Video: Easy Cheesy Puff Pastry Pretzels

Add to your quick and easy snack lineup with tips for transforming store-bought puff pastry dough into cheesy puff pastry pretzels. Keep it simple with a final dollop of mustard or kick up the flavor with basil pesto and spicy marinara for dipping.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes
with Piped Cream Cheese Frosting

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When it comes to red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, three things are certain:

  1. The only reason anyone eats red velvet cupcakes is for the cream cheese frosting.
  2. Cream cheese frosting can, in and of itself, be a meal. (See Exhibit A.)
  3. Tiny slathers of frosting are out. Luscious swirls are in.

Number 3 is perhaps of the most importance, as I’ve recently been on a mission to discover a cream cheese frosting with enough body to hold its piped shape way longer than it takes to polish off a dozen or two of these red velvet beauties. Today, I’m happy to report that my mission went from impossible to accomplished. So what’s the secret?

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Piped Cream Cheese Frosting from justataste.com #recipe

Kick the butter to the curb and stock up on heavy cream.

After much research and several test batches, I came across Joy of Cooking‘s tutorial for a cream cheese frosting that can be easily piped into swirls, flowers, stars and more. I gave the recipe a spin, adjusted a few elements and voilà! A sturdy, yet fluffy cream cheese frosting that pipes like a dream.

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To pipe the frosting above, I used an Ateco #828 star-shaped pastry tip. And despite all of the fawning over the frosting, I’d be remiss not to draw your attention to the extra-moist red velvet cupcake that sits below the swirl. Read on for my tips on how to achieve this rich red velvet color without using an entire bottle of food coloring or a whole bag of beets.

Video: Easy Football Cheese Ball

The Super Bowl is still a few weeks away, which means there’s plenty of time to add another football-shaped food to your gameday lineup. Tune in to this week’s iVillage segment to learn how to make the ultimate football cheese ball, and then keep the party going with recipes for chicken wings, nachos, potato skins and more football-friendly fare.

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Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from justataste.com #recipe

Kale, meet bacon. Bacon, meet kale.

Now that everyone has been introduced, I can let you in on a little secret. Those crispy kale chips piled on the pizza dough up above are tossed in bacon fat. I repeat: bacon fat.

It all happened so quickly. There was kale. And there was leftover bacon grease. And there was no question in my mind what was happening next. I straight up Les Miserables’d this pizza. I dreamed a dream and that dream was bacon fat kale chips and that dream just came true.

This pizza is many things, but saucy it is not. This is a sauce-free zone. No one misses marinara when you’re feasting on the trifecta of bacon, mozzarella and garlic. And bonus points to anyone who can guess what the crust is brushed with…

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Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from justataste.com #recipe

Video: How to Accurately Measure Flour

How you measure flour can mean the difference between failure and success in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. Tune in to this week’s video to discover a simple tip for how to accurately  measure flour without using a scale, and then put your skills to the test with recipes for cookies, cakes, pies and more.

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