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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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6 Mother’s Day Recipes for Moms Who Can Hang

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 10th, 2017

Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt SteakIt’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air and breakfast is in bed, or at least that’s one way to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day. But your mom’s not a regular mom; she’s a cool mom! And maybe she wants to sleep late on her special day, thank you very much.

As lovely as the classic Mother’s Day crafts and recipes are, they’re hardly one-size-fits-all. For the mom who prefers a perfectly seared steak to a homemade edible shower scrub, here are a few unique and easy Mother’s Day dishes that are outside the papier mache box.

Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (pictured above)
Fire up the grill, and crack open a cold one (or two — one for drinking and one for the marinade). Beer and beef aren’t just for Father’s Day anymore, folks. Go ahead and tuck your napkin into your shirt, and dig into this flavorful cut with a fork and knife, or slice against the grain for tacos perfect for any picnic.

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All the Ways to Flavor Guac

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2017

Smoky GuacamoleThe only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.

Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)

Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
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Pavlova Is Having a Moment

by in Holidays, April 16th, 2017

I’ll always remember the first time I watched Ina Garten whipping up an extraterrestrial (what I thought was French at the time) meringue-based dessert called pavlova.

This was in the early 2000s, when my teeth were still crooked, pre-braces, and I hadn’t yet figured out hair product to tame my mop of a head. But what Ina taught me was that none of that matters, as long as you whip the egg whites to stiff peaks and defectively shape the meringue into a general disk-like guise — it’ll all get slathered in cream and fruit anyway.

Thus, the lure of the pavlova: Anyone can make it.

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7 Spins on Scalloped Potatoes to Try This Easter

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 14th, 2017

It’s nearly impossible to disappoint with scalloped potatoes considering the dish, like all gratins, is built on a foundation of cheese, cheese and more cheese. Most importantly, it makes an excellent companion to hearty mains, like roast chicken, lamb, pork tenderloin and ham. But despite its versatility and first-rate sidekick potential, scalloped potatoes — in all of their creamy extravagance — appear on our tables just a handful of times throughout the year: On Thanksgiving, sometimes on Christmas, and maybe again on Easter. Luckily for us, Easter is coming right up, so treat yourself and your guests to this classic potato side by choosing from one of our many holiday-worthy recipes.

Extra Cheesy
The chefs in Food Network Kitchen make this decadent side dish by layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and mozzarella, Asiago and raclette cheeses. For that mouthwatering golden-brown crust, top the dish with Parmesan cheese and bake until bubbly.

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6 Simple Brunch Recipes for Easter Sunday

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 12th, 2017

Easter BrunchThe beauty of Easter brunch is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple salads, easy egg dishes and glazed ham can be delicious without too much effort in the kitchen, which gives you even more time to help kids hunt for eggs and plan everyone’s Easter baskets. Whether you’re scrambling to plan a whole Easter brunch menu or just need a few more things, these simple recipes will make your table holiday ready in no time. Read more

11 Easter Dinner Ideas If You Don’t Like Lamb

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 11th, 2017

Pasta BologneseLamb may be a classic Easter dish, but if your family is like mine and doesn’t hold that dish in your repertoire, there are plenty of delicious choices that are every bit as festive. Read on below for my tried-and-true picks, like ham, pork roast, chicken and seafood.

Pasta Bolognese (pictured above)
The beauty of making this dish for company is that the sauce needs to simmer for a few hours before serving, which means that you can get the bulk of the meal finished before your guests arrive.

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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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15 Ways to Use Boiled Eggs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 8th, 2017

Boiled Eggs & Avocado ToastEaster is just over a week away, which means that you may be finding yourself with a few dozen boiled eggs on hand — colored or otherwise. Put them to work in these recipes below. You could end up sprinkling, slicing and serving eggs all week long, with delicious results every time.

Breakfast
Boiled Eggs & Avocado Toast (pictured above)
Just smash up an avocado and layer slices of eggs for an instant breakfast any day of the week.

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7 Easy Easter Desserts You Can Make with Pantry Staples

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 7th, 2017

Lemon Macaroon ChicksIf you think that an Easter dessert has to be elaborate and time consuming, think again! We’ve rounded up seven super easy dessert ideas that you can make with what’s already on hand: think store-bought doughnuts-turned bunny butts, jelly beans and chocolate chips that transform macaroons into baby chicks and chocolate coated pretzels turn into sweet candy egg nests.

The best part about these treats? They’re doable at almost any age, so making Easter desserts can be a family project. Skip an extra trip to the grocery store with these festive sweets for Easter.

Lemon Macaroon Chicks (pictured at top)
These sweet little chickadees will brighten up any Easter dessert table. Make the chicks with coconut flakes, store-bought lemon curd and egg whites, then decorate with orange jelly beans for the beaks and mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

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