This Christmas, give your beloved friends and family a thoughtful, inexpensive gift that'll keep on giving in the months to come: made-from-scratch vanilla extract. This recipe, which calls for only two ingredients and less than five minutes of prep, isn't just functional — it's also pretty and long-lasting. Watch the video to find out how to prolong the life of your homemade vanilla extract and how to package it as a beautiful gift for the holidays.
For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more.
Cake pops are a festive touch to just about any occasion, from weddings to birthdays — and that includes, of course, All Hallows' Eve. Learn how to make and decorate a these basic treats on a stick, along with a few of our kitchen techniques for making these treats like the pros. Once you've mastered the technique, discover how to disguise your pops like jack-o'-lanterns for a bite that's truly befitting on Halloween. On Brandi: Jessie Steele Apron.
Dry ice creates a most spectacular fog for your carved pumpkins and Halloween punches; however, if handled improperly or ingested, it can cause severe burns both externally and internally. Avoid frostbite accidents by following these dos and don'ts, so you can safely achieve the heavy fog effect.
- Don't touch the dry ice with bare hands! You've probably witnessed doctors using dry ice to burn off warts. Do use tongs to transfer the blocks of dry ice.
- Don't set the dry ice in anything made of glass, which has the possibility of shattering from the cold dry ice. Do use plastic bowls and cauldrons. Set the plastic bowl on a wooden cutting board so the dry ice does not destroy the surface underneath.
- Don't place the dry ice directly into the punch bowl or cocktail glasses, because it increases the risk of someone getting a piece in their mouth or swallowing it. Do place a smaller punch bowl inside a larger punch bowl. Then disperse the dry ice around the outside of the punch bowl.
- Don't use cold water to activate your fog. Do pour a little warm water over the dry ice cubes to trigger the thick fog.
- Don't try to break down ice pieces with a knife or a hammer. Do buy the size of dry ice that you plan to use from the very beginning.
- Don't inhale the vapor of your dry ice or set the dry ice in a confined area; it's made of carbon dioxide and can cause asphyxiation. Do place the dry ice in a well-ventilated area.
- Don't try to dispose of dry ice until it has released all its vapors. Do leave the dry ice in its vessel until the fog stops, signaling it has released its gases.
Pad thai may seem like a dish better left to the experts, but we beg to differ: with a little bit of prep work, and a dash of know-how, it can be — and should be — made at home. Still anxious about trying your hand at this Thai street-food favorite? We enlisted the help of chef Jet Tila to walk us through the process; watch the video for his tips and tricks, then print out the recipe.
Never worked with spaghetti squash before? Don't even be a little afraid: cooking with one is more intuitive than you'd think. And with a texture reminiscent of pasta, this vegetable is the perfect vehicle for a light olive oil and cheese dressing or any traditional pasta sauce. Watch the video to enjoy a "spaghetti" dish that's nutritious, wholesome, and gluten-free.
It's midweek, and you're tired, hungry, and craving a meal that's more exciting than that pizza lurking in the depths of your freezer. This time you might dial up takeout or bust out a fast and easy pantry pasta dish, but chef Alex Guarnaschelli has a smart solution for weeks to come. To avoid this dilemma in the future, she suggests spending a couple of hours cooking on a cozy Sunday afternoon to set yourself up for an enticing meal later in the week. Watch the video for her satisfying squash pasta recipe — it can, and should be, made ahead, as it tastes even better after an overnight stay in the fridge. Then print out the recipe!
Add this recipe to your game-day grub playbook: cheesy bacon tater tots. Like nachos with a tender, golden-crusted tater tot base, this fully loaded snack goes hand in hand with lazy Sundays spent watching the game. In short, they're comfort food at its finest. Get the fast and easy recipe.