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8 Passport cooking shows to inspire your holiday table

’Tis the season for food, friends, and family, but after two plus years of scaled back and cancelled gatherings, a lot of us might be feeling a bit daunted (or flat-out stressed!) at the thought of returning to holiday hosting. If you are among this anxious group, never fear—your Passport member benefit has your back!

Looking for a dessert that rises above the usual holiday offerings? Check out Episode 113 of Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen. Need to brush up on the basics? Episode 208 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals solves all your Thanksgiving dilemmas. Ready to go next level at your next dinner party? Cook’s Country "Holiday Feast" shows viewers how to master Crumb-Crusted Rack of Lamb.

Whatever kind of inspiration you are looking for, Passport’s array of cooking shows has all you need for a festive—and worry-free—holiday hosting experience!

 America's Test Kitchen

America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays

If you have time to stream only one cooking show this holiday season, America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays is the one to watch. This hour-long special features five of the test kitchen’s favorite holiday recipes, including new twists on classic holiday fare such as Turkey En Cocotte and Beef Tenderloin. Yum!


Loaf of challa bread

America’s Test Kitchen

America’s Test Kitchen is the most-watched cooking show on public television for good reason! More than 2 million viewers tune in each week for year-round cooking ideas and instruction. Five episodes that will inspire both holiday cooks and bakers include Season 19’s The Perfect Cookie; Season 20’s Thanksgiving for a Crowd and Eggs for the Holidays; and Season 22’s Jewish Baking and Holiday Dessert and Salad. For more recipes ideas, equipment reviews, and taste tests, click on the link below!            


A Chef's Life

A Chef’s Life

Vivian Howard explores Southern cuisine, past and present—one ingredient at a time. Follow Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches, and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her seasonal menus. Enjoy unexpected holiday ingredients in these four episodes: They Call ’em ’BagasGettin’ Figgy With It; More than One Way to Skin a Catfish; and Chasing Trout. For an intriguing take on both Southern and Chanukah traditions, view Season Two's The Holiday Special. For all five seasons, check out the link below!


Dessert Crepes

Cook’s Country

No other occasion brings out beloved family recipes like the holiday season! Cook’s Country serves up re-imagined family recipes from every corner of America. Here are five episodes curated especially for the season: Tristate TreatsHoliday Roast and Potatoes; Holiday Feast; Thanksgiving, Simplified; and, for the ultimate indulgence, Endless Dessert! Visit more regional recipes at the link below.        


Julie Taboulie

Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen

When you want your dessert to stand out from the typical array of pumpkin and pecan pies, baklawa b ashta fills the bill! Homemade phyllo dough cups are filled with Lebanese cream and tasty toppings, then finished off with orange blossom syrup. Join Julie as she welcomes you into her home for Episode 113, “Lebanese Sweets for the Holiday Season”!


Dessert Plate

Sara’s Weeknight Meals

Since 2008, Sara's Weeknight Meals has been about the things that matter most the world over—tasty home-cooked meals, eaten with family, and cooked with love. Those special things are felt even more deeply this time of year. Sara’s love of sharing shines especially bright in Season Two’s Thanksgiving 101 and Holiday Food Gifts and in Season 11’s Holiday Sweets. See more seasonal and year-round recipes at the link below!


Carrie and her mom making biscuits

How She Rolls

Meet Carrie Morey—an award-winning baker, cookbook author, and entrepreneur who is growing a tiny made-by-hand mail order biscuit company into a booming business. In Season One’s Thanksgiving episode, the Morey family puts together an annual outdoor feast featuring Aunt Gail’s oyster pie. In Season Two’s A Very Carrie Christmas, Carrie gets in the holiday spirit while balancing home life and work demands. View both seasons at the link below!


Scandinavian entree

New Scandinavian Cooking

Looking for a departure from traditional American holiday offerings? Look no further than “A Treat for the Holidays” on New Scandinavian Cooking. In this episode of Season 9, host Andreas Viestead visits Eastern Norway, where he makes some of his Christmas favorites, including porridge with pinnekjott, a special holiday dish made with salted and dried goat ribs and served with almond potatoes.



Julia Child

PBS Cooking Icon Julia Child

Still feeling stressed? Take 45 seconds out of your holiday planning to watch this fun montage of classic Julia Child turkey moments! It will leaving you laughing and ready to tackle even the longest to-do list. Sound on for the full effect!

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