SEASON FIVE

THE KITCHEN

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SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE

EPISODE 1

STORYLINE
It's a Valentine's Day celebration with plenty of chocolate on this episode of The Kitchen. The hosts prepare a romantic meal with Geoffrey Zakarian's Dark Chocolate Mousse, a tender filet mignon with mushroom red wine sauce from Katie Lee, and two mouthwatering side dishes from Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro. The Kitchen crew gets crafty with new ideas for valentines made out of chocolate, including adorable chocolate kiss critters and edible chocolate vessels. A master chocolatier joins in on the fun with a silky-smooth dark chocolate truffle recipe and out-of-this-world flavors to spice it up! Geoffrey caps it all off with his take on a chocolate martini.


RISE AND SHINE

EPISODE 2

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The Kitchen helps you rise and shine with fresh new ideas for your breakfasts. Sunny Anderson shares her favorite breakfast of all time: Insta Huevos Rancheros. The hosts answer viewers' egg, pancake and make-ahead breakfast conundrums, and oats get their a-ha moment with three delicious ideas for your morning oatmeal. Geoffrey Zakarian shares his recipe for incredible homemade gravlax — the ultimate topper for our bagel bar. And we're putting time back into your hectic weekday mornings with our timesaving breakfast hacks. Geoffrey goes healthy for his 5 O'clock Somewhere with a delicious kale and grape green smoothie.


WARMING WINTER MEALS

EPISODE 3

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Settle in and get cozy because it's comfort food all day on The Kitchen. GZ starts off the show with a delicious Sunday Supper of Spaghetti and Meatballs. The gang shows us how to maximize our microwave's potential with some wow worthy tips. It's chocolate heaven with Marcela's Sweet Retreat: The Ultimate Brownie. And Sunny and Katie top it all off with their amazing Brownie Sundaes. Chef Amanda Freitag joins us with her mouthwatering patty melt. Our hosts create crazy comfort food mash ups. GZ toasts New York with his throwback cocktail and the gang tries some yummy new snacks.


WINTER FIX

EPISODE 4

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Jeff Mauro cooks up a traditional family favorite, Chicken Tortellini Soup, and Food Network.com has new and tasty ways to lighten up three of your favorite dishes. Geoffrey Zakarian teaches us a kitchen basic mother sauce, while Marcela Valladolid and Katie Lee keep it healthy and delicious with their grain bowl recipes. We'll show you a few overlooked ingredients that you just might like, and Geoffrey wraps it all up with his warm Maple and Rum Toddy while the hosts get popping with fantastic ways to top popcorn.


SPECIAL FAMILY GATHERINGS

EPISODE 5

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We're throwing a surprise baby shower for Marcela Valladolid on this episode of The Kitchen! We'll share our tips for hosting all kinds of special family celebrations and Marcela makes a perfect party main dish with her puff pastry-wrapped salmon. We're putting together creative new ideas for DIY hostess gifts, and Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson have two delicious and time-saving rice side dishes. The gang shares their finger food appetizer favorites and Katie creates a beautiful party-worthy Croquembouche. We toast Marcela with a virgin Cucumber Ginger Fizz and surprise her with a fun shower present!


TOP O' THE MORNING

EPISODE 6

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a twist on the classic Irish dish, corned beef and cabbage; two easy meals using the pantry staple, the potato; tipsy treats with a secret ingredient and Geoffrey Zakarian's must-make St. Paddy's Day cocktail. Plus, the latest tool takedown challenge and easy ideas to make lunch at the office more exciting.


FREEZER FIXES AND PANTRY STAPLES

EPISODE 7

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Defrost your shrimp for Sunny Anderson's latest freezer fix, shrimp and grits. Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from Cooking Channel's Extra Virgin make the perfect pantry pasta. Three recipes to make the most of a pantry staple, condensed milk and unexpected ways to make use of your kitchen scraps. What to and what not to throw out in your refrigerator, plus Geoffrey Zakarian shares his special pickleback cocktail.


HAPPY EASTER!

EPISODE 8

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The Kitchen celebrates Easter with two classic holiday dishes: Geoffrey Zakarian's stuffed pork loin and Marcela Valladolid's leg of lamb. Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini shows us a new twist on the carrot cake. Plus, fun and edible food crafts for your holiday table and innovative ideas on how to use your leftover Easter eggs. Lastly, Geoffrey shares his Easter punch.


APRIL FAVORITES

EPISODE 9

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Katie Lee shows us an innovative recipe using your leftover holiday ham and Sunny Anderson has a delicious "one pan plan" chicken dinner. We celebrate Passover with fried matzo brei and show you how to make some no-guilt holiday desserts. Plus, tips on how to shop for the best knife for you.


EARLY SPRING ENTERTAINING

EPISODE 10

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Jeff Mauro's grilling a delicious blackened hanger steak and Cooking Channel's Tiffani Thiessen shares her entertaining tips for an at-home pizza party. There's quick and easy snacks on the go, new tricks for hiding healthy ingredients in decadent desserts and tips on planting a kitchen herb garden. Plus, Geoffrey Zakarian's herb-infused cocktail.


SPRING COOKING

EPISODE 11

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The hosts start off with tips on how to grill chicken breast to perfection and how to grow fresh produce from kitchen scraps. They showcase a variety of dry and wet spice rubs and renowned baker Gesine Bullock-Prado stops by to make a delicious and easy Maple Cream Pie. Plus, a tipsy sweet tea and food fire starters for spring cookouts.


FRESH FIX-INS

EPISODE 12

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The gang has fast and easy weeknight meals using only one pan and tips for making the perfect kabob with two complementing sauces. There's two ways to bomb your grilled cheese with flavor and how bad are your kitchen do's and don'ts? Plus, a lemon-inspired cocktail.


SPICY FAVORITES

EPISODE 13

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The heat is on in The Kitchen with the spicy southern classic dish, hot chicken. Try three spicy ingredients in your everyday recipes and learn the difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican tacos. Chef Marc Murphy serves up a spicy skirt steak, plus delicious spicy sweets and a mouthwatering spicy margarita.


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