• JELL-O marshmallow crispy lemon pie is delicious.JELL-O marshmallow crispy lemon pie is delicious.
    No-bake desserts are where it's at, especially as the weather turns warmer and I can't bear the thought of heating up my kitchen with baking. JELL-O marshmallow crispy lemon pie appealed to me as a laid-back baker, a mom with kids and a husband to please and feed, and simply because the recipe looked easy enough. Would it live up to expectation?

    Indeed. This simple dessert was ideal for one of the first warm days of the season.

    Getting started

    The ingredients were simple to grab from my local grocery store, and I already had a few in the fridge or pantry. You'll need 1.5 TBSP of butter, 4 cups of mini marshmallows, ½ a package of lemon JELL-O, 1 package of lemon JELL-O instant pudding, 3 cups of crispy rice cereal, 1.5 cups of milk, and sliced, fresh strawberries or raspberries for garnish. I spent less than $10 on these ingredients, and there were leftovers, too!

    Helping around the kitchen

    Because there was no baking, no cutting, and measuring didn't need to be

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  • 'Mad Men' has inspired clothing collections, bar trends, and makeup lines. But there's a world of difference between retro-themed and bona fide authenticity, and a show as painstakingly researched as 'Mad Men' (which premieres its new season this Sunday night 9 ET on AMC) deserves a party with some accuracy. Yahoo! Shine spoke to food historian Francine Seegan, Lesley M. M. Blume author of Let's Bring Back, and Rebecca Federman, culinary collections librarian at the New York Public Library for insight on what a '60s party would have really looked like––all so your 'Mad Men' party can include a few more authentic details than frozen daiquiris and a conga line.

    PHOTOS: "Mad Men" era advertisements

    President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy attend a White House Ceremony February 19, 1963 in Washington, DC. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers) President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy attend a White House Ceremony February 19, 1963 in Washington, DC. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers) What Would Jackie (or Julia) Do?

    "Across the country, Jacqueline Kennedy was huge," says Francine Seegan. "The Kennedy White House epitomized glamour and elegance," adds Lesley M. M. Blume. "Everybody was looking to Jackie Kennedy to see how she entertained and emulated her."

    Related: What

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  • by Stephanie Pierson
    , Epicurious.com

    For such a humble dish, brisket is a multicultural wonder with reference points that span the globe. Consider France's pot au feu, Texas-style barbecued brisket, Ireland and America's corned beef, and of course the braised brisket that is central to so many Passover seders and Rosh Hashanah gatherings. And with so many communities celebrating a brisket tradition, it's not surprising that just about everyone has a brisket story: "Our recipe is a combination of my mother's and my mother-in-law's-all onions, one carrot, no potatoes." "My family is so blended and extended, we have 18 family brisket recipes to choose from." "The way I knew my brother-in-law forgave us was when, after four years of not speaking, he mailed us his favorite brisket recipe." Beef brisket is (sorry, meatball lovers) the ultimate comfort food. A well-cooked brisket is meltingly tender, soothing, savory, warming, and welcoming. No wonder families pass brisket recipes down like

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  • Try serving the jellies with crackers.
    JELL-O raspberry-pomegranate jellies are a quick and easy dessert that anyone can make. I especially liked this dessert because my kids could make it. When choosing recipes for my kids to make I first look at the number of ingredients; five to seven ingredients means my kids are less likely to get things confused. Second, I make sure the measurements are simple and easy to understand. (For this recipe I had to make sure I pointed out the sugar was divided). Finally, I always try to stick with recipes that use a small amount of bowls, pans, and utensils since my kids are still not well-versed in cleaning up the kitchen. This recipe passed my three tests with flying colors! If you are looking for fun snack to make with your kids or want something quick and fun to make and take for your next get together, the JELL-O raspberry-pomegranate jellies might be the way to go.

    Here is what you will need to have to make 12 servings which is about 24 small cubes. I recommend doubling or tripling

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  • SAVEUR's resident baking expert (and cake perfectionist) Ben Mims gives us his best tips for baking cakes. Try them out on Ben's Southern Layer Cakes!



    TIP #1:
    All-purpose flour isn't really made for every purpose. For the best results when baking a cake, you need to use cake flour, a finely milled and typically bleached variety of flour made from soft winter wheat. With a lower content of gluten-producing proteins than in all-purpose flour--around 7 percent versus 10 percent to 12 percent--cake flour yields baked goods with a fine, soft texture. The bleaching process also raises the acidity of the batter, which allows the starch in the flour to absorb more moisture, further enhancing the cake's tenderness. Although cake flour is readily available at grocery stores, in a pinch, you can substitute three-quarters of a cup of all-purpose flour mixed with two tablespoons of cornstarch for each cup of cake flour called for in the recipe.




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    TIP #2:
    The key to

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  • On St. Patrick's Day, some facts are clear: Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland by wearing green, drinking green liquids, and celebrating the luck 'o the Irish. But what about leprechauns -- do they bring luck or terror to the party? In the movie "Leprechaun," they're seriously scary. But on a box of "magically delicious" Lucky Charms cereal, not so much.

    So what's the history of the tiny Irish fairies? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a leprechaun as a "mischievous elf … usually conceived as a shoemaker and believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught." The leprechaun has been described in Irish folklore as "about three feet high, and is dressed in a little red jacket or roundabout, with red breeches buckled at the knee, gray or black stockings, and a hat, cocked in the style of a century ago, over a little, old, withered face."

    Sounds harmless enough.

    But these pint-size creatures, which originated in Irish pagan mythology are, as D.R. McAnally points

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  • Help the odds of throwing a great party be ever in your favor with a little assistance in planning the menu. Inspired by The Hunger Games, these recipes are sure to resonate long past the evening's cannon fire.

    Goat Cheese
    Prim, Katniss' little sister, helped the family survive thanks to the milk from her pet goat. The morning of reaping day, Katniss wakes to find goat cheese wrapped in fresh basil leaves. Bring this delicious appetizer (or breakfast treat!) to your table in one-bite form. We bet the mint leaves in this appetizer would remind Katniss of evenings at home.

    Herbed Goat Cheese Bites Recipe

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf thyme leaves
    1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
    1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
    1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
    1 (8-oz.) goat cheese log
    1 (8-oz.) French bread baguette, cut into
    1/4-inch-thick slices
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
    1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil

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  • Every week at Food52.com, we're digging up Genius Recipes -- the ones that make us rethink cooking myths, get us talking, and change the way we cook.

    Today: St. Patrick's Day gets spring fever.

    corned beef and cabbage

    - Kristen Miglore, Senior Editor, Food52.com

    Corned beef and cabbage never really had a fighting chance.

    As St. Patrick's Day rolls in with the last days of winter, we're already itching for a little excitement (this might explain the green beer).

    While it's a dish that's comforting in its reverent plainness, that's about the best it could hope for -- until now.

    >> RELATED: The best Irish Brown Soda Quick Bread.

    sunday suppers at lucques

    Enter Suzanne Goin, a chef more synonymous with sunny California farmers' markets and Mediterranean cooking than economic meats and carbs. (Her restaurant in L.A. is named after a French olive -- who is she to tell us how to make our Irish-American stew?)

    But perhaps that's just what corned beef and cabbage was waiting for all this time: a little

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  • It's the biggest pizza party on the planet. The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas played host to pie-makers, restaurant owners, and food product innovators from around the world this week. The annual convention features competitions (best pizza-related tattoos, top dough tosser), panels (Stromboli 101, delivery fee debates) and a smattering of Vegas impersonators. But mainly, it serves as a stage for the exotic, odd and incredible pizza trends for the coming year. Check out some of the buzziest exhibitors and sitings at the three-day expo.

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  • Recipes for party-worthy finger foods that take 20 minutes or less from start to finish.
    By Real Simple Staff

    Cheese Quesadillas
    Incredibly simple to make, just-from-the-oven cheese quesadillas are always a crowd pleaser.
    Serves 8 | Hands-On Time: 10m | Total Time: 15m

    Quentin BaconQuentin BaconIngredients
    -8 8-inch flour tortillas
    -2 cups (8 ounces) grated Monterey Jack
    -1 12-ounce container refrigerated store-bought salsa

    Directions
    -Heat broiler.
    -Place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet and sprinkle ½ cup of the cheese evenly over each. Top with 2 more tortillas.
    -Broil until golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
    -Repeat with the remaining tortillas and cheese.
    -Cut into triangles and serve with the salsa.

    Calories Per Serving: 237

    Related: 10 Store-Bought Best Party Appetizers



    Chickpea and Mint Crostini
    In this no-cook recipe, combine chickpeas with juicy pomegranate seeds and chopped mint for a bright, fresh topping.
    Serves 8 | Hands-On Time: 10m | Total Time: 10m

    Mikkel VangMikkel VangIngredients
    -1 15.5-ounce can

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