Every Day Scoop

No V-Day Date? No Problem!

If you’re not spending the weekend snuggling up to your sweetie, have no fear: have a party! Whether you’re aiming for ladies’ night in or a single and mingle night, there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to gather with friends and eat like you mean it. These dishes are fun, festive and easy to share at a party. Plus, the Tex-Mex theme reminds us of warmer days amid this arctic winter.

 

Pass Chilled Avocado Soup Shots to initiate the party mood

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A Finger Lickin’ Good Weeknight Meal Planner

Wednesday is National White Shirt Day, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about a white shirt, it’s bound to get dirty. But some dishes are worth the mess. This week, we’re giving you not one, but five delicious weeknight meals that may be a little saucy or sticky, but are totally worth the dry-cleaning bill.

Monday, February 9th

Farro Spaghetti with Buttery Tomato Sauce & Farm Spinach

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The Best, Coolest and Whackiest Things to Dip in Chocolate

What’s the best way to get crazy cooking ideas? Conduct a Facebook poll! We asked what you love to dip in chocolate, and the results run the gamut from classic to kooky. Here are some of our faves, perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day!):

 

 Salty Snacks

From chips to pretzels to buttermilk biscuits, you can’t get enough of the salty-sweet combination.

Fruity Things

Traditionalists love bananas and berries, while modernists like figs and candied ginger.

Other Desserts!

Cinnamon rolls, cake and fortune cookies, oh my! Make your desserts even dessert-ier with a nice chocolate dip.

Candy

Give chewy Swedish fish or crunchy candy canes a nice chocolatey alter ego.

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Happy National Snack Food Month!

As if we haven’t gotten our fix of snacks yet (we’re looking at you, Super Bowl Sunday), we’re celebrating our favorite in-between-meal for the next 25 days. What we love most about snacks is how versatile they are: they can be sweet, salty, a combination of both, a light meal, a rich and indulgent treat, crunchy, chewy–and even liquid. So in the name of diversity, here are some of our favorite not-your-average snacks. Happy February!

 

Spice up snack time with Turkish Trail Mix

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A Heart-Healthy Weeknight Meal Planner

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better way to maintain a clean bill of health than through your diet! This week, do something nice for your heart—and your stomach!—with five mouth-watering, wholesome meals. After all, food that taste good can be good for you, too.

Monday, February 2nd

Three Bean Chili

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Seahawks vs. Patriots? Let Your Taste Buds Decide!

Sometimes it’s hard to decide who to root for—especially if your players didn’t make it all the way to the Superbowl. So why not choose your team based (sorta) on how it tastes?  Once you check out these regional dishes from Seahawks and Patriots turf, picking sides may become a whole lot easier.

 

For the Seattle Seahawks: Smoky Salmon Bake

For the New England Patriots: New and Improved England Clam Chowder

You tell us: Which dish scores a taste bud touchdown? Post in the comments below!

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With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what snacks you’re going to serve at your house or bring to the party. Buffalo chicken wings? Chips and guac? Something far less expected but just as delish? We’ll make it easy for you with a round-up of our favorite game day snacks, guaranteed to satisfy any hungry fan. With food this good, we all win!

 

Dust off your slow-cooker and greet your guests with the amazing aroma of Barbecue Brisket Sliders.

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9 Crust Ideas that are Better than Breadcrumbs

We sure love us some buttery, toasty breadcrumbs sprinkled on mac and cheese and casseroles, but once in a while we like to change things up. Try these fun, unexpected ingredients for breading, topping and even making a crust. The best part is you probably have most of the ingredients at home!

 

Nuts

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A Flexitarian Weeknight Meal Planner

Why celebrate Meatless Monday just once a week when you can have the option to make all your weeknight meals vegetarian-friendly? Behold: five flexitarian meals where you decide to add the meat or omit it. No matter what you choose, you’ll end up with a hearty, healthy and delicious meal that everyone will ask for seconds.

 

Monday, January 26

 

Stay true to Meatless Monday with this Quick Bean & Porcini Ragu–the taste and texture will feel like a real meat ragu!

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Our 5 Favorite Toast Toppers

We knew we were onto something when we decided to put smashes on the cover of our January/February issue, and the fact that we weren’t the only ones reaffirmed us. Toast is so in for 2015, and we don’t just mean charred bread with a pat of butter. A thick slice of toast topped with a mixture of flavors and textures– creamy and crunchy; spicy and sweet– is the perfect way to start your day, satisfy an afternoon craving or top off a late night out. We’ll toast to these five toasts, any time of day!

 

The classic: Avocado Smash

In a bowl, smash 2 large pitted and peeled avocados with 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and 1 small grated garlic clove; season. Mound on 4 slices of toast and sprinkle with pepper.

 

 

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