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Why Not One-Pot?

There’s no need to dirty up a sink’s worth of dishes for tonight’s dinner. Turn to these one-pot solutions and keep the clean-up simple.

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DIY Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt This year, eat more Greek yogurt! Image courtesy Food Network Magazine.

This year, make a new year’s resolution you can keep all year long: Eat more Greek yogurt! It’s thick, creamy and tart, high in protein and super-versatile. Here’s how to make your own, plus tons of ways to use it.

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Sparkling Wines that Won’t Break the Bank

Champagne Picks for New Year's Eve

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year. And the occasion just wouldn’t be complete with something bubbly to drink at midnight. But that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a $80 bottle of Champagne to make the night special. We spoke with Lorena Ascencios, wine buyer at Astor Wines & Spirits in New York City, to find out the best bets for affordable sparkling wine.

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Homemade Holiday Gift: DIY Harissa

Finished Harissa, With Ingredients

Food-wise, December looks something like this: Cookies, cookies, doughnuts, cookies, candy, cookies, cake, cookies. Champagne. Cookies.  I love all those sweets (and the bubbly) as much as the next gal, but between bites of buttery cookies and homemade caramels, I crave something savory, spicy and delicious.

I’m banking that I’m not the only one who feels this way, so this year I’m making a batch of harissa to give to friends as a holiday gift. This ubiquitous North African condiment is popping up in restaurants and on food blogs everywhere, and you can use it in many forms, from ketchup-like condiment to star-of-the-show spice rub. Sure, you can buy it in a tube, but making your own is easy, and you can control the heat level and seasoning.

Here’s how to make your own, package it and serve it up all month long.

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Thanksgiving 911

A girl can't survive on whipped cream alone! Here are our tips to save the rest of your feast.

Thanksgiving can be disastrous enough even if the food goes off without a hitch, but serving runny potatoes and raw turkey can make you feel about as bad as playing referee between two feuding family members. But don’t worry — we’re here to help!  Just take a deep breath (or two) and read our solutions for the most common Thanksgiving (food) woes.

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Canning Tomatoes: Many (Dirty) Hands Make Light Work

Finished Tomato Sauce A little effort today means fresh tomatoes for months to come.

The end of summer means that once again my husband and I, along with a couple of friends, are undertaking a major tomato canning extravaganza. We work together to stock all of our shelves with jars of tomato-y goodness for the year to come, methodically processing the fresh tomatoes from firm, whole fruit to bubbling red jars of liquid summer.

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Caribbean 101: Top 10 Ingredients

Levi with Coconuts

Levi Roots uses coconut in everything from salsa to curry to dessert

Looking to try your hand at a new cuisine? As a major spice-lover, I’ve always been intrigued by the flavors of the Caribbean. Now I’m excited to try them in my own kitchen with recipes from Caribbean Food Made Easy.

Host Levi Roots’s recipes are straightforward, but a few of the ingredients had me stumped. You, too? That’s why we’ve compiled this handy Caribbean Pantry list with explanations of the cuisine’s top ten essentials, plus ideas on where to find them and tips for what to substitute if you can’t.

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What’s in an Iron Chef’s Pantry?

Iron Chef Pantry

What’s the first step to cooking like an Iron Chef? Nope, not a fancy culinary degree or years of experience toiling in the kitchens of famous French chefs. We’re starting with the basics. According to Iron Chef Michael Symon himself—and host of Cooking Channel’s new series Cook Like an Iron Chefthe ingredients you keep in the pantry are key.

In our web-exclusive video straight from the Cook Like An Iron Chef kitchen, Michael lets you in on some secrets of how to stock your pantry like a pro. With his go-to ingredients on hand, you’ll be Kitchen Stadium-ready in no time.

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Sharing: Baker’s Secrets

Rachel Allen from Rachel Allen: Bake!

Rachel Allen from Rachel Allen: Bake!

Aside from constantly practicing the craft, what better way to become a better baker than engage in the swapping of secrets?  Before we pick your brain, we wanted to share a few from Rachel Allen…

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