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One Bowl Baking: Sweet Story Valentine Cake

One of the reasons I got into baking was because of my great grandmother. No birthday or holiday went without one of her fabulous cake creations, including this awesomely pink cake that she made on Valentine's Day. Listed in her worn out, handwritten recipe book as "Sweet Story Cake," this sweet …

Secret Tools and Tricks of the Ice Cream Pros: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream

What are your biggest problems making ice cream at home? When I talk to home cooks, I hear one issue again and again: how do you nail a perfect creamy texture that doesn't freeze up like a brick or turn icy over time? What do restaurants and ice cream makers get right that we're getting wrong?<p>The …

What to do With Leftover Condensed Milk

First things first. What is condensed milk, anyway? It's cow's milk from which the water has been removed and a sweetener added (condensed milk and sweetened condensed milk are basically synonymous these days). In its tin, it's shelf stable for years, making it a historically popular standby in …

14 Things You Might Not Know About Ben & Jerry's

Last month, I went on a press trip to Ben & Jerry's in Vermont for two days of activities like hanging out with the staff at the company headquarters in South Burlington, creating a new flavor with the flavor gurus, visiting the St Albans dairy co-op, touring the factory in Waterbury, sampling the …

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The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Welcome to the ultimate snuggle zone.<p>Steal these ideas to create a comfortable getaway in your bedroom. You'll never want to leave.

A Malibu Ranch With Electric Color

Nickey Kehoe wakes up a slumbering ranch.<p>Interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe inject surprising and bold color — a pink wool sofa, an electric blue dining room, a jade green kitchen island — into a Malibu house for a young, extroverted family. The result is a fun, high-energy home makeover. …

The 10 Tiniest Rooms We've Ever Seen

Stylish and efficient spaces.<p>From a 48-square-foot kitchen to a tiny and cozy reading nook, we've rounded up beautiful small spaces that don't spare style or efficiency. Take a look a these amazing designs.

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Decorate your spring tablescape with this whimsical place setting idea.<p>Choosing your perfect paint color has just gotten easier.<p>A playful palette can turn a blank slate into a stylish new space.<p>Designer Ken Fulk shows off the cabinetry he chose, including toe-kick drawers and double-height …

Giada Wire

TV personality <b>Giada De Laurentiis</b> talked with the <i>Las Vegas Sun</i> about her upcoming restaurant <b>Giada's</b>. She says, "With a first-ever restaurant, it means for the first time I will be vulnerable to criticism. My worry is not so much about the food because <b>I can ensure that it's perfect</b>, but I worry …

One of the Largest Remaining American Chestnut Trees in North America

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier

• <b>Author:</b> Ree Drummond<p>The enhanced e-book edition of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier gives you behind-the-scenes access to Ree at home on her ranch. In it you'll find videos of Ree cooking a bunch of her favorite recipes, six recipes not found in the book, and Ree's list of her …

What Your Favorite Food Says About You

Choosing a favorite food can be hard -- after all, there's no shortage of options to choose from. It could be a childhood favorite, homemade classic, or even a sign of your culinary adventurousness -- but whichever your favorite meal is, it could be more telling than you realize.<p>In fact, your …

The 5 Steaks You Should Be Grilling Now

<i>Welcome to our new weekly series On the Grill, where our Sunday Dinners columnist Tom Hirschfeld will be showing us how to grill everything from steaks to salads with confidence (and style).</i><p><i>Today: How to grill the perfect steak, soup to nuts: the 5 best steaks to grill, the 5 rules for cooking them</i> …

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Favorite Buttermilk Skillet-Fried Chicken from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

Before last week, I had never made real fried chicken. I've fried plenty of chicken wings, tortilla chips, and tempura-ed everything. But true, homemade, brined-in-buttermilk, dredged-in-flour, and fried-in-a-skillet Southern-style chicken had never graced my kitchen table. Between the perceived …

Perfect Cast-Iron Skillet Chicken Thighs

2 to 4 main-course<p>Active Time: 35 min<p>Sophisticated enough for a Sunday supper yet quick enough for Wednesday's dinner, this master recipe is all in the technique. Cook the thighs skin side down in a cast-iron skillet to render out the fat and make the skin as crisp and, dare we say, delicious as …

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The Best Way to Quickly & Safely Thaw Frozen Meat

I do my best to plan ahead and let meat thaw slowly in the fridge, but sometimes the mood for a certain dish strikes or company drops by and I just …

Chicken Breast

The Best Uses for Extra Egg Whites

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Don’t ditch those leftover egg whites.</i><p>We’re a little obsessed with eggs around …

Breakfast

We’ve Shared 100 Goodies – Let’s Celebrate with Cake!

We are thrilled to celebrate Mezze & Dolce’s 100th post today. Can you even believe it? We’ve embarked on one hundred culinary adventures together, …

The Food Lab Redux: How to Make the Perfect Bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen

There's no two ways about it: making ramen—and I'm talking <i>tonkotsu</i>, the rich, creamy pork broth of Japan's <i>Kyushu</i> region that leaves your lips sticky and your belly happy—is not an easy task. Each element takes time to prepare before they're ready to combine in the bowl just before serving, and some …

Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie

<i>Recipe by Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar New York New York</i><p><b>Anyone who has taken a bite of this Milk Bar best seller immediately knows the reason for the sassy name. Once you start eating this rich, salty-sweet pie with its oat cookie crust, you won't be able to stop.</b><p><b>CRACK PIE</b><p>Servings: 10 to …

Marcella Hazan's Bolognese Sauce Recipe | Leite's Culinaria

Jump to the recipe<p><i>Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese sauce recipe is the only Bolognese sauce recipe you ever need. It’s classic, authentic, Italian, easy,</i> …

Italian Food

How to Make Your Whiskey Sour Better: The New York Sour

<i>You'll no longer have to buy a plane ticket to get in on the cocktails at Seattle's Essex: Owners Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg (a.k.a. Orangette) will be sharing their favorite recipes with us, every other week. Drink up, people.</i><p><i>Today: Dress up your rye in autumn's finest.</i><p>Playing around with …

Inventions

What's the Best Oil for Frying?

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: We bring you a heated debate on the best frying oil.</i><p>Frying is a delicate task. …

Deep Frying

25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

From shrimp fried rice to spicy tuna rolls, 16 classic take-out dishes you can make at home<p><b>Nothing beats vegging out on the couch</b> with a carton of fried rice from your local Chinese joint, but you don't have to order in to eat takeout classics. Check out our greatest "takeout" hits, and delete the …

Cooking

How to Make Lasagna Bolognese from Scratch

Layer by layer, our lasagna Bolognese builds flavors you simply can’t achieve by taking shortcuts. Impress your guests with this raveworthy dish<p>Maybe you’re not a <i>nonna</i>. And you didn’t inherit a faded recipe for lasagna Bolognese from one, either. Not to worry. What matters is that this version of …

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