All Posts By Lauren Piro

On the Longest Day of the Year, Achieve All of Your Food Goals

by in In Season, Recipes, June 21st, 2017

It’s here, folks — the season in which everything is a little bit brighter, life is a little bit breezier and the days are a little bit lighter. And to celebrate today’s extended hours of sunlight (woo-hoo!), we suggest you make some recipes that are just as festive as you feel today. These dishes are what your taste buds (and Instagram) were made for. And yes, we’re totally on board with a day that starts with a sundae and ends with shortcake.

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5 Weeknight Dinners You Simply Must Make This Summer

by in Recipes, View All Posts, June 6th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to get a little experimental with your cooking — the produce is at its finest, everyone’s a little more relaxed, and you’ve got that grill ready to go. But dinner doesn’t have to take awhile to be inventive. These fun recipes are done in under an hour (and one in just 15 minutes), so you have more time to enjoy everything else the season has to offer.

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8 Brunch Dishes That Totally Win Mother’s Day

by in Holidays, View All Posts, May 11th, 2017

On Mother’s Day, there’s no such thing as too much. So pull out all the stops at brunch and make some seriously fun, seriously delicious dishes (stale bagels, limp French toast and overcooked scrambled eggs need not apply). These recipes are impressive, but employ short cuts and tricks to make them easy enough for even novice home cooks to execute. Mom will be so proud.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (above)

Cinnamon rolls are a quintessential special-occasion dish, but they require a significant amount of prep time. And because Mom deserves better than the stuff from the tube, we suggest this genius alternative: Pancakes that are just as gooey and cinnamon-y as their inspiration, but are ready in about a half hour.

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Plan Your Entire Cinco de Mayo Menu Around Tequila

by in View All Posts, May 2nd, 2017

We know you’ll be thinking about margaritas come May 5 (and we’ve got a pretty genius recipe for them below!). But that’s not the only dish that is served well by tequila. With these ideas for cocktails, main dishes and desserts, you can celebrate tequila’s unique flavor throughout an entire meal.

Ice Cream Maker Margaritas (above)

For a margarita with the perfect slushy consistency, grab your ice cream maker (you know, the one that’s been gathering dust since your wedding). It’s a great party trick, and if you chill the base ahead of time, the cocktails will be ready even quicker.

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7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Pantry — And Make Something Delicious

by in Recipes, View All Posts, April 10th, 2017

It’s that time of year when clutter starts to make you itchy. Suddenly, clearing out a pantry stuffed with cans and jars picked up over a year of grocery shopping feels urgent (just because can of tomatoes can last a year-and-a-half in your pantry doesn’t mean you want to look at it for that long). Here are seven recipes that make much-needed space on your shelves.

Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas (above)

Pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work, grab some tortillas and cheese from your fridge, and pull a can of refried beans and a jar of salsa from your pantry to have dinner on the table in under an hour.

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These Easter Desserts Are Too Stinkin’ Cute — Especially the Bunny Butts

by in Holidays, View All Posts, April 10th, 2017

Creating a Pinterest-worth dessert for Easter can feel intimidating — especially since many of the classics (like lamb cakes and bunny cakes) are a little more involved than tossing a pan of brownies in the oven. Here are some adorable treats that look impressive (including, yes, some bunny butts), but thanks to clever tricks and deceptively simple decorating techniques, you don’t need to be a trained pastry chef to make them.

Coconut Bunny Butt Cake (above)

It’s a near-guarantee that your guests will grin when they spot this dessert on your table. Bake the base in a metal bowl to make it round, and top with cupcakes to create the feet and tail. Fluffy coconut is the perfect stand-in for bunny fur — plus, it camouflages any rough edges or not-so-perfect frosting.

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7 Game-Day Recipes You Can Totally Eat While Glued to the Couch

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, March 29th, 2017

Even if your team got knocked out in round two or your bracket is totally busted (isn’t everyone’s this year?), tuning in for the last of college basketball’s March Madness typically rewards with suspenseful, fun games to watch with a group. Plus, a last-minute party is a great excuse to bust out those hearty, cheesy recipes one last time before the warm weather truly hits across the country. These dishes are satisfying to munch on and easy to eat when you’re squished on the couch with your friends.

Game Day Chili (above)

A big pot of chili is a no-brainer for a crowd. Serve Sunny Anderson’s turkey-and-chorizo-filled recipe in mugs so guests can pile on toppings and enjoy dinner wherever they can find a spot.

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7 Ways to Eat Green on St. Paddy’s Day — Without Food Coloring

by in Holidays, View All Posts, March 17th, 2017

We’re 100% on-board with indulging in a little green food coloring on St. Patrick’s Day (St. Paddy’s cupcakes and shakes just wouldn’t be the same without it). But don’t forget that some of your favorite (and nutritious) foods are already green. So if a last-minute hunt for green food dye can’t happen, find the holiday shade in ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. Here are a few delicious recipe ideas.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

With over 300 five-star reviews, Ina Garten’s easy broccoli side (amped up with lemon zest, pine nuts and Parm) is a perennial hit — making it much more celebratory than you might assume a veggie can be.

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7 Ways to Reset Your Breakfast Game

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 2nd, 2017

We all know what it’s like to fall off the wagon with breakfast. First, you’re grabbing a handful of cereal as you run out the door. Then you’re telling yourself “at least the milk in my coffee has some protein.” And before you know it, the days on which you totally skip breakfast are really adding up. But a non-boring breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult (or full of sugar). Try these fun, nutritious and flavorful ideas to get back on track with your morning eating routine.

Breakfast Cookies (above)

We know — cookies for breakfast sounds like something a five-year-old might request. But you can satisfy your inner child and your responsible, grown-up self with Ellie Kreiger’s morning treat. These cookies boast a ton of good-for-you ingredients, like whole grains, walnuts and even a vegetable: Baby food carrot puree (!), which Ellie says adds sweetness and helps keep the cookies moist.

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Exactly What to Make When All You Want to Do Is Hygge

by in Recipes, February 21st, 2017

In America, we aren’t strangers to the comforts of curling up in a fuzzy blanket, book in one hand, cocoa in the other. But in Denmark, coziness (and all its accessories — fireplaces, knit socks, sweet treats, candlelight and good friends) is practically a national sport. The Danes call it “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”), and you likely heard about it late last year when several books on the subject hit shelves and turned the Danish tradition into a full-blown lifestyle trend. Why are we not surprised? Adopting a trend that basically involves getting into your comfiest pajamas and never leaving the couch is pretty much a no-brainer. When your family is ready for some major hygge time, dial it up the with one of these recipes — some inspired by traditional Scandinavian dishes, and others with a more American flair.

Ginger Molasses Skillet Cookie (above)

In Denmark, it’s not hyggeligt without sweets, and this skillet cookie (with its Scandi-inspired icing design) is a no-fuss way to get your whole crowd in a comfy state-of-mind instantly.

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