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How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that's not right. With cookie season well under way, follow our tips to ensure yours are beautiful inside and out. READ MORE

Ultimate Guide to Stuffing

Ultimate Guide to Stuffing

Ancient Romans and Arabs stuffed their birds centuries before Thanksgiving was a thing. READ MORE

Why People Aren’t Peeling Their Produce

Why People Aren’t Peeling Their Produce

We've noticed something lately, even though it's not new: Some people don't peel their carrots and cucumbers. They leave the skins of their beets and eggplants intact. READ MORE

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they have dietary restrictions, do they have other gatherings to attend, and do you have enough space at your table? Avoid common cooking mistakes to prevent a Thanksgiving day disaster. But remember: mistakes do happen. Whether you dropped the turkey or forgot to cook the rolls, Thanksgiving is mainly about spending time with loved ones. Stop worrying and enjoy the indulgence! READ MORE

13 Appetizers You Won’t Believe Came Out of the Slow Cooker

13 Appetizers You Won’t Believe Came Out of the Slow Cooker

  When you have a holiday party or dinner, you can't give every dish equal attention. Appetizers can keep your guests sated while you focus on the main course, so you don't want to spend too much time on them. For appetizer-only parties, well, some of those hors d'oeuvres will still need to sit on the back burner while you focus on others. Enter the Crock-Pot (or other slow cooker). Typically tasked with breaking down tough cuts of meat, a slow cooker can also be your secret weapon in the appetizer realm. And we're not talking just meatballs or chili. We mean to make something fancy-schmancy or unexpected. Next time it’s your turn to host cocktails at home, bust out the recipe for one of these 11 appetizers. READ MORE

Cauliflower is King: Here’s Why It Rules

Cauliflower is King: Here’s Why It Rules

In the past, cauliflower has paled in comparison to more vibrant, assertive vegetables, especially kale. But cauliflower is about to rule your kitchen. This cruciferous cousin to bolder broccoli is nabbing the spotlight in meals featuring tacos, buffalo-drenched gameday grub, steak substitutes, and comforting accompaniments like mashed potatoes and rice.  Let us impart to you why we adore the almighty cauliflower and how to use this misunderstood vegetable. READ MORE

Pumpkin Seeds: What Do You Do with Them?

Pumpkin Seeds: What Do You Do with Them?

Maybe you carved a pumpkin and don't want to waste all those seeds you gutted out. Or you purchased a big pumpkin to roast (bless you), and you want to do something seedy (ahem) and fun. Then, there's always that time you spotted the little pepitas at the grocery store, cooed over how cute they were, and bought a bunch on a whim. Well, here's your answer, and it's quite appetizing. See, not every one of your spur-of-the-moment decisions ends in tragedy. READ MORE

Should You Salt Eggplant Before Cooking?

Should You Salt Eggplant Before Cooking?

You really only need to salt eggplant if it's old. Although, this meaty vegetable — which is actually a huge berry — has crazy huge pores that soak up oil like no other. READ MORE

Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

  Kale has grown so trendy (thanks, Brooklyn), that it still gets the royal treatment nearly 10 years after its renewed popularity — including massages. Oh yeah. Those of us unafraid to get intimate with our food, we give the dark, bitter, hardy green a good, vigorous rubdown before chopping it up for a raw salad. Now take your hands off it and take a breath. This extensive guide returns the favor for your extra efforts, revealing the details of seven kale varieties and the recipes to go with them, so you never get bored. And you always leave the table satisfied. READ MORE

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

We have a love affair with France's creamy and crumbly cheeses, crusty baguettes with their soft centers, and swoon-worthy fragrant sauces. So we hardly need another reason to make some tantalizing French food, but come July 14, we have one: France’s Independence Day celebration, Bastille Day. Also known as Le Quatorze Juillet (the 14th of July) and La Fête Nationale (the national celebration) in Francophone countries, this day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and is a great excuse to pack up a French-inspired picnic. READ MORE