Best Cooking Tips And Recipes For The Munchies

There are times when our food cravings are more intense than usual. Sometimes, thinking about putting food in our mouth is all we can do, and our judgment of taste and quantity is a bit cloudy. It's the munchies, and when they hit, they hit you hard.

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Sure, a late-night trip to the McDonald's drive-thru could suffice in these times, or even a trip to Carvel for a two-scoop cone and then a pit stop at Cinnabon on the way home. But what do you do when you're feeling imaginative? When your creative juices start flowing and your mind is racing with new and innovative ideas.

We say you should take it to the kitchen, and explore all of the many tastes, flavors, smells, and sounds that cooking has to offer. You may reinvent a turkey sandwich during one of these bouts of creativity, and create it unlike any other turkey sandwich recipe before. You might mix sweet and savory ingredients, and suddenly decide to use chocolate to braise your shortribs. You may also want that fast food your stomach's been rumbling about, but instead of driving out to the store to buy it, you may want to make it at home.

And then of course there's the kitchen, the products, and your well-being to keep in mind when you're working under an extreme craving. Maybe there's that crazy kitchen gadget you bought a few months ago and now is the time you're finally going to use it. Or maybe you haven't worked in the kitchen in a while, so you may want to brush up on your kitchen health guidelines and make sure you're cooking under smart conditions. Last but not least, you'll need to make sure you clean up after you indulge in all of your creations.

No matter what you need when you've got the munchies — whether it's recipes, how-tos, or kitchen tutorials — we've got it for you. Read up and enjoy, and always remember to be safe. 

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