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Secrets to Making Restaurant Pizza at Home

If you’re serious about pizza, it may seem impossible to create really good pizza at home. While there’s definitely a ceiling to what you can do …

Cook More this Year -- 28 Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Lives

2015 is here and resolutions are flying right and left. Lose weight, save money, get fit. All are lofty yet understandable goals. Unfortunately, many won't last past the first half of January. Instead of joining the fray, why not make a goal that you can actually stick to? Decide to cook more for …

9 Easy Holiday Cakes and Quick Breads

<b>1. Gingerbread</b><p>Old-fashioned gingerbread is the perfect treat to keep on hand during the holidays. There are many different kinds -- from the darkest, densest cakes made with robust molasses and stout beer to the lightest, most delicate cakes flavored only with brown sugar and a hint of ground …

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.<p>There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. …

Cheesy Potatoes, a Michigan Classic

Over Thanksgiving, <i>The New York Times</i> ran a map of the most googled recipes from every state. It provided hours of fun on Facebook and Google (Frog Eye Salad, anyone?) and led my dear former blog coordinator, Dana Blinder, who left me to move back to Michigan to be closer to her family, to share her …

We're on a (Gravy) Boat

If stuffing is the MVP and cranberry sauce is on the bench in a practice jersey, then gravy is the clinch player who comes in to score the winning …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

Shrimp and Okra Stew

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: Develop a loving, long-term relationship with okra -- starting with this easy, almost-one-pot recipe.</i><p>Some lucky people grew …

Pumpkin Spoon Bread

8 Servings<p>We make lots of things from scratch on Thanksgiving, but pumpkin purée isn’t one of them. Libby’s is our favorite brand.<p>November 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>2½ cups whole milk<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter<p>2 teaspoons kosher salt<p>1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal<p>1 cup canned pure pumpkin purée<p>3 …

Recipes

Zucchini Bread with Oats

Makes two 8 1/2x4 1/2" loaves Servings<p>For a slightly more virtuous quick bread—more like breakfast, less like dessert—reduce the amount of granulated sugar to one cup. This zucchini bread recipe is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Non-stick vegetable oil spray<p>…

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Spicy Lobster Pasta

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 20 min<p>Total Time: 20 min<p>There’s something special about lobster you’ve prepared yourself, but if cooking one on a weeknight isn’t your speed, buy cooked lobster or shrimp instead.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>12 ounces spaghetti<p>Kosher salt<p>2 tablespoons olive oil<p>2 tablespoons …

Seafood

Cantaloupe and Black Pepper Granita

8 Servings<p>A grown-up shaved ice, with a welcome hit of spice from the pepper.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds cantaloupe, rind and seeds removed, coarsely chopped<p>½ cup sugar<p>¼ cup Muscat de Beaumes de Venise or other sweet dessert wine<p>¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus coarsely ground …

Stone Fruit Cobbler

10 Servings<p>Don’t peel the peaches; simply rub off the fuzz with a damp paper towel.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>filling<p>3 pounds peaches, nectarines, or plums, each cut into 6 wedges<p>½ cup granulated sugar<p>2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<p>¼ teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 tablespoon kirsch (clear cherry brandy) or …

Salted Butter Caramels

Makes about 60 caramels<p>Put the evening over the top by setting out these easy, impressive caramels after dessert. Or set out wax-paper bags so friends can take them home for the next day.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>⅔ cup heavy cream<p>1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise<p>2 cups …

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