Celebrate National Cookie Day (today, Dec. 4) with a handful of cookies that are anything but "break and bake." Although you shouldn't retire that classic sugar cookie recipe just yet, these six cookies combine the classic and the unexpected, with ingredients like matcha green tea, coconut, and even bacon. You might just find a new favorite.
Salads are so last season, and now is the perfect time to cozy up to a bowl of pumpkin soup or, better yet, classic tomato. If those two don't cut it, does butternut squash, beet, or chicken noodle entice your palate? Whether you're looking for a light lunch or a warm way to start your dinner, spoon through our recipes to find a Fall favorite.
Although there's nothing wrong with your favorite casserole, we have a few ways to mix things up this year. These recipes will channel holiday nostalgia while offering a variety of new flavors. Whether you choose to add unexpected ingredients like panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) or give a Southern recipe a California twist, you're guaranteed to find a new go-to heading into the holidays.
If you're hosting a dinner party this Fall, consider the menu done. Fitting for an elegant, rustic affair, this menu is filled with seasonal flavors guaranteed to impress. Start with a gingersnap cocktail, and end with an epic dessert of apple crisp baked apples. In between those crowd-pleasers, expect to find a little bit of everything, including hoisin braised short ribs. You can do no wrong with this menu. Click through and consider your "hostess with the mostess" status complete.
Halloween is as loaded with childhood nostalgia as it is with sugar. From classic candy corn to chewy Tootsie Rolls and bite-size candy bars, this holiday fills our candy bowls with iconic favorites each year. It was a hard choice, but we settled on six treats that no Halloween stash should be without. Click through, and then share your favorite!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so in honor of the brave ladies and gents affected by breast cancer, add a pop of pink to your kitchen and get cooking! The iconic rose color we have all come to love is making its way into your kitchen via your everyday cooking utensils. With a portion of the proceeds supporting breast cancer research, it is just all the more reason to bake pretty in pink.
For a pumpkin snack you can enjoy any time of day, bake up these muffins complete with a honey sage butter by Running to the Kitchen.
These pumpkin corn muffins are the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Serve them with a Fall stew, chili, or eat them alongside your breakfast!
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For cooks and eaters alike, Fall is the season when our favorite foods take a turn for the better: pies become pumpkin, Starbucks gets sweet, and corn takes to candy. If you still aren't convinced why you should love this food-filled season (which kicked off yesterday!), these 16 reasons should certainly seal the deal.
The Primetime Emmy Awards are tomorrow, making it the perfect excuse to invite over a few friends and pull together a decadent (but hassle-free) menu for this star-studded event. From spicy marinated olives to luxurious chocolate-covered strawberries, these recipes are easy to prepare and eat (no silverware required!), so you can spend more time huddled near the TV, placing bets on your favorite nominees.
Similar to a Manhattan but a little smoother, a Vieux Carré is a sophisticated way to start the viewing party and a clever nod to Mad Men's many nominations. Guests will marvel that the beverage — made of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and angostura bitters — slides down easily. For an elegant presentation, serve it in a lowball glass with a single giant ice cube.
Spicy Marinated Olives
Making your own marinated olives is easier than it looks, especially since precise measurements aren't as crucial for the dish's success. Don't forget to serve these with a bowl for the pits.
There's no better way to celebrate the long weekend than with a few friends, passing around a plethora of irresistible, homemade dishes — everything from an ice-cold gin cocktail, shaken and served up in a mason jar, to a sweet apple cobbler. We've put together a no-fail menu that is easy to prepare, but more importantly is memorable and delicious to leave your guests wanting more.
Gin and Lavender Lemonade
If warmer weather leaves you craving something slightly sweet and fizzy this weekend, then whip up a gin and lavender lemonade. It takes five minutes to prepare, yet the flavors are intoxicating. Lavender dry soda and Meyer lemon give the drink a floral tang, the vanilla bean soda adds just a hint of confectionery sweetness, and the gin offers a refreshing kick. It's a sweet way to toast the end of Summer.
Grilled Jalapeño Poppers
Light up the grill a little early to make these chipotle jalapeño appetizers. Each halved jalapeño is stuffed with a combination of crispy bacon, whipped cream cheese, and pepper jack cheese. These peppers tend to pack a lot of heat, so top them off with a refreshing cilantro sauce to balance the spiciness.
Create a taco bar this weekend, because it's always easy to set up plus it's a guaranteed crowd favorite. This pork carnitas recipe will teach you the basics for cooking perfectly braised, shredded carnitas. Toppings are limited to your imagination, but we love the fresh, tangy flavor of salsa verde alongside sweet pickled red onions and salty cotija cheese.
Cocktails taste better when they're enjoyed with good company, but rather than craft a bunch of different beverages, make pitcher drinks like sangria and punch. All you have to do is make a large batch, and everyone gets a glass faster. Hooray! Here are a few of our favorites, just in time for that pool party, BBQ, or whatever else you have planned for the holiday weekend.
There's a list for that! Rather than stressing over every last ingredient, from kitchen staples to farmers market favorites, these eight pads will save time and keep you organized. Take your pick from the kitschy to the cute; now you have no excuse to forget an essential item.
Foodies! How well do you know your cooking vocab? If words like swarthy, slauce, and quadrillage sound like something out of a Harry Potter book, you may need to study up. Thankfully, we spoke with some of our favorite top chefs, from Richard Blais to José Andrés, for a refresher course — and a few new words to add to our list. We're not going to lie: some are hard to pronounce, so you can practice watching the video. Just whatever you do, don't say the word moist . . .
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Wine may get better with age, but what about liqueurs and other bar essentials like simple syrup? The truth of the matter is, it all depends! While spirits (not just the spooky kind) last virtually forever, that vermouth, not so much. Check out our expiration guide and learn exactly what to toss before 5 o'clock rolls around . . .
- Spirits: These guys, well they last forever — to a certain extent. Although spirits do not get better with time, they usually have a high enough proof to subvert spoilage. While oxidation and evaporation will naturally occur, the best way to store them is in a small bottle and in a cool, dark place. The taste may change ever so slightly, but only the most serious of cocktail connoisseurs will be able to notice the difference.
- Fortified Wines: Fortified wines like vermouth, port, sherry, and madeira are basically just wine with an extra dose of alcohol, and like any bottle of wine, they should be stored in the fridge if you aren't going to finish them that day. Here they will last for about three weeks. They may not taste as good as the first go-around, but they are still great for cooking.
- Liqueurs: Similar to spirits, most liqueurs have enough alcohol content to last "forever." Liqueurs do have a high sugar content. If you are planning to keep them, be sure they are tightly sealed and keep an eye out for sugar crystallizing on the bottom, in which case you should toss. Cream-based liqueurs like Bailey's Irish Cream and Amarula should be consumed within a year of opening. You don't necessarily need to refrigerate them, but it's not a bad idea, either.
Because we're always looking for fresh takes on our favorite comfort food, we turned to our readers for a little Instagram inspiration. From fettuccine alfredo to seafood classics, social media snappers love their pasta. Take a look at a few of the plates that caught our eye, and take a look at some similar recipes we have on our site. Then, snap photos of your own dinners and tag them #savorysight on Twitter and Instagram so we can see what you're cooking up.
Used in everything from dressings to dip, olive oil is a staple that no kitchen should be without. While we might take it for granted, there is actually a lot to consider when purchasing and using this healthy oil. With a little help from books like Peggy Knickerbocker's Olive Oil: From Tree to Table and Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea, we've compiled some fun facts about this essential ingredient — a few may surprise you!
- Olive trees thrive in Mediterranean climates, and especially in locations like Spain, North Africa, Italy, Greece, and California.
- The term "cold-pressed" signifies that no heat was applied during the process of extracting the fruit's juices.
- Olive oil that's not labeled "extra-virgin" is likely a combination of extra-virgin oils and refined virgin oils. While less nuanced in flavor, it's a solid choice for dishes that involve high heat cookery, but should be avoided as a finishing oil, in salad dressing, and the like.
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Although it may be hard to imagine, some flowers lend themselves to more than a pretty bouquet. Edible flowers like pansies, lavender, and squash blossoms can be used in everything from drinks to dessert. If you don't believe us or still need a little convincing, we have eight fresh pickings that are sure to sway even the most skeptical. From cocktails to cakes, these recipes will bring flavor and a bit of flower power to your next meal. Click through to seem them all.
If you need a reason, theme, or excuse to celebrate anything, let a pasta party be it. Easy to plan and serve, a pasta bar is a great way to keep a large group happy and satisfied. Loaded with a selection of pastas, sauces, and toppings, our menu will help you create a dinner filled with options that even the pickiest of guests will enjoy. With ideas for sides and (chocolate) desserts too, you'll soon learn that parties are good, but pasta parties are better!