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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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Kick Off Fall with Our Favorite 5-Star Apple Desserts

by in Recipes, September 22nd, 2016

French Apple TartToday marks the very first day of fall, the time when you unearth your flannel from storage, shine your tucked-away boots and ready your kitchen for colder-weather fare. It’s also the time when there are apples aplenty, and any trip to the farm for picking (or even any trip to the supermarket) will have you loaded down with more crisp, juicy apples than you know what to do with. Celebrate the very start of the season with our favorite desserts starring apples, each with a stunning 5-star rating.

If you can slice an apple, you can bake Ina Garten’s pretty French Apple Tart. Simply splay tart apple slices over easy-to-make pastry dough and brush with apricot glaze before baking to give it a caramelized, golden finish.

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11 Back-Pocket Recipes All Parents Should Have in Their Repertoire

by in Family, Recipes, September 22nd, 2016

Turkey MeatloafThere are recipes that every family loves every time, the ones that always get passed on to friends. These are mine — the easiest, freshest, most family-friendly recipes that are consistently successful. And I don’t just mean they come out well — all the kids like them every time!

Turkey Meatloaf
Ina Garten’s moist meatloaf gets a boost of flavor from the topping, made with tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce.

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Spike It: Apple Cider-Bourbon Caramel Sauce

by in Recipes, September 21st, 2016

Apple Cider Bourbon CaramelWhile the rest of the world is losing their mind over pumpkin-flavored everything (um, ChapStick?! No, thanks), I can’t stop freaking out over my love for apple cider. And allllll the apple cider things.

Apple season is where it’s at, and it’s right now! We have months left to celebrate pumpkin, but we need to get our hands on the best apples right this minute and do a little more with them than slather them in peanut butter. You know?

Here’s the thing: I will apple cider anything I can get my hands on. I’ve even turned it into a verb. You can find me apple cidering all fall. Whatever you want to pumpkin, I want to cider.

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Our Favorite Cornbread Recipes: Buttermilk, Skillet-Baked and More

by in Recipes, September 20th, 2016

Buttermilk CornbreadWe’ll always tout the virtues of baking from scratch, and that definitely goes for any cornbread you’re going to bake at home. With no need to rise and a simple mix-pour-bake technique, there’s no reason not to bake this most-glorious quick bread at home on the fly (and never from a box). And there are so many ways you can make it — just you wait and see.

A lot of recipes for cornbread call for buttermilk, which helps to keep it nice and tender, but this Buttermilk Cornbread one-ups the entire category by embracing buttermilk’s richness and delicious tang. The buttermilk that’s whisked into the batter is joined by heavy cream for added indulgence and white vinegar to take the tangy flavor one step further.

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5 Kid-Approved Dishes You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

by in Family, Recipes, September 20th, 2016

Summer has a way of uniting families at the dinner table for casual, unhurried meals, but in the fall, family night gets turned on its head. Kids go back to school, creating a flood of errands and to-dos: piano lessons, soccer practice, homework, etc. It can be hard to hold on to those carefree, restorative evenings set aside for catching up — and even harder if the kids have strong opinions about the menu. Our solution? The slow cooker. Take it down from the dusty cabinet where it’s been hibernating and let it do the hard work for you, starting with these five kid-approved recipes.

Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
This mild combination of cheddar, butter and tender macaroni will appease even the pickiest palates come dinnertime. For the creamiest results, combine the macaroni and cheddar with a blend of whole milk and evaporated milk; evaporated milk has less water than regular milk, so it produces an exceptionally rich, coat-your-spoon cheese sauce.

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All the Ways to Do Overnight Oatmeal

by in Recipes, September 19th, 2016

Overnight OatmealWe’re all better with a little beauty sleep, and the same goes for oatmeal, if you’re asking us. For those arriving late to the overnight-oats craze, let us tell you one thing: A little magic happens when unassuming oats are left to soak in milk (or whatever milk alternative you fancy) overnight. While you’re sleeping, they soften up just right, laying the perfect foundation for whatever fruits, spices or nuts you’re looking to throw in there too. They also are a total godsend in the make-ahead department, making mornings easy-breezy.

If you’ve never tried making Overnight Oatmeal before, or if you’re looking for new ways to prep yours, we’ve got creative, easy-to-make assemblies that’ll change your morning routine in all the right ways, whether you take your oats cold or hot.

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7 Tiny Snacks for When Your Kid’s Tummy Is Grumbling

by in Family, Recipes, September 19th, 2016

It’s an hour before dinner and your kids are clamoring (“starving,” they say dramatically) for a snack. But your snack selection must be wise — if the pre-meal nosh is too big, they won’t want dinner at all. Try these tasty (but tiny!) options to appease your peckish crew as you get the main course ready.

Italian Ice Pops (above)

Giada De Laurentiis pairs frozen raspberries with mint for a tart, frozen snack you can easily make in an everyday ice cube tray — no over-sized pop molds required.

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Brown Rice and Bean Burrito — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 19th, 2016

Brown Rice and Bean BurritoWhile burritos and wraps typically have a meaty element stuffed inside, swapping the usual beef, pork or chicken for hearty substitutes like beans and fresh veggies will give you a burrito that’s every bit as filling as the classic recipe without sacrificing flavor.

This Brown Rice and Bean Burrito (pictured above) has many of the best fixings of a meaty burrito —  cheddar cheese, rice and a simple guacamole made from mashed avocado and lime —  but it stars black beans instead of meat. After layering the guac, beans, cheesy rice and carrots in a tortilla, add a dollop of your favorite store-bought salsa for a little extra bite. Bonus: These burritos are ready to eat in only 15 minutes, making them ideal for a busy Monday night.

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6 Apple and Cheddar Pairings That Really Hit the Spot

by in Recipes, September 18th, 2016

We love newfangled food trends just as much as the next Instagram addict, but something about this cool fall weather has us craving simple, comforting classics. Very few flavor combinations bring us back to the basics like that of sweet-tart apples and creamy cheddar cheese, a time-honored pairing that’s so simple in theory yet gastronomically complex. Apple pie laced with sharp cheddar, smooth apple-and-cheddar bisque — there are dozens of forms that this sweet-and-savory flavor union can take. So, as we work up to another season of comfort food, here are a few of our favorite iterations of the quintessential fall combo.

Curried Squash Soup with Apple-and-Cheddar Melts
Rachael Ray builds her gooey cheese melts by layering sharp cheddar and Gala apple slices between thick slabs of white bread. But first she spreads a generous dollop of sweet mango chutney across each bread slice. When you dip your sandwich into the spiced squash soup, the chutney will blend nicely with the sweet and aromatic curry in every bite.

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