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Summer and Fall Produce Guide: What to Can, Freeze, Dry, Store, or Eat Right Now

The farmers' markets are overflowing with fruits and vegetables; our summer produce guide lets you know which to can, store, dry, freeze, or eat right now<p>Harvest season is high time for fresh produce. Between the leafy greens, juicy tomatoes, sweet berries, brassicas, and, well, just about …


Ice Cream Pies and Cakes to Eat This Summer

We can't decide if we like ice cream pie or ice cream cake better, so we'll just eat both.<p><b>We can't decide if we like ice cream pie or ice cream cake better</b>, so we'll just eat both.


Chocolate-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

12 Servings<p>If you like, serve this chocolate-cinnamon recipe with whipped cream or an extra dollop of yogurt—or, of course, a cup of coffee.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan<p>½ cup blanched hazelnuts, chopped<p>2 ounces bittersweet …


Recipes, DIY, Home Decor & Crafts


15-Minutes-or-Less Dessert Recipes

It is possible to prepare a homemade dessert in 15 minutes or less -- and here are 15 simple sweets to prove it.


Quick Potato Side Dish Recipes

Prepare a delicious potato side to round out your meal. We're offering generous servings of your favorites -- mashed, baked, oven-fried -- as well as several kinds of potato salad.


15 Minutes or Less Main Dish Recipes

<b>Drop the frozen meal! We know it's been a long day, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality or nutrition at the dinner table. Here are our favorite healthy, delicious recipes that only take 15 minutes to make. They're just the thing for those crazy-busy weeknights.</b><p>Broken Noodles with …


Our Easiest Cupcakes

Bake up a batch of our easiest cupcakes for a nearly effortless treat.


Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

This classic recipe is always a hit with the family.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple Springtime Dishes

Ganache 101

<b>Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. Start with our easy and irresistible chocolate ganache recipe, then adapt it for all kinds of uses.</b><p>Easy as 1-2-3<p>Chop. Pour. Stir. Nothing up your sleeve, no sleight of hand. Those three basic steps are all there is to making an irresistible batch of …

Our Most Spectacular Strawberry Recipes

<b>Strawberries are sugar-sweet, affordable, and omnipresent -- even if you can't pick your own, you'll find pints and quarts of them at roadside stands and red seas of them in the produce aisle. Make these delectable berries the star in breakfast dishes, desserts, and even salads.</b><p>Strawberry Basics<p><b>In</b> …


Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe, from the How Sweet It Is bakery in New York City, is used to make delicious .

Gardening 101: How to Root Herbs in Water

Rooting herbs in water is so easy to do that the first time it happened to me was a surprise. A friend brought me a housewarming gift–a bouquet of …

Knife Skills: How to Chiffonade Mint and Other Leafy Herbs

The first step to great food is great knife skills. Check out more Knife Skills this way!<p>Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Cutting a chiffonade (that's super-thin ribbons) of leafy herbs is a nice way to get their flavor evenly distributed around the dish. It's pretty too. The only problem is that …

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Moroccan-Spiced Roast Chicken With Creamy Cilantro Sauce From 'Kitchen Confidence'

As <b>Kelsey Nixon</b> writes in her new cookbook, <i>Kitchen Confidence</i>, roast chicken was one of the first meals she learned how to make. Her mother gave her the basics, and she has tweaked the seasoning over time. This Moroccan-inspired version is infused with a plethora of warm spices. Nixon whips up a …


Food Lover's Cleanse<p>The Food Lover's Cleanse is a complete two week meal plan for people who love to eat, but need to reset their diet. Here's …

Strawberry-Basil Shortcakes

8 Servings<p>We love the combination of gently cooked and raw strawberries in this not-too-sweet version of the classic dessert.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>shortcakes<p>¼ cup sugar<p>1 tablespoon baking powder<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface<p>6 tablespoons (¾ stick) chilled …


Test Kitchen video tip: Toasting spices and nuts for flavor

When you want to add a little extra depth to a recipe, consider toasting any nuts or spices before adding them to the dish. Toasting helps extract the flavors and oils in the spices and nuts, lending depth and wonderfully rich flavor to a dish.<p>Toast whole spices on the stovetop using a …


Shopping for dried herbs and spices? Don't go to the grocery

Need to buy some dried herbs or spices? The last place you should go is your neighborhood grocery store.<p>After comparing the prices for some commonly used ingredients at a half-dozen Southern California shops, it turns out supermarkets consistently charge prices that are three to 20 times as high as …


Everything You Need To Know About Peppercorns, The Most Widely Used Spice In The World

Pepper is one of those spices that is so ubiquitous that we definitely take it for granted. Along with salt, pepper appears on just about every table -- in restaurants and kitchens alike. It's used in cuisines across the globe, and in fact, it is the most widely used spice in the world.<p>Pepper's …

Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds …

Simple Summer Treats

Now that summer is finally here, I've been doing a lot of outdoor cooking. I'll take any excuse to fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven! The one exception for turning on the oven is when I'm making whoopie pies. In fact, I've discovered that they make a perfect "cookie shell" for ice …

'Tolkien & Lewis' and the History of the Faith-Based Film

The term "faith-based film" gets tossed around a lot, often with reckless abandon. Presently, we're at the point when it's virtually a bespoke genre …

Purify Your Spirit With The Inspiring Words Of Vin Diesel For His 47th Birthday

Vin Diesel warns newcomers to his Facebook fan page that if they’re not looking for compassion and love, they’re in the wrong place. With more than 81 million fans, Diesel’s Facebook page is an online community like no other, as his fans from all over the world gather to celebrate each picture that …