If you’re looking for something other than cupcakes to contribute at your next birthday party, may we recommend Ina Garten’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts? For a festive twist we added sprinkles to the batter, then replaced Ina’s cinnamon sugar topping with frosting and sprinkles. To make the frosting we mixed confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and blue food coloring until we got a thick, smooth consistency (we went with electric blue in honor of the birthday girl’s favorite color). So, just like plain cupcakes, doughnuts are a great canvas for personalizing decorations.
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When you head to the farmers market or the grocery store this summer, there are plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to choose from, but sometimes it’s easier to stick to tried-and-true produce for quick meals. One of the most abundant and popular veggies of the season is zucchini, which is at its peak and always manages to sneak its way into your basket.
If you’re bored of just roasting, grilling or sauteing, we have some great zucchini recipes that will make you want to gorge on gourds. Check out these six ideas for using squash as your main dish, from a breakfast-for-dinner frittata to meatless meatballs.
Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini
Play with your food when you hollow out little zucchini boats (and/or red peppers) and fill them with creamy risotto. You won’t miss the meat in this hearty dish.
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It’s 2015 and robots that cook for you still haven’t been invented yet*, so we have to settle for the next best thing: a handy-dandy slow cooker, which you can pretend is actually Rosie from The Jetsons.
A slow cooker can make fall-apart-tender meat for tacos or macaroni and cheese while you’re at work, and save you from turning on your oven until the world cools down. So get ready to do some easy prep, turn on that magical machine and come home to a delicious meal with six slow-cooker recipes perfect for the sweltering summer.
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli
Pulled pork is a slow-cooker staple, but there’s another meat you should try going low and slow with: chicken. Kelsey Nixon’s easy recipe gives you everything you love about chicken wings — spicy sauce, blue cheese and a crunch from celery — all tucked into a sandwich.
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When your closest relationship is with the food-delivery guy, it may be time to reevaluate your meal habits. Though there’s an undeniable appeal to delivery food, there are also the matters of cost and questionable ingredients.
To solve both of these problems, we’ve gathered six homemade renditions of your favorite delivery food, from sesame chicken to fully stuffed burritos. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you after you chow down on these dishes.
Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp
Haylie Duff adds bacon to the traditional Thai fried-rice dish for a punch of smoky flavor. Serving it in a pineapple is much better than presenting it in a white takeout container, too.
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Admit it: You’re stuck in a food rut. After flipping burgers and grilling chicken for months, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and kick your ‘cue up a notch with sticky, meaty restaurant-quality ribs. They may seem intimidating, but the grill-averse can turn to the oven — or even a slow cooker! — and the results will be well worth the time and effort.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard bash or putting a homemade spin on Chinese takeout, these five rib-sticking picks are summer at its best. Pick your favorite below and get even more rib recipes here.
When You’re So Fancy, You Already Know: Balsamic Baby Back Ribs
Nadia G’s ribs get a classy spin with a balsamic barbecue sauce that is spiced up with a habanero chile and a shot of whiskey. Impress that special person in your life with truffled twice-baked potatoes on the side.
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Winter isn’t coming anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find cool comfort. Channel the hearty flavors of meatloaf and cheesy loaded baked potatoes into warm-weather versions, like kebabs and tailgate-ready potato salad.
Check out six summer-fied comfort food recipes below and transport yourself to cooler times. We’re halfway there — just two more months of heat waves to go.
Pecan Pie Parfait
Take a break from berry pies with this riff on the classic pecan pie. Store-bought pie crust becomes a crumble over vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and bourbon-pecan topping.
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Sometimes “all thriller, no filler” shouldn’t be your mantra in life, and that’s if and only if you’re talking about ravioli. You can’t go wrong with pasta stuffed with delicious cheese and other fillings, whether it’s the traditional ricotta and meat or a carb-on-carb explosion like pierogi.
In celebration of the return of My Grandmother’s Ravioli on July 29 at 8pm ET, we’re going ’round the world with six versions of “ravioli,” from the Italian classic to Japanese gyoza to apple dumplings for dessert. Get ready for your taste buds to jet to many flavorful destinations — all without leaving your kitchen.
The Classic Cheese Ravioli
The ultimate Italian comfort food is pillowy cheese ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and topped with homemade marinara sauce. You can’t beat this classic.
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Out of all the weird food holidays in the world, National Tequila Day has the biggest built-in celebration. Instead of taking too many shots, shots, shots and regretting it the next morning, pace yourself with an all-day party featuring tequila in every dish.
Even though we love a good margarita and spiked Mexican food, it’s time to mix things outside the cocktail shaker. Check out five of our favorite tequila recipes below.
Breakfast: Tequila-Cured Salmon
Kick off your morning with boozy salmon paired with Bobby Flay’s herbed goat cheese or roasted jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese. Your bagels and schmear won’t know what hit them.
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Time travel isn’t a thing yet, but you can transport yourself back to childhood with a big bowl of Tater Tots. There’s something special about the potato nuggets that makes them crispier and more nostalgic than simple french fries or even the fun-shaped curly fries, and the best part is that as an adult, you can dress them up however you want.
Check out six ways to tater your tots to the next level, from smothering them like a loaded baked potato to topping a casserole with tots and so much more.
1. DIY Them from Start to Finish
Justine Simmons makes her own homemade potato tots and buttermilk ranch dressing, which is a great foundation for any toppings coming its way.
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Most of our daily problems can be solved with a bite of Southern comfort food, but sometimes fried chicken, sweet tea and barbecue just won’t cut it. If you’re sick of the same ol’ down-home specialties, try putting new spins on your favorite dishes like Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman does on her show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.
Whether it’s a surprising dash of cocoa in a savory dish or some maple syrup to cool down spicy chicken, we guarantee you won’t be bored with your comfort food again.
A tablespoon of cocoa balances out the cayenne pepper in Kimberly’s dry rub, and instead of big beef ribs, she opts for spareribs instead. When topped with smoked barbecue sauce, the ribs fit right in with your favorite Southern classics.
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