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Cakies Are the Hybrid Dessert You Need This Holiday Season

Cookies are great dessert options. So are cakes. But what if they combined their forces to create the ultimate synergistic sweet? Enter Cakies. The name really says it all. Part cookie,

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Great Glazes for Your Holiday Meats

The holidays are rich with tradition. From light displays, to caroling, to gift-giving, and family time, we all have our tried-and-true favorites to fill us with good cheer. One of

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What Is the Difference Between Spearmint and Peppermint?

“A mint is a mint is mint” is something Gertrude Stein absolutely never wrote and glad are we, because it would have been abundantly false. Mint or “Mentha” is, in

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How to Make Easy and Impressive Holiday Truffles

Sweets of all sorts abound during the holidays, from Christmas cookies to Hanukkah gelt, but chocolate truffles hit the elusive trifecta of easy, impressive, and delicious.

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9 Recipes That Prove Sticky Toffee Isn’t Only Made for Pudding

I dare you to try and think of the words “sticky toffee” without your brain immediately auto-filling “pudding” at the end. It’s an instinctive, foodie Mad Libs kind of knee-jerk

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What Is the Difference Between Steel and Stone for Cooking Pizza?

I’ve lived in my house for almost four years, and almost every Monday night for the last four years, I’ve made pizza. I’ve used the same dough recipe all this

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How to Make Christmas Sangria

For those who are wondering if a pitcher of sangria deserves a spot at the holiday table, let me ask you this: Wine not? Though the Spanish and Portuguese drink

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How to Make Clarified Butter and When to Use It

There’s a time and place for using regular butter and then there are those recipes that call for the flavor and magic that butter has to offer but with a

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The Best Trader Joe’s Wine for the Holidays

TJ’s, the well-accepted nickname for Trader Joe’s, has long been a go-to for affordable wine.  When I was a young summer intern in NYC, we used to get cases of

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Discover Gingerbread’s Romantic Roots with These Trader Joe’s Products

Why are gingerbread cookies shaped like men?  There are no chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin people, after all. The reason for gingerbread’s ubiquitous humanoid shape actually has some surprisingly magical roots that

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What to Do with Christmas Ham Leftovers

Let’s play a word association game, shall we? If I mention the words “holidays” and “leftovers,” please raise your hand if the first thing that came to mind was turkey.

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If You’re Looking for a Match on Tinder, Talk About Guacamole

There are a lot of ill-advised online dating tricks. You’ve probably lied about your age or used an outdated profile pic or failed to mention your divorce isn’t yet finalized (details, am

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Christmas Morning Breakfasts to Devour

If you’re planning on spending the holiday opening scores of presents and watching all the Christmas movies your DVR has room for, then you’ll need to load up on some

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How to Ship Christmas Cookies and Other Treats

Merry holiday wishes alone will not protect baked goods in their travels through the mail. They can lose their crunch, go stale, or just get tumbled around enough to crumble

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8 Ways to Top a Latke

Latkes have a long and storied history dating back to the Ashkenazi Jews who prepared these diminutive potato pancakes for Hanukkah since the mid-19th century. They were inspired by an

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Jelly Doughnuts Reinvented: Creative Sufganiyot for Hanukkah

Traditionally, sufganiyot (Israeli-style filled doughnuts) eaten during Hanukkah are filled with strawberry or raspberry jam. But these days, you can walk down the streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and find

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Here’s the Coffee You’ll Be Sipping in 2018

Now that the great Unicorn Frappuccino debacle of 2017 is behind us, we can move into a new year with a fresh palate and an empty mug, just waiting to

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Cricket Bread Is the Latest Reason You Should Be Eating Insects

Unless you’re a contestant on “Fear Factor,” you probably haven’t eaten an insect. At least not intentionally. (Some probably erroneous statistic assures me that we swallow eight spiders a year though. Oh wait,

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The 7 Best Food Scenes in Classic Holiday Movies with Recipes to Match

You simply can’t do the holidays without a few favorite holiday films and you definitely can’t do holidays without mountains of food. Naturally the two intersect, often in hilarious, heartfelt,

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Cold Weather Ice Cream Sandwiches to Warm You Up

It’s a given that the colder weather of winter calls for warming food and drinks, but who says ice cream has to be off the menu? It’s far too delicious

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Eating Your Christmas Tree: How to Cook with Pine Needles

The spirit of the Christmas holiday season can be reflected in the life of the Christmas tree; anticipation slowly builds searching for the tree with just the right shape and

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