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Sifted: Game-Day Desserts + Lightened Up Comfort Foods


Joy the Baker’s Baked Polenta
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  1. Joy the Baker says her baked polenta with tomato and basil is “as comforting as macaroni and cheese [or] splurging on 4 slices of pizza.” Seriously, how you can you resist?
  2. For all you oatmeal cookie fanatics, it’s time to try Tuttie Dolci’s oatmeal pear cookies with toffee and cookie butter.
  3. Creme brulee ditches the ramekins and transforms itself into a fabulous pie. Design Eat Play, we like the way you think.
  4. Rosemary and garlic baguette chips by Seasaltwithfood are the perfect landing place for that spinach and artichoke dip this football Sunday.
  5. How do you vamp up your banana bread recipe? Tracey’s Culinary Adventures roasts the bananas, browns the butter and adds in some peanut butter chips.

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  • If Joy’s mouthwatering recipe has you craving comfort food tonight, we’ve got delicious, lightened-up recipes that will leave you feeling both satisfied and guilt-free.
  • Keep your eye on the game! Fans can get their sweets fix without missing a play with these handheld desserts on game day.

Sifted: Winter Comfort Foods, Healthy Weeknight Recipes + More


Rosemary Chicken Lasagna by Feasting at Home
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  1. Feasting at Home’s rosemary chicken lasagna calls for wonton wrappers for a more delicate comfort dish.
  2. Don’t settle for boring breakfast. Spoon Fork Bacon’s recipe for baked oatmeal is great for tasty leftovers and adjusts easily to whichever mix-ins you prefer.
  3. The Endless Meal’s mini BLT cups are cute bite-size appetizers perfect for your next party. We’re especially intrigued by the chipotle aioli.
  4. These peanut butter chocolate shortbread bars by Saramay’s Specialties are calling your name. The name in itself is drool inducing.
  5. Try this bacon leek and gruyere souffle by Who’s Hungry? It’s a dreamy combination perfect for a cold winter day.

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5 Ways to Cook Potatoes

 

Versatile and filling, potatoes can be baked in the oven, steamed on a stove or even cooked in a slow cooker. Try your hand at each method and pick your favorite way of cooking these starchy tubers.

1. The Baked Potato (pictured above)

Alton’s basic recipe for a baked potato becomes a complete dinner with your favorite potato toppings. Cook large, russet potatoes for an hour in the oven and serve with a variety of fixings from sour cream and chives to cheddar cheese.

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Dinner Rush! Skillet-Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

Congratulations, digital world — we all made it!  We survived the End of the World, championed the drunken Saturday thereafter (and its inevitable sister, hangover Sunday), managed to white knuckle our way through a flawless Christmas day and even shepherded in this millennium’s first lucky number 13.

With all that going on, who’s got time to think about dinner?  Moreover, who’s got the stomach for even more leftovers?  Take this week off and whip up a meal that is truly a “one dish” wonder.

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5 Recipes for Slow-Cooker Satisfaction

 If there’s one thing that will help you learn abundant patience, it’s a slow-cooker. You’re forced to wait several hours for the meal, and as you do, your kitchen fills with the opulent aroma of your latest Crock Pot creation. I recently acquired my very own slow-cooker, prompting me to turn out meals of slowly simmered, velvety pulled pork and hearty stews.  You’ll soon realize that it’s definitely worth the wait when you use your slow-cooker, whether for the ease of fix-it-and-forget-it mains or just as a way to save some extra space on the stove top.

Here are five worth-the-wait, slow-cooker recipes:

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Sifted: Awesome Grilled Cheese + More Pumpkin Recipes

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by Foodess

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  1. A grilled cheese is good any time of year, but Foodess’ apple-cheddar combination is especially fitting for fall.
  2. As if  pumpkin doughnut muffins didn’t already win you over, Reclaiming Provincial added Nutella to make them even more irresistible.
  3. This recipe for  pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal by Alaska From Scratch is the perfect treat for a chilly morning.
  4. Brown butter makes just about everything taste better, including these funfetti snickerdoodles by Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.
  5. This football Sunday, you’ll score a touchdown with Just A Taste’s recipe for pepperoni pizza pull-apart bread.

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Cheese and Booze Pairings

Last night the Tour de France Restaurant Group kicked off its annual Stinky Cheese Festival with an opening party featuring cheesy bites paired with wine and beer. The week long festival brings cheese-centric menus to their many locations in New York City including: Nice Matin, Marseilles, Café D’Alsace, French Roast, Le Monde, L’Express, Maison and Pigalle.

Even if you aren’t in New York, though, you can  still enjoy some delicious cheese/booze pairings. Here are my top three pairings from the party:

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Paula Deen’s Recipes Get Healthy

Bobby and Paula Deen

Bobby is putting his mother Paula Deen's recipes on a diet.

Staying fit with celebrated Southern chef Paula Deen in the kitchen? It ain’t easy, y’all, but that’s what Paula’s son Bobby has managed to do. His secret? Bobby Deen is remaking his mama’s most crave-worthy recipes so they’re lighter, leaner and still just as delicious.

From Shrimp and Polenta and Spicy Sweet Potato Chips to “No-Fry” Apple Pies and Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie, Bobby Deen slims down his mother’s favorite comfort food recipes on the all new Cooking Channel show Not My Mama’s Meals premiering tomorrow night at 9pm ET.

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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

cauliflower mac and cheese

The rules for Meatless Monday are pretty simple: Skip meat, just for Monday. Taking a little time away from meaty meals is good for you, and the environment, too. Technically, your meatless meal doesn’t have to include vegetables, according to the rules. But it should, if you really want to be healthy.

Rachael Ray’s Cauliflower Mac N Cheese is particularly fitting for this early-fall Meatless Monday. It’s meat-free, but also comforting and cheesy. And this isn’t just plain old mac n’ cheese: It’s loaded up with cauliflower, which takes on the flavors of the cheddar, Parmesan and Gruyere cheeses. So you’re skipping meat and getting your vegetables (plus your cheese and pasta), too.

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Comfort Foods to Beat the Busted Bracket Blues

Spaghetti Carbonara

Pure Comfort: Spaghetti Carbonara

The Sweet Sixteen kicks off this week. In case you find your team unexpectedly not in the mix (Pitt fans, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue…), distract yourself from the games and cook up some classic comfort food dishes. They’re guaranteed to help ease your pain.

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