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A Back-to-School Night feast

By Julia Wynn | Sept. 16, 2009, midnight | In Entrées »

That night has come again - Back-to-School Night. You and your parents have switched places so that they can discover the teachers and learning material you interact with on a daily basis. Chances are you are home alone, possibly with other siblings, daunted by the fact that your parents have bequeathed to you the responsibility of preparing the last meal of the day. It may be tempting to open a container of Cup Noodles, but keep in mind there are more interesting alternatives that are just as easy to whip up! Here are three simple and tasty recipes you can turn to this Thursday.

Cherubic cheesecake

By Sophia Deng | Nov. 28, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

With the holiday season arriving, how can anyone resist stuffing their faces into the delicious pies, cakes and sweets that accompany the festive times? Well, homemade cheesecake provides the mouth-watering solution for those holiday cravings! With a homemade crust and creamy topping, this expensive-looking cheesecake is sure to impress friends and family. So here's to a traditional homemade cheesecake that will be a delightful gift, desert or even main course for the upcoming holidays.

Healthy baked spring rolls

By Sophia Deng | Nov. 6, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Although fall brings in beautiful foliage and the excitement of upcoming holidays, the days are starting to become cooler and the winds more brisk. So it's hard not to fantasize about the end of winter and the start of spring – when the weather will be warmer and the sun will shine brightly. What better way is there to feel the nice weather than through spring rolls, a traditional snack from the eastern hemisphere? These warm spring rolls will make any heart melt and yearn for the beautiful spring season. Plus, unlike deep-fried spring rolls, these little numbers are baked and healthy!

A flavorful fall indulgence

By Jenna Bushnell | Nov. 3, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Fall is here, and winter seems just around the corner! The temperature is getting colder and visions of sunscreen and short-shorts are fading quickly. Though this time may be sad for some, autumn also brings beautiful scenery and food-filled festivities. Nothing hits the spot quite like the Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie, but if you're looking for something a little less caloric (but not by much, folks) with the same pumpkin punch, look no further than these delectable treats. A pumpkin-chocolate chip cookie hybrid, these squares of joy will warm your belly and make you forget that there are still eight more months left of school.

Sumptuous smoothies in ten minutes or less

By Elsi Wu | May 28, 2008, midnight | In Drinks »

After a long day of classes, tests, and walking home in the soon-to-be blazing heat, nothing quenches your thirst for hydration and flavor better than a simple smoothie. Though vendors may make them out to be complicated mixtures requiring exotic fruits and exact measurements, you can make a satisfying smoothie with fresh, canned or frozen fruits you can easily find at home. Save yourself the buyer's remorse with one of these quick and easy smoothie recipes, and once you get the hang of it, feel free to get creative!

Trip to the tropics

By Alisa Lu | May 23, 2008, midnight | In Drinks »

School is almost over, but many Blazers still have exams to sit through before welcoming the heat and sunshine. Days of lounging by the pool and freedom from homework and tests are within reach. Fortunately, study breaks are the perfect opportunity to whip up a virgin Pina Colada and daydream about sandy beaches. Composed of only four ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and delicious to drink.

Ancient treats for a modern mouth

By Brittany Allen | May 20, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Few treats have managed to withstand the test of time so well as the terrifically tasty and absurdly simple-to-make rice pudding. In Scandinavia, the dessert is a festive Christmas dish. In Asia, where the goody originated, various recipes have come to include fruit, honey or other additions over hundreds of years. Ancient Romans used rice pudding with goat's milk as a medicinal remedy for certain health problems. Here in the good old U.S. of A, however, Silver Chips Online recipe-mongers can use the versatile pudding as a fabulous start, finish or centerpiece for your next meal in, out or on the go.

Homemade and healthy

By David Jia | May 11, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Hungry for pizza but cringing at the crazy amount of oil on the Jerry's Veggie Supreme? Well, don't fall for those crummy microwavables because tonight's nutritious pizza is right at your fingertips. With no limitation on the number toppings, this pizza may just be the most delicious food out there and it requires absolutely no cooking experience. Save yourself a few bucks of delivery fee and enjoy your own creation for a change.

Mango madness

By Susie Branson | May 2, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Readers have seen mango recipes from smoothies to salads, but Silver Chips is throwing another curveball of fruit-tacular eats: mango bread! This warm-weather treat is perfect for a picnic or at the pool to re-energize you for that day in the sun. Not only is this bread quick to whip up for guests, but the combination of mango, raisins and a hint of lemon leave eaters in a tropical bliss crazy for more! Be the first to introduce this fun and unique recipe to friends and family, you are sure to make a real splash!

A dim sum to remember

By Emily Hsiao, Charles Kong | April 18, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Though traditionally made during the Chinese New Year as a symbol of prosperity and growing fortunes, the Chinese turnip cake is a dish enjoyable at any time. It is commonly found as an item on dim sum menus, but no restaurant turnip cake can ever compare with the homemade version, stir fried with shrimp, mushrooms and Chinese sausages, then steamed and pan fried to a golden brown. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious taste of Chinese turnip cake slowly melting in your watering mouth.

Hummus a tune

By Sophie Schwadron, Kiera Zitelman | April 3, 2008, midnight | In Sides »

There's a reason why hummus rhymes with "YUMmus." Best served as a pita bread dip, this delectable Middle Eastern staple means "chickpeas" in Arabic, after the main ingredient of the dish. Our version is a simplified side dish with an aftertaste that kicks. And cooking skills? What are those? All this recipe asks for is a food processor and an open mind.

Mint chocolate chip...brownies?

By Anika Manzoor | March 28, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Everyone loves the chocolate-y goodness of a scrumptious brownie. But if you're getting tired of eating plain old brownie after plain old brownie, a great way to jazz things up is by combing the traditional recipe with another favorite dessert. For those who love brownies and the sharp, refreshing taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream, here is something that will definitely add a little zing to an otherwise ordinary batch of brownies.

Eat your heart out, Chef Boyardee!

By David Dunn, Andrew Kung, Nitin Sukumar | March 24, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

A staple of childhood lunches thanks to its canned incarnations, ravioli is an Italian classic in which pasta dough is filled with just about anything imaginable. In our rendition, we take homemade dough and stuff it with a delectable four-cheese filling, then top it all off with a creamy Alfredo sauce - infused with the flavor of nature's perfect food, bacon. Restaurant-quality ravioli made from scratch in your own kitchen is easier than you think. While we cannot condone the health risks associated with this dish, we can guarantee that the satisfaction from your palate will be more than worth any ensuing heart attack.

Smashing cauliflowers

By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In Sides »

Although called smashed potatoes, this recipe contains no potatoes at all. In fact, this healthy variation on an American favorite is actually made out of cauliflower. It takes only 20 minutes to make and requires only a food processor and a microwave for a light and steaming side dish. If you have got a sudden party to plan for, or if you just want something hot and fast, smashed potatoes is a fresh relief from mundane dishes.

Sticky rice balls

By Monica Wei, David Zheng | March 17, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

Playing with food is rude and generally frowned upon, but those rules don't apply when you're cooking in the kitchen. A delicious delight for anyone, these sticky rice balls from China are not only delicious, they're fun to make. Because nearly anything in a fridge can be used as filling – from the traditional sesame seeds to red bean paste to meat (if you're feeling adventurous) – sticky rice balls have a little something for everyone.

A blast from the Asian-tropics

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar | March 15, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

A grand-mouth-zinging-tastilicious-exotic combination of flavors, Green thai curry chicken has it all. While it may be a prolonged experience in the kitchen, the soothing coconut milk and spicy pepper mixture will be well worth the wait. Cook up some rice to enjoy under the curry and you have a miraculous dish and a half. This dish will leave the buttons popping from your pants as you gobble down your plate and your neighbors'.

Teatime treats revamped

By Alisa Lu, Ya Zhou | March 9, 2008, midnight | In Desserts »

As winter soon draws to a close with no snowstorm in sight, the next best thing is a spring tea party celebration! But scones were never easy to make and stale store-bought cookies just don't cut it. The answer to this predicament: ice cream cone cupcakes. Fun to make and eat, ice cream cones cupcakes combine two of the most beloved childhood desserts - ice cream and cake.

Take a ride on my "dreamboat"

By Sophie Schwadron, Kiera Zitelman | March 7, 2008, midnight | In Sides »

Elvis lives – in food form. To celebrate the 52nd anniversary of his very first record release on March 13, 1956, follow this recipe inspired by the music sensation's two famously favorite ingredients – peanut butter and bananas. Wise men say only fools rush in, but there's no other way to enjoy this quick and honorary snack.

Versatile veggie lasagna

By Julia Mazerov | March 3, 2008, midnight | In Entrées »

Heading to a friend's potluck tomorrow night? Need to whip up a casual meal for the family? No matter the occasion, this vegetarian lasagna is the perfect dish to satisfy any guest list. Great for vegetable lovers, pasta enthusiasts and cheese fanatics, this dish draws from each major food group and combines all delectable ingredients into a tasty and healthy treat!

Holiday drinks

By Miriam Ragen | Dec. 20, 2007, midnight | In Drinks »

Many feel the depressing crunch of winter blues when cold weather doesn't give way to snow. But the icy conditions and chill can be subdued with the right food. Eggnog, spiced cider and peppermint hot chocolate are all simple drinks that will warm taste buds and send a hopeful message to the rest of the body that winter break will eventually arrive.

Best of both worlds

By Susie Branson | Oct. 26, 2007, midnight | In Entrées »

Two of the most popular staple-breakfast meals are French toast and eggs. So why combine the two favorites and make an out-of-this-world breakfast experience? Thanks to the French toast casserole, this phenomenon is more than just possible, it only takes 50 minutes to heat up the next morning! Although the thought of a casserole for breakfast may send you screaming back under your covers, don't let the name alarm you. Save yourself the trouble of cooking a variety of little breakfast-foods early in the morning and instead serve this perfect breakfast-treat dish to any large group of hungry guests.

Weeknight enchiladas

By Josie Callahan | Oct. 24, 2007, midnight | In Entrées »

In the mood for Mexican? Drop the phone, forget take-out and head to the kitchen to cook up a fiesta of flavors in one hour flat. This easy recipe for chicken enchiladas will satisfy that craving for Mexican flair in the comfort of your home.

That's how the sushi rolls

By Emily Hsiao | Oct. 22, 2007, midnight | In Entrées »

Japan is famous for many dishes, but the best known is probably sushi. With countless possible toppings and fillings, sushi can be made to fit anyone's tastes. Popular fillings include avocado, cucumber, tuna and crab meat. If none of these options are appealing, then there are always undiscovered combinations just waiting to be tried!

Cowboy cookies

By Miriam Ragen | Oct. 22, 2007, midnight | In Desserts »

Pull on your chaps and grab your lasso; it's time for cowboy cookies! The name makes no sense but the great flavor of these cookies makes it irrelevant. Cowboy cookies are just oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a cooler name. These easy to make cookies are perfect for an afternoon snack, a bake sale or the ideal end to a delicious meal.

Mexican bean dip

By Kate Harter | Sept. 24, 2007, midnight | In Sides »

Parties and gatherings can sometimes take turns for the worse, but if you have this Mexican bean dip ready for guests, no one will leave disappointed. Partygoers will gather 'round the snack table just to get a chip full of this great — and easy to make — dip!

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