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11 Luscious Chocolate Cakes for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate cake is almost always number one on everyone’s list of favorite desserts, let alone comfort foods. Try one of these irresistible 11 for …

Chocolate Cake

4 Supersimple Protein Bars You Can Make at Home

Whip up muscle-building treats without the bogus ingredients<p>Whether you're in the saddle or on the couch, protein is an incredibly important part of your diet as a cyclist. On the bike, protein slows digestion and lowers a food’s glycemic index, preventing spikes in your blood sugar that lead to …

Nutrition

22 Hot Sandwiches You Need to Make to Get Through Winter

For those days when all you want is a sandwich stuffed with fixin's and toasted or grilled to hot, melty perfection.<p><b>Sometimes all you want on a frigid winter day</b> is a sandwich stuffed with fixin's and toasted or grilled to hot, melty perfection. Beware: There's a lot of cheese ahead.

Cooking

65 Super Bowl Dessert Recipes, Because Life Ain't All Chicken Wings

These Super Bowl recipes are low-effort crowd pleasers. Yes, there are brownies.<p>It's just not a Super Bowl party without a stunning display of dessert options. (At least that's what we always say.) Here are our most winning sweet treats for the biggest game day of the year—all low-effort crowd …

Dessert

24 Super Bowl Snacks to Kick Off Your Party

I'm a football fan, but I recognize that Super Bowl parties are less about the game and more about the food (and the beer and commercials, of course). We've got all kinds of game day recipes coming for you in the next couple weeks, but today is all about snacks, since finger-friendly appetizers are …

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9 Stand-Out Meatballs Across the Country

We're all about meatballs this week, because we believe a truly great meatball is something worth traveling for—especially if it's already in the city you call home. We asked contributors, chefs, and food writers around the country to tell us about their favorite meatball dishes. From gooey …

Italian Food

Up Your Game Day Game With These Green Chile Chicken Nachos

More<p>Nacho Generator<p>Build the ultimate custom recipe.<p>At the onset of the holidays, I whipped up a double recipe of Kenji's <i>chile verde</i>. It was one of the best holiday dishes I've ever made, though it also took five hours and set off the smoke alarm as I roasted chilies early in the morning. The pot …

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8 All-Star Appetizers to Please Any Super Bowl Fan

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest football holidays of the year, and it’s also one of the biggest food holidays. There are no rules: Nachos, …

14 Great Dips for Game Day

Gallery14 Great Dips for Game Day<p>If you're watching football, it's essential to have the perfect dip on hand. When tensions are running high, you need to be able to reach your chip into a delicious dip without peeling your eyes away from the screen. You need to know it'll be just right: gooey, …

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Planet Meatball: 20 Meatball Varieties Around the World

Doused with a healthy portion of gravy, stuffed between crunchy bread, or served bobbing in a piping hot soup, meatballs are prepared and served in nearly limitless ways. But for a long time in the States, meatballs meant one thing only: the plump, beefy Italian-American variety, served with …

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The Best Slow Cooker Meatballs

The idea of a slow cooker meatball recipe seems like a good one at first. After all, how many meatball recipes have you read out there that tell you to simmer the meatballs for a good, long time in their bath of tomato sauce? Long-simmering leads to better flavor and more tender texture, right?<p>Not …

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11 Boozy Ways to Drink Orange Juice, Beyond the Screwdriver

Orange juice deserves another chance behind the bar because, despite any Screwdriver-addled memories, orange juice (fresh orange juice) is an …

Brandy

Fantastic Deviled Egg Recipes

Photo: CLAUDIA CATALANO<p>It’s with no shortage of boastful relish that I’m privileged to share these fantastic deviled eggs from The Black Birch restaurant, which were recently given a glowing write up by The Boston Globe in an article entitled <i>In Kittery, Maine, humble deviled eggs elevated to an art</i> …

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5 Madly Delicious Ways to Make Meatballs

<b>1. Swedish Meatballs</b><p>Delicate, bite-sized and covered in a light cream gravy -- what's not to love about Swedish meatballs? Spear them with toothpicks for a party or spoon them over lightly buttered egg noodles for dinner. Either way, make extra -- they disappear quickly! <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Chicken</b> …

5 Easy Detox Snacks to Make This Week

Start the year off feeling refreshed with these easy-to-make detoxifying snacks.<p><b>1. Popcorn with cayenne pepper.</b> Cayenne pepper is great for kick-starting your metabolism and digestion to help cleanse the body. Spice up your popcorn with cayenne pepper for a healthy snack that takes minutes to</b> …

Your Ultimate Guide To No-Bake Energy Bites & Bars

<i>(For quick, healthy recipes & insider nutrition tips, sign up for my newsletter & follow me on Twitter!)</i><p>Trying to eat healthier in the new year? Looking to liven up your child's school lunch box? Need energy for a workout? If you want to eat something healthy and homemade, but have little time to …

Dessert

Calling all chocolate lovers! 6 diet-friendly dessert recipes

Chocolate! Desserts! Diet-friendly? Yes, you read that correctly. These six recipes prove that you can have your chocolate and eat it, too. Enjoy and don’t even think about feeling guilty!<p><b>1. Dark chocolate fondue with fresh fruit:</b> This is how you do fondue! At a mere 153 calories per 1/4-cup …

Dessert

Graham Cracker Cookies

<i>These graham cracker cookies are loaded with crushed graham crackers and melty chocolate chips for an amazing twist on a classic cookie.</i><p>My mama is always asking me how I come up with ideas for new recipes. And I'm all, I dunno, I guess I'm just magic?<p>Unfortunately, that's a lie. I don't have one …

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Easy and Impressive Holiday Dessert: Chocolate Meringue Cake With Whipped Cream and Raspberries

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>The winter holidays call for a very specific type of dessert recipe: delicious, easy, and <i>definitely</i> impressive-looking. Well, this cake is just that. Layers of moist chocolate cake sandwiched by crisp, light meringue are filled with …

Andrea Nguyen's Cashew and Cardamom Fudge (Kaju Barfi)

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Tofu (yep, tofu!) like you've never seen it before.</i><p>Here's a fun party trick: Put out a platter of jewel-shaped pieces of this fudge, and make people standing …

Bake Kathie Lee's favorite (and super simple) sweet treat: Lemon bars

<i>Kathie Lee is letting people into her home, life and faith through her new book, "The Good Gifts: One Year in the Heart of a Home." In it, she chronicles the 20th anniversary of life in the Giffords' home with recipes, memories and scripture. T</i><i>hose recipes include lemon bars and blood orange lemon</i> …

Dessert

25 Hershey's Kisses Recipes That'll Get You Chocolate Wasted

There's something so special about a kiss: It's personal, it's sweet and when it's made out of chocolate, it's positively delicious. Hershey's Kisses always deliver on all three counts; their iconic silver foil is a pleasure to unwrap and you can be sure of a consistent chocolate flavor every …

Fantastic fudge! Make this foolproof holiday favorite in 3 easy steps

For many of us, it just doesn't feel like the holidays until we have a few squares of fudge — it's an irresistible edible gift that we're happy to both give and receive. And fudge is the perfect family treat to make and share together, especially with this simple three-step recipe. Just heat, stir …

Dessert

Salty, Deep-Dark Chocolate Brownies

340<p>44<p>3<p>Shares 387<p>When I was in Brooklyn a few months back doing a booksigning with the lovely folks from The Brooklyn Kitchen, a friendly woman came …

Peppermint Caramels

Put peppermint candies into a plastic bag and crush them coarsely with the flat side of a meat mallet. Using a large sieve, sift candy pieces, …

No-Bake, 5-Ingredient Chocolate Bon Bons

<i>For those nights when you get home hungry, stressed, and impatient, Hangry is here to help. Each Monday, Kendra Vaculin will share quick, exciting meals to rescue anyone who might be anxiously eyeing a box of minute rice.</i><p><i>Today: A no-bake taste of childhood.</i><p>Before my sister and I were old enough to …

The Easiest Holiday Gift: Chocolate Bark

With the holidays around the corner, it can often be intimidating to think of all the potential gifts you need to procure for co-workers, friends and family.<p>But Jacques Torres has a simple, quick and inexpensive solution: chocolate bark. The recipe for this spicy pecan version is easy to make at …

Dessert

A Cookie a Day: Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Chocolate and peanut butter is an undeniably good combination. A force to be reckoned with in the realm of flavor combinations. Sure, everyone has their own favorite way to pair the two, their own killer recipe. But here's just one …

Dreamy Magical Bars Made Skinny

Only 6 ingredients layered right in the pan! <b>Each yummy bar has 133 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.</b> Wait until your sink your teeth into one of these!<p>Prep Time: 10 minutes<p>Bake Time: 25-30 minutes<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1/4 cup reduced-fat butter<p>1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs<p>1/2 cup …

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