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How to Have Cheesy Baked Pasta on the Table in Under an Hour

by in Recipes, September 10th, 2016

Given the proper time and space to sing the virtues of cheesy baked pasta, we could go on ad nauseam. Affordability, ease and the undeniable comfort that diners reap from a generous spoonful of hot-from-the-oven noodles and cheese are just a few reasons worth incorporating this age-old comfort dish into your weeknight dinner rotation. While it’s rare to encounter a baked pasta that’s difficult to assemble, these are just a few of our easiest, quickest and most-satisfying recipes.

Baked Ziti
With its lush blanket of bubbling-hot cheese, Robert Irvine’s traditional Baked Ziti is one weekday indulgence we’re always willing to set aside time for. Most of the prep work involves the stove top — for boiling the pasta and sauteeing the onions, garlic and tomatoes. If you preheat your oven at the onset, the dish will be ready in 55 minutes, as promised. Just pour the cooked ziti and sauteed vegetables into your baking dish and top it with mozzarella and bake until the cheese has melted down.

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Usher in Fall with Ooey-Gooey Caramel Apple Desserts

by in In Season, Recipes, September 9th, 2016

Caramel Apple CheesecakeA crisp, tart, ruby-red apple dipped in luscious caramel and served on a stick is the quintessential fall treat for kids and grownups alike. Which means it’s time to go apple picking or swing by your local farmers’ market to snag the first fruit of the season plucked straight from the orchard. Then, get to the delicious work of making our Perfect Caramel Apples, or one of these decadent desserts featuring this classic duo.

Bobby isn’t afraid to “gild the lily” when it comes to dessert. Some chefs would call it a day after whipping up a perfectly creamy cheesecake, but Bobby tops his Caramel Apple Cheesecake (pictured above) with fresh apple slices sautéed with apple brandy, a homemade spiked caramel sauce and crunchy toasted almonds.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Breakfast Hash

by in Family, Recipes, September 9th, 2016

Breakfast HashFirst things first: This is an insanely delish breakfast hash-a-roo. That’s what I call it: hash-a-roo. We aren’t friends anymore, are we?

Anyway, this is suuuuuuper perfect for really all mornings. But especially weekend mornings if you want to take a little extra time noodling around the kitchen in your robe, refilling your coffee while Billie Holiday echoes from the living room (because that’s real life with toddlers … not). The beauty of this is that you’re making only one hash here … in one pan … for everyone.

How it works: One side is dedicated to your littles. Super simple — just potatoes and eggs. And a tiny bit of cheese. And on the adult side, it’s potatoes and eggs (duh), blue cheese (omg), diced red bell pepper (health, you guys), parsley sprinkles (pretty) and a few dashes of hot sauce (obviously). And it just works! You cook it up, divide it up and devour it straight up.

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Our Favorite A+ After-School Snacks

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2016

Strawberry Banana Cereal TreatsIn that little slice of time that falls between school and soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or piano lessons, the odds are high that tummies will be rumbling. Banish hunger without resorting to anything that comes out of a vending machine with our go-to after-school snack picks.

Cereal may be breakfast fare, but transforming it into on-the-go Strawberry Banana Cereal Treats launches it into snack territory. These sweet and tangy cereal bars are loaded with freeze-dried strawberries and bananas, as well as whole-grain cereal and mini marshmallows.

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Gear Up for Football Season with These Buffalo-Flavored Foods

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2016

We’re not sure how Buffalo sauce, the sinfully delicious yet simple combination of hot sauce and butter, came to be tied so intimately with football season. Nevertheless, we’re counting down the seconds until we can reincorporate this comforting flavor into our fall dinner rotation, starting tonight with the NFL season opener. We know the beloved sauce best as the spicy, orange-hued coating on baked or fried chicken wings. But if you’ve been reserving Buffalo flavor for chicken and chicken alone, then you’ve barely scratched the sticky-spicy surface. Meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and even cauliflower are all suitable canvases for this brilliantly easy sauce. You can even customize the basic recipe by adding in barbecue sauce for a sweet, tangy note — or you can swap out the butter for lower-fat alternatives, like chicken broth, maple syrup and lime juice. Here are a few ways you can expand your Buffalo horizons, just in time for tailgating season.

Buffalo Meets Bison
Bison serves as a juicy, flavorful stand-in for classic chicken or beef in this spicy Buffalo meatball recipe from Food Network Magazine. You’ll achieve an ideal meatball texture by combining the ground bison with panko, sour cream, grated carrot and celery. The meatballs get great Buffalo flavor after they’ve simmered in a mixture of chicken broth and hot sauce.

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Dessert Without Chocolate? I Tried It, and You Should Too

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, September 7th, 2016

Angel Food CakeMy husband and I have a long-standing inside joke that we play on each other at restaurants. We sit down, we look at the menu, and then while we discuss our ordering plans (“What looks good to you? I’m thinking the short rib and roasted Brussels sprouts …”), we try to trick each other by picking the exact opposite of what we want to order, to see if our partner knows us well enough to call it out as a prank. It’s a subtle and super-funny game (to us, anyway — try it and you be the judge). Anyway, I have a “tell,” which is ordering a non-chocolate dessert. If I ever try to pass off a non-chocolate dessert order as my real plan, Philippe, my husband, knows immediately that I am bluffing. Apparently, I believe that dessert, by definition, includes chocolate. In fact, it wasn’t until I married Philippe that I truly understood that not everyone must have chocolate in their dessert in order for it to count. (For the record, Philippe loves chocolate, but in a healthier, more balanced way that allows him to order the occasional lemon cake or apple tart.) (Huh?!)

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How to Pack a Bento Box Lunch Your Kids Will Love

by in Family, Recipes, September 7th, 2016

With four kids who take lunches to school every day, I’m a bento box convert — practically an evangelist. That’s because the benefits of packing lunch in a bento box are just so many. The format makes it easy to fill without having to wonder if you’ve packed too little or too much food, and everything stays in place (without touching each other). The main hook: Everything looks better laid out like this. If you’ve ever served kids anything, you know that a first impression can often make all the difference in what they decide to try.

Here’s my strategy.

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7 Tailgate Party Dishes Perfect for the Traveling Team

by in Recipes, September 6th, 2016

Beer PunchFootball season has officially kicked off, and that means it’s time for tailgating. Leave hot and time-sensitive food items like chili, guacamole and burgers to the tailgate-party hosts. As a guest, you can bring hot-ticket items like homemade rolls, dessert and cocktails. No matter how long your drive is, these crowd-pleasing dishes will stay fresh until game time, so all you’ll have to bring home is “the big W.” Read more

Curried Lentil-Vegetable Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 5th, 2016

Curried Vegetable SoupBetween packing up sandy beach chairs, getting little ones ready for school and gearing up for the busy month ahead, putting a satisfying dish on the dinner table can seem overwhelming on this unofficial last day of summer. But as you look ahead to fall, think about soups for bringing plenty of comfort to supper without a hassle.

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These Big-Batch Recipes Mean You’ll Always Be Ready for Dinner

by in Recipes, September 4th, 2016

Big Batch GumboSeptember is practically synonymous with packed schedules, and busy calendars can quickly result in one too many takeout dinners. But no worries — we’ve got a plan for you. Choose a couple of these ingenious (read: giant and easy) recipes, spend a Sunday cooking and freezing, and get ready to shower yourself with gratitude next time you need a dinner idea faster than fast.

Big-Batch Andouille Gumbo (above)

With just a little extra chopping, you can make a double batch of this hearty soup that’s chock-full of peppers, okra, onions, sausage and more. Make it an even more satisfying meal by serving it over rice.\

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