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11 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes Perfect to Pair with Green Beer

Aside from dying the river green (shout-out: Chicago), St. Patrick’s Day holds a lot more to look forward to than just free-flowing Guinness. Traditional dishes like corned beef, Irish soda bread, and colcannon make for a hearty and celebratory meal. Check out these recipes for a delicious Irish-inspired feast that will have you stocking up on cabbage and stout in no time. READ MORE

Guide to Mastering Rice: Answers Revealed About Your Favorite Grain

Rice is a daily staple for nearly half of the world's 7 billion people according to the International Rice Research Institute. Most of it (say, about 90 percent) is consumed in Asia, but it's trending up in other countries, including the U.S. It's gluten-free and dead-simple to cook if you know the basic varieties and methods. Go ahead and eat more rice—3 billion people can't be wrong. READ MORE

What Is America’s Worst Restaurant Chain?

We originally ran this piece a few years ago, and the topic really struck a chord with people (heck, we’re still getting comments to this day), so we figured it was time to give it a 2015 update. And as much as I respect the opinions of our former Supertaster, James Norton—he rightfully singled out Sbarro and White Castle—I think there are a few restaurants that missed out on our vitriol. READ MORE

10 Banana Dessert Recipes Worth Saving Room For

Bananas really are the ideal fruit. They’re a natural fit for breakfast, after school, or before a workout, and taste great in blended in a smoothie, as the highlight of a peanut butter sandwich, and, of course, eaten out of hand. But easy as they are to devour mindlessly, bananas truly shine the most when they’re the star of a dessert. They lend a light sweetness and almost floral quality to everything they touch, and when incorporated into baked goods, bananas impart a rich, earthy flavor that can’t be replicated. Don’t believe us? Here are 10 desserts that prove otherwise. READ MORE

9 Recipes to Ramp Up Your Chicken Breast Game

Chicken? It’s a crowd-pleaser. Thanks to its lean white meat status, chicken breast is full of protein and makes an easy weeknight dish. Not only is it a quick and simple choice for a nutritious meal, but chicken breast is also easy to dress up or dress down. Not to mention, we have yet to meet a side dish that doesn't pair nicely with this versatile meat. Try out one of these nine recipes for chicken breast, and say goodbye to boring and hello to flavorful, moist white meat! READ MORE

8 Great Irish Whiskeys for St. Patrick’s Day

Typically relegated to the period between March 1 and 17, Irish whiskeys are unfortunately approached with the same wariness given to green beer and blinking shamrock headbands. But they needn’t be! Irish whiskeys are typically smooth, lightly flavored, and lacking the heavy peatiness that makes people think whiskey is only for cold-weather months. Take a look at our roundup below, and open your spring-ready heart to some easy sippers. READ MORE

9 Oily Fish Recipes to Embrace Eating Lower on the Fish Food Chain

We're told time and time again that a healthy diet includes plenty of fish. That may be true, but which fish exactly? Not all species are the same when it comes to nutrition, plus there are always lingering questions about overfishing and other environmental concerns. READ MORE

16 Sweet Sixteen Recipes to Grub on During March Madness Games

March madness, people–it’s coming! And no one but NO ONE can handle the excitement, stress and even occasional tears of competitive basketball without a healthy array of tasty treats. Check out these ideas for the most delicious ways to get your grub and your game on at the same time. READ MORE

9 Carrot Cake Recipes That Make It Fun to Eat Your Vegetables

Carrot cake is the only cake I know that can boast a full pound of vegetables contained within the batter. The grated carrots make for a moist cake and a good dose of beta-carotene in each bite (for cake, at least). And with cream cheese frosting, it’s one of the most decadent desserts you can put on the table. There are as many kinds of carrot cake recipes as there are carrot cake lovers–try one of these 9 recipes and you’ll be sure to find the one that rings your bell. READ MORE

9 Dishes to Try for the Persian New Year

For Iranians, March 20 isn’t just another day. It’s the vernal equinox, which is a big event: the start of Nowruz, the festival of spring. This non-religious holiday is considered by many to be the start of the New Year, a time to set good intentions for the year to come.

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