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How to Make a Perfect Key Lime Pie

Fact: When asked, “What’s your favorite type of pie” approximately 80% of all humans will respond: <b>Key. Lime. Pie.</b><p>OK, this may be more of a hyperbolic …

Baking

Meyer Lemon Ice Cream That's as Easy as Pie

"That ice cream was like eating a frozen lemon meringue pie!"<p>When that text popped up on my phone, I knew my father had found the stash of ice cream I'd left in his freezer, and that my mission was a success. Lemon meringue pie is his favorite dessert, second only to ice cream, so I had wanted to …

Ice Cream

Heavenly Key Lime Pie Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together condensed milk and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture into piecrust.<p>Step …

Baking

14 Showstopping Cakes to Make Any Occasion Special

When it comes to dessert you have no shortage of options—cupcakes, brownies, pies, and more—but for a celebration you just can't beat a cake. A towering layer cake like our devil's food or coconut varieties will always impress, but that's just the start. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, a …

Dessert

3 Pieces of Gear that Changed my Hiking Life!

SOCK LINERS: I think I first heard of these from a Following Bigfoot video. I hiked and backpacked over 100 miles wearing sock liners in 2017 and was …

Backpacking

For Killer Steak au Poivre, Divide and Conquer

They say there are two sides to every story. This one began with two sides as well, both of them crusted in cracked peppercorns. But it ends with just one. And I want to convince you that it's the only right one.<p>The story I'm telling today is about France's classic steak au poivre—pan-seared, …

How to Make From-Scratch Japanese Curry That's Better Than the Box

"The Japanese, who are probably the world's greatest culinary aesthetes, don't hesitate to serve a greenish-yellow glutinous mess over their rice and label it 'curry.'" And thus Madhur Jaffrey, in <i>An Invitation to Indian Cooking</i>, cut down Japanese curry with the swiftness of a samurai sword.<p>To be …

Cheesy Bread Is Absurdly Good, No Matter What You Call It

I'm always in search of new and exciting ways to incorporate more cheese into my diet. In our wedding vows, my husband promised to have and to hold and to always keep the fridge stocked with three varieties of cheddar. When the opportunity to develop a recipe for this South American cheesy bread …

The Best No-Fuss Cinnamon Rolls

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Nothing kicks off a holiday celebration quite like waking up to the smell of cinnamon rolls wafting from the oven, especially when I don't have to lift a finger that morning except to preheat the oven. That's the magic of this recipe for overnight cinnamon rolls, …

Quesadillas With Sweet Potato Instead of Cheese: Worth the Backlash

I think it's safe to say that the phrase "They're coming to take away your cheese!" has never been uttered in recorded history—or, at least, uttered and <i>meant</i>. Or, at least, uttered and meant <i>literally</i>.* Yet you'd think it was one of the great fascist plots of our time based on the reaction I got …

Turn Gravy Up a Notch With a Touch of Umami (And No Pan Drippings)

Thanksgiving is a gravy lover’s dream. If it weren’t already a national holiday, people like us could easily declare it National Gravy Day. Whether your gravy is used to top turkey, drown mashed potatoes, or drench stuffing, it’s pretty safe to say that no Thanksgiving meal is complete without …

The Best Microfibre Towel to Take Backpacking

Microfibre travel towels! Boom, Bam! game changer alert…<p>One of the most useful things you can pack for any round the world travelling adventure, …

Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Bonsai and Bighorn reflect on their gear choices for their 2017 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. A $20 pack for a long distance hike? Maybe not the …

Pacific Crest Trail

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Brining Chicken or Turkey

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Brining or dry-brining your bird can mean the difference between dry turkey and supremely moist and plump turkey. Over the years, I've written many articles on brining (or not brining) turkeys. Much of this info can already be found in our Definitive Guide to …

Why You Should Braise Your Beans (& 6 Ways to Make Them Dinner)

Most people appreciate beans for their brusque, no-nonsense nutrition; they are healthful, packed with iron and fiber, and, most importantly, they are always <i>there</i>. No matter your mood, no matter your level of hanger, no matter your astrological symbol, beans are always waiting, patiently, in your …

Bacon & Scallion Egg Noodle Stir-fry

I will fabricate any excuse to put bacon in recipes, as many of you well know (see: my bacon-wrapped pork chop sticky rice bake, my leftover …

Onions

24 Quick Soup Recipes for Fast Fall Meals

A hearty, warming bowl of soup is one of the most comforting things you can eat on a chilly day. Some of my favorite wintery soups need to simmer for hours, though, and I'm just too busy for that. Fortunately, we have plenty of recipes that come together in an hour or less for times when you need a …

Cooking

How to Make a Show-Stopping Carrot Cake

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Of all the cakes I make, none are requested as often as carrot. Mom prefers white cake, and my brother is partial to yellow, but when I factor in the habits of my friends and extended family, as well as all the …

Dessert

THE KEEPERSThe Recipes We Cook Over, and Over, and Over Again

Look, all Bon Appétit recipes are great. These are just...extra great.<p>On most weeknights, you'll find <i>Bon Appétit</i> staffers at home in their kitchens, cooking a recipe from our magazine pages or website. We practice what we preach—and we believe in the recipes we publish.<p>But, there are some recipes …

Cooking

Goat Cheese and Arugula over Penne Recipe

"This is a quick, easy, and elegant dish. Serve as a main course with a good loaf of bread, or as a side dish."<p>Ingredients<p>5 1/2 ounces goat cheese<p>2 …

Cheese

Spaghetti with Spinach, Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Tossing the cooked spaghetti with some of the reserved pasta cooking water and fresh goat cheese produces a light, tangy and luxurious sauce. Melissa …

Cooking

How to Season Rice So That Everything You Eat with It Tastes Better

A simple trick for wayyy more flavorful rice.<p>I eat a lot of rice: brown, white, black, basmati, something called TexMati that I don't quite understand. I find it to be a suitable carbo-base for just about any meal. And, maybe it's because I was raised on Cream of Rice, but I've always enjoyed rice …

Sushi

The Food Lab: Batter and Breading Basics for Frying

<i>Editor's Note: This article is adapted from my book,</i> The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. <i>I hope you enjoy it. You can buy the book here and find more Food Lab content here. Visit my personal website and sign up for my newsletter to hear about my upcoming second book and live …

Food & Dining

A Cake You Can Take With You Anywhere

Over the years, and almost without meaning to, I have become an obsessive collector — not of objects but of recipes. I have accumulated boxes’ and files’ worth. I search for them casually in print and online, and relentlessly, determinedly and often shamelessly when I’m out, whether close to home …

Dessert

Chicken Cacciatore Pressure Cooker) Recipe

Heat the oil in a 4-quart or larger cooker. Add the shallots and bell pepper and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the shallots …

Want Even Tastier Chicken Breasts? Get Them Drunk!

Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms<p>Serves 4<p>1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick pieces<br>Kosher salt<br>Freshly ground …

Mushrooms

These Cast-Iron Recipes Will Take You From Breakfast to Dessert

Easy skillet recipes for every meal of the day.<p>If you own a cast-iron skillet, you adore it. If you don’t own a cast-iron skillet, we suggest you buy …

Cooking

3 Standout Recipes From Anthony Bourdain's New Cookbook, “Appetites" - Korean Fried Chicken

Buddae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)<p><i>From page 58 of Anthony Bourdain’s</i> Appetites<i>.</i><p>This is known as Korean army stew, created, according to legend, from …

Soysauce

A Grilled Dessert From Top to Bottom: Peaches, Pound Cake, and Caramel

<b>Editor's Note:</b> We're very excited to welcome writer, photographer, and cook Michael Harlan Turkell to the virtual pages of Serious Eats. In this series, Michael will share some of his favorite takes on grilling recipes from around the world, all focused on the interplay of vinegar and the …

Dessert