Melissa Lee

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Measuring Up

Why are some people fat while others are thin? Laura Hoffman asks scientists to consider the huge weight disparity among her sisters and draws some unexpected conclusions about America's (and her own) heavy burden.<p><i>This piece originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of ELLE</i>.<p>"I can't be around …

Why a Smoker Adds So Much Flavor to Meat (and What to Look For In One)

There’s nothing like smoked meats—whether you hot smoke and cook while you infuse flavor, or cold smoke to add flavor for later, a good smoker is an …

Cooking

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.)

During World War II, millions of Americans planted "victory gardens" in their backyards, eventually supplying a hungry nation with 40 percent of its homegrown fruits and vegetables. Once the war was over, those urban farms withered away, supplanted by increasingly efficient large-scale rural …

These Cookies Cream Puffs Will Sexually Awaken Your Taste Buds

Yas, please.<p>Servings: 15-20<p>25 chocolate sandwich cookies<p>2 egg yolks<p>2 cups half & half<p>¼ cup granulated sugar<p>¼ cup cornstarch<p>1 cup water<p>8 tablespoons butter<p>½ cup flour<p>4 eggs<p>Preheat oven to 425°F.<p>Using a knife, separate the cream from the cookies, and place them in two separate bowls.<p>Crush cookies in …