Stephanie Oprescu

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15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

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9 Falafel Recipes That Will Get You Hooked on Mediterranean Meals

Have we mentioned that we love debunking the myth that store-bought is superior to homemade? You guessed it: When it comes to a falafel recipe, …

Every Kind of Brownie Recipe for Every Kind of Brownie-Lover

I personally can't think of a brownie I've met that I haven't enjoyed, but I do have a preference in regards to what type of brownie I truly love. I …

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Spiced Citrus-Plum Linzer Cookies

Our take on Austrian Linzer cookies uses hazelnuts instead of the traditional almonds in the dough. If you can buy hazelnut meal, use 140 grams (1½ …

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Jeremy Lee’s recipe for fudge-topped chocolate brownies

Once when I was a young lad, having a thought to bake a cake, and so leafing through Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, my dad happened to walk past. As he did, ruffling my hair, he glanced down to have a look at what I was reading, as was his wont, and made one utterance.<p>“Brownies! …

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Pineapple, lime & coconut delicious pudding

Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease 6 x 1 cup capacity ovenproof ramekins or bowls, then place into a deep oven tray. Evenly divide pineapple …

Dessert

Meet the Bronzie: The Nutty, Addictive Bar That Can Be Yours in One Hour

Full disclosure: I bake a lot. People are always asking what happens to all the desserts and cheesy biscuits and pull-apart breads that emerge from my kitchen. And here's what I do: I save enough for our little household, reserving some of every recipe for dinner that night or to enjoy the next …

Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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Gingerbread Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sneak some veggies into this holiday treat.<p><b>What You'll Need:</b><i><br>Serves 12</i><p><b>For the base:</b><p>150 g (5½ oz) digestive biscuits (or use graham crackers), …

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7 Thanksgiving Desserts That Won't Make You Feel Like a Stuffed Turkey

When you try to be a consistently healthy eater, the holidays can be stressful. Even someone with the strongest willpower will be tempted at some …

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Jeremy Lee’s recipe for ginger cake

Whenever I hear the word “rhizome” I always think of Mapp and Lucia, the hilarious account of social rivalry between two extraordinary women, which reaches giddy heights over Miss Mapp’s infamous theft of Lucia’s recipe for Lobster <i>a la Riseholme</i>. It is bonkers but brilliant storytelling. I hasten …

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Lunchroom Ladies 50 Year Old Recipe

<b>You’ll Need (for the cake):</b><p>1 cup of butter.<br>½ cup of cocoa.<br>2 cups of flour.<br>2 cups of sugar.<br>4 eggs.<br>4 tsps of vanilla.<br>1 cup of chopped nuts.<p><b>You’ll Need</b> …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

How to Make Chewy Cookies in All Your Favorite Flavors

If you’ve ever wondered how to make chewy cookies, join the club — we’ve got buttons. From struggling with flattening the dough to debating how hot …

Dessert

8 Decadent Low-Carb Brownie Recipes That Are Too Good to Be True

There’s something about baking in the fall that just feels right. The oven warms the kitchen, and familiar smells waft through the whole house. …

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Easy And Delicious Chocolate Mochi Brownies

Steps<p>1<p>Done<p>Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Combine water, butter, oil, and cocoa powder in a pot over medium heat. Make sure to whisk the cocoa powder …

7 Vegetarian Soup Recipes So Good Even Staunch Carnivores Will Want Seconds

We've already professed our love of soup on multiple occasions this season (see decadent cauliflower soup recipes and low-carb soup recipes for …

Pumpkin Pavlova With Roasted Apples

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Prepare the Meringues: Preheat oven to 225°F. Trace 2 9-inch circles on a sheet of parchment paper. Place parchment, pencil-side …

Pumpkin Cupcakes

These pumpkin cupcakes are a perfect choice for a Halloween party treat or fall dessert. The moist pumpkin cupcakes are perfectly spiced with a …

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A Cake You Can Take With You Anywhere

Over the years, and almost without meaning to, I have become an obsessive collector — not of objects but of recipes. I have accumulated boxes’ and files’ worth. I search for them casually in print and online, and relentlessly, determinedly and often shamelessly when I’m out, whether close to home …

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4 Summer Recipes That Can Stand the Heat

The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining... Sounds like picnic time to me! Dining al fresco is fun, but you need to make sure the dishes you …

Grilled Halibut with Tomatoes and Hearts of Palm

4 servings<p>Cooking fish doesn't need to be intimidating. In fact, few things could be simpler—or more rewarding. For meaty steaks of swordfish, albacore, and halibut, all you need is a kiss of high heat from a grill or cast-iron pan and a simple vinaigrette. Zesting citrus directly onto your food …

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31 Vegetarian Mexican Recipes So Good You Won't Even Miss the Carnitas

31 meatless recipes, from fried avocado tacos to elote-style corn salad and black bean burritos you'll want every night of the week.<p><b>When you think of Mexican cooking</b>, it's hard not to conjure up images of carnitas, carne asada, beef-filled enchiladas, tacos al pastor ... but finding a Mexican …

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Salted Butterscotch Pudding | Goop

Our easy version of a classic Italian butterscotch budino, this sweet and salty dessert can be made up to two days in advance.<p>2 tablespoons butter<p>¼ …

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Gooey Desserts

These spectacular desserts include molten chocolate cake, double-chocolate peanut butter pie and gooey walnut brownies.

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20 Weekend Baking Projects to Conquer This Winter (and Spring!)

Saturday afternoon baking can be a sacred ritual. <b>For the first time all week, you're cooking just for you</b>—not rushing to the store and throwing a meal together for a family that needs to be fed half an hour ago. Or, maybe, you're cooking <i>not</i> just for you for a change; you're hosting a dinner party …

Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad [Vegan] - One Green Planet

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

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The Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Back On Track

The holidays are a great time to reunite with family and friends, but unfortunately they’re also overrun with sugary, rich foods. If you participate in the festivities like most of us do, chances are you’re not feeling your best right now. (And, your pants might be a tad snug.) The best way to get …

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