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How To Make Caramelized Onions in a Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

For a busy cook, caramelized onions pose a conundrum. We love the rich, deeply savory flavor they add to everything from creamy pastas to burgers, but caramelizing onions — truly caramelizing them — requires more time than many of us have for your average weeknight recipe. Luckily, I have a solution: Get out your slow cooker and make a huge batch (you can freeze most of it to have on hand for future meals!).

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How To Make Marinara Pasta Sauce — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Forget jars of red sauce — homemade marinara is where it's at. This tomato sauce takes 20 minutes to make and requires zero planning. If marinara doesn't already have a spot in your repertoire of easy weeknight recipes, it will soon. Here's a step-by-step look at how to make this super-simple sauce.

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Muffins — Easy Baking Recipes

There's probably a fine line between what makes something a cupcake rather than a muffin. For me, a muffin has a nice domed top, doesn't have frosting, and shouldn't give me a sugar rush during breakfast. These rich chocolate muffins have a delicious double dose of chocolate, but they also contain a lot of ingredients I eat at breakfast anyway, like milk, yogurt, and eggs.

They fall decidedly in the okay-for-breakfast category!

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How To Make Chocolate Pound Cake — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

Chocolate pound cake comes together so easily that it's an everyday cake, but the taste and texture — that close-knit, tight crumb unique to a pound cake — plus the deep chocolate flavor make it feel like a luscious, special-occasion treat. It's really the epitome of "it's easier than it looks." A slice of this buttery, chocolatey cake is charming as a weeknight dessert, but it's also terrific as a midnight munch with a glass of cold milk or an after-school snack for lucky kids.

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How To Make Fritters Out of Any Vegetable — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Veggie fritters are a bit of a mind game because they have a magical way of making you forget that you're actually eating vegetables. That's because the best fritters aren't just packed with veggies — they're also enhanced with cheese, herbs, and spices. Then there's the brilliant method of pan-frying them, making them nice and crispy. Everyone can agree on crispy.

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Recipe: Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I'm afraid you're about to make your neighbors very jealous. They will smell this cooking as they walk up to, and then pass by, your door — forced to smell those aromas of garlic, chicken, and cumin, all without getting a single bite.

You, and only you, will get to come home from work, take a bowl from the cupboard, and proceed immediately to the table without even needing to turn on the stove. It's white chicken chili for dinner tonight, my friends! Inviting the neighbors is up to you.

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