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8 Recipes That Deserve a Spot on Your Fall Food Bucket List

by in In Season, Recipes, September 28th, 2016

To truly get the most out of every season, you need to start with a plan. So when you’re putting pumpkin picking, hay rides and sweater shopping on your fall to-do list, don’t forget to pencil in some kitchen time too. These recipes will instantly get you in the autumn spirit.

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake (above)

You simply can’t get in a season’s worth of pumpkin eating unless you start first thing in the morning. This satisfying recipe is nutritious and can serve a crowd.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Quick Granola Bars

by in Recipes, Shows, September 28th, 2016

granola barsBy Angela Carlos

This week the Chopped Junior contestants proved that sometimes the best culinary experiences come together at the last minute. From two foods — the minute steaks that transported former major league ballplayer Jason Varitek back to childhood, and the just-a-minute-overcooked sauce from young chef Tavia that Chef Kristen Kish simply loved (a happy accident!) — we learned how important a minute can be in creating the perfect dish.

Much like this competition, real life gives you negative minutes to pull lunch together before you dash out the door in the morning. In the final round, Tavia’s and Lillie’s desserts did more than impress us — their dishes inspired this week’s lunchbox idea. Lillie’s use of pistachios with the mystery basket cherries and crumbly shortbread led us right to the best grab-and-go item of all: granola bars.

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5 Meaty Mains You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, September 27th, 2016

Preparing an impressive meal after a long day at work or school is a big ask. Bring a slow cooker into the equation, however, and your weeknight dinner routine will be truly transformed. We recommend setting aside some time on the weekends to prepare a meal that you can pack for lunches or reheat for dinners throughout the upcoming week. Spicy chili, chunky stew, meaty pot roast — the options are so varied and satisfying. Here are five of our favorite meaty mains to cook low and slow.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
You’ll never run the risk of serving a tough or dried-out pot roast when you use this easy, slow-cooked method. Sear it first to create a savory brown crust, then transfer your beef chuck to the slow cooker and allow it to simmer in a simple tomato, Worcestershire and red wine broth. After 8 hours, the meat will be fall-apart tender.

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8 Speedy Pasta Dinners to Get You Through Monday Night

by in Recipes, September 26th, 2016

It’s Monday, friends, which means no one has given a single second of thought as to what they’re making for dinner this evening. But as long as you’ve got pasta, olive oil, garlic and a few mix-ins tucked away in your pantry (think Parmesan, canned tomatoes, jarred vegetables, etc.), there’s no need to panic — or resort to pricey takeout. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, two people or a panel of picky youngsters, these beat-the-clock pasta dishes offer quick and flavorsome solutions to your Monday night dinner obstacles.

Pantry Pasta
Time: 30 minutes
As the name suggests, Ree Drummond’s skillet pasta won’t require a long and expensive trip to the grocery store — just a pantry raid. Canned tomatoes, jarred artichoke hearts and olives, plus some store-bought chicken stock will take the labor out of this quick and comforting weeknight meal.

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Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 26th, 2016

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut SquashMuch like salads with traditional mixed green lettuces, quinoa salad on its own is a culinary blank canvas. The grainlike seeds impart a flavor all their own — subtle nuttiness — but they pair well with countless other tastes, textures and ingredients, and you can dress them up or down depending on what ingredients you happen to have on hand. Bonus: Quinoa is filling, since it’s full of protein, which means that you can skip the meat and still feel satisfied.

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7 Recipes to Make with Your Apple-Picking Haul

by in Recipes, September 25th, 2016

Baked ApplesNow that you’ve foraged pounds of apples, it’s time to get cooking. Start with the basics like Ina’s deep-dish apple pie or a simple salad. If you’re looking for something on the trendier side, hasselback your apples for a simple dessert with a pretty, Instagram-ready presentation. Chances are you’ll have more than enough apples to make a few of the dishes on this list. Read more

7 Unexpected Crusts to Totally Transform Your Favorite Pies

by in Recipes, September 24th, 2016

Here’s a brilliant way to change up your seasonal pie baking without having to skip all your favorite flavors: Don’t change the filling; change the crust. We’ll always love a traditional pastry or graham cracker base for a pie, but one of these crust alternatives just might become a new classic in your house.

Crispy Rice Cereal

A little peanut butter is all it takes to morph crunchy cereal into a moldable mix for a playful pie crust. We topped this version with strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries to mimic everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich.

Get the recipe: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Strawberry Ice Cream Pie (above)

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2 Ways to Put Those Cans of Tuna to Good Use

by in Recipes, Shows, September 24th, 2016

Spaghetti and Tuna MeatballsWe’ve all been there. You’re slowly perusing the aisles at the grocery store, picking up odds and ends here and there, with no real plan for them in mind, and before you know it, you have a pantry packed with cans of this and jars of that. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced their favorite ways to showcase those items in recipes that aren’t just resourceful but satisfying, too. When it comes to those straggler cans of tuna, for example, think beyond the salad sandwiches and macaroni salads — we’ve all had those before, right? Instead, use them in easy recipes that breathe new life into them, as Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid do in their must-try recipes below.

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Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch Apples

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2016

Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch ApplesThis is the cake for fall. The cake that will make people take their phones out and share it on social media, tagging you with #AmazingCake #BestBaker #CakeGoals #Wow. The cake no one will let you cut into until they have the perfect picture for Instagram. (Helpful hint: The Hefe filter is amazing for this cake!) This is the cake that will boost you to “legendary” status among friends and family. This is the cake that people will love to look at but love to eat even more. This is the cake that will make you the most-popular baker in the neighborhood. This is the cake that everyone will talk about — all the time. It’s just that good!

OK, so what is this cake? It’s a fresh apple-cinnamon beauty, and it’s the perfect way to usher in fall. It takes advantage of the “naked cake” trend and reveals its thick, rich layers of moist, apple-studded cake and fluffy frosting — that perfectly sweet caramel buttercream is the ideal complement to the traditional fall flavors of apple and spice. But here is where it gets decadent: the homemade mini butterscotch-dunked apples adorning the top of the cake. The final touch? Caramel drizzled over every nook and cranny, of course!

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What to Do with Okra: Pickle It!

by in Recipes, Shows, September 22nd, 2016

pickled okra
By Angela Carlos

The final round of Chopped Teen Tournament wrapped up this week with the one lucky winner walking away with bragging rights and a $25,000 prize. Each of the three rounds of mystery baskets had their surprises, but our eyes focused on the entree basket.

Sure, we enjoyed watching the contestants incorporate confetti popcorn into their merguez and mussels appetizer, and later we reveled in seeing the final two break down a gelatin fishbowl for their dessert course. But who would have thought that okra would be the star of the entree round, outshining prime rib, funnel cake and even the candied dried crabs?

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