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The 50 best US tourist attractions you've never heard of

New York has the Empire State Building, but it's also home to Letchworth State Park, unofficially known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."<p>We've rounded up the most worthwhile but lesser-known tourist attractions in every state.<p>While some of these places have a significant amount of visitors each …

National Parks

Don't Make These Sunday Sauce Common Mistakes—Or We'll Tell Nonna

It takes a whole lot of love and effort to make an amazing Sunday sauce. Oh, and one more thing: Make sure you're not making any of these common mistakes!<p>What exactly <i>is</i> a Sunday sauce? That answer depends on who you ask. There are as many ways to make Sunday sauce as there are families who eat …

The secret to superior salmon: 30 minutes before cooking, season the fish with salt and sugar. Then rinse and pat dry. Sear in a hot, oiled skillet until the skin crisps and the flesh is cooked through. The salt helps remove extra moisture from the fish, firming up the flesh, while the sugar balances the salt. Try it, you'll like it. #recipes #food #kitchentricks #slamminsalmon

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, and in a few short years he made it the most profitable corporation in the world. It’s tempting to think that he must be one of the smartest people who ever lived.<p>Gates is undoubtedly …

Psychology

These Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Bombs Will Change Your Life

We all love bacon and we all love cheese. Add some mashed potatoes, batter and a little love and what do you have? A bomb full of cheesy, greasy, bacon-y, potato-y goodness that your taste buds will be forever grateful for.<p><b>Prep Time:</b> 10 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 15 minutes<p><b>Total Time:</b> 25 minutes<p><b>Servings:</b> …

Recipes

Everything You Can Do With a Tin of Anchovies

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: <i>Everybody loves anchovies</i>...it's just that some people don't know it yet. Seriously, assuming your diet allows it, chances are you've enjoyed salt-cured anchovies in more forms than you even realize. Prized by chefs and home cooks around the world for …

The Asado Burger: All the Flavors of the Argentine Grill, on Bread

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Of all the experiences I have yet to cross off my gastronomic bucket list, taking part in a true South American <i>asado</i> is right at the top. Sure, I've eaten grilled steak with chimichurri and lots of other foods, like …

This easy recipe for baked eggs in ramekins will transform your breakfast

Omelets? So over them. Fried eggs? Forget about it. When it comes to breakfast, baked eggs are the best invention since, well, sliced bread. These individual ramekins are filled with a deluxe blend of savory vegetables and rich, creamy eggs; give them 20 minutes in the oven and get your spoons …

Breakfast

Make a healthier, budget-friendly spaghetti with meat sauce

It's Day 7 of our No-Waste Dinners series, where TODAY has teamed up with Cook Smarts to share a week's worth of recipes that re-use ingredients. Here, we have Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Balsamic Roasted Carrots. Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meat sauce? This classic is comforting and a great …

Cooking

How to Make the Ultimate Mac & Cheese.... Because It's Important

Our digital food editor walks you through the steps to creating the perfect mac & cheese—a recipe everyone should know how to make.<p>There's not really a debate at this point—macaroni and cheese is pretty much universally accepted as the ultimate comfort food. But the dish comes in many forms, and …

Worried about stocks? Bonds look worse

As 2015 kicks off, investors are skittish.<p>Stocks are pricey. Historically, the price-to-earnings ratio for the S&P 500 is a tad over 15, according to Bespoke Investment Group. Today's trailing P/E, a key measure of whether stocks are a good value, is above 19.<p>That's not dotcom bubble levels, but …

Start the New Year Off Right: 7 Healthy, Fast Weeknight Dinners

<b>1. Blackened Tilapia</b><p>This is one of my favorite fish recipes, and it's super quick and easy. Mild tilapia fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, then sautéed in olive oil until crisp and flavorful on the exterior and tender and flaky within. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. White Chicken Chili</b><p>Made with …

Cooking

14 Crowd-Pleasing Family Meals from the Slow Cooker

Even if you’re the world’s most avid home cook, let’s be honest: Between work, family commitments, and now, holiday shopping, sometimes you just need …