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The Best Summer Apps for Cookouts, Dinner Parties, and Just Because

20 summer appetizers to get your party started, from mini shrimp rolls to guacamole with a twist.<p><b>Nothing kicks off a cookout like some small bites</b> (and, okay, cocktails). Get the party started with these light and summery apps.

Bake the Book: Brooklyn Blackout Cupcakes

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Ebinger's Bakery was <i>the</i> bakery in mid-century Brooklyn, and the cake they were most known for was a layered chocolate cake aptly named the Blackout Cake. Ebinger's folded in the seventies, but not before attaining legendary status in …

How to Make a Delicious Pasta Sauce With Blanched Vegetables

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>With all the vegetable blanching I was doing this past week, I was reminded of a pasta recipe I used to love to cook when I worked at Beppe, a Tuscan restaurant in NYC.<p>There's nothing about this recipe's Italian name, <i>penne con stracotto di verdure</i>, …

The Only Mac & Cheese Recipe You'll Be Eating This Summer, Because... Lobster

If there's one pitfall of summer it's the absence of our favorite comfort foods. Butter gives way to salad dressings and potatoes get replaced with tomatoes. We're grateful for the abundance of fresh produce, really we are, but sometimes we want our meals to feel like a hug from the inside out -- …

Gentlemen's Chocolate Whiskey Cake

According to The Chocolate Bible, a <i>Gentlemen's Torte</i> is a many-layered Sachertorte that is soaked with booze. Other books on the subject say that …