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16 Classic Cocktails to Make in 2016

This is the Year of the Cocktail. For me, at least. I like to drink them, but I don't know the first thing about making them! Shaken? Stirred? Is there really a difference, Double-Oh? This year I plan on finding out. Armed with a few key reads and essential tools, these are my <b>16 classic cocktails</b> …

Cocktails

How to Do the Food Lover's Cleanse While You're Traveling

It's hard to eat clean while you're on the road—here's how Sara Dickerman, author of the Food Lover's Cleanse, pulls it off.<p>You are almost there BA Cleansers! Congratulations on a job well done. I hope you have been enjoying the adventurous flavors and ingredients, and that, unlike me, you’ve …

Food

15 Ways to Cook Healthy-ish In 2016

In these healthy-ish times, no one better embraces the clean and simple approach to food than Jeremy Fox. Let the chef of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon wine bar show you how to be a better (and healthier) cook.<p>Chefs like to complicate things: recipes, techniques, their lives. <b>Jeremy Fox</b> isn’t one of …

Cooking

You can cook pasta in a small amount of cold water

"I recommend cooking a pound of pasta in a quart-and-a-half of cold water in a frying pan," says Harold McGee, author of <i>Keys to Good Cooking</i>. "It …

Shepherd's Pie Recipes

Pair a rich and savory meat with a creamy potato base and you'll have yourself a small slice of heaven. Whether you prefer a classic shepherd's pie …

The Devil's Food Cake Recipe That Everyone Should Have

There are cake recipes, and then there are <i>cake recipes</i> -- the kind your grandma passes down to you, which you either cling to with great secrecy or share with those you love dearly. But in the world of devil's food cake, mediocre recipes abound, and great ones are hard to come by.<p>So we got a little …

'Mater Mash

When we were out on Long Island with Marc Forgione and Chris Jaeckle, we picked up a salad dressing idea from Forgione that's somehow not commonly …

Food

Why Not All Gin is Created Equally

<i>And why you should be considering different styles for different cocktails.</i><p>Sometimes, especially on hotter days, nothing but nothing beats a good gin and tonic. But how do you know if you’re getting a good one?<p>Look at the bar, advises Jacob Ehrenkrona of Martin Miller’s Gin company. <b>If the bartender</b> …

Beverages

This Is Not Your Average Mimosa Recipe

Chef <b>Charlie Palmer's</b> Napa Valley newcomer <b>Harvest Table</b> absolutely nails the unpretentious, farm-to-table Northern California vibe, especially during brunch. Think plum pop-tarts, maple syrup candy waffles mounted with blueberry compote, and suckling pig hash—all enhanced with fruits and veg from …

The Traditional Italian Dessert You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

<i>Introducing zuccotto: It's like tiramisu, in bowl-form.</i><p>Between 20 to 30 percent of what I learned in pastry school was guess work. And at the beginning, it was more like 60 percent. To be fair, I was in a foreign country, studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. The chefs …

Dessert

10 Best-Ever Chicken Pasta Recipes

There are few more comforting things than a delicious bowl of buttery pasta. But adding in a healthy protein like chicken makes for a satisfying and …

53 Roasted Vegetable Recipes to Jazz Up Any Dinner

Dinner sides in a snap? Enter, roasted vegetables. Here are our 53 favorite recipes for dinnertime or anytime.<p><b>Sides in a snap?</b> It's practically what roasted vegetables were made for. Chop 'em up (or leave 'em whole) and get that oven roaring, because these 53 recipes are about to earn permanent …

Cooking

20 Salted Desserts That Make Us Want to Break Out the Maldon

Salted caramel and chocolate desserts are here to stay—make one of these and see why.<p><b>Salted desserts have never been more popular</b>, and it's easy to see why. Not only does it bring out other flavors, it's a perfect foil to rich chocolate and sweet caramel. Try these confections and see for yourself.

Dessert

How to Make Naturally Colorful Frosting

Here, seven super creamy and delicious ways to make vibrant frosting without food coloring.<p>F&W's Mad Genius, Justin Chapple, proves he is the duke of …

How the Negroni Went from Bartender's Darling to Everyone's Favorite Classic Cocktail

It’s Negroni Week, which means bars and restaurants around the world are celebrating the bracingly bittersweet aperitif. Fifteen years ago, the idea …

7 Reasons to Make Sabayon, the Ultimate Summer Dessert

With its ethereal texture and fancy French name, you might assume that sabayon is complicated to make.<p>With its ethereal texture and fancy French …

25 Summer Essential Recipes You Should Master

Summer foods shouldn't be complicated—they don't need to be when so much is in season—it should just be good. We've gathered up 25 classic recipes to take you from Memorial Day to Labor Day.<p><b>Summer, man. It's back.</b> And with it comes long, warm days and nights that should be spent next to the grill, …

Cooking

10 Easter Brunch Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

Whether you are looking for something sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent this Easter, I've got you covered. And the best part -- all of these Easter recipes are incredibly easy!<p><b>1. Spinach & Cheese Strata</b><p>This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of …

Blogs | Food & Wine

It beat Trader Joe's and Aldi yet again, according to a Temkin Customer Experience survey.<p>In case you missed it, the grocery store has its own …