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It’s easy to go to the farmer’s market and get seduced by all that gorgeous produce… then get it to your fridge and realize that eating six baskets of berries in three days might cause some serious gastrointestinal distress. The solution: Add booze and share (isn’t it always?) Layered with cake and lemon curd, this British dessert is just sweet enough and looks great on a table, too. Try it—your taste buds and your tummy will thank me.

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This is my new favorite dessert! Easy and good-lookin’, just like me in the ’90s. All you need is a handful of store-bought ingredients—think, a can, a block, a bag, a tin—and a few hours of freezer time. You can make it in a pie pan or ramekins, but I love the presentation of making it in a loaf pan. When you slice it, you see the gorgeous berry shapes. If you really want to wow your guests, smear a little bit of berry jam on the plate under the slice of cheesecake first. Everyone will think you’re fabulous!

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I have made a ton of no-bake desserts, but this may be my best recipe yet! Layers of chocolate graham crackers, rich mascarpone and whipped cream come together for a no-bake dessert that tastes like the perfect Oreo dunked in milk. Pull it out of the fridge and garnish with shaved chocolate (looks super-fancy, but it’s so easy!) just before showtime for a sweet and refreshing dessert.

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It’s still too damn hot to be spending any time baking. So we created this delicious dessert for you: If key lime pie and my signature berry trifle had a baby, this would be it. Of course we added a splash of booze - refreshing limoncello – to layers of rich vanilla ice cream and lemon curd, then topped it all with tart raspberries and crunchy vanilla wafers to make every bite a flavor explosion.

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Greek Yogurt Ambrosia

When I was growing up, ambrosia wasn’t just the food of the gods—it was the queen of classy desserts. To update it from a classic holiday dessert to an everyday treat, I added Greek yogurt which is packed with protein. Serve it in a trifle bowl or in individual cups at your next gathering or even at the breakfast table!

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Do you like to party? Then call your girlfriends, whip up a party punch, and make these amazing Toasted S’Mores Bars for them to nibble on. They’re seriously so good—everything you love about s’mores in the summer, in bar form. Apologies when you eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of the weekend, like my staffers did after we tested them. You can have a kale salad on Monday, it’s fine.

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Are you looking for a last minute, show-stopping dessert with patriotic flair for this weekend? How about one that uses in-season fruit and easy-to-find ingredients, and doesn't require you to turn on the stove? Well you are in the right place: Try my delicious red, white and blue summer berry trifle.

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Here’s a recipe for summer happiness: Take a treat you loved as a kid, make it a cocktail, and serve it in fancy glasses. These snow cones are equal parts fun and fabulous, and therefore a fantastic dessert (or starter!) for any summer party and so patriotically perfect for July 4th!

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Hey there, Potato Salad! Usually I don’t notice you next to those other, sexier dishes, but today you seem… different. Is that a whiff of savory bacon I smell? A hint of sweetness from summer corn? A spicy, mustard-y note? There’s just something about you that just makes me want to eat you up. Get up onto my plate, will ya?

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When summer heat sets in, you’ve got to get creative to stay out of the kitchen. Fortunately, with seasonal produce in abundance you’ve got lots of options. I use rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to make this outrageously delicious spinach salad. With sweet strawberries, crunchy pecans and tangy blue cheese, you don’t feel like you’re missing out on a delicious meal by having salad for dinner. Plus it makes an easy and beautiful dish when you’re entertaining. Try it with our Chilled Cucumber Soup!

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Love guacamole so much that you’d eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you could? Then this recipe is for you: Instead of blending your guacamole ingredients, leave them chopped and add pasta. So now you can eat guacamole for lunch, dinner and why not, breakfast too. I won’t judge, in fact, I’ll join you.

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With the prospect of parading around in a swimsuit upon us, the office has turned into the Salad Zone. Salads in Tribeca, however, run about a gazillion dollars a pop, so we often bring our own. Here’s my staffer Jill’s recipe for a light but tasty Thai-inspired chicken salad. It’s fresh, spicy and crunchy, but because it’s made without mayonnaise, it’s her go-to when she wants to feel healthy without eating like a rabbit.

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Peach Vanilla Summer Shandy

What’s better than an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day? I know: An ice-cold beer infused with peach and vanilla. Our spin on the summer shandy—the basic version is made with beer and lemonade—gives you the gorgeous fruit flavor and picks up on other nuances in the wheat beer for a refreshing beer cocktail. Is your mouth watering yet?

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If you're hosting a BBQ and want to break out a special but stress-free dish, this is it! I’ve figured out a secret shortcut to making juicy, tender ribs every time; start in the slow cooker and just finish them on the grill or under the broiler for that crispy char. Paired with this Bourbon BBQ sauce they’re finger-licking, bone-sucking delicious. And the sauce is a great way to use up leftover bourbon if you happen to have a bottle sitting in your bar.

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Punch up your next outdoor affair with this Spicy Lemonade. It's half lemonade, half margarita and 100% refreshing. Make sure to have plenty on hand because once guests get a taste of the tequila, cilantro simple syrup (sugar and water with cilantro blended in) and sugar-cayenne rim, they’ll probably want to swim in it.

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People are afraid to cook fish; it makes a stink when you cook it inside, but can disintegrate into flakes on the grill. I'm here to tell you there's a delicious, no-mess way to cook fish on the grill. Let me spill my secrets...

Secret 1: Do NOT marinate your salmon. You may think it’s the best way to add flavor, but it actually breaks down the fish’s proteins and makes it more likely to flake, fall apart and stick when you’re grilling it. Once the salmon is cooked through, add our delicious sauce (recipe below) 10-15 minutes before serving so it has a chance to soak up all the flavor.

Secret 2: Put aluminum foil down on your grill. If any fish sticks, you aren’t stuck with it forever. But because foil is a conductor, you’ll still get those hot grill marks.

Secret 3: Grill it skin side up first. Fish breaks down as it cooks, too, so grilling it flesh side down allows it to naturally caramelize and release on its own—so it’s intact when you flip it (if it’s still sticking when you try to flip, let it cook on...

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McDonald’s has served billions of people their Big Mac burger covered in “secret sauce.” Spoiler alert: It’s basically Thousand Island dressing. So we dug into the fridge for our own secret sauces—Balsamic Vinegar, Caesar Dressing and Ranch Dressing—to create three incredible burgers that'll wow at your next cookout. That surprising new flavor comes straight from the fridge? Consider it our little secret.

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Throw this show stopping twist on potato salad on the grill for Memorial Day. We came up with this version, where we replaced the mayo with my favorite summer condiment—chimichurri—and turned it into an entire meal made on the grill. It’s genius. No stove required, you can serve it hot or cold (in case your guests come late) – and you only have to clean one serving dish! A delicious, easy crowd-pleaser? No sweat!

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Mom’s coming! You’ve scrubbed the shower with a toothbrush, spent hours perfecting her signature pot roast, and set the table to a Downton Abbey T—now go make yourself a drink! And if you’re hosting the whole family, make one that everyone can enjoy. This champagne punch is a real crowd-pleaser and the perfect accompaniment to Mother’s Day brunch. Peach, vanilla and a sparkle of prosecco—after a few sips you won’t be stressing about the water spots on the champagne flutes. Cheers!

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This easy dish is a classic Passover meal and a delicious option for dinner any day. The beef bursts with flavor thanks to the overnight marinade and low and slow cooking. Oh, and adding booze. I give my version a kick with a little Pinot Noir. Pour yourself a glass while you’re at it, so you’re totally relaxed when your mother-in-law arrives for the holiday. Win-win!

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Mom may not know everything about fashion, but she usually knows a thing or two about cooking. And if you’re lucky, you can snag a hard copy of that stained recipe card and learn to make it yourself. That’s why I sent my staffer Jackie on a mission to get her best friend’s mom’s secret Chocolate Pecan Macaroon recipe after she kept talking about how great they were. Well, they ARE! Chewy, chocolate-y, coconut-y and sweet: The perfect treat for the end of a Passover (or any) meal.

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Nothing says Easter morning like a big slab of ham on your plate. Want to really impress your guests? Try one of these three fabulous glazes you can whip up in only 5 minutes. These easy recipes will bring out that salty, sweet ham flavor combo that will have everyone’s taste buds singing. Hallelujah!

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You’ve already filled the kids’ Easter baskets with goodies, now it’s time to treat yourself. Instead of letting all those extra cinnamon jelly beans sit around until next Easter, turn them into a delicious cinnamon liqueur. Steep them in white rum, add some fruit juice and you’ve got yourself a freakin’ amazing cocktail. Enjoy responsibly—it’s stronger than it tastes!

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Drinking and Gardening: Two of my favorite things. It’s too early even for tulips here in the Northeast, but my windowsill herbs are flourishing. That—and my Effortless Table place setting by the same name—is the inspiration for this Enchanted Garden cocktail. Aloe and basil give it a cool freshness, and combined with coconut water and lemon, it almost tastes like a health tonic. To yours!

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As anyone who’s read my book knows, being fabulous is not about spending a lot of time and money on something, it’s about making it LOOK like you spent a lot of time and money on something. So I declare this spin on Rice Krispies Treats the most fabulous dessert ever: Take the easiest dessert known to man, dip it in chocolate, add sprinkles and voila! Gorgeous little treats as chic as petits-fours—and just as delicious—for a fraction of the cost or effort. Serve these at the next party or baby shower you host!

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Spring is almost here! After slogging through months of ice, snow and beard-ruffling wind, the anticipation of those first green buds has me practically climbing the trees to paint the damn things on. As an offering to the gods to—please!—make it come sooner, we’ve created a Spring Fever cocktail. Inspired by my Effortless Table place setting of the same name, it’s got dried cherries soaked in bourbon as the surprise ingredient—a favorite trick of mine to give a drink an unexpected kick.

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Raspberry is one of my favorite colors: you'll find it in my spring Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection for QVC and here—in this cocktail I created to celebrate the line. It’s elegant, effervescent and strong—just like my fashion muse Grace Kelly. I know she would have loved this pink drink, and you will too! Sip one wearing a pair of my Pull-on Knit Pants. Grace would approve.

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If you don’t like beer, it’s because you’ve never had it like this before. And if you do like beer, here are three reasons to LOVE it. Make these beer cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day—with ingredients you already have in the house—and watch them disappear. (If you like your beer straight up, but are bored of the same-old, check out my Craft Beers for Wine Lovers.) Scroll down for three very different drinks—bottoms up!

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Clinton Kelly Slow Cooker Corned Beef

The Irish are smart (they are my people): They know the best way to stretch a buck is to eat staples like cabbage, potatoes and inexpensive cuts of meat, and to make those staples delicious by cooking them low and slow. No time to slave over the stove? This recipe is made entirely in a slow cooker; it’s one pot full of time-saving, penny-pinching wonderful. Serve with crusty bread and our Black Velvet cocktail: Cheers to Irish Ingenuity!

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Recently, we got into a lively discussion in the office on the virtues of wine versus beer—I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, but there are a few kinds I like. One staffer proposed that our taste in beer tracks to the wine we like, so we decided to go to a pro for arbitration: Greg Engert, the beer director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes the award-winning, brew-centric Birch & Barley and ChurchKey restaurants in Washington, D.C.. He offered his thoughts on what a novice beer drinker might be interested in, plus specific craft beer recommendations based on wines you already like. Enjoy!

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Forget chocolates—all this fuss about Valentine’s Day makes a fellow want a drink! Whether you’re celebrating your love or your freedom, these Valentine's Day cocktails will have you seeing red—in a good way—on February 14.

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Sweets for the sweet! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, these delectable truffles are just what you need to lure Johnny from 6B (or your hubby in the TV room) in to your bed—I mean, kitchen. Soon, he’ll be eating out of the palm of your hand.

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There's nothing like a bowl of hot chicken and vegetables to get you through the long and cold winter months. With only 15 minutes of prep, the slow cooker does all the work, packing flavor into this healthy dish. Pass it around family style—it’s good for the soul.

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Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food: Meaty, cheesy, carb-y, saucey, gooey. Its only downfall is that people think it’s hard to make. Well guess what, people? My version only takes 10 minutes of prep, and the slow cooker does the rest. But it’s okay if you let your guests think you slaved away at it. It tastes better that way.

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At your next get together, treat yourself and the girls to this boozy take on an old favorite. Enjoy the sugary sweet taste of a caramel apple without having to wrestle with a sticky mess on a stick!

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In the ongoing quest to bring you foods that are easy, scrumptious and affordable, here’s our twist on Ropa Vieja, a traditional Cuban dish that combines beef, tomatoes and spices. Just grab a cut of reasonably priced flank steak and throw it into the slow cooker. You’ll seriously be amazed by how much flavor you get out of these ordinary ingredients. De-lish!

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It’s not “just” chicken tonight, honey! This Moroccan–inspired dish offers an exotic twist on the weeknight staple with a delicious blend of spicy (cumin, red pepper), sweet (cinnamon, ginger) and surprising (apricots, ginger) ingredients. Plus, it’s super-easy to make: Just 15 minutes of prep time, then the slow cooking does the rest.

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The only thing worse than running out of wine at a dinner party is having a bunch of half-drunk bottles leftover. Sure, you can drink them, but if you start happy hour at 2pm on a weekday, people are gonna judge you. Instead, use the wine to cook a meal! My Coq au Vin recipe sounds super-fancy, but that’s just because it’s French. So make this easy dish and let people judge you for mispronouncing the word Coq instead.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Chicken

The beauty of this meal is that you can prepare it before you embark on your day – whether you’re going to work, having a lazy Sunday Netflix marathon or while chasing your children. Easy and delish-with only five ingredients-work this warm, cozy dish into your repertoire.

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The anticipation of this delicious meal is half the fun. You know what I mean: When the snow is falling, you throw together a stew to simmer on the stove, grab a bottle of wine, a book, and settle in by a crackling fire. Now take a deep breath. Ahh. Dinner is cooking. Make a day ahead if you’re expecting company, then re-heat and serve with a loaf of crusty bread. By the way, this is just a fancy way of saying beef stew. You don’t need to be fancy to eat it.

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When baking brownies, it's hard to resist the urge to finish the entire batch in one go. Avoid the temptation and shake up a single serving of my delicious Chocolate Brownie Martini instead. This decadent, chilled drink is perfect for sipping by a warm fire. A boozy brownie in a glass-after a long day, you deserve it!

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I first made this dish last fall when the weather started turning colder and it was so delicious that I decided to serve it again to my family over the holidays—and even made it on The Chew! My family loved it. The audience loved it. You will love it, too.

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Surprise! We took the guilt out of this guilty pleasure soup by replacing the potato with cauliflower and the heavy cream with milk and chicken broth. Trust us, after one bite of this soup you'll wonder why anyone eats potatoes at all. It comes together in a snap since you use the food processor and your slow cooker. Have your soup and eat it too AND stick to your New Year's resolutions. If you do those kinds of things, read Clinton's take on resolutions. Then check out more of our calorie-cutting recipes starring cauliflower: Creamy Cauliflower Rice Pilaf and Better-For-You Fettuccine Alfredo.

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This is our most popular recipe, and our most polarizing. People want to know what we've got against carbs. The answer: nothing, all good things in moderation. But how could you not love a dish that's just as delicious and satisfying as the original, but better for you because it has vegetables and less fat and calories? Cauliflower puree replaces cream for a delicious sauce that’s got all the gooey, cheesy creaminess of the real thing, without the calories. What's the problem?!

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Now that it's actually cold outside, we're craving comfort food to keep us warm in the winter months. This cauliflower “rice pilaf” has the delicious, creamy richness of comfort food without all of the guilt. AND it’s an excellent way to sneak vegetables into your family's diet. Soon, everyone will be craving cauliflower!

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Martinis are delicious year-round and this wintertini is cold and refreshing like a bright white January snowfall. Try one this season. Cheers!

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What’s a wassail (WAS-uhl)? It's a noun and a verb. During the holiday season you can imbibe a spicy wassail (noun) and then go out wassailing with a group of lively friends (here it’s a verb that means to roam from house to house while singing Christmas carols to unsuspecting neighbors that will hopefully not throw fruitcake at you). Warning: Alcohol inhibits your blood flow and won’t exactly keep you warm while belting out songs on a chilly night. But the bourbon content will make you hate the cold a little less. Happy wassailing!

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Santa Claus is coming to town, and you think he’s going to go down all those chimneys without a little liquid courage? Think again. This year, pour up these sweet and boozy chocolate milk cocktails. When served with your favorite Christmas cookie, the Santa’s Delight will fill everyone with good cheer… and give them a little buzz. When you’re traveling around the world in one night, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere for Old Saint Nick!

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Sometimes you want a little bite of dessert. Ok, let’s be real, sometimes you want to eat the entire plate of dessert, but you know that wouldn’t be fair to your hips. So for the times that your hips and waistline win the argument, make these. Delicious banana split bites filled with ice cream and dipped in chocolate. Serve them at your next party with different ice cream flavors and toppings!

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Impress your friends with this fancy and easy-to-make meal! This classic Country Beef Wellington was a crowd favorite on The Chew. If you're hosting Christmas dinner this year, serve it as the star centerpiece at your holiday gathering!

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Gingerbread is a holiday staple but it is time-consuming. Our version is a riff on the original that takes less than 10 minutes because it bakes in the microwave! And since each is an individual serving, made in my Effortless Table mugs, you don't have to worry about eating the entire cake. So go ahead, use those extra calories to indulge in some delicious toppings. I'm not looking!

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You all loved our 3-Ingredient Cranberry Margarita so much, we gave it a sparkly holiday twist by replacing the tequila with champagne. The result is a dangerously delicious twist on a classic holiday cocktail, The Poinsettia, that tastes like a sparkly Cosmo. Cheers!

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You’re facing a fridge full of leftovers and the idea of one more turkey sandwich fills you with post-holiday ennui. This Turkey Pot Pie Soup is the solution. It’s satisfying, quick and makes great use of your leftovers. Plus, it’s lighter than the traditional pot pie since the dumpling dough croutons give you just a taste of all of that buttery crust without all of that … well … buttery crust.

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During the holidays, everything gets fancier -- the table setting, the cocktails and of course, the food. You dress up the sides, the main course and even the dessert, but do you dress up your bread? This parmesan herb biscuit bread is a snap to make, seriously delicious and looks great on the table. Pass it around and let your guests pull a piece as small or as large as they like. Experiment with your favorite herbs and flavorings.

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You know what makes Thanksgiving fun? Tequila. You know what makes tequila delicious? This Cranberry Margarita. They’re so easy, only three ingredients—not including garnish—so whip up a batch and serve your guests a round before the main event. Cheers!

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Thanksgiving Lemon Sage Turkey

This is my never-fail, crowd-pleasing turkey. Sure, I have contemplated other ways of preparing the bird, but my family won't allow me to change a thing! Besides my delicious flavoring, the key to a tender, mouth-watering turkey is a proper thermometer. Seriously, don’t even bother cooking the turkey without one. They 're so high tech now , you can connect them to your cell. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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You say you want a cocktail that’s light enough to sip steadily during the day at a family or friendly get-together because too much of the hard stuff and Great Aunt Flo is on her tush. This sangria is that cocktail. We used fall fruit and hard cider for a light apple-y effervescence. Why should summer have all the fun?

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Gravy. It’s not Thanksgiving without gravy. But making the stuff can be daunting to even to the most seasoned home cook. We came up with an ingenious way to take the fear of greasy, lumpy gravy out of Thanksgiving: The blender.

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Let’s face it, cooking a giant Thanksgiving turkey is stressful. It jams up your oven and takes a long time. Plus, it’s unpredictable; the timer always seems to pop before the allotted cooking time, leaving you to wonder if it’s really done or dry as a bone. No more! This year, tame that turkey by roasting turkey pieces. Ask your butcher to break down a whole bird for you in advance or buy the pieces you like separately (we used breast and legs). It takes roughly a third of the time so you have more time to chat and sip your cocktail.

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Apple cider’s great, but it can sometimes be a little sweet. Also, it’s non-alcoholic. So to solve those two problems, we added rum and ginger beer to create The Stonewall. The name is taken from a classic cocktail dating back to the American Revolution made of dark rum and hard cider . Our ingredients lighten up the cider and make it sparkly, too! Cheers, my dears!

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Pies take a lot of time to make and they can be expensive to buy. These No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a) insane, b) easy to slice into the perfect-sized piece, and c) no-bake, that’s right, NO-BAKE, so they’re not going to be jamming up your oven while you’re stressing about cooking that still-frozen turkey. Make them a night or two before and you’ll be stress-free whether you’re on your way to grandma’s or hosting the family at home.

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I love to curl up on the couch with a bowl full of something delicious on my belly. And this time of year, I love that rich, smoky-sweet flavor you get from roasted veggies. I get both with this healthy, easy to make (one pan and into the blender!) Roasted Carrot & Parsnip soup. Spiced with ginger and garlic, it’s the perfect starter for a big fall meal—or a satisfying vegetarian entrée all by itself.

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When the cold weather hits, I want something warm, satisfying and delicious like a big old bowl of chili but I wanted a hearty meatless version, so I came up with this recipe which uses a fall staple that we all love: pumpkin. It’s easy to make, basically cooks itself, and is vegetarian, too—so you’re cutting down on the fat and calories you’d get in a traditional meat chili without sacrificing flavor. If pumpkin isn’t your thing, you could substitute precut butternut squash for a super fast weeknight meal.

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At Halloween, I don’t mind finding an eyeball in my martini—as long as it’s made from lychee and blueberries. I actually find them quite delicious. Serve this cocktail up alongside an apothecary glass of extra eyeballs for a great mad scientist effect. And is it any surprise that the Green-Eyed Monster comes out when I’m strutting around in my Bad Sandy costume?

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So… You see a black-haired pale guy wearing a cape coming toward you in a dark alley. Your instinct may be to run—but if he’s holding this cocktail, hang around for that Vampire Bite! Because it’s not just a piña colada—a delicious, classic swirl of frozen coconut, pineapple and rum—it’s got gory bite marks and a sweet, bloody rim. This Vampire Bite is worth it.

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Why bake the cake batter when it tastes so good straight out of the box? We combined cake mix with melty white chocolate to create this Red Velvet Cake Batter Bark with Hard Candy Bones. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser for your Halloween party: one part gory, two parts tongue-in-cheek (eek! bloody bones!) and about a zillion parts delicious.

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Whether you're hosting your fellow fans for a big game or planning a potluck, this Sloppy Joe Casserole is the perfect combo of comfort and convenience. All the flavor of the childhood treat, without the sloppiness—because who wants meat juices trailing down their sleeves? Ew! Plus the bone-warming umami of a good chili without the hours-long cook time. Grab your fork and dig in!

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There are appletinis—you know what I’m talking about, they’re neon green—and there are Fresh Apple Martinis. This one is modeled after a cocktail I used to get at the former Pastis in New York’s Meatpacking district. And since I’m all about eating with the seasons, NOW is the time to make this martini. Besides, if you use fresh apple puree, it’s sort of like you’re having your fruit serving for the day. In a beverage. With booze. You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Enjoy responsibly.

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Is it just me, or is meatloaf everyone else’s secret guilty pleasure, too? Moist, packed with flavor and perfection with a creamy dollop of mashed potatoes, it’s the ultimate comfort food. But something about a loaf is just not chic. Until now! These mini Meatloaf Cupcakes are amazing as appetizers, or have a meal of three or four of them. Guaranteed to be a hit at your next Love at First Swipe viewing party! 9pET on TLC!

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So… I’m not saying this is something you should drink before work in the morning, but if you’re looking for something special to serve at your next girls’ brunch, this is it. Dark, creamy, not too strong, accented with citrus and spiced with cinnamon, this Orange Spiked Coffee is the perfect mix of practicality and indulgence. Hmm… Tall, dark and delicious-smelling? Sounds like my type.

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Whether you're snuggled up reading a book or strolling through the city, nothing's better than cradling a mug of coffee on a chilly fall day. That's why I'm so excited to not only bring you these 5 delicious recipes to rev up your coffee—including a perfectly autumnal Maple Cinnamon Coffee—but also a chance to win a set of 6 of my mix & match Effortless Table mugs and Nespresso's new VertuoLine Evoluo coffee machine. This machine produces both large-cup coffee and espresso finished with a generous crema—a sign of world-class coffee—and even reads the bar code on your pods to get the exact brew temperature and time right for each cup. Click here to enter to win! And read on for 5 amazing coffee drinks to try this fall.

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I don’t mean to brag, but… This Sausage & Butternut Squash Lasagna is SO GOOD. It’s an amazing autumnal twist on classic lasagna: Spicy sausage combined with earthy butternut squash and a creamy béchamel sauce. Mm-MM! It’s THE perfect dinner to serve to guests on a Friday night. Assemble it the night before and just bake it once your guests get there (see instructions below). Easy-peasy crowd-pleaser.

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Time to give your girlfriends a call, because I’ve got the perfect drink for your next night in! This sparkling Aperol punch is just delightful, simple to whip up for a crowd and so chic to serve in your best collection of glasses (go ahead and mix and match!). Cheers to making over your Friday night!

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BBQ Chicken in a Packet

If you love to (dinner) party, but hate to prep, then this might be my most genius idea yet: You can do all the work for this Spice Rubbed Barbecue Chicken & Veggies the night before. It's so easy, just put everything in the foil packet and it does the work for you! Then, when your guests come over, you spend the whole time with them instead of in the kitchen. The perfect meal for a TGIF toast!

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So the girls are coming over and you want to wow them with your cocktail-making prowess? This Raspberry Martini is a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and surprisingly strong, just how we like it. Plus it’s pink! But remember, martinis are like breasts: One is not enough, and three is too many. Or so I hear…

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There are some recipes we make on The Chew that I’m especially proud of—after lots of back and forth with our culinary team—add more sugar, less salt, does it need sour cream?—we finally hit on the perfect balance. Well this Pumpkin Bread with Date & Walnuts hit the nail on the head: Sweat, savory, moist and DELICIOUS, especially with my Orange Honey Butter. Bake away!

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If you’re like me and you’ve got a zucchini explosion in your garden, then you must try this recipe! These stuffed zucchini boats are super-easy to get right, but look like a lot of work, so all your guests will be impressed when you serve them. Plus, there’s the novelty factor, so if you’re dealing with picky eaters (like our deputy editor-in-chief’s family), they’ll each happily scarf down a whole zucchini without even realizing it. Because doesn’t everything taste better when it’s topped with meat and melty cheese?

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It’s fun to play bartender for your friends, but it can be a pain in the butt to mix individual drinks for everyone—especially when they want boring stuff like a (yawn) vodka soda! Here are seven much more exciting drink options (each with only three ingredients!) that will make YOU look like a genius—and will keep your friends nice and tipsy.

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Towards the end of the season, you might be a little sick of summer produce. I get it! I’ve already made tomatoes at least two ways, used zucchini to make pasta and turned my cucumbers into a delicious blender soup. So the only solution, my friends, is to drink your vegetables. With vodka. One or two of these and you’ll forget you had a problem in the first place!

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It’s mid-July, you’ve got burger burnout, and you’re craving that wood-fired pizza taste. So here’s a new idea: Grill up some pizza! These two pizza recipes are an easy, new way to get that gorgeous grill flavor. Since a grill runs hotter than a standard oven, you can get that crispy exterior you expect from a wood-fired pizza, plus a smoky flavor from the coals. Experiment with your own combinations and impress your friends with your mad grill skill.

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Alright. It’s the last big BBQ weekend. So don’t grill up another burger (though we’ve got great ideas for those, too!), instead, pull out all the stops and impress your guests with this scrumptious surf & turf recipe. Tender steak, garlic-y shrimp and a creamy parmesan sauce combine for an entrée that’s decadent but not too heavy. Start salivating….

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It’s no secret that a Gin & Tonic is my go-to summer cocktail. But I especially love this version—which incorporates grapefruit—as a smart twist on the standard recipe. It’s refreshing! It’s fizzy! It’s pinkish! In short, it’s the perfect complement to a hot and humid day (our one of our no-cook meals). Go get it, girl!

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FYI, you’ve been making your shish kebabs wrong. Don’t believe me? Well if you’ve been stacking meat and veggies onto the same skewer, then this will rock your world: You should NEVER mix ingredients on a single skewer, because each has a different cook time and it’s basically impossible to get everything cooked perfectly if it’s all jumbled together. Yup, I can see the lightbulb from here: “Oh THAT’S why my peppers always burn!”

And since I’m on the subject, here are four more tips to get it just right:

  • Always cut the ingredients to about the same size.
  • Marinate before you skewer—messy but you get better flavor.
  • Cook meats ¾ way through on one side before flipping (less sticking!).
  • Let meat rest on the skewer before serving, so you’re pulling the skewer out once they’ve finished cooking.

Got it? Now, scroll down for a great Thai Lime & Basil marinade that works with chicken, beef and pork.

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Sometimes we sit around the office and the conversation goes like this: “You know what I love? Piña coladas.” “Me too! You know what would be even better? Piña colada popsicles.” “Totally! But you know what would make them EVEN BETTER? Dipping them in chocolate!” “OMG Yes! And coconut!” “YES!!!” “I promise, no bottles of sauvignon blanc were harmed in the brainstorming of this cocktail/dessert.

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It's too damn hot to turn on the stove. Make one of these recipes instead!

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It’s hot—but you’ve got guests coming over and you want to impress? Three words: Blend baby, blend! This light and creamy soup is tangy, refreshing and a cinch to make, the perfect start to a summer brunch or dinner (maybe paired with our Strawberry Spinach Salad?). Tip: Garnish it with diced cucumber, herbs and a drizzle of olive oil for a restaurant-worthy presentation.

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When it comes to throwing a party, you know I love a punch. It’s easy to prep for a crowd, takes the work out of making individual cocktails, and can be as strong or weak as your guests can handle. This one’s perfect for a summer brunch or outdoor soiree: Light and bubbly, not to strong, with a hint (but not an overload) of fruity sweetness. A rose gold wine spritzer! Bottoms up!

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When our executive editor was pregnant with her first kid, root beer floats were her weakness. Sweet but not too sweet, creamy and never boring with that spicy sassafras flavor. Now that she’s got two kids, she wants her sweets spiked, so we turned the wholesome classic into a delicious post-bedtime treat. Mama likey!

P.S. Check out more of our boozy desserts here.

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Look, it’s not that I’m anti-carb, but I’m always finding ways to make my pasta just a little bit lighter. And in the summer, when my garden’s overflowing, swapping the real noodles for veggies is a no-brainer. This recipe uses fresh, uncooked zucchini (yellow squash works just as well) to hold the delicious flavor of basil and garlic, and you seriously won’t even miss the carbs.

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Iced tea is the quintessential summer drink. But by now I have a little iced tea fatigue. I’m tired of firing up the stove to boil the water, drinking tea that's weak and diluted or tea that’s too strong and bitter or just plain boring. Follow all five steps to make the perfect iced tea cocktail or pick one or two to make your next non-alcoholic pitcher fabulous.

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When it comes to eating lean, it can be like chicken chicken chicken all the time. Don’t forget that pork is the other white meat! I love a pork tenderloin, it’s big enough to serve a small group, but grills pretty quickly for a crowd. This recipe uses a super-easy marinade made of just three simple ingredients you already have on hand. Prep it the morning before your guests come over and you’ll wow them, no problem!

P.S. Try it with this delicious shaved carrot salad!

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When you see carrot salad at the deli, it’s kinda weird and disgusting. Full of gloppy mayo and unrecognizable vegetable-ish flotsam. So we gave it a makeover, starting by shaving the carrots, instead of grating them, to preserve the color and crunch, and mixing in some classy ingredients—no mayonnaise here!—so you get the great texture, tartness and freshness from the parsley in a super-elegant salad.

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There’s a reason lots of folks choose a SoCo & Lime as their first shot when they turn 21: Southern Comfort may be strong, but it’s got enough sweetness and fruitiness that it’s palatable. In fact, cut with some citrus it’s actually pretty delicious! So of course we decided to turn it into a cocktail. It’s all the fun of a special-occasion shot, in a respectably sippable form. Bottoms up!

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Do you find that you drink the exact same thing every time you have a glass of wine? If so, you’re in a wine rut. We reached out to Ecco Adler, a manager at Manhattan’s Moore Brothers Wine Company to figure out how to try something new—but still enjoy what you’re drinking. Here are his tips on how to buy wine you’ll like, and what to look for.

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Boozy ice cream? Yes please! Our twist on the Pink Squirrel, the Pink Flamingo, gets that same pale pink hue as the Wisconsin-born cocktail, but without the fancy ingredients (what the heck is crème de noyaux, anyway?) and it is so, so good you’ll be happy to eat kale all week just to save up for this sweet treat. Then again… if you sip the Pink Flamingo while standing on one foot, the calories don’t count.

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So… we got so excited about the Pink Flamingo over here that we went off on a wild and crazy iced cocktail brainstorming session. Since one can only have so much boozy ice cream in the name of research (tough job, but someone’s got to do it), we reached out to a few savvy cocktail bloggers to see what kind of concoctions they could dream up. And boy, are our mouths watering!! Apologies if you gain 5 pounds just by reading this.

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If you’re an amazing host (like me!), you probably ended the July Fourth weekend with BBQ fatigue and a bare fridge, save for a few cans of light beer. But your friends are depending on you to bring it on again this weekend. Fortunately, I’ve got the fix. This beer can chicken recipe is easy and impressive thanks to the sweet and spicy jerk rub. Turn up the heat with this new twist on grilled chicken.

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I love how a fruity drink instantly transports you to a land of sea breezes and warm sand (even if you’re just sitting on your front stoop). And gin is my liquor of choice, so I especially love the Singapore Sling. Invented at a hotel bar in the early 20th century, there are many variations, a lot of which call for fancy ingredients, but my version gets the same amazing mix of sweet, tart and bitter without an extra trip to the liquor store. Just be aware of the golden rule of the Singapore Sling: Must Have Garnish. Pineapple wedges, cherries, citrus—whatever!—stack ‘em high onto a skewer before you serve it, otherwise it just won’t do.

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A burger on the grill is amazing… but that red meat’s not so great for you. Chicken in a biscuit? Also amazing… except that chicken’s fried. So here’s the best of both worlds: A chicken burger on a biscuit. This savory recipe, inspired by one at a favorite restaurant, Bubby’s, uses lean chicken and sneaks some veggies into the patty, too! Serve it on a fluffy biscuit topped with cheese, pickles and honey mustard sauce for the perfect blend between a burger and chicken in a biscuit.

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This Creamsicle-inspired punch captures all the appeal of an ice cream truck treat. Creamy and citrusy, with an (optional) whipped cream topper, it’s an amazing combination of drink and dessert—the perfect ending to a great summer meal.

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Skinny Stuffed Peppers

I love stuffed peppers because they’re just as pretty as they are delicious. If you’re serving them to guests, they make a great presentation, and if you’re eating them at home, you have your entire meal in one neat package. Usually they’re made with ground beef, but I made mine healthier by subbing in baby bella mushrooms to create that hearty, makes-you-salivate umami flavor. Get in my belly!

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There's nothing more American than spending time with your family, and I'm lucky that mine is super close-knit. For us, it's all about getting outside, so I put together this barbecue with great food and easy decorations so I could enjoy the day with the people I love most. Click here for the full story.

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Spicy Watermelon Salad

This surprising watermelon salad is zesty and refreshing and pairs perfectly with any barbecue dish. You’ve got salty, you’ve got sweet, you’ve got citrus, you’ve got mint—it’s delicious! I grow the mint in my garden to make it at home, so my spicy watermelon salad is perfect for a hot summer day!

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Bite-Size Artichoke Dip

Everyone likes artichoke dip. But here's how to LOVE it: Make it bite-size and fry it up! We wrapped dollops of artichoke dip in wonton wrappers and lightly fried them to get the crunch of a cracker and gooey cheese-iness of the artichoke dip all in one, mess-less bite that you can pop right into your mouth. Appetizer heaven!

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Just when you thought nothing could be better than a chilled rosé on a hot summer day, we came up with this idea: Turn it into sangria. Start with that crisp fruity pink wine, add some brandy and fresh berries and citrus, and you've got an amazing summer drink. This rosé sangria just became our official summer party punch!

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A little while ago, I was asked by the Chipotle team to come up with a (RED)cipe—a dish using only their ingredients—to support the fight to end AIDS. So I made a delicious Chicken Burrito Soup! Find the full recipe here and learn more about the program at chipotle.com/red.

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Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken

Buffalo chicken wings are delicious. But they’re also fattening, messy and not really a meal you’d feel good about serving your family (not to mention a pain in the butt to make!). So we came up with a better way to get that buffalo deliciousness: Trade the wings for thighs, prep them in a slow cooker instead of frying them, and pair with an iceberg wedge topped with blue cheese. The result? All that buffalo & blue cheese flavor, less of the guilt.

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Miami Vice

In the world of frozen cocktails, ONE REIGNS SUPREME: the Miami Vice. Just like that dynamic duo Crockett and Tubbs, this drink is as stylish as it is strong. Half pina colada, half strawberry daiquiri, swirled together for the ultimate balance of refreshing tropical fruitiness. Say freeze!

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Snoop Dogg Gin Fizzle

Sure, 20 years ago, gin and juice was Snoop Dogg’s go-to cocktail. But these days he’s older, wiser, and appreciates a more nuanced beverage. So when we hosted him on The Chew, Snoop and I updated the basic gin and juice with grapefruit bitters and sparkling orange seltzer to create the Gin Fizzle Fo’ Shizzle. Time to get laid back…

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Homemade Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake

I’ve fallen hard for Starbucks’ Iced Lemon Pound Cake, but I hate shelling out a few dollars for a piece of cake—especially when my Glazed Lemon Pound Cake is even more delicious, will cost you about $5 to make the whole loaf, and uses ingredients you already have in the house. Enjoy!

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Flash back to 1985: An oozing Sloppy Joe sandwich on a plastic tray with some ‘tater tots in the school cafeteria. Sure didn’t look pretty, but it tasted fantastic! We’ve remade the recipe—without canned meat—for this lighter sloppy joe sandwich. You’ve still got that juicy, meaty goodness between the buns, but with less sodium, sugar, calories and guilt than you get from the cafeteria shortcut. P.S. You can also make it in a slow cooker (directions at the end).

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Boozy Sangria Popsicles

It’s getting hot-hot-hot! Ice-cold popsicles are summer’s sweetest indulgence, but why let the kids have all the fun? We make our popsicles like our sangria—fruity and boozy—using white Moscato wine (sounds fancy, but it’s widely available in grocery stores!) and honeydew melon. Let the cooling-off commence!

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Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

Okay, I’m on a bit of a fettuccine kick lately. This Mushroom Fettucine Alfredo is made in the real Italian style, which means that even though it’s cheesy and delicious, it doesn’t have heavy cream in the sauce like the Italian-American version. Now usually the Italians don’t add mushrooms, but I love how they turn this fettucine alfredo into a heartier meal.

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Skinny Margarita Punch

Think you have to buy over-priced drink mix to make a lower-calorie cocktail? Think again. You can substitute a few ingredients on your own to get the same "skinny" result. This punch tastes just like a margarita, but uses agave nectar and juiced citrus to get that balance of sweet and tart instead of artificial ingredients, so you get all the flavor without the guilt. Whip up a batch for your next girl’s night!

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Clinton Kelly Daisy Cakes Coconut Cake

It’s not often that five cakes show up at your door, but that’s what happened one chilly March day. Delivery from Daisy Cakes! Of course we sampled them—yum!!—and I have to say the Coconut Cake was my favorite. So I asked Kim to share the recipe with you here. Now if you’re not a baker, you can still enjoy it in style: Click here to enter to win a set of my Effortless Table dessert plates, plus a subscription to their Cake of the Month Club. Sweet!

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Clinton Kelly No Packet Tacos

I’m all for taking the easy route, but if your shortcut is a sodium-laden flavor packet, stop right now! You already have the ingredients in your cabinet to make Mexican restaurant-worthy tacos. Mix your spices ahead of time and store them in a spice shaker for instant seasoning any time you want to rev up a meal. Then pair your tacos with my Mango Margarita and some Cinco de Mayo decorations for a truly festive treat.

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Clinton Kelly Frozen Mango Margarita

Between entertaining at home and The Chew, I have made many a margarita in my day. Well this one's a personal favorite: The mango gives the drink a little more substance and tastes totally tropical. Plus, all cocktails are just a little better for you when you add fruit. For more Cinco de Mayo inspiration, check out seven more recipes from the mixologists who took my Make Over Your Margarita Challenge, these easy decorations and my No-Packet Taco recipe, too!

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I love a classic margarita (and a Mango Margarita, too!), but that doesn’t mean I can’t check out other drinks with Cinco de Mayo spirit. I challenged seven mixologists to put their own twist on the marg, and got back a bevvy of beverages (with tequila and without) that will make you want to cheat on your margarita, just this one time. Don’t worry, Margarita will be waiting for you. Scroll down for inspiration, and click on the image to find the full margarita recipe.

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Clinton Kelly Mario Batali cookbook

As you may have heard on The Chew, Mario Batali and his team put together a cool cookbook of recipes that use up all the food parts that we normally throw in the garbage. Intrigued? Find it here.

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Clinton Kelly Cucumber Mint Spritz

A white wine spritzer: The height of 1980s sophistication. Whether it was Dallas or Falcon Crest, the chicest of the chic let down their sprayed hair onto well-padded shoulders with a spritzer. And did that make an impression on me. Alas, I learned the truth when I came of drinking age: white wine spritzers are kind of boring. So we made them amazing. Mine are so dangerously delicious you might let someone talk you into getting a perm.

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Clinton Kelly Hash Brown Frittata

If you’re in a crunch and can’t decide what to make for brunch, why not combine two dishes together? This recipe melds crispy potatoes with fluffy eggs for a scrumptious all-in-one breakfast. Plus, it’s a great way to use up last night’s leftover veggies—I used leeks, mushrooms and broccoli for mine, but any vegetables work. My other secret to success: Using frozen hash browns instead of peeling and grating those ‘taters yourself. Not only do they save you time, but they always cook just right!

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Clinton Kelly Nacho Doritos Kale Chips

We’ve all been there. Some days you just want to go home and eat a bag of chips. Well, I give you permission to chow down—on kale chips. Forget those packaged chips that cost $8 for four leaves. Ridiculous. Mine are crazy easy to make and they taste just like Nacho Cheese Doritos. But BETTER. FOR REAL! Guilt-free binging? Yes, please!

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Clinton Kelly Vodka Gimlet

I love a vodka gimlet. But despite the fact that it’s super-simple to make, a lot of people screw it up—too sour and you can’t drink the damn thing, too sweet and you’ve got a poor man’s margarita. Now there’s nothing wrong with being a poor man, but do you really want to drink like one? I thought not. Here’s how to do it right.

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Clinton Kelly Negroni

This classic Italian aperitif is a staple at my cocktail parties—light, with that hint of citrus to make it really refreshing. Replace the standard orange peel with a candied version for a sweet treat.

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Clinton Kelly Grilled Cheese with Apples and Jame

A nice gooey grilled cheese is a quick, satisfying meal to whip up for lunch—but it can get a little same-old. My version uses fancier cheese and a few extra ingredients you probably have lying around to make it extra-FABULOUS. Enjoy!

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Clinton Kelly Arugula Pesto

Need a Pasta Night refresh? Use arugula—a leafy green usually reserved for fancy salads—to spice up your pesto. It’s got an unexpected peppery taste that can lighten up those carbs, it’s super-easy to make (literally: just blend) and it’s a good way to sneak some greens into your dinner. I put mine over spaghettini, a slightly thinner noodle than spaghetti, to get more of the flavor in every bite.

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Clinton Kelly Easy Chicken Nuggets and Sauces

Chicken Fingers: Every restaurant in the world offers them as a kids' menu fail-safe because they’re freakin’ delicious. But when’s the last time YOU had them? Moist chicken on the inside, crispy crunchiness on the outside, smothered in gooey sauce—you drooling yet? Before you head for take-out, make my version. It’s faster than the drive-thru and healthier than the mass-produced stuff. Plus, the sauces we whipped up are insanely good.

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Clinton Kelly Buddha's Secret Cocktail

What is Buddha’s Secret to a long and happy life? Perhaps it’s a delicious cocktail—like this Asian twist on a martini—made with sake and ginger for a sweet exotic blend of flavors. It’s my latest concoction inspired by my Effortless Table line. (Try all of my delicious cocktail musings: Spring Fever, Lucky in Love, and Birds & Bees?) Drink in Good Health.

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Clinton Kelly Hot Spicy Cheese Sticks

Sometimes when you got to a fancy bar, they serve these amazing, addictive cheese sticks. Well guess what? They’re easy to make and they’re a real crowd-pleaser when you’re entertaining. Click here to watch me make them—and here to watch me burn them (whoops!).

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Clinton Kelly Chicken Osso Buco

This classic Italian dish usually takes hours to make—picture Nonna slaving over the stove with a wooden spoon in one hand and a cup of red wine in the other. But guess what? You can get that same rich flavor in just 45 minutes with this recipe, which substitutes chicken thighs for the traditional veal shanks for a slightly lighter—but just as flavorful—spin.

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Clinton Kelly Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’re a devoted reader of the site, you know we have a weakness for a chocolate peanut butter combo. Well if you do, too, then these cookies will be the best—and worst—thing I’ve ever introduced you to. They’re so stinkin’ easy to make, a kid could do it (no literally—our staffer makes these with her toddler) and guess what? They’re gluten-free! Now I am not saying they’re good for you, but they are the most delicious food on the planet. You’re welcome. And I’m sorry.

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Clinton Kelly Sesame Salmon and Brown Rice Bowl

My favorite weeknight meal is anything you can balance on your belly while watching TV. Now before you use this as an excuse to shake some ramen out of a packet and turn on Judge Judy, let me introduce you to this healthy, hearty meal-in-a-bowl (only one guilty pleasure at a time, okay?). If you can chop, boil water and turn on a stove, you’ve got all your food groups in one spot—and it’s a great way to use up, say, last night’s leftover broccoli, without being bored to death.

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Clinton Kelly Healthy Shepherd's Pie

What’s more comforting on a cold night that hearty, gooey shepherd’s pie? Too bad the traditional version is terrible for you! Fortunately, there’s a fix: My take on it replaces the potatoes with cauliflower and the beef or lamb with turkey for a much healthier—but just as delicious—recipe.

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Clinton Kelly Birds & Bees Cocktail

Let’s have a conversation about the birds and the bees. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about s-e-x , I’m talking about a fabulous cocktail! Inspired by my Effortless Table place setting of the same name, this recipe combines two of nature’s sweetest treats, honey and blackberries, into a drink that’s fruity and refreshing—and will give you a little buzz, too.

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Clinton Kelly Cake Batter Bark

You know what’s delicious? Cake mix. Forget turning it into batter—it tastes amazing straight out of the box. Well, this dessert incorporates cake mix with three other delicious ingredients (chocolate, chocolate, and sprinkles) for an even more amazing dessert. Just try it. It really is SO GOOD.

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Clinton Kelly Avocado Toast

People are obsessed with avocado toast. I’ve been eating it for years as an energy-boosting snack because avocado is high in protein, “good” fat, fiber and a bunch of other nutrients. And, it’s delicious. So now that you want to eat it every day, here are three twists on it to keep it interesting.

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Clinton Kelly Lucky in Love Cocktail

Some people have all the luck—but the rest of us could use a few magic charms. Inspired by my Effortless Table place setting of the same name, it combines two aromatic Italian liqueurs (and we all know how amorous those Italians are!) with the not-too-sweet fruit of blueberries. Make this cocktail and your love life is guaranteed to hit a hot streak.

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Clinton Kelly Chicken Mole Enchiladas

The Mexican people have been adding chocolate to food for ages, and mole is one of my favorite sauces. The traditional version of this complex sauce takes tons of sauces (and time!) to make, but my version is simple, quick and uses ingredients you already have in your pantry. Add chicken and cheese to the sauce to serve it in tortillas or over rice.

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ABC Kitchen Big Apple Martini

One of our go-to date night restaurants in Manhattan is ABC Kitchen. It has a cozy, eclectic candle-lit vibe that’s perfect for having an intimate conversation. I especially love their Big Apple martini: It’s strong, but sweet and tart, too, with the apple, lemon and ginger to give it a twist without going into sugar overload. Consider it grown-up apple juice. With a bite.

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Best Bacon Apps

Stressing about how to please a hungry hoard? Here’s a tip: It’s time to bring home the bacon. This salty, fatty meat enhances just about any flavor, and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Here are three bacon-tastic apps to serve at your next get-together.

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Airmail Cocktail

About once a month, I take the women who work for me out to test cocktail recipes (jealous?). On a recent outing to a hotel bar in midtown Manhattan (it’s swanky, I swear!), the bartender introduced us to The Airmail: Sweetened with honey, woozy with rum and sparkling from a champagne topper. Make it and be inspired to send your lover a lusty letter instead of shooting him a text. Your sex life will thank me.

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Wherever you go, it’s kale, kale, kale. But when it comes to your own relationship with kale, maybe you have some doubts. Is everyone else really eating that much kale? Are they enjoying it as much as they say they are? Because when you have kale, you always do the same thing, and it’s a little bland. Well, I’m here to tell you the secret to great kale: Massage. Yup, just give those leaves a little fondle—rub them between your fingers for a few minutes—and that roughage will turn silky-smooth. Take it from me. I have great kale all the time. Now you, too, can brag to your friends that you were up eating kale all night and it was a-ma-zing. Phew, is it hot in here?

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Clinton Kelly Stinton cocktail

What do you get when you put Clinton Kelly and Stacy London in a room together? Not just the chemistry to pull off ten transformation-filled years of What Not to Wear, but one fantastic cocktail, too: The Stinton (get it?). An homage to our addiction to drinking Manhattans while filming Season 7, this drink’s got sweet, sass and always tells the truth. Just like us. P.S. Stacy’s got a new project on TLC, a “make-under” show called Love, Lust or Run. Check it out!

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The Truth About Cleanses Clinton Kelly

Cleanses and fad diets are all the rage this time of year when people want a quick way to lose holiday weight. I tried a juice cleanse once. Sure I lost weight but then I gained it all back a week later. And my co-workers, friends and family nicknamed me Mr. Grumpy Pants. I learned the hard way: Cleanses and fad diets don't work on their own. But don’t take it just from me. I asked nutritionist Chrissy Wellington-Garner at Canyon Ranch In Lenox, Massachusetts, to tell me the truth about the most popular cleanses and to share one, if any, good takeaway from each.

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Clinton Kelly Healthy Cod

If you eat one healthy thing this year, eat this fish. Please know that this recipe isn’t just good for your body (it has 32 grams of protein and is packed with monounsaturated fat!) but it’s delish. I asked Scott Uehlein, chef with Canyon Ranch, to send me his nutritious-tastes-great-meal. Let’s all try it! Now.

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Clinton Kelly Cocktail Naughty Bubbles

My staff and I walk into a bar… and this happened. Yum.

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Clinton Kelly Latkes

When I was kid, I would beg my mom to make latkes. I had no idea these fried potato pancakes had anything to do with Hanukkah. I just knew they were delicious! Deep frying foods in oil is a tradition during The Festival of Lights, but latkes can be enjoyed year round in so many mouthwatering ways - as a base for a perfectly fried egg at breakfast to a side with dinner or as a versatile passed party food. This recipe was passed down through generations to Alonna, one of my editors. While the traditional accompaniments are applesauce and sour cream, I added a modern twist with three new topping ideas.

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Clinton Kelly Fancy Up Apps on Rachael Ray

Everyone loves a mini hot dog but the usual condiments can be a real yawn. Mustard and ketchup have their rightful places at the table. No argument there! But when I visited the Rachael Ray Show I showed everyone how to put a twist on basic hors d'oeuvres. Here are two new ways to pretty up pigs in blankets (think: pigs in cashmere throws). Enjoy!

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Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies Clinton Kelly

People are really into Christmas cookies. But not everyone can whip up a snow globe-shaped treat with ornate winter scenes done in 10 shades of icing. The baking inept (or uninterested) don’t have to miss out on tradition. This is the one recipe you need for an easy and delicious cookie. It has all the elements of a winter delight: It’s tart, sweet and chewy. Watch them disappear.

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Pear Crunch Pie Clinton Kelly

It’s always gratifying when people contact me on social media and complement my recipes. And then there are people who leave rude comments about my beard. But what really makes my day is when others truly grasp the deliciousness and heritage of my Grandma Kelly’s pear crunch pie. It’s a staple when my family gathers for special occasions. Each bite is filled with admiration for my grandma. I’m happy to share the recipe with you and I hope it adds sweetness to your holiday season. P.S.: The beard is not going anywhere.

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Clinton Kelly Mango Crisp

Did you catch my segment on Fox's Health Talk? These are the delicious recipes I prepared incorporating the sweet, almighty mango. Lighten your holiday season (or your everyday meals) by adding this creamy fruit. Happy holidays!

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Kale is the vegetable of the moment. It's a super food with fiber, protein, folate and vitamins. But some people find its furrowed, green leaves unapproachable - even those among us who add it to daily smoothies. This preparation takes away the slightly bitter taste and the cheese adds a salty kick. It's certainly not kale in its healthiest form. But the holidays beg for rich food. You have my permission to indulge! Toss a handful of warm, crisp bits of bacon on top to really celebrate. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Clinton Kelly

Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. In fact, I look forward to them more than the big meal. Why? Because I can overeat without judgment from others. Keep the holiday feeling going another day—and stretch your budget with this Mother of All Sandwiches.

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Caramel Apples Clinton Kelly

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly crisp apple—especially the initial pierce of the skin and subsequent release of that sweet apple juice. Now imagine that treat covered in ooey gooey caramel. And leftover Halloween candy! Oh, you know you want it right now. In fact, I may or may not be covered in caramel as I write this.

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Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast Clinton Kelly

You’re hosting a small Thanksgiving … or you don’t like dark meat … or it’s just an average Sunday in the middle of winter. Just a few of the reasons you might have for not roasting a whole bird. This recipe is worth keeping close by; it utilizes only the breast but fills the whole house with that Turkey Day feeling.

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Forget everything you know about sweet pumpkin desserts. This Pumpkin Cheescake Pie is beyond words: Creamy cheesecake filling, a crunch caramle-pecan crust, a dollop of whipped cream... Ok, maybe I have one word: YUM!

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Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Squash

Summer seems to have vanished before it started, and with it went the tender zucchini, sweet ears of corn and fragrant, plump tomatoes. I will miss that warm-weather bounty, but the saving grace of autumn is the hearty and satisfying squash. Here's a recipe for baked kabocha with sausage stuffing that's easy, delicious and satisfying enough to make you forget that spring is only six months away.

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Chambord Vodka Soda Clinton Kelly

The vodka and soda. It’s pretty much the tan pants of alcoholic beverages. Someone wake me when this drink is over. But I get it. Low in calories, especially during the time of year between Halloween and New Year’s when you’re ingesting your body weight in pumpkin pie and eggnog. Try this twist instead: a splash of Chambord! Still relatively low in cals but with a hint of raspberry deliciousness. Plus, the color’s seasonally appropriate.

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Easy Beet Dip

Don't you hate when your best friend from college shows up unannounced at your door. No need to run out and buy pricey gourmet food to impress the pants off of her. You can whip up these three appetizers with stuff you probably already have in your pantry right now. You don’t need to stress or spend a dime. Just be a fabulous hostess!

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Clinton Kelly Gravy

If you screw up the gravy, you screw up Thanksgiving, so understandably you're nervous about making the stuff. Take a deep breath, it's not that hard to make a good gravy. Just follow this recipe and you'll be fine.

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Fall Soup Clinton Kelly

Last Friday around 4:00 p.m., I was smacked in the face with the realization that I needed sausage and kale soup in a bad way. (I’m not really too prone to cravings so when they hit, I listen.) I didn’t look at a recipe, just ran to the supermarket and started grabbing things. Luckily, the soup turned out amazing! Heed your need for soup (during chilly fall weather or anytime) with any of these delicious and easy soup recipes.

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5 Popcorn Recipes Clinton Kelly

When I settle in for a good scary movie … Poltergeist, Carrie, The Notebook … I like a nice homemade bowl of popcorn at my side. And I prefer making it the old-fashioned way, on the stove. It’s not difficult to do, the popcorn tastes way better and isn’t loaded with chemicals. Here’s how I pop my kernels and my favorite add-ins to jazz up the popcorn flavor.

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Clinton Kelly's Butternut Squash Baked Ziti

I prepared this warm, cheesy, squashy delight on The Chew. It's the ultimate Autumn comfort meal. Enjoy!

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Brussels sprouts Clinton Kelly

One of the best things about being on The Chew is cooking delicious meals (and getting paid to throw back booze midday! Wowee!). Here are some of my favorite recipes that I’ve whipped up on the set this year. Bon appétit!

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To partake in the seasonal ritual of a pumpkin-flavored coffee at Starbucks will run you at least $3 or upwards of $5. Let me save you some cash and add some flavor to your life. You can make a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in your own kitchen (I do!). My recipe has way less fat, sugar, calories and sneaky chemicals than the lattes you buy on your lunch break. And yes, it costs much less. And that makes my pumpkin spiced latte taste even better.

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Zesty pumpkin seeds Clinton Kelly

The worst thing about carving a pumpkin? Scooping out goopy, slimy seeds. The best? Collecting them to make a delicious snack. But I have to admit: I kind of enjoy separating the seeds from the squishy stuff (it’s like a mini horror movie experience). Empty the innards into a colander and rinse them with water. This will make it easier to pry away the seeds from the pulp. Don’t forget to pat the seeds dry with a paper towel before you start cooking.

This recipe is perfect because it uses ingredients you probably have in the cabinet. Add the finished product to buttered popcorn for a movie night twist. Cue up Poltergeist and appease the spirits in your home with this seasonal treat.

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Spicy Toasted Pecans

Whether you’re playing games with the family or hosting people for the Big Game, it’s always a good idea to add a bunch of nuts to the mix. I don’t mean nuts like your cousin Karl, I mean those crunchy morsels that make a tasty appetizer. These pecans are especially yummy—rich and salty, with just enough heat. Prefer almonds? Use any nut in this recipe to whip up a good snack when you need a bite of something savory. Just try to keep ‘em in the bowl!

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Fruit Punch

When it comes to entertaining a group, I’ve got just one word for you, booze-wise: Punch. This one's loosely based on the Long Island Iced Tea from my homeland—make a vat of it and keep it flowing. A couple big benefits: It’s strong enough to get the party started, but too sweet for anyone to go overboard, and it saves you from getting stuck in the kitchen mixing cocktails or hauling the chardonnay out of the fridge for the gazillionth time. Plus, mine’s got fruit in it, so technically it’s good for you… right?

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Sausage Platter

Happy Oktoberfest, readers! One time, I went to Prague. I asked for a real Czech meal, and ended up with a plate piled with more meat than I’ve ever seen in one place. And you know what? I respect that the Europeans have a healthy love of meat, especially once it gets a little cold outside. In France, they call this sort of dish a choucroute garnie (literally, “dressed sauerkraut”). In Germany, they just call it a sausage platter. We called up Sylvester Schneider, owner of Zum Schneider Bavarian Bierhaus in NYC, to get the scoop on how to put together a good platter of meat at home. Turns out, it’s simple:

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Roast Chicken with Apples

It’s apple season! There’s nothing better than heading out to an orchard and picking your own apples—besides eating them, that is. But sometimes you get a couple that turn out to be a little sour or mealy. Those are the ones to use for this recipe. The slow roasting pulls out all the good flavors and disguises any bad ones. Mmmm….

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Cucumber Quickles

Let’s say some of the veggies in your garden underperformed this summer, like the green tomatoes clinging to the vines in my back yard. Or maybe you’re just sick of eating fresh cucumber after four months of harvesting the buggers. Either way, I have the answer: Pickling. Don’t worry, I haven’t turned all crazy live-off-the-land on you. I like a quick, easy pickle, aka a QUICKLE. This recipe gets you that vinegar-y snap in just a few hours, but tastes even better if you let it steep longer. So you can enjoy that produce now and later!

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Canyon Ranch Cranberry Muffins

This summer I needed some quiet time to work on a writing project, so I checked into Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires for a few days. While there, I became mildly obsessed with these muffins, so I asked their chef for the recipe. While some muffins are loaded with saturated fat and sugar, these ones are relatively guilt-free—always a good way to start the day. (I like to save my guilt for nighttime!)

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I love a shrub. I’m not talking about the bushes next to your driveway, although I’m fond of some of those. I mean the mixer you make by soaking fruit in vinegar and adding sugar until it becomes a sweet, tart syrup. In my office, we made one from grapefruit, but you can substitute any fruit you find at your local farmstand. When your shrub is ready to drink, add a splash to a vodka and soda (or a gin and soda) for a refreshing surprise!

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Clinton Kelly Turkey Sweet Potatoes

We asked, you answered: What’s your effortless meal? We love @kathrynadele’s easy, healthy (and delicious) twist on a meaty baked potato. Read on for directions—and if you’re looking for more inspiration for dinner tonight, search #effortlesstable on Instagram or Twitter for more great entries. It was hard to pick just one winner!

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My garden’s been insane this year—gobs of tomatoes, foot-long zucchinis and some egg-cellent eggplants, among other bounty. With all this produce, it’s a challenge to get creative in the kitchen to use it all up. Here are two ways I've made over picks from my garden as super-simple, delicious meals. These might just be the best things I eat all summer!

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Some nights you just need dinner to be effortless. As in, that delicious, no-brainer dish that doesn’t require a recipe because it’s so ingrained in your mind. This Asian-inspired version of chicken and rice is my weeknight go-to because it only takes a few ingredients to give those sometimes bland staples a spicy twist. What’s your effortless meal? Share it for a chance to win pieces from my tabletop collection! Click here for more info.

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Whether you work or have kids to get off to school, fall is the time when your schedule starts to get serious. Cue the triple venti no-foam latte, STAT! Now, I’m not going to tell you the best way to make your coffee. Instead, let’s talk about coffee cocktails. Whenever I’m in San Francisco, I make a pilgrimage to the Buena Vista, a bar credited for inventing the Irish Coffee. And boy, is it delicious. So in its honor, I bring you five coffee cocktails, some hot and some cold, to serve up when you get a break this weekend.

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My garden went gangbusters this year. Yay! And while I'm completely and totally over zucchini at this point, I'm still loving the sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes and crisp cucumbers that just keep coming. Here's my recipe for a super-easy gazpacho, which can be served at room temp, but I like it slightly chilled. For a thicker soup, add some bread to the blender, but that's not necessary, especially if you're gluten-free. If your gaz gets too thick, you can add some tomato juice, or even just some cold water. But keep the ingredients fresh, and you can't screw this one up!

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A favorite summer tradition of mine is the clam bake—which doesn’t involve baking, but a labor-intensive process where you dig a hole in the sand, get a fire roaring, then douse it with salt water to steam seafood and seaweed on the piping-hot rocks. Since most of us can’t just light up anywhere we darn well please, this recipe captures that breezy, briny spirit from the convenience of the stove. The directions look complicated, but they’re really meant to be more of a loose guide than a must-do—the most important thing is to throw in the things that need to cook longest first.

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Ah, the perfect hot-weather cocktail: minty, fizzy, sweet and strong. Legend has it that the Southside was invented during Prohibition by Chicago mobsters to disguise the taste of bathtub gin. These days, tony beach clubs along the Atlantic (no, the whole coast isn’t totally Snooki-fied) serve it up in summer with rum instead of gin for a Jersey Shore twist on the mojito. P.S. It’s surprisingly boozy, so sip slowly, my friends!

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Guess what? Meat isn’t the only thing you can throw on the grill. Fruit tastes great when it’s lightly seared—it brings out the sweetness and makes ripe produce even more gooey and delicious. Try this fruit-y take on a kebab with a scrumptious balsamic glaze as a side at your next meal or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a part sweet, part savory summer dessert.

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I’m a huge fan of chimichurri sauce. An alternative to salsa or a heavy butter-based sauce, it’s delicious over a grilled skirt steak, but don’t hesitate to try it over chicken, pork or grilled vegetables—I especially like it with zucchini—and it takes literally minutes to make. Delicioso!

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I love a watermelon margarita, and I love an icy treat, so I created this. One part popsicle, one part cocktail, this super-simple granita is a scrumptious ending to a summer meal—and, it’s fancy! The watermelon is refreshing, the lime gives it a kick, and the simple syrup makes that tequila go down real smooth. Honestly, the hardest part is waiting for it to freeze.

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Got guests coming over? When it’s too darn hot to even contemplate the microwave, here’s one thing you can do: Set a pretty table and let someone else do the cooking for you. I promise, even pizza delivery can look chic if you serve it up right! There are four basic elements you should always include for a great tablescape:

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When it comes to camp cuisine, one word comes to mind: Beans. That’s right, the magical fruit. And guess what? These pebbles-in-a-can are full of fiber and protein and gluten-free, too—so they’re a food that even your friend who’s always on a diet can get behind (so to speak). Here’s how to class ‘em up quick as a guest-worthy app.

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Hosting a backyard bash? I beg you: Don’t pass out from overexertion shaking artisanal cocktails for each of your guests. Instead, mix up my go-to summer party punch: sangria. It’s practically foolproof—get some cheap-ish wine, throw in some fruit, add a little liquor—and it tastes even better if you make it the night before. And here’s a tip: If it’s really hot outside, toss it into a blender with some ice before serving. Think of it as a slushie for grownups. Mmmmmmmm.

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