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Kelly Vaughan

Kelly is a former associate digital food editor for MarthaStewart.com.
The alarming appetizers, devilish desserts, and wickedly good beverages we've gathered here are just right to share at a Halloween potluck party.
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If you're not already making these hall-of-famers, then it's time to give them a try.
Get organized by planning meals and prepping foods ahead.
Find out which foods are highest in calcium, such as salmon and dark, leafy greens.
Toss them in pasta, whip up a stir-fry, and even turn them into meatballs—there are so many inspired ways to serve shrimp.
These savory and satisfying entrées, appetizers, and side dishes, will delight everyone at the holiday table, vegetarians and omnivores alike. No matter which dish you make, guests will ask for seconds of these vegetarian recipes for Thanksgiving. Serve them in addition to a roasted turkey or forgo the bird and present a main course, such as a creamy gratin, hearty lasagna, or stuffed acorn squash that is just as impressive and indulgent, but suitable for vegetarian guests. 
Learn how to care for and wash your seasoned cast iron pans without causing damage.
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Iced tea is the go-to drink when temperatures rise. Whether you prefer a grassy green or sweet-as-a-peach iced tea, there's no denying that the cooling beverage is ideal for summertime sipping.  Here, we're highlighting some of our favorite iced tea recipes that make use of summertime berries, fresh herbs, and even surprising ingredients like lemongrass.  Make a batch of any of the options featured in this collection and watch as it drains from its pitcher during barbecues, picnics, holiday parties, and more. Or just make some to enjoy when you relax on your porch. From sweet to citrusy, keep these iced tea recipes in your back pocket all summer long.
Cookouts, backyard barbecues, grilling sessions, or whatever you prefer to call them, require a few essentials—icy cold beverages like lemonade for the little ones and cold beers for obliging adults, burgers and hot dogs and perhaps some grilled portobello mushrooms for the plant-based crowd, a Slip 'N Slide, sprinkler, or other kid-friendly games for cooling off; and something cool and sweet for dessert that everyone will love. These are the makings of a great summer party, but to really make a splash, you should opt for a few upgrades using our cookout ideas.  Hosting a cookout is a mix of planning logistics, those details that keep everyone safe, and planning a menu. We've got a savvy mix of both menu ideas and hosting practicalities to help you take your outdoor entertaining to the next level; creating a special spot in your backyard or on your deck and keeping your guests thirsts quenched, stomachs filled, and sweet tooths satiated.
Learn how to care for and wash your seasoned cast iron pans without causing damage.
Iced tea is the go-to drink when temperatures rise. Whether you prefer a grassy green or sweet-as-a-peach iced tea, there's no denying that the cooling beverage is ideal for summertime sipping.  Here, we're highlighting some of our favorite iced tea recipes that make use of summertime berries, fresh herbs, and even surprising ingredients like lemongrass.  Make a batch of any of the options featured in this collection and watch as it drains from its pitcher during barbecues, picnics, holiday parties, and more. Or just make some to enjoy when you relax on your porch. From sweet to citrusy, keep these iced tea recipes in your back pocket all summer long.
Cookouts, backyard barbecues, grilling sessions, or whatever you prefer to call them, require a few essentials—icy cold beverages like lemonade for the little ones and cold beers for obliging adults, burgers and hot dogs and perhaps some grilled portobello mushrooms for the plant-based crowd, a Slip 'N Slide, sprinkler, or other kid-friendly games for cooling off; and something cool and sweet for dessert that everyone will love. These are the makings of a great summer party, but to really make a splash, you should opt for a few upgrades using our cookout ideas.  Hosting a cookout is a mix of planning logistics, those details that keep everyone safe, and planning a menu. We've got a savvy mix of both menu ideas and hosting practicalities to help you take your outdoor entertaining to the next level; creating a special spot in your backyard or on your deck and keeping your guests thirsts quenched, stomachs filled, and sweet tooths satiated.
Our favorite tea party recipes include scones, shortbread, tea sandwiches, macarons, and other elegant finger foods.
Some occasions just call for a layer cake. If you're looking for an impressive recipe that yields a delicious cake, you're in luck. We're sharing our favorite layer cake recipes that will take you through every season and holiday of the year. Layer cakes are fan favorites because they're so versatile: Two layers or five? The same frosting to fill the cake and to decorate it, or different fillings between each layer? Our collection of layer cake recipes ranges from light-as-air chiffon cake simply filled with fresh strawberries and cream, no decoration needed, to birthday-worthy cakes with chocolate frosting just waiting for the candles. We've got classic layer cake recipes, for all-time favorites like carrot cake, hummingbird cake, and devil's food cake plus layer cakes with spring flavors and spring looks, ice-cream cakes that scream summer (and are our favorite no-bake take on the layer cake), and plenty of holiday-ready celebration cakes.  
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We're sharing our top tips for keeping these favorite summer fruits exceptionally fresh.
From a classic beef stew to smoked-salmon chowder that's perfect for summer, all the recipes we've gathered here are made in a sturdy Dutch oven.
From plant-based burgers and pizzas to tacos and quesadillas, these char-grilled delights are all meat free.
You'll want to reach for a slotted spoon when cooking bacon, deep frying donuts, making oatmeal, assembling scalloped potatoes, and so much more.
Pick your berries and eat them too! Here are some of our favorite ways to use fresh summer blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries in a variety of delightful desserts.
Get cooking on the Fourth of July with our best-loved recipes. From hot dogs to pulled pork sandwiches and grilled chicken plus creamy potato salad and tangy slaw, we're sharing the dishes you need to make the holiday a memorable one.
Pack these favorite picnic recipes in a your basket for the most delicious outdoor meal.
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These fresh, bright dishes are sure to steal the show at potlucks, BBQs, or family dinners this season.
No stove, no oven, no problem! These no-cook appetizer recipes are proof that you don't need heat to make a scrumptious starter.
Barbecued meats, slow-cooked sides, and a cold brew or two: We can't wait to celebrate our #1 guy with these classic recipes for Father's Day.
Nothing says "I love you, Dad" quite like these homemade pies, tarts, cakes, and cookies. 
From choosing the right fibers to finishing your canvas, here's what anyone new to the technique needs to know.
From pork chops to chicken thighs to corned beef, you only need one piece of cookware to prepare each of these meaty recipes.
Our founder is loving Suzie Kondi's cozy loungewear sets, and she recently visited the designer's newest store.