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Emily Carrick

July 8, 2016

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When I came home to LA for the summer, the first thing I wanted to do was head straight for California Pizza Kitchen for their kids’ mac and cheese. Also, obviously, In-N-Out and the beach and all of the one million boba tea shops. But nothing compares to the cheesy goodness of mac and cheese. Whether classic and kid-friendly or gussied up to appease adults’ fancy palates, mac is literally always good. In honor of yesterday’s National Macaroni Day (naked macaroni rather than the cheesy variety, but it’s the spirit of the thing), here are five delicious YouTube recipes.

1. Waffled Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese WAFFLES. Have you ever heard of such glory? If there’s one food item better than mac, it’s waffles. Plus this recipe is from the Today show, and man do I love the Today show. (My body may be 21, but my soul is a 45-year-old housewife.) See more here.

2. Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

I go to school in North Carolina, and in my three years below the Mason-Dixon line, the biggest thing I’ve learned about the South is that they love their mac and cheese. One of my friends from NC loves Southern-style mac and cheese so much that she refuses to grant the Kraft variety the name “mac and cheese.” (If it’s not baked with breadcrumbs on top, it’s just “pasta with cheese sauce.”) Here is one such example of “true” mac and cheese. See more here.

3. Truffle Mac and Cheese

If you’re looking for a more frou-frou style, you can’t go wrong with white truffle mac and cheese. Truffle mac represents an incredible phenomenon of today’s cooking: basic stuff made fancy by the sheer pretension of the modern palate. It’s like you want to be eating mac and cheese, but you’re not five, so you feel like you gotta kick it up a notch. I love the irony of it all, but I also love the result: fancy mac and cheese is bomb.

4. Mac and Cheese Pizza

Chances are, if you’re the type of person who likes mac and cheese, you’re also the type of person who likes pizza. I don’t want to generalize, but c’mon, let’s be real. So what would be better than combining the two? This type has bacon stuffed into the crust.

5. Orange and Black Mac and Cheese

Combine pop culture and mac and cheese. Watch Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley from Orange is the New Black make Dorito-and-Cheeto mac and cheese. This cooking duo calls itself Pasty (their characters Poussey + Taystee, playing off those “Tasty” recipe videos you see all over Facebook). “Them Doritos and them Cheetos make it wassup,” Samira says. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Kerry O'Donoghue

April 8, 2016

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Have April showers forced you to stay indoors?  If you are avoiding the rain, then the best solution is to prepare delicious food from the comfort of your home.  A classic homemade recipe is the way to go when you are forced to stay inside.  Spend time cooking a favorite meal you know by heart, or use YouTube to learn a new recipe.  We all need to get through rainy days somehow!  Here are a few comfort food recipes to make the best out of a rainy day.

1. Chicken Pot Pie

Forget the store bought chicken pot pie. Try this recipe from SortedFood for a lesson on how to make a chicken stock from scratch.  You can make a larger version of this pot pie, or serve individually in small ramekins. A steaming chicken pot pie is just what you need on a cold April day. (more…)

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Kerry O'Donoghue

March 25, 2016

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Your weekend should be filled with Easter activities galore!  Easter Sunday is a family holiday, which makes it the best day to set up an egg hunt, munch on excessive amounts of chocolate bunnies, and complete a DIY project.  Whether you build a duckling out of papier mâché or choose to bake delicious carrot cupcakes, the act of completing a project with family or friends makes the holiday even more special.  Let your creativity shine this weekend with crafts you will want to show off all season long.  We know you will have a ‘hoppy’ Easter with any of these five Pinterest crafts!

1. DIY Mini Bouquets


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Kerry O'Donoghue

March 11, 2016

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Everyone is Irish on March 17th!  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with authentic Irish recipes, an Irish blessing, and parties that will make you dance a jig or two.  Remember to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or remain in fear of being pinched. While St. Patrick’s Day may be celebrated around the world with a Guinness in hand at the local Irish bar, there are many ways to honor the holiday.  Here are the best ways to celebrate March 17th according to Instagram!

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Kerry O'Donoghue

February 5, 2016

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Football fanatic or not, Super Bowl 50 has everyone excited this weekend!  Whether you love watching the Big Game for the football, the commercials, or the food, this Sunday is an exciting day for the nation.  Keep your energy up with delicious snack time food for game time.  On Super Bowl Sunday you will come across the usual game day spread of cheese dips, wings, and anything fried.  Keep food light and delicious with tasty finger food!  Looking for snack inspiration for the Big Game?  Check out these top recipes for crowd-pleasing snacks!

1. Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese Dip

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Kerry O'Donoghue

January 22, 2016

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The average Los Angeles foodie is used to dining at all the best restaurants in town!  Others may wait until Restaurant Week to enjoy a three-course meal at one of LA’s most popular restaurants.  For those who are unfamiliar, Restaurant Week is your opportunity to dine at the trendiest restaurants your city has to offer at a discounted rate.  With only seven days left of restaurant week in LA, you should take advantage of dineLA’s sweet deals this weekend.  This culinary event usually takes place twice a year in major cities across the United States.  Some of Los Angeles’s most noteworthy food bloggers have highlighted these LA hotspots on Instagram.  Check out these popular culinary experiences below!

1. DineLA

Los Angeles Restaurant Week is sponsored by DineLA, whose Instagram boasts plenty of food and landmark photos from all over the city.  Restaurant week provides fixed price menus for lunch and dinner at the best restaurants in town.  Check out the list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week to discover a taste of LA! (more…)

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Kerry O'Donoghue

January 15, 2016

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The chilly winter months have kicked in and it is time to stay warm with a hot meal.  Beat a cold January evening with a steaming bowl of hot stew!  A broth and veggies will do your body good if you are feeling under the weather or are in good health.  These YouTube videos show five delicious recipes for a nourishing dinner.  The best part about making a tasty soup or stew is that you can make it in a big batch and save leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.  Watch the following videos for easy to make winter soup and stew recipes!

 

1. Chicken Stew

While chicken noodle soup may be your go-to recipe on a cold day, try something new in the kitchen this year! This chicken stew with sweet plantains recipe looks super tasty and will be more filling than a bowl of noodle soup.  A chicken stew will warm you up just as good as any blanket on a cold winter evening.   (more…)

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Kerry O'Donoghue

December 11, 2015

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‘Tis the season for holiday jingles, ugly Christmas sweater parties, and a good old-fashioned cookie exchange!  There is no better way to honor the holiday season than with a delicious cup of hot chocolate and a tasty cookie.  Whether you are baking a batch of cookies for friends, co-workers, or your own personal indulgence, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread, peppermint, and sugar cookies galore.  Take a bite out of Christmas with these five delightful cookie recipes!

1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Kerry O'Donoghue

November 20, 2015

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As the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven fills your kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, your time is usually spent whipping up plenty of appetizers, side dishes, and dessert to bring the meal together.  While enjoying the family dinner is the Thanksgiving Day highlight, the prep work that goes into making the meal is also a special moment during the holiday.  Provide a helping hand by making your favorite Thanksgiving dish.  If dessert is your favorite, then learn how to make a scrumptious pie!  Pumpkin pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but don’t forget that there are many other ingredients that make standout pies as well.  This week we have rounded up five YouTube videos to bring you a variety of recipes to prepare a mouthwatering Thanksgiving Day pie.

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Kerry O'Donoghue

November 13, 2015

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The day of recounting family traditions, stories, and recipes is nearly here!  While Thanksgiving is a festive affair that tends to be reserved for family, a second celebration has surfaced for an evening meant to honor the wonderful friends in our lives. Thus, we hope to show thanks for our friends with a feast of Friendsgiving!  Everyone can contribute his or her favorite holiday dish in a potluck style party.  What better way to indulge in this tasty holiday meal over and over again?  Here are our top five pins for your source on how to throw an unforgettable Friendsgiving bash!

1. The Crafty Invite

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