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The season for sweets: 'Holiday Baking Championship' returns to Food Network

Jesse Palmer hosts "Holiday Baking Championship"

Host Jesse Palmer with the "Holiday Baking Championship" contestants
Thanksgiving is pretty much the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, but Food Network's been quick out of the gate this year with both returning favorites and new surprises already underway a few weeks before Turkey Day. This year's "Holiday Baking Championship," always an audience favorite, got underway last week and is currently airing Monday evenings. Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer returns to host this year's competition, which brings nine of the country's best holiday bakers together to vie for a $25,000 prize. That's a lot of dough, especially at this time of year, but earning it won't be easy with a series of insidiously tricky baking challenges standing ...