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7 DIY Infused Liqueurs to Get You Through the Holidays

Infusing alcohol like vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and brandy is a great way to add your own special touch to a homemade cocktail, and it also makes a great gift. Here are some recipes for making your own flavored liqueur. Prepare yourself—the flavor combinations are endless. READ MORE

9 Fantastic and Filling Vegetarian Entrées

In the eight years that I was a vegetarian, I often found that my veggie-centric preferences were the afterthought of the party. More often than not, menus offered one item either heavy in carbs or lacking in sustenance, and rarely anything wildly exciting. As a catering chef, I’ve guiltily and silently watched and assisted as my chef would arrange random side dishes and vegetables on a plate for the couple who RSVP’d vegetarian. Although I now refer to myself as a “reformed vegan” (I’ll eat anything), I’ve learned that a meal can be plant-based, balanced, flavorful, and filling. Here are nine meatless recipes that are worthy of entrée status and taste great. READ MORE

Steal These 8 Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

Breakfast, the experts maintain, is the most important meal, so it’s high time we stopped giving it the least amount of thought. Put down that cup of fruit yogurt, banish your shredded wheat to the back of the pantry, and instead, jump-start your day with one of these eight flavor-packed first meals from around the globe. READ MORE

11 Beet Dishes That Go Beyond Goat Cheese

DJ Pauly D will get stuck in your head, you’ll hate yourself, and then you’ll crave them. The beets. So many beets that your kitchen will look like a Dexter-level murder scene and even Olivia Benson will be like WHOA.

We all had our fill of beet salads a few years ago, so here are some options that feel fresh enough to help you get down with this. sick. beet. And prevent you from actually getting sick, as they’re packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. Even better, the underutilized beet greens are rich in iron, calcium, and B vitamins (aka the vitamins that celebrities inject to stay youthful). READ MORE

9 Braising Recipes to Keep You Warm

Braising is a cook’s best friend—with a few simple steps, you can make a meal that tastes like it's straight out of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here’s our basic primer, but just remember that braising liquid is worth its weight in gold. The rich sauce that results is packed with flavor, velvety and mouth-watering. Check out these nine recipes for some all-star braising ideas. READ MORE

9 Game-Changing Avocado Recipes

Whether it’s playing the main role in guacamole or adding West Coast flair to a simple sandwich, the avocado is a favorite ingredient across the board because of its subtle taste and extra-creamy texture. In addition to being full of healthy monounsaturated fats and a great source of fiber and vitamins, the avocado is more versatile than you think. Here, nine unexpected (and amazing) ways to use this tree-growing fruit. READ MORE

11 Recipes That Prove Hand Pies Are the Perfect Winter Food

The world’s best cold-weather food may not be soup after all. We’d argue that that title ought to go to the oft-overlooked hand pie. Consider this: What other food allows you to enjoy an on-the-go meal even while donning mittens and a scarf? The hand pie, turnover, and empanada recipes here prove flaky dough is the ideal vehicle for any seasonal filling, whether savory or sweet. Just picture biting into a piping-hot pocket on a frigid day—it’s an instant way to achieve winter cheer. READ MORE

7 Reasons to Never Drink a Basic Bloody Again

Normcore dress may be de rigueur right now, but let’s face it: Being a basic brunch type will never be in style. Show off your discerning daytime drinking abilities by sipping on a Bloody Mary that’s far from bland in both flavor and personality. READ MORE

Hate Casseroles? Try These 7 Global Dishes Instead

We understand why the world has so many casserole-haters: too many Middle America–born dishes that are simply vehicles for frozen vegetables and soups out of a can. But hear us out for a minute when we say that not every casserole is mush. Great casseroles, in fact, do exist, especially when you take the time to brown ingredients first. Cooking components of a dish slowly in the oven allows their flavors to meld together and guarantees a nice crust on top, improving the dish’s texture. Behold these seven fine examples. READ MORE

67 Hacks for Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Soup

At this age, and 3,000 miles from the house I grew up in, I can’t use the “But Moooommmmm, there’s nothing to eat” while listlessly staring into pantry cupboards, holding the knobs while my arms swing about dejectedly. At least, not out loud. Well, not the Mom part, anyway. READ MORE