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Yes, You Should Spike Your Brownies with Bourbon
Around the holidays, you can really go out all out with your baked goods. Want to add extra frosting to those sugar cookies? Do it. Got a little heavy-handed with the sprinkles? That’s totally fine. Snuck a little bourbon into your brownies? Excellent idea. If you’re scratching your head at this boozy addition to brownies, don’t worry — it actually makes a lot of sense.
May 1, 2019
This DIY Ginger-Infused Gin Is the Perfect Holiday Gift
Giving a bottle of liquor or wine as a gift for the holidays will never go out of style, but sometimes it’s nice to take things one step further. Say, for instance, if you infused some gin with cardamom and ginger — now that would really put your gift recipient in high spirits. This DIY project is so easy yet so impressive. Simply combine gin, some cardamom pods, and some fresh (peeled and thinly sliced) ginger in a sealable container and let the flavors mingle for about a week.
May 1, 2019
This DIY Jasmine Tea-Infused Vodka Will Make Spirits Bright
An easy recipe for a thoughtful homemade gift.
May 1, 2019
You Won’t Believe These Beautiful Meringues Are Vegan
Have you heard of aquafaba? The vegan miracle ingredient has been used in everything from whipped cream and marshmallow fluff to icing and chickpea nuggets, but never have I seen it in such a beautiful application as these meringue kisses. If you set a tray of these out on Christmas, I doubt anyone will know they started with a can of chickpeas. The recipe for the meringue kisses only has three ingredients: water from a can of chickpeas, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar.
May 1, 2019
A Simple Beans and Greens Soup for Dinner Tonight
The busy holiday season has come and gone, which means we can all settle back into our normal routines. After eating all those sugary cookies and drinking all that rich eggnog, a simple, back-to-basics soup is just the reset your family will appreciate. Arguably the best part about this recipe is its flexibility. Don’t like kale? You can swap in other hearty greens, like collards or chard. Don’t have any canned white beans on hand? You can use chickpeas.
May 1, 2019
Make This Spaghetti & Meatball Soup for a Cozy Dinner Party
Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, but that doesn’t mean you’re done with winter entertaining. Now, as we head into a few more months of cold, dreary weather, you must resist the urge to hibernate. Invite some friends over soon for a cozy dinner party — and serve this spaghetti and meatball soup. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more comforting than a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, along comes spaghetti and meatball soup.
May 1, 2019
Weekend Project: DIY Crunchy Snack Bars
The key to success in life is always making sure you have plenty of snacks on hand. This is true for all ages; adults (those 3 p.m. slumps at work are no joke) and kids (you don’t want to mess with a hangry 5-year-old) alike need a little something to keep them going between meals. But why buy when you can make your own? These crunchy snack bars are made in one bowl, which means less cleanup for you (yay!).
May 1, 2019
Yes, You Should Put Apple Cider in Your Hot Toddy
Today is National Hot Toddy Day and so we are under obligation to imbibe this classic warm cocktail. And while a traditional hot toddy will suffice, this extra-special version — with spiced tea, orange peel, bitters, and apple cider — is really the way to go. To start, you’ll need to steep some tea along with an orange peel in some hot cider. After the tea has been steeped and you remove the tea bag, add in some bourbon and a dash of bitters.
May 1, 2019
You Need to Try These Pickled Turmeric Eggs
A hard-boiled egg is always a great snack — and we’ve got 10 fun ways to dress them up — but if you’re looking for something even more adventurous, you have to try these pickled turmeric eggs. Something truly magical happens when a hard-boiled egg spends a couple weeks in some salty brine.
May 1, 2019
A Faux Beef Pho for Your Whole30
A few of our editors are doing Whole30 this month, and I’m helping them out a bit by finding some of the best Whole30-compliant recipes on the internet. This spin on beef pho — with an aromatic broth, slices of beef, and spiralized zucchini — definitely fits the bill. The key to big flavor is first broiling onion and ginger on a baking sheet to get it almost charred.
May 1, 2019
This Mac & Cheese Is for Serious Cheese-Lovers Only
Happy National Cheese-Lover’s Day! Yes, there is a special holiday for you and your undying love for all things cheese. And what better way to celebrate than by making a big batch of this Gruyère mac and cheese to share with all your fellow cheese-lovers? This is one seriously cheesy batch of mac and cheese. With a mix of Gruyère, Swiss, and Parmesan, you definitely can get your cheese fix here.
May 1, 2019
This Pot Roast with Cauliflower Mash Is Whole30 Comfort Food
Are you participating in a Whole30 right now? Do you miss the stick-to-your-ribs comfort food we all crave in the winter? Well, I’ve got good news — this pot roast with cauliflower mash is your ticket to Cozytown, USA. The chuck roast in this recipe is super-flavorful, thanks to a low-and-slow braise in a sauce made from cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, thyme, cumin, coriander, paprika, and beef broth.
May 1, 2019
Yes, You Can Make Your Own Tater Tots
Happy Nationa Tater Tot Day, friends! I’m not sure about you, but this random food holiday has me feeling inspired to make some tater tots from scratch. While a bag of the frozen kind always works in a pinch, a DIY version would be way more impressive for your Super Bowl party this weekend — especially if you make this “loaded baked potato” version.
May 1, 2019
This Chicken & Tortellini Skillet Is What’s for Dinner Tonight
If you’re a meal planner, you definitely already have tonight’s dinner mapped out. But I’m sorry to tell you that you’re gonna have to cancel it. Why? Because you’re making this one-pan chicken tortellini instead. Trust me — you will not regret it. I mean, seriously, how could you look at that photo and not want to make this dream meal a reality tonight? And after you read through the recipe you’ll be even more excited.
May 1, 2019
Red Wine Brownies Exist (and They’re Amazing)
You guys already know how we feel about the beautiful combination of red wine and chocolate here at Kitchn. And while red wine hot chocolate is definitely something to put on your must-make list, these red wine brownies are right up there with it. While putting wine in your brownies might seem like a gimmick, trust me when I say that these rich, fudgy brownies will not disappoint — they are absolutely the real deal.
May 1, 2019
These Chocolate Muffins Have a Healthy Surprise
Happy National Muffin Day! What’s your favorite type of muffin? I’m partial to blueberry, but these dark chocolate muffins might just become a new favorite. They’re gluten-free and dairy-free, but that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in flavor or texture. In fact, these muffins are rich and cakey, thanks to a secret ingredient. Can you guess what it is? It’s kabocha squash! If you’ve ever had a pumpkin muffin, this recipe will be familiar to you.
May 1, 2019
These Melting Sweet Potatoes Are the Side Dish You Need
You might have heard of melting sweet potatoes before, or seen them on Pinterest. The concept is simple: You roast sweet potato rounds in butter until they are meltingly tender. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why roast in butter when I can roast in oil? Isn’t roasting in butter indulgent? Yes, it is indulgent, but you can’t achieve the melt-in-your-mouth results without using butter.
May 1, 2019
If You Really Love Peanut Butter, You Need These Cookies in Your Life
Do you love peanut butter? Like really, really love it? Well then, you’re in luck! Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and I’ve got just the recipe to help you celebrate in style. Loaded with peanut butter, Reese’s Pieces, and peanut butter chips, you’ll definitely get your fill of peanut butter with these big, beautiful cookies.
May 1, 2019
Pretend Spring Is Here with This Pineapple & Thyme Cocktail
It’s not technically spring until March 20, but already I’m dreaming of warmer weather. There’s quite a bit of snow outside where I am after yesterday’s blizzard, but I’m keeping things sunny with this pineapple cocktail. This refreshing cocktail is a twist on the Paloma, which typically consists of tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, sugar, and club soda.
May 1, 2019
These One-Bowl Brownies Will Give You the Luck of the Irish
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! After you eat your corned beef, colcannon, and Irish soda bread, you’ll need a festive treat to end the night on a sweet note. And while there are plenty of awesome green-colored desserts out there, I’ve got my eye on these Irish coffee brownies. The major appeal of these brownies is that they’re mixed completely in one bowl.
May 1, 2019
I Can’t Stop Thinking About These Chocolate Chip Cookies
Is there anything better than a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still slightly warm from the oven? No, I don’t think so. I mean, just look at that swirl of melted chocolate and shower of flaky sea salt! These cookies are special for a few reasons: Coconut oil is used instead of butter, whole-wheat pastry flour is swapped in for all-purpose flour, and brown sugar stands in for regular cane sugar.
May 1, 2019
This Giant Cookie Cake Is the Best Passover Dessert
Monday, April 10, marks the first day of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. If you’re looking for a fun, crowd-pleasing dessert to make, this whimsical cookie cake totally fits the bill. Learn more: A Beginner’s Guide to Passover This cake is naturally gluten-free, as it’s made with hazelnut flour and almond flour. It’s also very easy to whip up.
May 1, 2019
10 Awesome Bloggers Share Their Favorite One-Pot Recipes
We’re fully on board with the one-pot phenomenon here at Kitchn. These low-effort, high-reward meals are always greater than the sum of their parts. All you have to do is assemble ingredients in one pan — sometimes it’s as simple as throwing them all in, and sometimes you have to do a little strategic sautéing and layering — and wait for the magic to happen. And the best part is that you only have one pan to wash when everything’s said and done.
May 1, 2019
Make Breakfast More Colorful with Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls
I’m a firm believer in the fact that everything is better with a little Funfetti. Cake, pie, fudge, even oatmeal — these items are instantly elevated by the addition of rainbow sprinkles. And now we can add cinnamon rolls to that list! I mean, just looking at these rolls makes me incredibly happy.
May 1, 2019
Make These Chicken Alfredo Shells Tonight
Still looking for tonight’s dinner recipe? How about shells stuffed with chicken, broccoli, and mozzarella, all topped with Alfredo sauce? Pick up a rotisserie chicken and a few other ingredients on the way home from work, and you’ll have this comforting meal on the table in no time.
May 1, 2019
These Rhubarb-Jasmine Scones Have Brunch Written All Over Them
Have you spotted stalks of rhubarb at the market yet? The appearance of this ingredient is a delicious signal that spring is finally here. If you snagged some rhubarb recently, bookmark this recipe for mini cream scones — it’ll come in handy all season long! You typically serve tea with scones, but this recipe takes that idea one step further.
May 1, 2019
Add This One-Skillet Shrimp to Your Meal Plan
If you’re on the hunt for a new seafood recipe to add to your meal plan, look no further than this Greek-inspired shrimp. With barley, tomatoes, kale, and feta, this dinner delivers everything you want — all in one skillet. The key to making this entire dish in one skillet is some strategic cooking and layering. First you sear the shrimp to give them a nice golden color (and set them aside), and then you sauté onion, garlic, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes (and set them aside).
May 1, 2019
The 5 Vegetarian Blogs I Read Every Day
Finding delicious, wholesome vegetarian food is not always easy when you’re eating out at a restaurant, but it’s totally possible when you make it at home. Since giving up meat six years ago, I’ve relied on a myriad of sources — like cookbooks, blogs, and our own recipe page — to help keep my meals interesting and satisfying. Blogs in particular are great resources, as they’re constantly updated with new recipes.
May 1, 2019
These Taco Stuffed Shells Are the Best of Both Worlds
Yesterday might’ve been Taco Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the party going. With these stuffed shells, you get all the flavor of beef tacos in baked pasta casserole form — and it’s all covered in a gorgeous golden-brown layer of melted cheese. Yeah, this food mash-up is truly the best of both worlds. The best thing about this dish is that it has major make-ahead potential.
May 1, 2019
This Pineapple-Vanilla Margarita Is Sunshine in a Glass
Not that you need an excuse to make margaritas, but tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! And while the traditional recipe is always a winner, this year I’m thinking about switching things up with an extra-special twist on the classic cocktail. With pineapple, vanilla bean, and mint, this sunny margarita is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This pineapple number is a bit more time-consuming than your standard marg, but luckily you can prep it ahead of time! Like tonight!
May 1, 2019
Behold the Most Beautiful Baked Beet Chips
Beets — you either love ’em or hate ’em, right? Not so fast. This recipe for baked beet chips will make a beet-lover out of anyone. Thin, crispy, and slightly sweet, these chips are the healthier snack option you’ve been looking for. Cut super thin (now’s the time to break out your mandoline!) and baked in a very scant layer of olive oil on a baking sheet, these chips still deliver the same satisfying crunch of their potato brethren, without the mess of frying.
May 1, 2019
Up Your Snack Game with This Lemon-Artichoke Hummus
Hummus is my go-to snack in the afternoon when I’m feeling a little peckish. It’s filling and wholesome (especially when I dunk crudité in it instead of chips!), and it doesn’t ruin my appetite for dinner. But eating the same ol’ hummus day in and day out can get boring quickly, which is why I like to switch it up now and then.
May 1, 2019
These Blondies Have a Surprise (Umami-Rich) Ingredient
If you have a sweet tooth, blondies always hit the spot. But these blondies are a bit more special than your average recipe. With ingredients like brown butter, walnuts, miso, and dark chocolate, I can guaruntee you’ve never had blondies quite like these. These blondies only call for nine ingredients — butter, brown sugar, white miso paste, eggs, vanilla paste, flour, baking powder, dark chocolate, and walnuts — but they pack a big punch.
May 1, 2019
You Need This (Whole-Wheat) Skillet Cookie in Your Life
Have you ever heard of a Pizookie? This pizza-meets-cookie creation is really just a giant cookie baked in a skillet. Fuss-free but always a crowd-pleaser, this skillet cookie is basically the perfect dessert. And if you have a few whole-grain enthusiasts coming over, they’ll appreciate the fact that this skillet cookie is made with 100 percent whole-wheat flour. What I like most about this skillet cookie is that it’s so approachable for any baking level.
May 1, 2019
Give Your Memorial Day Menu a Kick with This Zesty Pasta Salad
Memorial Day is on the horizon, and with it comes the unofficial start of grilling season. If you panic every year about what to bring to the many potlucks and backyard barbecues of summer, I’ve got just the dish for you. This pasta salad is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s got major make-ahead potential. Let it be your signature side dish all summer long.
May 1, 2019
This Avocado Spinach-Artichoke Dip Is a Guaranteed Win
When you combine two of life’s greatest foods — guacamole and spinach-artichoke dip — you’re guaranteed a winning final product. This recipe expertly brings these ingredients together for a vegan dip that makes for a great snack or appetizer at your next party. Now, let’s get one thing out of the way here: This isn’t the spinach-artichoke dip that you’re used to — there’s no mayo, sour cream, or cream cheese here.
May 1, 2019
Cook Your Salmon in Foil for Tender, Flaky Results
Sometimes cooking a big piece of fish can be intimidating. Is it undercooked? Overcooked? Just right? Luckily there’s an almost foolproof method for cooking fish that takes the stress out of the whole endeavor: foil packets! Cooking salmon (or any fish) in foil is smart for a few reasons. First, it helps lock in steam and moisture, which prevents your fish from overcooking and drying out. It also makes cleanup a breeze!
May 1, 2019
30-Minute Meal: Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad
Looking to spice up your Monday night? I’ve got just the recipe for you! Made with hearty buckwheat soba and crunchy veggies, this spicy peanut noodle dish is packed with flavor and has great texture. And the best part? It’s ready in under 30 minutes. The real star of the show here is the spicy peanut sauce.
May 1, 2019
This Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Cake Is Your New Go-To Dessert
Last week I extolled the virtues of a sheet cake, and now I’m here with an even easier option: the sheet pan cookie cake! Essentially just one giant chocolate chip cookie — with some chocolate-peanut butter frosting and sprinkles on top, for good measure — this is the crowd-pleasing dessert you’ll be making for every occasion. To start you’ll need to make a big batch of chocolate chip cookie dough.
May 1, 2019
These Sweet Potato Tuna Melts Make Lunch Fun Again
If you’re a fan of tuna melts, you’ll love this fun twist on the classic sandwich. Instead of building the melt on bread, this recipe subs in roasted sweet potato rounds! It’s still the same protein-packed lunch you love, just with a little extra veggie power. First you’ll need to roast the sweet potato rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. While that’s happening, you can make your tuna salad and get all the toppings prepped.
May 1, 2019
This Is What Portland, Maine Tastes Like (in Case You Can’t Go)
When you think of the food of Maine, your mind might land on lobster. But Portland, Maine’s largest city, has so much more to offer than mayo-dressed lobster meat piled into a hot dog bun. The city’s close proximity to the ocean and local farms means the inventive chefs who call Portland home have a wealth of fresh ingredients at their fingertips. If you look past the stereotypes and avoid the tourist traps, the food of Portland is creative, sophisticated, and downright delicious.
May 1, 2019
The One Tool You Need for Cooking and Serving Pasta
Pasta is the great equalizer. Whether you’re trying to get dinner on the table for your family on a hectic weeknight or you’ve invited your boss over for a fancy dinner party, you can always count on this fast and filling pantry staple to satisfy everyone. If you preach the pasta gospel, you’ll love Colu Henry‘s debut cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta.
May 1, 2019
These Muffins Are for Serious Chocolate-Lovers Only
We all know that muffins are just cakes disguised as breakfast fare, so why not really go all out and make these triple chocolate muffins? Made with melted semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips, these decadent treats are for serious chocolate-lovers only.
May 1, 2019
Make This Lemony Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Tonight
I love one-pot pasta dishes, but sometimes cooking everything together makes it difficult to build super-strong flavors. That’s why this roasted chicken and broccoli rotini recipe is so ingenious: With only a few extra dishes and a little more work, you get crispy, caramelized chicken and broccoli, perfectly al dente pasta, and a bright, zippy lemon vinaigrette. This recipe has a lot of really smart tips to make this pasta as easy and delicious as possible.
May 1, 2019
The 3-Ingredient Snack I’m Currently Obsessed With
Working from home means that I do a lot more snacking throughout the day than I’d like to admit. Instead of preparing a proper lunch, I’m more likely to eat a little of this and a little of that all day long until dinnertime. Some of my go-to snacks include yogurt and granola, carrots and hummus, cheese and crackers, and fresh fruit. But I have a new favorite that’s been in heavy rotation. It only requires three ingredients, and sometimes it doubles as dessert.
May 1, 2019
You Don’t Need to Be a Fancy Bartender to Make These Blackberry Mojitos
Happy National Mojito Day! Let’s celebrate with fresh blackberry mojitos. Before you head out to your favorite cocktail bar, know that these pretty-in-pink cocktails are super easy to make at home — no mixology degree required. If you’re anything like me, you might’ve gone a little overboard with the berries at the farmers market, but don’t worry — this cocktail is a great way to use them up.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Easiest One-Pan Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Ever
When you don’t have the energy to cook (say, on a busy weeknight after a long, hectic day), one-pan meals are the answer. This recipe in particular is one to have in your back pocket at all times. It’s truly a dump-and-bake affair — no browning, boiling, or sautéing required. The author affectionately dubs this recipe as an “ultra lazy” pasta bake.
May 1, 2019
10 Cool Cucumber Recipes to Make Right Now
Cool, crunchy cucumbers are at their absolute best in summer. Whether you picked up one too many at the farmers market or your garden is overflowing with them, we’ve got 10 ways to help you put those cukes to work. From salads to soups to sandwich spreads, these are the best cucumber recipes on the internet. This salad combines crunchy cucumber and red onion slices with a tangy Greek yogurt and lemon dressing.
May 1, 2019