Brian Francisco

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The Best Frozen Yogurt Is the One You Make Yourself

More<p>Ice Cream<p>Essential flavors and the secrets to the best ice cream you'll ever make.<p>I have to hand it to the frozen yogurt people—they have a hell of a racket.<p>Few chains do as good a job of making us feel like we're in control as frozen yogurt stores. Think about every one of those …

Coconut Milk and Curry Make for Juicy, Flavor-Packed Chicken Kebabs

If kebabs were the cast of a high school coming-of-age movie, beef would be that kid who has the looks <i>and</i> the substance to back them up, pork would be the goofy-yet-lovable fat kid, and vegetables might be the nerd with the heart of gold. So where does that leave chicken breast? Chicken is the …

The Food Lab: These Fried Chicken Sandwiches Take Only 5 Ingredients to Make

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>Look at that fried chicken sandwich. Check out the crisp, craggy crust with that <i>come bite me</i> sheen that promises juicy, tender meat underneath. Look at that potato bun, its buttery, golden dome beckoning to you. And …

How to Make Maryland Fried Chicken With White Gravy

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>Until a couple weeks ago, I had never heard of Maryland fried chicken, which is embarrassing given that I consider myself an honorary Marylander as far as food is concerned. See, my mom grew up in Maryland, down on …

Beyond Potstickers: Around the World in Dumplings

There's something extraordinarily satisfying about biting into a perfect dumpling—the tug of dough, the burst of steam, that first hit of flavorful filling. And the history of the dumpling is a noble one, a tale of transforming meager ingredients, typically expensive animal proteins, into hearty, …

The Food Lab: Four Secrets to Improving Any Fried Chicken Recipe

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>Really great Southern fried chicken needs two things: juicy, flavorful meat and an ultra-crisp and crunchy crust. Here are four quick and easy ways to achieve both. The best part? These tricks will work for <i>any</i> …

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Eat Pizza Pockets, Relive the 90s

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Marcella DiLonardo of modest marce makes portable pizzas you're sure to get nostalgic over.</i><p>In the 90s, more often than not, you could find me …

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What to Look for in a Polo Shirt, Based on Your Body Type

The polo shirt is a classic wardrobe piece, thanks to its combination of comfort and “smart casual” style. But no two polo shirts will fit or flatter …

Men's Fashion

Tea Essentials: The Only Teaware You Really Need

So you've decided to get serious about your tea. You've ditched cheap, bland teabags for some premium, full-flavored loose leaves and you're ready to start brewing. (If not, here's why it's worth going loose.)<p>But what to brew with?<p>The tea market these days is flooded with gadgets that promise to …

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The Food Lab: 11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza

Making pizza is a year-round activity for me, whether it's a No-knead, no-stretch pan pizza in the winter, a grilled pizza party in the summer, or a Neapolitan pie baked in my Baking Steel/Kettle Pizza kit.<p>Pizza can be as simple or as difficult as you'd like it to be, but here are 11 good, …

15 Homemade Fast Food and Takeout Favorites (That Are at Least as Good as the Originals)

More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.<p>Most of us, no matter how discerning we sometimes get about our meals, have a soft spot for fast food in one form or another. For some, it's a carton of greasy chow mein from the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant down the …

Learn Key Computer Science Concepts with These Everyday Analogies

What’s the difference between computer science and programming? How do you explain Big Data to a non-technical person? Sometimes, everyday analogies …

When to Choose ETFs Instead of Mutual Funds for Your Investments

ETFs and mutual funds are very similar, in that they both track a specific index, like the S&P 500, or a particular industry like healthcare. But …

Make Sodium-Free Bacon at Home with Pork Belly

If you’re trying to reduce your sodium intake—for health or other purposes—that usually means no bacon. This DIY process, however, gives you a chance …

32 Hot, Cheesy Pizza Recipes We Love

Gallery32 Hot, Cheesy Pizza Recipes We Love<p>Not long ago, it was International Pizza Day, arguably the best day of the entire year. I mean, what could be better than a day dedicated to the ooey-gooey, cheesy wonder that is pizza? Right. Nothing. Luckily, you don't need an arbitrary date to spend an …

The Success Theater: Don't Confuse Enviability for Happiness

Social media has changed the way we behave. Making us more connected has also made it much easier to compare ourselves to each other. That's why it's …

Know Your “Rent-to-Price" Ratio When Deciding If You Should Buy a Home

Conventional belief says that owning a home is financially smarter than renting. But if the housing crisis taught us anything, it's that this isn't …

Get a College-Level Computer Science Education with These Free Courses

We're lucky to have access to so many excellent free online courses for just about anything you want to study, including computer science. Here's a …

The Tech Skills and Courses Google Recommends for Software Engineers

Software engineering is one of the most in-demand and best paying careers, but learning computer science can also pay off even if you don't do it …

Keep This Java Cheat Sheet on Hand While You're Learning to Code

If you're looking to learn a programming language that's cross-platform and easily accessible, Java is one of the most practical languages out there. …

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away

If you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of the cast iron. When I packed up my apartment last spring and had to live for a full month with only two pans in my kitchen, you can bet your butt that the first one I grabbed was my trusty cast iron skillet. I use it for the crispest potato hash and for …

The Five Basic Rules for Cooking Meat

You can cook meat a number of different ways, from roasting to pan-searing to barbecuing. However, there are five basic principles that apply to the …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

How Did You Start Investing?

A lot of people shy away from investing because it seems confusing and risky. But if you want to build your nest egg, you'll probably have to get …

Personal Finance

Norbert Finds and Verifies People's Email Addresses with Their Name

With Norbert, you can find someone's email address by simply typing in their first name, last name, and the domain name where you think they …

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The Biggest Interview Turn-Off is Dwelling On Your Last Job

A recruiter will invariably ask you "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why are you looking for a new job?" when they interview you. Prepare a …

N-Key Rollover, Anti-Ghosting, and Other Keyboard Features Explained

When you shop for a keyboard—especially a nice, high-end one—you probably see features on the box like "N-Key Rollover" or "Anti-Ghosting". But what …

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What Cookbook Would You Buy For a First-Time Cook?

There are plenty of books out there for cooks who are just learning how to boil water—we get several of them sent to our office every month. But how many are actually worth a beginning cook's time, that teach without talking down? Sadly, just a few.<p>What cookbook would <i>you</i> give to a kid in college, …

How To: The Food Hacks Guide to the Ultimate Homemade Kahlua & Irish Coffee

Coffee liqueur is pretty easy to make at home, and if you've read our guide on why instant coffee is a pantry essential, you know that we recommended …

How to Make Cocktails at Home: The Serious Eats Guide to Essential Cocktail Techniques

So it's booze o'clock on a Friday, and you're ready for a drink, but you're new to the mixing game and you're not quite sure how to get started. You've come to the right place: after three and a half years of writing about cocktail technique on Serious Eats, I've gathered my tips, essential …