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How to Get the Most Out of Your Frozen Puff Pastry

Store-bought puff pastry is one of our favorite kitchen shortcuts—avoid these common mistakes, and you'll get the most bang for your buck.<p>"Treated right, puff pastry is the ultimate shortcut to delicious baked goods," says <b>Dawn Perry</b>, digital food editor. With a claim like that, it's worth looking …

Food & Dining

16 Cookies That Can Literally Be Thrown Together At the Very Last Minute

We've all been there before.<p>Your mind is about to be blown when you find out how easy these fancy semi-homemade treats are to make. Translation: Behold the most gorgeous cookie recipes that only require a tube of store-bought dough, or few ingredients with zero effort. This piece originally …

Recipes

Easy Baked Apple Pie Apples

<b>PRE-STEP:</b> Preheat oven to 375F degrees.<p><b>STEP 1:</b> Slice the tops off four apples.<p><b>STEP 2:</b> Using a large spoon or melon baller, carefully remove inner …

Baking

5 Creative Ways to Cook with Spaghetti Squash (There Will Be Funnel Cake)

Stop! Don't douse that spaghetti squash with marinara sauce—try one of these recipes, instead.<p>Here's the thing about spaghetti squash. We don't actually want it to be spaghetti-like. We'll just use plain ole spaghetti for that one; there's no use trying to re-fashion squash to act like pasta.<p>And …

Butternut

The Best Sweet Potato Cupcakes You've Ever Had

Is it just me, or are sweet potatoes too often overlooked? They're always given the backseat to Russet potatoes with dinner, which I honestly don't understand. You can't top a Russet potato with brown sugar and marshmallows and call it dinner!<p>Sweet potato cupcakes are just what you should serve …

Sweet Potatoes

8 French Food Words You Should Definitely Know

Here are some common terms that may help you navigate and order the next time you're faced with a French menu.<p>Apparently we've all become so …

5 Under-the-Radar American Wine Regions You Need to Visit

Napa Valley: If you’re a wine lover and a travel lover, you’ve been there, done that…possibly many times over.<p>It’s time to move on.<p>Spread your wine …

8 Crazy-Smart Kitchen Tips from the Team Behind Modernist Cuisine

Nathan Myhrvold and his Modernist Cuisine team share some super clever cooking tips from their incredibly popular books, Modernist Cuisine and …