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No Grill? No Problem! You Can Still Make S’mores Outside! — Party Tricks

The party problem: You want to make s'mores, but you don't have a grill or a fire pit.

The party trick: Use a terra-cotta planter to toast all the marshmallows.


The Fastest Way to Make Your Scrambled Eggs Fancy — Everyday Fancy

Last year when I was developing a recipe for breakfast sandwiches, I had one major goal in mind: to create a recipe with the creamiest eggs imaginable. I envisioned eggs that tasted like an indulgent upgrade from an everyday plate of scrambled eggs — soft and tender, with an unmatchable creamy richness. After trying a few different mix-ins, I struck gold, in the most delicious way possible. It forever changed the way I make everything from scrambled eggs to egg casseroles.


Your Guide to Never Overcooking Fish Again — Cooking Tips from The Kitchn

Cooking fish at home can be tricky. Because it's lean and relatively quick-cooking, the line between just-right and dry, overcooked fish is really quite thin — especially with baking and grilling.

But what if I told you there's a nearly foolproof solution that will help you avoid overcooking and the super-dry, flaky result that comes with it? If you're thinking it sounds too good to be true, it's not. Here's the secret.


The Second Most Popular Wedding Registry Item (After a Stand Mixer) — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

If you were put on the spot and had to guess the most popular item so far for 2017 on the wedding registry website Zola, could you guess it? You'd probably get it right and guess a KitchenAid stand mixer, yeah? And not because we told you in the title of this post! You just know it's a safe bet.

"You cannot go wrong gifting a couple a KitchenAid stand mixer. It remains one of the most popular items on registries year after year — and with good reason, it's a kitchen staple!" says Zola's Newlywed-at-Large and Director of Brand, Jennifer Spector.

To put you on the spot again: Can you name the second most popular registry item for 2017? Is it a Le Creuset Dutch oven? Rose gold flatware? A waffle maker? A Lodge cast iron skillet?


The Best Wedding Gift I Received (That I Now Give to Everyone) — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

My husband and I had a very hard time registering for our wedding. (We would have gone without a registry entirely, but our families insisted.) We had already lived together for years and we were in our 30s when we got married — we just didn't need all that much. We registered for a KitchenAid stand mixer (which I still can't believe I got!), some simple dishes, and a few random odds and ends.

Our guests were incredibly generous, and we loved every single present we received — we just happen to love one the most. No offense, everyone!


13 Easy, Pretty Ways to Top a Cake — You So Smart

The actual baking of a cake has never intimidated me — it's the decorating part. I don't have a knack for anything like fancy piped buttercream flowers, so more often than not I forgo baking a cake altogether in fear of it never looking celebratory enough. The truth is, though, you definitely don't need professional cake tools to make a cake that rivals the best bakery in town. What you really need is just a bit of ingenuity. These 13 clever cake toppers are not just dead simple — they are also dead gorgeous. (And you probably have many of the supplies already have in your pantry!)


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