Patricia Castellanos

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18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

5 Super-Refreshing Summer Vodka Cocktails to Make Now

<i>August is Vodkaaaah month. You know you want it.</i><p>Summer's end is practically around the corner.<p>That means it's time to squeeze every last drop of sunshine from the season. Where to start? How about with vodka cocktails that showcase summer's fleeting flavors? Fuzzy peaches, pineapple syrup and …

Flavors

4 Essential Liquor Infusions to Close Out Summer

Infusing a spirit is one of the best and easiest ways to add a new flavor to a cocktail. The method couldn't be simpler, combine the ingredient with your spirit of choice and let them sit. How long depends on what you're infusing. For denser ingredients like tea and spices, often you only need a …

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Mustard Greens

6 Servings<p>Any type of lentil will work in this weeknight soup. Or, substitute a couple cans of cannellini beans in their place.<p>April 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving<p>3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped<p>1 medium onion, chopped<p>½ fennel bulb, chopped, plus fennel fronds …

Food Preservation

Shrimp Salad with Cucumber and Fennel

8 Servings<p>Poaching the shrimp with their shells on locks in their flavor.<p>July 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds small shell-on shrimp<p>Kosher salt<p>2 fennel bulbs, sliced crosswise ¼-inch thick, fronds reserved<p>1 English hothouse cucumber, sliced ¼-inch thick<p>1 small red onion, very thinly sliced into rings<p>1 …

Cucumber

29 Chorizo Recipes Because It Makes Everything Taste Better

We love chorizo, and these 29 recipes prove it.<p><b>Chorizo might have to be a favorite</b> when it comes to cured meats if we were forced to choose. Here are all of our favorite chorizo recipes.

Cooking

12 Incredible All-American Recipes

Whether you're throwing a backyard bash or attending a patriotic potluck, these All-American recipes will take the cake.<p><b>1. Juicy Steakhouse Burgers</b><p>These burgers are tender, juicy and full of flavor -- just like the ones served at your favorite steakhouse. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Fresh Corn Salad with</b> …

Cooking

4 Crazy-Good Kebab Recipes

Summer and skewers go hand-in-hand, so put one of these crowd-pleasing kebab recipes on your next party menu. Food is just more fun when it's served on a stick.<p><b>1. Honey, Lime & Sriracha Chicken Skewers</b><p>These chicken skewers marinated in honey, lime juice and Sriracha are every bit as good as they …

Cooking

7 Uses for Store-Bought Pizza Dough

Sometimes--well, most times--it's totally fine not to make an entire recipe from scratch. Like when a recipe calls for store-bought pizza dough: Half the work is basically done for you, and your creation is no less delicious. Here, seven recipes using premade pizza dough, from cinnamon rolls to …

Cast Iron Skillet

Recipe: This Is the Best Hummus Ever

Chef Einat Admony is not well known outside New York City, where she owns and operates three restaurants — Taïm, Balaboosta, and Bar Bolonat — but she is almost single-handedly responsible for popularizing modern Israeli cuisine in downtown Manhattan. She's cooked for the Israeli army, lived a …

New York City

5 Best Bourbons

Mexico has mezcal, France has Cognac and, in America, we have bourbon. Declared a distinctive product of the United States by Congress, this sweet-and-smooth national treasure traces its history back hundreds of years to homegrown distilling operations around Bourbon County, Kentucky. Today, the …

Flavors

11 Ways to Become a Little More French

<i>Today: Live</i> la vie en rose <i>with our new French totes and these recipes and tips fit for any Francophile.</i><p>In the broad category of things we like, France holds a special place in our hearts. It's the land of cheese and wine, of salted butter and fleur de sel<i>.</i> It boasts an enviable landscape—stunning …

Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> Did you know that the dry muesli that comes in a box bears no resemblance …

15 Coleslaw Recipes to Get You Through All of Your Summer BBQs

<i>Header image: CHOW</i>Everyone loves a summer BBQ – what’s not to love about charred hotdogs, perfectly cooked medium-rare burgers, and seared Portobello …

Cooking

Relish in These 27 Condiments for All Your Summer Barbecue Needs

No summer meal is complete without one of these flavor-packed condiments.<p><b>We're not above bottled ketchup and mustard.</b> We're just saying no summer meal spread is complete without the homemade relish, salsa, chimichurri, and mayo. The recipes for all these grilled-food enhancers and more are straight …

65 Fruity, Sweet, and Creamy Desserts to Make This Summer

Homemade ice cream, boozy popsicles, easy crumbles, and all of the fruit pies.<p><b>Dessert just tastes better in the summertime</b>. With ripe berries, juicy watermelon, fruit pies, and ice cream leading the way, we're suddenly feeling very hungry. Eat 'em all—before they melt!

Cooking

13 Turkey Burgers That Will Make You Forget About Beef

<i>Header image: Guacamole Turkey Burger</i>We constantly find ourselves asking the question why no love for the Turkey Burger? It’s cheap, lean and far …

Burgers

How to Make Quick Hot Pickled Peppers

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Mei Chin, editorial intern at Food52, recreates her favorite pickled peppers in the name of a perfect sandwich.</i><p>I have a confession. At the risk …

Go Big: 39 Cocktails That Scale

Here are 43 ideas for cocktails with just a few ingredients so you can scale them as big and boozy as you want.<p><b>Have you ever wanted to be the host or hostess with the most(est)</b>? Or perhaps the very best guest? Those honors usually come with one thing: booze, and lots of it. Instead of going with a …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>We've talked about what our moms made us, but now let's talk about what we can make for mom. Whether you're spending time with her this Mother's Day, …

Shakshuka Up Your Morning Routine With Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka only looks complicated—these eggs poached in tomato sauce are perfect for a weekday breakfast.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the</i> …

Breakfast

20 Sexiest Scents of All Time

These fragrances — some iconic classics, others new faves — are 100 percent unforgettable.<p><b>Statement-Making Sexy</b><p><b>1992:</b> <i>Thierry Mugler "Angel," $150, saks.com.</i> With chocolate, caramel, and red berries, this 23-year-old cult fragrance created the category of "gourmand" and became a legend.<p><b>2000</b>: <i>Michael</i> …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>This week we celebrated Earth Day, which inspired us to turn to vegetable-focused recipes. Whether you make soup, fried rice, fritters, or tacos this …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

The Secret to Delicious Tofu (Really!) in 3 Steps

Poor tofu: After a bad experience, many people vow to never taste the fermented soy protein again--a shame because the nutritious ingredient can be especially handy in the kitchen when trying to whip up easy meals that don't center around meat.<p>But when cooked properly, carnivores can even learn to …

Tofu

This No-Knead Bacon Bread Recipe Is Our Everything

Bacon bread is the stuff that great days are made of. Soft, doughy bread loaded with bites of salty, briny bacon is the culmination of all of our favorite things. It's downright irresistible. But when you add the fact that this loaf of bread is no-knead -- read: almost no work -- it gets even …

Breakfast

How to Make Flour Tortillas So Tasty You'll Want to Eat Them Alone

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>I have a problem with those leathery flour tortillas sold at most supermarkets, because they give real-deal flour tortillas a bad name. The ones I love are thin and ultra-tender, so laden with lard that they verge on …

Food