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13 Recipes Starring Your Cast Iron Skillet

In the pantheon of kitchen greats, brightly colored KitchenAid mixers and stately Le Creusets -- the kind of gifts you might receive for a wedding (or get married so that someone gives them to you) -- might first come to mind. Or your attention may dart to the gleaming knife that fits perfectly in …

Community Picks -- Chicken

The results are in -- here are the recipes our community loved from the Your Best Chicken contest!<p>Once again, we want to give a big thanks to all of our volunteer recipe testers for your thoughtful comments and for helping us continue to strengthen our recipe recommendations. You can read the …

The New Stress Solution

Feeling wrung out? Barring the off-chance you can drop everything and move to the South of France, check out this easy expert advice for how to keep calm.<p>As the clinical director of New York's buzzed-about YinOva Center, a holistic-based medical practice, Jill Blakeway has seen her share of strung …

Encouraging kids to complete chores by paying them with screen-time tokens

Little Mom on the Prarie made game tokens that she gives her daughter to do chores.<p>"I started using an alternate version of the reward system with my …

Found: The Perfect DIY Pop Of Color For Your Pad

<i>It's pretty obvious that Jeanne Chan, curator of ShopSweetThings, has a keen eye for cool. But, when she's not searching out new, must-know shops in</i> …

Seven Miracle Beauty Products Found in the Food Aisle

Strawberries as teeth whitener? Yep.<p>Though I opt for takeout more than I would like to admit, one of the things I really appreciate about cooking a meal at home is that I know exactly what I am putting in my body. It's so much healthier—not to mention cheaper. So why not use that same mentality …

Contributor Beauty Awards: best skin care nominees

13 Healthy Recipes For A Mid-Holiday Detox

In case you want to hold off on the mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie for a week. (If not, that's cool too.)<p>Food52 is a community for people who love food and cooking. Follow us at Food52.com and on Twitter @Food52. And check out our new shop, Provisions!

25 Cheesy Dips That Will Make You Swoon

Nothing is more alluring than a bowl of silky, molten cheese. Just sitting amongst a pile of chips, waiting to be devoured.

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Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce - Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Beauty: best brow products

'All three are a marvel, and this isn't something I say often'<p>Eyebrows are my favourite feature, but even I struggle to get excited about brow products. It's taken me all year to discover three that can truthfully be described as brilliant, which makes me all the more evangelical about them.<p>When I …

7 Terrifying Facts About Halloween Candy

You're not likely to chomp down any razor blades, but that doesn't mean trick-or-treating won't kill you.

Makeup Ingredients You Might Want To Avoid

We've been hearing more and more that there are dangerous chemicals lurking in our favorite beauty and skincare products. Mercury in your mascara? Yep, it's in there. Endocrine disruptors in your lip gloss? It is possible.<p>So we consulted with green beauty expert Katey Denno for a master list of …

25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

From shrimp fried rice to spicy tuna rolls, 16 classic take-out dishes you can make at home<p><b>Nothing beats vegging out on the couch</b> with a carton of fried rice from your local Chinese joint, but you don't have to order in to eat takeout classics. Check out our greatest "takeout" hits, and delete the …

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21 Smoothie Recipes That Are Actually Good

With ingredients like kale, apples, parsley, spinach, kiwi, and avocado, these 21 smoothie recipes are the quickest, easiest way to get in your fruits and veggies.<p><b>Ready in under ten minutes</b> and packed with fruits and veggies, these creamy drinks are our go-to for an easy breakfast (or snack). …

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9 'Healthy' Alternatives That Are Just As Bad As The Originals

Last week, Burger King announced that it had released a "healthier" version of its french fries. If skepticism is your immediate reaction to this statement, you're not alone. We tried these "healthy fries," and found that they don't deviate too far from the original ones in taste and nutrition.<p>But …

The Best Steak of Your Life: Flip the Script

The most common method of cooking a steak involves first searing each side in a hot pan and then finishing it to the desired temperature in an oven. It's a solid technique, but it can be hard to know exactly <b>what's going on inside your steak.</b><p><b>Searing is the easy part, getting that perfect medium-rare</b> …

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Why You Should Smoke Your Thanksgiving Bird

<b>Things you don't want on Thanksgiving:</b> cheap scotch, an argument with your father-in-law, a bland bird.<p>I can't buy your scotch or help with the in-laws. But I can solve your turkey problem: Smoke the damn thing.<p>Poultry, generally, likes fire and smoke. (Think grilled chicken.) Big birds, like …

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My mother and I used to marble paper on the weekends when I was younger. To this day, I still feel like I am a mad scientist when I marble, experimenting with new colors and testing new patterns.<p>Even if you don’t have experience with marbling, it’s a fun project to try with friends. It requires …

DIY Project: Super Simple Knitted Bracelets

I love to knit, but I’m gunna be real: I’m no expert. Sure, I can knit a pretty long, beautiful scarf without too much error, but that’s basically …

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<i>Have your eye on a fashion trend you’d like to make your own? Fashion columnist and blogger Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY Style has your back. Her new book encourages you to find fashion you love and make it yourself. With this DIY spirit, we’ll learn how to create wrapped hemp hoop earrings in</i> …

No-Knead Sandwich Bread

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Carey Nershi from Reclaiming Provincial shares a recipe for no-knead sandwich bread that takes minimal prep time and makes enough to keep extra</i> …

4 Things to Make With Cereal Boxes

They're sturdier than paper, easier to cut than corrugated cardboard, and free. Score!<p>Cereal boxes are well sized for holding magazines, comic books, and school supplies. To make a case, cut the top from a box at an angle, then wrap the box with decorative paper and double-sided tape.

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Quick Budget-Friendly Recipes

Your taste buds and wallet will achieve perfect harmony with our selection of quick meals, including stovetop mac and cheese, braised pork chops, meatballs, and roasted chicken tacos.

Baked Banana French Toast

February 6, 2012<p>Who doesn’t like french toast? I never really eat it, but when I do, I always think why has it been so long. And then another three …

Recipe: Scallops with Lime & Cilantro

Heat a large pot of water to boiling and salt generously. When at a rolling boil, add the linguine and cook for 9 to 11 minutes or until al dente. …

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Overhyped Beauty Products That Are Worth The Hype

As a beauty connoisseur, my shopping excursions are usually dedicated to finding the "perfect product" for my regimen. I enjoy wearing a full face, but I have oily skin, which means it takes a lot of spackle for this girl's face to look presentable when I leave the house.<p>I conduct heavy research …

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Kiwi & Chili-Rubbed Beef Short Ribs - Grilled Beef Short Ribs with Kiwi & Chili Spice Rub

How to Eat Well on a Budget

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Ideas for cooking good meals without breaking the bank.</i><p>Cooking on the cheap …