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Bake a Tasty Batch of Sweet Potato Chips!

Looking to expand your side dish skills? Pick up some sweet potatoes next time you’re at the farmers’ market, because you’ll definitely want to bake a batch of crisp and salty sweet potato chips!<p>When it comes to side dishes and snacks, I’m a firm believer in simple methods and simple ingredients, …

Your Guide to the Best Cinnamon Rolls of Your Life

<i>We should all have a solid command of the ABCs of baking. Thankfully,</i> <i>Food52's Test Kitchen Manager</i> <i>Erin McDowell is here, with tips and tricks to help you master the most essential desserts and the simplest breads.</i><p><i>Today: Erin un-curls the cinnamon roll, from the dough to the filling to the frosting</i> …

Paper Flower Roundup

I have been making paper flowers ever since kindergarten. They are one of those crafts that are instantly satisfying to make, and have many levels of difficulty to work up to. I have put together a collection of paper flower and plant projects to inspire you to make some for your own space or for a …

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Adventures of a LEGO Photographer Taken with an iPhone

Just about everybody loves LEGOS. The building blocks are great inspiration for a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter replica; they inspire hilarious poster illustrations; and, recently, they have been fun to watch in animation at the movie theater.<p>Photographer Andrew Whyte has found a new way …

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20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …

How-To: Homemade Kit Kat Bars

What’s better than having a candy bar? Having a homemade candy bar, obviously. So give yourself an indulgent break with this charming homemade Kit Kat Bars tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

<b>Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls</b> | <i>The Hopeless Housewife</i><p>What can I say,… I love cinnamon rolls! So this recipe is right up my alley - can’t you just smell the cinnamon apple goodness through the screen!? If you’re lucky enough to have a bread maker, I suggest you try making your dough that way, it will cut out a lot of time. I plan on making these this weekend, yum!

Chicken Soup for the Chilly Soul: 20 Comforting, Warm Recipes

Try one of these comforting chicken soups, from classic chicken noodle to khao soi.<p><b>Like sweaters, chicken soup is a warm, wintry comfort.</b> Chicken soup, however, is infinitely tastier. Check out our wildly different takes on chicken soup in the slideshow, and decide which style you're going for …

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Slow Cooker Recipes: 20 Warming Soups for a Frosty Day

Ah, winter. It's bliss-sparkling ice-covered trees abound, making us long for warm places to curl up inside, and sip on warm liquids. It's time to grab your slow cooker and pour in the ingredients to craft a steamy slow cooked concoction that will warm up your dinner table tonight. Try one of our …

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16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.<p>And …

Christmas Headband | U Create

Each year my niece has a special outfit to wear on Christmas day, and I think that this pretty little felt headband would be the perfect piece to accompany it! There are free patterns to download for each flower and detailed instructions (I was a bit confused on how to make the blue flower - it’s so much easier than it looks!). And the best part is that she can wear it after Christmas too!

The Simple Secret to Creating Your Guest List

Take the stress and worry out of creating the guest lists for your wedding celebrations with simple tips from <i>Storyboard Wedding</i>. They’ve even …

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Autumn Sunrise in the Smokies

Eating Breakfast with Giraffes in Kenya

Photograph by <b>Giraffe Manor/The Safari Collection</b> <br>Website | Flickr | Facebook<p>Dating back to the 1930s, Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s iconic …

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

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GoPro: Backflip Over 72ft Canyon - Kelly McGarry Red Bull Rampage 2013

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

<b>1. Tucking them into bed at night.</b> Someday, they'll be too big and I won't get that moment back. Saying goodnight, pulling up the covers and kissing their heads is a gift.<p><b>2. Telling them I love them.</b> Start this when they're young. "I love you" is a powerful three-word phrase that matters.<p><b>3.</b> …

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Margaret Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: Your new go-to birthday cake, bake sale cake, dinner party cake, late night snack cake -- for when the fridge is at its barest and you need chocolate cake now.</i> …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Autumn in the United States

See photos of autumn in the U.S., including maple trees and other fall leaves, in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

12 Amazing Photos of Animals Congregating

<b>Stingrays</b><p>While we'll always be big fans of wildlife photography in general, there's nothing quite like seeing hundreds, thousands and even millions of animals congregating like this. Whether these photographers have captured animal migrations, where major animal groups travel long distances in …

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