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What's the Difference Between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate? — Word of Mouth

Hot Cocoa & Kilbeggan Whiskey Pin it Whether it’s topped with a few plump marshmallows or a heaping scoop of freshly whipped cream, a mug of piping hot chocolate is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. But wait — is what you have in your hands hot chocolate or actually hot cocoa? READ MORE »

Microwave Nachos for One

The microwave is a highly underrated tool for nacho construction. Contrary to popular opinion, the microwave will not make chips soggy and is excellent at melting cheese efficiently. Get Recipe!

Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

This creamy brie mushroom sauce from the mushroom and peppercorn crusted steak in a creamy brie mushroom sauce was so good that I felt that I had to break it off into it's own recipe. I mean this mushroom sauce is amazing all by itself on the afore mentioned steak, pork chops, simply tossed with […]

A Guide to Matching Flowers to Your Menu — Tips from The Kitchn

Pin it Cooking dinner for your sweetie at home this Valentine’s Day? We’re all for it (in fact, we have a few ideas on what to cook). But what’s for supper is just one part of setting the sultry scene. To help you pair your meal with the most fitting flowers, we asked Caroline Bailly […]

What Is Baking Chocolate? — Ingredient Intellgience

Pin it While wandering the baking aisle of a grocery store, you’ve likely come across stacks of what is referred to as “baking chocolate.” How does that differ from the chocolate a few aisles over in the candy section? And what kind do you actually need for that cake? READ MORE »

Have You Tried Caramelized White Chocolate? — Tips from The Kitchn

Caramelized White Chocolate “Hot Chocolate” Pin it I’ve always had a soft spot for white chocolate. Well, actually, I have a soft spot for all chocolate, but there’s something in particular about white chocolate. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t receive the same attention milk and dark does; it’s the little guy — the one that […]

Recipe: The Wrapped Breakfast Quesadilla — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it Don’t get me wrong — I’m a big fan of breakfast burritos, but I like the harder-to-find breakfast quesadilla even more. It just has that perfect ratio of crispy, browned tortilla, melty cheese, and eggs. Here’s one that you can have pre-made in the freezer, so any weekday morning can start with a […]

Ribollita (Hearty Tuscan Bean, Bread, and Vegetable Stew)

This hearty Tuscan stew is loaded with tender vegetables and beans and thickened with bread. You can even simmer it down, then cook it into a savory vegetable pancake. Get Recipe!

25 Recipes for the Chinese New Year

The lunar new year, aka the Chinese new year, is tomorrow and it's the perfect excuse to to pull out some of my favourite Chinese recipes in addition to trying some new ones! I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine, both traditional style Chinese and American style Chinese, ie. Chinese takeout, and luckily they […]

Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I have been thinking and testing out some new recipes and this tasty Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce is the front runner this year. Steak is always a favourite and it goes so well with mushrooms and it's even better when you […]

The 10 Pancake Commandments — Tips from The Kitchn

Pin it Here we are on Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day), a high holy day for those devoted to pancakes. I’ve got more than four decades of dedication to the griddle under my belt, so I’m sharing my 10 Pancake Commandments to help steer you to some of the best pancakes on the planet. READ […]

70 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means that it's time to start thinking about what recipes you want to make for that special person in your life. Homemade food is a great way to show that you care so I thought that I would take the opportunity to roundup some of my […]

Should You Care If Your Chocolate Is Labeled Bean to Bar? — Chocolate Intelligence

Pin it Lately you’ve probably heard the term “bean to bar” bandied about — especially in relation to a couple of bearded brothers in Brooklyn. But what the heck does it mean? And should you care if your chocolate is labeled “bean to bar”? READ MORE »

White Rice: A Love Story — Life in the Kitchen

Pin it I didn’t always love white rice. Raised on my Southern grandmother’s cooking, I grew up thinking of rice as an “instant” food — something Grandmother Maye dumped on the plate next to my pork chop on those nights when she didn’t have time to make mashed potatoes. White rice constituted a cheap, bland […]

What's the Difference Between Melting and Tempering Chocolate? — Word of Mouth

Pin it We use chocolate in everything from cakes and brownies to sauce and homemade candies, but when is it best to simply use melted chocolate and when should we use tempered chocolate? And what’s actually the difference between melting and tempering? READ MORE »

Recipe: Freezer-Friendly Frittata Breakfast Sandwiches — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it What makes a perfect breakfast sandwich in my book? The right ratio of warm bread to tender egg, and always plenty of cheese. Bonus points if vegetables find their way inside too! Well, to make the perfect sandwich even more perfect, how about one that can be frozen so that a portable breakfast […]

Hungarian Goulash (Beef Stew With Paprika)

I’m a fan of goulash in all its forms, and there are many. But in the winter months, the version I’m after is the rich, hearty, rib-sticking Hungarian-American version, made with big chunks of beef, carrots, and potatoes in a stew flavored with onions, garlic, peppers, and plenty of great paprika. Get Recipe!

Orange-Rum Challah French Toast With Whipped Cream

Thick, tender, custardy slices of challah or brioche, perfectly browned and flavored with orange zest, rum, and a trio of spices. This is special-occasion French toast. Get Recipe!

Quick and Easy Beef and Pepper Stir-fry

Today is the Lunar New Year, also sometimes called the Chinese New Year, and since it's a work night I thought that I would share a recipe for a tasty, quick and easy beef and pepper stir-fry! This steak and pepper stir-fry takes only 20 minutes to make, that's just as much time as it […]

5 Dating Websites We Wish Were Real — Love in the Kitchen

Pin it The number of websites out there dedicated to finding you a lover or partner is pretty astounding. There’s Tinder and Match, which cast a wide net, but then there are websites that are more focused on a specific interest or lifestyle. Farmers can find like-minded farmers for a roll in the hay. Gluten-free? […]

How To Make Pizza Bites for a Crowd — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Pin it Open Slideshow Occasions when having this dish in your back pocket is handy: post-game Little League gatherings, movie nights, midnight study sessions, football playoff parties, birthdays bashes — need I go on? If you’ve got a pizza-loving crowd, this appetizer is there for you. Here’s how to put it together. READ MORE »

Why It's Better to Be Single on Valentine's Day — Valentine's Day

Pin it It’s that time of year when even a quick stop at the drug store becomes a full-on romantic assault. Who ever thought teddy bears, candy, and chocolate could inspire so much angst? For singles, whether you just got out of a relationship last week or haven’t had a date since you listened to […]

Eat Your Luck for Lunar New Year — Lunar New Year Recipes from Danielle Chang

Classic Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi) Pin it The world’s most widely celebrated holiday is just around the corner. This year’s Lunar New Year starts on February 8 and, as the Year of the Monkey, promises to be full of clever, playful surprises and general “monkeying around.” READ MORE »

75 Healthy Game Day Snacks

Are you looking for some healthier snacking ideas for the Big Game, aka the football playoffs, tomorrow? I know that a lot of the 100 Game Day Snacks that I shared with you yesterday were not the healthiest recipes around so I decided to come up with a list of healthier munchies for the game. […]

5 Times Condiments Are the Secret Dinner Ingredient — Meal Plans from The Kitchn

Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip Pin it I sometimes forget that I have a whole arsenal of flavorful ingredients right in the door of my refrigerator. While condiments are usually used for sandwiches or for serving with already-cooked food, they can also be sources of intense flavor and really shine as key ingredients in […]

5 Useful Things to Know About Lemons — Tips from The Kitchn

Pin it Bright and sunny lemons aren’t just a pretty face around the kitchen. No, these little citrus fruits are quite the workhorse. From using a spoonful of zest to garnish a pie, to cleaning the kitchen, lemons can pretty much do it all. As long as you really know how to put them to […]

5 Printable Valentine's Day Cards for Your Sweetheart — Won't You Be My Valentine?

1. Printable Valentine’s Day Card: Blow Pop Won’t You Be My Valentine? 2. Printable Valentine’s Day Card: Sweethearts Won’t You Be My Valentine? 3. Printable Valentine’s Day Card: Starburst Won’t You Be My Valentine? 4. Printable Valentine’s Day Card: Jolly Rancher Won’t You Be My Valentine? 5. Printable Valentine’s Day Cards: Airheads Won’t You Be […]

100 Game Day Snacks

The football playoff, aka "The Big Game", is this weekend and that means that it's time to start planning your game day snacking menu! Whether you are throwing party at home in front of the big screen or heading out to a tailgating party you are going to need some tasty snacks! With that in […]

Recipe: Red Jambalaya Fried Rice — Weeknight Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it While you might think that fried rice is strictly a Chinese dish, I like to think of it as more of a stir-fried dish that you can add whatever you’d like to. In fact, fried rice is never made the same way twice in my house, since I throw in whatever leftover ingredients […]

Arugula, Sweet Potato, and Walnut Salad With Dashi "Vinaigrette"

Conventional wisdom says that salads should be dressed with vinaigrettes, which, by definition, balance an acid with a fat. Turns out you can break that rule by dropping the acid entirely. In this salad, we make a “vinaigrette” with shoyu-dashi—soy sauce mixed with dashi—for an easy, deeply flavorful dish. Get Recipe!

Turn Up (or Down) the Heat to Get More Flavor Out of Ginger — Tips from The Kitchn

Pin it I’ve been spending a lot of time with ginger lately. Between adding it to stir-fries or using it to make tea, I’ve learned a lot about manipulating its flavor level to get the desired outcome. I’ve learned when and how to use it — and as a result, my hand of ginger is […]

4 Affordable Alternatives to Dom Perignon — Valentine's Day

Pin it Bubbles are basically always appropriate, whether savored as an aperitif before a five-course blowout at a mahogany-walled bistro or at home alongside kung pao chicken takeout. But the effervescent stuff is especially fitting on Valentine’s Day. Really, is there anything like the sound of a cork popping to heighten the holiday’s starry-eyed pursuits? […]

Slow-Roasted Bacon-Wrapped-Pineapple Tacos

You know those actors who seem to spend their entire careers in supporting roles, yet manage to steal every scene they’re in? I think about that when I get great al pastor tacos—the crisp-edged pork is the star, but it’d be nothing without that sweet roasted pineapple. I don’t cast movies, but I am the […]

Valentine Heart Thumbprint Cookies

If you’re looking for a little something simple and sweet for your loves this Valentine’s Day, these little gems are the perfect thing.  They are deceptively simple and, in all honesty, pretty darn cute.  My girls were more than a little … Continue reading → The post Valentine Heart Thumbprint Cookies appeared first on Chew Nibble […]

This Is How I'm Drinking More Water — Micro Resolutions for 2016

Pin it Last month I announced my micro resolution to drink more water in 2016, and asked for a little help from you all on the subject. Your answers were both helpful and reassuring — turns out, many of you had a similar goal! So how am I doing now that the glow of New […]

Recipe: Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip — Weeknight Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it I’ve been experimenting a lot with vegetable patties recently since they’re an easy way to pack nutrient-rich ingredients together. Their small, portable size also makes them easy to stuff into pitas, pack into my daughter’s lunches, or even top with a fried egg for a savory breakfast. The latest winning combination? Sweet potato […]

5 Citrus Fruits to Try This Winter — Ingredient Intelligence

Pin it In the winter months, citrus fruits lend much-needed brightness and a happy zing to our fruit bowls and to sweet and savory dishes. Of course, we’re all familiar with common varieties — like lemons, limes, and oranges — but there are many other types of citrus coming into more common use, with a […]

Is Leftover Rice Really the Key to Great Fried Rice? — Putting Tips to the Test in the Kitchen

Pin it How much of a difference does using leftover rice really make when cooking fried rice? How much does it affect the cooking process, and more importantly, is there really a noticeable difference in taste? I decided to find out by cooking two batches of fried rice side by side — one made with […]

7-Layer Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken dip gets the seven-layer treatment with refried beans, pepper jack cheese, blue cheese crumbles, crispy bacon, and more. Get Recipe!

Is Brown Rice Really Better? — Ingredient Intelligence

How To Cook Brown Rice Pin it According to conventional wisdom, white rice is a tasty, versatile starch that’s bad for you, while brown rice is a good-for-you grain that tastes bad. But is the difference between the two really so straightforward? READ MORE »

Recipe: Skillet Maple-Mustard Chicken and Broccoli with Vinaigrette — Weeknight Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it My secret weapon for chicken is a combination of maple syrup and mustard. These two condiments are always found in my refrigerator; they’re perfect for glazing wings or making an easy sauce for juicy chicken thighs. So what are you waiting for? Your skillet dinner awaits. READ MORE »

Creamy Shrimp Dip With Shallots, Dill, and Lemon

This shrimp dip couldn’t be easier to make: Just poach the shrimp until they’re plump and tender, then chop them and mix with creamy and flavorful ingredients like sour cream, mayo, herbs, and fresh lemon juice. The keys to the plumpest and most delicious shrimp: baking soda, salt, and using the right cooking method. Get […]

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Sometimes, it’s a lot of fun when worlds collide.  I can safely say that I’ve spent most of the mornings during my lifetime watching The TODAY Show.  I grew up watching Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel, watched it in college to catch … Continue reading → The post Asian Slow Cooker Beef Stew appeared first on Chew […]

Recipe: Baked Fish Fingers and Sweet Potato Wedges — Weeknight Recipes from The Kitchn

Pin it I have fond memories of the super-crunchy fish sticks my mom used to stock our freezer with — especially since that meant dinner could be dipped into ketchup or tartar sauce (always a plus in my book). Now that I live around the corner from a great grocery store that sells fresh fish, […]

Your Food Through a Filter: Here's a Look Back at January's Family Reset Instagram Theme — Last Month on Instagram

@alphafoodie Pin it January’s Instagram theme was “Family Reset.” We wanted to see how you and your loved ones were getting back into a healthy routine now that the holidays are over. We saw plenty of smoothie bowls, lots of vegetables, and a few new desserts. Thanks for sharing! Here’s a look back at some […]

Chicken Tinga Nachos

With batch after batch of leftovers from working on my chicken tinga recipe, I looked for as many ways as possible to use them up. Tostadas were an obvious choice, topped with chicken, crumbled cotija cheese, and avocado. It also makes a great enchilada filling. All these things are delicious, but they’re not the ideal […]

5 Ways to Stop Obsessing About Your Toddler's Diet — Feeding Your Toddler

Pin it As a new mom, I worried constantly that my daughter was eating too much or not enough vegetables, having too many snacks or developing an unhealthy attitude toward snacks. All that fretting was exhausting. And it turns out there’s another really good reason for not obsessing about her meals: it actually made her […]

Psssssst! Preview Party Monday Night! — Maxwell Ryan + Canvas Home Tableware Preview, Monday, February 1

Pin it Okay, I’m totally excited … next week is the official launch of the first true product I’ve ever designed under my own name, especially for the Apartment Therapy and Kitchn audience. While I can’t say too much until next Thursday, February 4, you can all come get a sneak peek next Monday night […]

5 Sweet Veggie Treats from Samantha Seneviratne — Menus from The Kitchn

Fennel Rice Pudding Pin it I bake with vegetables, and I know I’m not alone. I assume that pumpkin pie and carrot cake have graced every table in the United States at one time or another, but I’m here to tell you that there is more to vegetable desserts than just a couple of carrots. […]

Recipe: Dandelion and Chicory Chai — Wild Drinks by Emily Han

Pin it From their bright-yellow blossoms right down to their roots, dandelions are incredibly nutritious. This recipe focuses on the root, which can be eaten fresh as a vegetable, or can be dried and roasted to make hot drinks that are delicious substitutes for tea and coffee. READ MORE »