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6 Ways to Play with Your Food, from Mac and Cheese Pops to S’mores Bars

It’s time to let loose in the kitchen. Instead of sticking to strict recipes and living by the cookbook, take a day to play with your food. No, we’re not talking about having a food fight It Takes Two style, but rather experimenting with fun shapes, sizes and topping bars for your next party.

Whether it’s making your mac and cheese into pops or assembling a taco-and-margarita bar for a Mexican fiesta, there are plenty of ways to get playful. Bonus: Once the prep work is done, your guests do all the work making their own creative concoctions.

Skewer Your Corn

Everything’s better on a stick, and sticks make corn on the cob easier (and less messy) to eat. Try Bobby Flay’s Grilled Corn Skewers with Chipotle-Lime Butter, or mix things up with an assortment of butters and toppings like Cotija and Parmesan cheese for a DIY corn on the cob bar.

Build a Better Taco Bar

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Sifted: Comfort Food Breakfasts, Chicken-Fried Potatoes + More

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Another snow day? Perfect excuse to linger in the kitchen a little longer and griddle up a batch of Half Baked Harvest’s rice krispie treat pancakes with browned butter syrup.
  2. Sally’s Baking Addiction says that it’s ok to start your day with your favorite sweet duo, ideally in her chocolate peanut butter lovers’ granola, so you can get your fix on the go.
  3. Further proof that everything is better chicken-fried, Spoon Fork Bacon’s chicken fried potatoes are battered in herbs and spices and served with buttermilk-ranch dipping sauce.
  4. Cold weather is an ideal excuse to break out the ol’ slow cooker. Put it to good use and brew up a cozy pot of The Midnight Baker’s steak and ale cheese soup.
  5. Meyer lemon season is in full swing during the chilly winter months, so buy a bushel of the sweet citrus and try out My Baking Addiction’s recipe for meyer lemon meltaways.

Craving More?

  • Cooking Channel has your comfort food cravings covered with an endless array of piping-hot soups and stews to help warm you up this winter.
  • Kick the boxed mac and cheese to the curb and settle in with 35 inspired ways to eat the creamy, childhood classic. Double the cheese, please.

Fall Fest: Winter Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Come December, it’s easy to turn to pasta as a (nightly) dinner option. But incorporating vegetables into the mix nearly justifies the habit. Ellie’s Macaroni and 4 Cheeses adds squash to the classic dish. Her recipe calls for frozen pureed winter squash, but since there are so many varieties available fresh right now, in-season acorn squash works well, too.

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