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The Only Cake Recipe You'll Need This Summer

My friend Jodi Rhoden started baking cakes out of her Barbie-pink house in Asheville, North Carolina in 2006. The venture became so popular, so fast, that she opened a bakery, and wrote a cookbook about Southern cake ladies, the home bakers everyone around town knows to call up for a birthday …

Dessert

27 Recipes to Make for Someone Who Has the Flu

Let me preface this by saying: I just had the flu. And by "just" had, I mean that I had it last week. I still have a cough. My nose isn't in the best shape. I can quite vividly remember the fever, chills, sweating, and general, horrible <i>ugh</i> feeling.<p>For about a week, I subsisted on chicken noodle …

Cooking

It Looks like Classic Buttermilk Waffles Have Some Competition

Let me make a case for waffles. I don't mean to imply that waffles aren't universally loved (they <i>are</i>), but they're relegated to the brunch table and they shouldn't be. Not only can waffles be sweet or savory, they're also excellent vehicles for all sorts of toppings, from fruit compote to fried …

Breakfast

Meet the Salad Antidote for When You’ve Just Had Too Much

The Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany is renowned for its bulk food section. Nearly as alluring, I find, is its wall of prepared salads, which looks like the pages of a Moosewood cookbook come to life: Think Thai tofu salad, vegan kale Caesar, sweet potato bites, cilantro-lime chickpeas—each …

Recipes

Make More Creamed Greens than You Think You Need (Your Dinners Will Thank You)

There’s no better way to deal with an overload of sturdy greens—especially those one might call "limp"—than to cook them down. All the better if this is done so with cream.<p>And once you’re given your greens a second lease on life, those creamed greens needn’t remain a side; they can be turned into …

Recipes

16 Snacks That Are Travel-Ready & Gift-Appropriate

Do yourself a favor this holiday season: Instead of trying to coordinate travel snacks to pack <i>and</i> thoughtful, I-made-it-just-for-you edible gifts for family, friends, or any and all hosts, just double the recipe.<p>You can make something that's both giftable and snackable in the same time it takes to …

Dessert

A Baked Penne That'll Make a Casserole Believer Out of Anyone

I used to mock my mother for being the owner of three (three!) refrigerators. I used to gasp at the amount of sliced turkey my mother-in-law would purchase when expecting a visit from her sons. But, the older I get, the better I understand. BIG portions, especially around the holidays, are the name …

Cooking

19 Thanksgiving Sides to Make if You Have 60 Minutes

Yesterday, we featured Thanksgiving sides you make in just 30 minutes, and the day before that sides you can make in just 20 minutes.<p>Today, we've got your 60-minute, from start to finish, Thanksgiving sides. <b>Be sure to check back tomorrow (and the next day!) for sides that take 2 hours and, finally,</b> …

Recipes

19 Thanksgiving Sides to Make If You Have 2 Hours (Mostly Hands-Off!)

Yesterday, we featured Thanksgiving sides you can make in 60 minutes, the day before that those you can make in just 30 minutes, and the day before that those you can make in just 20 minutes.<p><b>Today, we have 19 two-hour-from-start-to-finish Thanksgiving sides.</b> Don't worry, though, if spending a …

Cooking

A Loaf of Bread That Tastes Exactly like Stuffing (Really!)

Call it stuffing, call it dressing, call it whatever you want: It's utterly, addictively delicious. I consider stuffing the unsung hero of the Thanksgiving table. Give me the choice to eat only <i>one</i> dish (perish the thought!), and I'd choose stuffing, hands down. For starters, it's far and away the …

Recipes

For Thick, Long-Lasting Whipped Cream, Get Out Your Food Processor

You already know that your food processor is a magic-maker. You can make a whole cake in there! Soup, too!<p>And that's not all: <b>This kitchen workhorse can also help you make whipped cream</b> that's denser, longer-lasting, and, for the weak among us (myself included), less physically-tasking (unless you …

Baking

A Slushie, Boozy Reason to Never Get Rid of Your Ice Cream Machine

I have a rule against single-use appliances in my kitchen and avoid tools that can’t perform multiple functions—I would rather improvise than give up precious kitchen real estate—but I make an exception for my ice cream maker. <b>Recently, I discovered another use for my ice cream machine, further</b> …

Dessert

How to Make Your Own Mochi Ice Cream (& Spare Yourself from Trader Joe's)

Soft mochi—smooth and pillowy and cotton ball-light—needn't be messed with. But if you <i>had</i> to—let's say it's August (yes) and a billion degrees outside (yes) and you wish your big toe could be submerged in an ice bath at all times (yes, yes, yes)—you could combine it with ice cream. And not just</i> …

Dessert

Salt-Crust Beets and Grate Them Into This Salad

<i>Everyone's history with food tells a story, so we partnered with La Baleine sea salt to share a recipe from a chef who's reverence for heritage inspires us: Zahav's Michael Solomonov.</i><p>When I think back to all the dishes I made for Passover this year, which were almost exclusively drawn from Michael …

Recipes

15 Summery Sandwiches to Take to the Beach

There are no <i>real</i> rules for beach lunches, except these three:<p>You <b>can't really beat a PB&J</b>, and...<br>• If you're going to try, it has to be something that will <b>come together quickly</b> (or give you enough leftovers that it will be lunch tomorrow, too), because you can't waste time in getting to the …

Recipes

How To Make Your Oatmeal Extra Creamy

It's no secret that oatmeal is the bees knees to breakfast in this trendy health world of ours.<p>My love for oatmeal is an understatement. I adore the stuff. Probably not as much as I adore pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup but that's when my romantic mood strikes.<p>Oatmeal can be an everyday …

Lemon Avocado Chickpea Mash [Vegan] - One Green Planet

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Recipes

Eat Chic: 12 Deliciously Healthy Recipes by Food Bloggers

In honor of National Women's Health Week, meet your new favorite non-guilty pleasures.<p>You don't have to sacrifice great taste for great health. In honor of National Women's Health Week, which kicked off Sunday, we've rounded up some of the best healthy dishes to keep your taste buds and your body …

Dinner Tonight: Pimenton Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes you feel conflicted when faced with dinner: You want something adventurous in ingredient or technique, but don't want to drag a long, expensive-looking grocery list to the store and would rather eat quickly than linger over the stove or do a lot of chopping. You want something …

Recipes

Clean Eating BBQ Rosemary Sweet Potatoes Recipe

So here’s the thing. In the past, I’ve made sweet potato recipes that I enjoyed. But overall, I really don’t care for them much. They are definitely …

BBQ

9 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes

Whether it's hosting a houseful of guests or cooking a feast for a select, lucky few, Thanksgiving is inevitably a busy, food-filled day. And we think it should be enjoyable, as opposed to anxiety-provoking—say, from waiting around until 9 pm for the turkey to reach temperature (if it happens, just …

Cooking

DIY Candycorn Marshmallows Recipe

Hoping to share some fun and exciting posts with you in the weeks to come, in preparation for one of my fave holidays - Halloween!! :)<p>Kicking things …

7 Cool Pumpkin Carvings - Creative Pumpkin Carving

4 of 7<p>Antonis Achilleos; Craft and prop styling by Matthew Gleason<p>Sweethearts<p>Follow the templates at WomansDay.com/GreatPumpkins to draw and carve …

Decorations

13 Gorgeous and Ghastly Halloween Nail Art Designs

Here at Brit HQ, we think the perfect Halloween costume is not complete without an amazing mani. But we’re not talking about cheesy pumpkin nail art, here. We mean manis that are scary, sometimes chic, and totally complementary to your ghastly get up. That’s why these 13 nail art designs should …

Decorations

Jack o Planterns

This is a fun Halloween project for gardeners! It’s silly and quirky, and it puts a smile on everyone’s face. Turn your Jack-o-Lantern into a …