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These Slow-Cooker Recipes Are the Closest Thing to a Robot Cooking for You

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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6 Fake-Out Takeout Recipes That Are Faster Than Delivery

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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Stick to Your Ribs with 5 Recipes for Any Summer Occasion

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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Stay Cool with 6 Summery Spins on Comfort Food

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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6 Thrilling Fillings for Ravioli ‘Round the World

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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How to Use Tequila in Every Meal, Because Life’s a Party

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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Give ‘Em Something to Tot About with 6 Crazy Tater Tot Recipes

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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Dixie Tricks: 5 Twists on Southern Staples

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.

Oven-Roasted Ribs

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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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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Satisfy Your Salty and Sweet Cravings With 4 Dreamy Ice Cream Treats

As the weather heats up, everyone is looking for a way to cool down. Sure, you can go for a swim in the local pool or stand in front of your air conditioner, but the ultimate way is to grab a sweet ice cream treat.

Even though we’re big supporters of the classic soft-serve twist in a cone, sometimes other cravings take over and you don’t want just a sugar rush. To satisfy your savory side, there’s always caramel-candied bacon, goat cheese ice cream or a sprinkling of popcorn to give you a salty bite of life.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon

When the powers of popcorn, caramel, bacon and sweet corn ice cream combine, magic happens.

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