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11 Must-Try Chili Recipes

Asking someone for a chili recipe is like asking someone what Heaven looks like – endless variations, endless possibilities, and everyone believes that he or she is absolutely right. That’s why you have to know the sects of chili – what goes where and how and why. The borders are strict and the rules are many – luckily the results are always delicious. READ MORE

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

11 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes: You Be the Judge

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate classic, but the debate between soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy rages on. Everyone has their own favorite recipe (many will admit to being fans of the one printed on the back of the Toll House bag of chocolate chips), but check out this roundup of chocolate chip cookie recipes for some new suggestions to try out during your holiday baking spree. READ MORE

How Do the World’s Savory Pancakes Stack Up? These 9 Will Not Disappoint.

Pancakes and crêpes are a universal symbol of deliciousness: Just about every culture around the world has its own take on a flatbread made with batter that’s been griddled until warm and crisp-edged. But while there’ll always be a place for banana pancakes and strawberry blintzes, we think the world’s best versions turn up in the form of savory variations. From Vietnamese banh xeo to Russian blini, here are some of our favorite sugar-free pancakes. READ MORE

Is It Ever OK to Regift Food?

One holiday belief that’s as time-honored as singing carols or exchanging cookies is the notion that regifting presents is off-limits, and that it’s never OK to regift food items. But the truth is that regifting can be practical, eco-conscious, economical, and yes, thoughtful—even when it comes to food items. READ MORE

11 Easy Holiday Starters to Impress Your Friends

Entertaining is not easy, and entertaining on a weeknight is even harder. Racing out of work to get to the grocery store and then hurry home to pick up the clothes off the floor and give the bathroom a once-over can make a casual holiday get-together a stressful affair where you dread the doorbell ring of the first guest. READ MORE

11 Holiday Breakfasts to Devour on Christmas Morning

If you’re planning on spending the holiday opening scores of presents and watching all the Christmas movies your DVR has room for, then you’ll need to load up on some serious sustenance beforehand. So why not make an event out of it with one (or more) of these holiday brunch stars? Whether you opt for stratas or scones, you’ll win over the entire family (and have an instant pass on washing that sink full of dishes). READ MORE

Holiday Survival Guide: 14 Do’s and Don’ts for Boss Gift-Giving

During the holidays, one of the hardest gifts on your list is always your boss. To get a gift? To not get a gift? Real talk—you feel like you’re going to lose either way, and it’s true. But you're always better off getting them a little something than being the only one who skimps out. READ MORE

12 Globe-Trotting Beef Stew Recipes

I totally understand why everyone lusts after the unadulterated flavor of steaks. But I’ll always be of the opinion that there are much more interesting things you could be doing with your beef, and they all involve giving it a nice, long simmer in something fragrant, spicy, or just plain homey and hearty. I’m talking about a good old-fashioned beef stew. READ MORE

12 Great Wines with Awful Names

It’s not hard to understand why wine producers give their wines bad names. On full shelves, getting your label to stand out can be a real challenge. But that’s hardly an excuse for embarrassing the wine-drinker who has to 'fess up to enjoying a glass of Ménage à Trois. Here are 12 wines that will guarantee an eye-roll. READ MORE