Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

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Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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Make This Lemony Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Tonight — Delicious Links

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I love one-pot pasta dishes, but sometimes cooking everything together makes it difficult to build super-strong flavors. That's why this roasted chicken and broccoli rotini recipe is so ingenious: With only a few extra dishes and a little more work, you get crispy, caramelized chicken and broccoli, perfectly al dente pasta, and a bright, zippy lemon vinaigrette.

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The German Sparkling Wine You Don’t Know About (but Should) — Travel Bites

On a recent trip to Germany to visit my sister-in-law and her family, we drank our fill of light, crisp, fruity, floral goodness. No, it wasn't beer; it was sparkling wine. Known as Sekt, German sparkling wine often rivals Champagne in taste tests — but if you haven't heard of it, you're not alone.

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This Seriously Cheap Find Will Help Your Magic Eraser Habit — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → Melamine Foam: A Seriously Cheap Fix For Your Magic Eraser Habit

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These Low-Light Houseplants Can Survive (and Thrive!) in Really Dark Rooms — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → Hero Houseplants That Survive (& Even Thrive!) in Really Dark Rooms

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Recipe: Very Berry 4th of July Cupcakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Ever since I started baking in my awkward tween years, I declared that every Fourth of July barbecue my family hosted needed a red, white, and blue dessert in order to be at its most festive. I scoured cookbooks and the internet to churn out things like flag cakes, berry pies, star-shaped fruit tarts, and layered fruit salads. Years later, I haven't strayed from my declaration. This is my contribution this year.

These cupcakes are as celebratory as ever: Red raspberries, white cake and buttercream, and blueberries ensure the color scheme is taken care of. Seeing as we are in the heart of berry season, the fruit lends the cupcakes the sweet juiciness that only feels right this time of year. Plus, the spike of lemon in the buttercream gives the baked treats an extra zip for good measure.

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