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The 10 Entertaining Recipes You Loved Last Month

The start of a new year usually means a bit of a bustle. School's back in session, work is back on, and everything you pushed off during the holidays suddenly needs to get done. Times like these call for tried-and-true recipes with familiar and satisfying textures -- chewy, gooey, crispy, and …

Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread

Make the dough: Melt butter in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium. Remove from heat and stir in milk and yeast; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. …

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Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

If you have been following along, you know how excited I am for fall this year. It’s finally getting colder in San Francisco and today I was in the …

Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Potatoes

Preheat oven to 400°.<p>Scrub potatoes and poke a few holes in each with a knife. Place in oven and bake until easily pierced with a knife, about 40-50 …

Our Best Bites of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we've been reflecting on the meals that stood out most—the bites that we just can't stop thinking about.<p>Ed Levine's Best Bite: A Hot Dog in Paris<p>Everyone knows that the best hot dogs in the world are found in Paris. <i>That couldn't be</i>, you're thinking. <i>Croissants, oui, but of</i> …

21 Pancakes That Will Make You Want Breakfast For Every Meal

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20 Paleo Desserts That Let You Have Your Steak, Your Cake, And Eat It All, Too

Pecan pie, carrot cake cookies, cranberry pumpkin cheesecake and apple crumble. These sweets may all sound too good to be true for anyone following a Paleo diet, which restricts grains, gluten, soy and dairy. But Paleo-approved desserts should exist without sacrificing an ounce in the taste …

10 Easy Recipes for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

I used to host elaborate Thanksgiving celebrations, where I'd cook and prepare for days on end, only to be completely exhausted by the time my guests arrived on Thanksgiving day. After one glass of wine, I'd be nodding off at the table, dreaming of my pillow! I finally wised up by simplifying my …

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German Apple Pancake Recipe

This custardy European pancake, loaded with caramelized apples, is a stove-to-oven wonder that will rock your dessert...or brunch.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Preheating the oven to a high temperature allows the pancake batter to puff.<br>• Precooking the apples adds caramelized flavor.<br>• Letting the pancake cool …

How to Make Queso Fresco, the World's Easiest Cheese

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Let's face it, there are some skills that are just cool to have. Being able to weld things, very cool. Ability to moonwalk? Always cool. And being able to turn everyday milk into wicked good cheese definitely belongs …

The Food Lab Redux: Use Science to Bake the Best Apple Pie

I'm not much of a sweet tooth, but for some reason, I get an almost unshakeable craving for ice cream once a year. Is there a behavioral psychologist in the house who might explain that one to me?<p>Similarly, the <i>only</i> time of the year I ever feel like eating pie is in the fall, and nine times out of …

Easy Pie Dough Recipe

<b>Note:</b> This makes enough for two single-crust pies or one double crust pie. For a slightly more tender crust, replace up to 6 tablespoons of butter with vegetable shortening. Pie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator before rolling and baking.<p>Why It Works<p>All-butter gives this …

Dinner Bread Rolls That Are So Good, You Won't Think Of Them As A Side Dish

It's very rare these days to come across a home-cooked dinner that includes a freshly baked dinner roll. This is not a criticism. We aren't saying that all dinners should come with rolls. We know that it's hard enough to get a main course on the table, let alone a salad and dessert to go with it. …

Brown Butter Popovers With Fig Butter: A Kitchy Kitchen Recipe

Popovers are so special to me. I have a Pepe Le Pew reaction to them. That seductive scent of fresh-baked loveliness pulls me into the kitchen. It's basically pancake batter baked in a goofy muffin tin, but whatever magic happens in the oven transforms them into crusty/custardy/eggy/savory/sweet …

Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Bagels Recipe

Nutrition Facts<p>Servings Per Recipe 8<p><b>Amount Per Serving</b><p>Calories from Fat 126<p><b>Calories</b> 463<p>% Daily Value*<p>24%<p><b>Total Fat</b> 16g<p>61%<p>Saturated Fat 12g<p>12%<p><b>Sodium</b> …

6 Make-Ahead Staples for Weekday Lunches

<i>As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today: Prep some basics on Sunday to make packing lunch a breeze for the whole week.</i><p>Though we …

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11 Better-For-You Baking Swaps

There’s something that feels so right about indulging in a rich brownie or a frosted, fluffy cupcake. But it’s no secret that baking staples aren’t making anyone’s superfood list.<p>Luckily, we’ve found a way to help you feel better about treating yourself: make some simple substitutes in your …

Basic New York-Style Pizza Dough Recipe

<b>Read more: The Pizza Lab: Three Doughs to Know</b><p>Ingredients22.5 ounces (about 4 1/2 cups) bread flour, plus more for dusting.5 ounces (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) sugar.35 ounces kosher salt (about 1 tablespoon).35 ounces (about 2 teaspoons) instant yeast1.125 ounces Extra Virgin olive oil (about 3 …

Scared of Baking? These Apple Squares Are Impossible to Mess Up

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>The idea of baking can sometimes make even the most experienced cooks skeptical. Memories of fallen soufflés, burnt cookies or dry cake can stop you from even attempting.<p>But we have a recipe that is as easy as, well, pie! Dorie …

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Home-Cooked Sundays: Lentil Mushroom Chili

These days, it seems everyone's going "flexitarian." We're dabbling in meatless on Mondays, gluten-free on Tuesdays, and some other dietary decree the rest of the week. Then, come the weekend, we let loose. Balance reigns inside our kitchens; outside, bring on the decadence.<p>It's all quite sensible, …

Tacos de Canasta: How to Make the Perfect Potluck Taco

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>When was the last time a friend invited you over for a potluck, and you thought, <i>I know, I'll bring tacos!</i><p>If you're like me, that would be never, because you really don't want to be that person who shows up to the …

How To Make Homemade Tofu, Because Yes, You Can

Tofu is one of those foods that seems daunting to make at home, but is actually easier than you might expect and well worth the effort. People have been making tofu for thousands of years. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. The fact that soy bean curd, of all appealing-sounding …

50 Amazing Wines for $15 or Less

Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds of wines to find these 50 bottles.<p><i>Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds</i> …

9 Ways to Get Some Green on Thanksgiving

Yes the turkey and the stuffing steal the show, but we all need to man up and put some vegetables on our plate for Thanksgiving dinner. Here are nine …

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Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers Recipe

Like their store-bought counterparts, these graham crackers have a mild chocolatey flavor while still retaining that slightly salty, honey-tinged wheatiness of a regular graham cracker. Graham flour is a type of whole wheat flour developed by Rev. Sylvester Graham. It's a true whole grain …

Portuguese Baked Eggs

6 Servings<p>Baked eggs are great for brunch, and this recipe is no exception. But with a green salad, it’s also hearty and satisfying enough to double as dinner.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>3 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced<p>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>2 beefsteak tomatoes, …

No Barista Needed: How To Brew Your Own Coffee At Home

Emily Dullea of Toby's Estate Coffee shows us the easiest and best ways to make the perfect cup of coffee at home—in under five minutes.<p>Why start off your morning waiting in line at your local coffee shop when you can relax with your own perfect, homemade cup of coffee at home? While brewing your …

Crunchy Milk Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layer Cake

The genius of this layer cake is its extraordinarily crunchy filling, made with almonds, salted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, chocolate and Rice …

Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

Chef Bryan Vietmeier makes these terrifically moist and carroty cupcakes for Seattle's Take 5 Urban Market. He suggests freezing the cupcakes before …

19 Pies You Need on Your Thanksgiving Table This Year

When you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the number one pick is always pie. Here are 19 Thanksgiving pies that would be a welcome addition to any …

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