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Recipe: Molten Midnight Brownies — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

Despite all the fun-sized candy bars, peanut butter cups, and gummy worms eaten with abandon this time of year, I argue that we still need more chocolate. And that's not just because I am a chocolate fiend (which, if you're curious, I am) — it's because Halloween would be infinitely better with these brownies.

They are as dark and decadent as they come. They're insanely moist, rich, and chewy, speckled with chunks of melty chocolate that pool into hot puddles of your favorite chocolate as they bake.

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This Is Apartment Therapy’s Most-Pinned Pantry — Pantries to Pin

(Image credit: Mrs. Meyers)

Can a pantry be Zen? This one sure is! We reached out to our sister site, Apartment Therapy, for their most-pinned pantry ever and the winner is this beauty.

In fact, according to reps at Pinterest, it's the most-pinned pantry ever. Like, of all time. It's been saved more than 235,000 times!

What struck me the most was this: Even though some of the pantries out there are totally breathtaking and over-the-top — with their chandeliers, built-in beverage refrigerators, and enormous scale — this one is a little more modest.

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Recipe: BBQ Chicken Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

When tangy BBQ chicken shows up in our weekly meal plan, my husband's eyes always light up with excitement. But this time — when I told him it was coming in casserole form, that it involved tender riced cauliflower, and was Paleo — his eyes got squinty in the way that only happens when he's skeptical. I, however, knew it would be a hit with him. So when he asked if there was enough for seconds after taking his first bite, I wasn't surprised.

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These Make-Ahead Stuffed Shells Are Calling Your Name — Delicious Links

(Image credit: Spoon Fork Bacon)

Stuffed shells don't get enough love. When you think of the combination of baked pasta, sauce, and cheese, your mind probably lands on lasagna, right? But stuffed shells are just as comforting and easy enough to throw together on a weeknight.

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We Tested 7 Instant Coffees & Here’s the Best One — Travel Intelligence

The words "instant coffee" have long come with a bad reputation, the result of low-grade coffee used to make an inexpensive cup. But instant coffee has always had one thing going for it that has kept people coming back: It's easy. Boil some water, add in the instant coffee, and you're done. In a fast-paced world, it's no surprise that we want quick alternatives, and fortunately these days there are several brands trying to improve the instant coffee game and the reputation.

As an avid coffee drinker, I happen to love the ritual of brewing coffee, whether I am at home or whether I am outside, which means it's rare that I opt for an instant coffee. But the growing selection, some sourcing high-quality beans (and ensuring fair wages for the people who grow them), enticed me to give a few different instant coffees a try.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Coconut Sugar — Ingredient Intelligence

Every few years, a new "natural" sweetener hits store shelves promising to be the holy grail of the health food world — the perfect substitute for cane sugar. But there's always a catch (we're looking at you, agave), and today's sweet miracle is no different.

I'm talking about coconut sugar. This "healthy alternative" has a dirty little secret.

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