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11 Auspicious Dishes for the New Year

It's hard to say whether black-eyed peas invite good fortune, whether coin-like lentils and gold-colored cornbread bring wealth, or whether a long soba noodle means a long life. But it's equally as hard to say that any of these are <i>not</i> true.<p>So why not cover all of your bases? Eat 12 grapes (one for …

A Very Merry Brunch: 14 Recipes to Cook this Christmas

Brunch is the perfect excuse to kick back with loved ones while eating food normally reserved for dessert. But before the relaxing and eating can begin, you have to prepare the dough, buy the eggs, get out the mimosa glasses, and set the table -- and that can be more work than you reckoned for.<p>This …

The Mexican Chicken Casserole You Should Make Tonight

<i>For those nights when you get home hungry, stressed, and impatient, Hangry is here to help. Each Monday, Kendra Vaculin will share quick, exciting meals to rescue anyone who might be anxiously eyeing a box of minute rice.</i><p><i>Today: A hearty, one-pot dinner that's basically Mexican shepherd's …

5 (New!) Ways to Top Avocado Toast

From salsa verde to toasted nuts, here are 5 creative ways to mix up your avocado toast<p>Avocado toast is soo last year. Actually, now that we mention it, we’ve been singing the praises of avocado toast for at least two years now.<p>Despite all the new ways we’re topping our toast this year, we’re still …

Raise a glass to 2015 with these 4 cocktails

Whether you're throwing a party, laying low at home or bringing in the new year with your kids, we've got some pretty delicious drinks to raise a glass with. Here, Maureen Petrosky, author of "The Cocktail Club" shares her cocktail and mocktail recipes.<p><b>Pomegranate Mojito</b><p><i>Ingredients</i><p>In a tall glass …

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Our 9 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

<i>You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks. Here, in Books We Love, we'll talk about our favorites.</i><p><i>Today: Our favorite vegetarian (and vegetable-forward) cookbooks.</i><p>There's a whole lot of focus on <i>you</i> come January first …

The Easy Christmas Fruit Cake You'll Actually Want to Eat

This moist, tender, boozy fruit cake from Andrew Zimmern gets its amazing texture from boiling the dried fruit with rum, molasses, cream and</i> …

6 Festive Fruit Desserts

<b>1. Baked Pears in Spiced Pomegranate Syrup</b><p>This is a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with coffee, tea and crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble</b><p>This old-fashioned dessert …

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The Best Lessons From 40 Holiday Cookbooks

<i>This season’s list of exceptional cookbooks is long and varied. Here are cooking tips from 40 of them to help you find the perfect present.</i><p>Scramble eggs in a double boiler to keep them moist.<p><i>Inside the Test Kitchen</i>, Tyler Florence<p>To add flavor and texture to salad dressings, puree with spiced …

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5 Hearty Soups and Stews to Warm You Up

<b>1. White Chicken Chili</b><p>I've tried many white chicken chili recipes over the years, but none as satisfying as this one. The best part is that it's made with a rotisserie chicken, which makes it a one-pot meal you can have on the dinner table in under an hour. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Chicken & Matzo Ball …

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The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>Growing up, my enchiladas came in two forms. The first was the creamy, cheese-packed enchilada casserole that my mom used to make. I'm fairly certain it was created by combining chicken thighs with some canned green …

Homemade Rolls for Novice Bakers

<i>Need a holiday hand? We've got you covered with two straight weeks of Holiday Survival Recipes -- the ones you can rely on to keep your guests (and you) feeling festive.</i><p><i>Today: Homemade Rolls for Novice Bakers</i><p>Just imagine it: your family is home for the holidays -- grown children, perhaps, or …

Turkey Confidential bingo cards

Every year on Thanksgiving morning, we spend two hours taking your live calls and helping you through your holiday food prep. It's called Turkey …

6 Chefs’ Riffs on Apple Pie

Chefs love to mess with the classics. Here are six takes on apple pie to try for Thanksgiving.<p>Chefs love to mess with the classics. Here are six …

5 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes Just in Time For the Holidays

<b>1. Perfect Pumpkin Bread</b><p>I've tried many pumpkin bread recipes over the years, but none as good as this one. It's easy -- just a bit of mixing and stirring, pop it in the oven, and, in about an hour, you'll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices and two scrumptious, pumpkiny loaves. <b>GET THE</b> …

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An Awesome Easy Italian Cookie for a Crowd

Sbrisolona is a deliciously crumbly Italian cookie that's super easy to make and great for a crowd.<p>It’s surprising that we don’t hear more about …

11 Fall Tarts That Want to Steal You Away from Pie

You’ll never hear a bad word about pies from us, but tarts—with their crumbly tops and virtual 1:1 crust-to-fruit ratio—also deserve some attention …

Wintry Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas + Orange Ginger Mint Sodas

<i>Today: The cure for the i</i><i>nevitable</i> <i>midweek dinner crisis.</i><p>Even dinner menus can have a midlife -- okay, midweek -- crisis. They long for an unbeaten path, crying desperately for a break from the routine. Tonight's dinner answers that call by repackaging familiar ingredients in a new, exciting way. …

How to Make Tarte Tatin

<i>We should all have a solid command of the ABCs of baking. Thankfully,</i> <i>Food52's Test Kitchen Manager</i> <i>Erin McDowell -- alongside photographer Sarah Stone, who both blog at The Shutter Oven -- is here, with tips and tricks to help you master the most essential desserts and the simplest breads.</i><p><i>Today: An</i> …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>'Tis the season for cozy, comforting food: Our favorite fall ingredients, like apples, winter squash, and cinnamon, are making their way into …

Portland Essentials: 10 Must-Visit Food Carts

I'd argue that the best way to eat in Portland, Oregon is by visiting the city's many food carts. For chef-owners, carts offer freedom from the headaches of a traditional restaurant—like staffing and restrictive overhead—breaking down the whole idea of food service to its essential elements: hungry …

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini cookies chock full of goodness. Whole grains and dark chocolate meet in one delicious cookie.<p>Mmmm... these tahini cookies are middle-eastern flavor in cookie form! I’ve been doing a bi-monthly cookie gift basket to my parents this year. An awesome Christmas gift idea if I do say so myself. …

14 Touchdown Worthy Recipes to Devour this Tailgate Season

Calling all newcomers and veterans to one of America’s great pastimes: the tailgate. The season has come to eat, to drink, and to cheer on your favorite team -- all from the comfort of your hatchback.<p>We’ve huddled together to compile a list of touchdown-worthy recipes to ensure that your tailgate …

How to Make Proper Scottish Shortbread at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: You may be used to the Scottish shortbread from the red box, but</i> <i>Kathryn from London Bakes can help you to make your own proper tea time cookies</i> …

10 Cakes for Anytime

It is the opinion of this website that we do not get enough cake in our lives. Cake should not be relegated to wedding parties or birthday festivities or the end to a celebratory meal. Because cake, when given the opportunity, is here to make your life better.<p>Did you lose your keys and stub your …

12 Yeasted Bread Recipes to Conquer

Let’s admit something few are willing to: Breads that involve yeast can be a bit intimidating. You’re working with something that’s alive, after all. The risk of disappointment from a loaf that does not rise because the yeast is inactive or the conditions aren’t just right may lead you to take the …

How to explore the world by cruise ship

For many people the mere mention of the word 'cruise' can evoke cringeworthy images of forced fun and chintzy cabins, but boat trips can be a thrilling way to see the world – it just depends on the cruise you choose.<p>Feel the local rhythm on a freshwater cruise<p>With smaller boats and fewer people, …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

Here’s Why the Exercises You Hate Are the Best Ones For You

Read this, and you’ll never skip them again<p>Every week, you perform basic big-muscle moves like the squat, deadlift, row, and bench press. Those are your meat-and-potatoes exercises, and they’re important for revving your metabolism and building size and strength. But are you getting enough of your …

How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future

<i>Rudy de Waele is a Technology Innovation Strategist and Author/Curator of Shift 2020.</i><p>The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the …