Kelsey Nixon's got spunk, she's got sass, but most importantly, she's got what you so desperately need in the kitchen: The Essentials. From "Roasting" to "Sauce-Making" to "Quick Breads," Kelsey shows you — the DIY home cook — the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen. Kelsey is all about using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary.

Kelsey's Essentials Season 2

Pizza and Flatbreads

Kelsey dives into the essentials for pizza, calzones, and flatbreads.

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Season 2, Episode 3

Veggie Bliss

For anyone who wants to add fresh and delicious ingredients to their dishes, finding the freshest vegetables is essential. To start, Kelsey makes a classic French dish, Ratatouille, filled with caramelized onions, elegant eggplant and homemade tomato jam. Next, an Italian bread salad, Panzanella, is a tangy mixture of smokey mozzarella and bread, with a mixture of peppers, cherry heirloom tomatoes and sugar snap peas -- all fresh from the market. And last, but certainly not least, a pan-seared Pacific Cod will be paired with a silky, smooth Creamed Corn and topped with a homemade Cilantro Vinaigrette. The variety of what you can do with the right produce is endless when it comes to flavor and freshness.

Saturday
Jan 21
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 5

Lean and Mean

Who knows better about eating healthy all year round than an NFL player? That is why Kelsey is getting 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 that could have you cooking healthy 365 days a year. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey tackles her own slimming recipes versions -- a Bison Chili, Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing and a Mean Green Smoothie.

Saturday
Jan 21
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

My Trip to San Fran

Kelsey remembers her trip to San Francisco, its Spanish cuisine and the latest twist on a classic Spanish dish -- paella, made with noodles instead of rice. The new tread inspires Kelsey's version of Fideos with shrimp and chorizo with a smoky paprika aioli. And you can't talk about San Francisco without making a classic buttery and fluffy Pilaf. She finishes her San Fran feast with a Green Goddess Crab Tapas. It's Spanish flair west coast style!

Monday
Apr 10
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 5

Snack Attack

Wish you could make your favorite snack at home? Kelsey shows us with a little inspiration and essential ingredients, anything is possible! After visiting S'mores Bakery and seeing how they turned an American favorite snack -- the s'mores -- upside down by adding unexpected flavors like orange-cardamom, espresso and lavender, she heads back to her kitchen to make her version of one of her all time favorite snacks -- a microwave chocolate cake with peanut butter cream. Kelsey then heads to Kings County Jerky to see how they reinvented the traditional jerky by making a grass fed jerky with flavors like Korean BBQ and Mole. Kelsey makes her version of dried leather by serving up homemade fruit leather. And last, Kelsey makes a "snack attack" of fried chickpeas with parmesan, lemon and almonds.

Monday
Apr 10
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Summer Desserts

Kelsey indulges her sweet tooth by whipping up some fresh and exciting desserts for entertaining friends or just nibbling on her own. Fresh ingredients are key when making homemade desserts and she'll start things off with a Fresh Fruit Pizza, a sugar cookie crust dessert filled with the season's freshest fruit. Then, she'll show you how to cool things down with a refreshing Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Granita. This dessert menu isn't complete without a little chocolate and a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Icebox Cake filled With Bananas fits the bill. It's all about fresh and fabulous desserts when Kelsey gets in the kitchen.

Saturday
Jul 1
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 6

Indoor BBQ

There's nothing Kelsey loves more than the sweet and smoky smell of barbecue. Outdoor grilling is great, but she will show the viewer some indoor techniques and tricks to create a delicious BBQ family style meal. Tangy and sweet Cumin-Scented Ribs are slathered in homemade BBQ Sauce and then baked in the oven until the meat is falling off the bone. For sides, Kelsey uses two of her essential flavor boosters, bacon and maple syrup, to elevate her Baked Beans. Her Corn Salad is filled with charred kernels and topped with savory Basil Vinaigrette. Finally, she'll be putting her own twist on a classic pie with fresh Berry Pie Pops, a dessert everyone will want seconds of!

Saturday
Jul 1
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Mobile Global Cuisine

With global street food taking over Kelsey visits Danny of Cemitas who is turning out cemitas packed with layers of flavor. Then Kelsey visits some epic sandwich makers who are bringing the amazing flavors of Bombay to the masses. Back in her kitchen Kelsey continues to go "global" when she makes an Italian porchetta sandwich and then a classic favorite from Trinidad, curried chickpea doubles.

Monday
Aug 7
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 9

Fiery Foods

With the "hottest" food trend right now being hot sauce Kelsey heads to the first annual Hot Sauce Expo where hot sauce is being added to all savory and sweet foods, including the unexpected. Next up Kelsey visits JoJo Collins who truly turns up the heat on her homemade Sriracha. Kelsey then gets started on her own hot sauce menu when she makes: a Fresno pepper hot sauce, a spicy kale Caesar salad and a spicy roasted chicken with a hot sauce compound butter.

Monday
Aug 7
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

Rise and Shine

A sizzling and scrumptious breakfast is the perfect start to any day. Ripe fruit, savory sausage and farm fresh eggs are just a few of the essential ingredients Kelsey will be using in her favorite morning morsels. She'll be using her cast iron skillet to make Pork Maple Sausage from scratch and then use it in her tasty Egg, Cheese and Sausage Sandwich. The sausage will also get stuffed inside crispy Potato Skins, mixed with a robust Skillet Hash and topped With Fried Eggs. Finally, she'll indulge her sweet side with a Blueberry and Cream Stuffed French Toast With Fresh Strawberry Jam. Nothing says the perfect start to a day like a menu full of flavor and fun!

Saturday
Oct 14
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 8

Game Day Gourmet

Why make the same game day food year in and year out, when you can create something new? Kelsey visits Marc Matyas of the New York City's Nolita House for a little game day gourmet inspiration. Marc has been experimenting with game day classics. Try spinach artichoke dip wrapped in a spring roll then deep fried -- or bite size balls of mac n' cheese. Fueled by Marc's unique ideas and techniques, Kelsey creates her own game day dishes the gourmet way with Spicy Crab Cake Poppers, Buffalo Chicken Lollies with blue cheese dip, and broiled Sweet Pepper Poppers with goat cheese.

Saturday
Oct 14
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Easy As Pie

Kelsey guides us through the essentials for an American slice of heaven -- pie! Starting with the perfect flaky Crust, adding a Banana Caramel Cream Filling and mixing it up with a variation on the classics with a rustic fresh Peach and Cream Pie in a moist, flaky buttery crust. Hot from the oven to your plate. Mmmmm ... pass the ice cream, please.

Saturday
Oct 14
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Sweet Treats

Kelsey's sweet tooth gets a mind of its own! Kelsey makes her own Homemade Candy Bar with layers of milk chocolate, sweet caramel, and homemade nougat. Who knew you could make lollipops at home? These Pomegranate and Lime Lollipops will make you feel like a kid again. Finally, it's a one of kind recipe when Kelsey takes a piece of frozen pie, blends it with vanilla ice cream to create a Pie Shake. It's a sweet treat you won't forget!

Saturday
Oct 14
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 13

Food Gifts

Kelsey's ultimate gift is one from the heart -- and the kitchen. Kelsey crafts some food gifts you can share with your friends and family, all guaranteed to look and taste delicious: Cherry Pie in a Jar, Vanilla Almonds, Vanilla Sugar and homemade Salted Caramel Sauce complete with a recipe for Caramelitas. Spread some good cheer with delights from your kitchen.

Tuesday
Dec 5
8am | 7c

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Most Popular Recipes

All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black Bean Salad with Mango, Cilantro and Lime

Pork and Poblano Soup

Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Jam and Blueberries

Spicy Smoked Sweet Potato Salad

Tangy Maple Baked Beans with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Grilled Picnic Corn

Honey Hoisin Glazed Wings

Tangy Coleslaw with Smoked Corn and Lime Dressing

Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

Roasted Whole Black Bass

Carmelitas

Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo, Egg and Potato

French Onion Soup

Simple Pizza Dough

Pickled Root Vegetable Salad

Roasted Vegetables

Charred Corn Salad with Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Cream Pie

Dessert Sushi

Sunday Pot Roast

Buttery Garlic Herb Knots

Shoestring Fries with Truffle Aioli

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing

Sopes with Shredded Beef

Roasted Pork Loin

Fried Quick Pickles with Buttermilk Ranch Dippin' Sauce

About the Host

Kelsey Nixon

Kelsey Nixon began teaching others to cook in college when she created her own cooking show, Kelsey's Kitchen, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals.

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