15 Minutes with Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats

Seriously Delish Jessica Merchant
Thanks to the hundreds (okay, thousands) of food blogs currently in existence, it's almost impossible to pick a favorite. Luckily, Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats makes it easy. It's been five years since the Pennsylvania native and newlywed launched her blog --  and with a new book, Seriously Delish, recently... read more

Seasonal Sipper: The Apple Cider Margarita You Have to Try

The Nest Apple Cider Margarita Recipe
We're obsessing over this apple cider margarita. Thanks to a sweet mix of tequila and fresh apple cider, this drink is part summer, part fall and all sorts of perfect. What You'll Need: Grand Marnier Gold Tequila (we used the 1800 brand) Apple cider Orange juice Ground cinnamon (plus a few cinnamon sticks... read more

Takeout Fakeout: Homemade Hot Wings Made Easy

The Nest chicken wing recipe
Spicy heat plus chicken make the best team, so what's a football party without hot wings? Gotta have 'em, and with this no-fuss baked recipe, there's no need to order in. What You'll Need: For the Wings 3 lb chicken wings 2 tablespoons corn, canola, grapeseed or vegetable oil (plus more for brushing)... read more

Chop Shop: 7 Colorful Knives for $50 or Less

From chopping onions to slicing strawberries, when you're prepping food in the kitchen, your best bet is to use good knives. But that doesn’t mean your go-to tools need to be boring -- or expensive. Here are seven blades that will add a little color to your cooking style. SHOP NOW: 1. Resin 5"... read more

Football Party Food! The No-Fumble Spinach-Artichoke Dip

The Nest spinach artichoke dip recipe
Make this perfect dip for your next pregame party, and you'll be the fan favorite. Baked until crispy golden brown on the outside, warm and creamy on the inside, this homemade spinach-artichoke dip is good enough to make you forget the final score. What You'll Need: 2 1/4 cups Italian-style shredded cheese blend... read more

Instant Expert: The Dish on Polenta

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You've heard of the stuff, but what's really all of the hype behind this Italian staple? Let us explain. So what is it? Made from ground cornmeal, polenta is that pale yellow, dough-paste hybrid that's popping up on menus everywhere. Chefs like it because it's extremely versatile -- you can either bake, fry or grill... read more

Bring On the Best Bloody Mary

The Nest bloody mary recipe
Here's what we know you love about the best brunch drink ever -- the Bloody Mary. It's a meal in a beverage. Who needs a plate of food? Start your weekend off right with this everything-but-the-kitchen sink version. What You'll Need (makes 1 drink): Celery, olives, blue cheese or feta, cornichons or other... read more

Chill Out with This Beautiful Brunch to Copy This Weekend

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade HomePhoto: A Beautiful Mess
Even though it's September, we'll still convince ourselves that it's the middle of July. After all, only the harshest weather from the fastest winds to the coldest ice storms will ever keep us from doing brunch outdoors. And even then, we'll just take the party inside. Pass the mimosas, because this weekend you're... read more

Instant Expert: Black Rice Will Blow Your Mind

black rice 101
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Forget white and brown rice. Black rice -- also known as forbidden rice (according to old tales, it was once reserved for Chinese rulers) -- is a beautiful super food of a grain that changes color like magic from black to purple when cooked. So what else is special about it? Black is the new... read more

Instant Expert: 7 Foods You’re Probably Mispronouncing

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Know that one pretentious friend of yours who insists she knows everything (um, except for that time she forgot your birthday)? Yeah, even she's probably incorrectly saying some of these words. Prove that even if you can't make dinner without setting off the smoke detector, you can definitely pronounce these foods the right way. read more