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9 Things That Taste Like a Margarita But Aren’t

We love margaritas, in all their various colors and flavors. The simple blend of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur in the right proportion never fails to charm—even outside of the margarita glass. Here are 9 recipes, from skirt steak to cake, that take the classic Cinco de Mayo cocktail as inspiration. READ MORE

10 Easy, Healthy Farro Recipes

If you need more whole grains in your life, farro is a good place to start. This ancient grain (it was a dietary staple of ancient Romans) packs a lot of flavor, plus a good dose of fiber and protein. Once you have the basic cooking part down, farro is an easy ingredient to serve a zillion different ways—the only catch is choosing the right kind. READ MORE

13 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Mother’s Day is just ‘round the corner. You’ve already made reservations at mom’s go-to brunch spot and ordered a bouquet of flowers, right? Well, in case that that last sentence sent you scrambling for the phone, there’s still time to plan a perfect day that’s all about mother dearest (by the way, her favorite restaurant is already booked solid). To show how much you really appreciate her, why not make a brunch to remember? She did prepare your morning meals for the better part of your youth, after all. Isn’t it about time you returned the favor? READ MORE

9 Margarita Recipes You Need to Try for Cinco de Mayo

A great margarita is an absolute necessity for a proper Cinco de Mayo celebration. Fresh limes? Check. Tequila? Check. These are just the beginning for a truly creative margarita. Check out these 9 margarita recipes for an inventive and inspiring take on a classic cocktail that pairs beautifully with some chips and a fresh batch of guacamole. READ MORE

9 Healthy Dessert Recipes Perfect for an Elegant Brunch

Dessert after brunch is a tough call; yes you’d like something to satisfy your sweet tooth in the middle of the afternoon, but you’ve already had a full meal (and maybe a cocktail or two). But a light, healthy dessert strikes exactly the right note. Try out these 9 healthy dessert recipes that are just sweet enough and won’t push you over the edge of your post-brunch food coma. READ MORE

The Ultimate Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake, Plus 7 Other Recipes to Cook with Your Kids

Cooking is one of the best ways to bond with your kids and communicate some valuable skills. Here are eight places to start. READ MORE

How to Roast a Whole Chicken, Plus 6 Chicken Recipes to Step Up Your Dinner Game

Roasting a whole chicken is one of those big boy steps in your cooking career. For a first timer, it’s an intimidating process. First you have to go into the store, resist the urge to purchase those boneless tenderloins (again) and leave with the whole bird. Buying a whole chicken is just the first battle. Once you get it home. now what? READ MORE

A Day Full of Crêpes: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Recipes

Strolling from dawn ‘til dusk down the streets of Paris is a fine way to spend a day, stopping here and there to sample crêpes from the city’s many sidewalk vendors. But for those of us who don’t have any immediate plans to go jetting off to the city of light, homemade crêpes are an easy and simple way to eat à la Française from the comforts of your own kitchen. A handful of eggs, flour, butter and milk plus a good, wide pan will help quell any longings for that sweet aroma associated with cobbled street corners in Montmartre and charming cafés tucked away in hidden alleys. READ MORE

Everything You Need to Know About the Atkins Diet

Like Mel Gibson and John Edwards, the Atkins diet made headlines in the mid-2000s before seeing a swift fall from grace. (Remember when every celebrity from Demi Moore to Catherine Zeta-Jones was reportedly touting its benefits?) While the low-carb plan may not be quite as popular as it once was, plenty of people are still losing weight on it, and some have even speculated recently if it’s poised to make a comeback. If you’re curious about what Atkins entails, here’s what you need to know. READ MORE

9 Dinner Recipes So Simple You’ll Forget about Seamless

Sometimes you’re so tired that all you want to do is go home, flop down on the couch, and order delivery without speaking to a human being. But forget about seamless – these 9 dinner recipes are so simple that you can throw them together in less than a half hour and you will be saving both money and calories in the process. READ MORE