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How To Make Classic Orange Sherbet — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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As a kid, orange sherbet was my go-to ice cream order. I wasn't interested in the super-sweet rainbow version — nope, the bracing sweet-tart bite of orange sherbet was the only flavor for me. Once I mastered my favorite grown-up ice cream flavor (coffee), classic sherbet had to be next on the list.

As it turns out, making a really good sherbet at home is a little more complex than making ice cream. With a high water content, homemade sherbet can be icy if not prepared properly. I've discovered how one special ingredient can make all the difference in ensuring your sherbet is just as tangy and creamy as the stuff you ate growing up.

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Recipe: Trail Mix Cookies — Easy Snack Recipes

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What's not to love about trail mix? It's equal parts sweet, savory, crunchy, and chewy — a perfect snack no matter what you're craving. Throwing all these elements into a soft oatmeal cookie yields a one-handed treat that's easier to eat than trail mix, yet still offers that same satisfying mix of dried fruit, toasty nuts, sweet chocolate, and yes, even salty bits of crunchy pretzel. Let's just call these little guys trailblazers (pun intended), shall we?

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5 Things I Always Keep in the Freezer Now That I’m a Mom — You’re a Parent Now

Before I had a baby, my freezer was like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It seemed impenetrable, things had been there forever, and whoever was brave enough to wade through it would receive handsome rewards.

There were bottles of expensive vodka, the juice of lemons I had brought home from Capri, and batches of peach ice cream I made in the summer. There was the top tier of wedding cake for a year after my wedding. (Once my husband noticed it back there, he legitimately asked me if there was a human head in the freezer. I should have said yes).

These days, my freezer is less of an exciting addition to my fridge and more of a lifeline. On nights when the day was overwhelming, my baby is fussy, or I just don't feel like cooking or making a mess in the kitchen, that freezer is a necessity. Here are items I always have in my freezer.

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Recipe: Orange and Strawberry Muffins — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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These are not cupcakes dressed up in muffin's clothing. That generous drizzle of orange glaze over the top is definitely a treat, so if you're having these first thing in the morning consider them the baked good that replaces that pastry you usually pick up with a cup a coffee.

It's not sugar and spice, though! A mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour leaves these orange- and vanilla-scented muffins with nutty undertones and a hearty texture that makes them feel wholesome. The real highlight, though, is the ripple of fresh, chopped strawberries throughout and piled on top of each muffin.

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Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie — Strawberries: A Field Guide

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Strawberries don't have to work very hard to earn a place as one of our favorite berries of summer. They are the first to arrive, tend to be the most affordable, and really know how to work the spotlight with very little help. So when you're ready to take your fresh munching to the next level, make this slab pie dreamed up by cookbook author Yossy Arefi.

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How To Make the Ultimate Frozen Margaritas — Drinks Lessons from The Kitchn

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My love for a margarita knows no bounds — I love a very classic fresh lime juice and tequila over the rocks margarita just as much as I love the sweet pitchers that our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant serves up. Frothy blended margaritas have a distinct appeal on a warm patio in the middle of summer — icy cold with a strong flavor that melts into a refreshingly mellow drink that keeps you from drinking too much.

On a mission to recreate what I love about a blended margarita without using sour mix or a can of limeade concentrate, I discovered an ice cube tray was the secret ingredient to making a blender margarita taste just as good as a fresh one with all the laid-back ease and hospitality the pitcher varieties offer.

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