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8 Essential Pound Cake Recipes

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

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

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

An easy, make-ahead menu to share with friends. READ MORE

9 Reasons Your Holiday Baking Was a Big Disaster

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 potential pitfalls. 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

Romesco Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Romesco Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Romesco sauce. The name sounds fancy and old-world, and I imagine because it’s not rooted in Mexico, like most things I eat, I didn’t really appreciate it whenever I tasted it in the CHOW Test Kitchen. READ MORE

8 Freaky and Delicious Halloween Cocktails

8 Freaky and Delicious Halloween Cocktails

Holidays are reason enough to fix yourself a stiff one, but Halloween concoctions are in a league all their own. Pick out a skull goblet and grab your cocktail shaker: Here are 8 grown-up treats to sip on 2014's ultimate freaky Friday. READ MORE

11 Ways to Bake with Halloween Candy

11 Ways to Bake with Halloween Candy

The only thing better than a home-baked cookie is one you’ve hacked to include bits of your favorite trick-or-treat candy. These 11 recipes will have you hoarding Halloween treats just to stock your baking pantry. READ MORE

Josey Baker Showed Us How to Make Amazing Skillet Pizzas

Josey Baker Showed Us How to Make Amazing Skillet Pizzas

The measure of a cookbook might not be in any particular recipe, but in the author’s power to get you psyched to try. San Francisco baker Josey Baker (that’s literally his given name), co-proprietor of The Mill, is master of the psych. The word is such a cliché in food writing it’s embarrassing, but Baker embodies the kind of passion for breads that invites you to get over your embarrassment and just submit, find your own passion. Baker is always pumped. He’s got an easy, whole-face smile that you feel in his eyes as much as his grin. He wants to help you be awesome, even if you’ve never made bread in your life and you have no idea how to reach even marginal awesomeness. His book, , is an invitation to give up your fears and submit to that smile and simply believe: You can be totally awesome. READ MORE

9 Kids’ Lunches Better Than PB&J

9 Kids’ Lunches Better Than PB&J

The sandwich is so 2013. Get your kids excited about lunch all over again with these nine high-flavor, low-stress options. READ MORE

Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Hate to break it to you guys, but there’re more ways to dress a potato salad than either mayo or vinegar and bacon. Please, if only for the sake of the potatoes, let’s explore some new dimensions in picnic sides. READ MORE