It’s award season, and the biggest event is just around the corner. When planning an Oscars party, it’s always fun to have a theme, but if you design yours around the 2016 Best Picture nominees, you’ll just have one big bummer after the next.
If the heavy material in the nominated films — The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight — is too much to bear, we give you full permission to eat your feelings on Feb. 28. Round up some friends and break out some comfort food as heavy as the films’ content. That means extra cheese, please, lots of decadent chocolate desserts, and, of course, drinks on drinks on drinks. Check out our comforting menu below.
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The weather has been a fickle mistress this winter, but now that temperatures are cooling down across the States, it’s time to think about ways to keep warm. Whether your office blasts the heat or you’re stuck shivering next to the window, warming yourself from the inside out with comforting soups and stews is never a bad idea.
Transport yourself to a warmer place instead of Elsa’s Frozen tundra with easy soup recipes like Chuck Hughes’ Creamy Tomato Soup, pictured above, which is just waiting for a grilled cheese dipper that you can crisp up quickly in the office toaster oven.
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To snooze or not to snooze; that is the question. When your alarm blares in the morning, getting out of bed in time to brew coffee and make a hot breakfast is usually nixed in favor of sleeping an extra 15 minutes. However, you can get the best of both worlds by making brinner instead.
Even though you can make standard breakfast fare — eggs on toast, quick French toast — with the extra time you have in the evening, you might as well treat yourself to something more hearty and special. Below, we’ve picked six of our favorite brinner recipes, from savory cheddar-jalapeno waffles to breakfast pizza (pictured above in all its egg-topped glory).
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Some of the most-popular resolutions are eating healthier, spending less money and getting organized, and you can check all three off your list with one activity. In fact, you can do them all in one day if you plan accordingly, using easy meal prep to make cheap, healthy lunches for the whole week.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lunch recipes that can be packed up in Mason jars at the start of the week to keep you organized and on track for at least five days in a row. Start with a colorful Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad, pictured above, and get more healthy lunch ideas here.
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If your New Year’s resolution is to eat more tacos, nix Taco Tuesdays in favor of taco weekends with Mexican-inspired brunch. Stuff tortillas with eggs for breakfast tacos and burritos — like Kelsey Nixon’s Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo, Egg and Potato, pictured above — and get ready for a fiesta in your mouth. And if you wash it down with a ice-cold margarita, we won’t judge.
Check out more of our favorites below, and then get more Mexican brunch ideas here.
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News flash: You can have your cake and eat it too without breaking your New Year’s resolutions. In fact, carbs don’t have to be your enemy if you fill your breads and cakes with vegetables. Sneaking veggies into treats like chocolate cupcakes and trimming down the fat and calories in carrot cake will basically turn your favorite desserts into salads. OK, maybe not quite as healthy as salads, but there are ways to indulge in a balanced way.
Below, check out five vegetable-filled desserts — starting with Bobby’s Red Velvet Cupcakes that use beets as food coloring — and get more healthy dessert recipes here.
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Resolutions and finally following through with that get-healthy plan are coming in January, but before you commit to a new diet and fitness routine, finish out the year with all the food and booze you can handle.
New Year’s Eve parties are often filled with midnight cheers with champagne and plates of appetizers, but not all shindigs are created equal. If you have classy friends, you may end up at a cocktail soiree, but if you got snowed in during your Christmas visit home and have to attend your parents’ boring “party,” it may be a different story.
Below, we’ve rounded up five types of New Year’s parties you may end up at and the perfect dish — or drink — to bring with you. Let the countdown begin.
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Every day, we eat with our eyes first, but today you’re in for a real feast. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and drooling over delicious food is a thing of the past now that cinemagraphs of jaw-dropping recipes are here. For Kelsey Nixon’s new show, Kelsey’s Homemade, we’re highlighting the best finishing touches from her recipes in GIF form, and they’re the food equivalent of a yule log — you can’t look away.
Check out three of our favorites below, and then fuel your addiction with more of Kelsey’s recipe cinemagraphs here.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, there’s one you should get on your radar. Chrismukkah — which combines the best parts of Christmas and Hanukkah — is the brainchild of The O.C.’s Seth Cohen, and throughout the show’s four seasons, we learned all the magical ways to combine menorahs and candy canes during the joint holiday.
During the eight days of presents followed by one day of many presents, two things are vital: wearing a Yamaclaus and eating an abundance of food from both styles of feasts. So to help you throw the perfect Chrismukkah party, we’ve put together the ultimate menu fusing Jewish cuisine, like latkes and kugel, with traditional Christmas fare, like prime rib and cranberry sauce.
And remember: Chrismukkah is unruinable. It has twice the resistance of any normal holiday, making it the perfect time to experiment.
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They say that you make your own family with close friends, and that’s never more apparent than during the holidays. Whether you can’t get home for Mom’s down-home cooking this year or you’re just greedy for more turkey, celebrating Friendsgiving with a lively potluck should be your new favorite tradition.
If you’re taking hosting duty, the most-important part of the celebrations is obviously the turkey, but don’t forget the other essential details — like keeping the wine aflowin’. Check out some of our best tips, like how to master make-ahead shortcuts and how to keep the crowd’s hunger at bay as the bird cooks, then get more Friendsgiving recipes and ideas here.
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