Learn to make popcorn in a brown paper bag. This technique is simple, reliable, and delicious! Read more.
How to Make Roasted Spaghetti Squash
A visual version of our Roasted Spaghetti Squash recipe, perfect for a warming autumn meal. It's simple, and shredded spaghetti squash can be substituted for its namesake pasta, for a healthier version of spaghetti and meatballs. Read more.
Impress your guests on game day with these clam chowder bites, inspired by the New England Patriots. Use NFL branded Ziploc containers and bags to take and enjoy these treats anywhere.
Kielbasa-Cheddar Garbage Bread
Try this kielbasa-cheddar garbage bread recipe for your next tailgate. Its unique mix of ingredients, was inspired by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Use NFL branded Ziploc containers and bags to take and enjoy this anywhere.
How to Make Traditional Tlayoyos for Cinco De Mayo
Margarita Villegas Leal (cocinera tradicional de Puebla), shows us how she makes these 'antojos'. One of the centerpiece snacks eaten during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations back in her hometown.
How to Make Traditional Mole Poblano for Cinco de Mayo
Margarita Villegas Leal talks about celebrating Cinco de Mayo in her hometown of Puebla and shows us how to make mole poblano the traditional way.
What Is a Cro'Saffle?
Chef Lawrence Page of WE tv’s Hustle & Soul and The Pink Tea Cup in Brooklyn, shows us one of his new creations - and your next breakfast obsession.
These Corn Fritters Will Win Your Guests Over on Game Night
Pit master Hugh Mangum tells us how to recreate these game-changing bites at home.
Step Up Your Wing Game for This Year's Big Game
Chef Leah Cohen shares some tips on how to make deliciously crispy Korean-style honey butter wings.
Game-Changing Sriracha Buffalo Wings
Chef Leah Cohen shows us her twist on the traditional hot wings.
Crush it on Game Night With These Pulled Pork Sliders
Pit master Hugh Mangum shows us how he makes his famous smoked pulled pork sliders, and gives us some tips on how to recreate them at home.
Garlicky Pot Roast
This easy pot roast is packed with flavor thanks to 8 whole heads of garlic, roasted so they're mellow and sweet, plus some fresh garlic for kick, and a rich gravy full of meaty flavor. The secret ingredient: crushed gingersnaps, which help thicken the sauce and add a lovely spicy flavor perfect for fall and winter. Get the recipe.
Deep Fried Turkey with Southern Rub
Deep fried turkeys can seem like a novelty—or worse, a fire hazard—but they are deeply delicious, and done in just 40 minutes. With juicy meat, ultra crispy skin, and great flavor from a Southern rub that permeates the bird overnight, this beautiful turkey just might drive you to invest in a propane fryer. Get the recipe.
Making a Vegan Thanksgiving? Try This Umami Bomb
Vegan Chef Tony Mongeluzzi shows us his favorite fall dish. It's an umami bomb that fits right in at a Thanksgiving feast. Get the recipe, and see more vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes here.
Maple Ice Cream
This luscious maple ice cream is a pure taste of fall, and perfect for topping all sorts of pies, tarts, and galettes, or just eating with a spoon. Get the recipe.
Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
This healthy and delicious salad pairs kale with tender roasted butternut squash and red onions, plus a rich tahini dressing and crunchy toasted pine nuts. It's a great holiday side dish, and leftovers make a hearty lunch. Get the recipe.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup
This easy slow cooker soup blends butternut squash, bell pepper, and carrots for deep natural sweetness. Blended until smooth and creamy, it's garnished with crispy cumin-roasted chickpeas for a nice textural contrast and a little extra heft. Get the recipe.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing
Roasted acorn squash is a hearty, relatively low-effort meal that's easily adapted to whatever ingredients you prefer (or happen to have on hand). The wild rice stuffing here is enhanced with sauteed onions, shallots, and celery, plus dried cranberries and toasted pecans for crunch. Replace the butter with vegetable oil and it's also vegan! Or go meaty and add crumbled sausage to the mix. Get the recipe.
Apple Cider Sufganiyot with Salted Caramel Filling
These salted caramel stuffed apple cider sufganiyot combine elements of a Hanukkah classic with traditional American apple cider donuts, for a delicious treat that's perfect all fall (and all year long, for that matter). Get the recipe.
Christmas Coconut Cake
This festive white cloud of a cake is perfect for Christmas and other special occasions. Three layers of coconut-milk-infused white cake are sandwiched with lightly sweet whipped cream filling, frosted with fluffy marshmallow, and covered with snowdrifts of coconut flakes. Get the recipe.
Easy Beef Stew
This hearty beef stew is easy, but not lazy. Braising the meat in red wine and beef broth for an hour before adding the carrots and potatoes ensures the vegetables are tender, not mushy. Frozen peas stirred in at the end add a pop of color and freshness. Get the recipe.
Chai Sufganiyot with Orange Pumpkin Buttercream
With their warmly spiced, chai-flavored dough and orange-pumpkin buttercream filling, these Hanukkah donuts are also perfect any time throughout fall and winter. Get the recipe.
Sufganiyot with Ginger Lime Curd
Sufganiyot, or Hanukkah donuts, are traditionally filled with fruit jam, but this recipe switches it up a little with zesty-sweet ginger-lime curd, and calls for sugar dusted on top to balance the tangy filling. Get the recipe.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Glazed Sufganiyot with Marshmallow Filling
The Mexican-inspired cinnamon chocolate glaze on these Hanukkah donuts makes a perfect spicy-sweet complement to the gooey marshmallow crème inside. Get the recipe.
Canned cranberry sauce has its fans, but if you crave a bit more texture, not to mention less sugar, this cranberry-apple relish is for you. Golden raisins add pops of sweetness. Get the recipe>.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Club Sandwich
Making a sandwich from Thanksgiving leftovers is a classic (and delicious) move, but don't be shy about it. Stack everything up into a hearty club sandwich and enjoy all the flavors of the holiday in each bite. Get the recipe.
Basic Turkey Stock
Once you've used all your leftover Thanksgiving turkey in sandwiches and soups, don't throw out the bones! Use them to make a nice turkey stock you can freeze for up to 3 months, and use in any recipe that calls for chicken stock. Get the recipe.
Thanksgiving Turkey Cake
Who says cake is only for dessert? This savory version is comprised of layers of Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing), and is sure to elicit gasps at your holiday table, whether of amazement or horror. Just add some green bean casserole on the side. Get the recipe.
How to Make a Thanksgiving Hand Pie
Award-winning Chef Andrea Zanin shows us how he makes a Thanksgiving savory pie, that you can carry around. Read more.
Warm Artichoke Garlic Cheese Dip
This warm, cheesy artichoke dip is a garlicky crowd-pleaser perfect for Thanksgiving, football games, and dinner parties in general. Get the recipe.
Basic Popcorn Balls
Chewy, sweet-salty popcorn balls are super easy and simply delightful, and are the perfect treat for kids to help make this holiday season. Get the recipe.
Basic Whipped Cream
Homemade whipped cream is so easy, and so much better than the stuff in tubs and cans. Perfect proportions of heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla are whipped just until medium peaks form; easy to customize and ready to top any dessert or drink you can dream up. Get the recipe.
German Mulled Wine
Warm, cozy, and perfect for winter, this German mulled wine is fragrant with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and citrus. It's sweetened with a bit of sugar and given an extra kick from a little brandy. Making it in a slow cooker means it's easy to keep it warm indefinitely and guests can serve themselves as they wish. Get the recipe. See more slow cooker drinks here.
This effervescent cocktail blends sparkling wine with brandy, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger for a festive drink perfect for holiday parties, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. Get the recipe.
Slow Cooker Beef Chili
When you look at your Crock Pot, what do you see bubbling inside? We see chili—the most basic, easy use for your slow cooker. Get the recipe.
Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew
This Moroccan spiced root vegetable stew with parsnips and squash (or sweet potatoes) is hearty, healthy, and delicious, not to mention easy to make in the slow cooker. If you use vegetable broth, it's also a great vegan meal. Read more.
Want to Make Lechon Like a Real Cuban?
Amor Cubano shows us how to make traditional Cuban Lechon for home cooks.
The 'Piecaken' Is a Thanksgiving Monster!
Love all the flavors of fall? Pastry Chef Zac Young created the 'Piecaken' as a response to the 'Turducken'.
If you need inspiration for your next Halloween party, check out these horror movie cocktail pairings.
Spooktacular Dishes for Halloween
It's halloween all-year round at Beetle House, a safe haven for goths, and horror fans. Here are two of their signature dishes - some inspiration for your next monster bash.
Old Monk's Pumpkin Naan
Chef Navjot Arora made one of his fall specials for us. Get the recipe.
Easy Dessert Tart Crust
This easy dessert tart crust is buttery, lightly sweetened, and delicately crispy -- the perfect foolproof base for any sweet filling you can devise. Read more.
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Panko Bread Crumb Topping
This three cheese mac and cheese with Cheddar, Asiago, and Romano is creamy, gooey, gloriously cheesy, and beautifully crisp on top thanks to the panko bread crumbs. Read more.
Homemade mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make, and since it tastes so much better than store-bought, it may sway even avowed mayo-haters. Plus, you can turn it into all sorts of other sauces and dips. Read more.
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is festive, fine-crumbed, moist, and delicious with cream cheese frosting. Read more.
Sear-Roasted Lamb Loin Chops
Lamb loin chops may seem fancy, but they're super easy to cook in a single pan. Just sear, roast, and rest for juicy perfection. Read more.
Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
Philly cheesesteaks are delicious but divisive. This easy version has thin-sliced rib eye, sautéed peppers, onions, and optional mushrooms, and Provolone (sorry, Whiz fans). Read more.
Pressure Cooker Cola-Braised Beef Short Ribs
These braised beef short ribs are ready in just 30 minutes thanks to the pressure cooker method. The cola in the rich gravy doesn't overpower, but perfectly balances soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and the spices in the rub. Read more.
Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Spicy pulled pork makes for great sandwiches, tacos, burritos, or rice bowls, and since all the ingredients go in the slow cooker at once, it's foolproof and easy as can be. Read more.
Authentic Black Bean Recipe by Gregory
Perfectly tender and deeply seasoned with garlic, onions, peppers, and bay leaf, these authentic black beans take a while to cook, but are totally worth it. Read more.
Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Ridiculously easy yet super impressive (and naturally, delicious), these crispy prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears are perfect appetizers or cocktail party food. Read more.
Easy Spinach Lasagna
What's not to love about layers of pasta, gooey cheese, and rich tomato sauce? Lasagna is simply delicious, and this spinach and ricotta version (with Parmesan and mozzarella too) is as easy to make as it is to eat. Read more.
Cornbread is a Southern staple, and a must with chili. This version is moist all the way through, with a lightly crisped top and a touch of sweetness. Mix in cheese or jalapeños for extra flavor, and feel free to bake as muffins if you prefer. Read more.
Sauteed Calamari with Parsley and Garlic
A quick sauté keeps calamari tender, while garlic, lemon, and parsley brighten up the gentle oceanic flavor of the squid. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last drop of the buttery sauce. Read more.
Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes are super easy, and pair beautifully with almost everything. Preheating the oiled pan and thoroughly drying the potatoes help them form a golden crust, while the insides turn creamy. Garlic and rosemary are classic flavors, but you can vary the seasoning based on your meal. Read more.
Alfajores, popular throughout South America, deserve more widespread fame. The shortbread-like cookies are super tender and delicately crumbly thanks to cornstarch, and the dulce de leche sandwiching them together is smooth, sweet, and creamy-caramelly. Read more.
A classic Spanish rice dish, grilled paella has wow factor to spare. This version is rich and smoky with chorizo, tomato, and paprika, savory from chicken broth and onions, fragrant with saffron and garlic, and packed with chicken, shrimp, and mussels. Read more.
This easy strawberry cheesecake starts with a press-in cookie crust and doesn't require a water bath to bake. The rich and creamy filling balances tangy and sweet, and a chunky fresh strawberry sauce tops it off. Read more.
Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
Fluffy and full of vanilla, this vegan buttercream frosting is perfect for all your baked goods, from cupcakes to layer cakes (or even licked straight off a spoon). Read more.
Basic Cheese Nachos
These basic nachos couldn't be easier, and are a perfect snack when you're craving crunch and cheese. Delicious as-is, you can add on guac or salsa if you please, and beans or your favorite protein to make a meal of them. Read more.
This simple recipe yields tender, fluffy biscuits that are perfect with sausage gravy, or just butter and jam. Remember to keep your butter cold, and use a light touch when patting out the dough. Read more.
A good Reuben sandwich is a perfect balance of flavors and textures, and this one delivers. Good rye bread, crisped in butter, holds generous layers of Thousand Island dressing, rich corned beef or pastrami, crunchy sauerkraut, and nutty, melty Gruyère or Swiss cheese that oozes beautifully into the other ingredients. Read more.
Moist Carrot Cake
This carrot cake is incredibly moist and tender, and fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg. Speckled with raisins and nuts (or not, if you prefer yours plainer), the cake is topped with a rich, tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe.
Basic Boneless Roasted Leg of Lamb
A roasted boneless leg of lamb makes an impressive centerpiece for your table, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any time. A classic gremolata perfumes the lamb; the mixture of garlic, lemon, and parsley holds its own against the strong flavor of the meat. Read more.
Easy Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are so often disappointing -- mushy or gummy, full of starchy filler. But these easy cakes are full of beautiful lump crabmeat, and a light panko coating ensures they fry up crispy and golden brown. Bright, lemony aioli makes a piquant counterpart to the sweet, sweet crab. Read more.
Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs
Beef ribs can stand up to strong flavors. Here, a spicy-sweet rub with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic, and brown sugar coats the meat, which is roasted to tenderness. Finishing on the grill with a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce ensures the meat gets a nice char and the sauce lacquers. Read more.
A perfect margarita is a thing of beauty, and dangerously easy to make. Freshly squeezed lime juice, and the proper balance of 100% agave tequila and Cointreau, are essential. Read more.
Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with gooey Monterey Jack cheese, then coated in a light, crispy batter (gluten-free!) and fried. Served with a rich, spicy roasted tomato sauce, these chile rellenos are super delicious, and sure to impress. Read more.
Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham
Get the highest-quality bone-in smoked ham you can find, trim off just enough of the fat, and then gild that porcine lily with a sweet and savory honey-mustard glaze featuring brown sugar and butter too. An easy recipe that yields a juicy, beautifully shiny, and crisp-edged centerpiece for any festive table. Get the recipe.
Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs are a cookout classic, and this smoked version is extra delicious. First flavored with a rub of brown sugar and spices like paprika, chili powder, and ground mustard, the ribs get a wonderful smokiness when grilled over applewood chips, and a final boost from barbecue sauce. Yum! Read more.
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs may seem simple—and they are—but there are a few tricks to remember to make them just right. Follow this method and you'll get perfect texture (firm yet moist, not rubbery) and on-point color (no green ring around the yolks) every time. Read more.
Basic Caramelized Onions
Caramelized onions add a great sweet and savory note to all sorts of dishes, from dips and salads to omelets and pizzas, and they're a must for good French onion soup.The only difficult thing about making them is the wait, but you can't rush deep golden-brown perfection. Read more.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
These cupcakes are moist, tender, deeply chocolatey, and just happen to be vegan too. They're tasty enough to eat all by themselves, but even better topped with our Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (or your favorite frosting recipe, of course). Read more.
Basic Steamed White Rice
Steamed white rice is so simple it's actually rather easy to mess up. Ever have it burn on the bottom, or had the grains go crunch between your teeth? This recipe will give you perfect, fluffy, tender rice every time, to go with all your stir fries, curries, and main-dish proteins. Read more.
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
A perfect healthy yet hearty breakfast, this creamy steel-cut oatmeal is made in the slow cooker, so it's ready when you wake up. You can customize your bowl with whatever toppings you like: fresh or dried fruits, cinnamon, maple syrup, nuts . . . Read more.
Juicy Lucy Burger
Ooey and gooey with plenty of cheese stuffed in the middle, these rich, grilled Juicy Lucy burgers are packed with flavor (and the aforementioned cheese). Although the origin of the Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy, according to some) may be in debate, what's not is how amazingly delicious they are. Read more.
Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Cream Gravy
Fluffy, tender buttermilk biscuits doused in velvety, peppery cream gravy with plenty of sausage mixed in -- what could be better for breakfast? (Or lunch, or dinner?) No need to be intimidated by making biscuits, either; just be sure to keep all your ingredients cold, and be gentle when patting out the dough. Read more.
This is a classic cheesecake: smooth, tangy, lightly sweetened cream cheese filling nestled in an easy press-in crust of graham cracker or vanilla wafer cookie crumbs, whichever you prefer. This genius method saves you the trouble of baking the cake in a water bath, too, but still yields a beautiful texture. Read more.
Classic Steak Tartare
If you can get impeccable beef tenderloin, why not showcase it by serving it as the Parisian bistro classic, steak tartare? An assertive sauce of mashed anchovies (which are optional), capers, Dijon mustard, egg yolks, red onion, and parsley complements the rich mineral flavor of the meat. Read more.
Sautéed Bok Choy
For an easy, healthy side dish, try this crisp-tender satuéed bok choy, full of flavor thanks to garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and a touch of sesame oil, and still vibrant green after cooking. Read more.
Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo
Chicken adobo, a Flilipino classic, is a dish of meat or poultry braised in a vinegary sauce. This rendition combines chicken thighs, onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar in a slow cooker for a dinner that's supremely easy and delicious. Steam plenty of rice on the side to soak up the sauce. Read more.
Basic Roasted Beets
Naturally sweet, deeply earthy, and a beautiful shade of red, beets are pretty perfect. Simply roasting them concentrates their sugars and turns them tender, ready to toss in any sort of salad or to serve alongside other foods, and prepping them couldn't be easier. Read more.
Easy Spicy Turkey Chili
Perfect for a quick weeknight meal, this spicy turkey chili starts with sauteed bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Chili powder, cayenne, cumin, bay leaf, and a hint of cinnamon flavor the tomato-and-broth-base, while white beans add extra heft and texture to the ground turkey. Read more.
Summer Corn Chowder
Creamy and savory, this summer corn chowder is loaded with sweet kernels of corn, as well as chunks of smoky bacon and tender potato. Pureeing some of the corn helps intensify the soup's velvety texture (heavy cream and milk don't hurt, either). Read more.
Easy Chocolate Ganache
Rich, smooth, and deeply delicious, this semisweet chocolate ganache makes a great glaze for any dessert you whip up. Or, if you chill it until it's thicker, you can pipe or spread it as a frosting. Increase the ratio of chocolate to cream and you can also make fantastic truffles from the ganache. Since there are so few ingredients, be sure to use the best chocolate and freshest cream you can find. Read more.
This easy vegan lasagna is a boon to all those who abstain from dairy, but even cheese-lovers will enjoy this version of an Italian-American classic. Made hearty with fried and marinated eggplant slices, with a creamy filling of soft tofu flavored with parsley and lemon, there's plenty of savory tomato sauce gilding all the layers of noodles too. Read more.
Ginger Chicken Jook (Rice Porridge)
Cantonese comfort food, chicken jook (also known as congee) is a creamy, warm, savory rice porridge fragrant with ginger and chicken broth, that lends itself to endless customization. Add scallions, fried shallots, roasted peanuts, soy sauce, fish sauce, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, or whatever other toppings strike your fancy. Read more.
Easy Peach Crisp
For a no-fuss summer dessert, look no further than this easy peach crisp. Ripe slices of the fruit are tossed with brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and cornstarch to help thicken the sweet peach juices, then topped with a streusel of flour, butter, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon that gets nutty and crisp in the oven. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream for a perfect bite. Read more.
Basic Chocolate Mousse
Simultaneously rich and light, chocolate mousse just requires a little bit of finesse, and the freshest, best-quality ingredients (eggs, chocolate, and cream) you can procure. Be sure to chill your cream very well and get every speck of water out of the bowl and whisk you'll use for the egg whites, then use a light hand when folding in the whipped cream, and you'll have a perfectly fluffy and decadent dessert. Read more.
Easy Roasted Acorn Squash
Roasted acorn squash couldn't be easier, or more delicious. A little butter, salt, freshly ground pepper, and a sprinkle of brown sugar to emphasize the squash's natural sweetness, plus about an hour in the oven, and you have a gorgeously caramelized side (or main dish, if you stuff the squash), with a pool of glaze in the center of each piece. Read more.
French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache
No lie: macarons can be fairly finicky to make, in that they might spread into uneven shapes or form dark spots on their tops—but even if they're not as beautiful as bakery specimens, they will still be delicious. The smooth chocolate ganache filling sandwiches the light, chewy-inside, delicately-crisp-outside chocolate macarons together, for a classic French dessert you shouldn't be afraid to try making. Read more.
Best Chicken Quesadilla
Crunchy, gooey, and crazy delicious, these chicken and cheese quesadillas are super simple to make, and even easier to eat. Before you start, prep some pico de gallo (or whatever kind of salsa you like) and guacamole for topping, and don't forget the sour cream. Read more.
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket
A spice rub with paprika, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and garlic, and a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce with chipotle chiles lend mouth-watering layers of flavor to beef brisket, which gets incredibly tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker. Slice or shred the brisket and serve on good, sturdy bread for the ultimate BBQ sandwich, or make a combo plate with meat, slaw, baked beans, potato salad, or other classic BBQ sides. Read more.
Easy Rice Pudding
A simple and supremely satisfying dessert, rice pudding is pure comfort in a bowl. It's easy to get there too! Just simmer white rice with whole milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt until the grains are tender, plump, and creamy, then stir in a little vanilla or almond extract while the pudding's still warm. Top however you like (fresh berries in season, dried fruit, toasted nuts for a crunchy contrast, a sprinkle of cinnamon)—you really can't go wrong. Read more.
Slow Cooker Pork Ramen
A simple but delicious version of Japanese ramen, this soup starts with pork cooked to perfect tenderness in the crock pot, with garlic, ginger, leeks, mushrooms, and onions rounding out the flavors. The noodles are cooked separately just before serving, then the shredded pork and fragrant broth, with a little soy and sesame oil added, are ladled over top. A soft boiled egg makes a great garnish, as do shredded scallions or chopped baby spinach. Add some chile oil or Sriracha if you want to spice things up. Read more.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too). Read more.
Easy Pie Crust
Homemade pie crust really elevates your desserts (and savory tarts and quiches too), and isn't as hard as you might think, especially if you use a food processor to make the dough. Even if you don't roll it out exactly evenly or press it in to your pie plate perfectly, the buttery taste and flaky texture will more than make up for any cosmetic imperfections. Give this easy pie crust recipe a try next time you bake—and if you want to use it for a savory dish, just leave out the sugar in the recipe. Read more.
Basic Vegetable Soup
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.
Sweet And Sour Sauce
This comes together in about the time it takes to order takeout, and is miles more nuanced than your average Chinese restaurant's sweet and sour sauce. Ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, and rice or cider vinegar are boiled together with water (though pineapple juice makes for a tasty tropical twist), and thickened to the perfect dipping consistency with a little cornstarch slurry. Serve this with egg rolls, wontons, rangoons, and whatever other fried foods you want to perk up. Feel free to add some heat to the sauce with minced ginger, garlic, or chiles (or all three). Read more.
Most granola is a fancy twist on toasted oats—consider that when contemplating the exorbitant prices retailers charge for it. The thing is, granola is incredibly easy to make at home, and for a fraction of the cost. This recipe is a granola base to which you can add whatever dried fruit, nuts, or other tasty bits make you happy. Feel free to tweak this with other spices, a little less honey, more salt—it’s quite forgiving, and customizing your own blend is the fun of making your own. If you want to experiment even further, try using other rolled grains such as spelt or barley and wheat instead of oats. Read more.
Basic Napa Cabbage Kimchi
A traditional banchan (Korean side dishes presented as part of a meal), Kimchi is a rich combination of fermented vegetables that can be used as a complement to a variety of recipes.
Easy Slow Cooker Chili
A protein-packed, savory, filling, warm dish great for cold days, and an amazing compliment to summer favorites like hot dogs and nachos. Read more.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This is not your mother's sweet potato casserole (and that's a good thing). This version is only lightly sweetened, tender rather than gloppy or mushy, and accented with a hint of ginger. It's still topped with browned, gooey marshmallows, though, because some traditions are worth sticking to. Read more.
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
This easy, classic chicken soup is made in the slow cooker, so it's more convenient than grandma's, but just as tasty. You can add egg noodles or your favorite type of rice to the golden broth and tender chicken and vegetables to bulk it up. Read more.
Roasted Herbed Beef Tenderloin
Cook beef tenderloin like a pro with our foolproof, easy recipe. A good hard sear in a frying pan gives the beef a beautiful crust, then a compound butter with garlic, thyme, and rosemary is rubbed in before you roast the tenderloin for about half an hour. Let it rest to redistribute all the delicious juices, then slice and serve with your favorite sides. You'll even impress yourself with this one. Read more.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Split pea soup is a comfort food classic, and this version couldn't be easier. Just place dried split peas in your slow cooker, top them with diced mirepoix (carrot, celery, and onion), plus some garlic, parsley, and bay leaf. Add a ham bone or ham hocks for a little smoky meatiness, and cover it all with chicken or vegetable stock, then turn on the crockpot and walk away. The result is creamy, hearty, and freezes well, so you can make a big batch to keep extra on hand for the next time you need a soothing soup, stat. Read more.
Easy Lentil Soup
This easy lentil soup is healthy, filling, and delicious. It happens to be vegetarian, too, and is packed not only with tender yet toothsome lentils, but carrot, celery, onion, spinach, and tomato. A little bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine or sherry vinegar perks everything up. Perfect with a loaf of good, crusty bread! Read more.
Classic Tomato Soup
This comforting tomato soup is super easy and super delicious. Canned San Marzano tomatoes marry with soft, sautéed onions and garlic, a pinch of red pepper, and chicken broth to create a soothing, savory bowl. Finished with a bit of cream, this is begging for a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. But really, it tastes great with lots of things, as well as on its own (though a basil and Parmesan garnish doesn't hurt). Read more.
White Bean and Ham Soup
A humble ham bone is the basis of this hearty, classic soup. Carrots, onions, celery, and thyme add nuance to the savory broth, and white beans add bulk and creamy texture (some beans are mashed to thicken the soup, while some are left whole). Diced ham stirred in at the end makes this a filling, flavorful meal. Read more.
Vietnamese-Style Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce
These Vietnamese-influenced summer rolls are both light and healthy. They're packed with cooked shrimp, rice noodles, and plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables for flavor and crunch. Dip in a spicy peanut sauce, and they become the perfect warm-weather lunch. Read more.
Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas
These oven-roasted chickpeas are not only crunchy and spicy, but also tasty and healthy. Toss them with a little olive oil and spices, then throw them right into the oven for a quick and easy afternoon snack. Read more.
Easy Potato Skins
Loaded potato skins are a perfect package: crunchy scooped-out spud shells filled with gooey, melted sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and tangy sour cream. A classic bar snack or game day food, these are great any other time too, including for an easy dinner (just add a salad if you feel the need for a little more green than what the chives bring to the table). Read more.
Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
You don't have to baby-sit a smoker to get perfect barbecue baby back ribs. You can coat these with a spicy-sweet rub and oven roast them while you make an easy BBQ sauce. Then finish the ribs on the grill (up to 2 days later), where the barbecue sauce caramelizes into a glaze and the ribs get a hint of smoke. A Chowhound BBQ favorite. Read more.
Chocolate-covered Oreo balls are decorated to resemble smiling snowman heads, topped with mini Oreo hats. These irresistible, bite-sized desserts are perfect for kids parties, or fun hosting gifts. Super easy to make, these are bound to be a crowdpleaser with adults and kids alike. Read more.