Is this recipe an exact replica of Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies? No. Th...
Is this recipe an exact replica of Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies? No. These are better. Rather than thin cakes, we went for oatmeal cookies that pack an almost peanut-butter-like flavor without any nuts. The crème filling completely nails what we love about the prepackaged pies, but takes things further with an almost airy, marshmallow-based consistency. If that doesn’t convince you, preparing these at home is just as quick (if not faster) than a grocery run.
These eye-catching dessert bars taste like your favorite chai latte, reimag...
These eye-catching dessert bars taste like your favorite chai latte, reimagined in cheesecake form. Featuring flavorful swirls of chai-infused cream cheese filling, each bite offers richly aromatic, spiced flavor set against a cool and creamy vanilla cheesecake backdrop. They’re a simple dessert to make, but undeniably impressive.
The last thing that anyone wants to do after enjoying a delicious meal is t...
The last thing that anyone wants to do after enjoying a delicious meal is to wash a sink filled with dishes. Luckily, these one-dish dinner recipes make it easy to prepare, cook, and clean in record time. All you need is a 10-inch or 12-inch oven-safe skillet, such as a cast-iron, to make these tasty weeknight meals a regular part of your rotation.
Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon i...
Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon is involved. In fact, almost every dish is more exciting when bacon comes to play, so feel free to swap your family's favorite veggies into this versatile pasta.
If you have young kids serving themselves, lift the nachos off the pan with...
If you have young kids serving themselves, lift the nachos off the pan with the parchment paper (and remove the hot pan from the table). For the creamiest nacho sauce, start with a block of cheese and shred it yourself.
Nothing says PARTY like two of the all-time greatest finger foods uniting a...
Nothing says PARTY like two of the all-time greatest finger foods uniting as one. And that is exactly what is happening with these Nacho Sausage Balls. Adding chorizo, Mexican cheese, pickled jalapeño, cilantro, and crushed nacho cheese flavored Doritos to the mix gives traditional sausage balls a hit of spicy personality. They’re perfect for tailgating or holiday parties—plus, these next-level sausage balls can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 1 month. For ease, form the sausage ball and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet; once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container. When you’re ready to serve, pop them straight from the freezer to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Serve your nacho sausage balls with favorite nacho condiments, like sour cream, salsa, and guacamole, for dipping.
In the latest episode of Mom Vs., Nicole tackles Murder Cookies, a viral re...
In the latest episode of Mom Vs., Nicole tackles Murder Cookies, a viral recipe posted on Reddit. If you’re not an experienced baker, making cookies from scratch may not produce results that are to die for. Follow these tips so you don’t murder your cookies.
Don’t think you’re above the instructions
Hubris (a fancy word for having too much pride) is the easiest way to mess up whatever you’re baking. Before you even get started, read through the entire recipe at least once—it really helps to have an idea of what you’re supposed to do before you start actually doing it. Don’t just eyeball those measurements. Make sure you’ve got them down exactly, and let all the ingredients reach the necessary temperature. A little patience goes a long way.
Chill your dough
Temperature matters when it comes to baking, and we’re not just talking about inside the oven. If you prefer fluffier cookies, stick the dough in the fridge and allow it to chill for an hour, or, if you’re pressed for time, 30 minutes. Chilling dough allows the ingredients to rest and the butter to resolidify, which will yield thicker and fluffier cookies. Plus, since they won’t spread as much, you won’t have to break any cookies apart. Just look at Nicole’s two batches. Even though they tasted the same, the dough that chilled made much better cookies.
(Don’t) wait a minute
Okay, there is one rule that's fine to break: Baking time. No two ovens are the same, and a burned batch of cookies is a terrible way to reach that conclusion. Keep an eye on your cookies while they’re baking, and take them out a minute (or even a few minutes) early and inspect them. You can always bake a little more, but once a cookie’s burnt, there’s no going back.
This classic Southern-style squash casserole recipe is the one you're alway...
This classic Southern-style squash casserole recipe is the one you're always looking for. It's got yellow squash, cheese, and eggs, and is covered with a buttery cracker crumb topping.
Get the Recipe: Squash Casserole
Making an omelet seems like one of the less tricky things in a kitchen. It'...
Making an omelet seems like one of the less tricky things in a kitchen. It's just eggs, right? How badly can it go? If you've tried it you know that the answer is—a lot. Omelets are an art form. Getting the egg curd just right and set in the pan is a tricky process, and it takes some skill to prevent the whole thing from just turning into a pile of scrambled eggs. That's delicious! But it's not an omelet.
Luckily, Chef Joe Giacomino of Grey Ghost Detroit has some tips. In this video he shows off his unique method for making a show-stopping omelet. His choice of filling is Mexican, and he uses a ranchero sauce, but the technique he applies here could be used with any kind of cheese or filling you want. Or you can opt for a classic omelet with no filling at all, just a sprinkling of chives and a dollop of creme fraiche.
There's no wrong answer. But there is a right way to make an omelet, and now you can learn how to.
Rishon shows us the tricks food stylists use to make a sandwich look pictur...
Rishon shows us the tricks food stylists use to make a sandwich look picture-perfect. Here, she takes on a sky-high, three-layer club sandwich featuring crisp lettuce, juicy red tomatoes, and crisp, wavy bacon. To keep this architectural wonder intact and looking its best, she focuses on three key elements: texture, color, and stability.
When you bite into a fully loaded club, you expect a symphony of crunchy, soft, and meaty textures. To achieve that balance, you need extra crispy bacon (which Rishon shows us how to make in Food Stylist vs IHOP Pancakes), fresh leaves of lettuce, layered stacks of thinly-sliced deli meats, and perfectly toasty bread. Our food stylist recommends toasting the bread in a skillet with olive oil to achieve a golden brown, griddled look with a lower risk of burning the bread. As for the tomatoes, slice them on the thicker side to preserve some of the natural, juicy texture, and cut them with a serrated knife for clean, non-smushed slices.
Between the creamy white mayo, bright red tomato slices and vibrant cheddar cheese, the club sandwich is practically designed for its visual appeal. For the most contrast between each layer, alternate between boldly-colored ingredients, and make sure to bring each layer to the very edge of the bread slice (if not past it). Our food stylist puts her sandwich at eye-level while stacking it to make sure each lovely layer comes through. When picking out meats for your club, opt for smoked deli meats, which have preservatives that will keep the color of the meats looking fresher for longer. Pair your sandwich with crisp potato chips and a vibrant pickle spear to round out the plate’s color scheme.
Between the height of this towering sandwich and the weight of the ingredients, some of your toppings will start to slump down on the edges as you build. To give the sides of the sandwich more support, break a toothpick in half and gently place the skewers underneath the sloping layers. Toothpicks can also be used to make sure the sandwich stays picture-perfect as it’s transferred, just like the classic colored toothpick you’d find in your deli sandwich. Use more toothpicks as needed so that your ingredients don’t topple off the sandwich mountain, but make sure you’ve removed them all before digging in.
Food Stylist vs IHOP Pancakes
Homemade pasta sounds like a daunting project, but with a little know-how, ...
Homemade pasta sounds like a daunting project, but with a little know-how, and some patience, it's weell within your grasp. Just ask Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino, of Grey Ghost Detroit, who come in here with a handy explainer of how to make agnolotti pasta with whipped goat cheese and peas. Think of agnolotti as more casual ravioli—full of tthat good sttuff but a little less finicky to make.
Pasta-making is a lot easier if you have a feew pieces of equipment on hand, like a stand mixer with a dough hook, a piping bag to easily distribute the filling, and a pasta roller to accurately mete out the dough thickness of the pasta. These chefs use whipped goat cheese for a filling, which is both delicious and vegetarian, but agnolotti can also be filled with meat, vegetables, or other cheese if you'd like.
The more people you have in your house, the more going to the grocery store...
The more people you have in your house, the more going to the grocery store every week becomes a hassle. However, now most major retailers offer some form of grocery delivery, pickup, or both, and allow you to order what you need online. Here are a few reasons paying a little extra for groceries will streamline the way you shop.
You can stick to your list
Grocery stores are designed to spark impulse purchases; that’s just the way they work. By ordering groceries online, you can search for exactly what you need, meaning that you won’t encounter distractions like a pretty dessert display or deals on an item you don’t need (This is especially true if you’re ordering from Target). And since you’re buying less, you’ll save money.
It saves some serious time
Rather than traipse around the entire grocery store to grab what you need, you can compile everything from your desk, the carpool line, pretty much anywhere with a strong enough signal. That time you’re saving can go somewhere important, like your family, personal health, or any major task you need to complete. If you’re picking up, all you have to do is park in the allotted spot and let the store know you’re there.
It helps you stick to a budget
Perhaps the greatest (and sometimes, worst) takeaway from online shopping is that you can see how much your totaled purchases cost before you’re ready to check out. Every time an item is added to your cart, the service will clearly show how much you’re spending. This way, you can adjust your purchase and take out anything too costly before you ring everything up.
Pull out the fryer and make crunchy fried green tomatoes. Tasso is a highly...
Pull out the fryer and make crunchy fried green tomatoes. Tasso is a highly spiced, cured, and smoked pork used to flavor dishes in Cajun cooking.
Get the Recipe: Kettle Chip-Crusted Fried Green Tomatoes with Tasso Tartar Sauce
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