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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're a fan of bread pudding, it's time you made friends with the Irish variation. The dish doesn't hail from the country, but rather gets its name from the generous amount of Irish cream. Serve it up on St. Patrick's Day or Easter brunch for a table full of satisfied guests.
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.
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!
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.
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!