Something pretty awesome is happening in the Swank house today… we’re getting cable again!!!

We haven’t had cable for about 6-ish years. My husband was in school and money was tight, so we had to cut the cord. Which was a pretty hard hit for my husband. He loves his sports, and, despite the hodge podge of sporting events he managed to piece together through various apps and relatives’ Comcast accounts, he’s been desolate without being able to keep up with his favorite teams on live TV.

I promised him that once he landed his first full-time, post-college, salaried job…. we’d get cable again. And just in time for football season. Needles to say, he couldn’t be more thrilled.

Me, on the other hand? Truthfully, I could live without live TV if I had to.

There’s only one thing about live TV that I really, really have missed… foodie TV shows!

I seriously love food TV. It’s the only kind of TV I could keep on all day and still not be sick of it by nighttime. I especially love the competition-type shows. I think when foodies and chefs compete, the creativity just goes through the roof, and I love watching that!

Food TV junkie that I am, I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of a campaign promoting a brand new food reality-TV show called “On the Menu,” premiering TONIGHT (Friday, October 3) on TNT at 8/7c.

And you guys– it looks SO cool.

Here’s the gist: The TNT show features celebs Host Ty Pennington (um, can we *swoon* for a sec here?) and Chef Emeril Lagasse who appear to be both hosting the show and helping to guide the cast of competitors, four home cooks, who are tasked with creating a bold, new menu item for a major restaurant.

#onthemenu premieres October 3, 8/7c on TNT

The winner will have his or her recipe appear on one of the restaurants’ menu the very next day. Which means that YOU, the viewer, can actually order the recipe in the restaurant the day after the winner is announced! How cool is that?!

Participating restaurants include: Dickey’s BBQ, The Cheesecake Factory, Denny’s, Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, Emeril’s New Orleans, Planet Hollywood, and more! For the first three weeks of the show airing, you can even download a special offer for the first three restaurants (Chilis, Dennys, California Pizza Kitchen) to try the dish.

Yes, please!

Be sure to tune in to TNT with me tomorrow night to see what this fresh new show is all about!

And in the meantime…

Chili's Molten Lava Cake Copycat Recipe

Since Chili’s is one of the participating restaurants on TNT’s On the Menu, I thought it would be fun to pay homage by posting a recipe for their famous and drool-worthy Chocolate Molten Lava Cake.

Admittedly, mine turned out a little messy (I may have been a little bit too forceful with the ice cream scoop!), but make no mistake– these are to die for.

With a little bit of planning ahead (there is a little freezing before baking involved, so be sure to read the whole recipe ahead of time!), this recipe is super simple to pull off and quite impressive in the end.

I plated my cakes with a drizzle of Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce and a generous topping of Homemade Magic Shell. So be sure to click through to those easy and delicious recipes to make your molten lava cakes extra fantastic!

Chili's Molten Lava Cake Copycat Recipe

Chili’s Molten Lava Cake Recipe & TNT’s On The Menu

Yield: 4 cakes


  • 16 ounces ready-to-spread chocolate frosting
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water



Prepare 1-2+ hours ahead of time:

  1. Use a cookie scoop to portion out 4 heaping tablespoons of the chocolate frosting on to a lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours until frosting is very firm.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. GREASE AND FLOUR four mini bundt pans.*

  1. Mix together the cake mix, vegetable oil, pudding mix, and water until batter forms.
  2. Divide the batter evenly among the four mini bundt pans.
  3. Gently press a portion of the frozen frosting into the center of each bundt pan, pressing it into the batter. Use a spatula to gently spread some of the batter over the frosting, sealing it inside.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate and serving warm with the caramel sauce, ice cream, and magic shell.


*I used these Wilton 4.4" Mini Fluted Tube Pans (

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