• Celebrating National Coffee Day

    September 29 is National Coffee Day and for me that's cause for celebration! There's nothing I like better than a big cup of steaming hot freshly brewed Joe! And while I'm a coffee purist...I pour boiling water over freshly ground coffee in a Melitta filter...I've been pleasantly surprised at what a great cup of coffee, espresso, or even a latte you can now get from a single-serve coffee machine.

    Related: 4 Surprising Facts About Caffeine

    Let's face it - when you're running out of the house in the morning, whether it's to get the kids to school, yourself to work, or even to do an errand at the post office or the library, even seconds matter. With a Bunn My Cafe Multi-Use Brewer ($137 on amazon.com) you can brew a perfect cup in barely more than a minute. Another bonus to this model: You can opt to use your own ground coffee instead of K-cups or pods.

    Sometimes you like a plain ole cup of java? Sometimes you crave a creamy cappuccino, a green tea, a hot cocoa, an Arnold

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  • "Did you know that today is National Pancake Day? Any food as spectacular as a pancake deserves its own holiday! In celebration, I'm making a stack of sweetly tart buttermilk-apple pancakes. And the best news of all: This recipe relies on applesauce -- instead of lots of sugar -- to help create a deep fruit flavor, so it's healthier than the average flapjack you'd make from a mix. I can't think of a more fall-friendly (and delicious!) breakfast than this one, so grab your spatula and start cooking."

    -- Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Apple-Buttermilk Pancakes

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    1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup applesauce
    1 large egg
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
    Cooking spray
    1 apple, peeled and diced small (1 cup)

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  • Danielle Walsh

    Normally, eggplant Parmesan is similar to a lasagna: layer upon layer of the fried nightshade, sauce, and cheese. Now, we're all about lasagna, but sometimes-and especially on a weeknight-all that fried breading and cheese is a little much. But we've come up with a nifty trick to reproduce all the flavors of traditional eggplant Parmesan without all that heaviness.

    First, we use straight-up eggplant halves, which roast up to be creamy and rich. Then we spoon a layer of sauce over the eggplant's flesh and top it with a blanket of fresh mozzarella. Finally, we sprinkle breadcrumbs over the whole production, and bake it until the mozzarella is bubbling and the breadcrumbs are crispy and golden-brown. Trust us, you won't miss those extra layers of fried breading (and neither will your waistband).

    EGGPLANT PARMESAN WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA
    Removing all but a strip of the eggplant's skin lets the flesh meld with the sauce without falling apart
    Recipe by Dawn Perry

    Ingredients

    ¾

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  • Delete the delivery guy's number from your speed dial.Delete the delivery guy's number from your speed dial.Everyone loves pizza. Instead of ordering in, try one of these creative and refreshing recipes at home.

    Chicken Thai Pizza Recipe

    If pizza is your pick, try this spunky and robust phenomenal Thai pizza with chicken, onion, and carrots with peanut sauce. Keep these pantry friendly ingredients on hand for a last-minute meal.

    Click here to see the Chicken Thai Pizza Recipe

    Asparagus Pizza Recipe

    My go-to cooking method for asparagus is to toss it in some olive oil and stick it on the grill. And while that is certainly delicious, this time I wanted to think out of the box a bit and try something different with one of my favorite spring vegetables. The result? Asparagus pizza!

    Click here to see the Asparagus Pizza Recipe


    Naan Pizza Recipe


    Pizza is always delicious, but sometimes you want to switch it up a little. This pizza uses premade naan, fragrant spices, and sweet and spicy mango chutney to bring together the flavors of India in a new and unexpected way - and it's super easy to

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  • Julia Bainbridge


    It's a pie party!It's a pie party!Yes, a pie party. And why wouldn't you want to do this? We've got access to late-summer stone fruit for sweet ones, and fall is around the corner, beckoning us to make meals out of comforting, savory ones. Yes, pie. It's what's for dinner.

    A Pie Party Expert's Tips for Throwing a Pie Party

    This Is Not a Time for Facebook: Sure, says Bon Appétit tablet designer Patrick Janelle, Facebook is easy to use, "but you have a much better chance of having a good event and getting people to be responsive if you send out something more personal." Paper invites aren't required; an email works-just attach a fun image or something that will add visual interest.

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    Convey Your Expectations-Without Adding Pressure: On the invite, let people know what they're supposed to bring-they should have all the information up front. But Janelle "also wanted everyone to be excited about what they were baking, so I left it open: people could bring

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  • Julia Bainbridge


    "I won't wait hours in line for fad foods," says the BA Foodist, Andrew Knowlton. Yes, he's looking at you, cronuts, cronut concretes, and cronut pizza. ("I made that one up, but hey, it can't be long!") But classic, last-meal-worthy comfort foods, executed in their most expert, dare we say perfect, forms? We'll wait for that. For smoky, almost melty brisket; for oysters so clean, cold, and salty-sweet you could call them "crisp"; for the bread we expect to eat in heaven (given we don't eat so many pillowy doughnuts that we're sent to that other place). These are the five things our staffers actually would wait hours to purchase, stare at for a bit, and take a couple whiffs before putting in our mouths and closing our eyes, feeling lucky to be alive.

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    10 Snacks You Thought Were Healthy But Really Aren't
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  • Do some cooking...with your dishwasher.Do some cooking...with your dishwasher.Guys, we totally know what to do with that otherwise-useless dishwasher you have. Do some cooking.

    RELATED: 20 Tips for How to Be a Better Home Cook

    Consumerist brought us to this fascinating story from Real Simple about what can and can't go in your dishwasher, and two items stood out to us: potatoes and salmon.

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    According to the masters of multitasking, "Potatoes can get nice and clean in the top rack with a rinse-only cycle (no detergent). Sound crazy? It makes mashed potatoes for 20 a lot quicker," they write.

    RELATED: America's 15 Most Beautiful Home Kitchens

    As for salmon? Wrap it up in some foil with some lime juice, salt, and pepper, and run the dishwasher on normal. Why you would, according to Real Simple: "It's an Internet cliché that happens to work. Impress friends! Make kids laugh!"

    RELATED: Mars Bars, Pickles, and 11 More Things That Are Better Fried

    But of course, this tends to leave your dishwasher

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  • Fattening foods are often hidden in healthy-seeming foods… and there's no better example than the ever-popular Cobb salad. Who doesn't want a Cobb salad for lunch? But who wants to gain weight eating (wait for it!) over 1,000 calories per lunch from a salad?

    Bethenny believes in renovating recipes to wind up with a still-yummy, but less indulgent version. Her Cobb has fewer than half the calories of a regular Cobb… and it still tastes amazing.

    Healthier Cobb Salad

    Cobb salads give salad a bad name. In many restaurants, this salad is just a big pile of bacon, chicken, blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and ranch dressing over a little bit of lettuce. I don't even want to think about how much fat is in a typical Cobb salad and dressing at a restaurant.

    I'm not mad at Cobb salad - I order it sometimes and eat a small quantity, however, what I love about the Cobb salad is that it was originally invented to use up leftovers. If you love the Cobb salad taste and you

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  • Ranch dressing can make just about any salad a pleasure to eat, but it's also one of the most caloric of dressings.

    A great way to enjoy the ranch taste without feeling like you belong on a ranch yourself is by using this delicious recipe from Bethenny.

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    Bethenny's Low Calorie Ranch Dressing

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup low-fat milk or soymilk
    1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    1 lemon, juice and zest
    1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
    1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley or dried parsley
    1 tablespoons finely chopped chives

    Preparation

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt and mayonnaise until well combined. Next, add the lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk well and taste for seasoning, adjusting the salt and pepper as necessary. Lastly, fold in the parsley and chives, taking care not to bruise them. Refrigerate the

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  • SandWITCHES to Die For



    Surprise your friends with a dangerously delicious grilled cheese bonanza. There are three unique sandwiches for your friends to choose from, or they can run wild with their own creations. Sit down, catch the premiere of Witches of East End and enjoy a tasty melted witch… wich.

    WOEE SandWITCHES to Die For











    Goat Cheese, Apple, Arugula and Honey SandWITCH

    Ingredients:

    ½ stick of salted butter at room temperature

    2 eight ounce blocks of goat Gouda cheese, sliced thinly

    12 slices of rye bread

    2 apples sliced thinly

    1 cup arugula

    Honey

    Directions:

    Heat a large pan on the cooktop over low heat. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Make sure to build your sandwich with the buttered sides of the bread facing outwards. Place one layer of cheese on a slice of bread, followed by a few apple slices, a few sprigs of arugula, and a drizzle of honey. Top this layer with more cheese, followed by another slice of bread (butter side up!). The trick to making your sandwich proportionate

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