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Countdown to the Big Game: Dessert Dips to Sweeten Your Super Bowl Party

by in Entertaining, Recipes, View All Posts, February 4th, 2017

Skillet SmoresSure, everyone loves a hearty buffalo chicken dip, but don’t forget about the sweet stuff on Sunday. These dessert dips are total game changers and keep the party going all the way to the two-minute warning. Take them out during the fourth quarter when tensions are running high. Read more

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: Sandwiches with Major Flavor

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Turkey Burger Patty MeltIf you can’t agree on a winning team, you and your Super Bowl party guests can certainly find common ground on one thing — the fact that sandwiches are delicious (and satisfying) no matter how you slice ‘em.  And while traditional subs are never a bad idea, trying something a little different will take your party to the next level. Whether you’re piling on the spice or opting for something sweet, these unique sandwiches are sure to please any crowd.

Turkey Burger Patty Melt (pictured above)

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger hot off the grill to bring game-day bliss. But pair that patty with Gruyère cheese and two toasted slices of rye bread (like Guy Fieri does here), and you’ll never look back.

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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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6 Must-Do Tasks for Surviving Holiday Party Season

by in Entertaining, Holidays, View All Posts, December 5th, 2016

We love getting the most out of this celebratory time of year, but phew! All that holiday cheer can take a lot out of you. Factor in just a little more pre-planning (it will pay off, we promise) and self-care; you’ll enjoy the season even more.

Pre-make all of your hostess gifts in one fell swoop.

A small handmade gift is always thoughtful — and often cost-effective, since you can make a bunch of gifts at once with just a few materials. Whip up a batch of kumquat limoncello, cranberry vinegar or Ina Garten’s white chocolate lollipops and you’ll never have to worry about showing up to a fete empty-handed.

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How to Make the Ultimate Cheese-and-Cracker Platter (Into an Edible House)

by in Entertaining, Recipes, Shows, December 3rd, 2016

Cheese and Cracker HouseAt holiday parties big and small, cheese-and-cracker platters are practically required. You can keep them simple with just some slices of your favorite cheddar and kid-friendly crackers, or you can dress them up, offering an array of fresh and funky cheeses and various trimmings. You can even ditch the platter notion altogether and instead opt for home construction when building your cheese-and-cracker setup, like the co-hosts of The Kitchen did on this morning’s all-new episode. With four walls, a stable roof and even pepperoni shingles, their Cheese-and-Cracker House is the ultimate in party-ready edible entertainment, sure to keep your guests chatting as they pick away at its exterior and interior.

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8 of the Speediest Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes Ever

by in Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes, November 19th, 2016

Stuffed Dates with ProsciuttoThe appetizers you make for Thanksgiving dinner are arguably some of the trickiest to plan; after all, they kick off one of the most-important meals of the year. They should likely be more special than carrots and ranch, and they need to be hearty enough to satiate your guests, but they should not be so heavy that guests don’t want to eat that enormous meal that’s coming right up. Plus, your kitchen will likely be overrun with all manner of pots and pans on Thanksgiving, so when it comes to the hors d’oeuvres especially, the easier and faster the better. Enter: our fast-fix starter solutions. All eight of these recipes are ready to eat in 35 minutes or less, and they’re guaranteed crowd-pleasers — think cheese logs, shrimp cocktail and cheesy dip.

Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto
With oven and stove space at a premium on Thanksgiving, you can be thankful that these eight-minute bites require only assembly — no cooking necessary. When it comes to the cheese, Giada De Laurentiis opts for a mix of rich goat cheese and creamy mascarpone.

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6 Clever Reasons You Should Break Out That Melon Baller

by in Entertaining, Recipes, August 7th, 2016

A melon baller is the sort of tool everyone has stuffed in a drawer, but we bet you rarely reach for it. Next time you find yourself stuck in a recipe rut, dig it out — and try one of these unique ways to use it.

Serve a Boozy Treat
Scooped melon bites already look adorable served in individual glasses, but then Jessica Merchant (the blogger behind How Sweet Eats) makes them even more irresistible: She douses them in a bright mixture of lime juice, honey, mint and rum.

Try it: Boozy Minted Melon Balls (above)

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How to Throw an Olympics-Themed Brunch

by in Entertaining, Recipes, August 5th, 2016

Olympics-Themed Brunch Spread

It’s the biggest event in international sports, so it’s only fitting to throw a themed party. If you’re not sure what to make, take inspiration from Food Network Magazine’s brunch spread worthy of a gold medal. Start with a classic Brazilian cocktail, then support your home team with a healthy schmear from the bagel bar. Finally, raise your fruit torch high and let the games begin!

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Mason Jar Mini Pies Make Summer So Much Better

by in Entertaining, Recipes, July 7th, 2016

You wouldn’t necessarily believe that “smaller is better” when it comes to summer fruit pies — but leave it to the reliably adorable Mason jar to convince you. While you might cast aside the metal lids in favor of sipping lemonade Pinterest style, they’re actually the perfect vessels for baking mini pies. Our recipe has blueberries and peaches — absolutely delicious topped with a melty scoop of ice cream. Good thing you can easily claim a portion that’s all yours.

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