5 Halloween Costume Ideas That Test Your IQ with Puns — Halloween Hospitality

Halloween is right around the corner. If you don’t have a costume yet, we have a few ideas. The only catch? There’s a trick before you get to the treat.

Can you figure out what these punny costumes are? They’re all things you can sip, nibble, or chew!



How To Roast Any Vegetable — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

I am a firm believer in the power of a roasted vegetable. Not only can virtually every vegetable be cooked in this way — no recipe required — but roasted vegetables are also universally pleasurable to eat. Have a picky eater in the house? Want a break from your usual steamed veggie side dish? Try roasting your broccoli or green beans or cauliflower tonight. I think you’re in for a treat.


What’s the Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes? — Word of Mouth

Do you know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Most grocery stores offer two similar-looking tubers — some labeled as yams, and some as sweet potatoes.

Would you be surprised if I told you that all those times you thought you were eating yams, you were likely eating a sweet potato, and that you probably haven’t ever actually had a true yam? And yet yam and sweet potato do mean different things in grocery stores. Here’s the scoop on these tubers, with tips for getting the one you want at the grocery store.


The 3 Best Budget Bottles of Tequila, According to Bartenders — Shopping

So, you want to stock the home bar with a decent selection of spirits but you don’t want to blow the bank. We hear you. That’s why we’ve gone to experts to find their top picks for American whiskey, tequila, and vodka so you can have a respectable bar — and still have cash left for other important stuff.

If you’re still a little leery of low-cost tequila from that time in college, never fear: It’s totally possible to get a perfectly respectable budget bottle (without the regret) by keeping a couple things in mind.


We Tried Aldi’s $60 Mixer on 3 Essential Baking Recipes — Shopping

Last week, Aldi debuted a stand mixer ready to rival the coveted KitchenAid at nearly a quarter of the cost. Set on equipping every home baker with a stand mixer before holiday baking commences, the Aldi mixer comes in just under $60 and is fully equipped with a paddle, whisk, and bread hook attachment.

With a similar goal of preparing you for holiday baking, we tested the Aldi mixer using three common baking recipes (and we made whipped cream!) to find out whether or not you should rush to Aldi now for this low-cost equipment or save your money for a more substantial stand mixer.


A Dark & Decadent Menu for Halloween Girls’ Night In — Boozy Budget Sangria

Whether your Halloween plans sync up with book club or you’re celebrating the holiday with a low-key girls’ night in, there are two crucial things your menu absolutely needs: booze and brownies. A simple, make-ahead menu brings the dark arts to your gathering with a fruity red wine sangria and a batch of decadent molten chocolate brownies. Here’s how to make it happen.