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9 Reasons Your Holiday Baking Was a Big Disaster

Your peanut butter cookies crumbled and your black bottom cupcakes turned out black (really black). What went wrong? Allow me to count the ways. Baking is a science, and before you can turn that triple layer cake into a work of edible art, there are countless ways to screw it up. Don't blame the recipe if you're committing one of these nine major baking mistakes. READ MORE

Romesco Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Romesco sauce. The name sounds fancy and old-world, and I imagine because it’s not rooted in Mexico, like most things I eat, I didn’t really appreciate it whenever I tasted it in the CHOW Test Kitchen. READ MORE

8 Freaky and Delicious Halloween Cocktails

Holidays are reason enough to fix yourself a stiff one, but Halloween concoctions are in a league all their own. Pick out a skull goblet and grab your cocktail shaker: Here are 8 grown-up treats to sip on 2014's ultimate freaky Friday. READ MORE

11 Ways to Bake with Halloween Candy

The only thing better than a home-baked cookie is one you’ve hacked to include bits of your favorite trick-or-treat candy. These 11 recipes will have you hoarding Halloween treats just to stock your baking pantry. READ MORE

10 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

The concept of mixing ingredients together, going to work, and coming home to dinner is ideal in theory. In reality, it isn’t always quite so appealing. If you’re uninspired after scrolling through crockpot recipes for cheeseburger soup and canned-bean chili, we’re here to help. Behold, 10 soups—from lamb birria to beef pho—so sophisticated you’d never guess they could be made in a plug-in appliance. READ MORE

11 Delicious Things You Can Make from a Pumpkin

Canned is cool, but cooking with actual pumpkins, from scratch, is better. Maybe you went pumpkin picking and ended up with a few too many. Or you carved some pretty amazing jack-o’-lanterns and now you have a pile of pumpkin innards on your table. Fear not: Here are 11 ideas to turn fall’s iconic porch decoration into something delicious. Most of these recipes start with a base of pumpkin purée that is simple to make and keeps for months in the freezer. READ MORE

Josey Baker Showed Us How to Make Amazing Skillet Pizzas

The measure of a cookbook might not be in any particular recipe, but in the author’s power to get you psyched to try. San Francisco baker Josey Baker (that’s literally his given name), proprietor of The Mill, is master of the psych. The word “passion” is such a cliché in food writing it’s embarrassing, but Baker embodies the kind of passion for breads that invites you to get over your embarrassment and just submit, find your own passion. Baker is always pumped. He’s got an easy, whole-face smile that you feel in his eyes as much as his grin. He wants to help you be awesome, even if you’ve never made bread in your life and you have no idea how to reach even marginal awesomeness. His book, Josey Baker Bread, is an invitation to give up your fears and submit to that smile and simply believe: You can be totally awesome. READ MORE

9 Kids’ Lunches Better Than PB&J

The sandwich is so 2013. Get your kids excited about lunch all over again with these nine high-flavor, low-stress options. READ MORE

Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Hate to break it to you guys, but there’re more ways to dress a potato salad than either mayo or vinegar and bacon. Please, if only for the sake of the potatoes, let’s explore some new dimensions in picnic sides. READ MORE

7 Things to Pack for the Perfect Picnic

August is summer’s home stretch: Time to turn every last ounce of energy into a final kick for enjoying alfresco eating. Keep the basket by the door, make sure the red-checkered tablecloth is clean, and consider one of these seven picnic ideas from CHOW’s Home Cooking Community. READ MORE