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The Only Banana Bread Recipes You’ll Ever Need

by in Recipes, March 18th, 2016

Momma Callie's Banana Nut Bread with Honey ButterGot a few overripe bananas lying around? Don’t throw them out. Making banana bread is the perfect way to use them up and have breakfast (or dessert!) all week long. You can’t go wrong with a traditional banana bread recipe, but you might also like to try one of our favorite twists by adding nuts, chocolate chips or a tasty spread.

Momma Callie’s Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter (pictured above)
The sour cream in this pecan-studded banana bread offers a slight tang and guaranteed moisture. Don’t forget to serve with homemade honey butter for a decadent finishing touch.

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Sandwiches Are Good, but These 10 Sweet Sandwich Cookies Are Better

by in Recipes, March 16th, 2016

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesAll cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)              
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.

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12 Ways Ground Turkey Will Rescue Mealtime

by in Recipes, March 15th, 2016

Spicy Turkey Meatballs and SpaghettiGround turkey can be a welcome alternative to red meat. Lean ground turkey is often used in healthy meals, and any selection of this protein can provide a great base for strong flavors in a dish. Try using ground turkey in a traditionally beef-centric dish like shepherd’s pie, or make turkey the star in a stir-fry or wrap. For more recipe inspiration, read on to discover our favorite ground turkey dishes.

Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti (pictured above)
Ina Garten uses three different proteins for her meatballs: ground turkey, prosciutto and sweet Italian pork. Worried that homemade spaghetti and meatballs is too time-intensive? Don’t be. Ina uses jarred marinara sauce to cut back on prep time.

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Cozy Up to These Extra-Cheesy Sandwiches

by in Recipes, March 10th, 2016

Mac and Cheese Grilled CheeseWhen it comes to sandwiches, you can skip the bread in favor of a wrap or skip the meat in favor of hearty veggies, but you absolutely, positively cannot skip the cheese. It’s the glue that holds everything together and usually the best part of any between-the-bread meal, so do yourself a favor and indulge in one of these masterfully cheesy creations.

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese (pictured above)
No need for spoons with your mac and cheese when you’ve got Jeff Mauro’s recipe. Refrigerate a sheet of mac and cheese before you add two slices of bread, more cheese and bacon. Cheese level: expert.

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10 Ways to Satisfy Your Waffle Craving

by in Recipes, March 8th, 2016

Multigrain WafflesWaffles may traditionally be a breakfast food, but they’re surprisingly versatile: Add chicken for a hearty and savory meal, top waffles with chocolate syrup for something sweet, or even use them instead of bread in a sandwich. Also, cooking some of your favorite baked treats, like brownies and biscuits, in a waffle iron instead of the oven can help ready them in a fraction of their normal time. What’s not to love? Check out our best waffle recipes and make a meal that will satisfy any sweet, savory or spicy craving.

Multigrain Waffles (pictured above)
Try these waffles that use three different grains — whole-wheat flour, cornmeal and old-fashioned rolled oats — for a nutrient-packed breakfast. Top with yogurt and your favorite fruit preserves for an even heartier option.

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8 Minestrone Soups to Make Right Now

by in Recipes, March 2nd, 2016

Winter MinestroneMinestrone, that warming soup traditionally packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, can be a hearty appetizer to any meal or a filling entree on its own. Try the classic recipe with kidney beans and crushed tomatoes, or check out one of our favorite twists on this comforting dish, featuring gnocchi, ground beef or dill for added flavor.

Winter Minestrone (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds pureed cannellini beans to her minestrone to create a thick broth without any cream.

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7 New Takes on Taco Night

by in Recipes, February 26th, 2016

Mexican Pot Roast TacosTacos are a crowd-pleaser every time. They’re quick, delicious and easy to customize so everyone gets what they want. But why limit tacos to just meat, cheese and tortillas? These dishes stretch the boundaries of the taco kingdom, with south-of-the-border deliciousness in the form of casserole, meatballs and more.

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos (pictured above)
These might look like regular tacos, but the taste of slowly simmered pot roast will have everyone begging for your recipe. You can cook the meat until tender in a large Dutch oven, or even try using the slow cooker so dinner’s on the table by the time you get home from work. For best results, serve with Tyler Florence’s simple salsa and guac.

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Rediscover the Glory of Carbs with These Easy Quick Breads

by in Recipes, February 24th, 2016

Ready your flour stash and fire up your oven: Bread is back. And hopefully it’s here to stay. According to food industry experts, “An era of good bread is upon us again.” We can expect to find its various starchy incarnations at restaurants, stores and cafes across the country, challenging the low-carb ethos that dominated in 2015. “Fancy toasts and tartines, flatbreads topped with everything … bagels and babka … and cheesy bread from all over the world” are just a few of the items on our radar this year.

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10 Homemade Hummus Recipes to Make Right Now

by in Recipes, February 23rd, 2016

Hummus TrioFreshly made hummus with veggies and pita is perfect for a quick snack, or an easy way to impress guests when entertaining. You can never go wrong with a traditional recipe of tahini and chickpeas, or try one of our favorite twists on this Middle Eastern dish by adding yogurt, veggies or various spices for bold flavor.

Hummus Trio (pictured above)
This assortment of hummus uses the same base of chickpeas and tahini for all three, making variety easier than ever. Just stir in extra toppings like pine nuts, peppadew peppers or spinach and artichokes to create three all-new dips.

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Margarita Monday: The 12 Best Recipes for National Margarita Day

by in Drinks, February 22nd, 2016

MargaritaCelebrate National Margarita Day by honoring this beloved tequila, Triple Sec and lime cocktail with an assortment of recipes. Traditional margaritas aren’t for you? No worries. Check out our favorite variations — some sweet, some spicy and all packed with flavor.

Margarita (pictured above)
The touch of sugar from simple syrup balances out the tartness of freshly squeezed lime juice in this refreshing recipe.

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