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The Ultimate Super Bowl Party Menu Planner
Planning a big Super Bowl party, but aren't sure what to serve? You've come to the right place! Below you'll find the cornerstones for building a great game day buffet!

Fancy Appetizer Recipes
For some parties, all you need is a couple dips, and a few bags of chips. The following recipes are not for those parties.

Some Like it Hot! A Collection of Spicy Recipes

We Americans pride ourselves on being an adventurous people, and this is especially true when it comes to food. Here's a collection of recipes dedicated to those who like their flavors big and bold.

Easy Fish and Seafood Recipes for Novice Cooks
Many novice cooks are terrified making seafood, which is too bad, since it's probably the easiest of all the proteins to prepare.

Eight Great Potato Recipes
Potatoes are undoubtedly America's favorite starch. Here are some great, easy recipes where potatoes are the star of the dish.

Easy Sweets and Dessert Recipes
When you're in the mood for something sweet, try one of these easy dessert recipes. These have been chosen because they are proven crowd-pleasers, and they're also very easy to make.

Savory and Sweet Lemon Recipes
Lemons are available year-round, but they're considered seasonally ideal from late Winter to early Spring.

Great Dip Recipes
Bread, chips, crackers, or vegetables will all work with any of these delicious dip recipes. Dips are a great way to feed lots of hungry partygoers without going broke.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Recipes
Here's a collection of special occasion recipes perfect for a New Year's Eve dinner party, or an elegant New Year's Day brunch. Celebrate in style with some of these delicious "show-off" recipe ideas.

Special New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Recipes
Here's a collection of special occasion recipes perfect for a New Year's Eve dinner party, or an elegant New Year's Day brunch. Celebrate in style with some of these delicious "show-off" recipe ideas.

Thanksgiving Recipe Collection
Here's a collection of Thanksgiving recipes covering everything from how to cook that perfect turkey, all the way to traditional pumpkin pie.

A Thanksgiving Recipe Collection
Here's a collection of Thanksgiving recipes covering everything from how to cook that perfect turkey, all the way to traditional pumpkin pie. Whether you're wondering how to make great stuffing, a crowd-pleasing cranberry sauce, or gorgeous gravy, this list should prove helpful.

American Apple Recipes
Apples have been a big part of American cooking for hundreds of years. Whether warm and sweet in a pie, or cold and crisp in coleslaw, apples make a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal.


Recipes for Fall Leafy Greens and Vegetables
From sweet, tender cabbage leaves to crisp, peppery arugula – these recipes will help you enjoy all the great leafy greens and vegetables so abundant this time of the year.

Recipes for Fall Leafy Greens and Vegetables
From sweet, tender cabbage leaves to crisp, peppery arugula – these recipes will help you enjoy all the great leafy greens and vegetables so abundant this time of this yea

Great Mushroom Recipes
Earthy and mysterious, mushrooms add a delicious dimension to any dish they're in. Spring and fall rains may bring a bounty of wild mushrooms to markets near you, but if that's not the case, all these recipes work with conventional mushrooms, which can be found in the grocery stores year round.

SF Chefs. Food. Wine. 2009 Top Ten Best Bites
This photo gallery represents my top ten favorite bites from the recently concluded SF Chefs. Food. Wine. event in San Francisco.

Great Summer Chicken Recipes to Serve Hot or Cold
Great summer chicken recipes need to be easy, flavorful, and festive. These chicken recipes are great for casual evening gatherings on the patio, but also can be made ahead and served cold for a picnic.

Easy and Delicious Cold Sauces for Savory Dishes
Savory cold sauces are not only a great change of pace, but also very convenient since you can make them way ahead of time.

Fresh Summer Peach Recipes
Fresh peaches are one of the great treats of summer. Here is a collection of peach recipes that really show off this sweet, juicy, beautiful warm-weather fruit.

An Exclusive Interview with Chef Wolfgang Puck
This exclusive interview with renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is part of an exciting new program by About.com to expand our award-winning content by adding celebrity guest authors to the site. Not only did we get to interview the legendary chef, he also agreed to share some of his favorite recipes on About.com’s American Food site!

Popular American Salad Dressing Recipes
Making you own salad dressing is not only easy, you'll get a better tasting and more nutritious product than you can buy at the store. Here is a collection of America's most popular salad dressing recipes.

Easy Summer Sweets and Dessert Recipes
Whether it's a plate of peanut butter cookies for the end of the picnic table, or a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream for that bowl of fresh fruit, these easy summertime sweets and dessert recipes don't take much time or effort, and are all proven crowd-pleasers.

Recipe Ideas for the Fourth of July
Declare your independence from boring Forth of July food! Check out the great recipe resources below, and make this your most delicious Fourth of July ever.

Top Ten Highlights from the 2009 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
There was so much fantastic food and wine, along with so many interesting and entertaining chefs at last week's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, that choosing a handful of highlights is not an easy task.

2009 Food & Wine's Best New Chefs Dinner Photo Gallery
One of the most anticipated events at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is the Best New Chefs Dinner, where ten of the country's brightest young culinary stars are brought together to showcase their considerable cooking skills, and cutting edge cuisine.

Father's Day Recipe Ideas
Want to make up for all those bad ties you bought him in the past? Then fix the dad in your life a meal worthy of the man of the house.

Easy Recipes for Summer Entertaining
A collection of crowd-pleasing recipes for all your summer entertaining needs. These recipes all look great, don't cost a lot to make, and don't require any special culinary skills.

Thrill of the Grill - A Collection of Recipes for the Grill
Some deliciously creative recipe ideas created especially for the grill. Whether your going to grill vegetables, fish, chicken, pork, beef, or lamb there is something here for everyone.

Simple and Delicious Shrimp Recipes
You have to love shrimp! So easy to prepare, cooks in just a few minutes, and it’s one of the most versatile seafood ingredients there is.

Favorite American Meatloaf Recipes
Here is a collection of my favorite recipes for meatloaf. Meatloaf has been a favorite "go-to" recipe for American home cooks for generations.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Any great Cinco de Mayo fiesta features lots of fun, festive food. Just to be safe, all these recipes have been thoroughly tested paired with margaritas and Mexican beer, with excellent results.

Recipes for Hard-Boiled Eggs
Whether you're looking for ideas to use up leftovers, or you're starting from scratch, these recipes feature the simple and delicious hard-boiled egg in a variety of tasty treatments.

From Shoulder to Shank: A Collection of Classic Lamb Recipes
Here's a collection of classic lamb recipes, featuring all the most common cuts. From quickly grilled lamb shoulder chops, to slowly roasted lamb shanks, there's something here for everyone.

Celebrating Spring Vegetables
Spring has sprung, and it's time to forget about opening cans and thawing packages - fresh vegetables are back! These fresh and easy recipes feature spring vegetables used in a variety of delicious ways.

Irish-American Recipes for St. Patrick's Day and Beyond
It's too bad most Americans only enjoy Irish-inspired food once a year, around St. Patrick's Day. As you check out, and hopefully try some of the dishes listed below, remember, all these Irish-American recipes would be great any time of the year.

Cheap Eats - Under $10 Budget Recipe Ideas
All of these tasty recipes can be made for under 10 dollars, and just because we're pinching a few pennies doesn't mean we are going to sacrifice quality - all of these budget-friendly ideas are nutritious and delicious.

Not the Same Old Chicken Recipes
Chicken is one of the easiest and most versatile menu options there is, but it's very easy to get into a routine with those same old recipes. Shake up your chicken recipe collection, and give some of these delicious dishes a try.

A Collection of Winter Vegetable Recipes
Maybe it doesn't get the same attention as summer and fall, but winter is a great time of year for a wide variety of delicious vegetables.

Classic Creole and Cajun Recipes for Mardi Gras
They don't call it Fat Tuesday for nothing! Mardi Gras is all about packing in as much fun, food, and festivities as you can before the Lenten fast. It's no wonder why these traditional Creole and Cajun recipes are so flavorful.

Simple and Sexy Chocolate Dessert Recipes
These delicious and decadent chocolate dessert recipes are all easy-to-make, and guaranteed to please that special "chocoholic" in your life!

Chicken Soup Recipe Collection
Everyone thinks their chicken soup recipe is "the best." Here's a collection of chicken soup recipes from the traditional chicken noodle, to more exotic offerings featuring influences from all over the world.

Most Popular Chicken Wing Recipes
A collection of popular chicken wing recipes from American Foods. From the classic Buffalo-style chicken wings, to old southern favorites, to new Asian-influenced wing recipes.

Chili Recipe Collection
These chili recipes offer something for everyone; there's classic beef, turkey, chicken, pork, and vegetarian versions. Whether you like mild or wild, one of these recipe will work for you.

Easy Winter Dinner Recipes
Here are some recipe ideas for those cold winter nights when you're craving a warm and comforting dinner. These satisfying dinners are good for larger groups, and the leftovers usually get even more delicious.

Fast, Easy, and Professional No-Knead Bread and Roll Recipes
Many home bakers don't realize that a method has been developed for making professional-quality bread and rolls at home. It requires no kneading, and is so simple that even a first-time baker can do it. It sounds too good to be true, but once you try it you may never knead again!

Easy-to-Make Edible Gourmet Gift Ideas
Making your own edible gifts is an easy, fun way to show people you really care. Not only can you show your creative culinary skills, you can also show off your artistic side when it comes to packaging and presenting these edible gifts.

Elegant and Inexpensive Entrée Ideas for Holiday Entertaining
Serving delicious, beautiful food for the holidays doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money. These entrée ideas will impress your guests without depressing your budget.

Easy and Affordable Appetizers
Are caviar and goose liver a little out of your budget at the moment? Do you need some crowd-pleasing appetizer ideas that will not break the bank? Then take a look at these party food recipes that don't require a lot of cash, or culinary skill.

Dress Like an American Celebrity Chef!
Do you, or a foodie you know, dream what it would be like to be one of America's celebrity chefs? Well, chances are you may not get to that level of culinary fame, but nothing says you can't look like a chef in the kitchen!

Special Occasion Recipes for the Holidays
Here are some classic and creative menu ideas for your upcoming holiday dinners. Special occasion cooking does not have to be complicated, but it does have to be delicious!

Vegetable Side Dish Recipes for Those Special Holiday Meals
Here are some great vegetable side dish ideas for your holiday table. Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other special occasion, these recipes will add color, flavor and variety to those special meals.

Holiday Bread Stuffing and Dressing Recipes
Stuffing and dressing recipes are really the same thing, with stuffing being cooked inside the turkey, or other bird, and dressing recipes being cooked in a baking dish separately. No matter what they're called, these recipes can be used either way.

Ten Great Pumpkin Recipe
Everyone loves that slice of traditional pumpkin pie - it's an American holiday icon - but why not think "outside the gourd," and try some of these delicious alternative pumpkin recipes?

Cooking Turkey for Beginners - An Easy Step-by-Step Turkey Recipe
The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. This step-by-step for how to cook a turkey will show a very easy method for producing a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey every time.

Cooking Turkey for Chickens
That a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve is the biggest myth in all of American cookery. There is nothing to fear, but the fear of dry turkey itself.

By following these five basic rules, you will guarantee a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey every time. Proceed with confidence, joy, and the knowledge that since you are cooking the turkey, you won't have to wash any dishes!

6 Deliciously Different Ways to Enjoy Fresh Asparagus
Asparagus is America's favorite spring vegetable for a reason; it's delicious, packed with nutrients, fast to prepare, low calorie, and can be enjoyed in a huge array of recipes. Here are 6 easy asparagus recipes that really show off the versatility of this succulent spear.

Frighteningly Good Halloween Treats
These delicious recipes will make your Halloween dessert table "to die for." The fabulous fall flavors, and creative twists will make even the scariest monsters smile!

Six Classic Rainy Day Recipes
When the weather outside is wet and nasty, stay in and make one of these classic American rainy day recipes. One thing these delicious recipes have in common is their ability to give you that warm, cozy feeling inside, no mater how badly it's pouring outside.

"Breakfast for Dinner" Recipe Ideas
No time for a big breakfast in the morning? No worries, these satisfying recipe ideas can be a hearty and delicious way to end the day.

Great American Buttermilk Recipes
Buttermilk is a vital ingredient in so many of America's favorite recipes. The list of recipes below, all featuring creamy, tangy, and delicious buttermilk, runs the gamut from light and delicate, to substantial and savory. By the way, despite this versatile ingredient's name, it's relatively low in fat.

A Delicious Collection of Pork Recipes from "High on the Hog"
Here is a collection of recipes for eating "high on the hog." That expression refers to the fact that the cuts of pork considered the most desirable were found along the top of the hog.

Easy and Delicious Seafood and Vegetable Pasta Recipes
These seafood and vegetable pasta recipes are perfect when you want to take a little break from the spaghetti and meatballs. These pasta recipes may be lighter than that rigatoni Bolognese, but they're still rich, delicious, and full of healthy ingredients.

Super "Bowl" Recipes
Here are some of America's favorite cool weather dishes, all served in large steaming bowls. Part satisfying sustenance, and part aromatherapy, these recipes are easy to make, can be made ahead, and best of all, are even better the next day!

Simple Sauce Recipes You Should Be Making at Home
Do you buy those packaged sauce mixes with the long list of ingredients you can't pronounce? Do you spend extra money on poor-quality jarred sauces because you think they're too hard to make at home? Think again.

Fall's Best Braised Recipes
The great thing about braising is it allows you to take highly flavored, but tougher cuts of meat, and turn them into tender, moist and succulent dishes, with a minimum of effort. The secret is long, slow cooking in a mixture of aromatic vegetables and flavorful liquid. These recipes are all easy to make, and don't require any advanced cooking skills.

Recipe Ideas for Delicious Homemade Soups
Nothing warms the soul like a hot bowl of soup. Here are some ideas for when you're in the mood for this easy, healthy, and comforting food. Sure it's easier to open a can, but it can't compare to that homemade taste.

Fabulous Football Food - Easy Appetizers for Your Game Day Buffet
Tired of the same old snacks for your football game fixings? Here are some ideas that may sound "fancy," but are actually easy to make and serve at the next pigskin party.

America's Most Popular Steaks at a Glance
This list counts down and compares six of America's most popular cuts of steak. They all have their strong points, and if cooked properly, you can't go wrong with any of them. These comparisons may help you choose the perfect cut the next time you're planning a steak dinner.

Six Recipes for Fresh Bell Peppers
Here are six recipe suggestions to try when large, sweet, and colorful bell peppers are at their abundant best. Red, yellow, green, orange - no matter which you select, these recipes will bring out their true colors.

Top Five Choices for Great Grilled Seafood
Grilling fish, and other seafood, imparts a delicious smoky flavor, as well as an attractive set of caramelized grill marks. It's also the perfect way to avoid the odors that linger long after when it's cooked indoors. Unfortunately, most seafood doesn't fare well on the grill. Here are the top five choices for great seafood grilling.

Asian Culinary Forum Asks Chefs, "Are You What You Cook?"
The level to which Asian culinary influences are shaping the way America cooks and eats, is starting to rival those of the more well-known European cuisines. This article documents a recent panel discussion hosted by the Asian Culinary Forum, and featured top Asian-American chefs discussing a variety of related issues.

Five New Recipe Ideas for Summer Fruit
Here are five recipe ideas for taking advantage of summer stone fruit at the peak of its goodness. Ripe peaches, plums, and nectarines are versatile ingredients that aren't just for dessert anymore.

Fresh Recipe Ideas for Sweet Summer Corn
There is nothing better than freshly boiled corn, slathered in butter, sprinkled with salt, and eaten right off the cob. It's truly one of life's great pleasures. But, by the middle of summer it's starting to lose it's magic - a classic case of too much of a good thing. Here are a few fresh ideas for enjoying this sweet summer treat.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Fresh, Ripe, Summer Tomatoes
Here's a top 10 countdown of recipes and preparations using one of the stars of summer eating; the sweet, and perfectly ripe tomato. After suffering with pink, mealy supermarket tomatoes all winter, there's nothing that says summer like a beautiful, just picked tomato.

American Seasonal Produce Buying Guide
If you want to enjoy fruits and vegetables at the peak of their goodness, check this list before heading to the store. While most produce is available year-round, the items on this list, when in season, will have a better chance of being local, verses being shipped in from thousands of miles away.

Five Fast and Easy Seafood Dinner Recipes
These five seafood recipes all have the same things in common; they're fast, easy, and delicious! When you' re in the mood for seafood, but aren’t into trying anything too complex, give one of these great recipes a try.

Five Great Grilled Chicken Recipes
Break that backyard barbecue boredom with some fresh takes on the old grilled chicken routine. While these recipes are wonderful cooked over those glowing coals, in your backyard grill, they can also be easily adapted for the oven, or broiler.

Six Summer Side Dish Salad Recipes
No matter how great your ribs are, or how tender the grilled chicken, if the side dishes are lacking, your summer spread is just not all it could be. Here are six crowd-pleasing side dish recipes to make your next summer meal complete. The secret to a great side dish is its ability to compliment the main courses, yet be interesting enough to stand up on their own.

10 Great American Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Here is a great collection of barbecue sauce recipes from all across America. From thick and sweet, to thin and tangy, these barbecue sauces are all fast and easy to make. No matter which meat you decide to barbecue, one of these delicious sauce recipes will work perfectly.

Five Fast and Easy Dinner Ideas
To busy to cook? Tired of take-out? Why not check out these five, fast and easy dinner ideas? No complicated techniques, long cooking times, or big messes to clean up - just fast and delicious, no-fuss food.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the American Kitchen
It's not too late! Here are some suggestions for great gifts your mom will love. There's probably nothing that she enjoys more than cooking and feeding the loved ones, so why not make that labor of love even better?

An Easy Mother's Day Menu for the Culinarily Challenged
These Mother's Day brunch recipes are specially designed for the non-cook, and are sure to shock and amaze that special Mom in your life. Sure, it's the thought that counts, but it would be nice if mom got to enjoy lots of delicious food also!

The James Beard Foundation Website
One of the most influential American chefs and food writers

Food & Wine's Top New American Chefs of 2007
The new stars of American Food as picked by Food and Wine Magazine.

The Food Timeline
The chronological history of food from 17,000 B.C. to today.

Secret Sauces for Super Burgers!
Anyone can grill a burger, but it's how you dress them that separates the mundane from the memorable.

Homemade Pizza Recipes
Making pizza at home is a fun and delicious project the whole family can participate in. Below you'll not only find a easy dough recipes, but...

Seven Item Party Food Menu – Seven Snack Recipes for Easy Entertaining

This seven item party food menu will make catering your next party a snap! Nothing too time consuming or complicated here, just great tasting entertaining ideas your guests will love.

Top 10 Essential Soul Food Ingredients

A Southern kitchen runs smoothly when the pantry and fridge are stocked with staple ingredients for making soul food meals with ease. Here are the essentials your 
kitchen needs:

Holiday Roast Recipes

Tired of the same old ham or turkey? These easy roast recipes are perfect for the holiday table, and will not break the bank.

Soul Food Recipes - 5 Basic Soul Food Recipes
Whether you're an expert on soul food cooking or just learning your way through the recipes, here are five soul food recipes you should know how to prepare.

Fried Pies
Basic primer on fried pie, the popular hand-held dessert of the South. Fried pies come in all kinds of flavors, including fried apple pie and fried peach pie.

New Year’s Day Tradition – Black-Eyed Peas and Greens
A look at the New Year's traditional foods of the South: black-eyed peas and greens. Eating these foods will bring you luck in the new year.

Soul Food – History and Definition
A useful primer on the history of soul food, some basic information on what soul food is, and a discussion of the distinction between soul food and southern food.

Country Fried Steak versus Chicken Fried Steak
History of chicken-fried steak and country-fried steak and a look at the similarities and differences of chicken-fried steak and country-fried steak.

Southern Sweet Tea
Sweet tea is the favorite beverage of the South. This sweet tea recipe is perfect for a hot summer day.

Classic Comfort Food Casserole Recipes

When it comes to great American comfort foods, nothing is as comforting and bubbling, golden-brown casseroles. Here's a collection of the ultimate comfort food casserole recipes.

What the Heck are Grits?
What the heck are grits? Here are all the answers you need to know about grits.

Tips for Frying Food: How to Get the Crispiest Food Ever
Need to learn how to fry? These tips for how to fry will produce perfectly crisp results.

What to do with Black-Eyed Peas
Your source for black eyed peas recipes. Here are some ideas for both traditional and innovative black eyed peas recipes.

Five Shortcuts for Soul Food Goodness
These tricks for southern food shortcuts will help you produce food that tastes like it's been cooked for hours, but has only taken a little bit of time.

Pork Options Other Than Bacon
Cooking with pork is an important element of soul food. Bacon is often the pork of choice, but here are some great alternatives for cooking with pork.

Southern-Style Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are fun, and easy to make. This recipe for deviled eggs uses sweet pickle relish and paprika.

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