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Holiday cooking hacks: Whipped cream in a jar, muffin tin poached eggs and more

When you have a house full of guests for the holidays and you're trying to feed them all without breaking a sweat, you'd do just about anything to save time, right? Whether you're cooking up brunch, dinner or dessert, Food & Wine magazine test kitchen senior editor Justin Chapple has a time-saving, …

Treat Your Guests to 8 Unique Holiday Drinks

From the House Beautiful archives: eight unique and colorful '60s-style cocktails and after-dinner drinks for all kinds of holiday entertaining.<p>Christmas Snow<p>1 oz. light Puerto Rican rum<p>1/2 oz. Galliano<p>1/4 oz. Rose's unsweetened lime juice<p>1 oz. heavy cream<p>Shake well with ice cubes. Serve in claret …

Recipes

31 Delicious Things To Cook In December

The best way to stay warm is to start eating and drinking and never stop.

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

26 Thanksgiving Cocktails That Are Perfect for the Holiday

If you're on bartender duty this year, these festive drinks will make you look like a pro.<p>Keep guests happy while you're putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving spread. A kitted-out bar with a few specialty sips should do the trick.

Chicken Avocado Taquitos with Red Pepper Soup

These recipes jumped off the screen last Monday when I was looking for something quick, nutritious and slightly comforting to make for my family. …

The Eat To Beat Fibromyalgia Challenge

How to Safely Detox Your Body:<br>Simple and Effective Ways to Mentally & Physically Recharge<p>If You're Looking to Gain More Energy and Vitality, Stop …

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 …

How to Get in Shape Using Psychology: 6 New Tricks From Research

Why is there an obesity epidemic? It’s not because we eat the wrong things or we lack exercise.<p>Research shows that, plain and simple, most of us just …

Nutrition

21 Melty, Gooey, Ultra-Cheesy Quesadillas

It doesn’t get simpler or better than a warm, deliciously cheesy quesadilla. Here, 21 of the all-time greatest quesadilla recipes F&W has to offer.<p>It …

Our Best Seafood Pasta Recipes with Crab, Anchovy, Lobster and More

Place a bowl of pasta + seafood in front of us, and it's almost guaranteed we'll want seconds. Here are our best seafood pasta recipes.<p><b>Fact: Pasta makes everything better.</b> This is especially true with seafood—we love that briny, fishy-in-the-best-way taste paired with some kind of noodle. Here are …

18 Dinner Ideas Featuring Briny, Tangy Capers

From a pizza bianca to butter-basted salmon, here are our favorite briny, tangy caper recipes.<p><b>Capers are the silent workhorse of some of our favorite recipes</b>—they add salty, briny bite to fish dishes, sauces, salads, and pretty much whatever else you want to toss 'em in. A jar of capers will keep …

Our Best Kebab and Skewer Recipes for Your Grilling Pleasure

14 skewer and kebab recipes, from salmon to chicken to lamb.<p><b>Ice pops, corn dogs, cotton candy—there's nothing like food on a stick.</b> But the grand-daddy of stick cuisine will always be grilled kebabs. Check out these recipes to see what we mean.

BBQ

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

4 Servings<p>Never met a corn fritter recipe we didn’t like, and we love this one.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 large eggs, beaten to blend<p>¼ cup all-purpose flour<p>2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more<p>2 cups fresh corn kernels<p>1 scallion, thinly sliced<p>½ jalapeño, seeded, …

10 Healthy Office Snacks: The Anti-Vending Machine Guide

These healthy office snacks beat whatever junk is in the vending machine any day.<p>We've perfected the art of the office lunch—but even the most protein-packed lunch bowls can't prevent the inevitable 3 p.m. rumbly belly. Before you give up your quarters to the vending machine, hear us out! There are …

15 Dinner Recipes that You Should Really Eat for Breakfast

Our favorite breakfasts look an awful lot like dinner—here are the best nontraditional breakfast foods to start your day.<p><b>It's time breakfast breaks free from its shackles.</b> Think about it: We're totally cool with pancakes and bacon for dinner, so why shouldn't we inject a little dinner food into our …

Perfect Cast-Iron Skillet Chicken Thighs

2 to 4 main-course<p>Active Time: 35 min<p>Sophisticated enough for a Sunday supper yet quick enough for Wednesday's dinner, this master recipe is all in the technique. Cook the thighs skin side down in a cast-iron skillet to render out the fat and make the skin as crisp and, dare we say, delicious as …

59 Cool Cucumber Recipes We're Very Into

Cucumbers add freshness and crunch to our favorite summer recipes, from Japanese-style pickles to popsicles.<p><b>We love a good cucumber, especially in summer</b> when the cukes are plentiful. But there's a whole world of cucumber goodness out there, and we're here to help you explore it all. From popsicles …

Love and Race

Modern love can be summed up in one quick status update: It's complicated. In the first of a three-part series, we explore the role race plays in relationships.<p><b>MIXED BLESSING</b>Half-black, half-white — how one woman discovered her romantic color-blind spot —<i>By Anna Holmes</i><p>You are a girl who looks like …

What We're Cooking for Memorial Day

From ribs to potato salad, here are 12 cookout-friendly recipes BA staffers are making for Memorial Day.<p>Hallelujah, it's finally Memorial Day weekend! And you know what that means: <i>BA</i> staffers are doing some serious cooking. From barbecued ribs to homemade mayo for potato salad, here's what we'll be …

The crucial tool you need for perfect Memorial Day grilling (besides a grill!)

You might have the most tricked-out grill on the block, the finest hardwood briquettes, and an arsenal of tongs and spatulas at the ready, but have you remembered the most important grilling tool of all? A meat thermometer is absolutely essential for safe and successful cookouts this Memorial Day …

Cooking

The ULTIMATE Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day already? Believe it or not, many people consider this holiday the start of grilling season. But not the tribe at BarbecueBible.com. Most of us have been grilling for months already -- if not all year long. And given this winter -- with its record snows and polar vortexes -- that's no …

The Roots of Autism Are in the…Skin?

Science & InnovationOnly Human<p>The skin is our gateway to the physical world. Below its surface are oodles of nerve fibers relaying different types of messages to the brain. At the ends of the fingertips, for example, fat and fast Aβ nerves help you fish for keys at the bottom of a messy purse, or …

The Week in Review: #BringBackOurGirls

Inside Flipboard / May 16, 2014<p>One month after their abduction, nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls are still waiting to be rescued. Considered ransom by …

Sensational pasta salad recipes for spring and summer parties

Pasta salad is one of the first things to disappear at a party or potluck: It's filling and easy to eat, and it's hard to mess up. If you want to make your pasta salad stand out, check out these 8 irresistible recipes—one for (nearly) every kind of eater you're likely to meet.<p><b>Lemon and</b> <b>poppy seed</b> …