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    Cozy Family Meals to Bookmark This Winter

    It’s the season to settle in and enjoy a comforting meal, and we have a feeling these savory, satisfying recipes featuring Red Gold Tomatoes might just become winter staples for your family.

    This post is written in partnership with Red Gold Tomatoes. 
    Nothing against sledding and snowball fights, but there’s no better winter activity than sitting down with your family for a hearty, comforting meal. After all, winter doesn’t seem quite as long when you’re enjoying your favorite, cozy comfort food. 
    Whether your favorite winter meal comes in the form of a casserole, pasta or stir-fry, one common ingredient tends to tie the recipes together—tomatoes. And we love reaching for Red Gold Tomatoes for each of these cozy family meals, especially since they include nothing artificial and are steam-packed fresh to guarantee true tomato flavor. Let’s dig in! 
    1. Becca’s Jambalaya 

    Spice up winter with this mouthwatering spin on the Creole classic. It’s got fresh shrimp, andouille sausages, garlic, bell peppers and tomatoes (use both diced and whole-peeled for optimal consistency), all mixed together with long-grain rice. This recipe can feed 12, so no one needs to be shy about going for a second helping.
    2. Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

    Ready in 30 minutes, this spicy and savory chicken dish is all about the sauce. Start with a can of family-owned and grown whole-peeled tomatoes, liven it up with some olives, capers, anchovies and oregano, and you’ll have a sauce that turns seared chicken breasts into a seriously impressive entree.
    3. Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets

    Sometimes the most simple dishes make the most satisfying winter dinners. That’s certainly the case with these Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets, elevated by the classic combination of diced tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. Basically, it has everything you love about Chicken Parmesan and will be ready in a fraction of the time.
    4. Hamburger and Macaroni

    Good things happen when ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes and macaroni get together. Some people might recognize this casserole as Goulash or American Chop Suey—we just call it a delicious and cozy dinner. 
    5. Instant Pot Beef Chili

    Chili on the table in under an hour? Thanks to this pressure cooker recipe, the rumor is true! Made with diced tomatoes, green peppers, onions, celery, ground beef, we love adding a handful of shredded cheese and sliced green onions, and serving this with a warm slice of cornbread on the side. LEGGI TUTTO

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    A Guide to Throwing a Small-Scale Holiday Party

    The holidays are upon us, and whether you’re scaling back your celebration or just into the snacks and comradery with virtual friends, there’s good reason to celebrate!
    While actual dinner parties may be off the table this year, intimate or virtual gatherings with family and friends are meant to be easy!

    But of course, there are always a few things to consider. Food is at the top of the list — as is thinking through some of the details to make your life easier so you can join in the festivities yourself.

    The Set-up
    The beauty of a small holiday party is the simple set-up — thankfully, no one is expecting nice glasses or cloth napkins. So here are our favorite tips to ensure your space is ready:
    Get crazy and move furniture around to create an open, comfy space around the TV for a holiday movie night. Maybe even borrow bean bags or floor pillows to encourage hanging out together, even if it means lounging on the floor.
    Set out a cooler stocked with beverages (include fizzy water and Coke for some non-alcoholic options), so everyone can help themselves.
    Choose food that doesn’t need to be reheated or fussed with.
    Place a trash and recycling can where they’re easily accessible, so they’ll (hopefully) tidy up and take care of their trash as the afternoon ticks on.

    The Snacks
    Let’s not waste any time here: we all know the snacks are the most important part of any holiday, but this year instead of going over the top with numerous dips, we’re simplifying and aiming for elevated appetizers the whole family will love!
    When we start thinking through our shopping list, grabbing a few boxes of TRISCUIT Crackers, RITZ Crackers and refreshing Coca-Cola is a solid start. Then we always pick up olives, a bunch of different cheeses, some sliced veggies, and dips.
    On the menu this year are these TRISCUIT Ham, Cheese and Jam Toppers and RITZ “Deli” Sandwiches. Each incorporates the classic crackers we fell in love with as kids in new grown-up ways (and we love that TRISCUIT Crackers are baked with 100% whole grain wheat).

    Games and Activities
    On one hand, you don’t need many games if everyone’s actually watching the holiday movie or conversing with one another. But more often than not, there’s a few small people (or even big people) who could really use a little something to do to stay out of the cook’s hair.
    If your space allows, we love creating an entirely separate area that’s not right in front of the TV. This way, movie fans can watch the holiday flick and everyone else has a chance to enjoy snacks, listen to tunes, play games, and practice their dance moves.
    A few of our favorite go-to activities the whole family will love:
    Twister (yes, even adults love a good game of Twister!)
    Cards: Old Maid for the kids, Gin Rummy for the teens and adults
    Board Games: We love Ticket to Ride for older kids and adults and, of course, Candy Land’s a big hit with the younger crowd
    Sidewalk Chalk and bubbles (if the weather’s nice)

    Pulling it all Together: Your Checklist!
    If this is your first small holiday gathering with family, don’t stress! Most everything can be done in advance, and keep in mind: the vibe is casual! Here’s your checklist:
    Get the grocery shopping out of the way: we love to make the shopping easier by ordering all of our groceries for delivery when possible.
    Stock up on paper plates, napkins, and extra paper towels.
    Dust off your cooler and pick up plenty of ice.
    Make sure you’ve got extra trash bags on hand.
    On the day of, set up a little separate corner or area where the kids can hang. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

    These brown sugar snickerdoodle cookies are crackled with cinnamon-sugar on the outside and chewy-soft on the inside. This recipe does not use cream of tartar, but adds cornstarch for extra tenderness.

    Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

    Featured in 12 Easy Recipes for New Cooks

    While people argue about where the name “Snickerdoodle” comes from, few people who love them waste time with words. Here is a cookie with a following!
    Tender and crisp, plain and aromatic, sweet with a dash of salt, the Snickerdoodle has made quite a place for itself in the canon of cookies. But as loyal as its fans are, it’s not the easiest cookie to find on bakery shelves.
    Video! How to Make Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

    What is a Snickerdoodle?
    A Snickerdoodle cookie has two signature characteristics:
    An exterior of cinnamon sugar, cracked on top
    A perfect textural balance of crunchy and pliable
    With other cookies born from the same method (creaming), getting just the right texture can feel like an impossible journey with way too many cookies to eat along the way.
    Snickerdoodles, on the other hand, have a built-in fail-proof ingredient, saving them from the place where cookies that aren’t “just right” go. Cornstarch.

    Why Cornstarch is Important for Snickerdoodles
    It’s simple and yet extraordinary: cornstarch absorbs moisture and binds the dough like flour but has no gluten. Gluten is a protein in wheat flour that creates a “toughness” in many baked goods. “Do not over mix” is an instruction based on this property.
    In Snickerdoodle dough, cornstarch is what makes those edges light as air, but provide a middle you can sink your teeth into.
    Snickerdoodle Cookies Demand the Best Ingredients
    This is not a puffy cookie, it spreads a lot. It’s simple, meaning there are few ingredients. Please use the most delicious butter you can find.
    Organic cinnamon will also make a huge difference. If you can get your hands on true Ceylon cinnamon, Snickerdoodle cookies all over the land, and I, salute you.

    From the editors of Simply Recipes

    Want Crispy Snickerdoodles?
    If you love crispy, chewy snickerdoodles, press your snickerdoodles to about 1/8 inch thick before baking. You’re welcome!
    Light or Dark Brown Sugar?
    We prefer light brown sugar for this recipe. This adds a touch of caramel flavor, chewiness to the cookie, and a light brown color.
    You can definitely use dark brown sugar, but know that it will give your cookies a stronger brown sugar flavor and make a darker cookie.
    How to Store & Freeze Snickerdoodles
    Store the cooled snickerdoodles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze the baked cookies, tightly wrapped, up to 1 month.
    You can also freeze the unbaked dough for up to 3 months: form into balls (don’t roll in the cinnamon sugar), lay on a parchment-lined sheet, and freeze. Once firm, slip into a zip-top freezer bag. To bake, let thaw 30 minutes on counter as the oven heats. Roll in cinnamon sugar, place on baking sheets, and bake (it may take slightly longer than directed in the recipe).
    More Classic Cookie Recipes!

    Updated December 12, 2020 : We added a new video to this recipe to help you make the best snickerdoodles ever. We also re-tested and updated the recipe with a few minor changes.

    Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

    It’s important that all your ingredients be room temperature when making the cookie dough.
    Recipe is easily doubled.

    4 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
    1/3 cup light brown sugar
    1/3 cup white granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 large eggs
    1 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    For the Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


    1 Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    2 Begin the cookie dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or with hand mixers, beat the butter until it’s soft, smooth, and light. Scrape down the bowl, add both of the sugars to the beaten butter, and mix until they are fully incorporated and lighter in color.
    Beat in the salt followed by the egg. Mix until the batter looks uniform.
    3 Add the flour to the dough: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch and baking soda. In three additions, beat this slowly into the butter-egg mixture until you see a few dry streaks remaining. Switch to a stiff spatula and gently mix the cookie dough until no more dry flour remains.

    4 Shape the cookies: Thoroughly whisk together the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Form balls of dough with a medium-sized cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure and plop them in cinnamon-sugar, swirling to coat.
    5 Slightly flatten dough balls on lined cookie sheets: On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, place the dough balls 3 inches apart. Flatten the dough slightly (to about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick) using the bottom of a glass, and sprinkle a little more cinnamon sugar over the flattened surface.
    6 Bake: Put into the 350°F oven. Bake for 7 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes longer (12 to 14 minutes total), until the edges of the cookies look golden and the tops are crackled but still pale.
    7 Cool: Cool on the baking sheet and eat as soon as possible. Snickerdoodles will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 3 days.

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    Shuna Lydon
    Pastry chef Shuna Fish Lydon has worked in such notable kitchens as Gramercy Tavern and Verbena in Manhattan, The French Laundry and Bouchon in Yountville, California, and Citizen Cake and Aziza in San Francisco. Shuna’s writing can be found on her highly acclaimed food blog Eggbeater. Shuna is now based in New York City.
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    8 Ways to Virtually Share Thanksgiving With Your Family This Year

    From gratitude letters to a long-distance pie decorating contest, here are eight ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family this year, even if you’re not physically together.

    If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that plans change and we need to roll up our sleeves and get a little creative when it comes to connecting with our friends and family.
    And that’s exactly what I’m doing for Thanksgiving this year: making the best of the situation I’ve been dealt, and busting out some creative ways to involve my family members who live 800+ miles away!
    Sharing a Long-Distance Thanksgiving
    A nontraditional Thanksgiving? This is not an unusual concept for me.
    I grew up with my mom who worked night shifts as a nurse, so we never had traditional holidays. We’d often celebrate on a different day, or on the holiday itself, but then we’d eat hospital cafeteria food while she was on her break.
    Then, when I was a teenager, my youngest brother was diagnosed with cancer and life turned upside down. There were many times we couldn’t celebrate holidays or birthdays with family or friends, but my parents always taught us that no matter where we were, there were always ways we could connect.
    Wondering how you, too, can connect with your family this Thanksgiving, even over a long distance? Here are a few ideas!

    Does Grandma have a sensational mashed potato recipe? Does Uncle Herman love to make cranberry sauce from scratch?
    Ask your faraway family members to share their favorite recipes, then use a site like Zazzle to make a mini family Thanksgiving cookbook. That way you can all make the same recipes and participate in a family meal together … even while apart!

    There is nothing like receiving a hand-written note in the mail, and this is one way to make your family feel special across the miles.
    Draw names in your family, and have each person write a gratitude card to the person they drew. Or surprise your family and write little cards to each person!
    Send a list of items that can be found around the house to your family members then, when they find the items, have them take a picture and send it to a group family text! Or FaceTime while doing the scavenger hunt and see who can find everything the fastest. For example, take a picture of:
    Being wrapped up in a cozy blanket
    Playing in leaves
    Smiling with a pumpkin
    Peeking out from behind a tree
    Enjoying a slice of pie
    Sipping on a fall drink
    A list of five things you’re grateful for
    Carving the turkey

    Send your family a box with cut out leaves from construction paper, some homemade cookies, a Sharpie, some tape, and googly eyes. Have them assemble the cookie turkeys when they get the package and write what they’re grateful for on the leaves.
    Then share what everyone wrote on Thanksgiving!
    My mom absolutely adores Thanksgiving, so I always try to get her something new to decorate her house with. I found this darling table runner and plan to get us each one so we can have a piece of each other on Thanksgiving Day!
    Gather favorite songs from family members and put them all on a playlist. You can either listen to it during Thanksgiving dinner or have a dance party while FaceTiming your family! If you need some ideas to get started, this is what I’ll be playing!

    Everyone could bake the same pie and decorate it in different ways, or you could let people really go wild and have them decorate a pie in any way they want. Then have a family vote on who had the best pie decoration!
    If you come from a competitive family, assign some family members to be judges, and have specific categories on how the pie needs to be decorated. Share your pies virtually via text, email, or video!
    Pick a recipe beforehand that you’d all like to try (Looking for some inspiration? We have a fabulous list of Thanksgiving recipes here!), then make the same recipe.
    However you connect with your family this Thanksgiving, I hope it’s a day filled with love, hope, laughter, and good food. Cheers to the many blessings we all have! LEGGI TUTTO

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    5 Ways to Add Some Spooky to Your Halloween-at-Home

    From marshmallow web cupcakes to black bat floating candles, here are a few super easy, magical ideas for a Halloween at home this year, made totally easy thanks to Walmart+!

    This post is written in partnership with Walmart. 
    I’ve been looking forward to Halloween for the past six months.
    Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season, and to make it absolutely magical for my family, I’m going to decorate my home from top to bottom!
    If transforming your house into Hogwarts is not normally your thing, have no fear. Thanks to Walmart+, a different kind of membership service that gives you access to benefits that save you time and money, it’s never been easier to create a spooky, festive evening. And with delivery as soon as same day*, it’s a savior if you tend to leave things to the last minute.

    Decorating doesn’t have to be complicated. Pick the one place in your home that you tend to congregate the most and start there.
    When I decorate for the holidays, I always start out with a table runner. This buffalo check one is my go-to.
    I’m also all about black candles and black feather boas for Halloween this year! I made a little graveyard with the candles and feathers and placed it on my favorite serving tray. Next, I cut out bats from black cardstock and hung some floating candles. My kids absolutely loved the candles, and they really changed the look of our dining space.

    On Halloween night, make your dinner as scare-rrific as possible. My kids always request Eyeball Tortellini Soup and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ghosts, which you can find here.
    Of all the awesome benefits of Walmart+, I think my favorite is that you can not only get the groceries you need delivered as soon as same day*, but can tack on your decorations, household items, and Halloween candy, too. All with the same everyday low prices you know and love!
    Other ghoulish foods to make with your family are:

    We won’t be going door-to-door this year, so I’m bringing trick-or-treating inside.
    We’ll be having a “candy hunt,” which is similar to an Easter egg hunt—but with candy, and in our costumes, of course! To have a candy hunt, hide candy throughout the house (or stick to one room, if you’d like) and let your little goblins loose.
    After all the candy has been found, place some fun little items in paper bags that say “Trick-or-Treat” on them, and then make your kids do some tricks for these extra special treats. Have each child choose one bag, which is filled with things like nail polish, fun earrings, and glow-in-the-dark glasses (like stocking stuffers, but for Halloween!), then place a list of some “tricks” your kids have to do in order to keep the treat. Some trick examples are:
    Cackle like a witch
    Walk like a zombie across the room
    Make your craziest jack-o-lantern face
    Scream like you saw a ghost
    Name five words that rhyme with treat

    Instead of asking for treats this year, how about baking some treats for your neighbors? It’s like reverse trick-or-treating!
    We have some older neighbors who really love seeing the kids all dressed up, so we plan to bake some chocolate cupcakes for them and do a reverse trick-or-treat. As a test run, I made a batch of these chocolate cupcakes, but decided to go wild and crazy and decorate them with some marshmallow webbing.
    To decorate the cupcakes, simply frost them however you want to, then melt about 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows for 15-20 seconds at a time. Stir with a fork and dip your fingers into the marshmallows. Stretch the melted marshmallows out and wrap around the frosting of the cupcake. The messier, the better.
    And if you’re starting to wonder how we find the time, sometimes I wonder the same thing! Walmart+ certainly helps: we save 2.5 hours a week in using their free unlimited delivery (based on 3 trips per week; excludes time spent shopping. $35 minimum order; restrictions apply).

    We definitely love to boogie-woogie, so having a dance party is a MUST. I keep this disco light in our kitchen all year round, but this year I decided to add a fog machine. I couldn’t help myself! Turn up the tunes and dance the night away!
    After you’ve danced, you might as well enjoy a movie. There are so many fantastic ones!

    Why leave all the fun for Halloween night? Make the whole month of October magical! Sit down and create a bucket list with your family, then put it somewhere you’ll see it often. We put ours on the chalkboard that hangs in our dining room. Some fun ideas might be to:
    Carve pumpkins
    Make caramel apples
    Take a midnight walk
    Eat by candlelight
    Rake leaves for our neighbors
    Drink hot apple cider
    Bob for apples
    Tell ghost stories
    And there you have it! There’s so much you can do within the walls of your own home to really make this Halloween one of the best (and most memorable) yet!
    Walmart+ Helps You Pull It All Off!
    There are costumes to pull together and spooky treats to make, and this year our little secret that’s going to make getting everything ready that much easier: Walmart+.
    And the convenience and savings doesn’t just stop at Halloween: Members have access to membership prices on fuel (save 5 cents per gallon at most Walmart and Murphy’s stores) and mobile Scan & Go, allowing you to check out with your phone to make in-store shopping fast, easy, and contact-free! For just $12.95/month or $98/year, sign us up!
    Sign up for Walmart+ Today! 
    *$35 minimum; restrictions apply.  LEGGI TUTTO

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    Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    Slow Cooker Pot Roast with potatoes and mushrooms is comfort food at its finest. Let it cook all day in the slow cooker or Crockpot. Dinner is ready when you are!

    Knowing dinner is basically done before I even go to work makes me feel like a superhero. No matter what the day brings, I know we’ll walk into a house smelling of roast long simmered in herbs, wine, and garlic. Now, that’s not a bad way to end a workday.
    VIDEO! How to Make Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    Leaner cuts of beef are best for the slow cooker or Crockpot. The long, slow cooking method helps the connective tissue and fat breakdown slowly over many hours, which yields fork-tender bites of beef.
    TIP: If you’ve ever made a tough roast it’s usually because it was either cooked at too high heat, for not enough time, or both. Cooking tough cuts all day in the slow cooker takes care of both problems.
    I prefer one of two cuts for the slow cooker:
    Chuck roast, also called arm roast, is lean and comes from the shoulder of the cow.
    Rump roast, also called a bottom round roast, is even leaner than a chuck roast and is cut from the cow’s hindquarter.

    It’s best not to. The USDA recommends always thawing meat before adding it to the slow cooker or Crockpot. It also says the best way to thaw meat is in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave.
    Thaw in the fridge: You will need 24 hours to thaw a 3lb roast in the refrigerator.
    Thaw in water: 2 to 3 hours, while changing the water every 30 minutes to thaw a 3-pound roast using the water method.
    Thaw in the microwave: All microwaves have different wattages and power levels. How long it takes to thaw a roast in the microwave depends on your microwave. However, the USDA recommends cooking the roast immediately upon thawing it using this method.
    No, no you don’t. You can totally skip the searing step and dump everything into the slow cooker or Crockpot, then be on your way and save yourself 10 minutes in the morning. But if you have the extra time, searing adds an extra layer of flavor.

    I often prep elements for the next day’s dinner before I clean up tonight’s dinner. I figure the kitchen is already messy, so I might as well cut a few more vegetables and measure a few more spices.
    If you know you aren’t a morning person, then, by all means, prepare 90 percent of this slow cooker pot roast the night before: make the spice rub, and peel and cut the vegetables. You can even sear the roast, and deglaze the skillet. Just make sure you save the deglazing liquid. Keep it all in the fridge overnight. In the morning all you have to do is put it in the slow cooker.
    HOW LONG TO COOK POT ROAST In the Slow Cooker?
    If you are making this roast on the weekend, when you’re likely to be around, feel free to cook it on high for about four to five hours. If you need it to cook all day while you’re at work, set your slow cooker or Crockpot to low, and let it braise until you get home – about eight to 10 hours.

    I LOOOVVVVVEEEEEEE gravy. I mean I LOVE it! I think it needs to be on everything all the time.
    When I first wrote this recipe, I wanted the gravy to be thick, and made perfectly in the slow cooker without any extra work, but as lovely as that idea was, my gravy didn’t get as thick as I wanted it to.
    In the end, I decided transferring some already-hot slow cooker liquid into a saucepan on the stove, bringing it to a boil, and adding cornstarch to make a proper gravy wasn’t too much to ask.
    I wouldn’t skip this step. It takes less than five minutes, and thick flavorful gravy makes this dinner even more delicious!
    Pot roast leftovers are almost (almost) unheard of in this house. BUT, when I do have leftovers, I love sautéing some onions and celery in a pot, giving the leftovers a rough chop so they are spoonful-size pieces, adding it to the pot (including any cooking liquid and gravy), then thinning it if necessary. Voila! You have beef stew.
    If you’ve eaten all the vegetables and you only have some roast remaining, you can also cook extra potatoes and onions in buttermilk, puree them, so they are the consistency of soup, shred leftover pot roast and add it the pureed potato soup. Top with freshly cut chives.
    Finally, there’s nothing wrong with a grilled roast beef sandwich. Add some marinated peppers and bit of cheese. Butter that bread and slap it on a griddle. You just won lunch.

    Updated October 12, 2020 : We spiffed up this post with a new video! Enjoy! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Easy Tomato Soup

    This Classic Tomato Soup is rich with a velvety texture. It’s easy to make with canned tomatoes, and perfectly suited for all of your grilled cheese dipping needs. Better than a can of Campbell’s and just about as easy!

    Photography Credit: Alison Bickle

    Featured in 14 Recipes That Make the Most Canned Tomatoes

    Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are best when the air turns crisp, the mornings are damp, and the days are short. The soup’s simplicity only accentuates its role as a tincture on a cold fall evening. Its velvety texture is a robe of warmth.
    VIDEO! How to Make Easy Tomato Soup

    Whether you’ve canned your own tomatoes or bought them at the store, this soup comes together in about 20 minutes using pantry staples—canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and of course, butter.
    Dice an onion; add a little garlic, and let it simmer! I use an immersion blender to puree it, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can also use a countertop blender, or don’t bother blending it at all.
    This recipe is as easy as dumping soup from a can, but makes more servings and tastes much better.
    To make creamy tomato soup, just add heavy cream.
    If you want it creamy but without the cream, puree some canned cannellini beans and add them in (like we do in this recipe for Creamy Tomato and White Bean Soup).
    Simmer the soup with a couple sprigs of thyme.
    Stir in sliced fresh basil just before serving.
    Want to be dairy-free? Replace the butter with olive oil.
    Add some cooked cheese tortellini.
    Want more texture? Don’t bother blending.

    Tomato soup is to grilled cheese what peanut butter is to jelly, but you don’t have to stop there.
    Make homemade croutons.
    You can always go the oyster cracker route.
    A simple Caesar salad would do the trick.
    My grandmother used to make tomato soup and serve it to me with cottage cheese and dried minced onions. I eat it this way to this day.
    Add cheese tortellini to the soup to make it more of a meal.
    Serve it with a white fish such as cod or tilapia.
    Absolutely! Tomato soup is the perfect recipe to make ahead and save for a busy weeknight meal down the road. You could also give it to friend who is recovering from an illness, just had a baby, or is feeling a little overwhelmed and could use a home cooked meal! Make a double batch, freeze half, and have it ready when you (or someone you love) needs it!
    Keep it in any freezer-safe container. Make sure you leave enough space (about an inch) for the soup to expand as it freezes. It should keep for up to six months.

    Updated October 8, 2020 : We spiffed up this post with a new video! Enjoy!

    Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

    This soup uses flour to help thicken it a bit. If you are gluten-free, skip the flour, and instead mix together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Stir it into the soup when you bring it to a boil, and let it simmer.

    5 tablespoons butter
    1 large onion, yellow or white, diced
    4 large cloves garlic, minced
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper
    3 tablespoons flour
    1 (28 oz) can crushed or diced tomatoes
    1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
    4 cups (32 oz) low sodium chicken stock
    1 tablespoon sugar


    1 Sauté the onions and garlic: In a Dutch oven set over medium heat, add the butter. Once it starts to foam, add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir until both have softened and are fragrant, about 7 minutes.

    2 Make the roux: Add flour. Stir to make a paste. Continue stirring until the flour has taken on a light brown color. Stir and scrape with wooden spoon, 5-7 minutes. The onion paste should look golden with a little brown caramelization.

    3 Add tomatoes and stock: Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and sugar. Stir to combine. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat to medium and let simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes.
    4 Purée and serve: Purée the soup with an immersion blender. Alternatively, fill a countertop blender less than halfway with the hot soup. Remove the center lid insert. This allows the hot steam to escape. Cover the hole with a folded kitchen towel and place your hand over the top. Blend. Repeat as necessary until all of the soup has been puréed.
    Ladle into bowls, topped with freshly cracked pepper, slivered basil, and of course, grilled cheese sandwiches.

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    No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

    Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies! Such a great after-school (or work!) snack. They’re made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, oats, sugar, butter, and milk. Drizzle with extra peanut butter to make these peanut butter no bake cookies extra special!

    Photography Credit: Cindy Rahe

    No Bake Cookies will always and forever remind me of my mom, who made tons of them when my brother and I were teenagers — probably because they were super easy, could be made with pantry staples, and were perfect for that time between extracurriculars and dinner.
    Plus, her no bake cookies included both cocoa and peanut butter, which is basically one of the best combinations ever.

    Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Best Combo
    Just like the peanut butter no bake cookies of my youth, the ones I’m sharing today are easy to make with just a few ingredients.
    These no bake cookies are full of oats, and have a flavor almost like peanut butter brownies but with a texture that’s more like pecan sandies.

    Quick Tip for Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
    This peanut butter no bake cookie recipe is similar to the one my mom used, but with a little less sugar and a little more cocoa. I suggest using your favorite brands of cocoa and peanut butter in these – these ingredients give the most flavor to these peanut butter no bake cookies, so using something you like will make the difference!
    Lastly, because I can’t help myself, I drizzle these cookies with some extra peanut butter at the end, making these peanut butter no bake cookies extra delicious.

    From the editors of Simply Recipes

    Make These Cookies Dairy-Free
    Use margarine instead of butter.
    Use coconut oil instead of butter.
    Use the non-dairy milk of your choice.
    Other Swaps for No-Bakes
    Use quick oats instead of rolled (old-fashioned) oats. The texture will be a little different, but the shape of the cookies will be the same. Do not use instant oatmeal.
    Swap crunchy peanut butter for creamy.
    Swap almond butter for peanut butter.
    Use natural peanut butter, well-stirred, instead of regular peanut butter. Depending on the brand you use, the finished cookies may be stiffer, or spread more.
    Storing & Freezing No Bake Cookies
    At room temperature, the cookies will keep about a week.
    Refrigerated, the cookies will keep for a month. (Refrigerating helps the optional peanut butter drizzle stay firm.)
    To freeze the cookies, first let them chill in the refrigerator until firm. Well wrapped in plastic, the cookies will keep in an airtight container in the freezer up to 3 months.
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    Updated October 7, 2020 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle. No changes to the original recipe.

    No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1/2 cup milk
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
    For the peanut butter drizzle (optional):
    3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    2 teaspoons coconut oil


    1 Line a baking sheet with parchment and set to the side.
    2 Make and mix the cookie base: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa powder. Cook until the sugar and butter are melted, stirring to combine.
    Bring the mixture to a boil, and then continue to boil for 1 minute.
    Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the rolled oats.

    3 Scoop the cookies: Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and place the cookie dough on the lined parchment baking sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, use a tablespoon measure and scoop well-mounded tablespoons of dough for each cookie.
    You can either leave them the shape of the scoop or shape them by gently rolling and flattening between your palms.

    4 Make the peanut butter drizzle (optional): If you’d like to add the peanut butter drizzle, melt the peanut butter and coconut oil together in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine, then drizzle over the cookies using a spoon.
    Skip this drizzle if you’re planning to pack up the cookies for eating on the go; the drizzle softens a little when the cookies are at room temperature, which can make them a little messy when eating on the go.

    5 Refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up the cookies and set the drizzle. Transfer to an airtight container.
    Cookies will keep for about a week at room temperature, or a month if refrigerated. If you added the peanut butter drizzle, keep refrigerated so the drizzle stays firm.

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    Cindy Rahe
    Cindy Rahe is the recipe maker and picture taker behind Hungry Girl por Vida. She loves to bake from scratch and make things that taste as good as they look. Cindy was born near Seoul but grew up in California and Nevada. She believes strongly in homemade birthday cakes, creamy coffee, and making room for dessert.
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