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[12/15/11 - 06:47 AM]
Cooking Channel Gets a Healthy Start With Two New Series "Not My Mama's Meals" and "Drop 5 Lbs With Good Housekeeping"
Also on tap: newcomers "The Supersizers Go" and "Symon's Suppers."

[via press release from Cooking Channel]

COOKING CHANNEL GETS A HEALTHY START WITH TWO NEW SERIES "NOT MY MAMA'S MEALS" AND "DROP 5 LBS WITH GOOD HOUSEKEEPING"

Plus: New Series "Symon's Suppers" and Three Primetime Specials

NEW YORK - December 15, 2011 - Cooking Channel starts off the New Year with four new series, three primetime specials and 39 premiere episodes of fan-favorite shows. Bobby Deen, son of Paula Deen, takes his mother's famous recipes and transforms them into healthier, yet still delicious versions of her famous southern comfort food in his new series Not My Mama's Meals premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9pmET/6pmPT. Familiar face, Michael Symon, returns to Cooking Channel Thursday, January 19th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT in his new series Symon's Suppers as he brings family and friends into his kitchen for delicious meals at home. In honor of a new year and healthy resolutions, Melissa D'Arabian and her team of experts including Aarti Sequeira share slimming recipes, time-saving shopping tips, fat-burning exercises, and dining out do's and don'ts on Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping premiering Saturday, January 21st at 11amET/8amPT. Cooking Channel reminisces on the best moments in Iron Chef America history in the new primetime series Iron Chef America Countdown, premiering Thursday, January 31st at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT. Cooking Channel also serves up a slew of primetime specials including Cheap Bites which takes viewers on a road trip to find America's best food deals on Sunday, January 1st at 8pmET/5pmPT. Also, five young friends who love to cook start a cross-country search for amazing local purveyors and accept the challenge to create a unique five-course feast at each stop along the way in The Four Coursemen Adventure premiering Sunday, January 8th at 8pmET/5pmPT. Then, on Sunday, January 15th at 8pmET/5pmPT, Giada De Laurentiis takes viewers to Bora Bora, where the food is as inspired as the vibrant surroundings in her special Giada in Paradise: Bora Bora. Online, CookingChannelTV.com/healthy offers its most robust healthy package to date with recipes and videos designed to help viewers to stay on track with their New Year's resolutions. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

SERIES PREMIERES

Not My Mama's Meals: Premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9pmET/6pmPT Bobby Deen takes his mother Paula Deen's recipes and transforms her Southern comfort food into lighter, leaner, yet still delicious dishes. Each week, Bobby recreates one of his Mama's famous meals with healthy substitutes that cut down on calories and fat, but still deliver on taste.

· Premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9pmET/6pmPT - "Just Desserts" Bobby Deen begins his culinary quest to lighten up his mom's meals starting with desserts. He tackles two of Paula's famous dishes - Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and Chocolate Mousse Pie. Bobby whips up a Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding and Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie, cutting the calories but keeping the flavor.

· Premiering Wednesday, January 11th at 9pmET/6pmPT - "The Bag Lady's Son" Bobby gets a surprise visitor to help him lighten up two dishes that go all the way back to his mom's "Bag Lady" days - Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Gooey Butter Cake. He whips up Gooey With Less Butter Cake, Lighter & Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Spicy Sweet Potato Chips.

· Premiering Wednesday, January 18th at 9pmET/6pmPT - "Can't Take the South Out of the Man" Bobby puts a unique spin on two of his mom's signature dishes - Shrimp & Grits and Fried Apple Pies. He's replacing the grits with a lighter, flavorful polenta and taking the "fry" right out of the apple pies.

· Premiering Wednesday, January 25th at 9pmET/6pmPT - "Game Day Eats" Bobby whips up lighter and leaner chili dogs and smashed potato cakes that even Paula admits are better than her own.

The Supersizers Go: Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 10pm ET/7pm PT Restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins supersize their way through the cuisines of different eras in Britain's history.

· Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 10pm ET/7pm PT - "Medieval" Holed up in their Medieval Castle, Giles and Sue explore the fascinating rituals and food of Medieval England.

· Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Victorian" Giles and Sue spend a week on the diet of a wealthy Victorian couple as best-selling cookery writer Sophie Grigson cooks up traditional Victorian fare.

· Premiering Saturday, January 28th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Ancient Rome" Giles and Sue become upholders of the Roman republic - a Senator with his fashion-conscious, sophisticated wife.

Symon's Suppers: Premiering Thursday, January 19th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT Michael Symon shares his favorite crowd-pleasing recipes, from casual family dinners to drink nights with the boys. Michael prepares simple, seasonal dishes the help of family members and friends who join him in the kitchen to share stories and recipe secrets.

· Premiering Thursday, January 19th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Comforting Classics" Michael prepares his favorite comfort food menu and visits the chef who inspired it all. He starts with Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde and Fried Potatoes with Spicy Aioli - a satisfyingly delicious combination. For dessert, he whips up an untraditional Three-Minute Chocolate "Cup" Cake and tops it all off with a comforting glass of Rosé wine.

· Premiering Thursday, January 24th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Southern Favorites" Michael serves up good ole' fashioned cooking with a few easy tricks to elevate the classics from simple to spectacular. He dishes out a southern spread with Twice Fried Chicken, Sherla's Southern Greens, Apple Bread Pudding and a frosty Kentucky Mule that puts the meal over the top.

Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping: Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 11amET/8amPT Emphasizing small changes that deliver big results, Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping offers easy and satisfying ways to lose weight. Based on the magazine's popular weight loss column, the series is hosted by Melissa d'Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian), and also features expert advice from fitness guru Ashley Borden, Good Housekeeping Nutrition Director Samantha Cassetty and Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Party).

· Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 11amET/8amPT - "Start the Year Off Right" Fitness expert Ashley Borden coaches viewers on how take the first steps into a fitness plan that burns serious calories, and Good Housekeeping Nutrition Director, Samantha Cassetty gives advice on stopping portion distortion. Then, Aarti Sequeira reveals the secrets to healthy restaurant dining and how to avoid overindulging while Melissa d'Arabian makes over Fettuccini Alfredo and Chicken Breasts with Apple Curry Sauce with light, yet flavorful new twists on the classic pasta recipes.

· Premiering Saturday, January 28th at 11amET/8amPT - "Keep It Off" With the focus on keeping up the good work and keeping the pounds off, Samantha Cassetty shows viewers specific fruits and veggies that help with counting calories. Fitness expert, Ashley Borden has the secrets to circuit training, and Aarti Sequeira is raising the salad bar by increasing healthy choices. Melissa d'Arabian serves up simple Salmon Cakes that are full of complex flavors, and as a treat to all the hard work, she makes over classic chocolate chip cookies for a sweet, yet shameless reward.

Iron Chef America Countdown: Premiering Tuesday, January 31st at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT Cooking Channel counts down the best moments in Iron Chef America history from the biggest Kitchen Stadium nightmares to the most sinfully sweet recipes as The Chairman, former judges, and competitors share their Iron Chef America memories.

PRIMETIME SPECIALS:

Cheap Bites: Premiering Sunday, January 1st at 8pmET/5pmPT New York City chef and outspoken food writer Eddie Huang takes viewers on a road trip to find America's best food deals. From free pizza in New York to 25-cent donuts in Memphis, Tenn., Eddie shows viewers the cheapest eats around.

The Four Coursemen Adventure: Sunday, January 8th at 8pmET/5pmPT Five young friends who love to cook as much as they love a challenge hit the road in a new adventure. The cooking enthusiasts travel across the country on a mission to celebrate amazing local purveyors and teach people that good food doesn't always have to come from a supermarket. In a unique twist, they must create a five-course feast without knowing where they're going until they get there, and have just 48 hours to source, create, cook and serve an unforgettable dinner for 30 townspeople.

Giada in Paradise: Bora Bora: Sunday, January 15th at 8pmET/5pmPT Chef Giada De Laurentiis takes viewers on a magical adventure in the South Pacific as she explores the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora where the food is as inspired as the vibrant surroundings.

FOOD NETWORK FAVORITES AIRING ON COOKING CHANNEL:

Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Premiering Thursday, January 5th at 9pmET/6pmPT Bobby Flay is on a secret mission to challenge the absolute masters in one kind of cooking from award-winning pit masters to pizza makers and grilling experts. In each episode, Food Network sets up an expert to believe that they are shooting a profile of him/her for a show, but with cameras rolling for the "profile," Bobby Flay shows up for a surprise visit and challenges the expert to an unexpected cook-off of his/her specialty. They are in their element and Bobby's out of his, but he still throws down his tongs for a tension-filled competition against one of America's greatest amateur cooks.

PREMIERE EPISODES:

A Cook's Tour:
Premiering Tuesday, January 3rd at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Taste of Tokyo"
Premiering Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "The Cook Who Came in from the Cold"

Chuck's Day Off:
Premiering Sunday, January 29th at 4pmET/1pmPT - "Block Party"

Eat St.:
Premiering Tuesday, January 3rd at 8pmET/5pmPT - "The Smokin' South"
Premiering Tuesday, January 10th at 8pmET/5pmPT - "Miami Nice"
Premiering Tuesday, January 24th at 8pmET/5pmPT - "Gator Time""

Extra Virgin:
Premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Toscana Road Trip"
Premiering Wednesday, January 11th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Gone Fishin'
Premiering Wednesday, January 18th at 9:30pmET/6:30pmPT - "Tuscan Sun Festival"

French Food at Home:
Premiering Saturday, January 7th at 12pmET/9amPT - "The Sweet Choux Show"
Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 12pmET/9amPT - "French Africa"
Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 12pmET/9amPT - "France City Tour"
Premiering Saturday, January 28th at 12pmET/9amPT - "Cooking for One"

Hungry Girl:
Premiering Saturday, January 7th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT - "Under 200"
Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT - "We All Scream for Ice Cream"
Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 10:30amET/7:30amPT - "Under 5 Minutes
Premiering Saturday, January 28th at 10:30amET/7:30amPT - "Big sandwiches"

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen:
Premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 10pmET/7:00pmPT - "Getting the Romance Back"
Premiering Wednesday, January 25th at 10pmET/7:00pmPT - "Veg Head Extravaganza"

Pitchin' In:
Premiering Thursday, January 5th at 10:30pmET/7:30pmPT - "Tomatoes"

Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Premiering Saturday, January 7th at 3pmET/12pmPT - "Star Ingredient"
Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 3pmET/12pmPT - "Prepare Yours"
Premiering Saturday, January 21st at 3pmET/12pmPT - "Border Bonanza"
Premiering Saturday, January 28th at 3pmET/12pmPT - "Back to the Grind"

Spice Goddess:
Premiering Saturday, January 7th at 11amET/8amPT - "Bal Classics"
Premiering Saturday, January 14th at 11amET/8amPT - "Craving Menu"
Premiering Sunday, January 22nd at 8:30amET/5:30amPT - "Backyard Party"
Premiering Sunday, January 29th at 8:30amET/5:30amPT - "Ladies Lunch"

Unique Eats:
Premiering Sunday, January 1st at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Mexican"
Premiering Sunday, January 8th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Bar Food"
Premiering Sunday, January 15th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Eat & Sleep"
Premiering Sunday, January 22nd at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Maine Weekend"

United Tastes of America
Premiering Tuesday, January 3rd at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Dumplings"
Premiering Tuesday, January 10th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Peanut Butter"
Premiering Tuesday, January 17th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Meatloaf"
Premiering Tuesday, January 24th at 10pmET/7pmPT - "Meatballs"
Premiering Tuesday, January 31st at 10pmET/2amPT - "BBQ Fest"

DIGITAL CONTENT

This January, cookingchanneltv.com/healthy offers up daily tips and easy recipes to help users stick to the New Year's resolutions in the most robust healthy package to date.

Highlights include:

· Recipes and expert advice from hosts and correspondents of new show Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping

· 20 exclusive web-only bonus recipes from Bobby Deen in addition to his slimmed-down recipes from Not My Mama's Meals

· Chef's and celebrity's personal diet and fitness secrets on how they stay in shape

· Recipes for diet-friendly desserts, healthy weeknight dinners, and crowd-pleasing healthy Italian favorites

· A super foods roundup - the basics users can't afford to skip

· Easy, guilt-free recipes and low-calorie shopping lists from Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien

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COOKING CHANNEL (www.cookingchanneltv.com) is an entertainment brand dedicated to today's passionate food lover. For food people, by food people, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing hunger for more content devoted to food and cooking in every dimension from global cuisines to international travel, history and unconventional how-to's. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com, Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com) and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.





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· BITCHIN' KITCHEN (COOKING)
· EAT ST (COOKING)
· EXTRA VIRGIN (COOKING)
· IRON CHEF AMERICA (FOOD)
· NOT MY MAMA'S MEALS (COOKING)
· PITCHIN' IN (COOKING)
· SUPERSIZERS GO, THE (COOKING)
· SYMON'S SUPPERS (COOKING)
· THROWDOWN WITH BOBBY FLAY (FOOD)
· UNIQUE EATS (COOKING)
· UNITED TASTES OF AMERICA (COOKING)











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