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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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Christmas Dishes Inspired by Christmas Music

Once November hits, Chicagoans are on watch for a local radio station, 93.9 FM, to change over to all Christmas music. This year, that happened on Nov. 7. That means

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Celebrate Giving Tuesday with These Culinary Causes

The holiday season is often one of gluttony and excess. It’s a time of year that poses the question “How many pies can one person eat?” (If you’re me, the correct

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7 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Cook in Your Microwave

There’s a vastly underutilized appliance in your kitchen that could help up your cooking game: your microwave. Believe it or not, the piece of equipment can be used for much

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How to Make Cheese Balls That Will Wow Your Next Holiday Party

The mid-century design theme is currently taking over our offices, homes, and television sets. Our nostalgic craving for the swinging decades of yesterday moves from aesthetics and programming to cuisine

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Cheese Tea Is the Beverage You Need in 2018

Cheese tea. That’s right, cheese in tea. That may not sound like an ideal combination, but hear us out. This is the beverage everyone will be clamoring for at your

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8 Festive Vodka Cocktails from Around the World

Vodka is the ideal spirit for the holidays because its neutral flavor profile is the perfect foundation for layering holiday flavors. The distilled, unaged spirit has long been a staple

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What Is the Difference Between Alfredo and Carbonara Sauce?

The origins of Alfredo and carbonara sauce can both be traced back to Rome when decades ago they were invented by Italians who had grown weary of their trademark red

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The Ultimate Guide to Knives: When and Why We Use Each Type

The other day, I was in my kitchen cooking a meal and I needed to chop an onion. Indiscriminately, I picked up my go-to knife and started chopping away. Midway

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How to Use Orange Bitters in Cooking and Baking

If you’ve had even one cocktail in the past decade, you’re probably familiar with the existence of cocktail bitters. An aromatic that was a necessary ingredient in the original “cocktail”

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7 Crowd-Pleasing No Bake Holiday Dessert Ideas

The holidays just aren’t the holidays without something sweet to share with your family and friends. But with a bunch of dishes on the menu at every meal from Friendsgiving

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Step Aside, Tomato Soup—It’s Time for Borscht!

We think tomato soup has been sitting at the popular girls’ table long enough! Tomato soup is great and all, but we’ve matured a little, and we’ve traveled, and we’re looking

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What Is the Difference Between Bacon and Pancetta?

Confession time: I’ve always kind of had a “meh, same difference” attitude towards bacon  and pancetta. Don’t get me wrong, I love both, it’s just that that I’ve always tended

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Chowhound Gift Guide 2017: Staff Picks Under $50

If you’re already over the seasonal foods, festive cocktails, and holiday gatherings of December, then your mind is probably thinking about presents. Lots and lots of presents. ‘Tis the season

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Where Do Pardoned Turkeys Go?

Every year millions of turkeys are the centerpieces of Thanksgiving feasts on tables across America. A few lucky birds, however, escape unscathed, garnering the highest honor potential poultry can receive—a

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What Is the Difference Between Applesauce and Apple Butter?

For some time, I have had trouble separating apple butter and applesauce in my mind. Both are made of apples and both provide boosts of exceptional fall flavor to my

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Chowhound Gift Guide 2017: Gifts for Peanut Butter Lovers

Given that Americans consume roughly one billion pounds of peanut butter per year, odds are high that there’s a peanut butter lover on your holiday shopping list. While most of

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Low-Fat Avocados Exist But Do They Need To?

You’re probably sick of hearing about avocados and how the kids these days love them. How we put them on toast and in salads and smoothies, and buy socks just

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Creative Ways to Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into Delicious Drinks

It’s hard to argue Thanksgiving as anything but a food-lover’s gravy-fueled dreamscape. One day to drop everything, chill out, and show off some of your very best eating, and of

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The Ultimate Guide to Sugar: How and When to Use Each Kind

Sugar, like salt, is one of those mysterious kitchen staples that is simultaneously super basic and extremely complex. Once upon a time, sugar was one of the most valuable commodities

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