Recipe: One Bowl Vanilla Cake: Ice Cream Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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My family loves ice cream cake, so when dreaming up ways to use our one-bowl vanilla cake, an ice cream dream cake was a must. This one combines soft vanilla cake with tart raspberry sorbet and is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream. This ice cream cake is the perfect end to a backyard barbecue or a spring or summer brunch.


How To Make a Layered Jello Mold — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

With a vibrant fruit layer bursting with juicy flavor and fresh fruit, and a rich and creamy layer made sweetened condensed milk, you'd hardly think we'd be talking about a jello mold, but we are. And we're calling it! These delightful no-bake desserts are back. And it's not just in celebration of retro kitsch.

Nope, these delicious desserts serve many practical purposes: They require few ingredients and even less time, they easily serve a crowd, and, most importantly, they are fun to make and eat.

This two-tone number has a top layer made with tart cranberry juice and is packed with strawberries, cherries, and cranberries. The bottom layers is all dense, milky sweetness. Here's how to make it and a few tips on how to make one of your own creation.


Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Whipped Feta with Pesto — Quick and Easy Appetizers

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If you're inviting friends over who may be on the fence about feta, make them this dip. It's guaranteed to make a feta believer out of anyone. Instead of the cheese being in its usual crumbled state, it's whipped in a food processor with Greek yogurt into a gloriously creamy, tangy dip. A heaping spoonful of basil pesto drizzled over top seals the deal, making this a flavorful appetizer you can make for around five bucks. If you've got a crisp $20 on hand, use the rest to pick up a bottle of wine — we've got the perfect pairing.


Recipe: Sparkling Fruit Jello Mold — Easy Dessert Recipes

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If you are skeptical about the magic of gelatin desserts, then this is the best recipe to start with. This stunning, sparkling jewel of a jello mold is simply flavorful sparkling wine set with gelatin and studded with fresh fruit. It will make every guest at your brunch table ooh and ahh in delight. The best part? It tastes incredible — light and fruity, with a tart, balanced sweetness that will surprise even the most ardent jello-salad skeptics.

How do I know? Because this is the dessert that turned me into a jello-mold fanatic in one slice.


Recipe: Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté — Low Carb Recipes

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I believe Parmesan cheese can make nearly anything better. In this case, I am referring to boneless, skinless chicken breasts and kale — two things that can be hard to love sometimes, but trust me when I say you'll love them here. It's a chicken dinner that's comforting and hearty, thanks to the sharp cheese and leafy kale, yet not a touch heavy, due to acidity of the white wine and a splash of lemon juice that finishes it off.

This one-skillet dinner feels both wholesome and special, which makes this a meal that fits the bill on any ol' weeknight but also when you feel like pulling out the cloth napkins and pouring yourself a glass of that wine.


Recipe: Banana Pudding Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Banana pudding — that classic Southern trifle of vanilla wafers, pudding, and whipped cream — is my ideal no-bake dessert. It's sweet, but not cloyingly so, with just the right crunchy-to-creamy ratio. But I also consider a full batch of banana pudding to only be brought out for a crowd.

Enter: the creamy banana pudding bar. A humble ode to its namesake, these bars are the kind of everyday treat you can whip up on a whim. This recipe harnesses banana flavor from banana chips rather than fresh bananas so that you can make this recipe ahead without the vanilla pudding discoloring.


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