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The 13 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

These lucky 13 crock-pot recipes are easy to prep in the a.m., and ready to gobble up when you get home. You’ll love 'em on busy weeknights...and …

Nigella Lawson's Genius No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

During the holidays, we can be soothed by the sure things—the desserts that won't crack or sink or spring a leak, that don't take much time or a lick of oven space, that have everything going for them.<p>No-bake cheesecakes promise all of that, in a straight shot to the finish line—skipping past …

Chocolate Skillet Cake

OK, we know oven space is precious when preparing a Thanksgiving feast. However, you're going to want to make room for this chocolate skillet cake. Because when all of your guests show up with either pumpkin or apple pie, you'll be glad to have a decadent chocolate dessert in the mix.<p><b>Get the recipe.</b><p>…

10 Great TV Shows You're Not Watching

Look, everyone is excited about "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp." And for good reason: It rules. So does "Mr. Robot" and "Ray Donovan" …

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

This Judd Apatow Advice Will Make You a Better Reader and Writer

For starters, there's no shame in buying books and letting them sit on your shelves.<p>In the current issue of Esquire, funnyman Judd Apatow tells Anna Peele that one of his greatest showbiz lessons came from Gary Shandling's writers' room at <i>The Larry Sanders Show</i>: "The more personal it is, the more …

How to Build a Lean-to, in 9 Illustrated Steps

With our handy guide, you'll be turning logs and brush into a sturdy shelter in no time.<p><i>When the wilderness beckons, it's best to come prepared. While we can only hope the worst thing that'll happen to us on a weekend trip is running out of whiskey at the campfire, the woods are full of the</i> …

How to Treat Cuts and Scrapes, in 7 Easy Steps

Got an owie and don't know what to do about it? Here's a quick guide to basic first aid in the field.<p><i>When the wilderness beckons, it's best to come prepared. While we can only hope the worst thing that'll happen to us on a weekend trip is running out of whiskey at the campfire, the woods are full</i> …

Easy As Pie Crust: How to Make a Simple and Elegant Slit Top Crust

Ever thought you couldn't master a perfect pie crust? This slit crust technique is made for baking beginners and pros alike.<p><b>It takes nothing more than a sharp paring knife</b> and a fork to create this simple and elegant crust—it's perfect for pie beginners and pros alike. Senior food editor <b>Alison …

Baking

4 Crazy-Good Kebab Recipes

Summer and skewers go hand-in-hand, so put one of these crowd-pleasing kebab recipes on your next party menu. Food is just more fun when it's served on a stick.<p><b>1. Honey, Lime & Sriracha Chicken Skewers</b><p>These chicken skewers marinated in honey, lime juice and Sriracha are every bit as good as they …

How To Cook Perfect, Fluffy Rice Every Single Time

Rice is trouble.<p>Yes, it's delicious, and rice cookers are an appliance bestowed upon the home cook by the food gods. But it's far too easy to end up with grains that are globby, mushy and sticky (not in a good way).<p>The fine folks over at America's Test Kitchen have some wizardry for wannabe rice …

Why You've Never Heard of the Best, Cheapest Way to Shave

The long lost safety razor is economical, cool, and precise. That's why it's your new best friend.<p>I hate shaving. <i>Hate</i> it. Along with doing laundry and ignoring my university's requests for alumni contributions, it's one of the chores I most wish didn't have to be a thing. This is because I have the …

Read Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey's Powerful Message to Her Daughter

<i>Game of Thrones</i> star Lena Headey is expecting a baby daughter this summer, and she shared the good news in a total girl power move: by penning a …

TV Series

Dinner Tonight: 7 Things to Do With Ground Beef

You've got a pound of ground beef in the freezer: Now what? These six ideas for what to cook with ground beef have you covered for dinner tonight.<p>Take a look in your freezer. You probably see something like a half-gallon or two of ice cream, a bag of frozen peas, and a pound of ground beef. All …

Cooking

15 Grilled Burger Recipes for Memorial Day

Walk into any Memorial Day cookout and you're likely to find burgers on the grill—few foods are as synonymous with grilling. At its heart, a great burger is an exercise in simplicity. All you really need is beef, salt, pepper, and fire. Once you've got the base down it's time to start experimenting …

Cooking

How To Grill Fish Like A Boss, In 5 Easy Steps

Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>Grilling is the most basic of cooking methods -- open fire, al fresco -- but that doesn't mean it's the simplest. Some meals cook up easily on the grill, such as sausages and chicken, but others require a little more thought, consideration and careful handling. We're …

How to grill burgers: Secrets to the perfect patty

Grilling can be a bit intimidating, but with a few tips, you can make THIS your summer for success. We spoke to barbecue expert Rick Browne, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Grilling,” and he shared with us his essential tips on grilling summer staples. First up: burger basics.<p><b>Choosing cuts</b><p>When …

BBQ

Babysitter Popcorn

This delicious s'mores popcorn is sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy all at once. With mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers and of course popcorn, this sweet treat is sure to please kids, adults and everyone in between.<p>This popcorn does come with a warning however, it is …

Tools of the Trade: What You Really Need in Your Kitchen

As you stroll through your local mall, you may someday be tempted by the siren call of such seductive purveyors of kitchenware as Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. Heck, even the housewares section of your favorite Target will beckon and whisper nowadays. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here! Your …

Season 5 Of 'Game Of Thrones' Has Plenty Of Surprises In Store

<i>Spoilers for the TV show follow. Book spoilers confined to the end, and marked clearly.</i><p>If audiences are worried that the first half of this season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is moving too slowly, I’d like to offer a glimmer of hope.<p>As Paul Tassi noted earlier today, the season has been a little slow. That’s …

Game of Thrones has a pretty serious villain problem this season

This season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is all about Winterfell.<p><i>Note: This article assumes you're up to date on Game of Thrones</i><p>That focus is kind of a problem. <i>Game of Thrones</i> has always been about the gray areas between good and evil. In almost every situation we can see why someone does something, even if …

The Sneaky Game of Thrones Death Sentence You Might Have Missed

Warning: This article is full of details from Season 5, Episode 6 of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, titled “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.” It is also enhanced by some light book knowledge though no actual book plots will be spoiled. All the same, proceed with caution and consider this your final warning.<p>Tonight’s …

Tips and Tricks for the Best Scrambled Eggs, Your Way

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>My girlfriend, Kate, and I have an ongoing disagreement about scrambled eggs. She's in the crack-'em-into-a-hot-pan-and-stir-until-well-done camp, which produces firm eggs that have visible striations of white and yolk. …

Eggs