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Casey Barber

Casey Barber is a food writer, illustrator and photographer; author of the cookbooks “Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food” and “Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats”; and editor of the website Good. Food. Stories. When she’s not road-tripping across the U.S., Casey lives in New Jersey with her husband, two hungry cats, and a freezer full of sour cherries.

Birthday-Cake Baked Oats
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Have your cake and eat it too—every morning—with this fun and filling baked oats recipe inspired by the latest TikTok trend. If you don't have a small blender or food processor, use quick oats and stir the batter together by hand. It will have a more rustic, toothsome texture, but will taste just as celebratory!
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Whipped Shamrock Shake
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Like the first sighting of a robin, a pale green minty Shamrock Shake is an annual reminder that spring is on its way. And when you make a homemade version of this fast-food favorite with real ice cream, milk and a refreshing hint of peppermint, you'll feel even more invigorated for the change of season. It's magically delicious that way!
Get creative for your next date night or family gathering around the fondue pot.
These add-ins will make your hot cocoa even more of a treat.
Turn your coffee break into happy hour with these ideas for spiking your brew.
Spiked Vanilla Latte
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Turn your usual coffee pick-me-up into a real warm-me-up with a touch of vanilla and a splash of booze. The recipe is highly adaptable to what you have on hand, though you can find vanilla sugar at many specialty grocery stores or online. If you don't have an espresso machine at home, just brew coffee at double strength as a substitute.
Hot Butterbeer Cocktail
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Based on the classic hot buttered rum, this cocktail gets its richness from a saucepan of homemade butterscotch. Don't be intimidated by the process—it's easier than you think. When blended with seltzer, the sweet sauce magically bubbles up into a warming concoction you'll want to drink all winter long.
Chai Hot Toddy
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At its heart, a hot toddy is comfort in a mug—a cozy cold-weather sipper that keeps the chill at bay. In this version, chai spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, along with a dash of spiced rum, give the drink even more of a warming feel. Feel free to substitute a more traditional bourbon in place of the rum and to adjust the level of tart lemon to your liking.
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Jump on the latest food trend with our step-by-step guide to making hot chocolate bombs.
Rich caramel, crunchy sea salt and luscious milk chocolate combine in this homemade hot chocolate bomb. If you love caramel truffles, you'll swoon for this treat.
Make your holiday hot chocolate even more festive with these homemade hot chocolate bombs. They're fun to look at and even more fun (and tasty) to drink around a roaring fire!
Hot Chocolate Bombs
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What's fun, tasty and round all over? Hot chocolate bombs are the magical way to enjoy your favorite warming winter beverage. With a little practice, you can make them easily at home with this method.
Creamy, cheesy and tangy—this super-easy warm dip has everything you love about jalapeño poppers without the individual prep work. And it's better for you, thanks to the riced cauliflower stirred into every spoonful. Adjust the level of heat to your tastes with either mild or spicy pickled jalapeños. If you prefer smaller pieces of the hot pepper, feel free to chop the jalapeños.
Grab a mug and get all the flavors of fall—apple, maple and spices—in this warm mulled cider cocktail. And this version, with a hint of ginger liqueur for extra spice, is just as enjoyable whether you're sipping it around a bonfire or on your couch with a cozy blanket. It's like a New England autumn evening in drinkable form. If you'd like to make this alcohol-free for a family gathering and spike each glass individually, add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) bourbon and 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) ginger liqueur to each cup of mulled cider.
Learn how to make oat milk at home with this quick and easy tutorial—you'll have rich and creamy homemade oat milk in minutes.
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The cool and creamy combination of chocolate and mint is what keeps us unwrapping another Andes candy or sneaking just one more Thin Mint cookie. With this simple Frappuccino-inspired recipe, your coffee can be just as much of a treat—and still not too sweet. Use any type of milk or whipped cream, including nondairy options, for this recipe. Any way you blend it, this icy mint-chocolate whipped coffee will give you thrills and chills.
How can you possibly make whipped frozen limeade even more refreshing? Add tart cherry juice to the mix! This homemade slushie tastes like summer in a glass. Add a splash of half-and-half or your favorite nondairy creamer to give it a soft serve-style spin, or leave it plain to evoke an old-time cherry-lime rickey. And while bottled tart cherry juice is perfect for this drink, if you have fresh cherry juice from picking your own fruit, feel free to use it here! Either way, this homemade refresher will make your summer even sunnier.
Learn how to cut a cantaloupe into slices, wedges, cubes or even a fancy decorative bowl.
Our photo guide will show you how to cut onions a variety of ways, plus how to store them so they stay fresh.
Here's the easiest way to peel peaches in minutes—no professional knife skills necessary!
You don't even need a pasta maker for authentic, irresistible homemade pasta dough. Here's how to do it.
Tahini isn't just for hummus or falafel—find new ways to use it in your favorite recipes.
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You don't even need a pasta maker for authentic, irresistible homemade pasta dough. Here's how to do it.
What is harissa? It's the spicy condiment you'll want to spoon on everything you're eating. Move over, sriracha!
When a coffee comes along, you can whip it! Here's how to make whipped coffee at home, any way you like it.