Kathy O'Donnell Jorgensen

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How to Use Cast Iron on the Grill

When it comes to cookware for your smoker or grill, cast iron rocks. From its tough black look to its wrist-bending heft. There's its primal connection to past generations of live-fire hearth masters. And last but not least, its versatility. With a well-seasoned piece of cast iron, you can sear, …

Save Your Apple Peels and Cores—For Tea

There are a number of time-consuming kitchen tasks that are not fun (or at least <i>I</i> do not think they are fun)—washing dishes, cleaning gritty greens, planning meals.<p>Peeling apples, on the other hand, is time-consuming yet enjoyable. It's meditative, almost.<p>I like taking each apple and slowing …

9 Surprising Things You Can Cook in the Microwave

We know, we know: you're thinking fish sticks and Hot Pockets. But look below for nine surprisingly fancy foods you can cook from start to finish in the microwave.<p><b>Mushroom Risotto (28 minutes)</b><p>Stirring stove-top risotto can be a real drag. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Sweet Potato Chips (5 Minutes)</b><p>Because all …

These Crazy Creations Take Mac And Cheese To The Next Level

It's pretty much universally agreed upon that mac and cheese is glorious. Whether it's made from scratch with a béchamel sauce, loaded with bacon or straight from the box, it warms our soul on the hardest of days.<p>The only thing better than a big bowl of mac and cheese is a mac and cheese pizza. Or …

A Scientifically Proven Guide To Ordering A Delicious Chopped Salad Every Single Time

When you decide on a chopped salad for lunch, you prematurely pat yourself on the back. Good work, old me, for electing the affordable, healthy option today. Bravo.<p>But, upon entering the salad establishment, you are struck with the realization that going healthy and cheap will be challenging. You …

13 Savory Cupcakes You Can Legitimately Eat For Dinner

Everybody knows that life is more fun with cupcakes in it. Until now, there's always been a time (the afternoon) and a place (a party) to enjoy them. But it turns out that cupcakes aren't just for party time anymore.<p>Yes, it's time to move on to the less popular realm of cupcakes -- savory ones. So, …

How to Make Homemade Pizza, Grandma Pie-Style

A chewy-crisp crust, endless topping ideas, and do-ahead ease. Pizza made in a sheet pan is the simplest, tastiest way to feed a crowd.<p><b>Those supremely thin, hearth-blistered pizzas</b> coming out of upscale pizzerias these days? We love ‘em, but trying to replicate the conditions of an 800-degree …

Jamie Oliver shares his recipes for quesadillas, giant meatballs and other global comfort foods

Perfect your dinner party with these delicious comfort foods from Jamie Oliver. As cozy as Oliver's takes on quesadillas, meatballs and other favorites are, the star chef also wants you to challenge your taste buds a bit, so he's added global flavors to classic appetizers, main dishes and desserts. …

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Carrot Cake Recipes That Make Every Other Cake Bow Down

In the world of cake, there are many great options. Flourless chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, the list goes on and on. And then, there's carrot -- the only cake that uses a vegetable as its main ingredient and proudly tells the world about it. This cake is daring. This cake is bold. And this cake …

How To Poach, Fry, Scramble And Boil The Perfect Egg

Whether you like your eggs boiled, poached or sunny-side-up, there is a very particular set of skills every egg-lover must learn to perfect the egg cooking process. When eggs are immaculately prepared, breakfast tastes better and the day will be splendid. And so, by the transitive property, a good …

This Is How You Make Avocado Taste Like Chocolate

There are few things better in life than a perfectly ripe avocado. You can make toast with it. You can turn it into guacamole. You can even bake an egg into it -- if you're into that kind of thing. But did you know that you can also make dessert with avocados? And not just any dessert, but the most …

The 10 Greatest Fruity Margaritas

Here, 10 fruity margaritas.<p>In this week’s video from Panna, bartender extraordinaire Jim Meehan revealed how to make a perfect margarita with lime …

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 …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

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5 Ways to Take Cachaça Beyond the Caipirinha

Here, five brilliant cachaça cocktails that go way beyond caipirinhas.<p>Cachaça, a Brazilian rum-esque spirit distilled from sugarcane, is primarily …

7 Pizzas You Should Definitely Eat While Watching Soccer

Here, seven pizzas that are better than delivery for watching the World Cup.<p>Brazil isn’t cheap, as World Cup visitors have recently discovered. …