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Tis The Season To Curl Up With A Glass Of Wine — Here Are 21 Recipes To Try

Whenever there’s a bottle of wine around in my house, it doesn’t take long to disappear.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that sometimes a glass of wine is necessary to help take the edge off. And with winter fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to sit by the fireplace and warm up with a nice red.

But who says wine can only be enjoyed by the glass? The possibilities are virtually endless when you incorporate a little vino into your favorite dishes. To help broaden your horizons, here are 21 wine-infused recipes.

1. White wine is typically used in a variety of seafood dishes, but none of them compare to seared cod in a white wine, tomato, and basil sauce.

2. Need a quick snack with a bit of a buzz? These wine-marinated frozen grapes should do the trick.

3. There is no greater food pairing than chocolate and a glass of wine. This boozy brownie mix combines my two loves into one delicious treat.

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4. Grocery stores have started carrying their own brands of wine ice cream, but why not try this recipe out for yourself?

5. I’m addicted to all things gummy, so I can’t wait to try out these drunken gummy bears.

6. I dare you to eat only one piece of this wine-infused fudge.

7. This vino-soaked roast beef is so tender, it almost melts in your mouth.

8. When it comes to wine recipes, there are no rules, so why not add some chocolate to your nightly glass?

9. Italian cuisine is wine’s best friend, and garlic parmesan red wine spaghetti is no exception.

10. There may be wine baked into these cupcakes, but it’s the raspberry rosé icing that really steals the show.

11. Drunken cheesy bread gives wine and cheese a new spin.

12. The herb and wine mixture in this creamy sauce is instrumental in pulling off this pork loin dish.

13. This poached pear dessert is so simple to make, even after a glass or two of the good stuff.

14. Merlot meatballs will please everyone at your next game day bash.

15. Kick it old school with some white wine fondue.

16. What goes better with a creamy custard parfait than fresh berries and lots of wine?

17. This chicken marsala recipe is a classic for a reason.

18. Wine can totally transform your average meat and potatoes dish.

19. Need another chocolatey, wine-filled dessert to add to your repertoire? I think so!

20. Up the ante on your favorite burger recipe by adding a cup or two of red wine to the mix.

21. Mussels and white wine make the perfect pair.

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It’s wine o’clock somewhere! Which of these recipes are you most excited to try?

Get In The Festive Spirit With These 19 Red And Green Recipes

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same if everything from decorations to ugly sweaters weren’t red and green.

Once the earth tones of Thanksgiving have their turn, red and green do a hostile takeover. If you ask me, it really helps me get in the holiday spirit to see wreaths and Christmas lights strung from house to house in these festive colors.

And who says the stuff on your holiday table can’t get in on the fun? Don’t be a grinch! Get some cooking inspiration from the list below and wow your guests with red and green treats that’ll take you from dinner to dessert.

1. Start off your holidays and your meal right with these festively delicious, bite-sized Caprese salads.

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2. Don’t be such a ding-a-ling! What’s more festive than a white chocolate ting-a-ling?

13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

He Crafted The World’s Most Expensive Chicken Sandwich, But Is It Worth The Price?

Food can be expensive, but we have to have it, so footing the bill is a necessary evil.

I often think that if I didn’t have to eat throughout the day, I’d probably be well on my way to becoming a millionaire. Regardless of whether you stay in for a home-cooked meal or go out to eat at the latest chain restaurant, it can be pretty costly. But I had no idea just how expensive it could be to make something 100 percent from scratch.

As part of his “How To Make Everything” web series, Youtuber Andy George tackled the task of creating a basic chicken sandwich from scratch. What many would consider a fairly easy culinary feat was nothing of the sort. Traveling across country to collect salt water from the ocean was only one of the 16 steps George completed over the course of six months. By the time all was said and done, he had collected his own honey, milked a cow, and pickled his own veggies. He spent approximately $1,500 in the process.

Find out if a $1,500 chicken sandwich is worth the cost when it comes to quality and taste!

I think it’s safe to say that my bank account would rather I didn’t try this at home.