Blog Posts by Sarah McColl, Shine staff

  • The Most Searched Recipes of 2012

    Looking at the most-searched recipes of the year is like spying in a stranger's kitchen. There's a crockpot on the counter, zucchini in the fridge, and a whole lot of chicken on the table (every afternoon, the Internet explodes with searches for "chicken recipes"). It's also pretty comforting, since a stranger's kitchen looks shockingly like our own. If this list makes one thing clear, it's that home cooks are after the same thing: how to make simple, everyday meals and celebrate every occasion we get (one word: cake!). For each of the year's most popular searches, we've offered some of our favorite recipes, just to save you the trouble of looking yourself. Here's to another year of happy cooking and delicious meals. --Sarah McColl, Shine staff


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  • One-Dish Dinners from the Shine Supper Club

    The Shine Supper Club is serving up a winter's worth of one-pot dinners to keep weeknight splendidly simple.


  • One-Pot Dinners to Keep All the Other Meals This Week Simple

    Right now, your refrigerator is probably about to burst with Thanksgiving fixings, and, if you're anything like us, you're really looking forward to turkey and dressing (and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and pie, yougettheidea). But there are still a few meals left before the big day, and even after, you may have a house of guests to continue to feed. Never fear! The Shine Supper Club is here to keep dinner easy and your kitchen (relatively) clean with these one-pot meals. Share yours and you could win this swanky Dansk casserole from Crate and Barrel! Here's how:

    1. Write a blog post, on Shine or elsewhere, telling us about your favorite one-pot meal by Sunday 11:59PM PST, November 25th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll@yahoo.com

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  • Thanksgiving: Editor's Picks

    Despite hoopla to the contrary, Thanksgiving isn't really about the turkey. It's also not about finding a parking space at the mall, religion, whether or not you've found the love of your life, or anything else that might send you into a sweaty panic. It's just a day where we get to enjoy our family and friends (until someone, inevitably, blows it), carb-load, and somewhere in there, once the kitchen's a wreck and our top button's undone, be thankful. Here, the recipes and traditions that make this Thursday one of our favorite holidays.


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  • 20 Wonderful Wines Under $18

    Wine Spectator's Top 100 list was released on Monday, and lucky for us, there's quite a bit of thrill to be found in the bargain bin. The ranking is based partly on a 100-point grading system (just like in our school days) determined in a blind tasting, with only about two percent of wines earning 95 and above. (All of the 20 wines listed here earned at least a 90, making them A-students.) But the list also leaves room for the x-factor, explained Wine Spectator Executive Editor Tom Matthews. "It's not strictly about the numbers," he told Yahoo! Shine. Instead, the Top 100 is intended as a "conversation starter" about the "high points in the year and what got us excited," he said. The results are pretty thrilling, especially when a $9 Chianti outranks a $125 Barolo. That certainly gets us excited. If nothing else, use the list as a jumping off point to discover new wines and get out of your wine-drinking comfort zone. "Don't be afraid to explore," encouraged Tom, and at these prices we

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 Under $100 (Including Wine!)


    Christmas comes early this year—at Thanksgiving, to be exact. The cost of the average turkey spread is up only 28 cents from last year. Compare that to this time last year, when holiday hosts felt the pinch of one of the biggest price increases for traditional Thanksgiving trimmings in years, and it almost feels too easy.

    So we felt up for a challenge. Can you serve a lavish Thanksgiving dinner—from cocktails to pie—to ten guests for less than $100? We certainly think so. The classic Thanksgiving dishes are made from frugal ingredients (who ever heard of potatoes breaking the bank?), allowing room in the budget for a few splashy details that make this menu anything but meager.

    For additional tips and recipes, we turned to Diane Worthington, author of Seriously Simple Parties."If you're really trying to watch the budget, potluck was made for Thanksgiving," Diane suggested. "It's easier on the budget, and it's easier on your mental state because you're not doing so much. You can be Read More »from Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 Under $100 (Including Wine!)
  • One-Pot Meals to Simplify Your Weeknights

    Whether you're looking for a healthy, simmered-all-day soup or something a little more indulgent, the Shine Supper Club is cooking up one-pot meals you'll want to try. Share your own recipe and you could win! Here's how:

    1. Write a blog post, on Shine or elsewhere, telling us about your favorite one-pot meal by Sunday 11:59PM PST, November 25th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll@yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.
    4. The community will vote on the winning recipe to be featured on the Shine homepage and added to our winner's circle!
    5. The winner scores a gorgeous red 4-quart Dansk Kobenstyle casserole from Crate and Barrel!

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  • Hearty Fall One-Pot Meals to Make This Weekend

    If you're searching for homey, cozy dishes to make this weekend, look no farther than these entries to the Shine Supper Club. Share your favorite one-pot meal for a chance to win a fab dutch oven from Crate and Barrel. Here's how:

    1. Write a blog post, on Shine or elsewhere, telling us about your favorite one-pot meal by Sunday 11:59PM PST, November 25th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll@yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.
    4. The community will vote on the winning recipe to be featured on the Shine homepage and added to our winner's circle!
    5. The winner scores a gorgeous red 4-quart Dansk Kobenstyle casserole from Crate and Barrel!

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  • 20-minute One-pot Meals

    Whether you plead busyness or just plain laziness, there are some nights when the prospect of cooking dinner seems downright overwhelming (say, tonight?). Bookmark this page. These warm, cozy one-pot meals have weeknights--and your name--written all over them. --Sarah McColl, Shine staff



    Contribute your own favorite one-pot recipe to the Shine Supper for the chance to win a gorgeous 4-quart casserole from Crate and Barrel. Find out more here.




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  • Join the November Shine Supper Club with Your Best One-Pot Meal!

    I don't even host Thanksgiving, but flipping the calendar to November is enough to give me anxiety. This is the time of year when it's hard not to succumb to the flurry of busyness (parties! holidays! baking 'round the clock!). Deep breath. In an effort to stay zen for as long as humanly possible, we're streamlining dinner even more than usual. We're asking all home cooks and Shine readers to share your favorite one-dish dinner. Think casseroles, stews, and skillet suppers. Best yet: you could win an iconic red Dansk Kobenstyle 4-quart casserole from Crate and Barrel for all your future one-pot meals. Here's how to join us:

    1. Write a blog post, on Shine or elsewhere, telling us about your favorite one-pot meal by Sunday 11:59PM PST, November 25th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on

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