Wow! You've Got to Try This

Wow! How to Make Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

The custom of dyeing eggs goes back to ancient times and cuts across many cultures as a symbol of Earth’s renewal after winter. Back then, onion skins, red cabbage, beets, seeds, flowers, herbs, and spices were used to tint and imprint designs on eggshells. Those simple, natural materials continue to be one of the most beautiful ways to decorate spring’s […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Individual Freezer Cheesecakes

If you want a little something sweet and you want it fast, pull one of these Rhubarb Jam Cheesecakes from the freezer at the start of dinner–it will be ready to eat in time for dessert. To make a batch of these single-serve treats, steam our five-ingredient cheesecake batter (on top of the stove!) in freezer-proof jars. Layer in granola for […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Squash Egg-in-the-Hole

Remember that childhood breakfast favorite, a piece of toast with an egg cooked into its cutout center? Well, try this stunning grown-up twist that replaces the bread with baked slices of acorn squash. The natural hole where the seeds once were is just waiting to be filled with an egg. This is a simple, company-worthy brunch dish that’s as easy […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Smoked Salmon Bites

If you’re looking for an appetizer that will delight your guests with its gorgeous presentation and rich, delicious taste, the search stops here. These beautiful canapés start with a base of candy cane (or Chioggia) beet squares, whose alternating ruby and white rings are stunning. (You can add more color to the platter by alternating candy cane beet and golden […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a great way to rev-up your typical baked sweet potato: Turn it into a gorgeous hasselback sweet potato, and drizzle it with smoky chipotle cream. The accordion-like cuts give the potato some crispy outer edges, keeping the insides moist and soft. They also turn it into a pull-apart dish that’s super fun to eat. You can bake just one […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This–Spooky Spider Cupcake Toppers

Halloween is a holiday for pulling out all the stops, for having fun with all kinds of ghoulish decorations. Here’s a scary-good way to go big and give kids and grown-ups a thrill—3-D chocolate spiders that perch on top of cupcakes and definitely give you the creepy-crawlies. Dare you reach for a sweet treat, lest these spiders crawl onto your […]

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Wow! You’ve Got To Try This–Herb-Laminated Biscuits

Makeover your bread basket with this easy idea for beautiful herb-laminated biscuits. This technique works for any rolled biscuit recipe (but not drop biscuits because they’re too bumpy); try one of our favorites, such as Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits or Sun-Dried Tomato Semolina Biscuits. You can also use this technique on your next pan of cornbread—just let it cook till almost […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Grown-Up Jellied Desserts

Wow your dinner party guests with grown-up parfaits that feature rich, silky pudding topped with a decadent boozy layer. Check out the video to see how to make them.   MOCHA PUDDING WITH RED WINE JELLY Use the Mocha Pudding recipe, but chill it instead of serving it warm. Red Wine Jelly: 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 2  tablespoons water 1 cup syrah, […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Grilled Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

From the creative mind of our Cooking Class columnist, Keith Schroeder, comes this month’s awesome idea: a grilled cheese ice-cream sandwich with the luscious flavors of apple pie. Made with cinnamon swirl bread and apple butter, it riffs on the flavors of America’s most patriotic dessert, right down to the classic bite of cheddar cheese. Meanwhile, it gives new jazz […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Toppings for Roasted Marshmallows

How’s this for a fun party idea? Turn toasted marshmallows into something way more delicious by setting out a toppings bar for them. It’s a less caloric approach than s’mores, which (don’t get us wrong, we love them) can be a bit heavy. Set out two sauces—we suggest chocolate and caramel—and lots of fun toppings to “glue” onto the sauce. […]

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