by Emily Lee in Recipes, January 5th, 2017
by Allison Milam in Recipes, March 17th, 2016
If we were to follow the dictates of popular culture, we would spend the first few weeks of 2017 fasting, cleansing or munching on celery. But winter will be over before we know it, and we wouldn’t want to look back with regret on missed opportunities to taste the finer side of cold-weather cuisine, now would we? Certainly not. And since January calls for the kind of comforting indulgence that can only be found in a soup ladle’s gentle embrace, we’re eyeing up our best recipes for chicken noodle, hearty minestrone and cream of tomato. With 5 stars and over 100 reviews, these are the soups we can’t wait to simmer this month.
French Onion Soup
High-end French restaurants probably don’t want you to know how simple it is to make classic French Onion Soup from scratch — but this year, we’re staying home for our fix. Tyler Florence demystifies the process with this traditional recipe that calls for a buttery beef broth fortified with sweet caramelized onions. For classic bistro presentation, spoon the soup into ramekins, then crown each one with a slice of toasted baguette and some freshly grated Gruyere cheese.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, March 10th, 2016
Hey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).
2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, March 3rd, 2016
Let’s have a heart-to-heart. Is there a single place where bacon does not belong? Beyond crumbling it over a once-good-for-you salad or splaying a few slices beside scrambled eggs, there are boundless ways to put salty, crispy, addictive bacon to use. Celebrate bacon and all it’s done for you by not holding back one bit; bring it into your favorite over-the-top dishes to make them even more indulgent.
Chicken and Waffles
If you thought that classic Southern combination of fried chicken and waffles was the best thing you could slather in maple syrup, think again. It’s Chicken and Bacon Waffles that’s the real win, made with diced, pan-fried bacon for a dose of salty smokiness.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, February 25th, 2016
Peanut butter is one of those close-to-our-hearts condiments that oftentimes isn’t even used as one: We’ll take it straight up by the spoonful to get that creamy, nutty and somewhat salty goodness in whatever way we can. Before you slather peanut butter onto another slice of bread for a PB&J sandwich, reinvent the PB wheel with our fleet of foods that seriously belong with peanut butter.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, February 18th, 2016
If you’re doing it right, you aren’t confining your pizza intake to dinner alone. We’ve got five satisfying breakfast pizzas that change the game (no cold pizza leftovers here!), so you don’t even have to wait for your delivery person to start his or her shift to get your fix. Down them as your first meal of the day, or eat breakfast for dinner. Either way you do it, you’ll be winning at this whole life thing from your very first meal of the day.
You won’t go hungry if you follow Ree Drummond’s lead. Her Breakfast Pizza, featured in Food Network Magazine, involves zesty homemade salsa, thick-cut peppered bacon, bell peppers, shredded hash browns and mozzarella cheese. Right before putting it into the oven, she cracks fresh eggs onto the pizza, and then bakes it all until the eggs are set and soft.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2016
It’s a fact: Piling everything you love about your comfort food faves into a casserole dish makes every bite just taste better. Going the bigger-batch route not only means you can feed a crowd no problem, but it also means you’ve got more opportunity for cheese. In the spirit of all things cheesy, we’ve got five dishes that are infinitely better when reborn as giant cheese-topped casseroles.
Twice-Baked Potato Casserole > Twice-Baked Potatoes
You might have once said that there’s nothing better than a crispy, cheesy twice-baked potato — and you’d almost be right. When Ree Drummond reimagines twice-baked potatoes in all their cheesy, bacon-loaded goodness as a comforting casserole, you get creamy, decadent deliciousness you can pile onto your plate.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, February 4th, 2016
Listen, we can’t all be the best kind of significant other on Valentine’s Day. You know, the kind who plans for days, greets his or her love with roses and slaves over an open flame to cook a homemade meal. But you can do almost that (and get a whole lot of credit for it). This year, roll up your sleeves for one of these made-with-love treats for the chocoholic in your life. They’re way better than anything you’d pick up at the store.
If slicing into Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart with your love by your side isn’t the best way to spend Valentine’s Day, we don’t know what is. Dense and gooey, it’s made with only a half-cup of flour, so nothing gets in the way of the chocolate.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, January 28th, 2016
When football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.
Tacos Instead of Taco Dip
Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, January 21st, 2016
Cooked on the stovetop and devoured as is, or doctored up with all kinds of additions and oftentimes baked to bubbling, crispy-on-top perfection, mac and cheese is a comfort food mainstay that both adults and kids can agree on with glee. It’s so beloved, in fact, that just about no one would argue about having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With recipes inspired by the morning meal, a salad favorite and more, you probably could do just that, without ever tiring of it.
Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Hash Browns
If you’re asking us, this breakfast-inspired mac and cheese gives you all the excuse in the world to take it with a cup of coffee. It’s super-easy to make, with store-bought hash browns serving as a crispy, satisfying topping and morsels of savory breakfast sausage being scattered throughout the whole dish.
Potatoes are the perfect comfort food. Though these super-satisfying root veggies might not lend much in the way of flavor, that’s actually the perk. They work as a blank canvas, becoming whatever you want them to be — the salty crisps, soul-soothing casseroles and mashed mainstays that your family can’t get enough of — with just a little bit of love.
Instead of filling individual potato skins for the twice-baked classic, load everything but the skins into a casserole dish fit for a crowd Ree Drummond’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole (pictured above). Just like the original, the cheesy, bacon-laced side reaches new heights with two stints in the oven.