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This Grilled Cheese Can Be Made 32,256 Ways—Here Are 3 of Our Favorites

This Grilled Cheese Can Be Made 32,256 Ways—Here Are 3 of Our Favorites

Grilled cheese. Pretty basic, right? Crusty bread, melty cheese, (lots of) butter, maybe some mayo or hot sauce. Glorious, though it can sometimes feel a little same ol', same ol'. But maybe it doesn't have to. Maybe you have a few nubs of cheese in your fridge that you wouldn't normally combine. Maybe you have some jam or fruit preserves on hand, or membrillo, or pesto. And maybe there's some salami or cooked bacon or leftover braised greens in your midst. Yep, you can and should put these—and really, whatever else calls out to you—in your grilled cheese, and you'll thank yourself for it. With some inspiration from these pantry staples, and bit of guidance on how to put it all together, your (and definitely my) go-to comfort food can benefit from a little mosey on the wild side.

Cue Cook in the Blank, our new playbook for easy weeknight dinners that comes out on 10/30. It lets you endlessly riff on tried-and-true standbys—burgers, baked pasta, chili, frittatas, and yes, grilled cheese, to name a few—with the help of a fill-in-the-blank recipe template. You can use whatever's in your fridge or pantry, poll your family and friends for ideas, or check out the "hints and winks" on the back of the recipe to guide you. You'll find three copies of each recipe that you can tear out, so make each dish a few times to find your favorite combinations, or pass them along to the other grilled-cheese lovers in your life.

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Brown-Sugared Apples & Cream Is the Easiest Dessert to Make Right Now

Brown-Sugared Apples & Cream Is the Easiest Dessert to Make Right Now

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big, BIG everything else: flavor, ideas, holy-cow factor. Psst: We don't count water, salt, pepper, and certain fats (say, olive oil to dress greens or sauté onions), since we're guessing you have those covered. Today, we’re making the easiest apple dessert in town.

When I was little, I loved helping my grandma make apple pie. I'd down Juicy Juice as I watched her turn on the oven, measure ingredients, flour the countertop. She always gave me the best tasks, like eating dough scraps and extra fruit filling, then rewarding my efforts with ketchupy spaghetti for lunch. In retrospect, this all sounds like a recipe for a sick kid.

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Smart Tips for Antiquing Like a Pro, Straight from an Interior Designer

Smart Tips for Antiquing Like a Pro, Straight from an Interior Designer

We've partnered with Benjamin Moore to share design tips, tricks, and videos that highlight contemporary ways to incorporate vintage and antique finds into your home. One of our favorite ways to update newfound treasures snagged at the market: Give them a fresh coat of paint using one of the timeless colors from Benjamin Moore's Williamsburg Collection .

Few things can add character or history to a space like a one-of-a-kind piece from decades past. But navigating an antique market can be tricky, whether it's a huge show like Brimfield or your local weekend flea market. So we turned to Megan Pflug, a New York-based interior designer, for a bit of guidance. She's done her fair share of shopping at these treasure troves and has years of experience transforming heirloom finds into beautiful pieces of home decor.

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