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The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Yorkshire Puddings

Back when I was earning my wage as a cook at a co-ed fraternity house, I received a special dinner request from a few exchange students from Cambridge University: toad-in-the-hole, the classic British dish of sausages baked into a large Yorkshire pudding. Only problem? I had no idea what a …

Baking

Vodka Is The Secret Ingredient Your Pie Crust Has Been Missing

Pie dough can go wrong in so many ways. It's one of the reasons that frozen crust is always available at the grocery store -- many home cooks just don't want to deal with the hassle. The thing is, homemade pie crust made right can be a transcendental eating experience. It's time you stop missing …

Baking

The Secret Remedies Opera Singers Use to Avoid Getting a Cold

The second you feel a tickle in your throat—try these methods.<p>The biggest applause at the opera always goes to those long notes that seem like they might never end. And when they do, you’re both impressed at the fortitude of the singer and relieved no glass broke like it always does in cartoons. …

Alternative Medicine

Hatch Chiles: Unpredictable, Hard to Find, and Worth the Fuss

<i>Every other week we get Down & Dirty with our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: Hatch a plan to get ahold of these chiles.</i><p>Hatch chiles are a foodie dream food: They have a short season (in the late summer to early fall) and a unique flavor profile—and they're hard to get …

The 10 Best Taco Spots in the U.S.

<i>By Abbey Chase</i><p>With expertly homemade tortillas, succulent meats, and intensely flavorful salsas, the perfect taco packs a lot of flavor into every single bite. As the latest street food to receive a highbrow makeover, tacos lend themselves well to innovative chefs looking to put a personal spin on …

Tacos