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The 10 Best Apples for Baking

Don't leave your apple selection to chance for your next baking adventure. Here are the 10 best apples for baking, sure to hold up to the heat of your oven.


Tips

Splash-Free Cherry Pitting

When pitting cherries with a handheld pitter, the juice usually splatters everywhere— especially on your apron and clothes, potentially staining them. Here's a less-mess way to pit cherries.

How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are expensive, so if they’re a little past their prime (a bit wrinkled), don’t throw them away — roast them. Here's an easy way to do it.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the more difficult fruits to cut, because it's large, has a spiky skin and those prickly "eyes" inside the fruit once you've cut it. Here’s a way to peel pineapple with as little waste as possible and get the added bonus of decorative slices.

An Easy Way to Test Avocados for Ripeness

Ever cut into an avocado that felt ripe to the touch, only to discover that it wasn’t? Here’s an easy way to test your avocado for ripeness without cutting up the fruit.

How to Freeze Bananas—For Smoothies & Baking

Don't toss those overripe bananas! Throw them in the freezer instead so you always have ripe bananas on hand for baking or smoothies. Use this simple tip for a less-mess, faster way to freeze and thaw bananas.

How to Juice Key Limes

Use this helpful tip for how to juice key limes next time you plan to make a pie! Key limes are smaller in size and firmer than regular limes, making them harder to juice, but not any longer with this helpful kitchen tip.

Healthy Popsicles

With this simple tip, have healthy treats on hand at all times for when your sweet tooth hits!

How To Seed Squash

Seeding squash can be a messy task. Not anymore with this quick tip that uses a unique kitchen tool.


How-To's

Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.


Recipes

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Shortcake

When you can't decide between strawberry shortcake, or a chocolate dessert, look to this Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Shortcake. Shortcakes loaded with chocolate chunks, then topped with syrupy strawberries, rich chocolate sauce, and fluffy whipped cream are sure to fulfill both your cravings.

Rhubarb-Apple Crisp

If your cure for spring fever is that first bedazzling bite of rhubarb, here’s a gem you’ll love: a throw-together crisp that’s as elegant and spectacular as it is casual and tasty. The beehive of phyllo only looks like a lot of work. In reality, it might be the easiest phyllo dessert you’ll make.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Fudgy, chocolate brownies just got better with the addition of port-soaked cherries. And the best part — they’re bite-sized, which means not only are they cute, but you can enjoy a sweet little treat without going overboard (unless you want to!).

Cherry Frozen Yogurt Sundaes with Root Beer Syrup

Sundaes are a summer tradition that shouldn’t end because you’re being more calorie-conscious. Being able to enjoy this creamy, decadent, old-fashioned treat for only 205 calories is the cherry on top of this sundae!

Caramel Apples

Top off your Autumn dinner gathering with a classic fall dessert— the gloriously simple caramel apple. They can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Banana Split "Sandwiches" with fruit salad

This grilled banana split is a bit like the iconic soda fountain dessert — but without the puddle of ice cream in the bowl. Here, “sandwiches” of angel food cake are stuffed and grilled with chocolate, creating the finger-licking characteristics of a banana split.

Apple Pie Bars

Don't have time to make pie? These Apple Pie Bars have a lot going for them. Of course they taste good. But where they really excel is in the speed and ease department. This recipe for Apple Pie Bars is so simple to whip together and makes 16 wedges in just an hour — much less time than it takes to make your typical holiday pie.

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies

Think oatmeal cookies are too simple for a holiday cookie tray? Well, upgrading a few key ingredients is all it takes to dress these beauties up for a party.

Apple-Cranberry Pie

This pie is no run-of-the-mill dessert — a perfect blend of apples and sweet cranberries topped with irresistible almond streusel. Vanilla ice cream is optional (but oh so good!).