Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon stopped by to talk about her show, Kelsey's Essentials, which will be launching its second season this fall here in New York City. She was fan favorite of The Next Food Network Star's Season 4 and protégé of renowned Chef Bobby Flay. She's shared some quick and easy recipes for the entire family, including:

Sausage Corn Dogs (breakfast) - a unique twist on pancakes and sausage the kids will love

BBQ Meatballs (lunch / dinner) - flavorful bite size appetizer or dinner option that can be served individually with toothpicks, over mashed potatoes, on a roll, etc.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Bites - the perfect after school or celebration sweet treat. Great for moms to make with the kids!

Kelsey Nixon started in the food media industry when she created Kelsey's Kitchen, a college cooking show at her University. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she attended Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood, earning her professional culinary arts degree. Kelsey's passion for the essentials in the kitchen has taken her one step further and she now hosts her own show on Cooking Channel, Kelsey's Essentials, where she inspires a new generation of food lovers with her own fresh take on essential cooking basics.



1 (12 oz.) pkg. maple pork sausage links (14 links)

14 5-inch wooden skewers*

1 (32 fl.oz.) bottle Crisco Pure Canola Oil

1 1/4 cups Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water)

or 1 1/4 cups Hungry Jack Complete Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water)

1/3 cup Martha White Self-Rising Enriched Yellow Corn Meal Mix

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg, beaten

3/4 cup milk

or 3/4 cup buttermilk

Hungry Jack Original Syrup