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Taste Beyond The Tongue

9 Epic Ways To Make Ice Cream Sandwiches

When it comes to ice cream sandwiches, there are two classic options that come to mind. First, there’s the stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth chocolate wafer and vanilla ice cream sandwich. Then there’s the beloved Chipwich, made with two chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and if you’re lucky, …

Dessert

Recipe: How to Make Portuguese Custard Tarts

Lisbon is a city with a sweet tooth, and its most iconic pastry is the palm-size <i>pastel de nata,</i> or egg tart, a creamy custard tart available in <i>pastelarias</i> across the city. The recipe dates back to the 16th century, when the confections, like many other Portuguese sweets, were made by nuns in …

Baking

Nigel Slater’s cherry pie and cake recipes

We went in search of cherries: punnet after punnet of dark, sweet fruits, cheap enough for us to boil up a batch of jam. The pickers had been at work before breakfast, teetering on tall ladders, their heads hidden in the canopy of leaves. We ignored the dead blackbird that hung ominously from the …

Baking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

How to Give Strawberries the Gift of Immortality

Strawberry Honey Butter<p>Makes a scant 2 cups<p>2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, at room temperature <br>1/4 cup honey <br>1/4 teaspoon …

Strawberries

Millefoglie (Italian Custard and Puff Pastry Cake) Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> Millefoglie—similar to its French name, mille-feuille—is Italian for "a thousand …

A Big, Sparkly Secret That'll Change the Way You Bake Cakes

Grease and flour is the go-to method for preparing cake pans, but something about it always rubbed me the wrong way. Too little and the cake clings. Too much and the cake develops a pasty exterior.<p>Then, one of my friends (also a baker), let me in on a little secret: <b>You can grease and sugar …

13 Jam-Packed Cake Recipes With Fruity Flavor

While vanilla and chocolate are always winners, sometimes you want to spice up your cake layers with fruity flavor. Jams provide a beautiful contrast to the consistency and provide a burst of sweetness. Imagine slicing into a chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry jam or a coffee cake with a …

Dessert

How to Make Sour Cream Pound Cake Moist and Tender Every Time

I have a lot of feelings about cake, in all its many forms. From feather-light angel food to downy squares of coffee cake or a rich and fluffy vanilla layer cake, most recipes aim for dainty airiness.<p>Not pound cake, though—it's a heavy hitter served in slabs. With a crumb as smooth as marble, it's …

Dessert

Nintendo Switch: Tips, games, problems and everything else you need to know

Your ultimate beginner's guide to Nintendo's hybrid tablet/handheld/TV game console.<p><b>What is the Nintendo Switch?</b><p>It's Nintendo's new Wii and Game Boy merged into one -- a handheld game system that transforms into a TV game console when you slide it into a dock. Or into a touchscreen tablet, complete …

Gear & Gadgets

How to decorate Easter eggs using stuff you already have in your kitchen

Scrambling to get ready for Easter, and don't think there's time to hit the craft stores and dye eggs? Think again.<p>Awesome ingredients for dyeing and decorating eggstraordinary Easter eggs are as close as the kitchen cupboards, closets or desk drawer.<p><b>How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs, …

Nature’s Fury Revealed in These Spellbinding Time-Lapses

A photographer relentlessly pursues the perfect storm.<p>Come spring, the air over Tornado Alley begins to crackle and neon lightning whips across the denim sky: Nature’s brazen declaration that storm season has arrived in the southern plains of the United States.<p>For many, the telltale signs—dark, …

12 low-maintenance flowers you can't kill

(Unless you try very hard.)<p>Sometimes you just want a guarantee. You don't have the money or time for that picture-perfect garden that you know …

Gardening

A psychologist with 20 years of experience says there are 5 simple ways to improve your self-esteem

The positives are obvious, but improving self-esteem can be challenging, especially if we've experienced setbacks in the past. In a blog post on TED, the psychologist Guy Winch, who has 20 years of experience working with patients, says the problem is that our self-esteem is rather unstable anyway, …

Self-help

'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Is Now One Of The Best Reviewed Games In History

Over the course of the past day, it’s been tough to miss the nearly endless array of perfect scores rolling in for T<i>he Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i>. It’s hard to imagine a better boost the Nintendo Switch could have at launch, but many may not realize <i>just how well</i> <i>Breath of the Wild</i> is …

Gaming

Nintendo Switch's HD Rumble Helps Wife And Blind Husband Enjoy Gaming Together

Playing video games as a couple can be hard enough, but try finding something for two people to play when one of them is blind adds a whole new set …

Indie Gaming

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons Can Connect To Your PC, Mac, And Android

We've already learned that the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can connect to your PC, but YouTube user DreWoof confirmed yesterday it's also possible to pair Joy-Cons to your other devices via Bluetooth as well.<p>As the video above shows, because Joy-Cons use Bluetooth to communicate with the Switch, …

Why Nintendo Switch is amazing now, despite a small launch game lineup

Nintendo’s Switch feels almost like a minimum viable product when it comes to software – the menu, when you boot the console initially, looks like a placeholder with big, empty square blocks suggesting some future software arrival. This is where games you download or insert via cartridge would show …

Retrogaming

Nintendo Switch review

Here Are The Biggest Problems Gamers Are Having With The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch launched last Friday, and over the weekend gamers all over the world have finally gotten a chance to play with the shiny new tech.<p>I’ve seen a bunch of people posting screenshots and videos of their time with <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,</i> and beyond the usual outliers …

Gaming

People Are Worried About Dead Pixels on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Isn't

Supplies of Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, are extremely limited at the moment and most people aren’t lucky to have one. But some who have …

Retrogaming

How to Fix the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con Sync Issue

There's a fix for the Joy-con's sync issue, but it's going to require some soldering know-how.<p>The Nintendo Switch launch weekend was marked by <i>The Legend of Zelda</i>'s return to glory, long lines at places like Gamestop, and, unfortunately, rampant syncing issues between the console's left "Joy-con" …

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch | Review

What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch

Developers and executives discuss the hybrid system.<p>Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale.<p>A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game …

I'm enjoying the Nintendo Switch much, much more than I expected — here's why

I've been wary of Nintendo's new game console, the Switch, for quite some time.<p>On paper, there's a lot stacked against it:<p>It's underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost the same (or less, depending on the model).<br>• It has a paltry game library compared with the …

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch: Bold, Brilliant, But You Should Wait to Buy

The Nintendo Switch — Nintendo’s first new console since 2012 — is a pretty bold proposition. It’s a $299 console that bridges the gap between your …

Nintendo Switch Review: Past And Future In Equal Measure

The newest Zelda and Mario machine is an innovative blank slate that’s loaded with promise but short on online features.<p>I’ve been agonizing over what to say about my time with the Nintendo Switch since the first reviews went up.<p>On one hand, the hardware is a marvel of modern mobile architecture, …

Gaming

Nintendo Switch Is a Console for Humans, Not Gamers

Could it fall on its face? Yes, sure.<p>Well here we are. The Switch, Nintendo's latest console, is finally here. The internet is flooded with detailed, measured reviews right now, so rather than publish another one of those, Motherboard decided to give the machine to the least professional member of …

Retrogaming