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Make Your Sweetheart Swoon: Our Best Valentine’s Day Desserts

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter what you’re doing tonight—staying at home with the kids, planning a romantic dinner for a special someone, celebrating with friends—we’ve got a delicious dessert for the occasion. Short on time? Try our Limoncello Freeze. Ready in 10 minutes, this citrusy, icy dessert is both quick and impressive. Creamy and fruity, this tasty dessert makes the perfect […]

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Soupalooza 2013

What started four years ago as an anti-Valentine’s gathering is now one of my favorite parties of the year. My pals Audrey and Steve invite people to bring over their favorite soup, and we all taste and vote on our favorites. It’s a fun time, and everyone looks forward to it. People are remembered years later for their wins (spicy […]

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Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Sometimes you just really, really need some chocolate. I was having one of those days recently when I came across the perfect recipe for my dilemma: Chocolate Cupcakes for Two from Faith Gorsky’s blog An Edible Mosaic—a Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection member. This recipe was incredibly easy, it used ingredients I already had on hand, and—best of all—it resulted in a […]

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Salad Saturday: Beets, please!

A salad, these days, is a wonderful thing,Whole grains, beans, and fresh farm picked greens.Summer produce, crumbly cheeseA splish and splash of vinegar please!Seeds and sprouts and nuts for crunchTossed and dressed and perfect for lunch.Mangoes or citrus or fat juicy berriesFeta with olives or goat cheese and cherries.Chicken or tuna, shrimp or flank steakThe choices are endless, such decisions […]

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Say Cheese!

A grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food: Creamy, melty goodness on warm, buttery bread. Test Kitchen intern Rachael Daylong shares her tips for transforming the everyday sandwich into a healthier meal suited for a special occasion–or well, even just a night in. Although I never require a reason to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich, having an […]

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Weeknight Revelation

I made baby back ribs the other day, and to my surprise and great delight, the recipe took exactly 55 minutes from start to finish: 15 minutes prep and 40 minutes of hands-off cooking.  That's right, 40 minutes.  And they were good!   Here's what the looked like: Yum, right? I think it's key to say that I started with great heritage […]

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Eggs-in-a-Basket: An Easy, Festive Breakfast

While Christmas Day may be long gone, I still love to find simple ways to keep the festivity alive–the tree is up, carols still being sung–at least until January 1st. The morning after Christmas I made my family one of my favorite breakfasts, Eggs-in-a-Basket. The best part: it’s easy. And after the big Christmas feast, simple meals are always welcome. […]

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Self Proclaimed Smoothie King

When it comes to drinks, most of us can be divided into two categories, you prefer hot drinks or cold drinks. Either you love the warm, filling, rich flavor and feeling of a warm beverage; or you love the refreshing, creamy, smooth, and icy feeling from a blended drink. I have always preferred the latter. Due to my warm upbringing […]

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Expert cooks are also expert cleaners

From the guy who would eat with paper plates and plastic forks if it was environmentally friendly. The aspiring or aspired-to cook will always light the stove for the food to be eaten, not the dishes to be cleaned. But inevitably, dishes will be dirtied; warm soapy water will be made. Unfortunately, we have a direct relationship between how much […]

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Gluten Free Bisquick

This weekend, I gave the new Gluten Free Bisquick Baking Mix a try. I do not personally avoid gluten, but I am lactose-free, so I'm always excited when big food corporations like General Mills start taking dietary considerations into, well, consideration. Weekend pancakes have recently become a tradition in my home and if I don't have time for full-on homemade […]

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