Lauren Katz

The Year’s Easiest Halloween Decorating Idea

For this year’s Halloween party, brew up some tabletop fun: Spray-paint plastic trick-or-treat buckets black, inside and out (flat-finish paint looks spookiest), to transform them into cauldrons. Coat flat-top wooden candle holders (available unfinished at craft stores) with the same paint and attach the cauldrons to their tops with hot glue. Now all that’s left to do is choose witch, er, which snacks to serve. (Not recommended: eye of newt.)

 

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Blushing Cocktails

Dark nights, cool breezes and changing leaves: It’s definitely fall, and there’s no better way to take the chill off than with a stiff cocktail. Our Sweet Ruby will do just the trick, warming you from the inside out with scotch and sweet vermouth. Don’t forget to add a splash of grapefruit juice to match your ruby red cheeks!

 

 

Ingredients

1 ounce scotch

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice

Twist of a grapefruit peel, for garnishing

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the scotch, vermouth and grapefruit juice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

 

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A Cozy-Comforting Weeknight Meal Planner

As the weather begins to cool down, we’re slowly slipping into comfort food mode, craving all sorts of soups, stews, casseroles and hot drinks. This week, celebrate the season of fall with hearty dishes loaded with flavor to warm you up from the inside out!

 

Monday, October 13th

Corn Chowder with Jalapeno Peppers

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A Four-Ingredient Grown-Up Slushie

Whether it was at a carnival, concession stand or movie theater, we all remember the thirst-quenching power of a frozen slushie. Even in the dead of winter, a frozen slushie was just the thing to make us feel happy, energetic and, of course, like a kid. Luckily, we’ve created a recipe that brings back those feelings of nostalgia with a grown-up twist perfect for game-day: Rum & Coke Slushies

 

Ingredients

2 12 ounce cans cola

1 cup ice

4 ounces dark rum

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

 

Directions

Refrigerate 1 can cola. Pour the other into a shallow container; freeze until nearly solid, 6 to 8 hours. In a blender, puree the chilled and frozen colas with the ice, rum and lime juice. Makes 4.

 

 

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4 of The Season’s Must-Have Pumpkin-Flavored Items

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! A whole slew of pumpkin-flavored items are hitting the grocery shelves and we promise, they won’t burn the roof of your mouth! Check out some of our favorite ways to get your pumpkin fix this fall:

 

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Cooking School Lesson 10: Do You Know Your Herbs?

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 10: Herb is the Word!

Fresh herbs put the dazzle in dinner. Learn a few new uses for your favorites. (And never mistake the cilantro for parsley again!)

 

 

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How to Go to Cooking School with The Kitchn

Our Love Your Kitchen Challenge has officially come to a close, and we’re so amazed with everyone’s organized, stocked and newly decorated kitchens! Whether you simply tackled reorganizing your junk drawer, or competed all 25 tasks, every task counts and you should feel proud of your hard work! But the best part: You don’t have to be done! Now that you’ve make your kitchen more functional and easy to cook in, it’s time to improve your cooking skills. And The Kitchn is here to show you how.

 

 

Have you ever wanted to go to cooking school, but never found the time? Starting today, The Kitchn wants you to come to their Cooking School: 20 days, 20 lessons to help you become a better cook. Every day, they’ll tackle an essential cooking topic and explain what you should know. Each lesson has three different homework options, so you can choose the one that teaches you what you need.

 

Join in on the fun with us! We’ll be following and promoting the 20-day school on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. And be sure to share your Cooking School accomplishments on Instagram using the hashtag #kitchnschool.

 

Click here to sign up. Cooking school is now in session!

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5 Ways to Celebrate Pizza Month Right Now

Yep, you read that correctly! October is National Pizza Month, and not that we need an excuse to get our hands a little doughy, but we’ll take any reason we can get! Pizza can go way beyond just crust, sauce and cheese. Think: stuffed zucchini! Frittata! Sushi?! The options are endless, and that’s why this week, we’re giving you an entire weeknight meal planner dedicated to one of our favorite foods.

 

Monday, October 6th

Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizzas

 
 

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Four Twists on Ramen Noodles

Bring home the noodle shop craze! Soup up packages of ramen with easy mix-ins to create these classic, comforting bowls.

 

Smoked Salmon: Prepare ramen according to package directions, using half the amount of water and half the flavor packet. (Broth will just coat noodles.) Top with smoked salmon, pickled ginger, scallions and poppy seeds.

 

 

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We’re Nuts About These Spreads!

With the rising threat of food allergies in schools, it’s getting harder and harder to pack a healthy, allergen-free lunch. Peanuts are among one of the top 8 food allergies and due to this prevalence, many schools have banned peanuts in the cafeteria altogether. Can’t get yours kid off their PB&J fix? Have no fear! We’ve found the best alternatives to peanut butter and coinciding recipes to boot! Your child can go to school with a healthy, peanut-free lunch that they love.

 

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