This spiced tomato soup from CheesePlease features two different kinds of potatoes as the creamy, filling base. The kale chips are the perfect crispy counterpart.This recipe for tomato curried soup is delicious and uses deconstructed curry powder (I used tumeric, cumin powder, ground coriander, and a dash of cinnamon). San Marzano tomatoes and two types of potato provide a tasty base for an intense flavor. In the end I used a immersion blender and pureed the soup which resulted in a thick, creamy sauce with a bit of a kick! Serve with some crunchy good-for-you kale chips.
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We've all got someone (or two or three . . .) on our gift list who rocks to their own special beat. So this holiday season, treat them to something spectacular that's easy on the eyes, music to their ears, and perfectly in tune with their personal sense of style.
Not only do Beats Solo HD headphones deliver the superior sound Beats by Dr. Dre products are famous for, but they also look as good as they sound — drenched in colors that are red like a heart, teal like Miami, white like snow, and lots more.
- Make some sinfully delicious tiki party mix. Any bacon lover will be thrilled to snack on this.
- Cracker Jack's aren't just for the baseball stadium. Munch on this sweet treat to get you through long afternoons at the office.
- My grandma always had candies in her purse. Make your own caramel candies, wrap them individually in wax paper, and keep a stash in your purse whenever you need to calm your sweet tooth.
- If you're trying to keep things a little healthier, cut your vegetables ahead of time, and pack them with some homemade hummus or white bean dip in tupperware.
- Stale, processed cookies from the grocery store? No thank you! Try some no-bake date cookies instead.
Do have snacks you make ahead of time?
If you've ever tackled a recipe that calls for honey or peanut butter, you've undoubtedly felt the pain of trying to scrape every last bit of gooey goodness out of your measuring cups. Last week, I faced the challenge of accurately measuring out 2/3 cups of goopy sourdough starter — a task rendered unbelievably easy thanks to my adjustable measuring cup! This cylindrical tool measures both wet and dry ingredients in cups, ounces, milliliters, and pints, but the best part is the interior plunger that guides sticky ingredients out of the tube and scrapes down the sides in one push. Corn syrup, jam, and molasses are no match for my wonder tool.
Still, I won't let go of my standard measuring cups, which are still the best for measuring flour out of the tub and for small jobs, but the KitchenArt Adjust-A-Cup is an important member of my tool arsenal. Are any specialized tools must haves in your kitchen?
National Chocolate Week ends today, but it's not too late to honor this tempting ingredient. We've gathered up 10 of our richest and most beguiling recipes to whip up before this delectable holiday ends. Of course, we firmly believe in chocolate's culinary ubiquity, so feel free to enjoy these sweet treats in perpetuity!
Photos: Camilla Salem and Lauren Hendrickson
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