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Academy Awards Cocktail Party

Create some memorable nibbles and swanky sips for a couture-caliber Oscars cocktail party, but keep it real too. Reality check: You are watching an awards show on TV. These recipe ideas wink at classic Hollywood and casual comfort. Frenchy cheese puffs, macarons, and orange truffles are kinda glamorous. But then nuts, hummus, and buffalo cauliflower are more couch-snacking worthy. While the stars sashay down the red carpet, sip one of our suggested sparkling cocktails. You'll also want to consider a good line of sight at your TV party, so check out some tips on How to Set Up Your Room for an Oscar Party. READ MORE

Steal These 15 Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

We often save our culinary explorations for lunch or dinner. But breakfast should get a break too from our ordinary, domestic treatment. These breakfast traditions from across the globe are delicious, more exciting ways to start the day. So morning-meal makers, accept this challenge to look at your egg, fruit, and grains in a new light. READ MORE

Slow Cookers for Beginners

Browse the kitchen appliance aisle at Target or any other bustling general outfitter, and there they are: A line of slow cookers from basic to tricked out, as if every modern kitchen needed to have one, the way we all need microwaves and coffee makers. And while the slow cooker is among the simplest appliances to use (basically, you turn it on and you’re cooking), not all crock-pot dishes are created equal. What you cook, how you assemble it in the cooker, and how long you let it simmer—these are all crucial points in winning at slow cooking. READ MORE

How to Throw a Healthy Super Bowl Bash

Every year on the first Sunday in February, Americans gather in front of their televisions to watch football and chow down on snacks that are mostly deep-fried and pair well with ranch dressing. Which is a tradition that’s swell and all, but sometimes even the most steadfast rituals deserve to be shaken up. READ MORE

10 Good Luck Foods, Plus 6 Ridiculously Tasty Recipes for Chinese New Year

Worldwide, people eat "lucky" food for the New Year. On January 1, U.S. Southerners boil black-eyed peas and collard greens. The Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb. 8 this year and lasts 15 days, suggests a different menu. Whether you're superstitious or just in a celebratory mood, you can pack in the oranges, long noodles, dumplings, and sweets. (No complaints here!) Or you can just use this time as an excuse to cook your favorite Chinese food — traditional or Chinese-American. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Chocolate Mousse

It’s not often that you run across a homemade dessert that can be made easily and on a whim. Most recipes will have you waiting for the oven to preheat and tracking down that cake pan you haven’t used in ages. Chocolate mousse, on the other hand, asks that you bring little more than a few bowls and a readiness to whisk—no tiresome baking, sifting, kneading, or frosting. READ MORE

13 Recipes That Make the Most of Your Muffin Tin

Who says you have to stick to baking regular old muffins in your muffin tin? We say leap over that line of ho-hum baking and walk on the wild side.

You’ll look so innovative and fun to your family and friends, but really, making muffin-sized meals and snacks is much easier and more convenient. (Shhhh. We won’t tell.) Smaller-sized dishes cook faster, plus these “muffins” are easier to transport for work lunches, school lunches, and party snacks. And you can individually freeze what you might not be able to eat before they go bad. That's great for portion control too. READ MORE

The Beginner’s Guide to French Food

America has a long history of elevating French food to the status of the rare, the fancy, and the untouchable by ordinary home cooks. But since 1961, at least, with the appearance of volume one of Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, America established another tradition: demystifying French food for home cooks. In other words, authentically French cooking is nothing an average home cook should be afraid to attempt, as long as one approaches it with energy and discernment. READ MORE

Super Bowl Party Playbook

There’s one team that everyone roots for, whether your eyes are glued to the game or you’re more focused on those fantastic commercials, and that’s Team Food. Not sure where to start when it comes to planning the perfect Super Bowl Party? No stress, just get some coaching tips from our Super Bowl party playbook, and you’ll be serving up touchdown-worthy recipes in no time. READ MORE

5 Things Julia Child Taught Us About Valentine’s Day

Julia Child had a thing for Valentine’s Day. In the 1950s in Paris, America’s greatest-ever French cookbook author would spend nearly as much time with her husband, Paul, crafting original Valentines, as she would perfecting a soufflé recipe. “Valentines cards had become a tradition of ours,” Julia writes in her posthumously published memoir, My Life in France, “born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” One year, Julia and Paul created a Valentine in the shape of a stained glass window, with each of the five panels having to be painted by hand. “For 1956,” she writes, “we decided to lighten up by doing something different. We posed ourselves for a self-timed valentine photo in the bathtub, wearing nothing but artfully placed soap bubbles.” Bubbles were only the beginning of Julia’s Valentine’s Day wisdom. Here are five tips for navigating a home-cooked romantic French feast for two. READ MORE