bloomin’ onion :: game day appetizer

Total Time: 1 hr | Prep: 54 min | Cook: 6 min | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Intermediate 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon drained ...


roasted edamame

Roasting edamame makes for a seriously addictive snack. (Translation: They’ll probably be gone before halftime.) Roasting food is far superior to boiling food. The former adds flavor, while the latter ...


beer-pretzel caramels

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min  |  Prep: 55 min  |  Cook: 20 min  |  Yield: 50 to 60 pieces  |  Level: Easy 1 12 -ounce bottle brown ale 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, ...



montasio cheese crisps

Lidia Bastianich, who owns New York’s Felidia and operates a restaurant called ...

the big cheese :: new year’s eve

It’s time to rethink monkey bread OK, OK, we all love monkey ...

baked ziti with italian sausage

Kick off casserole season with perfect baked ziti Baked ziti should be ...

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What’s in-season in January? For much of the country, not a whole lot. But between root vegetables, bright and cheery citrus, and hearty aromatics (we’re looking at you, leeks), there’s still plenty to eat. Here’s a roundup of the seasonal produce typically available this month—plus tips for buying, storing, and cooking with it all. Thanks […]

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whiskey vs. bourbon

There is a difference … There’s nothing better on a cold winter’s eve than curling up in your buffalo-checked onesie in front of a fire and sipping a nice glass of bourbon. Or is it whiskey? Is there really a difference? In short, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Bourbon is […]

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layered mocha :: take the chill off

Sip hot chocolate through layers of hot espresso and thick, cold cream in this deconstructed mocha. It’s based on the classic bicerin (beech-e-reen), from Caffè al Bicerin in Turin, Italy, and it fits right into our coffee-loving culture here in the western United States. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: Serve in heatproof […]

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bagel and cream cheese strata

The unique texture of bagels makes this a very sturdy strata, which is nice and hardy, but you can also use regular bread if you prefer a softer, eggier texture. {from Five and Spice via 52Food} Serves 8 1tablespoon butter 1red onion, thinly sliced 5cups cubed stale bagels 8ounces thinly sliced lox or crumbled smoked salmon 2tablespoons […]

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slow-roasted cumin lamb shoulder with marinated labne

Give your traditional roast a Middle-Eastern twist with a sticky, spicy rub. Top with fresh herbs, pomegranate and creamy homemade labne.  {via MindFood} Serves 4-6 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra 1.5kg lamb shoulder 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses 2 tsp cumin seeds 2 cups chicken stock 1 large Lebanese flatbread 1 tsp za’atar* 1 cup mint […]

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mussels with lime-butter sauces

Author Notes: Very lightly adapted from Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door Cookbook. Key changes: for the heat-phobic child, I have left out the Thai chiles that Phan c (…more) – Nicholas Day SERVES 4 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/4 cup onions, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 2 pounds clams, scrubbed and purged (or the same […]

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cooking with kids without going insane

A nutritionist and kids’ cooking teacher shares tips for cooking with little ones without losing your mind. {via Food Network, article by Julie Negrin, M.S.} A nutritionist and kids’ cooking teacher shares tips for cooking with little ones without losing your mind. When I tell people that I teach 2-year-old kids how to cook, they […]

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cooksillustrated Tools 2015

tools for 2015 :: let’s entertain

A great way to start the New Year is to update the tools in your kitchen. Look no further than this list of test kitchen–approved items that will make throwing parties this year a breeze. Wishing you all the best and parties galore in 2015.   Waring Pro Professional Cordless Wine Opener Our winning electric […]

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how to choose the right oil

Never use the wrong oil again. Here is a list of what oil works best when. Vegetable oil is the most common oil used by home cooks but it may not be the best oil for the job depending on what you’re making. Choosing the right oil can take your cooking from amateur level to […]

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homemade grenadine

5 to 6 fresh pomegranates 1 to 2 cups sugar 1 ounce vodka To peel the pomegranates, score the rind with a knife as if you’re cutting an orange into wedges. Carefully peel away the rind, leaving the seeds and membrane intact. Squeeze with a fruit press or manual juicer and filter through a sieve. […]

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