Laura Valdez

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15 Grilled Burger Recipes for Memorial Day

Walk into any Memorial Day cookout and you're likely to find burgers on the grill—few foods are as synonymous with grilling. At its heart, a great burger is an exercise in simplicity. All you really need is beef, salt, pepper, and fire. Once you've got the base down it's time to start experimenting …

Knife Skills: How to Cut a Pineapple Like a Badass

I remember the first time I saw one of the Salvadoran prep cooks at a restaurant where I worked slice up a pineapple for us to eat as a cool snack on a particularly hot night. The pineapple was great, but the truly awesome part was the way in which she prepared it. Up until then, I was of the <i>just</i> …

18 Strawberry Dessert Recipes We Love

Gallery18 Strawberry Dessert Recipes We Love<p>Thanks to the modern American megamart's wanton disregard for seasonality, it's possible to enjoy strawberries year-round. However, nothing beats the plump, juicy ones you can get once spring hits. Fresh strawberries have all kinds of uses, from tarts to …

The Best Sweets We Ate in May

GalleryThe Best Sweets We Ate in May<p>This month we (OK, Jamie) reveled in NYC's first Dairy Queen, and we rewarded ourselves after running a half-marathon (yeah, OK, that was just Paul). But the rest of us ate good sweets too! Check them all out in the slideshow above.<p>And tell us about the best …

This Week in Recipes

Breakfast<p>Super Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits<br>• Puff Pastry Breakfast Egg Tarts<p>Appetizers and Sides<p>Portuguese Garlic and Cilantro Bread Soup (Açorda à Alentejana)<br>• Grilled Trevisano or Radicchio With Gorgonzola, Olive Oil, and Saba<br>• Shanghai Baby Bok Choy With Black Bean Sauce<br>• The Best Barbecue Beans<br>• Quick …

Summer Dessert Mashup: How to Make Blueberry Crumble Bars

As anyone who's eaten a pluot, owned a Labradoodle, or watched a Buffy-Angel crossover episode can tell you, hybrids are awesome. That holds especially true in Dessert Land, where the tradition of hybrids extends from ice-cream cakes to the more recent Cronut fever.<p>Hybrids were on my mind recently …

The Best Bakeries for Cookies in Portland

Portland may be a small city, but when it comes to cookies, Bridgetown can most definitely hold its own. From delicate French macarons to hefty oatmeal cookies that are almost substantial enough to qualify as breakfast, you can find a cookie for every craving.<p>Scroll down to see all of our top picks …

14 Sweets for Dad This Father's Day

Gallery14 Sweets for Dad This Father's Day<p>Let's be fair. For all we try to simplify them, dads are truly mysterious, complex creatures. Like snowflakes, no two are alike. So frankly, it would be an ugly stereotype to compile a list of Father's Day desserts that reduced them to some homogenous batch …

A Flavor-Packed Father's Day Menu for Dad

I'm not a big fan of generalizations, especially when it comes to gender. (By the way, please stop referring to massive slabs of meat as "man steaks" when they're clearly meant to be called <i>my</i> steaks.) And I'm pretty sure that whoever coined the phrase, "The way to a man's heart is through his …