Rachel Sylvester

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Cookbook Crave: Sweet Apple Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

apple recipes
As much as we love a classic apple pie, it's a good idea to have a few backup desserts on hand in case you get, well...bored. From crispy, apple-topped potato pancakes to a flaky almond tart, you'll crave these sweet apple treats: Potato Pancakes with Applesauce Fried to a perfect golden brown, these... read more

The Best Big-Batch Thanksgiving Cocktail

apple vanilla vodka sangria recipe
If you can't be trusted around an oven but still feel obligated to bring something -- anything -- to the Thanksgiving table, then this big-batch cocktail is the way to go. Made with fresh fruit, white wine, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla vodka, it's a sweet Thanksgiving cocktail that everyone at... read more

A Healthy Food Blogger Shares Her Kitchen Secrets

Silvana's Kitchen bookbook
Managing to pull off a homemade meal any night of the week is tough enough, but making it gluten and dairy-free sounds all sorts of impossible. Surprisingly though, cookbook author, editor and former bakery owner Silvana Nardone makes it look foolproof. From sweet cinnamon-swirl pancakes to freshly-made... read more

Creamy, Homemade Pumpkin Fettuccine You'll Crave

pumpkin fettuccine alfredoPhoto: Cookie + Kate / The Nest Fall '13 Magazine
We'll admit it -- homemade Fettuccine Alfredo sounds great in theory, but it's not exactly what comes to mind when you're trying to pull together a quick weeknight dinner. Luckily, this pumpkin fettuccine recipe courtesy of Cookie + Kate is the definition of easy (and delicious). Tossed with an alfredo-like pumpkin sauce and... read more

3 Super-Savory Comfort Food Classics

baked mac and cheese recipe
In search of some much-needed dinner inspiration? Take a cue from Stephanie Le's new cookbook, Easy Gourmet, and taste test one of these three super-indulgent comfort foods tonight: Pea and Bacon Risotto Creamy and comforting, this indulgent risotto is best enjoyed during cozy nights in (watching Scandal, obviously). read more

Thanksgiving Treat: Healthy Stuffed Acorn Squash

stuffed acorn squashPhoto: A Couple Cooks
Between the gravy, stuffing and never-ending supply of pie served at most Thanksgiving get-togethers, it's almost impossible to find a turkey day recipe that doesn't immediately send you into a food coma. Enter this acorn squash recipe courtesy of A Couple Cooks. Stuffed with healthy quinoa and... read more

4 Cheap Holiday Wines That Actually Taste Good

red wine glassesPhoto: Antonis Achilleos
When it comes to holiday wine, you don't necessarily have to opt for an expensive bottle to impress those dinner guests (especially your picky in-laws). To help you prep for the next few hectic weeks, we got Master Sommelier Richard Betts to share his top pro picks for affordable holiday wines... read more

15 Minutes With the Death & Co. Founder

David Kaplan Death and Co.
With a name like Death & Company, it has to be good (or at the very least, interesting). We spoke with David Kaplan, the 32-year-old founder and owner of this New York-based bar, on what makes him tick -- from pear brandy cocktails to the perfect martini recipe: Where does Death & Co.... read more

Instant Expert: The Standard Stockpot

stockpotPhoto: Shutterstock
Get the low down on this kitchen staple with our handy stockpot-buying guide: What it is: A lidded pot that ranges in size from 1 to 13 quarts that's normally made of stainless steel. It's one of the most common pots you'll find in a kitchen, with a flat bottom and high sides perfect for... read more

Warm Up With These Cold-Weather Whiskey Cocktails

whiskey cocktails cookbook
Thanks to 30-degree weather and the first signs of snow, it's officially time to ditch that pumpkin spice latte in favor of something just a little bit stronger. Warm up with one of these three whiskey cocktails -- from a sweet chocolate sipper to an apple-infused Old Fashioned. To... read more