• Sriracha

    Sriracha sauce, a blend of red chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar is named after the seaside town of Sriracha (SIR-rotch-ah), Thailand, where a thicker version is often served with freshly caught seafood. The sauce's popularity has soared in the United States recently -- Sriracha has officially made the jump from the condiment caddy at Asian restaurants to home-kitchen counters to the menus of major fast food restaurants. Needless to say, it's definitely worth investing a few bucks in a bottle of this stuff. Read on for 15 great uses for Sriracha sauce... And that's just a starting point! Add your own ideas in the comments.

    1. Use it to whip up our staff's favorite cold remedy this winter: Slices of ginger, squeeze of lemon juice, a squirt or two of Sriracha hot sauce, and very hot water. It was like drinking a spicy Thai broth. Lemon provides the vital cold-fighting vitamin C and is known to soothe sore throats as is ginger, which also can reduce sinus pain. The cap

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  • With its distinct look, the popular cupcake is a top contender for favorite flavor. Make them for Valentine's Day, or any day! This recipe is from the book Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat



    Red Velvet Cupcakes
    Yield Makes 24

    Ingredients
    2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
    2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
    2 large eggs, room temperature
    1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
    Cream Cheese Frosting

    Related: Get Martha Stewart's Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting

    Directions

    1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

    2) Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a

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  • A great guacamole starts at the store. Even though it's not written into any recipe, selecting the right avocado is the key first step to a delicious dip. Here, your supermarket shopping guide for finding great avocados.

    Choose the right type. Are you making a dip or throwing some sliced avocado into a salad? What you do will determine which variety of avocado to choose. Hass avocados have dark green, bumpy skin and are great for making guacamole and game-day dips. (Chances are, that's the type you'll find at your local grocery store-Hass avocados account for 90 percent of all avocados sold in the United States.) Alternatively, the pear-shaped Fuerte avocado has smooth skin and firmer flesh. Use slices to liven up your best BLT recipe (B.L.A.T, anyone?).

    Related: Your New Favorite Sandwich: The Guacamole BLT

    Decide when you want to use it. If you want to eat the avocado right away, choose one that is fully ripe-the skin gives a little when softly pressed. If not, c

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  • Go meatless


    By: Lee Helland

    Now, let's bust one myth right off the bat: Going vegetarian does not automatically make you the picture of health. After all, there's no meat in candy bars! But, if you do it the right way (whole foods, healthy cooking, less junk) shifting to a plant-based diet could deliver these five sought-after health benefits.

    Live longer
    Women who follow a vegetarian diet expand their lifespan by an average of 5 years, according to new data presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. It may be the result of vegetarians' lower body mass index, which canprotect against diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure.

    Related: 38 Vegetarian Burger and Grilling Recipes

    Eat better
    Removing an entire food category-meat-from your diet means you have no choice but to reach for more plant-based options to satisfy your hunger. As a result, vegetarians have higher levels of fiber, which keeps you healthy and satisfied s

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  • 8-Layer Dip

    8-Layer Dip



    You will love every layer of our crunchy, creamy dip. It's perfect for a Super Bowl party, or any game day! Our recipe serves 4, but if you're enjoying the game with more guests, just double or triple the ingredients.

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    8-Layer Dip

    Ingredients
    1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
    2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup grated cheddar (2 ounces)
    1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles
    2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced small
    1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
    2 scallions, chopped
    Tortilla chips, for serving

    Related: Martha's Best Comfort Food Recipes

    Directions
    1) In a medium bowl, combine beans, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper.

    2) Transfer to a serving dish. Top with sour cream, cheese, chiles, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and scallions.

    3) Serve with tortilla chips.

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  • Good mood foods


    There's no such thing as a chill pill, but some foods contain body-boosting nutrients that help soothe stressed-out nerves. Getting enough B vitamins, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids can help ward off depression. Magnesium helps muscles relax, stimulates production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that eases anxiety and nervousness; and helps you fall asleep. And antioxidants help fight the damage that cortisol does to brain cells and memory.

    An emphasis on the following foods will help your body mellow existing anxiety and set you on the right path for overall health. (Talk to your doctor about proper dosages if you take supplements, since it is possible to get too much of a good thing.)

    Related: 50 Healthy Main Dishes

    Vitamin B6
    Best Foods: Avocados, baked potatoes (with skin), bananas, chickpeas, yellow-fin tuna, steamed green beans

    Why It Helps: Stress depletes B6, which helps produce serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter.

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  • Instead of ordering takeout before the game, prepare one of our finger-licking recipes.

    All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders


    All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders

    We replaced wings with skinless tenders so our buffalo chicken is easier to eat -- and lower in calories. You could also cut boneless breasts into strips, and save money.

    Ingredients
    1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
    1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
    1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower
    1/3 cup hot sauce
    2 tablespoons melted butter

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, and transfer to oven. In a medium bowl, stir together blue cheese and 1/2 cup buttermilk. Season dip with salt and pepper, and set aside.
    2. Place flour and remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk in separate medium bowls; season with salt and pepper. Set out another rimmed baking sheet alongside. Dip chicken in buttermilk (allowing e

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  • No-Machine Ice-Cream!

    No-Machine Ice-Cream!



    Forget that it's cold outside, and make this no-machine required, delicious, and healthy frozen yogurt. All you need is a mixer and a few ingredients.

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes plus freezing
    Yield: Makes 5 cups

    Related:
    38 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes to Try

    Ingredients

    1 can (14 ounces) nonfat condensed milk
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
    1 cup low-fat milk (1%)
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

    Related: Martha Stewart's Best Comfort Food Recipes

    Directions

    1) In a large metal bowl with an electric mixer, beat together condensed milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

    2) With mixer on low, beat in yogurt, milk, and cocoa powder until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

    3) Freeze until firm but scoopable, about 4 hours, beating with an electric mixer every hour.

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  • Everyday Food


    By Merritt Watts

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that greens are good for you. You also probably know that kale tops the charts when it comes to nutrients-per-bite. But, for all that nutrition knowledge, the real eat-your-greens revolution is taking place in home ovens across the country... Yep, I'm talking about kale chips!

    Related: 38 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes to Try

    The crispy, salty, totally addictive snack has moved out of the "hippie food" category and gone mainstream. If you haven't yet tried making your own kale chips, you are missing out! And if you have made your own kale chips, why not punch 'em up a bit? Read on for our favorite formula for perfect chips, plus some speedy seasoning ideas.

    Basic Baked Kale Chips
    Tear the leaves of one bunch of curly- or flat-leaf kale into 2-inch pieces and toss with a tablespoon (or two, depending on how healthy you're trying to be) of extra-virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Spread the kale out on a

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  • Everyday Food


    Suffering from a gluten intolerance turns lovable foods like pancakes, muffins, and cakes into THE ENEMY. Battle against cravings for baked goods with a well stocked pantry of gluten-free essentials.

    Related: Martha Stewart's Best Comfort Food Recipes

    1. Unsweetened Coconut Milk
    Use it in place of whole milk and heavy cream. The coconut flavor is more subtle than one might expect and the texture is rich and silky. Use it in risottos, muffins, pasta sauces, and soups. Or add a squeeze of lemon juice and you've got a sub-in for buttermilk.

    2. Buckwheat Flour
    Gluten is a protein, so you want to seek out alternative good-quality protein flours, such as buckwheat, when going gluten-free. Its earthy flavor will mellow desserts made with tart fruits, and it tastes great with chocolate. Use buckwheat flour in combination with a milder-tasting flour, such as brown rice.

    3. Chia Seeds
    Sprinkle these South American superseeds (they have more omega-3s than flaxseeds and 5 grams of fiber in

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