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The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

15 Fabulous Make-Ahead Holiday Recipes

When it comes to holiday entertaining, there's nothing worse than being stressed out and stuck in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party. The key is to plan a menu that can be made almost entirely ahead of time. All of these dishes can -- and often should -- be made in advance so you can …

Cooking

Homemade Marinara Sauce Is Easy to Make—If You Avoid These Common Mistakes

Jarred marinara sauce can't hold a candle to the homemade version. Avoid these common mistakes and whip up a batch tonight.<p>Is there any dinner that's easier to make and more satisfying than pasta and marinara sauce covered in a flurry of shredded Parmesan? We think not. But before you reach for a …

No-Bake Energy Bites Are The Little Healthy Snack Your World's Been Missing

Snackers, rejoice! The no-bake energy bite is everything you never knew was missing from your snack routine. Sure, the office vending machine will miss you, but you'll have confidently moved on.<p>This delightful treat is entirely customizable, portable and -- most importantly -- delectable. To craft …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Healthy Eating

Bulgogi - My Korean Grandmother's Family Bulgogi Recipe

Shares 18K<p><i>Bulgogi – My Korean grandmother’s family beef bulgogi recipe is made of thinly sliced beef (usually rib-eye), pre-soaked in bulgogi</i> …

Haika's Secret to Incredibly Flaky Piecrust

Recently, when I was at the Easton Farmers' Market, I ran into Haika, one of my favorite bakers. A few years ago I asked her to teach me how to make "Pop-Tarts," which she does incredibly well. As these things often go, we still haven't gotten around to it and laughed about "maybe next year." But …

Baking

Italian Almond Cookies

2K<p>168<p>From day 1, I was instantly smitten with the almond cookies I had in Sicily. Most cafes I went to in Sicily served a variety of sweets to choose …

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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 …

Cooking

Chocolate, Almond and Sea Salt Rice Krispy Treats

I made a lot of Rice Krispy Treats as a kid. They were quick, easy and always satisfied my sweet tooth. I still make them once in a while these days, …

25 Ways to Use Sriracha

Recipes

24 Extremely Delicious Slow Cooker Dinners

There's no better feeling than coming home after a long day to a great dinner that you've already made. Way to go, slow cooker. Way to go, self.

Best Breakfast Potatoes Ever

I shared this recipe with you a couple of weeks ago in stripped-down, printable form, but I’m just now getting around to doing the step-by-step for …

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Red Curry with Shrimp, Zucchini, and Carrot Recipe

<b>Read more: Dinner Tonight: Red Curry with Shrimp, Zucchini, and Carrot</b><p>Ingredients1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk4 tablespoons red curry paste2 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)2 small carrots, peeled, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)1 to 2 jalapeños, stemmed, …

Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> This rich and satisfying handheld treat marries the creamy sweetness of a frozen banana with the deep and spicy undertones of a dark chocolate ganache infused with cinnamon. Peanuts roasted briefly in a coating of honey, cinnamon, and ground New Mexico chile, then dusted with flaky …