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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

11 Chocolate-Filled Recipes to Fuel Celebrations

CHOW’s chocolate mint brownies aren’t just flavored with peppermint oil – they have 35 chocolate-covered peppermint patties candies mixed into an already rich chocolate batter. Make sure not to over-bake and you’ll have gooey, luscious brownie reminiscent of your favorite Girl Scout cookie, Thin Mints. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Pork Chops

In the cooking world, a lot of breath is spent on explaining how to cook the perfect steak. What else could you expect, given the near fetishistic emphasis that gets placed on pricey, prime beef? But as long as we're on the subject of cooking to temperature and getting a sear, it's worth mentioning that, hey, there are other meats out there to which the very same principles apply, with no less tasty results. Consider the pork chop, which more or less, is the porcine equivalent of the rib eye, t-bone, or sirloin steak. READ MORE

The Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Plus 5 Other Great Beef Recipes

Certain cuts of beef—hard-working ones, with lots of beefy flavor, that take a lot of simmering to get tender—were practically made for the slow cooker. Brisket, chuck, and other traditional pot-roast cuts—even plain old ground chuck—are never better than after 4 or 5 hours at a slow, gentle simmer in the crock pot. Here are 6 of our all-time beefy favorites. READ MORE