These candy-filled cookies are sweet, chewy and absolutely irresistible

By America’s Test Kitchen

If your children hit the jackpot while trick-or-treating, you could be swimming in candy for weeks! Put the abundance of M&M’s to good use by making homemade cookies with the kids. You can also teach them about the candy while you bake!
Did you know? The M’s printed on M&M’s stand for the last names of their inventors: Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie. These two businessmen teamed up to make M&M’s in 1941 and started by selling their candy exclusively to the U.S…. Read More

This flavorful pasta dinner is ‘shrimp-ly’ delicious!

By America’s Test Kitchen

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. These slightly sweet, mild-flavored crustaceans are full of interesting science. Take a deep dive into these shrimp-ly fascinating facts. They change color when they cook.

Most raw shrimp are a gray-black color. But when you cook them, they turn pink! Why the color change? Shrimp contain a pigment called astaxanthin that is released when the shrimp reach about 120 degrees.

Bonus fishy fact: Salmon have pink flesh because they eat shrimp and krill,

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Sugar and spice make this pumpkin bread extra nice

Pumpkin Bread recipe

By America’s Test Kitchen

Quick breads should be moist but not soggy, so we often need to get rid of extra liquid in the batter. In some recipes, like zucchini bread, we squeeze all the excess water out of the shredded zucchini to avoid a soggy loaf. We can’t squeeze our pumpkin puree (that would be messy!), but cooking has the same effect.

With heat, some of the water in the puree evaporates, helping keep the finished loaf moist but not soggy.

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The perfect picnic side dish before summer ends

Tomatoes and peaches are at their ripest (and juiciest!) in summer, making this salad a perfect picnic side dish. Photo by Elle Simone

By America’s Test Kitchen This recipe is designed for peak-of-the-season, perfectly ripe tomatoes and peaches from your garden or a local farm. It’s perfect for heirloom fruits — a term used to describe varieties that can’t withstand the rigors of long-distance shipping and are therefore locally grown and readily found at farmers’ markets. If you like,

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A bright, fresh-tasting, make-ahead dessert

Key lime bars

By America’s Test Kitchen

Key limes are smaller, yellower cousins to the bigger, darker green Persian limes you usually see in the grocery store. They’re more tart, with fragrant, floral juice and used to be grown widely in the Florida Keys, where cooks invented key lime pie as a way to use the juice.

To make these key lime bars, you don’t actually need key limes. They can be hard to find and are so small that you’d have to squeeze 20 of them to get 1/3 cup of juice!

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How ‘Coming 2 America’ Landed a Megan Thee Stallion Song and Cameos by En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa and Gladys Knight

Wesley Snipes with Teyana Taylor in
“Coming 2 America.”

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By Jazz Tangcay
Variety

Like the 1988 comedy, “Coming to America,” its sequel 33 years later also features its share of memorable musical moments.

Director Craig Brewer, who worked with Eddie Murphy on “Dolemite Is My Name,” knew how passionate people were about the original and “didn’t want to mess anything up,” he tells Variety.

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A new spin on a weeknight favorite – Salmon for tonight’s dinner

By America's Test Kitchen

Piccata sauce is a simple but powerful mix of lemon, capers, white wine and butter. This tangy, bold sauce is a great match (and foil) for salmon's rich, full flavor.

 

Dwayne Johnson Tests the Political Waters in NBC’s ‘Young Rock’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Repurpose one of your favorite savory ingredients for a cake that’s simple yet sophisticated

One of the most attractive aspects of making a cake with oil rather than butter is the way it expedites the mixing process: There's no waiting for butter to come to room temperature and then beating it with sugar before you even start to add the rest of the ingredients. The batter is ready to go into the oven in 5 minutes flat, and the cake comes out just 40 minutes later.

Local Woman Takes on Hollywood

“Amanda Brewer (third from the right) currently works as an assistant on the “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me” show starring Jamie Foxx (third from the left.)