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Top 15 Thanksgiving Emergency Fixes From Sunset.com

I’ll have to admit… I’ve never actually hosted Thanksgiving and cooked the entire meal myself. Last year, I provided the space, but my mother and mother-in-law brought most of the food. Lucky for me, this year I am getting off easy again and assigned  only a few sides. The pot-luck tradition has been great but part of me is interested […]

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How to Keep Side Dishes Warm

When hosting a big dinner, it’s nearly impossible to have everything come out of the oven at just the right time. If you’re preparing a large meal, use this tip to keep side dishes–like mashed potatoes–warm while the rest of the food finishes cooking.

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Thanksgiving Soups from Food & Wine

This year my husband’s family and mine are getting together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. I am not sure if it’s becoming a tradition or not, but we’ve enjoyed getting both sides of the family together for a few years now and I feel very fortunate to spend time with such a wonderful “blended” group. We usually divvy up the […]

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3 Easy Ways to Heat Tortillas

Tacos and burritos taste much better when the tortillas they’re wrapped in are warm and toasty. Plus, a warm tortilla is more pliable, making it easier to work with. When I just need a handful, I like to toast them directly over a low flame on my gas stovetop for a few seconds (don’t forget to use tongs!). The flame […]

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DIY Gift Idea: Freezer-Friendly Meals

f you’re gifting freezer-friendly meals to someone who needs an extra set of hands (think new baby, a death in the family, or new neighbors), label the outside of the bag or the top of the container with dish’s name, the oven temperature, and the cooking time.

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Grilled Cheese Secrets from Sunset.com

When it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches our colleagues at Sunset.com say it best: “As everyone over the age of three knows, a grilled cheese sandwich is the most purely comforting food ever created: a toasty, golden beauty that brightens your mood without fail.” The Sunset.com editors have pulled together some favorite takes on this classic comfort food. To see […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Boil Pasta in a Pot That’s Too Small

Ever feel tempted to cram a box of pasta into a questionably small pot in order to save both boiling time and space in the dishwasher? Here’s a good reason to not to, beyond just broken noodles. By overwhelming the pot, there’s a good chance your pasta will end up sticky and gummy. “When you add pasta to a small […]

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The Best Recipes to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet from Huffington Post Taste

I’ve been using my iron skillet more often than ever, lately. The only problem is that I use it for the same recipes over and over again and I am in need of some new and exciting ideas. When I was doing some iron skillet digging, I stumbled across this great recipe compilation from Huffington Post Taste. Their editors pulled […]

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Happy National Chocolate Day!

Today in holidays that fly far too under-the-radar: National Chocolate Day. Celebrate with one of these mouthwatering recipes, including some from our 50 Best Chocolate Recipes gallery. (Apologies if you’re reading this on an empty stomach!) Glazed Triple-Chocolate Pound Cake Chocolate Cream Pie Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé Dark Chocolate Walnut Fudge Chocolate Chocolate-Chunk Cookies Chocolate Pecan Tart Flourless Chocolate Cake Double […]

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How to Roast Garlic

Sweet, spreadable roasted garlic is an incredibly versatile ingredient—you can use it on bread, stir it into mashed potatoes, turn it into dip, or add it to soups and casseroles. Because it’s milder than fresh garlic, it adds loads of flavor without being overpowering. It’s easy to roast it yourself at home. Here’s how: 1. First, cut off and discard […]

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