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What Do You Get From a $35,000 Espresso Machine?

For a long time, American coffee culture was pretty mass-market and pretty unremarkable. Having a plastic, cone-shaped drip filter in your home and an aluminum can of Folgers next to it was as American as apple pie. Espresso machines were considered foreign, outré, and elitist. As Bluestone Lane …

How to Cook Rice | Buttery Steamed Rice | Sada Chaval

There is a very gentle way of cooking rice using a combination of steaming and the absorption method, using indirect heat that leaves the rice so …

Citrus-Soaked Butter Cake (Dairy)

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I needed to bake a cake, but as I was gathering ingredients, I discovered that I only had one …

Master Blind-Baked Pie Crust With These 6 Simple Tips

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>If you've never blind-baked a crust, the term itself is a little confusing, but it's just another way of describing a prebaked crust. It's a technique that's primarily reserved for meringue and custard pies that don't bake long or hot enough to develop a crisp and …

How to Make a Traditional Cake

This is the traditional method for making a cake from scratch, starting with creaming together butter and sugar, adding eggs, and alternately adding …

Dessert

Affogato Recipes, Because Espresso Should Come With Ice Cream

Italy has a great many culinary achievements to be proud of ― the wine, the cheese, the pasta ― but we think Italians' real genius in the kitchen is …

Frozen Crème Caramel

To make her crème caramel more refreshing, chef Amanda Hallowell serves it partially frozen, like a semifreddo.

First Thoughts About Traveling to a Country I Can’t Pronounce - Kyrgyzstan

I really don’t want to sound trite writing this post. I don’t want to sound like one of those annoying travelers who visits a new place and says they …

Confused about what’s healthy? A new nutrition survey shows you’re not alone.

By Carrie Dennett<p>If I asked you, “Who do you trust?” you would probably name a friend or family member — unless the topic is nutrition. Odds are your nearest and dearest are not your most trusted sources for nutrition information, even though there’s an excellent chance that you rely on them to …

Tulsi and Mint Chai with Cinnamon | Tea with Herbs and Spices

Relax with a beautiful, health giving, herbal Chai

Tea

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Judy's Pineapple Cake With Pineapple Filling

Thank you to Judy for sharing her pineapple layer cake recipe. The cake is filled and topped with a cooked mixture of pineapple, sugar, butter, and …

how to make a salted caramel affogato

Affogato is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make as long as you have good quality ice cream and an espresso maker on hand. Italians …

These 2-Ingredient Sambal Cashews Are the Best Bar Snack

The best snack that you can make in five minutes, with only two ingredients. Magic.<p>Is a bar snack still a bar snack if you eat it at home? It’s a perplexing question, and one that I ponder frequently, as a not-so-secret admirer of the food group. Strangely, my favorite bar snack never actually …

How to Make the Best No-Bake Cheesecake

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>I'm all about cheesecake in any form, whether it's Japanese-style and cotton soft or a towering slab like they serve in New York; I'd even take a scoop of cheesecake ice cream, with graham cracker bits mixed right …

Three Citrus Salad with Green Chilli, Ginger and Crunchy Almond Salsa

It’s late Autumn, and it is such a beautiful season. Included in the abundant bounty available before we head into Winter is the first of the citrus. …

Recipes

The quick dish: Thomasina Miers’ recipe for barbecued lemongrass chicken

The combination of grilled aromatic chicken and smoky aubergine salad is perfect sunshine food<p>Whenever conversation turns to food, a common complaint is how to decide what to make day in, day out. While there seems to be a definite desire to cook more, often people feel befuddled by the sheer …

Homemade Speculoos Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe is a great way to polish off the scraps left over from making <i>speculoos</i> (a type of spiced cookie), including homemade Biscoff (the most famous brand of speculoos), but feel free to use store-bought cookies instead. Biscoff, whether real or copycat, give this silky ice cream an intriguing …

Chinese Sponge Cake Recipe

The secret of this recipe for Chinese sponge cake lies in the fact it is steamed, which makes it very moist. Traditionally the sponge cake is eaten …

Sponge Cake

Makes one 13x9" cake<p>This recipe can also be used to make a 9" round cake; cook time is the same. If you like, double the recipe for a two-layer cake. It’s great with fruits, jams, and any fillings that are a little bit wet and can be soaked into the cake (...like a sponge!).<p>June 2017Print<p>Ingredients<p>…

The Food Lab: Making Pesto or Curry Paste? The Freezer Is Your Friend

I'll cut to the chase instead of burying the lede here: In many cases, freezing fresh basil before incorporating it into pesto will produce tastier results.<p>I know, I find it hard to believe myself. But hear me out, because there's a good explanation for all of this.<p>This whole idea came about …

Spices

Beautiful, Flaky Pie Crust the Old-Fashioned Way

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Americans have been crafting the best pies in the world for over 200 years, even going so far as to equate pastries and patriotism—"as American as apple pie" (a dessert that requires not one crust but two). Yet somehow we've come to think of it as a particularly …

Pineapple Pulissery | Pineapple in a Spicy Yoghurt Sauce from Kerala

This is another recipe from my cooking session in Kovalam in Kerala. My scribbled notes have recently come to light again – Chef cooked and I helped …

Spices

Don’t You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy?

Here’s the thing: I blog about fat acceptance.<p>Fat acceptance, as you can probably guess from the words “fat” and “acceptance” being right together …

Diets

Butter Pie Crust

Pineapple Pulissery with Green Peppercorns | Pineapple Curry with Green Peppercorns

In one episode of Master Chef last year, the contestants had a mystery box that contained pineapples and green peppercorns. We were yelling at the TV …

Salted Egg Cheese Tarts Recipe

Preheat oven to 400°F.<p>Make the tart shells: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or 2 forks until …

The Savory Side of Carrot Cake

When I was a child, I wanted carrot cake for every birthday. I wasn’t a fan of bakery cakes, expertly plastered with supersweet butter-free frostings in pastel colors. (I did like the realistic decorative little roses, though.) Those fine-crumbed white or yellow cakes did not have much appeal for …

These Top 10 Third-Wave Coffee Shops Across the Globe *Have to* Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Travel has changed <i>a lot</i> over the last decade or so. Millennial travelers tend to prefer long-term or adventure travel to luxury getaways, favoring a more local approach than their parents or grandparents did. Along with checking out the world’s best food halls and tasting novelty desserts from …

The RØST Micro-Roaster Is a Design Nerd’s Dream (and a Coffee Nerd’s, Too)

The 2017 World of Coffee event is underway in Budapest, with brewers, roasters and coffee aficionados flocking to compete in brewing competitions and …

Coffee