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  • Dec 13 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Prickly Business
    Vivian's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of okra. Vivian learns that picking okra is a prickly business and gets a crash course in food styling during a photo session for her upcoming cookbook.
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  • Dec 16 4:00 pm
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    If You Can't Beet Em....
    Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make "the best pickled beets she ever ate." Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate cake in honor of Ms. Mary's 89th birthday. There's no telling how Ms. Lillie will respond.
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  • Dec 17 4:00 pm
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    A Casserole Says Plenty
    The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager. A family reunion features home-cooked Casseroles.
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  • Dec 18 4:00 pm
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    Honey, I'm Home!
    Vivian turns up the heat on a dish of Chicken Livers drizzled with Hot Honey.
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  • Dec 19 4:00 pm
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    They Call 'em 'bagas
    Lillie shows Vivian three ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in Rutabagas.
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  • Dec 20 4:00 pm
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    Gone Clamming, Part I
    Travel with Vivian to Charleston's Wine and Food Festival, the South's premiere gathering of world-class chefs and food folk. A clamming trip with low-country legend "Clammer Dave" adds a bit of adventure.
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  • Dec 23 4:00 pm
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    Gone Clamming, Part II
    A visit to Charleston includes the popular Waffle House Smackdown.
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  • Dec 24 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    What's Your Beef?
    Vivian's whole-cow program finds its groove. Mrs. Scarlett makes a classic cubed steak.
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  • Dec 25 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    One Potato, New Potato
    Vivian judges the Southern Sides competition at the BBQ Festival and makes her own BBQ plate.
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  • Dec 26 4:00 pm
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    Onions and Avetts
    Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian prepares dinner for beginner farmers.
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  • Dec 27 4:00 pm
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    My Watermelon Baby
    After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns and works to build camaraderie.
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  • Dec 30 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Peas, Please
    As a visit from her editor accelerates book preparations, Vivian reckons with handing over the restaurant reins to John and Justise. A tutorial in "beatin' peas," delivered by a 92-year-old expert, is an entertaining and therapeutic history lesson.
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  • Dec 31 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Stand By Your Cabbage
    Vivian's summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photoshoot as she preps for a first-time trip to Feast Portland. Before heading out west, Sam Jones and Miss Lillie share old school cabbage recipes that influence the dish she prepares for festival goers. While on the road, Vivian trusts John and Justise to hold down the fort back home.
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  • Jan 2 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Rabbit
    Vivian's rabbit demo at the Carolina Meat Conference is met with a rowdy rabble of protesters. As a cherished staff member prepares to leave the restaurant, Vivian mourns his loss while anticipating the additional strain.
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  • Jan 3 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    More Than One Way to Skin A Catfish
    An up-close-and-personal experience with farm-raised catfish offers Vivian an enlightened perspective on the industry. When a staff member's last day at the restaurant finally arrives, heavy emotions, and fond memories create a bonding moment for the entire crew. It's the holidays and Vivian is crowned Grand Marshall of the Pink Hill Christmas Parade.
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  • Jan 6 4:00 pm
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    All Sunchoked Up
    Flo and Theo's pre-school class visit the restaurant for a meal where table manners are the focus, but exceptionally slow service makes everyone antsy, especially Ben. When her sunchoke recipe doesn't make the grade, Vivian enlists guidance from an old friend.
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  • Jan 7 4:00 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Heavenly Hocks
    A view behind the scenes reveals the hot and cold of curing ham. At a New York dinner party hosted in her honor, Vivian serves up a gift of NC seasoning meats - the pig tails, ham hocks, and fatback that give Carolina cuisine its quintessential kick. While in the Big Apple, a visit with her publisher reveals an itinerary certain to make for an ambitious autumn.
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  • Jan 8 4:00 pm
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    Mayo - The Mother Sauce
    Vivian holds a mayo blind taste test and a surprise brand takes top prize. After a new chef takes the reins, her diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clearer. Vivian's long-held vacation plans are stifled by a series of strange events.
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  • Jan 9 4:00 pm
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    Two-Mato
    As Chef & the Farmer turns 10, Vivian searches for ripe tomatoes to serve at the restaurant's birthday party. She seeks the wisdom of Ms. Mary and Ms. Lillie to prepare an old-school tomato dish that "kills hungry."
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  • Jan 10 4:00 pm
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    Shake, Rattle, and Pole (Beans)
    Mrs. Tessie Mae gives Vivian an intro to pickled pork and a lesson in snapping pole beans.
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  • Dec 13 2:30 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Gettin' Figgy with It
    Vivian is under the gun to pen an entire book chapter on figs in three days. The stress inspires a fig and honey bourbon slushie tasting and a fig preserves session. After much debate, Vivian and Ben decide to charge for bread at the restaurant.
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  • Dec 16 2:30 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Pickle Perfect
    Vivian visits her friend Nancy for a surprisingly comforting combination of homemade pickles, chicken salad and chocolate cake. Ben and Vivian audition a new chef to offer Ben some relief and much-needed time to focus on his art.
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  • Dec 17 2:30 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Prickly Business
    Vivian's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of okra. Vivian learns that picking okra is a prickly business and gets a crash course in food styling during a photo session for her upcoming cookbook.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 18 2:29 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    If You Can't Beet Em....
    Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make "the best pickled beets she ever ate." Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate cake in honor of Ms. Mary's 89th birthday. There's no telling how Ms. Lillie will respond.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 19 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    A Casserole Says Plenty
    The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager. A family reunion features home-cooked Casseroles.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 20 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Honey, I'm Home!
    Vivian turns up the heat on a dish of Chicken Livers drizzled with Hot Honey.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 23 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    They Call 'em 'bagas
    Lillie shows Vivian three ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in Rutabagas.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 24 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Gone Clamming, Part I
    Travel with Vivian to Charleston's Wine and Food Festival, the South's premiere gathering of world-class chefs and food folk. A clamming trip with low-country legend "Clammer Dave" adds a bit of adventure.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 26 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Gone Clamming, Part II
    A visit to Charleston includes the popular Waffle House Smackdown.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 30 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    What's Your Beef?
    Vivian's whole-cow program finds its groove. Mrs. Scarlett makes a classic cubed steak.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Dec 31 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    One Potato, New Potato
    Vivian judges the Southern Sides competition at the BBQ Festival and makes her own BBQ plate.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Jan 2 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Onions and Avetts
    Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian prepares dinner for beginner farmers.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Jan 3 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    My Watermelon Baby
    After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns and works to build camaraderie.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Jan 6 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Peas, Please
    As a visit from her editor accelerates book preparations, Vivian reckons with handing over the restaurant reins to John and Justise. A tutorial in "beatin' peas," delivered by a 92-year-old expert, is an entertaining and therapeutic history lesson.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Jan 7 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    Stand By Your Cabbage
    Vivian's summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photoshoot as she preps for a first-time trip to Feast Portland. Before heading out west, Sam Jones and Miss Lillie share old school cabbage recipes that influence the dish she prepares for festival goers. While on the road, Vivian trusts John and Justise to hold down the fort back home.
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  • Jan 8 2:30 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Cabbage's Last Stand
    Vivian can't resist the opportunity to romp around the city before firing up the BBQ cabbage at Feast Portland. The crisp Oregon air and thousands of patient festival patrons make hiccups with her cooking equipment easier to overcome.
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  • Jan 9 2:30 pm
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    A Chef's Life
    Rabbit
    Vivian's rabbit demo at the Carolina Meat Conference is met with a rowdy rabble of protesters. As a cherished staff member prepares to leave the restaurant, Vivian mourns his loss while anticipating the additional strain.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
  • Jan 10 2:30 pm
    WATCH EPISODES
    A Chef's Life
    More Than One Way to Skin A Catfish
    An up-close-and-personal experience with farm-raised catfish offers Vivian an enlightened perspective on the industry. When a staff member's last day at the restaurant finally arrives, heavy emotions, and fond memories create a bonding moment for the entire crew. It's the holidays and Vivian is crowned Grand Marshall of the Pink Hill Christmas Parade.
    WATCH EPISODES PROGRAM PAGE
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