Monthly Archives: January 2017

10 Frostings to Make Any Chocolate Cake Feel Special — Baking with Chocolate

By Meghan Splawn

Ganache! Buttercream! Whipped Cream! Frostings are something that get me excited about cake, because they (along with a few sprinkles) turn any cake into a celebration. Whether you’re baking a chocolate Bundt cake, a chocolate pound cake, or, my personal favorite, chocolate sheet cake, here are 10 frostings that upgrade classic chocolate cake to something unique and special to celebrate anytime.

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My Healthy Habit Challenge: I Started Reading Nutrition Labels — Healthy Habit Challenge

By Amy Roberts

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Welcome to our Healthy Habit Challenge! Instead of focusing on (impossible-to-keep) New Year’s resolutions, we challenged four writers to start a new healthy habit. These challenges aren’t about cutting out sugar or going on a diet, or focused on the negative. They’re about doing something new and good — and making it second-nature. Here’s how they went.

A few weeks ago, I embarked on a mission to get in the habit of being a more informed grocery shopper. The plan: To read — and understand — the labels of everything I buy. I saw my store trips double in time (reading the fine print takes forever!). Tedium aside, I did learn some interesting information about …read more

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5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius — Your Chocolate Horoscope

By Sheela Prakash

This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.”

The gooey, messier, and more indulgent, the better — that’s your mantra, Sagittarius, which is why a rich chocolate cobbler is likely your chocolate treat of choice (throw a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream on your serving, while you’re at it). You also have a taste for the unusual, which means beyond the fudgy and decadent, you enjoy the unique and different. Here are five over-the-top chocolate treats just for you.

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5 Reasons Cool Ranch Doritos Are Better than the Original Ones — Food Rivalries

By Patrick Carone

Doritos are a fascinating food stuff. While ostensibly tortilla chips, they’re not meant to be dipped in salsa, guac, or even queso. Instead, their raison d’etre is to be eaten on their own, totally naked, the way God and Frito-Lay intended. This being the case, there really is only one choice when deciding which flavor to serve at your Super Bowl party.

Dorito aficionados of the world, please allow me to provide five flavor-packed reasons why going for Cool Ranch is always the smart move.

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What’s the Difference Between Devil’s Food and Red Velvet Cake? — What’s the Difference

By Meghan Splawn

Did you know that for some time in their history both Devil’s food cake and red velvet cake shared a similar red hue? They were both baked with a combination of natural cocoa powder and “red” aka brown sugar. These cousin cocoa cakes share a surprisingly similar history with a charming difference.

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Recipe: “Second Chakra” Granola — Recipes from the Road

By Dana Velden

Will this granola — a nut- and seed-heavy blend with dried cranberries, coconut, and cornflakes — actually lead to feelings of wellness, abundance, and joy? We can’t say for sure, but Kiri Mah, the pastry chef at Oakland’s Pizzaiolo, says the name was inspired by a motivational speech in which the restaurant’s owner, former Chez Panisse chef Charlie Hallowell, urged the staff to cook from the second chakra.

“I actually have no idea about the chakras, I just thought it was very Charlie,” Kiri explains. (According to the internet, a balanced second chakra is also linked to creativity and sensual pleasure, but perhaps that’s asking a bit much from a granola.)

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5 Chocolate Treats for Your Zodiac Sign: Scorpio — Your Chocolate Horoscope

By Sheela Prakash

This month we partnered with the Astrotwins to reveal the ways your zodiac sign informs your chocolate preferences. According to the Astrotwins, “Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits — and believe it or not, there’s a chocolate recipe out there to match every horoscope sign.”

For you, Scorpio, chocolate is all about intensity, mystery, and sensuality. That’s why something like a molten lava chocolate cake appeals. This restaurant classic is more than its reputation as the restaurant week dessert stalwart (we’ve all seen that scene from Chef, right?). It’s a dessert whose true gift — that river of warm, rich chocolate — is buried deep within, just waiting to be revealed.

Molten chocolate cake is just the beginning for you, since there are a number of chocolatey treats that deliver on intensity and also the sweetness within. We’ve rounded up a few favorites we think you’ll love.

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Be a Better Hostess: Always Make a Chocolate Cake — Baking with Chocolate

By Rachel Sugar

When planning dessert, I often gloss over the chocolate cake. Is it too decadent? Too simple? Not sophisticated enough? Anyone can make a solid chocolate cake — even if they have to use a boxed mix!

And so I make elaborate other things, and sometimes they are even good. In adulthood, I have come to master the art of the carrot cake, for example. It takes eight hours and a vat of boiling oil, but I can make a mean vegan donut. In restaurants, I order mousses and tarts that come …read more

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Recipe: Touchdown Taco Casserole — Recipes from The Kitchn

By Casey Barber

When it comes to Super Bowl snacks, you’ve got a great excuse to bring in the big guns — and by big guns, I mean all the processed cheese you’re too ashamed to eat any other time of year. This taco casserole takes your typical bubbly oven dish one step further with the addition of cheddar cheese soup. Oh yes, I went there.

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