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Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

There’s something nice and nostalgic about bacon sizzling in an iron pan on the stovetop, isn’t there? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that nostalgia is a farce. This isn’t an argument against cast iron pans per se, because there are many things that cast iron pans are good at doing (hello, perfectly seared steaks). But if you want bacon that crisps and cooks evenly, you’re better off sticking it in the oven. READ MORE

The Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Plus 5 Other Great Beef Recipes

Certain cuts of beef—hard-working ones, with lots of beefy flavor, that take a lot of simmering to get tender—were practically made for the slow cooker. Brisket, chuck, and other traditional pot-roast cuts—even plain old ground chuck—are never better than after 4 or 5 hours at a slow, gentle simmer in the crock pot. Here are 6 of our all-time beefy favorites. READ MORE

Spicy Chicken Taco Menu for Slow Cooker Sunday

Ah, the crock pot—you can pile things in, turn it on low, program time and temp, and deal with the dozen things you need to accomplish even before you set foot in the office. Or, you can use the slow cooker as a weekend enhancement: same piling stuff in and setting to low, same freedom to walk away while it produces something amazing. READ MORE

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

A Chowhound finds out that two friends keep butter out on the kitchen counter, not in the refrigerator. So SIMIHOUND posed the question to fellow 'hounds: Is this a common practice? And how long does room-temp butter last before it goes rancid? READ MORE

3 Ways to Build a Healthier Baked Potato

Butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits are so last month. Check out this trio of healthy alternatives for the traditional high-calorie, low-nutrition spud. READ MORE

9 Recipes That Celebrate Polenta

Polenta is the home cook’s ultimate vehicle for versatility—it’s a side, a baking ingredient, a canvas for other flavors. Check out these nine variations that argue, collectively, why your pantry should never be without a bag. READ MORE

8 Essential Pound Cake Recipes

You know it, you love it, you've nibbled it at showers and bar mitzvahs. Pound cake is amazing, perfect for dessert or breakfast, always impeccably moist, and you can jazz it up in many different ways—including baking it in a Bundt pan and using it as a vehicle for other flavors. Behold, some of our favorites. READ MORE

10 Healthy Boosts for That Morning Smoothie

We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but most of us are lucky if we have enough time to make toast in the morning. Here are 10 ingredients you can drop into a breakfast smoothie to give your body an almost effortless boost. READ MORE

New Year’s Day Brunch: Tips for Throwing the First Party of 2015

The ball has dropped. The toasts have been toasted, the kisses kissed, the countdown counted down. Maybe there are overflowing ashtrays, broken glass, a dress balled up in a corner where you left it. Or maybe just two champagne glasses in front of the TV. How you spend New Year's Eve is up to you; how you spend New Year's Day, leave to us. READ MORE

9 Reasons Your Holiday Baking Was a Big Disaster

Your peanut butter cookies crumbled and your black bottom cupcakes turned out black (really black). What went wrong? Allow me to count the ways. Baking is a science, and before you can turn that triple layer cake into a work of edible art, there are countless ways to screw it up. Don't blame the recipe if you're committing one of these nine major baking mistakes. READ MORE