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How to Cook the Moistest* and Tenderest* Chicken Breasts

* And by "moistest" and "tenderest," I mean <i>driest</i> and <i>toughest</i>...<p>...because, let's be honest, moist and tender chicken is for "foodies," and nobody here wants to be mistaken for one of <i>those</i>, right? We want our chicken how most people (including the United States government) want it: dry. (And I'm …

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Recipe - Chowhound

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Dessert

Love Coconut? Bake These Better-Than-Macaroon Bar Cookies

Though most people dread this time of year, with its endless blustery cold, short days, and dry skin, as a former pastry chef, I relish it. The deep …

Dessert

Chorizo and Shrimp Paella

Bomba rice is a short-grain, starchy type, and its ideal texture is tender but chewy in the center, like al dente pasta. Try not to overcook. Use the shrimp shells and chorizo ends to make the Back-Burner Stock.<p>Ingredients<p>1 medium onion, quartered<p>2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped<p>4 garlic cloves<p>2 …

Seafood

Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking …

Recipes

Top-Rated Shrimp Recipes

These 100+ healthy shrimp recipes earned sensational reader reviews.

Best Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes

Cooking with a crockpot helps create layers of flavor in everything from hearty stews to healthy chicken dishes. Even desserts can benefit from the …

6 Simple Soups Perfect for Autumn

The fall days are getting shorter and cooler. Warm up with these simple and delicious soups, all ready in 50 minutes -- or less!<p><b>1. Indian Spiced Red Lentil & Chicken Soup</b><p>Made with a rotisserie chicken and canned coconut milk, this easy version of Mulligatawny soup is a one-pot supper that you can …

8 Creamy Risotto Recipes That Are Actually Healthy

Though it’s typically packed with cheese and butter, there are ways to make healthy risotto without sacrificing its signature creaminess. Here, eight …

5 Easy 45 Minute (Or Less) Dinners

There's enough you have to do as a parent before bedtime, that's why my goal is to make dinner as stress-free as possible. Try one of my easy prep meals that takes less than 45 minutes all in! Less dishes, fuller bellies and more family time.<p><b>Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Bake</b><p>With only a handful of …

18 Light and Summery Pasta Recipes

When you think of a pasta dinner, you're probably thinking of spaghetti tossed in vibrant marinara, or penne in creamy vodka sauce. But heavy, hearty sauces are far from the only way to enjoy pasta, and we have 18 pretty spectacular recipes to prove it. Recipes that are light in body, deliver on …

Your Search for Perfect Blueberry Muffins is Over

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. Posie Harwood from 600 Acres is sharing the best back-of-the-box recipes every Sunday.</i><p><i>Today: Learn the blueberry muffin rule of three: one-third berries, one-third batter, one-third streusel topping.</i><p>An excellent muffin is a beautiful and …

Baking

Dinner For Mom: 5 Easy Recipes Even the Kids Can Make

Let mom kick back while you make an amazing meal tonight. These recipes are so easy, even the kids can make them (with a little help from dad).<p><b>1. Easy Thai Shrimp Curry</b><p>Sweet, plump shrimp are simmered in a rich and fragrant coconut sauce infused with store-bought Thai Green Curry Paste. Serve with …

15 Delish Salsa Recipes to Celebrate National Salsa Month

You may have been under the impression that National Salsa Month is every month, but it is actually in May. Maybe it’s got a little something to do with Cinco de Mayo? ;) No doubt at this stage in the game you’ve got your drinks and decor on lockdown for the holiday, so let’s get some food inspo …

Cooking

15 Pasta Recipes That'll Break You Out Of Your Penne Rut

There are hundreds of pasta shapes made in the world -- take a look at all of these beauties -- but penne reigns supreme. Sure, bow ties are popular and macaroni too, but one look at Google search trends shows that penne is at the top of the heap. (Spaghetti, fettuccine and pappardelle are not …

Make America's Best Tomato Sauce

If you want sauce done right, think outside the jar.<p>If you’re buying jarred tomato sauce because it’s more convenient than making the real stuff, stop. With the right recipe, you don’t need a long list of ingredients or an entire afternoon of free time. This recipe, borrowed from Patsy’s Italian …

Slow Cooker Recipes For Warmer Weather (Don't Put Yours Away Yet!)

The slow cooker may go hand in hand with winter -- after all, those hot, hearty meals have been the saving grace at the end of many frigid evenings -- but just because you're packing your coats and wool sweaters doesn't mean you should put away the slow cooker just yet. There are many delicious …

9 Picnic-Perfect Recipes

What better way to celebrate spring than with an outdoor feast? Think outside the lunchbox and try one of these delicious, easy-to-transport dishes for your next picnic.<p><b>1. Couscous Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette</b><p>This is the perfect side dish for a picnic: it's wonderfully light, takes mere minutes …

57 Make-Ahead Breakfasts so You Can Sleep in and Eat Well All Week

Breakfast

For a Better Pesto Pasta, Add Ricotta Cheese

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and each week we'll share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: Pesto? Good. Cheese? Good. Pesto plus two cheeses</i> plus <i>pasta? Very, very good.</i><p>The pasta aisle is a wonderful place to be. You can …

Italian Food

These Turkey Burger Recipes Are The First Step Toward Eating Healthier

There aren't many turkey burgers that inspire the same excitement as a traditional beef burger. While burgers are normally celebrated for being juicy and ever so satisfying, the turkey alternative has the reputation of being dry, bland and all around disappointing.<p>It doesn't have to be that way. …

Make the Best Meatballs You'll Ever Eat

Proof that four kinds of meat are better than one<p>Sorry, Mom. These are the best meatballs I’ve ever had.<p>Sure, all balls of meat are delicious by definition. But these meatballs contain <i>four</i> different kinds of meat. And <i>homemade</i> breadcrumbs. And a kind of preserved Italian chile that I’d never heard …

Roast Chicken Recipes For The Easiest Dinner Ever

How Sweet It Is, Cafe Johnsonia, Feasting at Home, Adventures in Cooking, Foodie Crush<p>Nigella Lawson said it best: "You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?"<p>If you don't wholeheartedly agree with Lawson's sentiment, we're …

5 Easy, Delicious Pasta Dishes for Your Next Carb Fix

Sometimes pasta is a necessity. Maybe you're carbo-loading for a marathon, or maybe you just need a little taste of Italy as a wistful reminder of that carefree, sun-drenched trip you took up the Amalfi Coast after a grueling eleven-hour-day under the fluorescent lights at the office. Regardless of …

5 Ways to Make a Healthier Chicken Stew

Stew implies a hearty, high-calorie dish, but that doesn’t have to be true—especially when you cook with chicken, a relatively lean meat. Here are …

Chicken Breast Recipes That'll Mix Up Your Boring Dinner Routine

Despite chicken breast's popularity, it's often known as one of the most boring things to eat. A single sauteed chicken breast is not decadent like fried chicken. And it's not impressive like roasted chicken. Instead, chicken breast is usually dry, completely devoid of flavor and about as exciting …

Cooking

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes That'll Feed You For Days

We all know that some very decadent recipes can be made in the slow cooker. Between the hot chocolate and nachos, it's easy to forget about dinner altogether and go for the comfort foods that slow cookers do best. But guys, the slow cooker is good at putting together a wholesome meal too -- it does …

One Pot Pasta Recipes That Will Save Weeknight Dinners Everywhere

Weekdays are busy. They're also really long. And even though we all have to eat, making dinner at the end of a workday is the last thing we want to do. Right? If you're nodding your head in agreement, we have good news: We have found a simple dinner option. Let us introduce you to our new favorite …

Fettuccine Recipes That Go Way Beyond Alfredo

When most Americans hear the word "fettuccine," they immediately think "Alfredo." While fettuccine Alfredo -- that simple, creamy, buttery pasta -- is one of the world's best comfort foods, it's not fettuccine's only trick. Fettuccine, which in Italian means "little ribbons," tastes great with many …

How To Make Hot Chocolate In The Slow Cooker

If you haven't been putting your slow cooker to use this winter, you've been missing out on the glory of this basically magical machine. If you haven't been drinking enough hot chocolate, you've also been missing out. Here's an easy solution for you: Change course and kill two birds with one stone …