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We've Got a Fever and the Only Prescription is More Chocolate Cake

Back away from the box. You deserve these chocolate cake recipes from scratch.<p>Back away from the box. These from-scratch chocolate cake recipes are every bit worth the effort.


The Return of the 80s Cocktail

Some of America’s best bartenders are unapologetically bringing back long island iced teas, amaretto sours and neon-blue drinks.<p>The only thing I …

New York City

The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Ring In the New Year

<i>BY RICK MARTINEZ, BON APPETIT</i><p>Photo: Alex Lau<p>We drink hot chocolate because it's rich and creamy, warm and luxurious. It's a comfort food, to pick you up when you're feeling down, or when you're just really cold. It's best served next to a skating rink or some other snowy Christmas movie backdrop. …


Stock Up on These 10 Essential Kitchen Tools

Say goodbye to that junked-up kitchen drawer and say hello to a world in which all your tools are actually used.<p>At Rustic Canyon wine bar in Santa Monica, everyone in the kitchen keeps their tools organized on a rimmed sheet tray. And, unlike what’s in your junked-up kitchen drawer, everything is …

Santa Monica

Why Irish eyes were not blue before the Bronze Age

Early Irish farmers would have looked like people from the Middle East, geneticists claim<p>Piercing blue eyes and pale skin are one of the most distinguishing features of the Irish.<p>But the Celtic complexion did not arrive in Ireland until the Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago, scientists have …

Admit it: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stinks -- and here's why

On Christmas Day, I fulfilled my duty as an American consumer and took the family to see the new "Star Wars" movie. The excursion solved a mystery: Why do so many of the reviews, even the enthusiastic ones, carry an undertone of disappointment?<p>The simple answer is that "Star Wars: The Force …