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What We’re Loving: Target’s Venomous Collection

What We’re Loving: Target’s Venomous Collection

Play the evil host or hostess with this eerie set

Instead of just playing a behind-the-scenes role at your Halloween soirée, why not get into character this year? How about an evil villain or maybe a mad scientist? After all, you are concocting creepy brews and scary bites.

To create the perfect poisoned look, look to Target, where their Venomous collection awaits. Slip on an eerie apron that reads "Venomous Treats and Poisonous Delights," stick your hand into a skeleton oven mitt, or wipe your counters with spider webs — oops, we’re getting carried away, they’re spider web dish towels.

From tablecloths to melamine plates, dress your whole Halloween bash in ivory and ebony colors — a little skull and bones, if you will.


15 Healthy Frozen Food Finds to Stock up on ASAP

Quick, clear out the freezer and add these tasty frozen foods!

Spending more time at home recently? Non-perishable and frozen foods can be extremely practical and convenient options to have stocked in your kitchen. But, not all frozen meals are created equal! Often packed with excessive amounts of sodium and additives, frozen meals tend to get a bad rap. But more and more food companies are listening to consumers and bringing healthy frozen food options to the table! And believe it or not, frozen foods in general are often flash frozen directly after harvest or preparation, and this helps to lock in nutrients that fresh foods may gradually lose when in transit to the grocery store. The freezer aisle has been getting a much-needed revamp over the past few years, so there are more healthy frozen meals than ever before to keep you covered morning, noon, and night. Here are a few key tips from the GH Nutrition Lab to help you decipher between the good, the bad, and the ugly in the frozen food section:

Read the label:Ideally, you should be able to recognize and/or pronounce the entire ingredient list. Most importantly, though, the first listed ingredients should be whole foods (think: 100% whole-grains, sweet potatoes, broccoli, eggs, beans).

Check the sodium: Many frozen entrées contain 600+ mg of sodium (and often much more than that!), which is more than 20% of your recommended daily allotment. Aim for a meal that clocks in at 500 mg or less for dinner. Bonus points if the meal also has at least 4 grams of protein and fiber.

Pick your protein wisely: Prioritize leaner cuts of meat and poultry, seafood, and plant-based protein like beans or tofu.


Target launches new indulgent store brand

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is launching Favorite Day, a new store brand featuring indulgent products. Developed by Target’s internal team of food science and recipe developers, the Favorite Day assortment will include more than 700 items across bakery, trail mixes, ice cream, snacks, beverage mixers, candy and cake decorations.

The addition of Favorite Day builds on the success of Good & Gather, the retailer’s flagship owned food and beverage brand, which generated $2 billion in sales last year. Good & Gather products span the categories of dairy, produce, ready-made pastas, meats and more. Target's product developers set out to create a product line built around celebration and indulgence. Favorite Day products are priced below $15 and will be available in all Target stores and online at Target.com beginning in April.

“We’re thrilled to build on Good & Gather’s success and the strength of Target’s food and beverage business by debuting our new owned brand, Favorite Day,” said Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief food and beverage officer at Target. “Rooted in guest insights and developed by our talented Target team, Favorite Day is a sweet and savory addition that tastes amazing, makes life’s little moments of indulgence even sweeter and continues to differentiate Target’s owned brand portfolio.”

The collection is based on Target’s shopper insights, showing consumers are increasingly seeking treats as a balance to everyday stressors. Products include blueberry streusel bread, miniature everything bagel croissants, assorted macarons, birthday cake ice cream, and caramel macchiato trail mix.

"Our guests love an amazing treat — especially if it's nostalgic," said Thomas Jackson, a food scientist at Target. "So, we leaned into the nostalgia trend with a twist, creating a s'mores chocolate bark complete with Golden Grahams pieces that lend just the right flavor and texture to signal the campfire classic. We turned the orange cream bars we all remember from the ice cream truck into a delicious trail mix, too. And the caramel in our dark chocolate sea salt caramels is reminiscent of something straight out of your grandma's kitchen."

Tapping into the popularity of premium ice cream, Target's product development team aimed to create "more trend-forward, gourmet options for Target guests," said Allen McGee, a food scientist.

"We went through multiple rounds of research and connected with more than 11,000 guests to perfect our recipes," he said. "An overwhelming taste-tester favorite: our caramel cold brew ice cream, made with Colombian cold brew coffee, caramel swirl and espresso chocolatey chunks with real bits of coffee grounds that melt on the tongue for a boost of flavor. it's a coffee-lover's dream, in frozen form."

The Favorite Day brand also includes savory options, noted Paula Zuhlsdorf, senior food scientist.

"I absolutely love the ciabatta bread," she said. "It's a great quality, and you can add a warm loaf to soup or salad and instantly have a lovely, wine-worthy meal."


Martha Stewart Tops Her Potato Gratin With These Two Surprising Ingredients

Everyone has a favorite style of potato dish. Some like it mashed, some like it baked and if you’re like me then you like it au gratin. There are endless ways to transform a potato, but finding outside ingredients that pair well with them is an art in itself. What if we told you Martha Stewart’s latest dish combines some of our favorite ingredients to pair with potatoes inside of the dish itself? It’s called asparagus and potato gratin and we are already loving it.

Stewart took to Instagram to share her divine creation, writing, “Is anything better than a decadent potato gratin? Yes: a potato gratin with asparagus and prosciutto. The sweet, grassy undertones of goat cheese and sharp Pecorino Romano compliment this side-turned-dinner dish beautifully and will have the whole family asking for seconds.”

The addition of veggies and meat really allows this to become a hearty dish with tons of flavors. These contrasting flavors, complement one another so well that this recipe is already becoming a fan favorite. One commented, “just made my list of faves!” Another wrote, “you had me at potato.” This definitely isn’t the simplest recipe, there are many steps and processes used but the decadent outcome makes all that hard work totally worth it.

This will surely become a household favorite, even among your pickiest eaters. I mean come one, who can resist cheesy potatoes? With Easter around the corner, this would seriously be a perfect addition to your celebration feast.


Cocktail Books to Help Upgrade Your At-Home Happy Hours

Four months and counting of quarantine has inevitably led us to become the household bartender at one point or another to kick back after a long week of work, or simply take an hour to forget about the global pandemic we're living in. To help take you from bartender to startender (sorry!) start by using any of these cocktail books, ahead, to upgrade your at-home happy hours. Some of them will even double as a great piece of coffee table decor next to that spicy marg you just made. Cheers to that!

Consider this curated list of over 60 vintage cocktails, a.k.a. recipes from the Prohibition era, the coffee table book you didn't know you needed.

Whether you're an amateur or a pro, the Cocktail Codex is guaranteed to teach you something you don't know&mdashwhether it's what to omit in a recipe, or why only certain ingredients work with specific drinks.

For the people who are brand new to the home bartending scene, Cocktails Made Simple will eliminate the fear of not knowing how to make a traditional cocktail, like an old fashioned. You'll totally know what you're doing by the end of the book.

Listen, not all of us have enough room in our cabinets to keep a stocked bar&mdashespecially during a pandemic. The 12 Bottle Bar teaches us how to make more than 200 recipes with 12 bottles of alcohol. Warning: Tequila and bourbon don't make the cut, so you'll have to make do with martinis and mint juleps.

The Joy of Mixology has been praised as the model classic cocktail guide for mixologists and bartenders alike who want to learn the cocktail basics while also exploring their own concoctions.

Bethenny Frankel, former cast member of Bravo's Housewives of New York, combines 100 easy recipes to mix with her low-calorie Skinnygirl cocktail brand in this fun guide.

Okay, so maybe the great outdoors constitutes as our patio these days, but that doesn't mean these outdoor cocktail recipes found in Camp Cocktails won't make for a refreshing happy hour drink (or three).

Cocktail recipes, but make 'em into notebooks. This set of eight mini journals features whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, champagne, sherry, and amaro recipes, each labeled by their base ingredient.

The New York Times Book of Cocktails, curated by Steve Reddicliffe, the &ldquoQuiet Drink&rdquo columnist for The Times, is organized by cocktail type and features notable essays throughout. It's truly a book of cocktails.

Who better than Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval of Vanderpump Rules to give us tips on how to create cocktails for fancy gatherings or for those days when you just want to kick back on the couch and get a good buzz going? If you aren't taking your bartending skills too seriously, Fancy AF Cocktails is ideal to have in your collection.

This book cover screams, "Take me to Italy!" with a focus inside on the history of spritz cocktails and how they made their way around the world. There is, of course, plenty of recipes to learn as well.

The Mixology of Astrology is the perfect gift for your astrology-loving best friend who's clueless about how to make herself a martini. Aliza Kelly Faragher matches the drink to the occasion for every sign.

Each cocktail recipe in Free the Tipple is based on the style and personality of iconic women throughout history from Frida Kahlo to Rihanna. Yes, I'll have what Beyoncé is having.

Downton Abbey fans will appreciate The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book, which features a collection of cocktail recipes that represents the characters and customs from the film.

Jim Meehan's Meehan's Bartender Manual is widely known as the book for cocktail nerds who truly want to perfect their craft. Expect a mixture of history, spirits production, drink technique, and recipes in this ultimate cocktail manual.

Yes, you read that title correctly. Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist shows us how our favorite alcohol originated from plants (tequila from agave! rum from sugarcane!) and became the beloved cocktails they are today.

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20 Must-Haves From Chrissy Teigen's Kitchen Collection

From trivets to tongs, the star's kitchen line is every bit as stylish as it is affordable.

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Chrissy Teigen is beloved around the world for her take-no-prisoners attitude, whether she's owning the stage on Lip Sync Battle or shutting down her critics on Twitter. There is perhaps no domain she's conquered quite like the kitchen, however, where she's given fans insight into her favorite recipes with her bestselling cookbook and website, Cravings (jalapeno parmesan-crusted grilled cheese, anyone?) and provided them the tools to make each and every one of those delicious dishes with her Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookware line at Target. Whether you're searching for the perfect pan to sauté veggies in or just looking for a few countertop accessories, look no further: Chrissy Teigen's Cravings has you covered.

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Dutch ovens are the workhorses of the kitchen, making it easy to cook everything from braised meats to bread. Fortunately, you don't need to shell out hundreds of dollars to land yourself a gorgeous one you'd be proud to cook or serve in—this enamel stunner is as wallet-friendly as it is versatile, coming in at just $50.


You Can Download 82 Amazing Vintage Cookbooks for Free

There’s nothing quite like the nostalgia of an old cookbook. Though sadly, decades of use, spills, and neglect mean that few stand the test of time.

Sure, getting your hands on a well-preserved copy of beloved classics like Charleston Receipts and Tea-Time at the Masters will cost you, but they aren’t the only vintage cookbooks out there waiting to transport you to culinary days gone by. OpenCulture recently highlighted a free and easy way for hungry history enthusiasts to access tens of prized vintage cookbooks—no bookstore visits required!

The Sallie Bingham Center for Women&aposs History and Culture at Duke University&aposs Rubenstein Library has made 82 items from the Nicole Di Bona Peterson Advertising Cookbook Collection available for free download. The collection includes an incredible assortment of culinary guides (hang tags, inserts, recipe cards and guides, cookbooks, operating instructions, owner&aposs manuals and other promotional materials) dating back as far as 1851.

We’re particularly fascinated by the one titled Jell-O: America&aposs Most Famous Dessert which includes recipes for such rare delicacies as Pimento Jell-O Salad and Maple Walnut Jell-O. And you don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the cultural significance of a cookbook from WWI called Best War Time Recipes which includes recipes for foods to be made with flours other than white flour.


We’re cooking through the book together for the rest of 2021! The cookbook club has been up and running since 2018 with the launch of The Pretty Dish and now we’re moving on to the next book! The community is amazing. We do fun cooking challenges and giveaways and all sorts of fun things. You can join here! In order to join, you must have a copy of the book.

Be sure to tag me on instagram @howsweeteats and tag everything you’re making with #howsweeteats! Remember, I can only see your account if it’s public! I want to be able to feature your amazing creations. Post a picture of your copy of Everyday Dinners!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book. Shoot me an email, leave me a comment, leave a review, send me a DM – whatever is your preferred way of contact. Love you so much! xoxoxo


The 10 Best Spring Perfumes of 2021

If ever there was a season for fragrancephiles, spring is that time. The very backbone of most scents&mdashblooms and blossoms, sprouts and tendrils&mdashare all born in spring. Not to mention, most fashion houses choose to launch their most exciting offerings during this verdant season. Of course, there is no set definition of a spring fragrance&mdashor any other fragrance modifier, for that matter&mdashbecause what smells good to you, and what qualifies as a vernal victory, is all in the nose of the beholder. But a few pointers.

Most of the offerings below are floral. No getting around it. But rather than the kind of heady bouquets you might encounter in August, during the end-of-summer flower glut, spring fragrances are lighter, more tentative, and slightly more green. White flowers reign supreme, as do traditional first-bloomers like lilacs, lily of the valley, and hyacinth. Often, you'll find a citrus counterpoint, something zingy and exciting, something that encapsulates the promise of spring, of warmer weather, of bikes with baskets, lemonade with honey, and wine with bubbles. This year, novel citrus&mdashItalian lemons, pomelos, blood red oranges&mdashsnuck in for an unexpected olfactory experience.

Spring fragrances are about continuity. After a long, dark winter, spring will always arrive, knowing nothing of the blizzards or the cold. Spring arrives with optimism in spite of it all, with persistent growth, cheerful sprigs, and a covenant of what's to come. Ahead, ten fragrances that best embody the inimitable spirit of spring.

The latest in the Marc Jacobs Daisy family is the springiest and most verdant. Green tea blossom, matcha and zippy pink pepper combine for an invigorating but not overpowering blend. Also? As always with the Daisy offerings, the blossom-bedecked bottle works as an evergreen bouquet on your dresser or vanity.

The more I learn about fragrance, the more I learn that the white gardenia flower is one of the most foundational scents in all of the olfactory world. And for good reason: It's floral but not heady or strong, and articulates beautifully against other scents. Here, it's paired with red berries and pear for a fantastically fruity but eminently sophisticated overture.

The first fragrance from Chloé launched in 1975, and in the years since, they've consistently delivered on that experience, but paired it with offerings brimming with modernity. (Hello, pleated glass bottle and hand-tied ribbon.) This year's version combines tangerine, rose, and black currant for a scent that's not unlike wandering through an orchard with a Polaroid camera and someone beloved. Cue the sound of buzzing bees and rustling leaves.

If you're after a spring fragrance&mdashwhich is one that's floral first, and laced with fruit&mdashbut still crave something earthy and perhaps a little musky, Parfums de Marly is your answer. Turkish rose is balanced against lychee and pear, plush sandalwood, and soothing bergamot. A comforting reach reminiscent of sunny afternoons.

Contained within the walls of this rock-studded, prismatic bottle is a study in contrasts: Upfront, the rarified white musk and Damascus rose. Not to be ignored: Italian lemon, which is just a touch more flowery and a bit less astringent than the ubiquitous Florida variety. The idea is to evoke the sweeping ancient architecture of Rome, twinkling with neon lights and culture of today. The result is pleasing and evocative, especially in a moment when travel is either a memory or a dream.

While matters of the heart might elude some members of the Kardashian family, the KKW fragrance family hearts are decidedly more assured. This rose gold success combines lemon pear with pink peppercorns and silk peony that will transport you out of Calabasas to a place that truly matters.

A brand new and rather elevated Target fragrance line that allows you to mix and match the scent of yourself. This version contains all the best of spring: frangipani and honeysuckle, plus pink grapefruit and clementine.

Amazing Grace is one of Philosophy's most long-standing successes, but somehow this delicate EDT improves on the original thanks to the addition of slightly exotic jasmine, coconut water and calming bergamot.

Do not judge a fragrance by its bottle&mdashor rather do, and appreciate the unbridled optimism contained within this zippy confection. Pink berries, sweet jasmine and blood orange are as ready to usher in the roaring '20s as you are.


Consider Target&rsquos in-house brands Lakeside Collection, Opalhouse and Project 62 your go-to sources for cool, creative planters. There are a ton of chic, matte ceramic designs, but we&rsquore partial to these textured pieces, which are available in four color options.