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7 Foods to Avoid In the Morning

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but if you're eating the wrong foods, you could be sabotaging your entire day. If you're consistently finding yourself tired mid-day, even after a morning cup of coffee (or three), hungry way before lunchtime (11 is an appropriate time to have …

Eating

Spinach Ricotta Pie, The Most Sexy And Delicious Vegetarian Pie

Spinach Ricotta Pie<p>This savoury spinach and ricotta pie mixes soft ricotta cheese with fresh baby spinach on a bed of crunchy puff pastry and is not only delicious, it's also easy to make!<p><i>Watch full video recipe:</i><p><i>Spinach Ricotta Pie | Vegetarian Pie Recipe | Italian Food Recipe</i><p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>2 sheets …

50 meals everyone should eat in their lifetime

Sometimes one meal is all it takes to make your vacation one to remember forever.<p>From incredibly fresh ceviche in Peru to the modern Spanish cuisine …

You Must Try This Genius 2-Ingredient Homemade Frosting

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this creamy, kid-approved frosting.<p>A few months ago cookbook writer, recipe developer, and mom-of-three Genevieve Ko came to our offices to share a few treats from her new cookbook <i>Better Baking</i>, a gorgeous book featuring better-for-you baked goods. My …

Dessert

Recipe: Salt-Brined Turkey Breast

Combine salt and baking powder. Sprinkle thoroughly over both sides of turkey breast. Allow to brine at room temperature for 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.<p>Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine ingredients for seasoned butter. Spread all over turkey breast. Place breast on a rack and roast for …

Recipes

Trenette al Pesto (Trenette with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes)

Make the pesto: Process basil, oil, cheeses, nuts, and garlic in a food processor until finely ground. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.<p>Bring a …

Italian Food

Make It Last

<i>April is Homegrown Month at Tasting Table.</i><p>Tara Austen Weaver, author of the newly released <i>Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught a Family to</i> …

The Soul Train

For the syrup: Wrap cardamom in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine into a tight packet; set aside. Combine sugar and water in a 1-qt. saucepan …

Soul Music

Better Than Pop-Tarts: Danish Raspberry Bars

If you think this is a Pop-Tart, think again. As I peered through countless bakery cases on my recent trip to Copenhagen, I came face to face with the household toaster pastry's Danish doppelganger, the <i>Hindbærsnitter</i>, or raspberry bar. While the resemblance to the cardboard-like snack is striking …

Missing Cheese? How to Go Dairy-Free Without Going Flavor-Free

We were at a holiday function recently, sitting around the table after dinner eating cookies. Everyone wanted milk with their cookies and that got the conversation going about what type of milk people were dunking into. It surprised us that nearly everyone opted for almond milk and mentioned that …

Spring break snacks! Get the kids cooking carrot cake cupcakes, more

It's spring break! To keep the kids occupied and satisfied, try making these snacks from Reed Alexander's cookbook "Kewl Bites." They're easy enough to get your kids cooking along.<p>Honey-Roasted-Peanut Popcorn<p>Anthony Quintano/TODAY<p>Carrot Cake Cupcakes<p>Anthony Quintano/TODAY<p>Lemon-Lime Kewlers<p>Anthony …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

5 Tricks That Make Your Slow Cooker Even More Useful, If That's Even Possible

The slow cooker is a magical device. Put a couple ingredients in it, turn it on, leave for work and return to a fully cooked, flavorful and tender meal. You can make everything from French onion soup to carne asada nachos in your slow cooker, but its almost mystical powers don't stop at dinner. You …

Low-Carb Lasagna With a Curry Twist

Low carb lasagna with an Indian flavor twist. It's butter chicken, in lasagna form!<p>Remember that time that we talked about stuffed peppers and my undying love for food mashups?<p>Well, it happened again.<p>SorrrNotSorry. CantStopWon’tStop.<p>Ok, fine. I’ll stop.<p>And, again, we’ve taken a comfort food and …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Relationships