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Authentic Maldivian breakfast to try at home

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Besides all of the fun and interesting people you meet, one of the most memorable aspects of traveling, for me, is the food (of course). I’m talking about enjoying local cuisines and new foods that can broaden your horizons and give your taste buds something brand new to crave when you get home. I discovered a […]

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How to perfectly melt chocolate

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Chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate-covered strawberries, cake decorations—lots of desserts call for perfectly smooth and melted chocolate. But melting chocolate can be intimidating. One wrong step and you’re left with a sticky mess and a burnt pan. However, with just a few simple tips, you can master the art of chocolate melting. MELTING CHOCOLATE ON THE STOVETOP […]

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What’s the difference between jam, jelly, marmalade, and preserves?

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Is there any breakfast more simply satisfying than toast with jam? Or wait, was that jelly? Or was it preserves? Maybe marmalade? Fruit spreads are all deliciously similar, but they do have definite distinctions. Whether you smother your fresh baguette with preserves from the farmers market or smear your peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Smuckers, […]

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10 foods that can substitute as cleaning supplies

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Cleaning the house isn’t exactly fun, but you might be able to make it easier — or at least, more amusing — with one of these 10 foods substituting as cleaning supplies. You can save some money by not spending on expensive specialty products, not to mention, you can avoid coming in contact with a […]

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Spicy Thai tuna stuffed avocados

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Tuna stuffed avocados are an easy yet impressive meal that definitely need a spot in your healthy New Year menu. No fatty mayonnaise here! Just tasty tuna, creamy avocado, and loads of fresh and delicious extras. This is one of those great recipes that is super customizable. Don’t like cilantro? Leave it out. Don’t like […]

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Sparkling New Year’s Eve party popcorn

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Are you ready to ring in the New Year? New Year’s Eve is full of fun, friends, and of course, food! Most NYE parties don’t start until after dinner, so that means you’re free to bring—or supply—lots of simple finger foods and snacks. And what could pair more deliciously with a few drinks than some […]

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Why toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible

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If you every drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing your teeth, you probably wish you hadn’t. It’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? Blame it on your tastebuds. Your taste buds can detect different flavor types: salty, […]

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Sugar frosted cranberries

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‘Tis the season for sparkles! These cranberries are so festive decked out in their sugar-coated crunchy goodness. They’re like little edible jewels. They’re the perfect sparkling garnish to a just about any holiday dish. Try them skewered on top of a glass of champagne, or place them on top of your holiday apple pie. But […]

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Everything you need to know about shipping cookies

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I’ve made all the mistakes when it comes to shipping cookies. When my fiancé was working in Afghanistan I would experiment using just about every trick recommended, all so he could enjoy his beloved molasses cookies. I might not do it professionally, but if I can get cookies to arrive safe and delicious through international […]

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How to store a cake and keep it fresh

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Nothing beats freshly baked cakes and cupcakes, but eating them all in one sitting certainly isn’t advised. So how do you go about storing leftovers, or handling those times when you have to buy a cake in advance? Here is how to keep your cake fresh as long as possible. THE REFRIGERATOR IS NOT YOUR […]

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Old fashioned chewy molasses cookies like Grandma used to make

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These Molasses Cookies are the old fashioned recipe you’ve been looking for. They’re crispy on the edges but chewy in the middle with a bold, spicy flavor. Molasses cookies might be most popular around the holidays, but as a kid, I can remember my grandma having tins of them around the house all year long. […]

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10 ways to instantly upgrade your hot chocolate

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Winter has arrived and that means it’s time to break out your fuzziest slippers, coziest sweater, and snuggle up to a piping hot mug of hot chocolate for a few guilt-free hours of Netflix and chill. But no matter whether you use a homemade recipe or open a packet of the powdery stuff, basic hot […]

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Cranberry baked brie pull-apart bread bowl appetizer

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If you’re looking for an appetizer to share, cranberry brie an easy go to combo — that’s because it’s insanely delicious! Creamy, melted brie smothered in rich, tart cranberry sauce can turn any holiday event into something special. Bring this cranberry brie bowl to any party and watch it disappear. To serve the best recipe […]

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What’s the difference between spearmint and peppermint?

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With the holidays here you can be sure of one thing — mint, mint, mint, and more mint. Peppermint is practically the poster child for the entire winter season, with candy canes, peppermint patties, peppermint bark, and peppermint flavored hot chocolate. Peppermint might steal the show, but actually, there are over 15 types of mint […]

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The best chocolate crinkle cookies

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In the holiday wonderland of hundreds of types of Christmas cookies, how does one cookie stand apart? It must be one rich, decadent, and fudgey cookie! These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are seriously the best! They taste just like a brownie only better. They’re lightly crunchy on the outside, yet irresistibly chewy in the center. You’re […]

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An easy trick to bring butter and eggs to room temperature for baking

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Baking happens. Sometimes it’s planned days ahead, and sometimes you get the urge for something sweet out of nowhere. But, if you find yourself up for a little impromptu baking session, you might run into a few problems. Recipes regularly call for room temperature eggs, butter, and even milk — that means setting them out […]

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50+ restaurants offering holiday gift card specials and bonuses this month

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Whether it’s for your hard-to-buy-for father or your cousin obsessed with California Pizza Kitchen, most of us have a reason to buy a few gift cards this holiday season. But why walk away with just one gift card when you can also score a bonus for yourself? Here are a list of restaurant chains offering […]

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How to host a holiday party on a budget

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‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! That said, when you’re hosting friends and family for the holidays, your grocery bill can easily double or even triple in no time! All that extra spending can add to the stress of the season, especially if you still have lots of presents to put under […]

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Homemade peppermint patties

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Peppermints are always a huge hit this time of year. There’s just something about that cool, zingy flavor that screams winter. This year, let these delicious treats freshen up your holiday dessert table. If you like York Peppermint Patties, you’ll love this homemade version even more. You can customize them to your liking, which is […]

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Cute Christmas reindeer cupcakes for kids

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These ridiculously moist chocolate cupcakes are made from scratch and completely adorable. Kids will love the fun, festive reindeer design, but adults with dig the rich, delicious chocolatey flavor. Bring them to a holiday potluck or send them with your kids to school. No matter the holiday occasion, your cupcakes are sure to gather compliments. […]

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Cranberry ricotta cake makes holiday mornings merry

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When is cake an acceptable breakfast choice? When it’s Christmas, or New Year’s, or bunch anytime, or basically any day in December. There’s nothing like this incredibly delicious cranberry-streaked cake to make your whole Christmas season feel special. The ricotta cheese makes this recipe super moist and the plentiful cranberries give it tons of juicy flavor. […]

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Easy no-bake wreath Christmas cookies

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Cornflakes get all dressed up for the holidays with these super cute and easy no-bake wreath Christmas cookies. All you need is 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes, and you’ll have dozens of adorable little wreaths ready to serve on their own, or add to any holiday cookie tray. These cookies are easy to make, […]

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Pomegranate Gin Fizz with rosemary sprig

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The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is perfect for all types of holiday and winter gatherings. It’s seriously crisp and refreshing and makes the perfect Christmas cocktail. This beautifully bright red fizzy drink bursting with juicy arils and aromatic herbs will impress any guest. Holiday tip: Mix a large pitcher ahead of time and pour over ice […]

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How long do leftovers last? And other turkey questions, answered

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There are a lot of questions the Thanksgiving hosts have to ask themselves. Cranberry sauce — fresh or canned? A side of carrots or corn? Pumpkin or apple pie? But when it comes to turkey, don’t get your feathers in a ruffle. We have all the answers right here. HOW MUCH TURKEY SHOULD I BUY […]

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How to make your own buttermilk in a pinch

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Buttermilk is one of those annoying ingredients you either have too much of, or you don’t have at all. It’s usually sold in cartons larger than you need, so leftovers sit in the fridge for weeks. By the time you need it again, the milk will have gone bad. If you’re tired of this endless […]

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The difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk

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Sometimes two foods are so similar we mistake them for one another — yams and sweet potatoes, baking powder and baking soda, and cilantro and parsley, to name a few. They’re all different foods that could never be used interchangeably. The other day I ran into another example as I was baking a pie that […]

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