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Brisket 101: Do You Know the Difference Between Texas Brisket and Regular Brisket?

There's brisket, and there's Texas brisket. Read on if you're confused about the difference.

Brisket

Turmeric Lime Toasted Pepitas

We've got to admit it, but in America we're a "snack culture." Snacking happens and there's no denying it. Like, right now: I'm fully indulging in my batch of <b>Turmeric Lime Toasted Pepitas</b> with no leftover guilty crumb filled fingers. This week, I'm going snack healthy <i>and</i> snack happy. These pepitas, …

10 Techniques Every Home Cook Should Know

Your chopping skills are on point. You can fillet a fish like a pro. You can even tell the doneness of a steak by feel. But there’s always another …

17 Sauces for Chicken Wings

Whether you go the classic buttery hot-sauce route or the sticky fruit-glazed or Asian-sauced route, hot wings are the ultimate messy finger food. …

Winter Comfort: Red Wine Braised Beef Shanks

If there's one kind of wine that I love to always have around home, it's boxed wine. I know that sounds strange, but I have a reason: I use it for cooking. Cooking with wine can be tricky, because recipes may call for a half cup or two quarts. It often leaves you in the awkward position of having …

Cooking

The Controversial 3-2-1 Method for Ribs

Barbecue controversy alert! Are you familiar with the popular 3-2-1 method for cooking ribs? I first encountered the technique researching my book <i>Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs</i>. (Competition barbecuers sometimes call it the "Texas Crutch.") In a nutshell, you break cooking ribs into 3 time blocks:<p>3 …

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7 slow-cooker recipes for your Super Bowl line-up

The most important tool for a successful Super Bowl feast? (Hint: It's not a beer cozy or a pair of stretchy pants — though those might also come in handy.) We're talking about a slow cooker, that wondrous appliance that lets you produce warm, tasty dishes with minimal effort.<p>If you're hosting a …

Cooking

15 Matcha Recipes That'll Help You Get In On This Trend

We all know that green tea is full of health benefits -- just a few cups a day can help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.<p>That's why we think it's about time you got to know matcha, the finely ground powder made of whole, high-grade green tea leaves. Because you ingest …

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4 Legendary Cheeses and Their Cheaper (But Still Delicious) Counterparts

Here, four brilliant European cheeses and their less expensive American doppelgängers.<p>Imagine a serious sushi bar, but instead of rare raw fish they …

How Ful Mudammas Made Me Forget All About Hummus

The zeitgeisty chokehold hummus has on the American public has always bugged me. Not because hummus isn't good. But because it's unfairly eclipsed so much other good stuff from the Middle East.<p>Take the North African and Levantine classic of stewed fava beans, <i>ful mudammas</i>. You've heard of it, right? …

These 8 Recipes Were Inspired By the Strong Women in Jacques Pépin’s Life

In this week’s Chefs in Conversation video, the extraordinary Jacques Pépin talks about the amazing female chefs who raised him. Here, eight of his …

Why Chickpea Flour Should Be Your New Gluten-Free Friend

With New Year's resolution season at its peak just around now (for those of you who have lasted a few days, bravo, but we're foreseeing a nosedive come Friday night), it's prime time for paying attention to healthy food trends. While we may all have had our fill of kale salads and cold-pressed …

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How to Make Perfect Pan Sauce Every Time

By Alison Roman<p>Photos by Nicole Franzen<p>A seared piece of meat might sound boring. But when it’s drizzled with a silky reduction? Always exciting. These are the keys to pulling off a pro-grade pan sauce.<p>The whole “buy one, get one free” thing is a good deal. You pay for one thing and get something …

12 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off the New Year

After a month-long binge filled with too much beer, ham, and Grandma’s Christmas cookies, we could all use a few “healthy” weeks to kick off 2016. …

24 Glorious Ways To Drink More Tequila

Because there's always time for tequila.

Use Your Waffle Iron for Incredible Leftover Mashed Potatoes

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Please welcome Daniel Shumski, author of the Will It Waffle? blog (one of our favorites), and the new <i>Will It Waffle?</i> cookbook. In the coming weeks, Daniel will be sharing some of his favorite waffle-iron recipes.<p>Don't ask me how I've managed to use the waffle iron to prepare a …