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9 Recipes that Prove Your Muffin Tin is Your Best Friend

Don't let the twee name fool you. A great muffin pan is a hardcore, multi-purpose piece of cooking gear that can be used in ways that go far beyond dainty fruit muffins. It's an excellent vessel for creating perfect, single-serving sizes for brunch buffets and appetizers (g'bye ugly casserole dishes!), and when you're serving rich, decadent foods, muffin pans offer an added bonus of built-in portion control. This collection of recipes showcases the sheer range and versatility of muffin pan cooking–from savory miniature meatloaf and baked eggs to cute-as-a-button pies and tarts for dessert. READ MORE

How to Grow Herbs Indoors: Easy? Maybe not. Rewarding? Hell yeah.

A windowsill of fresh herbs is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a city dweller–with a little sunlight, you can have herbs ready to use in the kitchen in only a matter of weeks. We spoke with gardening experts to figure out what it takes to grow herbs indoors.

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11 Mexican Recipes to Spice Up Your Spring

Springtime means flowers blooming and picnics galore, right? Not always. Lingering snowstorms and April showers can be the toughest reality of spring. Need some perking up? We’ve got just the thing: vibrant recipes, inspired by the flavors of Mexico, to spice up your meals–and your mood.

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13 Breakfast Recipes to Power You Through the Day

Remember the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? With all of the activity going on throughout the day–work, the gym, happy hour–skipping breakfast is a big no-no. So to get your day off to a great start, we’re giving you 13 hearty breakfast recipes guaranteed to keep you full through lunch (or at least most of the morning).

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No Need to Hunt: 11 Drinks the Easter Bunny Left for You to Enjoy

Whether you observe the religious aspects or not, the sight of Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow peeps on grocery store shelves is always a welcome sign of Spring. Here are some wines and cocktails that to enjoy while that last bit of gray snow melts. READ MORE

Weeknight Dinner Solution: 9 Sophisticated, but Easy Recipes

We know that weeknight dinners can be a pain. After a long day at the office, the last thing on our minds is what to have for dinner...until it’s too late. Take-out is always an option but those bills can add up fast and frankly, it probably isn’t the healthiest choice night after night. Cooking a home-cooked meal will always be the better option but that involves 1) planning and 2) time, both of which are in short supply during the week. READ MORE

13 Things to Do With Canned Sardines

Usually canned sardines are thought of as a last resort for when you can’t be bothered to cook, but reconsider. Not only is the small, oily, silvery fish inexpensive, easy to prepare, and loaded with things that are good for you, like omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, it’s also one of the most sustainable fish around: The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program lists Pacific sardines as a “best choice” due to their abundance and high production rate. Here are 13 creative serving suggestions. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Vegetable Stir-Fry

Stir-fries have come a long way from the brown-sauced, crunchy cauliflower and rubbery chicken concoctions of years past. With a few simple techniques and fresh ingredients, you can put your CSA box to good use, your vegan friends can come to dinner, and you can throw together a homemade meal in less time than it takes to rifle through your drawer filled with takeout menus. As a bonus, there's no tastier way to get swimsuit ready for summer! READ MORE

Celebrate Spring With These 6 Healthy Asparagus Recipes

After what’s quite possibly been the country’s longest winter, verdant, perky spears of asparagus seem like the first true sign of spring. Celebrate the turn of the seasons with the following dishes, which manage to highlight the vegetable and its grassy essence in delicious ways that won’t weigh you down. READ MORE

How to Buy Chicken at the Store

America’s love affair with chicken is well known: we (literally) eat bucket loads more of it than any other protein. According to the USDA, the average American will consume an estimated 86.6 pounds of chicken in 2015. The next runner up, beef, doesn’t even come close at 52.2 pounds. If the meat on your table tastes like chicken, it’s because it probably is. READ MORE