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With its bright color and tart taste, rhubarb is a must-grow veggie for your spring garden. While you may not want to munch on the raw stalks — they're fairly sour — rhubarb becomes sweeter (and recipe-ready) when cooked. And because it's so versatile, you can incorporate it into a variety of dishes to satisfy your exact craving.
Ashley Rodriguez
Generally speaking, we've never really met a popsicle we didn’t like. But yogurt varieties are extra special because they make the popsicle a viable snack option from morning to night.
S'mores are a classic campfire treat, but those flavors you know and love can taste just as satisfying sans-campfire! These three frozen snacks are perfect for a hot summer's day, and you only need a few quick recipes to pull 'em all together.
Kris Galicia Brown
Pizza's a win no matter what, but when you want to up the fun factor, turn your food into a friend! All you have to do is shape your dough and arrange your toppings to make these cute critter faces.
Bananas foster is a classic New Orleans dessert, but you don't have to visit Louisiana to indulge in its sweet flavor. You can make it right in your kitchen without any fancy equipment — just grab your trusty skillet and those extra-ripe bananas, and you're on your way to a tasty, retro-fabulous dessert.
Nicole Weston
Béchamel sauce is one of the five mother sauces, and therefore a staple of French cuisine. You can often find it in chicken and fish dishes, or incorporated into lasagna or other baked pasta meals. And despite how fancy-schmancy it sounds, you don't need any crazy ingredients or tools to make it.
Karly Campbell
If you love the idea of a bananas foster but don't want to risk singeing your brows with a flambé, this recipe is just what you need. It has all the classic flavors, but instead of flambéing you heat the alcohol with butter at the beginning of the recipe. That way you still get a rich caramel flavor in your finished dessert — without any flames needed.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Pumpkin purée is a staple of fall baking and the key to many delicious pumpkin treats. While opting for the canned variety can speed up your baking process, making your own purée from an actual pumpkin can further boost that pumpkin flavor and give you leftover seeds to roast. Here's how to DIY the stuff from scratch; then it's time to start baking!
Nicole Weston
There's nothing better than a home-cooked dinner, especially one that doesn't require much work on your part. That's the beauty of the slow cooker — all you need is a little prep time and these delicious recipes to get a soul-soothing meal on the table with a minimal amount of effort.
This hot chocolate is set apart from your run-of-the-mill mix thanks to one key ingredient: pumpkin pie spice. The iconic blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg gives your drink a burst of fall flavor — so sip on a cup while digging into a hearty slice of pie.
Nicole Weston
When you add caramel and a pinch of sea salt to spiced apple cider, you know you're doing fall right. This cozy drink is perfect for both the morning and evening, especially when sipped alongside a tasty pumpkin treat.
Nicole Weston
Maple syrup and fall go hand-in-hand, especially when spooned generously into a warm rooibos tea latte. Make this recipe at home and it'll taste like you're sipping autumn in a cup all season.
Nicole Weston
Don't toss those over-ripe bananas; use 'em for these tasty recipes instead! Whether you're looking for something sweet or savory, satisfying your banana cravings has never been easier.
Chocolate bark is yummy and roasted pecans are nice, but sometimes you want to kick your food gift game up a notch. With these five ideas, your homemade goodies are sure to be the talk of the town.
There's nothing worse than realizing your loaf of bread has gone stale before you had the chance to use it all. But don't despair — with some kitchen creativity (and a few recipes up your sleeve), you can work a little magic so it lives to see another day.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Warm days call for iced coffee. But you don't have to drop serious cash at the coffee shop every day — all you need to make a batch of cold brew is whole coffee beans, a grinder and some good ole' fashioned patience.
Nicole Weston
A top-notch guacamole is a must-have, whether you're serving it as a standalone snack or an appetizer before a full-blown Mexican feast. But you don't always have to use a classic recipe — getting a little creative with the ingredients is a fun way to liven up your taste buds. Pair any of these recipes with a handmade margarita and your Taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo or regular ole' weekend is sure to get a whole lot tastier.
Now that DreamWorks' Trolls World Tour is streaming, it's definitely time for a family movie night. But not just any movie night — a colorful one! Rather than a regular ole' bowl of buttered popcorn, go on and make it more fun with rainbow popcorn. Your little trolls will love it!
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. This at-home version of the classic candy attains its magical fizz through a combination of citric acid and baking soda. Time for a fun kitchen experiment!
Jessie Oleson Moore
Say goodbye to the days of having your eggs scrambled or over-easy. From now on, you'll want to serve those eggs as light, fluffy clouds.
Nicole Weston
If you're looking for an easy way to add color and flavor to your salads, cookies and cakes, look no further than your garden. There are more edible flowers out there than you might think, and you may already have a few growing in your own backyard. Pick 'em, clean 'em and get ready for some colorful munching.
Chelsea Fuss
Real talk: a taco is only as good as its salsa. (This goes double for pre-feast tortilla chips.) And if you think of Mexican salsa as a chunky, tomato-based, lightly seasoned condiment, it's time to broaden your horizons. There are a ton of different varieties out there — sweet, hot, smoky, etc — so go on and challenge your taste buds with a plethora of options at your next Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
Ashley Rodriguez
Whether you're spreading it on homemade tortillas or dipping chips into it, guacamole is a must-have for any Mexican meal. And while the classic recipe is mouthwatering, you can turn this salsa on its head by adding two more ingredients: berries and goat cheese.
Ashley McLaughlin
Great guacamole comes down to one very simple thing: using great avocados. Before you select your mix-ins, you need high-quality, flavorful avocados as a base. But these finicky fruits aren't always easy to handle, which is why renowned chef Rick Bayless gave his top tips for picking the best every time.
Let's be real: you don't need a reason to make a refreshing frozen margarita, but Cinco de Mayo sure is a good one. While a pre-made margarita mix may seem like an easy way to streamline your drink-mixing, margaritas made from scratch blow the bottled stuff away — and it's much easier to make than you'd think.
Nicole Weston
Create your brunch centerpiece with a baked frittata, an omelette-quiche hybrid that's healthy, crustless and oh-so-customizable. While most frittata recipes start on the stovetop, this method is even easier — just put your ingredients in a glass dish or pie pan, pop it in the oven and relax with your morning coffee.
Nicole Weston
Dessert is all about texture, and these lemon pudding cakes certainly deliver. They start with a fluffy, moist cake layer and finish with a smooth, creamy curd — and they definitely don't skimp on lemony flavor. Whip 'em up for brunch — perhaps on Mother's Day or Easter — to give your guests the perfect final bite.
Indulge in an after-dinner mint — but make it boozy. Grasshopper cocktails were all the rage in the 1950s and '60s, and they're still a go-to today. The ingredients are simple, yet you're rewarded with a rich drink that's the perfect St. Patrick's Day green. Top it off with shaved chocolate for a truly divine sip.
Nicole Weston
With just three ingredients, you can make a decadent St. Patrick's Day dessert. But watch out — these little truffles are so addicting, you may not be able to stop snacking.
Nicole Weston
It's easy to pick up a bottle of Baileys at the store for some grasshopper cocktails, but it's just as easy — and more delicious — to make the Irish cream liqueur yourself.
Nicole Weston
While the recipe's Celtic origins are questionable, Irish potato candy is a fun and easy treat for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Essentially, the no-bake treat is candy dough shaped and coated to look like a tiny potato, but it obviously tastes so much sweeter. Trust us, the whole gang will be grabbing 'em by the handful.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If the phrase "drag it through the garden" has you saying, "what the heck?," there's a good chance you're not from Chicago. It's commonly heard in the Windy City, and it stands for one of the most delicious ways locals say you can eat a hot dog: piled high with veggies!
Nicole Weston
Chinese cravings are borderline impossible to resist, but it doesn't always have to be takeout. Head to the kitchen and whip up your favorites at home, including this to-die-for General Tso's chicken from Diana Kuan's class, Chinese Takeout Favorites: Fresh at Home.
Let's talk about a good Belgian waffle — crisp exterior, tender inside and deep pockets for catching maximum syrup. Who can resist that? Sadly, these brunch wonders get a bad rep for being hard to make. But not anymore. This recipe only calls for one bowl and simple instructions, meaning you're well on your way to waffle stardom.
Nicole Weston
Store-bought conversation hearts are cool, but you can make 'em even sweeter in your own kitchen. With this recipe, you can customize colors, flavors and sweet sayings for Valentine's Day — what's not to love?
Jessie Oleson Moore
Sometimes, there's truly nothing better than starting your day with a bagel. Especially a homemade one. But you can make that morning meal even better by DIYing your cream cheese, too. It's easy to pull off, so long as you plan ahead — the recipe below needs to sit overnight, so you can whip it up and enjoy the next day.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Fact: We all have leftovers. Rather than letting them sit in your fridge for days on end, put 'em to good use. In the first episode of Real Life Cooking, hosts Robin Miller and Katie Workman share one of their favorite ways for using leftover rotisserie chicken. Their from-scratch black bean enchiladas are so good, you'd never guess they were made with yesterday's chicken.
A massive ball of cheese on the table makes a big, "welcome to our party! " statement. How could it not? It's lovably retro, easy to make in advance and a cinch to customize. So go on and choose your own cheese ball adventure below — just don't forget the crackers.
Jessie Oleson Moore
You might associate quiches with chic bistros or fancy French restaurants, but you can easily make one at home. This tart's savory filling is made with only five ingredients, and it happens to be the perfect breakfast for December 26 — use up that leftover holiday ham!
Nicole Weston
It's officially soup season, and we're celebrating with all the seasonal flavors. You can use any winter squash you'd like for this recipe, but butternut squash and pumpkin are high on our list of favorites.
Ashley Rodriguez
The weather outside may not be frightful quite yet, but there's definitely a chill in the air — meaning it's the perfect time to whip up with some deliciously seasonal cocktails. Be your own mixologist with these recipes that showcase the best flavors for chilly nights.
A chocolate martini is the perfect drink to bust out at your annual holiday party or family get-together. Not only is it a bit classier thanks to a dressed-up chocolate sugar rim but, well, there's a lot of chocolate throughout. And everyone could use a little more chocolate, right?
Nicole Weston
Spiked eggnog is the creamy, rich, boozy drink you can only enjoy one time a year, so you've gotta do it right. This recipe showcases the classic flavors — mixed with a good amount of bourbon — to keep you feelin' festive all season long.
We all love Thanksgiving dinner, but no matter how good it is, eating the same meal for two, three or even four days can be a real drag. This year, use these recipes to transform those leftovers into something entirely new.
The time has finally come to amp up your mac and cheese. And not with traditional ingredients like bread crumbs or even bacon. Instead, give it a seasonal twist by mixing your cheesy noodles with — wait for it — butternut squash. Sure, it may sound like an odd move, but smothering elbow noodles in a cheesy, gourd-y mix actually creates a rich, comforting flavor that's hard to resist. Who knows — it may even make an appearance on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Ashley McLaughlin
This Thanksgiving, avoid that too-full feeling and take a walk on the lighter side. These healthier alternatives to classic side dishes will give you more room in your stomach, so you can make more room on your plate!
Jessie Oleson Moore
When you think about fall desserts, one flavor always comes to mind: pumpkin. And with so many ways to indulge, there's no better time to try out a new recipe. Add these to your holiday menu or make 'em on a random weekend — either way, you'll be set to enjoy the season's best offerings.
Autumnal cooking is all about showcasing squash, and sweet butternut squash is always a go-to. Whether you're making it into a winter soup or going all-out with butternut squash gnocchi, the possibilities for this gourd are endless.
Ashley Rodriguez
Skip the long coffee lines and save some cash by whipping up a pumpkin spice latte at home. It's just what you need to start your autumn mornings off right — not to mention it pairs amazingly well with a pumpkin croissant .
Jessie Oleson Moore
Say hello to your new favorite side salad. This dish showcases the best of Brussels sprouts by skipping the blanching and ramps up the flavor with a good roast. Pair it with a honey mustard dressing and even Brussels sprout skeptics will be converted!
Erin Alderson
Amp your popcorn up for autumn by drizzling it with pumpkin purée and white chocolate. Yeah, you read that right. Next time you turn on your favorite holiday special or spooky classic, make sure you have a bowl of this on hand.
Kris Galicia Brown
When you're looking for a light and healthy side dish, nothing could be easier than cauliflower rice. All you need is a food processor! Serve it with a simple baked chicken or as part of a big Thanksgiving meal — either way, you'll have happy eaters in no time.
Karly Campbell
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