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4 Sneaky Ways to Replace Carbs with Cauliflower

At the base of most of our favorite comfort foods are carbs, making it tough to justify eating them every day. But with one magical ingredient swap, you can indulge more often without the guilt trip and get in a serving of vegetables. Stock up on a few heads of cauliflower to make pizza crust (using Tia Mowry’s easy recipe, pictured above), tots, mac and cheese, and more.

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Recipes to Get Apples Into Every Meal

It’s said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but that’s only one reason to embrace fall by using the fruit as a core ingredient for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kick off the season with Bobby Flay’s Belgian Waffles with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Butter and Sauteed Cider Apples (pictured above), and then move on to juicy pork chops, butternut-apple soup and more savory and sweet apple harvest recipes.

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4 One-Pot Soups, Because Who Has Time to Do the Dishes?

After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook dinner and wash a pile of dishes. Instead of calling in a takeout order, try simplifying the cooking process with one-pot meal recipes that will definitely cut down on time scrubbing pots and pans, and possibly also create leftovers that can last all week.

Check out four of our favorite one-pot soup recipes — including easy Creamy Tomato Soup (pictured above) — to start getting warm and cozy for fall. You don’t have to wait until September 22 to enjoy a comforting bowl.

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Embrace Your Inner Kid with 5 Fun Flips on Pizza

The best way to de-stress after a long day at work is to eat satisfying comfort food, but narrowing that category down to the ideal meal can sometimes be tough. Let us do the work for you: You want pizza. You always want pizza.

Instead of serving a boring cheese pie, satisfy your inner kid (and make your kids happy) with sky-high Stuffed Pizza (pictured above) or dessert pizza for breakfast. Once you know how to make pizza dough, the possibilities are endless. Check out four more of our kid-friendly favorites below, and tune in for Cooking Channel’s Pizza Week from Sept. 11 to 18.

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Fall Fest: 5 Must-Bake Holiday Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Is there a holiday tradition more highly anticipated than baking cookies? Whether you like yours festively frosted or decked out in dark chocolate, cookies are pretty much guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer. We’re celebrating 31 Days of Cookies here on the blog, but if you’re not sure where to start, try these five favorite recipes.

1) We nominate Spritz Cookies (pictured above) as the most giftworthy holiday cookie. Rich, yet delicate in flavor, these winners hold up well days after baking, and have an elegant, classic look.

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Fall Fest: Winning Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Truffled Cheese Mash

Let’s be serious. The sides are the real stars of the Thanksgiving dinner table. Once your plate is piled high with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberries, the bird is hardly the main event.

We’ve rounded up our go-to picks for each category, but tell us: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Vote in the comments as we give thanks to our picks.

1. Mashed potatoes are comfort food royalty. Dress them up for the Thanksgiving holiday with truffles and cheese (pictured above), and you may earn VIP spud status for life.

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Fall Fest: Carrot Recipes to Covet

A versatile root addition to salads, soups and sides, carrots are more than just bunny food. Whether served crisp and snappy or roasted to sweet tenderness, the orange (or sometimes purple, red, yellow and white) vegetables are a sure-fire fall fan favorite. Here are a few ways to get them on the table.

1. Bring out carrots’ natural sweetness with Sunny Anderson’s honey-glazed carrots (pictured above). They complement almost any meaty main, and offer a bright pop of color to the table.

2. Bobby Flay crowns the carrot as the king of this salad, and tops it with a citrusy-sweet-spicy dressing. Cumin and cayenne pepper give the dish an earthy flavor with just the right amount of heat.

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Fall Fest: Bring On the Brussels Sprouts

As children, we learned that Brussels sprouts are the yuckiest vegetable of all time. It’s an unfortunate misconception, because shaking our little heads in staunch refusal meant missing out on the versatile side dish for way too long. Embrace the bitter little cabbages and fight their bad rap with five of our favorites.

1. Crunchy panko bread crumbs and salty grated Parmesan give this Brussels sprouts recipe (pictured above) depth of both texture and flavor. For easier entertaining, prep the dish the night before, then cook it through while you complete your main course.

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Creepy Cocktails to Pair with Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Black Devil Martini

The best Halloween parties have three things in common: killer costumes, candy galore and plenty of cocktails to keep things interesting.

Before you go mixing up a truly spooky jungle juice, try these bewitching candy and cocktail pairings.

Pair Almond Joy with a Black Devil Martini

A simple mix of spiced rum and vermouth with a garnish of black olives, the Black Devil Martini (pictured above)  is a savory sipper. Since spicy rum and sweet coconut are a time-honored classic, try pairing this drink with an Almond Joy bar. The salty nuts and briny olives make a great match, too.

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Fall Fest: Slow-Cooked Meals from Breakfast through Dessert

Dust off your slow cooker. It’s officially the season of low and slow, the kind you can set, forget and come home to after work just in time for dinner. It’s kind of like having a personal chef who specializes in your favorite comfort foods. Here are a few slow-cooker favorites it can help you with, from breakfast to dessert.

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