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    Easter is just around the corner, and Pinterest is brimming with fun kid-friendly potluck recipes to try. I couldn't resist the colorful spin on the traditional deviled eggs of these Jello flavored deviled eggs, and I quickly got to work!

    This could be a great after-school treat, a fun dessert, or even a great addition to our Easter brunch spread.

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    It's almost Easter! The family will be expecting at least two things. The first? A visit from the Easter bunny bearing all manner of tasty treats in baskets full of fake green grass. The second? That at least one afternoon will be spent doing this, the most hallowed of all Easter decorating projects: Dyeing Easter eggs

    Sure, you can always buy one of the decorating kits from your local grocery or drug store. Those will come out just fine. But if you want to spice up your routine and do something new with the kids, you've come to the right place. 

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    People get passionate about their Peeps. Nowadays you can buy Peeps for almost any holiday. But let's be real: Easter is when these brightly colored marshmallow treats shine the brightest, no? What makes them an all-around winner when it comes to celebrations is that you can do so much more with Peeps than just eat them. Of course, there are plenty of different ways you can eat Peeps, that goes without saying.

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    Oh Williams-Sonoma catalog, I want to live in you. In Williams-Sonoma Land, perfect meals are created with artisan condiments and organic vegetables purchased from the farmer's market. Lobsters are plentiful. And the pastries, my God, the pastries. They look like the food of gods. Did I mention there is never a mess in sight, despite all this ambitious cooking? Nothing but gleaming, $400 pots and pans, everywhere. Let's go visit, shall we?

    Tell us, has your culinary life ever achieved such splendor?

     

    Image via Williams-Sonoma

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    Apple pie is great, but if you're looking for a slightly different all-American dessert that has a bit of bite and kick to it, you can't beat Key Lime Pie. There's something cool and refreshing about this delicious dessert, which is unbelievably simple to make and consists of so few ingredients, you won't even feel like you're baking. This is a treat for cooks who don't want to slave over a hot oven, but can appreciate a fluffy, creamy, tangy, and sweet treat that takes just 20 minutes to whip up.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.

    I’m a party girl. Always have been. Always will be.

    And once I grew up and got a house of my own, I vowed to have a big party every year. Sometimes it’s a holiday party, sometimes it’s a birthday party, sometimes it’s a backyard barbecue. And sometimes, when I’m feeling really industrious, I’ll have all three.

    But parties can be your own worst enemy, financially.

    If you’re anything like me, you still have that frat party mentality -- the more, the merrier. I start by inviting 40 of our closest friends, then add the peripheral 20, then another 10, then 5 or 6 more that I barely even know. Just in case. After all, there’s nothing worse than throwing a party when no one comes.

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    The Super Bowl is fast upon us, and football and food fans alike have a lot to be getting excited about. I, for one, have been standing in front of my fridge wearing a helmet and screaming at its contents in a bid to inspire the foods therein to greatness. So far, it doesn’t look good. Because, you know, they are inanimate objects. No real surprise there, I guess.

    We’ve all got our favorites when it comes to game day food traditions. There’s chili, there’s nachoschips, not to mention a plethora of beers and cheeses. I had to stop writing for a second because I got way too hungry even listing options. Still, my true passion has always been dips. Just ask my boyfriend (jk, I’m single and unloved).

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    There's just something about dipping random foodstuffs into a warm, gooey, savory, delicious pot of melted cheese, isn't there? Enter: This recipe for cheese fondue by Tyler Florence. It's the perfect go-to wintertime (really anytime) comfort food treat. Obviously you could go to your local Melting Pot to get your warm cheese fix, but what better way to spend a night in than making some yourself. Plus, this way you get to stay inside ... and stay warm!

    (In case you haven't noticed, it's been a pretty frigid week.)

    Of course you can switch up the recipe in any way you'd like -- mixing up the types of cheese, adding different kinds of alcohol, using more or less garlic, mustard, etc. -- but this is a fine start if this is your first time cheese fondue-ing. Slice up some French bread chunks as well as some fresh fruits and veggies and you're good to go. And it takes less than a half hour to prepare! Come on, any time you can dip anything into cheese ... it's usually a successful meal.

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    Anyone who has ever been married or has had the honor of being part of a bridal party knows the bride isn't the only one who gets stressed out before the big day -- just ask Micaela Harris. The bride-to-be's sister got into a heated argument with the baker who was providing a cake for Micaela's engagement party. Instead of chalking it up to party preparation jitters, the New Zealand baker decided to have the last laugh -- on the poor, innocent bride -- by delivering a grotesque cake that you have to see to believe (note: that adorable cake in the photo to the left is so not it).

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    In case you haven't noticed, winter storm Hercules has just barreled through the U.S., leaving the Northeast in a white winter wonderland. So what better time to cook up a warm, delicious pot of chicken stew that the whole family is going to love? This chicken stew recipe by Giada De Laurentiis is hearty, easy, versatile, and oh so perfect for these frigid temperatures.

    You can add lots of garlic, mushrooms, use chicken thighs or breasts, whatever you want to make this a go-to wintertime stew. You really can't go wrong with this one!

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