pm ET/6pm PT - "Cajun Style!"
Premiering Wednesday, October 17th at 9pm ET/6pm PT - "Say Cheese
Premiering Wednesday, October 24th at 9pm ET/6pm PT - "New York, New York"

Man Fire Food
Premiering Tuesday, October 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Cowboy Cooking"
Premiering Tuesday, October 9th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Fire Trucks"
Premiering Tuesday, October 16th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Pit Masters"

Symon's Suppers
Premiering Thursday, October 4th at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT - "Weeknight Gourmet"
Premiering Thursday, October 11th at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT - "Hog Wild"
Premiering Thursday, October 18th at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT - "Cooking with Friends"
Premiering Thursday, October 25th at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT - "Cast Iron"


Plan A Halloween Party With Cooking Channel
It's time to get in the spooky spirit with Cooking Channel's best Halloween recipes. Plan a Halloween party menu with Nadia G.'s recipes for eerie eats and sweet surprises and impress trick-or-treaters with fun and frightful foods and devilish dessert recipes, like the ultimate spider cake. Get twists on holiday faves - like salted caramel popcorn balls - or take a trip down memory lane with our top vintage candy finds.

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