The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

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Bloody Mary Recipes

Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

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All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

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60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

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Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

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Low-Fat Cooking Tips

Many recipes can be prepared using lower-fat ingredients or cooking techniques.

Consider some of these slimming tricks each time you fix a recipe.

Use less butter in your cooking.
  • Use low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Lower-fat sour cream, yogurt, and cheese can be subtituted in recipes for a substantial fat and calorie savings. Reduced-fat or fat-free cream cheese can be substituted in any recipe (cheesecakes, dips, sauces), but you may notice a difference in flavor or texture.
  • Use small amounts of strong-flavored cheese rather than a lot of mild cheese.
  • To mimic the flavor and creaminess of sour cream, use buttermilk instead. It's as low in calories and fat as 1-percent milk.
  • Use evaporated skim milk in place of light or heavy cream in soups and sauces.
  • Remove the skin from poultry. (You can do so after cooking, since the meat doesn't absorb much of the fat.)
  • For the leanest option when preparing ground meat recipes, ask your butcher to grind skinned, boneless turkey or chicken breast.
  • Use Canadian-style bacon. Ounce for ounce, it has 116 fewer calories than regular bacon.
  • Use nuts sparingly; toast them to enhance their flavor.
  • Use very little fat in cooking. Instead, use nonstick pans, spray coating, or a small amount of broth or water to saute or "fry" vegetables or meat.

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