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Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has now sparked the notice of the estimable Oxford Dictionaries, which has chosen "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. The word can be a noun or a verb; it beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."<p>Noting that e-cigarettes have come a long …

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

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50 Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes

Put the hardest working pan in your kitchen to good use.<p><b>If you want a good, hard sear on a piece of meat</b>, grab a cast iron skillet. Looking to add minerals to your food? Ditto. Just want a workhorse of a pan that will take you from fried eggs to a free-form apple galette? You know what to do. The …

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Is Garlic Good for You or Bad for You?

So about that crazy garlicky pasta you ate last night. Could that actually be... good for you?<p>Garlic’s health benefits have been touted throughout history, and it’s been credited as a plague-beating, infection-fighting, fat-melting, parasite-killing, cholesterol-lowering, immune-system-boosting, …

Green Bean Casserole

We've made the quintessential Thanksgiving casserole better than ever by combining fresh green beans, homemade mushroom sauce, and savory fried shallots.

The Food Lab: The New Reversible Baking Steel/Griddle is Not Just for Pizzas

<b>UPDATE:</b> The Baking Steel Griddle is now available for pre-order!<p>The new reversible Baking Steel with a baking surface on one side and a flat griddle on the other is one of my favorite bits of kitchen gear. About a year and a half ago, I wrote about the Baking Steel, a product I called "the most …

24 Essential Kitchen Tricks and Tips

What Kitchen Short Cuts Am I Missing?<p>I have owned a food processor for almost a decade but only recently tried out the cheese grater attachment - and instantly felt like a complete idiot for wasting countless hours of my life grating cheese by hand. I am sure there must be many other techniques i …

How to Make Your Own Egg Replacers for Vegan Baking

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: How to make truly excellent baked goods -- without the eggs.</i><p>There are many reasons why you might need to replace eggs in a recipe. You could be making a …

What texting does to the spine

Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old.<p>It is also, according to a new calculation published in the journal Surgical Technology International, the amount of force exerted on the head of an adult human who is …

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When Thanksgiving Goes So, So Wrong

Thanksgiving is a time for food, friends and family, but with so many cooks in the kitchen, the holiday is also rife with the possibility for epic failure.<p>Here is a compilation of some pretty great Thanksgiving mishaps, including parade shenanigans, turkey drops and disastrous desserts.<p>Better luck …

9 Must-See Food Films

The logical next step to being a totally obsessive foodie? Feeding a hunger for food knowledge … by watching every food documentary and movie we can …