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DIY Vanilla Salt and Vanilla Extract

I’m stocking up. I’m trying to be less of a disaster. I’m trying to be thoughtful and prepared.<p>The road from <i>this</i> to <i>that</i> is paved with vanilla …

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract for Less Money (and Bigger Flavor)

Some things aren't really worth the time and energy to make at home when you can just buy them, but vanilla extract isn't one of them. Making it is …

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5 Ways to Have the Best Super Bowl Wings on the Block

Quick: what do Buffalo wings and the Super Bowl have in common? (Besides consuming large quantities of the former while enjoying the latter.)<p>They have an entwined history on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo wing was born at Buffalo's Anchor Bar, where bar mistress Teressa …

33 Gooey, Cheesy Super Bowl Party Recipes

From monkey bread to queso, here are 33 addictively cheesy things to serve this Sunday.<p>On no other day do we so recklessly consume thousands of calories in food and beer as we do on Super Bowl Sunday. And while there are plenty of delicious veggie options, not to mention wings a-plenty, let's be …

Chipotle Chicken Nachos

More<p>Nacho Generator<p>Build the ultimate custom recipe.<p>Though I thoroughly appreciate authentic Mexican fare, hand me the type of crunchy Old El Paso taco that I used to have as a kid and I'm in heaven. I have a soft spot for massive Tex-Mex burritos, taco salads, and giant platters of nachos piled …

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Taste Test: The Best And Worst Store-Bought Spinach Dips

Here at HuffPost Taste, dip is a priority. A party isn't worth its salt if there's no dip, whether it's cheese fondue at an upscale get-together or chili cheese dog dip at a football party where your buddies paint their bare chests and hurl their bodies down a queso-covered Slip 'N Slide.<p>It's tough …

17 Red Lobster Recipes In Case The Seafood Chain Goes Away Forever

The dying seafood chain is being abandoned by its parent company. Time to drown your sorrows in homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits and move on to ethically raised seafood.<p>Red Lobster isn't making enough money, and its parent company, Darden, which also owns Olive Garden and other chains, all but rang a …

Better Than Bacon: 25 Pork Recipes, From Chops to Tenderloins

From lean and tender pork loins to tasty pork shoulders to a classic pork chops, we've compiled 25 of our favorite recipes that puts a pig to good use.<p>Bacon makes everything taste better: in waffles, in quiches, in cornbread, in miso, on pizza, and wrapped around anything. You say bacon, and we're …

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31 Awesome Dips for Football Noshing

31 dip recipes, from guacamole to salsa to hummus, that are good for serving at football parties.<p>Dips are the best thing to serve at a football party (other than wings). Here's why:<p>They require one hand. (This is important: This means a beer can remain in your other hand at all times.)<p>You can …

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How to Make Kettle Corn Without a Kettle

<i>If you're like us at Food52, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: The snack everyone wants to eat this time of year -- and how to do it with only 4 ingredients and no special equipment.</i><p>Kettle corn is a multigenerational …

6 Great Ways to Barbecue Your Breakfast! Plus, the Best Dutch Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Eat

"Barbecue: It's not just for breakfast anymore." I found this line in <i>The Kansas City Barbecue Society Cookbook</i>, and it serves as a reminder that while most of us grill for lunch or dinner, breakfast is a damn fine excuse to light your grill, too.<p>If you think fried or baked eggs are good, wait until …

These Are the 33 Best BBQ Joints in America

Pizza was invented in Italy and perfected in America. Hamburgers were invented in America but given a really German-sounding name. Indeed, it's quite possible that no culinary tradition (except for the Hot Pocket) is more thoroughly American than barbecue, with its different variants creating …

Slow-Roast Tender Chinese Spareribs

For your next game day, go with Cantonese BBQ<p>Those sticky, overcooked, red ribs from Chinese buffets are usually too tough or too sweet to be anything but disappointing. It's a shame, because when you taste Cantonese BBQ spareribs done well—honey-glazed, browned, and sizzling—they're …

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50 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

Dig in.<p>When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat …

One Bowl Baking: Pineapple Coconut Muffins

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Who doesn't love the quintessential tropical summer flavor combination of pineapple and coconut? I know I do, though preferably when used in conjunction with rum. Except when it comes to breakfast. Though many a …

Chocolate Milkshake Recipes For National Chocolate Milkshake Day (PHOTOS)

September 12 is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. And though we're pretty sure all food holidays are completely made up, we're not going to argue with an excuse to celebrate the deliciousness that is the chocolate milkshake.<p>The best part of the chocolate milkshake may be its surprising versatility …

The Only Banana Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need

Sure, there's a plethora of banana bread recipes out there on the net and in cookbooks, claiming to be the best. However, I think this is pretty darn good for a banana bread recipe and is as easy as making banana bread can be. Yogurt and oil is used, which I find is a combination that always …

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13 Lobster Recipes to Make While Lobster Is Cheap

From stews to salads to paella to tacos, 13 recipes that take advantage of near record low lobster prices<p>Whoa, lobster is getting cheap! <i>The New Yorker</i> ran a piece last month on how Maine lobster prices have been at an all-time low for over a year now. It's not good for the fishermen, what with …

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Soup Recipes Simmering With Chicken, Potato, Veggies And More

It doesn't matter how many bowls of chicken noodle soup you've eaten ... the next time you come down with a cold it's going to be exactly what you need. And the number of times you've had tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner will not stop you from craving it on that next rainy, autumn evening. …

How to Make Rugelach

Delicious to eat and fun to make, rugelach (pronounced rug-a-lah) are miniature crescent-rolled pastries traditionally served on Jewish holidays. They're made by rolling a triangle of dough around a sweet filling of fruit, nuts, chocolate or pretty much anything your heart desires. If you've never …

Recipe Of The Day: Shrimp Scampi

When you need dinner in a hurry, you can't go wrong with shrimp scampi. This simple dish of pasta topped with quickly sauteed shrimp makes a meal that everyone is always happy with -- and it comes together in no time. While there are many variations on shrimp scampi, we're fans of the ones that use …

Salsa Recipes Worth Getting Fired Up Over

We're not sure where we'd be without salsa, but we suspect our game days would be much less exciting, our pre-taco stomachs much emptier, and our tortilla chips sad and lonely. A world without salsa verde or pico de gallo would be a bleak and drab existence. Thankfully, that's not the world we live …

The 20 Best Wines Under $20

While it's easy to just follow the crowd and go for the $16,000 bottle of Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru with your grilled cheese, sometimes your budget may call for something a little more on the affordable side. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality.<p>That's why we brought on our …

Asian Soups That Go Way Beyond Ramen

Ramen has taken over America, and we're totally cool with that. Ramen, after midnight or at reasonable dinner hour, is hands-down one of the most comforting, savory and filling bowls of soup around. (Let's also never forget Justin Timberlake's ramen noodle hair.) A classic Japanese dish, ramen has …

Hush Puppies Recipes (PHOTOS)

We're just going to say it: hush puppies are the best thing to ever happen to cornmeal. If you like cornbread, you'll love hush puppies because they're even better -- and we say that as huge cornbread fans. Hush puppies, which are a gift from the South (like so many of our other favorite foods) are …

Everything Cookies

Makes about 48 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 cups old-fashioned oats<p>1 cup all-purpose flour<p>1 teaspoon baking soda<p>2 teaspoons ground cinnamon<p>1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg<p>1/4 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature<p>1 cup natural chunky or creamy peanut butter<p>1 cup …

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How To Make The Best Guacamole: Tips And Mistakes To Avoid

We don't mess around when it comes to guacamole. We understand the importance of this simple avocado dip. No party is really worth it unless there's guacamole -- and a lot of it. Honestly, it's the only reason we even think about tortilla chips.<p>Guacamole is just one of those foods that makes people …

Fruit Salad Recipes That Aren't Boring

Here's the thing about fruit salad: it usually sucks. Watery melon, over-ripe berries, potentially canned pineapple and, in the worst cases, gummy bananas. We have all had this fruit salad. For some of us, it has ruined fruit salad. Today, we want to heal our wounds with a few fruit salad recipes …