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  • Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Recipes

    Start With The Basics:

    Brined Dijon Turkey with Pan Gravy
    - Carve the turkey, and plate with the gravy up to two days before for the moistest meat ever! Before sitting down to eat, just reheat. Get the recipe here!

    Layer on The Side:

    Sweet Potato & Apple Gratin
    - Thinly sliced sweet potatoes and apples get even more flavorful when stacked together with onion sauce up to two days ahead. Get the recipe here!

    Fancy The Finger Foods:

    Cornmeal Stuffing Muffins
    - Get your stuffing fix in muffin form: These light and fluffy treats can be baked in advance, then bagged and frozen. Let thaw and reheat. Get the recipe here!

    Mix Up The Salad:

    Walnut & Cranberry Broccoli Salad -
    Blanch the florets in advance, then toss and serve this easy salad at room temperature. Get the recipe here!

    Sweet Dessert:

    Caramel-Pear Trifle
    - This sweet and fruity confection can be made two days in advance and dusted withconfectioners' sugar. Bonus: letting this trifle refrigerate for two

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  • 5 Great Brunch Ideas

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    Brunch seems to be everyone's favorite weekend activity, but why go out when you can make it just as well at home? Here are our best brunch tips and ideas that will have your guests at your doorstep every Saturday.

    1. Grow Some Fun

    Create a centerpiece that's delicious: Stud a small planter of wheatgrass with lollipops in bright colors. You can even write a guest's name on each wrapper for easy grabbing.

    Centerpiece ideas from the kitchen


    2. Plan Your Prep Time

    For a dinner party, you theoretically have all day to prepare, but brunch can start as early as 9 a.m. (or as late as 2 p.m.). The trick? A little planning. Gale Gand, author of Gale Gand's Brunch!, recommends shopping two days before the party and prepping the day before. Also, lighten the day-of load by serving dishes that can be cooked in advance: Two of Gand's favorites are strata and baked apple french toast.

    Get the recipe for Ham-and-Cheese Strata


    3. Pick Easy Apps

    Save time with store-bought

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  • 10 Desserts, Grilled on a Skewer

    You know grilling is great for meat, veggies and seafood, but those char marks look just as great on desserts! We're not just talking about fruit, either; whether you're in the mood for pie, dumplings or blintzes, we've got your grilled sweet tooth covered.

    black forest skewersblack forest skewers BLACK FOREST SKEWERS

    Fresh cherries + kirsh or chambord + semisweet chocolate + chocolate donut holes + heavy cream

    Get the recipe for Black Forest Skewers




    lemon meringue pielemon meringue pie LEMON MERINGUE "PIE"

    Store-bought sponge cake desserts shells + prepared lemon curd + mini marshmallows

    Get the recipe for Lemon Meringue "Pie"





    plumplingsplumplings PLUMPLINGS (PLUM DUMPLINGS)

    Plums + brown sugar + lemon + butter + fresh breadcrumbs + egg roll wrappers + egg + confectioners' sugar

    Get the recipe for Plumplings (Plum Dumplings)




    sweet and hot sugared melonsweet and hot sugared melon SWEET AND HOT SUGARED MELON

    Sugar + cayenne pepper + honeydew melon

    Get the recipe for Sweet and Hot Sugared Melon





    blackberry blintzesblackberry blintzes BLACKBERRY BLINTZES

    Blackberries + sugar + farmer's cheese + prepared crêpes

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  • 7 Beers that Taste like Food

    Ever wonder what your favorite foods would taste like in beer form? We found seven great beers that will do the trick!

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    Spicy Chile
    A perfect pairing for tacos or chips and guac, Six Rivers Brewery Chili Pepper Ale ($6) has a cooling effect -- at first. After a few seconds, the back-of-the-throat heat kicks in. The ale's infused with charcoal-roasted jalapeño, habanero, serrano and anaheim chiles, which are no joke: Brewmaster Carlos Sanchez wears a protective mask while creating!
    1300 Central Ave., McKinleyville, CA

    sixriversbrewery.com


    PB&J

    Made with roasted peanuts and jammy fruits (think grapes and raspberries), Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery's No Crusts ale ($5) tastes like a nostalgic bite of the actual white-bread sandwich!
    2621 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL

    thefunkybuddha.com


    Gingerbread

    Bison Brewing's nutmeg-and-cinnamon Gingerbread Ale ($8) has the flavor of just-baked cookies without being too sugary: It ends with the spicy, slightly bitter

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  • How to Pack the Ultimate Picnic

    Summer PicnicSummer PicnicWe swear by these picnic tips:


    Pack resealable plastic bags:
    That'll let you eat now--and later.

    Light is easy: Why haul a huge, hard cooler halfway around the park? A soft fabric version is just as roomy--and easier on the arm.

    Serving sandwiches? Pumpernickel bread is sturdier than white and won't get soggy.

    Avoid leftovers: They don't stand a chance under the relentless sun. For easy portion control, pack your picnic in pre-slotted containers.


    Recipes
    Chicken Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Corn
    Roast Turkey Sandwich with the Works
    Jalapeno-Mango Shrimp
    Steakhouse Salad


    More Picnic Menus
    Summer picnic party menu
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  • Easy Recipes: No-Bake Desserts

    Start with a Scoop no-bake dessertsno-bake desserts

    Coffee Cake Ice Cream:

    Tear up a store-bought crumb cake; stir into softened coffee-flavored ice cream along with chopped pecans; refreeze.

    Not Hot Bananas Foster:

    Mix sliced bananas with toasted slivered almonds, cinnamon and caramel sauce; use as topping on ice cream. Splash with brandy (optional).

    S'mores Ice Cream Sandwich:

    Spread marshmallow fluff on two graham crackers, then use to sandwich a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce.


    Cakes and More

    Instant Tiramisu:

    Whisk together equal parts mascarpone cheese and whipped topping with a little espresso powder and rum (optional); refrigerate for 30 minutes. Top each serving with a ladyfinger, pinch of espresso powder and chocolate shavings.

    PB&B Rice Pudding:

    Stir peanut butter and chopped banana into prepared rice pudding and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of honey.

    Unbaked Alaska:

    Top slices of sponge or angel food cake

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  • 16 No-Cook Summer Side Dishes

    No one wants to feel the extra heat of a stove or oven during the summertime. Here are our favorite no-cook side dishes to keep you cool all summer long!

    zucchini linguine with almondszucchini linguine with almondsZUCCHINI LINGUINE WITH ALMONDS

    Parmesan cheese + lemons + clementine + basil + dijon mustard + EVOO + zucchini + almonds

    Get the recipe for Zucchini Linguine with Almonds





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    ANTIPASTI BOWL

    White balsamic vinegar + garlic + oregano + EVOO + cremini mushrooms + broccoli + cauliflower + cherry tomatoes + soppressata + provolone cheese

    Get the recipe for Antipasti Bowl





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    RAINBOW TOMATOES AND WHITE BEANS

    Parsley + capers + red wine vinegar + garlic + EVOO + multicolored tomatoes + cannellini beans + pine nuts

    Get the recipe for Rainbow Tomatoes and White Beans





    creamy corn succotash creamy corn succotash

    CREAMY CORN SUCCOTASH

    Basil + scallions + whole-milk yogurt + lemon juice + EVOO + corn + sugar snap peas + lima beans + red bell pepper + orange bell pepper

    Get the recipe for Creamy Corn Succotash





    celery salad with bleu cheesecelery salad with bleu cheeseCELERY SALAD WITH BLUE CHEESE

    Apple cider vinegar

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  • The Best Vacation Spots for Stargazing

    These stargazing locales vary from beach to desert, but all share a sky full of unforgettable views. Find out what spots made it on our list!

    mackinaw city, mimackinaw city, miMackinaw City, Michigan

    The Headlands was declared as one of only 10 official Dark Sky Parks in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), an organization dedicated to preserving the nighttime environment. Get there at dusk to catch monthly sunset picnics led by resident star expert Mary Stewart Adams. These unique campfire meals are free and feature folk and fairy tales that she's tailored to each night's celestial makeup.

    Grab a Bite: Sample Great Lakes whitefish, the region's specialty, in the Chippewa Room at Audie's Restaurant in Mackinaw City. Delivered fresh daily, it's available broiled, planked, stuffed, encrusted, cajun or Asian-style ($22).

    Visit emmetcounty.org/headlands/ for more info.
    audies.com

    hilo, hawaiihilo, hawaiiHilo, Hawaii

    The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station atop the 9,300-foot perch of Hawaii's

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  • 5 Cute Cupcake Decorating Ideas

    Use these cupcake decorating recipes and transform your sweet treats to look like savory favorites! Make them for your next party -- they're fun for both kids and adults!

    faux fast foodfaux fast food Faux Fast Food

    Give two drive-through favorites get a candy-aisle makeover! Cut a cupcake in half to create a "bun" then use sweet candies and cookies to create the full "meal." Too fun!

    Tip: For a surprise inside, add dollops of red and yellow frosting as condiments.
    Get the recipe!



    dessert for breakfastdessert for breakfastDessert for Breakfast
    Trick your family with a surprisingly sweet start to their day. These eggs with a mini marshmallow "yolk" center and taffy bacon will have your kids singing your praise.
    Get the recipe!






    sweet sandwichsweet sandwichSweet Sandwich
    When it comes to this sugary pseudo-sammy BLT stands for "better look twice!" Green fruit-leather "lettuce," taffy "bacon" and white frosting "mayo" makes the cupcake "sandwich" the perfect package!
    Get the recipe!






    bottoms up!bottoms up!Bottoms Up!
    Take a sip -- er, bite -- from a marshmallow-topped mug. No

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  • Summer Olympics Backyard Bash

    Carry the torch in your very own backyard by throwing a summer Olympics-inspired party! With a few tricks, your get-together will be so action-packed it'll deserve its own opening ceremonies.



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