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Coming home to the smell of a home-cooked dinner may sound too good to be true, but it's not! All you need is a little bit of prep time, a slow cooker and these delicious recipes.
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pizza
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Our life motto: Pizza today, salad tomorrow! So when the craving strikes, heat up your regular ol’ oven and bake yourself a pie. Start your masterpiece with our delicious pizza dough and sauce recipes, then go for one of our fave flavor combos below.
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grilled shrimp
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with throwing some hot dogs and store-bought beef patties on the grill and calling it a day. But when you’re ready to level-up your BBQ game, these recipes are here for you.
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Various frozen desserts
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When the temps start to rise, these treats are the most delicious way to cool down. Make ‘em, freeze ‘em and get ready to chill.
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picnic scene
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Dining al fresco is one of the best parts of summer — especially when everyone shares the job of cooking. Just throw down some blankets, chill the wine, and ask your friends to bring their fave dish. And if you need ideas... we've got 'em:
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plain penne pasta in a white skillet
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There’s nothing better than a big bowl of pasta ... except, maybe, one that’s paired with the perfect sauce. It’s true: Certain shapes just go better with certain toppings. Here’s what you need to know about each of your favorite types of pasta!
Jessie Oleson Moore
white bowl filled with sweet potato curried soup in front of an apple and sweet potato
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Spoiler alert: sweet potatoes are more versatile than you might think. There are soooo many ways to prepare this veggie; we promise you'll find your next favorite on this list.
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Woman holding a plate of Southern food
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Hopefully you’re hungry, because these Southern side dishes are just as good — if not better than — the main course! From fluffy biscuits to crispy fried tomatoes and luscious greens, these side dishes are practically a style of cuisine in and of themselves. Whip 'em up and let the comforting flavors transport you to a Sunday supper state of mind.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Limoncello in a mason jar with lemons in the background
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Ah, limoncello. There's nothing like sipping on some of this good stuff on a hot summer night to make you feel like you're basking away in Italy. The good news is you don't have to go to Italy to enjoy it. (Though we wouldn't say no to that trip!) Follow this recipe to make your own, but make sure you've planned in advance — limoncello needs to steep for a total of at least 40 days. Once it's nice and zesty though, it can last for years. That is, if you don't drink it too fast!
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Bowl of washed basil
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When I’m missing my grandfather a little more than usual, I have a quick fix that brings him back to me almost immediately: I go to the nearest grocery store or farmer’s market and stick my nose in a bunch of fresh basil. Right away, I’m transported back to my grandpa’s backyard garden, where I’m tending to the bright green plant alongside him.
Nichole Fratangelo
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Yes, it is possible to make Pop Rocks, the famously fizzy candy, right in your own kitchen. No, you don't need any special equipment or a science degree (though you can wear a lab coat if you'd like). This at-home version of the classic candy attains its magical fizz through a combination of citric acid and baking soda. 
Jessie Oleson Moore
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Irish coffee was invented in — you guessed it — Ireland nearly 80 years ago, when a local chef decided that coffee is even better with a little something extra thrown in to take the chill off. (Irish whiskey, to be specific.)
Nicole Weston
waffle-pancake hybrid on blue plate and background
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Making waffles at home generally means one of two things: You've popped some frozen ones from a box into the toaster (hey, we're not here to judge) or you've busted out the waffle iron.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Super Bowl opener image
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Because you’re not really watching football unless you’re doing it while chowing down on some totally indulgent snacks.
row of turons on white paper
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Fried carbs: yum. Fried carbs involving spring-roll wrappers filled with sweet bananas and jackfruit, rolled into crêpe-like tubes, then crisped up in the pan? Triple yum. Enter the Filipino street food known as turon, aka banana lumpia.
Kris Galicia Brown
oats with nuts, apples and pomegranate toppings
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Navigating the oatmeal aisle can raise a lot of questions. Is "rolled" the same as "quick"? Steel superior to Scottish?
Ashley McLaughlin
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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! And that means someone is scrambling to figure out what to make for dinner. Don't worry, you can totally whip up one of these 30-minute meals before the hangry starts to hit.
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bowl of marshmallow fluff with fluff-covered beater
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Sometimes you ask, "What's the meaning of life?" And sometimes you wonder, "Can I make marshmallow fluff from marshmallows?"
Jessie Oleson Moore
waitress serving beautifully plated desserts
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You've spent all day making a drop-dead gorgeous dessert for your dinner party. If your friends don't spend at least two minutes Gramming that thing, you'll be bummed.
Jessie Oleson Moore
potato and Leek Soup
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How much soup can one family consume? In deep winter, there may be no limit! That’s why we’ve rounded up our absolute faves to make next week’s soup supper the very best ever. All you need is a hungry crew (and maybe a loaf of bread!)
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a whisk with ingredients on a wood base
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Balloon, ball, spiral, cage, coil. No, this isn't "I Spy" at the circus. We're talking about different types of whisks and which is best for which type of cooking or baking project.
Jessie Oleson Moore
top view of brunch waffle, coffee and smoothie bowls
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Whether we're talking Christmas, Mother's Day or any ol' Sunday, we're always here for an extra-special morning meal. Try your hand at a new recipe (or five), then go on and show off that #BrunchGoals spread!
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Cranberry Cheese Ball
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A massive ball of cheese on the table makes a statement: Welcome to our party! Cheese balls are fun, tasty, lovably retro and easy to make in advance. So go ahead and choose your own cheese-ball adventure. Just don't forget the crackers.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Classic Guacamole in a Molcajete
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We're firm believers that everyone should have a back-pocket guacamole recipe for when guests (especially — yikes — unexpected ones) show up at the door. This is ours. It comes from renowned chef Rick Bayless, who teaches our class Essentials of Mexican Cooking. Let's get guac-ing!
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Pile of Homemade Corn Tortillas in Bowl - Cook
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If you're like us, there's a bag of tortillas in your grocery cart pretty much every week. And while we'll never admit to getting bored with our go-to taco setup, it's always a good idea to mix things up. When we're feeling ambitious we do that by making corn tortillas from scratch using our trusty tortilla press. Those DIY tortillas make us wish every day was Taco Tuesday.
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caramel being poured into a white bowl
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We LOVE caramel... especially when it comes salted. But it's time to admit that salted caramel is played out, and it's prime time to explore some new flavor combos. So let's whip up a base recipe for a buttery homemade caramel, then switch it up with some amazing taste ideas that make it anything but basic.
Felicity and Krystle
Italian produce on baking sheet
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When you hear the words "Italy" and "vegetables" you probably think tomatoes — maybe because tomato sauce is one of the most brilliant inventions since, well, ever. But Italy grows an incredible variety of vegetables, including some, like corn, that Americans generally claim as their own.
Jessie Oleson Moore
illustrations of different types of knives
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You might have a good knife set, but that doesn't do you an ounce of good if you don't know how to use them. We'll give you the rundown on the most common types of kitchen knives and help you get a handle on the best tasks for each.
Jessie Oleson Moore
chinese ingredients and sauce on white background
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At this point in the culinary history of the world, Western cooks are plenty familiar with soy sauce and sweet and sour sauce.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Asian noodle salad in black bowl
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Noodles were invented in China 4,000 years ago. And lucky for us, over 4,000 years, LOTS of different varieties have come to be — each one more delicious than the last.
Jennifer Anderson
Pan Roasted whole Chicken
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If you're like most Americans you eat a whole lotta chicken — around 93 pounds per person per year.
Jessie Oleson Moore
roasted chicken leg with potato wedges and salad
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Learning how to make perfect pan-fried chicken legs will change your dinner game forever. Once you know how to create the ideal combination of ultra crispy skin and tender, moist meat, there is no going back.
Jessie Oleson Moore
cooked dumplings in wooden bowl with chopsticks
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If you want perfect dumplings (you know you do), you're gonna need to learn how to use a traditional bamboo steamer. It's a basic but essential cooking method.
Jessie Oleson Moore
grilled fish tacos on a white plate
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Ground beef? Check. Shredded cheese? Check. Bored already? We thought so. Bring the glory back to taco Tuesday (and taco everyday!) with these twists that are easy and so, so good.
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Latkes and sour cream in a plate, traditional hannukkah dish, view from above
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The first time I ever made latkes it was for 150 people. I was working as a caterer in a synagogue at the time, and when Hanukkah rolled around, the fry fest was ON. Like it or not, I had to go from total novice to potato pancake pro in record time, and the stakes were pretty high.
Elizabeth Ellis
Three jars of labeled caramel sauce
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Chocolate bark is yummy and roasted pecans are nice, but maybe it’s time to kick things up a notch. This year, we challenge you to try something (maybe even FIVE things!) that are deliciously new for the holidays.
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Three jars of labeled caramel sauce
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We believe everything is better covered in caramel. Anyone want to argue? Didn't think so.
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Open jar of chocolate spread with DIY Nutella label
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Amazing but true: after you try this recipe for chocolate hazelnut butter from our class The From-Scratch Kitchen, you'll never buy a jar of Nutella again. It's honestly that good.
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top view of two open jars of jam
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Forget the idea that making jam is a complicated, all-day process. This recipe, taken from The From-Scratch Kitchen, is three-steps easy. Plus it's a prime candidate for fancy variations (Strawberry Pinot Noir? All the yes).
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French onion soup kid in jars in a basket
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Sure, onions might not leap to mind when you think of holiday gifts. But hear us out: these braised onions from Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, paired with all the all the makings of French onion soup, is a gifting game-changer.
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top view of open jar of cranberry chutney
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Our spin on classic cranberry chutney, from Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, takes a holiday classic way over the top with amazing layers of flavor. Think apple, pear, candied ginger... even roasted hazelnuts. That turkey (or chicken! or pork!) won't know what hit it.
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turkey on a cutting board
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We know what you’re thinking: Joshua John Russell is a professional chef and baker — of course his turkey is awesome. But we’re here to tell you that his go-to technique has nothing to do with his culinary school education and everything to do with one signature technique: he roasts the bird right inside a paper bag. Here’s why (and how!) he does it.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
Herbs and Spices in a wooden box
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If your spice cabinet is anything like ours, it's a fun house. We love browsing through our collection and being surprised by what we find (hello, Urfa pepper!). But when we're actually cooking, we definitely have our go-tos. Here are the 15 essentials every cook should keep around.  
Nicole Weston
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A good stir-fry recipe is the ultimate saucy, spicy cure for a crazy weeknight. Even when you really don't feel like cooking, this fast, flavorful dish is basic enough to crank out in 20 minutes, and it's way better for you than takeout.
Allison Ruth
Spaghetti squash pasta served in a white bowl
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Spaghetti squash is the OG veggie noodle. This oblong winter squash has seeds and pulp in the middle, kind of like a pumpkin. When you cook it, the inside separates from the rind in spaghetti-like strings. Hence the name.
Jessie Oleson Moore
honey carrots in a white dish
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Carrots are a total rock star for holiday meals. First of all, they're a really festive color (sorry, spinach). Plus they're naturally sweet, which is just what we crave for a big celebration.
Nicole Weston
chunky cranberry sauce in glass bowl
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Three ingredients. Three steps. Cranberry sauce doesn't get any simpler, or more delicious. We'd say it goes great on leftover turkey sandwiches, but there won't be any leftovers.
Nicole Weston
full gravy boat with carved turkey
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Gravy is to turkey as frosting is to cake. As coffee is to donuts. As leggings and knit hats are to autumn days. Neither is really complete without the other. Get the picture? Although the turkey is often thought of as the Thanksgiving centerpiece, a good gravy is actually your secret weapon.
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Roasted turkey on plate with lemon slices
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If you're in charge of roasting the festive turkey this year, there are two things to remember: 1) breathe, and 2) it's not as difficult as you might think.
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toast with red wine in glasses
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Thanksgiving dinner can feel a little extra, in the best possible way. There's the turkey, the stuffing, the side dishes and the cranberry sauce — not to mention the dinner rolls, cornbread, appetizers and desserts. With so much food, it's no wonder that choosing the right wine is a little complicated.
Nicole Weston
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It's official: fall is here. I know because I just roasted a squash. And of all the many rituals that mark the change of seasons, this one seals the deal for me. Once you roast a squash, there's no going back.
Ashley Rodriguez
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Marshmallows with dinner is definitely an idea we can get behind. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, a little moderation makes sense. After all, we have save room for pie.
Nicole Weston
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