The Kitchn’s Most Popular Posts of October 2015 — The Kitchn’s Best of 2015

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Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: White Wine, Rum & Apple Cider Cocktail — Out of the (Wine) Box Cocktails

For today’s boxed wine pitcher cocktail, I combined two flavors synonymous with the winter months: apple cider and rosemary. I added a rich aged rum, dry orange curaçao, crisp white wine, and spiced orange bitters to these classic holiday flavors for this island-inspired drink. It’s the perfect pitcher cocktail to ease the tension in a crowded kitchen or just sip on all afternoon.

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5 Things to Know About Your New Hand Blender — Tool Tips from The Kitchn

An immersion, hand, or stick blender is one of those small kitchen appliances we can’t live without. It helps purée oh-so-smooth soups, and we can even make homemade mayonnaise with it. Plus, it’s just plain fun to use! While it’s a pretty straightforward gadget to operate, here are a few more unexpected things it can do and some tips for optimal blending.

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Our Best Freezer-Friendly Recipes of 2015 — Recipes from The Kitchn

When we think of convenience in the kitchen, we are often thinking of cooking from the pantry or using the blessed slow cooker, but the freezer is a resource for smarter cooking in its own right. No matter what meal you’re making, there’s a way to utilize the freezer to your benefit. Smoothies and breakfast sandwiches become weekday affairs and company-worthy pork chop dinners deliver the ultimate convenience. They go from freezer to slower cooker — minimal prep required.

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10 Ways to Be a Better Host in 2016 — The Kitchn’s Best of 2015

If it’s not something you do often, or if you didn’t grow up in a household where your family hosted dinners or parties, inviting people into your home can be daunting. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when hosting, but there are a few tricks to learn that can make everything run more smoothly. Here’s our best advice for making 2016 the year of the dinner party.

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