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10 delicious hamantaschen recipes from Pinterest — from classic to gluten free!

The official cookies of the Jewish holiday Purim, hamantaschen are triangular treats traditionally made from a shortbread-like dough filled with fruit preserves or poppy seed paste. This time of year, foodie bloggers are coming up with unique spins on this classic dessert, and the results are …

4 Secret Tips for the Best Birthday Cake You'll Ever Bake

Want to bake a better birthday cake? Milk Bar's Christina Tosi and Bon Appétit's Alison Roman show you the ways to towering, sweet, frosted success.<p>When it comes to feel-good food, there's nothing like a towering, colorful, frosted, and sprinkled birthday cake. It's impossible to dig into a slice …

Dessert

Watch a Dumpling History Lesson With Hakkasan Chef Chen Zhineng

Here's a video from YouTube channel Foodie that gives a brief primer on Chinese dumplings: New York City chef <b>Chen Zhineng</b> (of Hakkasan) explains the dish's symbolism while making a batch of some seriously delicious-looking dumplings. Along the way, he drops some pro-tips ("It's easier to make …

A Primer on Baijiu, the World's Most Consumed Liquor

Considering its popularity in Asia, baijiu — China's national spirit and the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world — lives in relative obscurity. Pronounced "bye-jeeoh," this high-proof, grain-distilled alcohol is made in a variety of styles which are categorized based on the spirit's final …

Cheese Expert's Picks: 10 Essential Cheeses to Know and Love

One of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a cheese person is, "What cheese do you have at home?" The honest answer is that it's rarely the newest, weirdest offering from some creamery no one's heard of. Most of the time I stick to my greatest hits list.<p>The following ten cheeses are what I'm …

Simple one-pot, one-pan weeknight dinner recipes: Chicken and beans

If you've had a long day and you're in the mood to make something quick and simple for dinner tonight, forget the take out menus. Instead, turn on your oven and reach for one pot or skillet.<p>Here, Chef Marco Canora is sharing his delicious one pot recipes, including flavorful seared chicken breasts …

The Irresistible Potato: Grilled, Smoked, Mashed and Smashed

Call it the latest outbreak of a smoke fever sweeping a nation hungry for barbecue that goes beyond meat. Or call it the next big thing for one of the New World's great vegetable gifts to Planet Barbecue: potatoes hit the grill.<p>First came the smoked potatoes with black garlic jam and ramp (wild …

11 Red Velvet Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day

An old-fashioned Southern cake, red velvet is traditionally red or reddish-brown and made with buttermilk, cocoa, vinegar, and oil, which makes for a …

Dessert

Why You Should Be Eating Dumplings for Lunch

<i>As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today: Stuff some dumplings, then stuff your face for lunch. Betty Liu of le jus d'orange</i> …

Food & Dining

The RIGHT Way To Clean Mushrooms

There are many myths being told about mushrooms. To be fair, mushrooms are the most mysterious of ingredients that frequent the kitchen counter -- from the way they grow to the way they are best prepared. For many of us cooking with these fungi, it feels like we're working in the dark.<p>We're here to …

What Type Of Cooking Oil You Should Use For Every Occasion

So many cooking oils, so much confusion. Are you supposed to use olive oil or canola oil when you stir fry something -- or neither? Is it okay to use coconut oil?<p>Like we said, it's perplexing. And then, if you're worried about how healthy each of these oils is and which one is really the best for …

13 Donut Recipes That’ll Make You Rethink Your Dunkin’ Habit

If America had a national breakfast pastry, the donut would take the title, hands down. Who, after all, can refuse the deceptively light consistency …

Doughnuts

8 Wildcard Winning Recipes

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we announce a new Wildcard Winner. It's a recipe that may not have won -- or even been entered in -- a contest, but that we know, love, and can't keep to ourselves. Every other Saturday, we'll review our most recent favorites.</i><p><i>Thanks to our community, we've got four more</i> …

Recipes

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>Super Bowl Sunday is two days away! Do you have your game day menu mapped out? If not, we've got plenty of snacks for you to serve at your viewing …

Cooking

Restaurant Lifers in Cities From Coast to Coast

Atlanta<p>Austin<p>Boston<p>Charleston<p>Chicago<p>Dallas<p>Detroit<p>Houston<p>LA<p>Las Vegas<p>Maine<p>Miami<p>Minneapolis<p>Montreal<p>Montreal<p>New York<p>Philly<p>Portland<p>San Diego<p>San Fran<p>Seattle

8 Chicken Dinners That Are Anything but Boring

<b>1. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups</b><p>If you like Thai food, you'll love these minced chicken lettuce cups boldly flavored with fresh ginger, lime, chili pepper, fish sauce and brown sugar. The recipe is easy to make with ingredients found at your regular supermarket. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Middle Eastern</b> …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Relationships

Food fit for a King: 5 delicious Elvis-inspired eats

Thursday marks the 80th birthday of the King of Rock 'n' Roll and, though Elvis has left this earthly building, his legacy lives on. If you’re still wild about that hip-shaking, slick-haired boy from Tupelo, Mississippi, why not celebrate his birthday by whipping up some of the foods he loved so …

This Master Mixologist Is Reinventing Hot Sake

Hot sake has a dicey reputation, and it's mostly deserved. But at Public in New York City, master mixologist Eben Freeman is heating up quality sake …