Amanda La

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Anthony Bourdain's Radical Intimacy

Bourdain saw food and feasts like a moment in the backseat of a car, with something like eagerness and awe simultaneously.<p><i>We at MUNCHIES are devastated by the death of Anthony Bourdain, one of our friends and heroes. In his memory, we're running a series of essays about the ways he changed our</i> …

9 Things I Learned Growing Up in a Restaurant Kitchen

When I hear the phrase “a blessing and a curse,” my mind wanders to one place, a perfect distillation of the idiom: the restaurant my parents owned growing up. To come of age in an eatery is, to say the least, a unique experience. It’s romantic and storied and people ask you a million questions …

10 Last-Minute Dinner Ideas to Make Before the Hanger Sets In

As much as we love to devour elaborate, well-rounded homemade meals, it's just not an option every night of the week. But that doesn't mean we …

A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $44,000 Salary

<i>Welcome to</i> Money Diaries<i>, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they</i> …

Healthy Eating

How Long You Can Store (Almost) Anything in the Fridge, Freezer and Pantry

Is that chicken breast at the bottom of your freezer still safe to eat? How about the mustard that’s been in your cupboard for who knows how long? …

Kitchens

Making food from scratch is my form of self-care

When I’m sad, I tend to default to the easy way out for food: takeout from the closest cafe, thin noodles that boil quickly, packaged snacks. It …

Ounce of Prevention | Eat less – live longer, live better

A major function of food is to provide us with energy. The energy we get from the food we eat is expressed in units called calories, and different …

Braised Short Ribs

Enjoy these savory short-ribs recipes including beet-braised, stout-braised and madeira-braised ribs.

I Stopped Fighting My Picky Eater and Family Dinner Got Way Better

Just stop trying to get kids to eat. It works if you trust the process.<p>We said grace. My 7-year old turned on one of my jazz records before bopping …

Ruby Tandoh: ‘I want to remind people that it’s fine to enjoy a ready meal’

The cookery writer’s new book is about relearning the joy of food – in print as much as on plates<p>Born in Southend in 1992, Ruby Tandoh is the author of two cookbooks, <i>Crumb: The Baking Book</i> and <i>Flavour: Eat What You Love</i>. She studied philosophy at UCL and was a runner-up on <i>The Great British Bake Off</i> …

Fast Food

Rice Calories Can Be Cut in Half With This Trick

A cup of white rice has about 200 calories—not insignificant, considering it’s most often used as a small part of a larger dish. But there’s an easy, …

This Aligot Recipe Is The Only Way I'll Make Cheesy Mashed Potatoes from Now On

Aligot, the French way to make cheesy mashed potatoes, is genius and not for the faint of heart.<p>I must admit. I don’t love mashed potatoes. Mounds of …

What you need to know before you wok

Call me a stupid American (you wouldn’t be the first), but, whenever I’m cooking Asian dishes, that great Muppet stand-up comedian, Fozzie Bear, is never far from my mind. As I’m tossing stir-fried vegetables in my iconic, round-bottom Asian cooking vessel, Mr. F. Bear’s signature tagline sits …

Should You Cut Into A Grilled Steak To See If It's Done?

<i>When my husband grills steak, he cuts into it to tell if it's done. Isn't there a better way?</i><p>Yes! Use an instant read meat thermometer to ensure your …

The Best Steak Tips from the Pros

When it comes to cooking meat, give me a pot roast or pork shoulder and I’m golden: I’m plenty comfortable with a lovely long, slow braise. But when …

WATCH: The Secret to the Best Homemade Stock

Did you know that the easiest way to make flavorful stock is with your slow cooker? As all Southern cooks know, stock is a must-have in the kitchen. …

Out of Vanilla Extract? This Substitute is Probably in Your Kitchen

By now, you’ve probably been told once or twice to make your own vanilla extract. (One of those times may or may not have been <b>by us</b>.) Recipes tell you how easy-breezy it is to DIY—buy vanilla beans, split down the center, stuff in a jar, drown in booze (most people use vodka; bourbon is fair game, …

How to Make Truly Great Vegetable Stock

Vegetarian and vegan cooking should celebrate vegetables rather than forcing them into a meat-shaped box. I’ll take “oh damn, I didn’t know I liked …

Vegan

6 Basic Guidelines for Freezing Food That You Need to Know

If you have any sort of interest in saving your money and time (you definitely do…), freezing food is an absolute necessity. Whether you’re cooking …

The Restaurant Trick That Most Home Cooks Are Afraid to Try

This week, our team encountered an old school trick that is commonly practiced in professional kitchens, but makes a lot of home cooks cringe. In a …

How to Clean Up After Making A Major Flour Mess

Professional chefs make it look so easy – handling soft and pliable dough that doesn’t stick to you or the surface, scattering flour across a small …

Top 10 Cheap Eats: Global Flavors, United by New York

These dining spots were educational as well as satisfying, providing an entry into a cuisine and a neighborhood.

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed. I think most newlyweds do this, especially after a few cocktails …

Relationships

How to Buy the Best Salmon at the Grocery Store

Everyone can agree that salmon is part of a healthy diet—from Coho to Sockeye, salmon is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, …

The Scary Reason I’ll Never Cook with Glass Pans Again

Chief among the sounds you never want to hear in your kitchen is an explosive shattering of glass. I'm here to tell you that the stuff of urban …

The simple change you can make to stop wasting food

Our global food system is drowning in waste. About one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted every year, and the US alone wastes as much as 40% of its food. More food ends up in American landfills and incinerators than any other single material.<p>Many people have undertaken …

Agriculture

Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers

American consumers throw away 27 million tons of food each year, according to the food waste coalition ReFED, clogging landfills, generating greenhouse gasses, and costing the economy an estimated $144 billion.<p>The solution, however, could be simple: get people to eat leftovers again.<p>Once the …

Agriculture

12 Food Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them

Here's what's actually worth your time.

The Recipe That Changed the Way I Cook Chicken

Perfect pan-roasted chicken thighs were a significant improvement over the frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts I used to cook.<p>You can cook chicken, and you can <i>cook chicken</i>. Until I was about 27, I only did the first one. Growing up, I watched my mom make tenders out of chicken cutlets and …

Cooking

We Tried This Viral Frozen Pizza Hack & Here's How It Went

That woman sprinting in heels to the frozen food section at 5 p.m.? That's me when I forget to plan something for dinner. I'm a working single mom …