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10 Essential Kimchi Dishes

Kimchi has had something of a moment lately, as culinary border hoppers and microbial enthusiasts alike have celebrated the fact that the stuff is not just good, but also good for you. The tart, funky flavors that make the spicy pickle so addictive are the result of lactic acid fermentation, a process that produces probiotic bacteria believed to promote health. Think of it as the original Korean superfood. READ MORE

13 Donut Recipes That’ll Make You Rethink Your Dunkin’ Habit

If America had a national breakfast pastry, the donut would take the title, hands down. Who, after all, can refuse the deceptively light consistency and sweet crackle of a glazed donut? Yet they remain a rare sight in a home kitchen — a shame, considering donuts achieve a new state of deliciousness when they’re made from scratch with fresh ingredients and devoured right out of the frying pan. If you’ve never thought about making homemade donuts, these 13 versions just might be enough for you to reconsider. READ MORE

10 Reasons Why Lobster is the Most Romantic Food

Yup, it's that time of year. When engagement ring commercials flood take over your T.V. Walgreens turns into a see of pink, white and red greeting cards, and restaurants try to convince you that it's a good idea to splurge on an epically priced prix fixe meal. Instead of spending all of your cash on these commercialized traditions, go for the gold and do a little grocery shopping splurge on lobster. After all, it is the most romantic crustacean of the sea. READ MORE

11 Wing Recipes for Your Super Bowl Appetizer Spread

Truth be told, I don't know much about football. Come game day, I'm rooting for whatever team the person next to me is. But if there's one thing I can get behind, it's the food that goes along with the fanfare. While everyone's gathered around the screen, you'll find me making a strategic play at the snacking table. And one of the things I'll be piling high on my plate is chicken wings, in all their bone-licking glory. READ MORE

Beyond Basic Guacamole: 11 Loaded Recipes Perfect for the Super Bowl

Guacamole is one of my favorite foods ever. Heck, if I had to make a list of my most beloved things in this world, period, it would still be high up there, right behind sunsets and puppies. I love making it, and have avocados and limes at the ready pretty much all the time, just in case a craving strikes. READ MORE

11 Pasta Recipes to Keep You Cozy Through Winter Storm Juno and Beyond

There are few foods that can adapt and change with the seasons quite like pasta. It opens its embrace to vegetables like asparagus and artichoke in the spring, gets along famously with fresh tomatoes and basil in the summer, and plays host to mushrooms and squashes in the fall. But I find myself eating the most pasta during the chilly depths of winter (especially during winter storms), and not just because I’m trying to store energy by carb-loading before facing the freezing temperatures and imminent snow frenzy. This is the time for reveling in rich sauces, layers upon layers of cheese, and filling bits of meat—the things that turn pasta into a luxuriant, sumptuous feast. It’s the season for breaking out the crock pots and casseroles, and for simmering and baking your way to strands of noodle drenched in ragu, or rigatoni crowned with a crispy, singed top. READ MORE

16 Meat-Tastic Ways to Celebrate Super Bowl 2015

Let me be clear: I am not a huge football fan. I comment exclusively on the players' costumes, and the ones in gold helmets are my favorites. I’m outing myself as a sports philistine and I’m unashamed. It’s just not my thing, and I don’t have to try to be one of the guys. Instead, I drink all of the beers, and eat all of the food, and savor the commercials and the deranged halftime performances. I aim to stuff my friends to their brim, keeping them fat and happy on the couch while I stay close to the cold ones in the kitchen. READ MORE

9 Chocolate Pies That Will Rock Your World

If you’re the kind of person who would always choose a slice of pie over a piece of cake, then it doesn’t get much better than a big slice of chocolate pie, perhaps one of the greatest dessert combinations of all time. Check out these nine kinds of chocolate pie that will satisfy any chocolate lover’s craving. READ MORE

Super Bowl 2015: Beer Cocktails for the Big Game Day

If you can’t bring yourself to drink another Keystone Light during the Super Bowl, fear not: Shaken, stirred, sometimes just poured—these beer cocktails are exactly the choice you need to make at halftime. READ MORE

7 Scallop Recipes to Savor Every Day of the Week

With their buttery aroma and unmistakable sweet flavor, scallops ought to be a regular fixture at your dinner table. Sure, these mollusks come at a premium, but what they lack in affordability they more than make up for with easy prep, a quick cook time, and the inherent ability to class up any meal. Next time you spot scallops on sale at your seafood market, snag a pound, then settle on one of our eight favorite scallop renditions. READ MORE