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.

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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 9

Fall Pantry

There's a chill in the air! Time to stock up on fall pantry essentials. Kelsey prepares a Roasted Rosemary Turkey Breast with a Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf, and a rustic Vegetable Soup incorporating the essential garlic, onion, canned tomatoes and broth. A bubbly Apple Crisp is a fall favorite dessert not to be missed. With the essentials at hand, you can bring life to your dishes now and freeze them for cozy winter meals ahead.

Saturday
Oct 14
8am | 7c
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 10

Chocolate

Kelsey's essential tips for working with chocolate! Yes, you can have chocolate in your savory dishes, like in Kelsey's Pan Seared Scallops With a Tomato and White Chocolate Beurre Blanc. For a decadent dessert, she makes Chocolate Pasta With Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Sauce, White Chocolate Shavings and Fresh Berries.

Saturday
Oct 14
9am | 8c
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 3, Episode 6

Seafood

Kelsey shares her essential tips for cooking seafood. Recipes: Roasted Whole Black Sea Bass With Herbed Israeli Couscous, Crispy Skin Arctic Char With Butter Braised Cabbage and Oyster Chowder.

Tuesday
Dec 5
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 13

Sunday Dinner

Kelsey shares her essential tips for making the best and most memorable Sunday dinner. Recipes: Sunday Pot Roast, Arancini Cakes, Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a Grape Juice-Ginger Ale Sparkler.

Tuesday
Dec 5
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Season 2, Episode 12

Hooray for the Holidays

Entertaining friends and family during the holidays doesn't always mean baking a whole turkey, ham, or cake: bite size savory and sweet treats are quick ways to get the taste of the holidays to your guests in no time. Kelsey gets all of her favorite flavors of a turkey meal into one bite with Potato Latkes topped with Smoked Turkey Leg and Sweet Kumquat Chutney. Her favorite stuffing recipe packs big flavor into little Crispy Prosciutto cups. For dessert, a twist on a classic: Gingerbread Cake Truffles mixed with lemon ginger icing and topped with melted white chocolate and toasted pistachios. Kelsey is making entertaining for the holidays that much easier with some amazing bite size morsels.

Tuesday
Dec 5
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

New NY Favorite

Nothing says "New York City" like a warm bagel slathered with a thick layer of cream cheese. But one Brooklyn Bagel Maker, Scot Rossilo of the Bagel Store, isn't satisfied with the average bagel. He's taking them to the next level by creating bagels and cream cheese with any flavor your heart desires. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey puts a spin on this New York favorite with a berry bagel puff. Next, she serves up a caramelized onion and cheese bagel-swirl topped with a cream cheese and chive drizzle.

Saturday
Dec 16
7am | 6c
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.

Saturday
Dec 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

Hot and Cool Desserts

When it comes to dessert the most popular trend right now are "hot" cool desserts. Kelsey visits Max and Mina's whose ice cream is anything but vanilla when she helps them create a new ice cream flavor: salt and vinegar potato chip ice cream. Then she heads over to Just Sweet Cafe who is turning shaved ices upside down with their Asian inspired flavors. Back in her kitchen Kelsey creates her own innovative desserts by making a curried butternut squash ice cream and then a dessert sushi topped with fresh fruit.

Saturday
Dec 16
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 12

Hooray for the Holidays

Entertaining friends and family during the holidays doesn't always mean baking a whole turkey, ham, or cake: bite size savory and sweet treats are quick ways to get the taste of the holidays to your guests in no time. Kelsey gets all of her favorite flavors of a turkey meal into one bite with Potato Latkes topped with Smoked Turkey Leg and Sweet Kumquat Chutney. Her favorite stuffing recipe packs big flavor into little Crispy Prosciutto cups. For dessert, a twist on a classic: Gingerbread Cake Truffles mixed with lemon ginger icing and topped with melted white chocolate and toasted pistachios. Kelsey is making entertaining for the holidays that much easier with some amazing bite size morsels.

Saturday
Dec 16
8:30am | 7:30c

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All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Cranberry Salad

Roast Turkey Breast

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Roasted Pork Loin

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Chocolate Pasta with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Sauce, White Chocolate Shavings and Fresh Berries

Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Shredded Pork Summer Rolls

Turkey Roast Dip with Melted Gruyere

Roasted Peanut Slaw

Rapid Rolls

Braised Collard Greens with Bacon

Homemade French Baguettes

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Ramen

Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese

Sunday Pot Roast

French Onion Soup

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Lemon-Basil Orzotto

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pork and Poblano Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Cannelloni

Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf

Fried Quick Pickles with Buttermilk Ranch Dippin' Sauce

Roasted Whole Black Bass

Sopes with Shredded Beef

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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