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An unconventional beef rib roast delivers maximum umami

<i>Umami Issues</i> <i>is The Takeout’s exploration of cooking food with the rich, savory, mysterious taste sensation known as umami.</i><p>When I was a wee lad, …

The 25 best albums of 2017, according to critics

Rap great Kendrick Lamar started the year off strongly with "DAMN.," his third, critically lauded LP.<p>Artists like Lorde, SZA, and St. Vincent followed suit, with standout works that critics universally praised.<p>To get a full picture of the year's critical consensus in music, we turned to the reviews …

Sous-Vide-Que Pork Loin Recipe

When it comes to selecting large value cuts of meat, boneless pork loin has long been one of my top choices. On sale, it can feed the entire family …

German Christmas Cookies - Cardamom Cookies - Kardamon Plaetzchen

Cardamom has been used in Christmas baking in Germany since the middle ages. It was an important medicinal herb and was used to help the stomach and …

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Stir together brown sugar, melted butter, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. Generously coat a 6- to 7-quart round or …

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

Consciousness

These are the best gadgets of 2017

While 2017 saw a lot of serious news, it was a relatively quiet year for gadgets. There weren’t many entirely new categories of technology that consumers adopted compared to recent years, like wearables, virtual reality, or smart speakers. But there was a lot of refining. 2017 saw the release of …

Introducing: Our Collection of Gifts for the Home Chef

Do you have a culinary all-star in your life? That person whose kitchen is their temple, who visits farmers’ markets more than once a week, who blowtorches their crème brûlée, who can operate a mandoline without cutting themselves?<p>It feels a little risky buying kitchen tools for these …

Inventions

13 Reasons Why You Should Make Meatballs More Often

Meatballs are awesome. You can easily whip them up without a recipe, using beef, chicken, lamb, or even no meat. They freeze like a dream, ready to feed you (and friends, and family, and unexpected guests) at the drop of a hat. They are excellent every which way, whether swimming in a brothy soup, …

The extreme dieting regimen that self-help guru Tim Ferriss uses to stay lean

Tim Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," is a firm believer in ketogenic diets and fasting. Here's why he believes so firmly in it. The following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>Disclaimer: Tim Ferriss is not a doctor. Please seek medical supervision before attempting to go</i> …

How to Make Pancakes

Follow these five tips for superior short stacks.<p>Golden Pancakes<p>Whether you like them old-school plain or buttermilk, jazzed up with fruit or …

It's Possible To Make Pineapple Casserole Even Better–Here's How

My family believes in traditional holiday food, and by “traditional holiday food,” they mean the same things we’ve always had, no exceptions and no …

This Simple Hack Using Aluminium Foil Could Improve Your Home Wi-Fi

We love this!<p>Scientists have discovered a simple, low-cost method for boosting the strength of Wi-Fi signals inside your home, and it relies on a …

Wi-Fi

8 Things You Probably Cook Too Fast

Stop scorching your steak and burning toasted nuts. Sometimes you need to take things nice and slow.<p>Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and lower the heat on your stove once in a while, you might have burnt food. That's what Ferris Bueller said, right? If he was cooking an expensive steak, …

Cooking

10 criminally underrated movies on Netflix you owe it to yourself to watch

Since its inception, Netflix has stood as the benchmark for on-demand entertainment. As its popularity grew, so too did the streaming service’s …

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Cooking

The New York Times and Wirecutter bring you this indispensable guide to the best gifts of the holiday season. Browse by interest or price; we promise you’ll find something nice.

Diabetes Can Be Reversed Naturally

"Ditch the mangoes" and "switch to artificial sweeteners" - is the dreaded advice handed out to diabetics and pre-diabetics when first diagnosed. But …

10 'Bad' Habits That Are Actually Signs You're Smarter Than You Think

Not an excuse to be gross though!<p>Here's the thing about bad habits. Many of them can hurt you when taken to the extreme. But in small doses, those …

Psychology

$38 case doubles your Galaxy S8 battery life

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is easily one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. The design is incredible, the camera is among the best you’ll find, …

Famous Crack Potatoes

<b>You’ll Need:</b><p>2 (16 oz) containers of sour cream.<br>8 oz of cooked and chopped bacon.<br>2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.<br>1 package of ranch dip mix.<br>1 (30 …

Who makes the best jarred pasta sauce? We taste the top brands.

Pasta sauce, slow-cooked on the stove by one’s mother or grandmother or romantic partner, has long captured the public imagination. And no wonder. Not only can home-cooked tomato sauce taste incredibly delicious, but also few other foods, ladle for ladle, pack in so much symbolism. Sauce means …

Cooking

NASA satellite spots cause of unprecedented spike in atmospheric CO2

Since the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have been steadily increasing, but 2015 and 2016 …

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

You want to make good cocktails at home. What you need to get started.

Rachel Duggins got interested in cocktails early, from watching old movies in which the glamorous witty women and debonair men always seemed to have a drink in hand. When she was little, her family visited the iconic Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul; Duggins was transfixed by the beautiful bar there. …

Here's The Real Reason Why Some People Become Addicted to Drugs

It's not about willpower.<p>Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted.<p>It's difficult to …

Drug Addiction

These Are the Top 15 Fan-Favorite Recipes From Blue Apron

How often do you <i>actually</i> keep the recipe cards for the meals you make through food delivery services like Blue Apron? Yes, the dishes are good, but the best of the best are worth replicating. For the month of October, Blue Apron is actually bringing back fan favorites, so you can make them again or …

Cooking

Be a figgin' genius: Make this four-ingredient, two-for-one recipe

Soon, there will be an uptick in get-togethers, weekend company and visits with those who are far away, and while I don't want to see decorated evergreens until after Thanksgiving, I am willing to do a little work now for a head start on the holidays.<p>So I am sharing with you my four-ingredient …

A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the 6 most important choices you can make

Turns out, humans are pretty lousy decision-makers. We fall victim to bias, let emotions cloud our judgment, and tire of making choices pretty quickly.<p>But Cerf has also learned that making a handful of really smart choices at the right moment can eliminate the need to make hundreds of smaller, …

Outsourcing

How many calories you burn doing 39 popular exercises

Everything we do burns calories.<p>But have you ever wondered how your running habits compare to your friend's cycling sessions? Or how your weekend kayaking trip stacked up to a morning swim?<p>Calorie-counting isn't the best way to lose weight— for that, you're better off focusing on which foods you …

To Transform Your Weeknight Cooking, Turn On the Instant Pot

<i>(Need more instruction on using your multicooker? Our “How to Use an Instant Pot” guide can help you master the device.)</i><p>The hardest ingredient to find for any weeknight recipe is time. Tuesdays after work just don’t have a lot of it, and it’s not as if you can order it online.<p>A slow cooker can help …

Recipes