All Posts By Lauren Piro

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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Countdown to the Big Game: Hearty Mains for Half-Time

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, February 3rd, 2017

Appetizers, chips and beer don’t have to the be only stars of your Super Bowl party spread. Skipping the main dish seems tempting, but seriously — an hours-long party cannot survive on dip alone. By the time the second quarter ends, your guests will start nosing around for a dish that’s a little more hearty. Add one of these savory mains to your buffet this year.

Cheeseburger Pizza (above)

Mash-up dishes are all the rage right now, but our cheeseburger-meets-pizza dish isn’t gimmicky — it’s just majorly delicious.

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Countdown to the Big Game: All the Dips You Can’t Resist

by in Entertaining, Holidays, January 31st, 2017

If there’s ever a time to bust out your boldest dips, it’s a Super Bowl party. Dips are often cheesy and creamy (and carb-y, once you count the chips) and are easy to eat one-handed as party-goers mingle or kick back on the couch. In fact, you could probably get away with serving only dips, if you dared. For a crowd-pleasing spread that also has variety, start with these delicious recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip (above)

It’s all the flavor of your favorite wings (and their must-have pairing, blue cheese!) but in a genius, scoopable package. Carrots and celery sprinkled on top offer extra crunch.

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9 New (and Genius) Ways to Make Your Favorite Dishes

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

Even though it’s “new year, new you” season, there are some things we’ll never change — like the meals we make ourselves over and over again. But if you want to freshen up the ol’ routine, you might try a new (and, dare we say, potentially better) technique for getting your favorite flavor fix. These new recipes come with clever twists that give meal prep a makeover.

Sideways Lasagna Roll-Ups (above)

This family-friendly dish (stuffed with the creamy ricotta and comforting sauce that always pleases everyone) becomes worthy of a dinner party with some small tweaks: Build the recipe in a springform pan so you can display it dramatically on a platter, and turn the roll-ups on their sides to show-off the pretty lasagna ruffles and crannies filled with cheese.

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7 Ways to Reset Your Lunch Game in the New Year

by in Recipes, View All Posts, January 3rd, 2017

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to pack your lunch more often (or make better lunches — or, heck, eat lunch at all!), start here. These easy ideas prove that “make-ahead” doesn’t always mean “sandwich,” and that “nutritious” doesn’t have to mean “carrot sticks.”

Just-Add-Water Shrimp Paella Soup (above)

It only takes five minutes of night-before prep to be the envy of your office at lunch the next day. Rice, corn, peas, shrimp and chorizo just need a little hot water to turn into a warm dish at your desk. (Be a nice cubemate and give your work friends the recipe.)

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