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Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? This version gives you all that cheesy goodness using cashew cheeze sauce. Plus, it’s adaptable: you can basically mix in whatever you’d like and get your fix. Read on for a few ideas. Total Time: 30 minutes Active Time: 20 minutes Makes 4 servings Cost per serving: $1. Read More
  Beet vodka only takes three days to steep, and the end result is a deep red infusion that’s slightly sweet, with an earthy aftertaste—it’s dangerously smooth and delicious. Bonus: The Romans believed beets were an aphrodisiac, so pour some out on Valentine’s Day and let this beet booze get you in the banging mood. Making the Beet Vodka Wash, peel, and cube three medium beets and place them in a dry, clean, half-gallon Mason jar. Fill the jar with a liter of vodka (we used Tito’s). Seal the jar and shake well. Read More
  You might know Carla Hall from Bravo’s Top Chef or The Chew on ABC, but until now it wasa challenge to get a taste of what she makes. After raising more than $250,000 through crowdsourcing last fall, however, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen will launch in Manhattan in 2015. Featuring Nashville hot chicken straight outta Hall’s hometown (along with traditional Southern sides), the spot is sure to be jumpin’. In the meantime, savor some of her signature flavor for yourself with the recipe here. Read More
Don't get us wrong: We've got some adventurous taste buds around the BUST offices, and we're big fans of Gaby Hoffman pretty much no matter what she's up to.  However. We're still trying to figure out exactly how we feel about Hoff throwing her afterbirth into a blender for breakfast. "I made smoothies out of [placenta] for three weeks," the new mama of Rosemary, age six weeks, told People mag. Read More
Whether it’s a carton of chocolate ice cream at 2am or instant oatmeal from a coffee mug before work, we’ve all been there. Either we're too busy or too lazy to bring our dish of leftover Thai fried rice from the kitchen to the couch. Instead, we fumble and flail around our tiny kitchens forking at our lukewarm spaghetti, and the only thing you’re doing that resembles manners is sticking your chin out over the sink to avoid getting marinara sauce on your already-wrinkled shirt. These are our private moments, not our worst but certainly not our best. Read More
Bread and mustard: there’s a 99 percent chance you’ve got ‘em in your kitchen right now. But have you ever thought about DIY-ing these fundamentals? It’s crazy easy, so much more fun than choosing store-bought versions, and your homemade creations will taste vastly fresher. Plus, tweaking the recipes to your specifications means you can have it your way, for real, so crack open your cabinets, and get down to bidness. No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Ingredients: 1 tsp. active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. Read More
Roasted pumpkin is one of the best fall foods, and it comes alive when smothered in chimichurri, an Argentinian sauce usually reserved for steak. Chimichurri is similar to pesto in that it’s full of fresh puréed herbs; this version combines parsley and cilantro with pepitas and a healthy dose of red wine vinegar for a thick, nutty sauce with a serious hit of acidity. The contrast of the sweet autumnal pumpkin with the intensely herbal chimichurri is killer. And black beans are a natural addition that pulls everything together. Read More
Of all the glorious corn-based creations on Earth, tamales—steamed cornmeal cakes filled with protein or vegetables—are my fave to eat. Though they take forever to make, you can whip up a few dozen of these at once, freeze them, then reheat as you want to eat them. Makes: 3 dozen tamales Total Time: 7 hours for pork, 3 hours for vegetarian You’ll need a slew of cornhusks, a steamer, and plenty of time. Buy the dry husks from a Mexican grocery store and soak them in warm water for at least an hour. (You can cut thin strips from them to use as ties later on. Read More
As if I don't consume enough caffeine in my daily routine, now I can have coffee in the shower too? (Can't resist. I'm such a sucker for the smell.) This tutorial is awesome because it shows you how to make your own version of a way more expensive, but still super effective and moisturizing, exfoliator. (The homemade one is one sixth of the brand name one!) This scrub combines coffee grounds, ground cardamom, brown sugar, and raw shea butter to energize your skin while keeping it hydrated. Read More
Although cereal isn't the healthiest of breakfast options, this recipe helps bring some nutrition to the table. (Literally! HA.) I knew I had to have these when I read that this chef was inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar, one of my many bakery obsessions and one that specializes in delectable cereal milk. When crushing up the cereal, I suggest pouring it into a Ziploc bag and just breaking it up with your hands. (Or, as the recipe says, you can try a food processor.) You can use any cereal you like, and you just need a few ingredients and a side of fruit to make it a hearty morning meal. Read More