St. Patrick's Day is this coming weekend, but before you start cooking and sipping your way through the holiday, see how much you know about this Irish day's eats and drinks. From corned beef to colcannon, test your Irish know-how now!
It's one thing to light some candles on Valentine's Day, but why not ignite the passion by setting your dessert aflame? Get the mood going with these torched, fiery, and flambéed sweets that are guaranteed to heat things up — in the kitchen and beyond.
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Set the mood this V-Day with these sip-worthy cocktails, inspired by the Feb. 14 holiday. From romantic red concoctions to blissful bubbly, I've rounded up 20 sweet, tart, and fruity drinks for you to toast to a romantic night in or to share with gal pals at a Valentine's Day singles soirée. Get the recipes now!
From homemade gin to chocolate caramel corn, we've got you covered when it comes to edible gifts for the holidays. But now it's time to wrap 'em up! We've grouped your tasty goodies into five categories: cookies, jams and sauces, spirits, nuts and popcorn, and spices. Click on for tips and wrapping products to package your yummy gifts with style. And if you're shipping them, be sure to check out FedEx's tips for crumble-free packing.
I'm not too surprised that a majority of you prefer cupcakes over macarons at weddings. For those of you into Savory Sights, I thought I'd round up some pretty examples of wedding cupcakes. If you're tackling the big-day treats yourself, we particularly love these five options: lemon meringue cupcakes, Vietnamese coffee cupcakes, hummingbird cupcakes, brown sugar-pecan cupcakes with caramel frosting, and tiramisu cupcakes. Otherwise, start clicking to be inspired!
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If you're entertaining friends at a Spring soiree, you need a setup that's as fresh as the produce you're incorporating in the meal. With rustic touches and a nod to the crisp green asparagus in this vegetarian lasagna and the ruby-red strawberries in the bruschetta appetizer and berry curd cake, I've put together some seasonal party must haves that are sure to be a hit. For your entrée, serve guests on these pretty De Vincennes dinner plates ($24), and for dessert, scoop vanilla ice cream into these berry-red Latte Bowls ($20). Don't forget to decorate your table with these ceramic fruit baskets ($20-$38) filled with flowers. To shop the rest of the look, click on the images above!
With snow flurries and rain-filled clouds, nothing warms you up this Winter like a steaming cup of your favorite beverage. Whether you're sipping on a maple latte, spruced-up hot cocoa, or Earl Grey, I've found some artsy mugs with painterly designs for your toasty drink (or soup!) of choice. You could even use one of these pretties for serving chocolate cake. I especially love Etsy artist Yevgenia's botanical ceramic travel mugs, like this daisy one ($45), which has me dreaming of springtime flowers. To shop the rest of these handheld works of art, click on the images above!
It's National Hot Tea Month, and it's no wonder the brewed beverage is in January's spotlight. Not only is it perfect for warming cold hands during Winter days, but many New Year's resolution-makers are swapping their cup of joe for a cup of tea to cut out caffeine or partake in a cleanse. From oolong to herbal, picking a type of leaf and flavor is almost as fun as taking the first sip — my favorite is Mighty Leaf's vanilla bean black tea! But before boiling your water, be sure to check out these tips for brewing the perfect cup. To get started, I've handpicked some brew tools, teapots, and teacups for all you tea enthusiasts, so shop them below. And share your favorite type of tea in the comments below!
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If you, too, are in the mood for comfort foods this Winter, I've got you covered with these kitchen essentials. Whether you're making lasagna, chili, pizza, or grilled cheese, here are the tools for heatin' up that kitchen with steamy, roasted, and broiled dishes. From big-ticket must haves like the Mauviel Roasting Pan ($200), Le Creuset's 5-piece Soup for Supper Set ($100), and the Breville Panini Quattro Press ($50), to stylish bowls ($14) and a slick ladle stand ($15), get ready to serve up some comfort. Click the above pics to shop the rest of the goods!
Still have some fish leftover from last night's glazed cod dinner? Use it tonight in a steaming pot of chowder! This hearty recipe for smoky fish chowder will warm and fill you up with potatoes, spicy chorizo, and tomatoes.
Chowders are a no-fuss mealtime solution when it comes to large groups: just toss everything in the pot and simmer. So don't fret if you have family in town for the holidays, this recipe serves eight grumbling stomachs. Check out the recipe here.
It also earns some healthy bonus points for using whole wheat elbow pasta in lieu of the standard noodles, yet it's still packed with gooey cheese and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. Need an excuse to indulge? October is National Pasta Month, time to celebrate! Get the recipe now.