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8 Things Keri Russell and Waitress Taught Me About Pie — Great Food Movies

Barely 30 minutes into watching Keri Russell in her role as Jenna, a total pie genius in the movie Waitress, my lukewarm (at best) feelings on pie were forever changed. From calm relaxation to working out frustrations, the movie finally convinced me of the therapeutic powers of baking pie.

Plus, with creations like peachy keen tarts, chocolate pudding pie drowned in caramel, and Marshmallow Mermaid Pie, how could I not want to eat more pie? Having now watched this movie many times, here are the pie (and life) lessons I learned.

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A Neighborhood Walk in New Orleans: The Garden District — Bite-Sized Guide: New Orleans

We love to travel, but a new town can feel overwhelming, especially if time is tight. Our Bite-Sized Guides lift the pressure to sort through every recommendation and review, and give you the perfect introduction to a new town, with a walking tour of just one neighborhood we love.

For New Orleans we chose the Garden District, renowned for its oak-lined streets and Victorian homes. Guided by chef Kristen Essig, who works and lives in the neighborhood, our illustrated, step-by-step walk explores a less boisterous (although no less delicious) side of New Orleans. Even if you're not traveling anytime soon, you can laissez les bons temps roulez with a five-minute virtual vacation at your desk.

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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Vegan Lentil Chili — Easy Vegetarian Recipes

This lentil chili tastes like everything you love about chili — filled with smoky spices and lots of rich tomato flavor — but it goes lighter than the meat-filled version, thanks to the addition of barely sweet butternut squash and hearty lentils. Lentils are the perfect candidate for a meat-free chili. They cook up earthy and meaty, and there's no browning or precooking necessary.

This hearty vegan chili comes together easily with the aid of a slow cooker. All you have to do is mix everything together, turn it on, and come back to a bowl of comforting vegan chili.

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11 Things to Have in Your Pantry in Case a Storm Comes — Snow Day

We are in the midst of peak winter storm season, which means it is time to stock your cabinets with the essentials. It is true that storms rarely appear without warning; it is also true that, like a Boy Scout, it is best to be prepared.

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How To Make Nutella Crêpe Cake — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

Some desserts were just made for Pinterest — and for the adoring oohs and aahs of a rapt crowd. It was only a matter of time before the delicate French classic, gâteau de crêpes, became the dessert that slays. A stack of what seems like a thousand paper-thin crêpes, sandwiched with billowing cream, this dessert was born hundreds of years too early for Instagram, but it's back — and it's an internet sensation.

If you've seen these chocolate and Nutella crêpe cakes in your Pinterest feed, let us be the first to tell you: they are not so difficult, and if you're ready to try, we have the best, most foolproof method for creating a crêpe cake that will stun your friends and make you beam with accomplishment.

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Recipe: One-Pot Braised Cabbage with Bacon — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

Cabbage is pretty simple, as vegetables go. It's a beautiful, tightly bound ball of green-yellow leaves with a distinct pungent scent and taste. But when chopped up and left to melt and brown in salty, savory bacon fat, cabbage transforms into a pot of soft, mellow vegetable magic that soothes the soul.

Southern cooks know this magic well. Here's how to bring all of that cabbage magic into your own kitchen.

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