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These tunes will have you swaying to the beat of your stand mixer

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Think all you need for your baking project is a stand mixer and your apron? Think again. Just like how baking can be therapeutic, the tunes you work along to can help you reach that zen place in the kitchen. Whether it's getting you in the mood, offering some guidance, or just giving a hint of inspiration, a good playlist can be your best secret weapon to a successful run at baking.

To get you in the mood for some baking, we’ve put together the ultimate line up of tunes that will have you measuring, mixing, and pouring to an uplifting and encouraging beat. These sweet and hypnotic tunes will give you something else to smile along with all of the sugar and icing, and they'll have you whistling and humming while your sweets bake away in the oven. Check out our playlist on Spotify and copy our list below:

  1. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) — The Four Tops
  2. Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns In Bed — Kinky Friedman
  3. Good Lovin’ — The Young Rascals
  4. Love You Madly — Cake
  5. Stir It Up — Bob Marley & The Wailers
  6. The Candy Man — Sammy Davis, Jr.
  7. Pure Imagination — Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Soundtrack
  8. Midnight at the Oasis — Maria Muldaur
  9. Strawberry Swing — Coldplay
  10. Candy Girl — New Edition
  11. The Muffin Man — The Countdown Kids
  12. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl — Nina Simone
  13. Cookie Jar — Jack Johnson

Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce


How to Bake a Potato in the Oven

Baked potatoes are one of the best&mdashand easiest&mdashcomfort foods to make. Plus, potatoes are inexpensive, last a long time in your pantry, and can take on just about any flavor you throw at them. They're delicious served alongside a juicy steak or with chicken, but are also a great base for a meal on their own when topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream. The best part is that you only need a couple of ingredients to truly make the perfect simple baked potato: potatoes and oil. Oh and some butter&mdashalways finish them off with a hefty pat of butter! But if you're not sure how to make a baked potato in the oven, we've got all the information you need here.

Any potato can be baked whole, but we recommend russets for the best results. They're high in starch and low in moisture, which makes them perfect for baking. The skin gets nice and crisp and is sturdy enough to protect the fluffy potato flesh inside. Once you have the method down, try some of our favorite baked potato recipes, like BLT Baked Potatoes, Twice Baked Potatoes, or Slice-Baked Potatoes.

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil?

Nope! Wrapping potatoes in foil holds the moisture in&mdashwhich means the potatoes will start to steam. You&rsquoll be left with soggy potatoes instead of crispy ones.

How long should you bake a potato for?

Depending on the size, 50 minutes to 1 hour should do the trick.

Why bake potatoes in the oven instead of the microwave?

The microwave may be the faster method, but the oven will cook the potatoes more evenly and give the potatoes a crispy finish with a soft inside.


Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


The Best Baked Cod Recipe Ever!

Happy new year! I think we can all agree that 2021 has no choice but to be better than 2020. Here’s hoping!

To kick things off, I’m sharing my recipe for the BEST baked cod ever. This recipe is super easy, foolproof (I promise), and outstandingly delicious. It’s also HEALTHY, which I know we all look for this time of year.

It’s crazy to me how delicious the fish tastes when everything is said and done. Like, you’ll be asking yourself how in the world FISH could taste so good.

I make this recipe almost weekly and my whole family loves it. Yes, even my picky 6-year-old and almost-2-year-old kids. It’s so, so good.

I shared this recipe with my sister and her husband a few months ago and they texted me mid-meal and dubbed this recipe “Oh My Cod” – I was VERY tempted to call this recipe that, but I figured it would require too much explanation. Hah. But yes, their reaction is accurate, and that is what we all call this fish recipe.

Dan will literally be like “Are we having ‘oh my cod’ for dinner tonight?” Haha. Best name ever.

I love this recipe for many reasons. The first being how easy it is and how quickly you can make it. It’s maybe 20 minutes, tops? And it takes minimal effort!

The second is how much flavor there ends up being. Simple, sort of bland fish gets transformed! Succulent, juicy, and so yummy.

The third is that this recipe works with most kinds of fish! Cod is my go to, but I’ve also made it with salmon, haddock, flounder, and even sea bass! It works with them all. I try to make some sort of seafood every Monday for dinner, and this recipe is in the rotation several times a month.

Fish fillets get coated in a simple mayo-mustard sauce and then topped with buttery-lemony breadcrumbs. Don’t worry – there’s not an excess of mayo or butter here. You only need a little bit! So this still counts as healthy!

You bake the coated fish in the oven until it is flaky and cooked through, and then serve it with a garnish of fresh lemon juice and maybe some fresh herbs if you feel the need.

It’s crazy-stupid easy. And crazy-stupid good.

We serve this with steamed or roasted broccoli or a light side salad most of the time. The fish is so dang flavorful, you really don’t need much else.

I hope you try this method out! You’d be crazy not to! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to eat more fish, look no further. This recipe is IT, friends.

Annnd, I hope I have you saying “oh my cod” as you enjoy it, too.


Czech Kolaches

Brought to Texas by Czech immigrants, this traditional Central European recipes has found new life and bundles of iterations in bakeries across the Lone Star State. Each of the fillings below will fill half the kolaches. Make both or double one or set half the dough aside to use later.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (283g) lukewarm milk, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups (390g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (zest) or 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons (14g) Instant ClearJel or 2 tablespoons (14g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) ricotta or farmer's cheese, well drained
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (14g) Instant ClearJel or cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (28g) chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the dough: Weigh your flour or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the milk, the yeast, sugar, and 1/4 cup of the flour. Mix thoroughly and lest rest for 15 minutes, until the mixture becomes bubbly.

Add the remaining dough ingredients and mix and knead until you have a smooth, somewhat sticky dough. Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until doubled. While the dough is rising, make the topping and filling(s).

To make the topping: Combine all the ingredients until crumbs form set aside.

To make the cheese filling: Whisk together the ClearJel or flour and sugar, then mix in the cheese and nutmeg until smooth.

For the apple filling: Peel, core, and finely chop the apples a food processor works well here. Combine the sugar and ClearJel or cornstarch, and mix into the apples. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the apples are tender and the filling is thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, nuts, and vanilla. Cool to room temperature before using.

To assemble: Transfer the risen dough to a lightly greased work surface, and gently deflate it. Cut walnut-sized pieces of dough (1 scant ounce, 28g) and shape into slightly flattened balls.

Place the pieces of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and let rise until puffy, about 30 to 45 minutes. Using your fingers, press a deep indentation in the center of each ball (too shallow, and the fillings will tumble out as the kolaches rise in the oven).

Add a mounded tablespoon of Apple Filling, or 2 teaspoons of Cheese Filling, and crumble a teaspoon of the topping mixture over each.

Bake the kolaches for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool before serving.

Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 1 week. If desired, reheat kolaches for 5 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven.


Barilla and Spotify Create Playlists That Tell You How Long to Cook Pasta

There are eight precisely timed playlists for various pasta shapes.

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Barilla and Spotify might sound like an unlikely pair, but the two companies recently teamed up to create multiple music playlists that were designed to help ensure people are cooking their pasta for the correct amount of time.

To that end, each playlist’s duration corresponds to the proper cooking time for the pasta shape it was named after. For example, the “Mixtape Spaghetti” playlist has a runtime of nine minutes and three seconds, indicating that listeners should cook their spaghetti for that precise amount of time in order to have some perfectly al dente noodles.

The eight playlists range from nine to 11 minutes in length depending on the pasta shape in question and are typically a mixture of popular Italian songs as well as tunes that are familiar to American listeners. Case in point? The “Timeless Emotion Fusilli” playlist, which clocks in at 11 minutes and four seconds, includes The Beatles’ classic “Help,” as well as the track “Il Pescatore” by Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André. That playlist also has three additional songs.

The creative campaign, which has been dubbed Playlist Timer, was created by Publicis Italy exclusively for Barilla. The remaining six playlists are called “Boom Bap Fusilli,” “Moody Day Linguine,” “Pleasant Melancholy Penne,” “Best Song Penne,” “Top Hits Spaghetti” and “Simply Classics Linguine.”

What’s more? Each playlist is accompanied by unique art created by Italian artists. Not only does the art incorporate Barilla’s signature blue, yellow and red hues, it also features the corresponding pasta shape.

Barilla Pasta, Penne, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

“Playlist Timer is a series of playlists whose durations correspond to the cooking time of Barilla’s most loved pasta shapes,” Publicis Italy said in a statement. “[It’s] an actual kitchen timer on Spotify which turns the waiting into a chance to listen to good music, entertain yourself and discover the covers of the playlists, illustrated by eight Italian artists of international caliber.”


Recipe Summary

  • ¾ pound hot Italian sausage
  • ¾ pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 (24 ounce) jars prepared marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, or to taste

Cut down the length of each sausage with a sharp knife. Remove and discard casings.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan set over high heat. Add sausages and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up with a spatula, until the sausage begins to brown, and the onion turns translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add oregano, thyme, and rosemary and cook for 1 minute more. Pour in marinara sauce. Pour 1 cup water into each jar to rinse out remaining sauce add to the saucepan. Stir together and bring sauce to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Turn off heat and reserve until needed. Before using, skim any excess fat that rises to the surface.

While sauce simmers, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 or 2 minutes less than the directions on the package call for, about 8 minutes. Drain well and transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Carefully add the meat sauce and stir until thoroughly combined. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large 9x15-inch or 9x13-inch casserole dish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer half of the pasta and sauce mixture to the prepared dish, then use a spatula to even out into a uniform layer. Top with 1/2 of the ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and then 1/2 of the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, being sure to distribute evenly. Top with the rest of the pasta and sauce mixture and give the pan a little shake to settle the sauce. Repeat the cheese application.

Bake in the center of the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the casserole is piping hot, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Top with parsley.


Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


If you’re looking for a spicy and bold way to serve your prized flounder, blackened is an excellent choice.

Bust out the cast-iron skillet and heat that bad boy up, it’s about to get smoky in here!

In about 10 minutes floundery goodness will be on your table, ready to be paired with a tossed salad and roasted potatoes, and devoured by you and your family.

Check out the full recipe here.


Thumbprint Cookies

There are some people who prefer fruit to chocolate. We should be kind to them, because everyone has their preferences. For these people, we have jam-filled thumbprint cookies. This cookie is also ideal for entertaining small children: for once, they’re encouraged to stick their fingers in food! As The Takeout’s Gwen Ihnat wrote of her own children’s thumbprint cookies, “It was like a mini, temporary version of the handprints I got from their preschool, except delicious.” Here’s the recipe.


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