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Season 5, Episode 2

A Literally Good Meal

My tongue-twister menu does Green Eggs n Ham one better - though it does have green, and ham! It's my Pasta, Pancetta and Peas, a satisfying dish you can really twirl your fork in, but its light, fresh flavors won't weigh you down.

Jul 21
8pm | 7c
Season 10, Episode 11

Filling Up with Fish

Sunny Anderson fills up with a pot of Fish and Fennel Stew, light yet satisfying with flaky cod fillets poached in a tomato-white wine broth. To go with that, Sunny's Goat Cheese and Thyme Crackers outshine the supermarket varieties hands-down, and they couldn't be easier to make. Finally, Sunny's Quick and Creamy Fruit Salad is a fun and tasty dish of mixed fruit in a creamy coconut-yogurt dressing.

Jul 22
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 13

Comfy and Cozy

Sunny whips up a meal that's super comforting, and inexpensive too! Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, rich with mushrooms and gruyere cheese, is comfort food at its best. A slice of Sunny's Grandma's Apple Pound cake will melt all your worries away.

Aug 2
8pm | 7c
Season 10, Episode 7

Fun with the Fam

Sunny Anderson stirs up a menu inspired by Anderson family reunions. Sunny's BBQ "Chip" Wings pack the flavor of classic BBQ chip seasoning onto tender chicken wings for an unforgettable, irresistible dish. To serve alongside, Sunny's Peas and Pasta Salad is simple yet full of tasty, fresh flavors. Finally, a Fresh Spa-Ocktail will refresh your palate and spirit to keep the good times rolling!

Sep 5
8pm | 7c
Season 3, Episode 13

Best of Both Worlds

With all the great flavors and ideas she's encountered, Sunny sometimes struggles to choose what to make!  Here's one of her menu compromises, a delicious marriage of two ideas into one.

Sep 7
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 6

When In Sunset Park

Sunny gets inspired by the food in a Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. Mild, beef-stuffed Cubanelle peppers and her Summer Corn Salad are brimming with Latin spices and herbs; crispy Cheese and Guava Pockets are bite-sized desserts.

Oct 6
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 8

Pots Of Gold

At the end of the rainbow, Sunny's pot is filled with food! Two pots, to be exact. In the first, tender chicken braises in a thick sauce of pumpkin seeds and ancho chilies. The second pot holds a rich molten chocolate cake.

Nov 9
7pm | 6c
Season 6, Episode 1

Easy Peasy Party

Sunny has an Easy Peasy way to satisfy both your friends and your schedule at your next dinner party. Her split pea soup, chunky pimento cheese spread, and Big Chopped Salad all bring big flavors in no time at all.

Dec 14
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 7

The Big Easy

Sunny has a big, crowd pleasing meal that's not only simple to put together but easy clean up as well. What could be better during the hectic holidays? Spicy Pork Roast with Rosemary Potatoes, Garlic Green Bean Salad and a Quick Pear Tart.

Jan 30
7pm | 6c
Season 7, Episode 1

Easy Is As Easy Does

Sunny's in the kitchen with a new round of her maximum-flavor, minimum-work recipes. Her smoky grilled pork chops, served with Cheesy Mini Popovers and a warm spring salad, make a flavor-packed meal in a snap.

Sep 17
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 3

Chow Down

It's chow time! Sunny Anderson prepares three irresistable dishes that hit the spot whenever hunger strikes. Sunny's Chunky Chicken Chowder is rich and satisfying, just like her Roasted Tom & Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, which are golden, crispy, and oozing with cheesy goodness. Hot Choco Loco is a drinkable dessert with a kick.

Oct 8
10am | 9c
Season 7, Episode 5

Warm And Fuzzy Spring

Sunny merges spring flavors with winter comfort. Her Roasted Halved Chicken and Minty-Green Lima Bean Puree are fresh tasting yet satisfying; a PB&J Choc-tini puts a grown-up twist on favorite flavors from childhood.

Apr 15
10am | 9c
Season 9, Episode 13

Fish and Grits

Sunny Anderson cooks a traditional southern food pair, fish and grits, for her favorite pair of people on the world. Sunny's Catfish Nuggets boast a super-crunchy cornmeal crust, a terrific textural complement to Creamy Cheesy Grits, filled with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. For dessert, Simple Blueberry Apple Pie is bursting with fresh fruit flavor.

Jul 8
10am | 9c

About the Show

With an understanding of everyday life and the belief that real people deserve down-to-earth, delicious meals, Sunny Anderson offers real food for real life. Cooking for Real serves up solutions for easy-to-prepare, fantastic-tasting menus. Sunny elevates the everyday meal by taking affordable, easy-to-find, easy-to-use ingredients and infusing them with diverse influences and rich, rewarding flavor. Sunny's fresh, uncomplicated approach to classic comfort foods, along with her passion for interpreting the flavors of her unique travels, brings a bright style to delectable, down-home dishes.

About the Host

Sunny Anderson

Sunny serves as a fun-loving host on The Kitchen and dishes out down-to-earth recipes on Home Made in America and Cooking for Real.

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All Cooking for Real Recipes

Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Easy Grilled Pork Chops

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Wings 3 Ways

Honey Glazed Carrots

Simple Sauteed Mustard Greens

Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Sunny's Easy Holiday Spiral Ham

Pasta, Pancetta and Peas

Vegetarian "Southern-style" Collard Greens

Baked Zucchini

Oxtail Stew

Mango and Avocado Salad

Sage Potatoes Au Gratin

Red Cabbage Slaw

Sunny's Spicy Spaghetti with Mega Meatballs

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Sunny's Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sauteed Plantains

Zesty Chicken Meatballs

Sunny's Latin Lasagna

P. R. Pernil

Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Easy Pimento Cheese

Creamy Stove-top Mac and Cheese

Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Pesto Pasta