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  • 10 Citrus Desserts

    While we love our winter squashes, our root vegetables, and our sturdy greens, let's face it: by the beginning of March, winter produce feels a bit tired. A bit old. A bit, well, boring! Citrus fruits -- especially citrus desserts -- are the liveliest foods of winter, the things that brighten up our plates and mealtime moods. Soon, we'll trade sweet potatoes for strawberries -- but for now we'll gladly hold onto our citrus.

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  • 10 Braises for the Weekend

    Braises are perfect projects to warm up your kitchen during wintry weekends and convince your friends to brave the cold and come over. These slow-cooking recipes yield tender results that are sure to impress. Plus, they improve over time, making them great for leftovers. We've included a few takes on the usual suspects -- short ribs and chicken -- along with some heavenly vegetable sides, all of which are certain to stick to your ribs as you power through these last, lingering days before spring.

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  • 10 Ways to Embrace the Mediterranean Diet

    Many of our food and travel fantasies center around crystal seas, sunny days, and simple meals enjoyed while languishing on the coasts of Greece or Italy, those Mediterranean Shangri-Las whose residents seem to have mastered the art of living. And now, we have science on our side.

    New research decisively shows that the Mediterranean diet -- full of fish, olive oil, beans, nuts, and fresh produce -- decreases the risk of heart disease. This is great news for our hearts and palates alike. In celebration of these findings, we've compiled a list of simple, flavorful recipes that embrace healthy fats and plenty of fruits and vegetables. We've even got dessert, too. Ciao, bella!

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  • Dinner Tonight: Vegan Shepherd's Pie + Avocado Chocolate Mousse

    We're in that funny in-between moment. It's still pretty darn cold outside (some people even have lots of snow!) and we know in our minds that winter isn't through with us yet. At the same time, we begin to see glimpses of spring. We want to lighten things up, but we still need something warming and a bit hearty to keep us going after a long day. Enter two wintry vegan comfort foods: Gena Hamshaw's lentil shepherd's pie tiptoes down that line, and an indulgent avocado chocolate mousse pushes the meal into pretty exciting territory.

    The Menu

    Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash by Gena Hamshaw

    Serves 6-8

    2 1/2 pounds (about 4 large) russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
    6 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
    1 cup almond, soy, rice, or other non-dairy milk
    Sea salt to taste
    Black pepper to taste
    4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tbsp and 2 tbsp
    1 large onion, diced
    2-3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 large

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  • 10 Ways to Use Maple Syrup

    Each season has a sweetness attached to it: something to love, something to savor, something to look forward to -- or to miss when the weather starts changing. In the winter, it's maple syrup. Because what's sweeter in cold weather than the warmth of a pork shoulder, rubbed with it? Or crispy French toast, drizzled with it? Or popcorn, or duck, or pound cake, or ice cream... Get out that jug and take advantage.

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  • The Food52 Oscar Dress Awards

    Here at Food52, food is always on our minds. So, as we ate our popcorn and sipped our martinis at our Oscar viewing parties, our commentary was less snark, more snack: who is smuggling cookies in their purse? Is that white dress just a red wine stain waiting to happen?

    Now that the show is over, let the fun begin! Who wore what when, and what did you think of it? We thought everyone looked shiny and fabulous, of course, but a few looks in particular caught our eye. We'd like to hand out a few awards of our own -- tell us your favorites in the comments!

    Best Dress in Which to Hide Many Snacks: Jennifer Lawrence

    Worst Dress to Go Wine Tasting In: Charlize Theron

    Best Dress to Grate Nutmeg On: Jessica Chastain
    (See all those little sparkles? Don't they seem ... abrasive?)

    Best Dress to Throw On and Cook a Batch of Tomato Sauce: Sally Field
    (You won't even need an apron!)

    Worst Dress to Roll Out Dough In: Brandi Glanville

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  • Dinner Tonight: Sausage and Kale Tart + Baked Apples

    This is one of those meals that brings immense pleasure to fans of efficiency in the kitchen. Okay, so that's probably all of us. Though technically My Pantry Shelf's sausage bespeckled, kale-errific tart bakes at 375°F and the apples at 400°F, we think you could find a happy in-between number (382 perhaps?) and bake them both at once. Dessert and dinner in one go? Yep! And as always, ready in just about an hour. It's a weeknight, after all, and you've got places to be!

    The Menu

    Sausage and Kale Dinner Tart by My Pantry Shelf

    Serves 6

    Tart Shell

    1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled
    1 pinch salt
    3-4 tablespoons ice water

    1. Cut the butter into small cubes. Combine butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until butter is pea-sized. Slowly drizzle water through the top of the food processor while pulsing. You have added enough water when the dough sticks together when pressed.

    2. Remove dough from

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  • 10 Seafood Recipes for Lent

    Eating fish on Fridays is a long-standing lenten tradition, as those observing this time of fasting and reflection abstain from eating meat once a week. But a day without meat doesn't have to feel like a fast -- make it a feast with one of these 10 recipes. We've got you covered, from simple dinners and work-friendly lunches to dishes worthy of a party.

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  • 11 Edible Gifts for Purim

    You may think the season of gift-giving -- the season of cookies, of loaf cakes, of sticky caramels and candied nuts -- is long over. The time for dressing up in costume? So last October.

    Enter Purim: a Jewish, end-of-winter celebration, a celebration of dressing up, of making noise, and of giving cookies, cakes, and candies. Whether you're celebrating or not, take advantage: the season of gift-giving is never over.

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  • An Oscars Menu Celebrating 50 Years of James Bond

    So, the Oscars nominations are all over the map this year. Great movies abound, but there's no clear favorite. In light of that, we're building our Oscar night menu around four things we know for sure:

    1.) The 2013 Academy Awards will include a big celebration of all things James Bond in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first Bond movie. 2.) James Bond is extremely sexy, British, and well traveled. 3.) Much like the Academy Awards themselves, everything in 007's world is over-the-top, glittery, gorgeous, and tongue-in-cheek. 4.) British + sexy + over-the-top = an excellent party theme.

    We've done all the recon, but the field work is up to you! Put your counter-intellegence to work, and throw a swinging bash! The menu is below, along with lots of excellent cocktail-conversation-ish James Bond trivia and somewhat silly wordplay inspired by the equally silly Bond lexicon.

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