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8 Essential Pasta Alfredo Recipes

Did Roman restaurateur Alfredo de Lelio make the first pasta Alfredo in 1914? That’s what the origin myth says, with a detour to 1920s Hollywood (mega–silent movie stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were said to have brought a taste for fettuccine Alfredo back to the U.S.). In any event, the simple dish of fresh noodles sauced with cream, butter, and Parmesan is an enduring favorite, with a scores and scores of modern variations. Here’s the classic recipe, followed by 7 delicious variations. READ MORE

11 No-Bake Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Repertoire

No-Bake Cookies are a real secret weapon. The ability to toss a few ingredients in a bowl, stir, and make something amazing come out is a real talent. READ MORE

7 Tips for Making the Creamiest, Smokiest Baba Ganoush Ever

It’s easy to understand why baba ganoush weirds so many eaters out. First, there’s the whole “I hate eggplant, period” contingent, and baba ganoush is about as head on full of eggplant as you’ll get (we’ll save winning over those adversaries for another day). READ MORE

9 Recipes that Prove SPAM Is Awesome for Cooking

SPAM! Spreadable meat in a can. Spoonable ham? Whatever it stands for, we love it. READ MORE

11 Healthy Grilled Chicken Recipes in Under 30 Minutes

Grilled chicken is an easy and versatile protein that you can eat alone or serve with a salad, vegetables, or starch for a quick meal. READ MORE

From Sweet to Savory, 9 Fresh Melon Recipes

Melon, like corn, tomatoes, and strawberries, is one of those foods that—while you can get it fresh in some form year round—becomes truly magical in summer. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew: they turn sweet, fragrant, and tender this time of year. Here are 9 ways—some sweet, others savory—to celebrate the moment. READ MORE

8 Super-Fresh Halibut Recipes

Moist, mild-tasting halibut is an unchallenging fish. It’s well-liked, easy to find, and takes well to a variety of preparations. Here are 8 recipes that show off halibut’s versatility and deliciousness. Shopping tip: Consult the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list for recommended sources. READ MORE

8 Alternative Oils to Help You Survive The Olive Oil-Ocalypse

Not to cause a panic but did you know that we are in the midst of an olive oil shortage of epic proportions? Due to drought, disease and fruit flies (of all things), nearly half the world’s olive oil crop for this year has been ruined. READ MORE

10 Recipes Inspired by the Philly Cheesesteak

Outside of Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell, the Philly Cheesesteak is probably the most iconic thing that people associate with the city of Brotherly Love. And while the cheesesteak might be Philly's most popular sandwich, it’s not without imitators. READ MORE

9 Simple Recipes to Get More Grouper onto Your Table Tonight

The grouper fish is a part of the sea bass family and has a mild taste, similar to halibut and bass. A lean fish, it is easy to cook and a popular choice for sandwiches in the South. READ MORE