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13 Lasagna Recipes We Love

Gallery13 Lasagna Recipes We Love<p>It's time for some cozy, comforting food to warm the chill in our bones. And as far as comfort food goes, little does the trick quite as well as lasagna. It hits all the right notes: warm, laden with cheese, heavy on the carbs. Here are 13 of our favorites to get …

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup - Chef in Training

My daughter’s favorite dinner is Spaghetti. So when I came across this recipe from a Taste of Homes magazine, I knew it would be an instant hit with …

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The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Growing up, my enchiladas came in two forms. The first was the creamy, cheese-packed enchilada casserole that my mom used to make. I'm fairly certain it was created by combining chicken thighs with some canned green chilies, a tub of sour cream, a pack of grated Jack cheese, and a packet of …

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

<i>This simple chicken Parmesan casserole recipe has all the flavors of traditional Chicken Parmesan without the mess of frying chicken! This can also be one of your go to freezer meals that your whole family will love!</i><p>I have a confession to make.<p>I've been rocking this domestic thing. Laundry, …

How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey

GalleryHow to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey<p>If it seems like every year we (along with every other food magazine and blog) come out with a brand new turkey recipe for Thanksgiving, exclaiming "this is the best one, hands down, I swear on my not-yet-dead …

A Classic Thanksgiving Menu to Feed a Crowd

Thanksgiving in my family isn't exactly predictable. A child of divorce, I alternate between my parents from year to year; hosts change frequently, and with them the guests around the table, the group dynamic, the quality of conversation. But a few things are guaranteed, no matter where I am or who …

Why Turkeys Are So Much Better Roasted Upside Down

<i>By Stacy Adimando</i><p>Once you've <b>salted</b>, <b>tied</b> and <b>buttered</b> that Thanksgiving bird, you'd think the cooking part would be easy. <b>But there's just one thing that can trip you up:</b> Overcooking the breast meat (and/or undercooking the thigh meat).<p><b>It's a flaw in the design of the turkey</b>, when you think about it: …

Frighteningly Delicious, Shockingly Stress-Free, Healthful Halloween Slow Cooker Recipes

At my house, we are in Halloween count-down mode, and between costume prep, candy shopping, pumpkin carving and general holiday festivities, dinner this week will be stress-free, healthy and yummy. This time of year always inspires me to pull out my slow cooker, and I'm happy to share a sneak peek …

The Secret To The Best Baked Ziti In The World

Working as a food editor in the East Village of NYC is much like being a kid in a candy store. Eating out is how we research, and the lower part of Manhattan has an insanely high concentration of great restaurants to eat at -- er, we mean research. There's the roasted duck at Momofuku Ssam; …

Bring These Sandwiches To Work, Save Tons Of Money

Packing a lunch is a lot harder than it sounds. First you have to remember to buy the groceries. Next, you have to carve out time in the mornings to make it happen. And then, you have to think of something to make that you'll actually want to eat come lunch time. It's a drag, we know. But it's one …

5 Steps to Warming, Delicious Beef Stew

After you master the method, there are zillions of ways to vary a recipe. Here are five steps to take when creating your own beef stew.<p>Beef stew …

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

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How To Cut, Peel And Eat Every Type Of Winter Squash

We owe you guys an apology. We've done you a major injustice. We've given you recipes for butternut squash that involve cheese and pasta. We've dangled acorn squash recipes that are drowning in butter in front of your face. We've even shown you how to bake a pie inside of a winter squash. But, we …

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup With All the Fixings

Soup season is upon us, and there's no better time to let your slow cooker work magic. Thankfully, crowd-pleasing chicken tortilla soup lends itself especially well to a long, leisurely simmer. You just need to build the base so it has lots of flavor.<p>It's tempting to just dump everything into the …

Hamburger Helper: Ideas for Weeknight Dinners with Ground Meat

Ground meat can be a weeknight dinner lifesaver—here's how to cook ground beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey without a recipe.<p>Some say that boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the darling of weeknight dinners. And while that may be true, we can't help but harbor a fondness for a less-touted …

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Creamy Pasta w/ Chicken and Bacon Recipe - Laura Vitale - Laura in the Kitchen Episode 822

The Easiest Hummus Recipe Ever

Stop buying the stuff from the tub. Do this instead.<p>Did you know that every time you buy a $7 container of pre-made hummus, a chickpea cries?<p>Making homemade hummus is incredibly easy. All you need is a blender, a few secret ingredients, and fifteen minutes.<p>In fact, Dimitri Moshovitits, chef of Cava …

How to Make the Best Chicken Parm Sandwiches? Start With Great Chicken Parm

That whole expression about making lemonade with the lemons life gives you has always baffled me a bit. Why wouldn't you make a vinaigrette? Or perhaps chop them into wedges to spritz onto that crispy pan-seared halibut life also dropped on you? Or squirt some into your pan sauces to brighten them …

The Secret Trick to Great Game Day Wings

You don’t need a deep fryer to cook up this fan favorite.<p>If I had a fantasy football point for every time I heard that some bar had the “best wings,” I surely wouldn’t be second-last in my league right now.<p>Let’s admit that most wings are about average. That’s because most bars buy cheap chicken …

All About Brisket

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today: Brisket isn't just the perfect cut for summer barbecues -- it's</i> …

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All Of The Things You Can Make With A Can Of Pumpkin

As soon as the first, color-turned leaf hits the ground this fall, you will notice cans of pumpkin puree populating the grocery store shelves. The physical cans are hardly impressive; they don't compare when matched up against the gorgeous gourds their contents are made from.<p>But these cans deserve …

Mushroom Soup and Pasta Bake From 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

Okay, so I was trying to avoid using the word 'mushroomy' to describe this soup and subsequent pasta bake from the new <i>Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food.</i> But it's what they are and, frankly, that's a very good thing for them to be. The soup is made with dried porcinis and loads of fresh button mushrooms, …

How to Make Quick and Easy Italian-American Red Sauce That Tastes Slow-Cooked

All week we're celebrating Italian-American classics. Check out more Italian-American recipes and taste tests this way!<p>"I'm using every available burner plus a portable burner plus my oven is full," Kenji messaged me last week about the testing for his multi-hour red sauce recipe—a sauce that is …

Brussels Sprouts with Fried Eggs and Spiced Yogurt

Ingredients<p>6 ounces plain sheep's-milk yogurt<p>1 teaspoon za’atar<p>1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest<p>1/2 teaspoons sumac (optional)<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>2 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>12 large brussels sprouts, stem end trimmed, halved, and pulled apart into leaves<p>1/4 cup …

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American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

All week we're celebrating Italian-American classics. Check out more Italian-American recipes and taste tests this way!<p>Beefaroni, macaroni and beef, chili mac, call it what you will, but I find it both fascinating and insanely frustrating that there is such a vast lexicon of All-American …

How to Wash, Season, and Maintain Cast Iron Cookware

After a recent trip to Woodstock, N.Y., <b>David Cicconi</b> (our creative director) brought two well-used cast iron pans into the test kitchen. Cast iron cookware holds a special place in our culinary hearts because it is economical, durable, versatile, holds heat well, and cooks food evenly. Properly …

Scrambled Eggs, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon on Toast

This open-face sandwich makes a great meal or snack morning, noon, or night.<p>Ingredients<p>3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives, divided<p>2 Tbsp. crème fraîche (optional)<p>6 large eggs<p>2 Tbsp. (1/4 stick) unsalted butter<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>4 large or 8 small slices sourdough, whole wheat, or …

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Green Chile Chicken & Rice

There is something about chicken and rice. It’s easy, it’s great comfort food, it’s delicious. My kids love it (well, except for my daughter who is …