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10 Drinks for Any Party

For every kind of party, there is a drink to match it. This is especially convenient around the holidays when parties occur every day, and when you're getting a little sick of red wine staining your teeth. Plus, everyone loves a good mixed drink, and it requires just a few things: your boozy …

Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria

Add 2 of the satsuma oranges, the strawberries and raspberries to a large punch bowl or pitcher. Juice the remaining 4 satsumas – you want about 1/2 …

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Smash

I have a new respect for bartenders. It seemed like a simple job: put delicious stuff into other delicious stuff, add some alcohol for a little edge, …

10 Hangover Helpers -- New Year's Edition

This New Year's Eve, it's okay to indulge. It's okay to put on your sparkliest party dress, gather round some buddies, and maybe hit the rum punch a bit too hard. December 31st happens but once a year, and you've got to make sure 2013 goes out with a bang -- and maybe a karaoke rendition of "Build …

Shrimp with Spinach, Garlic and Smoked Paprika

If you have yet to discover the glory of smoked paprika, this is your official invitation. Made from smoked red peppers, it is a key ingredient in …

Easy Mango-Blackberry Smoothie Recipe

This quick and delicious smoothie has just three ingredients: ripe Ataulfo mango, frozen blackberries, and unsweetened kefir (I used Nancy's Organic Plain Lowfat Kefir, but you can also make your own.) The result is rich and thick, tangy and tart, with just a touch of sweetness from the fruit.<p>Read …

The Ultimate Gooey Caramel Brownie Mug Cake Sundae

<i>Thanks to Werther’s Original® for sponsoring this recipe post!</i><p>I secretly love making resolutions at New Year’s. Really, I love resolutions all the …

Apple Cinnamon Kringle Recipe

Though traditional kringle recipes typically involve cutting butter into a yeast dough and can take up to three days to prepare, a friend shared her mom's recipe for a simpler kringle dough that's made with butter, sour cream, and flour that turns out a delicate and delicious pastry in a fraction …

13 Virtuous Vegetable Soups

It's January, and we're thinking you have vegetables on the mind. And while we love a good kale salad or virtuous slaw or pile of roasted vegetables, sometimes we need our vegetables in bowl-form, piping hot, and eaten, curled up, with a spoon. Here are 13 soups we loved last year and are perfect …

Buttery Almond Stuffed Morning Buns

<i>I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter!</i><p>Mike and I …

Baked Turkey Meatballs

I took some big bites last year. Really big bites in my life and work.<p>I’m talking about those almost mortifying first date kind of big bites… the …

Hamburger Soup

I made this glorious hamburger soup yesterday for three very important reasons: One, it was so ding dang cold outside, all I could think about was …

The Best Pan-Roasted Potatoes

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: A side dish to convert the weeknight side dish skeptics.</i><p>I have long documented in this space my antipathy for side dishes, and my family has learned to accept a constant …

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Potato Soup

5 Minute Fudgy Chocolate Microwave Cake Recipe

Need a dessert pronto? Stir this up in the pan and 5 minutes later you're eating a delicious fudgy cake.<p><b>Notes:</b> Make sure to use a microwave safe dish. Cooking time may vary between microwaves. Check after about 4 minutes by carefully tapping dish—cake is done with it's just set with the slightest …

Dinner Tonight: Ramen + Ice Cream (with Magic Shell)

In Japan, eating ramen is serious business. There's a lot of slurping, a lot of sipping, and not a whole lot of talking. It makes sense -- with all the flavors, heat, and slippery noodles, ramen is one of those dishes that deserves your undivided attention. The real deal can take up to 3 days to …

Bonkers Awesome Avocado Grapefruit and Edamame Salad

Most of the country is in a mega deep freeze, and it feels like California just keeps churning out giant grapefruits and ripe avocados. It’s …

9 Bean Recipes to Take to the Bank

After a month of holiday spending and overindulgence (re: Hangover Helpers and Sticky Buns), it's time to cut back. Enter the bean: your most hardworking and economical kitchen accomplice for the New Year. Chock full of flavor, not to mention protein and fiber, these small, inexpensive energy …

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Real Life Wednesday: On Vision Boards.

<i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> January 8, 2014 136<p>Hi hi. We’re doing something different on Wednesdays now. It’s been in the works for a few months but since I’m the …