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The Best Fruit You Haven’t Tasted Yet

If you look closely, nestled alongside the pumpkins at the farmer's market is another bright-orange, round beauty. It's petite, glowing, and full of quintessential autumnal charm: the persimmon. But do you know how to prepare and eat the two types most common in the United States- the Fuyu and the Hachiya?
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Baby I'm Burnin' for Dolly Parton's New Cake Mixes

When it comes to Southern culture, there's one queen I can always trust: Dolly Parton. Everyone loves Dolly. So it makes sense that a cake line from Duncan Hines made in tandem with Parton herself would be nothing less than decadent, delicious, and unmistakably Dolly. I knew I wanted to try her creations as soon as possible when I found out about the line, which includes both a coconut and banana cake as well as cans of frosting to match.
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How to Make Rachael Ray's Go-To Sick Day Recipe

What's the best recipe for getting back on your feet when you're not feeling well? A hearty bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup typically does it for most. Or maybe a huge dish of your favorite comfort food. For Food Network star Rachael Ray, there's one specific recipe she turns to, whether she's down and out with a cold, or she's just looking for a cozy, one-pot dish: sausage and beans with greens.
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Best Corn Recipes For Summer Suppers

Corn is such a versatile vegetable. It can be eaten on or off the cob, cooked or eaten raw, and used in savory and sweet applications. Summer is the peak season for fresh corn, but frozen and canned corn are available year round. Corn is also extremely affordable, making it the perfect veggie to make on a budget or to feed a large family. The best corn recipes are easy to make, delicious, and affordable.
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8 Best Ground Turkey Recipes For Quick & Healthy Dinners

Ground turkey is the ideal ingredient for easy, healthy weeknight meals. It can be used in a similar way to ground chicken or ground beef, and is an especially good choice if you're looking for a very lean protein source. Ground turkey is chewier and a bit saltier than ground beef, with a drier texture and less fat content, making it a great substitute.
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Every Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Owns, From Las Vegas to London

Gordon Ramsay is more than just the instantly recognizable chef who always demands the best from his staff and those he works with. He's also a celebrated restaurateur himself. He's brought his high standards to the kitchen time and time again at eateries all around the globe -- and he's planning on opening up even more in the near future, with several additional locations coming in the next few years.
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The 5 Best Store-Bought Pizza Sauces

When you hear "store-bought pizza sauce," the first words that come to mind might be "thin," "acidic," "salty," or worst of all, "bland." And though in a pinch, you might be tempted to buy any old red sauce to get the job done, picking the right sauce involves knowing what to seek out and what to avoid. There's a difference between pasta sauce and pizza sauce, for example.
FOOD & DRINKS

The 5 Best Store-Bought BBQ Sauces

Barbecue sauce is a major force in Southern cuisine. Each top BBQ region has its own style of sauce, and professional pit chefs work hard to develop recipes that complement the flavors of their grilled and smoked dishes. But if you're looking to save some time by using a high-quality, store-bought barbecue sauce in your own kitchen (or on your grill), then we've got five widely-available recommendations to add to your shopping list.
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Copycat Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe

Okay, I have a small confession to make: Prior to receiving this assignment, I had never tried any of Starbucks hot breakfast items. I know, I know, I have been seriously missing out. Honestly, I'm not sure why...I love their drinks, and their pastries have never disappointed (you really can't go wrong with coffee and a slice of lemon loaf). Nevertheless, I finally picked up a pair of Starbucks sous vide egg bites, and I don't think my life will be complete without them. They were so freaking good!
FOOD & DRINKS

The Trader Joe’s Pizzas That Deserve Space in Your Freezer

When it comes to grocery store frozen pizza, I'm not willing to waste precious freezer space on a pie that's just ho-hum. Private Selection Frozen Pizzas from Kroger and Motor City Pizza Co.'s deep-dish offerings at Costco are my go-tos. Though there is one Trader Joe's pizza that has a reserved VIP freezer spot-more on that below-I find many of their novelty offerings hit-or-miss. But I was curious about a few that just keep earning buzz online.
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Easy Potluck Dishes That Won’t Cause You to Break a Sweat

Potluck dishes can get a bad rap: the food options can feel a little underwhelming and, well, dated. If you've ever been to a church picnic, for instance, you know there's always that one ancient slow cooker full of questionable beef dip that not a single person is adding to their plate. That's because technically anything can be a potluck or picnic food-but some things shouldn't be.
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Build the Trader Joe’s Salad of Your Dreams

While Trader Joe's stocks a battalion of premade salads, I pass them by every time. Salad kits are pricey, invariably soggy, and full of more lows than highs (teeny, tiny bag of dried-out cheese-no thanks). Here's how I mix it up at TJ's to incorporate protein, dark leafy greens, and a few killer vitamins into my salad.
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Taste Test! Which Store-Bought Caesar Dressing Rules the Empire?

All hail Caesar salad! Invented in 1924 by the Italian-born Caesar Cardini-who was then running restaurants in both San Diego and Tijuana-the original Caesar salad relied on the flair of its tableside preparation as much as on its ingredients. The dressing was similar to a French mayonnaise, but gutsier, mingling lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and egg yolk with garlic, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese. The egg yolk was the magic ingredient, stabilizing the emulsion and turning it into something so lush and creamy that we're still tossing it with romaine lettuce and croutons nearly a hundred years after its creation.
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5 Pastry Chef Hacks to Make Store-Bought Frosting Better

Say what you will about store-bought frosting: Sometimes, you just need it. And thank goodness there are ways to improve upon a tub of it. To wit: A few weeks ago, the teenager who lives next door ran to greet me with hugs and an excited announcement that she had just graduated high school. Though I was on my way to work and pinched for time, food is my love language, and knew I had to kick it into high gear to make this young graduate a cake that night. (She was moving the next day!) So at 7 pm, I ran to the grocery store to grab a cake mix and some canned frosting.
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Best Frozen Foods for the Air Fryer

As a pretty good cook with limited counter space, I tend to shy away from new, shiny, faddish gadgets other folks think are must-haves. But after hearing so many raves about air fryers, I caved and bought one. And honestly? It's one of my best culinary decisions-and it works magic on frozen foods. It turns out that the best frozen foods for the air fryer are, well, almost anything.
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Copcyat Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Wings Recipe

Nothing says "game time" like a basket of spicy chicken wings. There's just something about a pile of messy, spicy wings that brings a group together! There are plenty of chain restaurants that do wings well, but Buffalo Wild Wings wins every time when it comes to sauces. Last time we checked, they had two dozen sauces and seasoning options to choose from. Everyone has a favorite, but I can't get enough of the sweet-and-spicy options, like Buffalo Wild Wings mango habanero wings.
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TikToker Says You Can Make Delicious Ribs in the Oven. Do Professional BBQ Chefs Agree?

Professional BBQ pit chefs use smokers and grills to make their smoky and savory meat dishes, but if you lack outdoor space (or the appropriate zoning) for a full-scale wood smoker, then you may need to seek out other ways to prepare juicy, flavorful, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. Luckily, TikTok chef Genevieve LaMona believes that oven-baked ribs can deliver all of the desirable attributes of smoked or grilled ribs, and she made a how-to TikTok to prove how to cook ribs in the oven, fast. After watching her TikTok, we have to admit that she makes a compelling case...but what do professional BBQ experts think about Genevieve's technique? We asked Austin-based BBQ chef, cookbook author Jess Pryles, and BBQ chef and recipe developer Brad Prose of Chiles and Smoke to watch Chef Genevieve's TikTok and give us their thoughts, and here's what they had to tell us.
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Spicy Bowls Are Heating Up on TikTok

Pickled eggs, pickled sausage, banana peppers, jalapenos, and spicy sauce: these are the ingredients typically seen in the Southern snack favorite known as spicy bowls. Spicy bowls are a regional staple in states like Louisiana and Florida, and they're all the rage on TikTok right now. It's not hard to...
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Baked Chicken Breasts Are Anything But Boring With These 6 Recipes

When I was younger, I went on strike against chicken breasts. Looking back on that time, I feel pretty badly for my poor mother - there she was, just trying to put dinner on the table and the pickiest eater in the house refused eat chicken! Her rule was, "If you don't like dinner, make it yourself." Since I had no idea how to cook, I ended up eating a lot of cereal for dinner during my strike.
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