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A Lentil for Every and Any Occasion

You and so many other cooks probably have a bag of lentils in the pantry. That's because they're one of the most popular forms of protein: They're inexpensive, flavorful, hugely plentiful, and keep well (dried) for up to a year. As a result, they star in the daily menus of millions and millions of …

eggs in purgatory, puttanesca-style

If the theme of late here is simple, cozy meals we can assemble even when we’re not, perhaps, having the most well-rested, worry-free weeks ever, we …

How to Make Condiments at Home Without Going Insane

You're not a survivalist. Or a food crafter who ferments her own kimchi every weekend. So why would you bother making <i>condiments</i> from scratch? Isn't …

17 Easy Breakfasts to Feed a Crowd

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Unless you have a big immediate family (or work the line at a hot brunch spot), you probably don't often cook breakfast for a large group. But when you do, it's a relief—nay, a must—to have some easy recipes to …

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13 Grown-Ass Grilled Cheese Recipes

Grilled cheese: While it's still appropriate for a six-year-old (no crusts, please), it's also a pretty sophisticated treat for all the grown-ups out there.<p>Here, 13 ways to go beyond the basics.<p><b>Beets, Goat Cheese and Arugula</b><p>It's loaded with veggies, so it must be healthy! <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Roasted</b> …

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The 11 Best Breakfast Sandwiches In The Country

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p><i>Credit: Sara Norris/Thrillist</i><p>Breakfast comes in many different shapes and sizes, but the king of them all is the breakfast sandwich. It rules over the realm of morning meals, incorporating whatever ingredients it damn well pleases. The only bounds it knows are its book-ending slabs …

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How to Make Authentic Shakshuka at Home

<i>Photo by Ashley Manning</i><p>Everyone loves breakfast food disguised as lunch or dinner. But fried eggs can get old fast, despite racking up insane amounts of likes on Instagram. That's why there's shakshuka--a spicy, Middle Eastern take on "throw everything in your fridge into a pan and voila."<p>It's …

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These Pot Pie Recipes Go Above And Beyond

We have great news for you: anything can be turned into a pot pie. Of course chicken is an obvious choice. Beef is classic. Even lentils get real cozy under a blanket of golden pastry. But, it gets even better. Like, lobster better.<p>Anything and everything is improved when turned into a pot pie. …

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12 New Ways to Use Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is an iconic fall vegetable. Simply halved or cubed and roasted, it’s a perfect side dish for roasted chicken, tossed in a salad or …

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Apples, Apples Everywhere: 9 Easy Recipes For Fall's Favorite Fruit

Apple season is here -- time to round up the kids and get picking! After you've Instagrammed all of those adorable orchard pics, you've got to figure out what to do with all of those apples. From breakfast to dessert, here are nine easy recipes to help you use them all up.<p><b>1. Amish-Style Baked</b> …

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Cozy Up to These 16 Saucy Meatball Recipes

Meatballs ease the transition from grilling burgers in the hot summer sun to heavy sweaters and meatloaf. So get the ground meat ready, get those burners going, and get cozy with these 16 recipes.<p><b>Is it even possible to tire of meatballs?</b> Because, as far as we're concerned, there's no soup, …

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The Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Hummus

You could be making better hummus.<p>If it strikes you as a little weird that hummus received top billing as our 2015 Dish of the Year, then, well, you haven’t had chef Michael Solomonov’s. The incredibly rich, ineffably smooth version that he dishes up at Dizengoff, his bustling Philadelphia …

Healthy Eating

Make Almonds Taste Even Better With This Trick | Men's Health

But plain almonds can taste, well, plain. The fix: Toss them in an Indian spice mixture and slide them into the oven. Then serve them with slices of ripe pear and shaved Manchego cheese.<p>You can eat them straight-up, too, but, for the love of God, please don’t serve them in a plastic baggy shaped …

9 Great Slow Cooker Jams, Preserves, and Condiments

The crockpot just might be the perfect cooking appliance for ketchups, jams, fruit butters, and other cooked-down things. These are all things best …

Slow Cookers

Homemade Tonic Water

Jennifer McLagan always seems to know what we want to read about, and cook, before even we do. She wrote a slew of popular and award-winning books, …