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Souper-Easy Lunch Recipes That Will Keep You Warm at Work

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.

When You’re Fighting Off a Cold: Chicken Noodle Soup

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Nail a Week’s Worth of Meal Prep with Mason Jar-Ready Lunch Ideas

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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How to Have the Best O.C.-Style Chrismukkah Celebration Ever


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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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Keep Calm and Friendsgiving On with 3 Thanksgiving Potluck Tips

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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Football Food Hacks to Make Your Game-Day Party a Touchdown

Gearing up for game-day parties can have a few hurdles, but don’t let them stress you out. Before you sit down and cheer on your favorite team, practice the second-best part of football season: eating. Even though the traditional fare is some of the messiest — aka saucy Buffalo chicken wings — with a few easy tips and tricks, you can keep your eyes on the game and make your stomach happy at the same time.

Dan Pashman is dishing up food hacks on the on-air special You’re Eating It Wrong, Friday, Oct. 23 at 9:30pm ET, but we have a sneak peek at some of his game-day advice. Find out how you’re eating wings, burgers and chips and guac wrong below so your party can be a total touchdown.

Chicken Wings

Unless you use a fork to spear your wings, you’re still going to get sauce on your hands — there’s no way around it. But by getting most of the meat off in one bite — like with competitive eating champ Crazy Legs’ “The Bone Splitter” method — you can eat a lot in one fell swoop and then get back to the game. Check out our favorite chicken wing recipes to try out this new hack.

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Apple Recipes for When You Go Overboard at the Orchard

‘Tis the season for apple picking — and overpicking bushels of apples that you don’t know what to do with. When you’re up to your eyes in fruit and can’t possibly eat another classic pie, turn to other harvest desserts and savory dishes to use up your fall bounty.

Get five of our favorite recipes below, including a few that can be doubled and stored for apple goodness year-’round.

Caramel Apples

You probably have the nine ingredients for this quick caramel sauce in your kitchen already. After the initial dip, roll them in nuts, sprinkles, candy or even shredded coconut. They freeze well, so you can eat them whenever you get a craving.

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Fryday, I’m in Love — A Guide to Deep-Frying Anything

Even though you can’t make your home into a carnival or big-top circus every day, it’s totally acceptable to transform your kitchen once in a while. The easiest way to do that is by deep-frying anything and everything, whether it’s traditional funnel cakes, other homemade versions of carnival food or delicious fried chicken.

Before you start dropping food into a hot tub of oil, prepare for the whole shebang with Carnival Eats‘ deep-fried food guide infographic. We’ve got your list of supplies, perfect batter recipes, frying and seasoning tips and more, plus find out what to do with all that oil once you’re done. Check it out below:

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The Steaks Are High This Summer, So Here’s How to Achieve Grilled-Meat Grateness

Whether the arsenal of recipes in your back pocket has five dishes or 50, one of them should be a perfectly cooked steak. We’re talking about a flavorful cut of beef with a crusty sear on the outside and a just-right temperature inside. So after grabbing some inspiration from the mouthwatering dishes on Steak Out with Kix Brooks, use these six tips to grill like the best steakhouses from the comfort of your home.

To remember all of these tips — ranging from super-aggressive seasoning to low-and-slow heat — consult our quick and easy infographic below:

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Perfect Your Grillin’ and Chillin’ with the Man Fire Food Grilling Guide

There is nothing better than flame-grilled meat, but to achieve grilling perfection, you have to prepare accordingly, whether it’s getting the correct coals, starting your fire the right way or monitoring your food properly to make sure it doesn’t get burned to a crisp.

Check out our handy-dandy infographic for your ultimate guide to grilling, from first light to the amazing bite of a perfectly seared steak:

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Unwind With Wine Milkshakes and 3 More Buzzworthy, Boozy Frozen Desserts

When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.

What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.

Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.

How to Make a Wine Milkshake

The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.

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