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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
Sure, you can heat your Thanksgiving leftovers and eat them as-is. But why not totally transform those veggies, turkey and gravy into an entirely new meal? That's where leftover pot pie comes in — consider it an easy and delicious way to upcycle your Turkey Day scraps into something you actually want to eat.
Whether you're bored with the traditional holiday bird or just want to try something different this Thanksgiving, we're serving up a genius idea: Thanksgiving brisket. It's juicy, serves a big crowd and if you serve it with cranberry sauce, it's *chef's kiss*. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare it — the brisket takes a full 24 hours to marinate and a good chunk of hours to cook.
So you're hosting Thanksgiving this year. Between decking out your space in fall-themed decor and making sure you have the perfect quilted table runner, there's a lot on your plate before even thinking about the meal. But don't sweat the main event — now you have a complete list of go-to recipes to help you crush Turkey Day.
Let's talk leftover stuffing. It may never happen in your house (after all, the Thanksgiving side dish is delish), but if you find yourself up to your elbows, you've gotta find a way to use it. The good news is there are a ton of ways to transform those leftovers into unexpectedly delicious meals. Let the feast continue!
There's no denying canned pumpkin puree is more convenient than making it yourself, but let's be real: you're sacrificing how tasty your pumpkin pies can really be. But there's good news: you can turn to the convenient canned stuff without skimping on flavor, so long as you use these make-it-better tricks.
Think sandwiches are the only way to make Turkey Day leftovers meal-worthy? No way. Load 'em up on a homemade pizza crust and bake until toasty. A hearty meal like this is sure to keep you warm all day long.
There are so many reasons to love twice-baked potatoes. Because they're baked twice (yep, the name gives it away), the skin is roasted to crispy perfection. And once the mashed insides are piled high, they can be mixed with anything you want! Plus, this steakhouse favorite is super easy to make at home. Call it a win-win-win!
Take note: this isn't your typical "cook the mashed potatoes, then keep them warm in a slow cooker" method. Rather, it's the perfect one-bowl way to cook mashed potatoes from start to finish. Over the span of a few hours, cubes of seasoned potato are cooked until tender, mashed right in the same slow cooker bowl and mixed with creamy additives. It couldn't be more simple!
Green beans may seem like an overdone side dish, but braising them with a punchy vinaigrette gives the veggie a fresh lease on life. Make this recipe and see just how often you want to pair 'em with every meal.
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 we have a feeling there won't actually be any leftovers.
Hot chocolate is always a good choice once cooler temps roll around, but nothing warms the soul quite like a mug full of hot, spiced apple cider — especially if that cider is homemade. After all, choosing the exact spices that go into it means you get to create the perfect blend of sugar, spice and everything nice.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
Ah, limoncello. There's nothing like sipping a glass 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 actually go to Italy to enjoy it. (Though we wouldn't say no to that trip!)
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.
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.
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.)
Let's face it: you’re not really watching football unless you’re also chowing down on some totally indulgent snacks. These recipes are perfect for the biggest game day of the year and — bonus! — are super easy to make for a crowd.
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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.