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6 Creative Ways to Use Halloumi

This Mediterranean cheese tastes a bit like mozzarella, only firmer and saltier. Thread it onto skewers and grill, or crumble it over soup. Since it’s extra firm, you can even sear it right in a hot skillet. The result: golden, crispy cheese croutons that are warm but magically unmelted.

Cookie Dough Cones

When making chocolate chip cookies from scratch, it’s almost impossible not to lick the beaters. But, as you’ve been reminded time and time again, raw cookie dough isn’t safe to eat—until now. We took out the eggs and toasted the flour, which eliminates any possibility of bacteria. And to ensure the dough was perfectly creamy and fluffy, we whipped cream cheese into the butter and brown sugar. We like folding in chopped chocolate, but any of your favorite mix-ins will do. Try sprinkles for a cake batter dough, or cinnamon for a snickerdoodle approach. Then, eat it by the spoonful or serve it on an ice cream cone, which makes for a pretty adorable treat.

Winter Vegetable Soup

Think of this soup as a modern take on homemade minestrone. A lot of the main ingredients are there, but sweet potatoes are swapped in for pasta, smoked paprika adds a lovely layer of warm flavor, and mustard greens are stirred in. Unlike other greens that sometimes lose their flavor when they’re simmered into soups, mustard greens maintain some of their pleasant bite. This soup also freezes well, so go ahead and make some for later. To make those beautiful ribbons of Parmesan cheese that top the soup, drag a y-shaped peeler along the length of the block of cheese.

How to Make a Delicious Shamrock Shake at Home

Our homemade take on the fast food favorite keeps the minty flavor (and awesome color!) you love—but ditches the corn syrup and food coloring.

No-Bake Lemon-Chia Bars

It’s time to put down the store-bought granola bars. Not only are many laden with sugar, but buying a box of them weekly can also put a major dent in your wallet. Our no-bake version offers a tasty, better-for-you alternative that comes together quickly, is packed with fresh lemon flavor, and has been naturally sweetened with dates. Sliced into bars, they make the perfect travel-friendly breakfast, afternoon treat, or pre-workout snack. The best part? Both kids and adults are sure to enjoy. After cutting, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store in the fridge, making them easy to grab on the go.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes

A game-day favorite fit for vegetarians. This chili is loaded with sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and a variety of beans.

Mango Smoothie

Sweet ripe mangos need little help in the smoothie department. We blended ours with a little lowfat milk and yogurt for tang, sort of like a mango lassi. It’s a welcome pick-me-up in the morning, but also refreshing to sip alongside spicy foods or as an after-dinner dessert alternative. You’re likely to find one of 6 types of mango throughout the year but no matter what variety is available you want to be sure to use a ripe mango for blending. It should give slightly, like a ripe peach or avocado. Cut the sides away from the pit and shave off any additional flesh at an angle. Then gnaw on the pit for a real treat.

Gochujung Braised Brisket

Brisket doesn’t have to remind you of your grandmother. It can be fun and hip. That’s why we made a version with gochujang, Korean chile paste that adds spicy slightly sweet flavor to the dish. Gochujang is made from several ingredients including fermented soybeans, which pack intense umami flavor and make the brisket taste a bit like aged steak. This recipe makes a piece of meat that’s so tender and succulent that the word “dry” won’t have a chance to cross anyone’s mind. Dish it up at Passover or make it for your next special occasion meal; we guarantee that it’ll wow everyone in the room (thankfully, there’s enough for seconds).

Baby Halloumi BLT

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these tiny sandwiches make incredibly fun appetizers. Seriously, BLT’s are delicious, but we might be converting to mini ones from here on out. The toasted bread and plenty of creamy mayonnaise offer a great contrast in texture and flavor. A small round cookie cutter makes cutting the bread and cheese easy, but you can use any round object with an edge to do the same (like a bottle cap). Serve these at your next party, or spread out all of the ingredients to create a DIY mini BLT station.

Green Chile Steak Nachos

Nachos are a crowd-pleaser, but they have to be done right. They’re a structural undertaking. You need to have chips that are sturdy enough to stand up to the weight of toppings. That means creating a foundation layer of cheese before adding other toppings, so it forms a protective barrier that prevents the chips from getting soggy. And you need a cheese mixture that’s flavorful but also gooey and gives you cheese pulls (that’s why this recipe uses both cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack). Seared skirt steak takes these nachos into the realm of gourmet finger food. Skip the pre-shredded cheese; it’s tossed in a mixture to help keep the strands separated but doesn’t melt as well and the stuff you grate yourself.