Zoe Alexandra Ruiz

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The Strength-Building Yoga Pose That Tons of People Do Wrong

Learn how to do Chaturanga the right way—and get super toned while you're at it.<p>Chaturanga is the yoga version of a traditional pushup, and it's frequently done incorrectly. Since it's used in every vinyasa and sun salutation, it can wreak havoc on the shoulders and lower back if you don’t perform …

Wake and Bake: Irish Cheddar and Vegetable Bread Pudding

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>It might seem like I'm here to give you a recipe for bread pudding, but I'm actually here to give you options. Option one: you make this for the St. Patrick's Day-weekend brunch you're planning. As a host, you'll …

Wake and Bake: Pear Cardamom Muffins

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Given their awkward shape and bigger-is-better/more-is-more approach to mix-ins and streusel toppings, muffins are not typically what I'd call elegant. (One of the human body's <i>least</i> elegant parts is named after …

One Bowl Baking: Buttermilk Hushpuppies

"Would you like fries or hushpuppies?" That was the question I'd ask every customer, all night long, during my stint at a popular seafood restaurant years ago. Most went for the fries, which was a mistake if you ask me. You could get french fries anywhere—hushpuppies were so much more interesting. …

Delicious Ways to Top Your Waffles

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>You may have noticed that here at SE we've become a wee bit obsessed with waffling. You read that right—waffling, not waffles. As in the act of putting an object in a waffle maker, clamping down the top, and …

A Brief Guide to Great Stinky Cheeses

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Stinky cheese. The kind your grandparents ate. The kind you imagine Altoid-averse French nationals slathering on a baguette. You're hesitant, but you're also intrigued—surely these odoriferous specimens must have …

Weekend Baking Project: Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Weekend Baking Project serves up popular existing recipes from our archives.<p>It's something I just can't seem to get over. For the first 25 years of my life, I always had spring break. (Yeah, I went straight from college to three years of grad school.) Like Christmas or my birthday, I …

Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta with Hibiscus and Pomegranate

<i>Panna Cotta</i>, which translates to "cooked cream" in Italian, is by far one of my favorite desserts. It's super light and creamy, yet satisfying at the same time. When made with just the right amount of gelatin, it has an amazingly soft and smooth texture.<p>Much like custards, the base of <i>panna cotta</i> …

Do I Need to Soak My Grains?

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Please welcome Daniel Gritzer, our new Culinary Director. Daniel comes to us from <i>Food & Wine</i> where he wrote the IACP Award-nominated Gastronaut Files. As a cook, he's worked in some of New York's top kitchens. You'll be seeing him around these parts dropping recipes, taste tests, …

Limoncello Tiramisu

A classic Tiramisu is made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee or espresso and layered with a mascarpone cream. The coffee is the key element and its …

Spumoni Mousse Cake

Okay. Calling this <i>cake</i> is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it's cake-shaped with stacked layers made for slicing and it's even frosted, but there's nary a …

Buttermilk Magic Cake

A lovely, layered dessert known as a “magic cake” has been pipping up on blogs all over the place lately. The cake is a dessert which magically turns …

Strata Recipes (PHOTOS)

Stratas aren't as hyped as the breakfast frittata. For one reason or another, they don't show up on brunch menus; and an astounding number of people we've encountered have never even heard of them. But stratas are just about the best thing you can do with baked eggs -- way better than frittatas or …

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

The original pound cake got its name from its ingredients. It contained a pound of eggs, a pound of butter, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. It …

My Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

When mother's day rolls around, I always feel a little stressed about how I'm going to honor my mom. She's an amazing person. If you're in her line …

Chocolate Pudding from Scratch Is Easier than You Think

<b>Chop the chocolate.</b> Use a serrated knife to chop the chocolate into fine flakes; set aside.<p><b>Make a slurry.</b> Whisk the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and …

Why Panna Cotta Is the Perfect Dessert

The word "perfect" is a one-size-fits-all label in the blogosphere, applied to everything from our lipstick <i>du jour</i> or the latest chocolate cookie to …

Fall French 75 Recipe

Playing up the tart, fruity side of Concord grapes, this drink pairs fresh purple grape puree with floral St. Germain elderflower liqueur in a variation in the classic French 75.<p><b>Note:</b> To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring …

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5 Links to Read Before Packing a Lunch

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master a cooking technique. Culinary greatness, here you come.</i><p><i>Today: How to pack the best lunch ever.</i><p>Whether you had the last three months off (we’re looking at you, kids and teachers), or just took a too-short summer vacation, …

Recipe | Watermelon Frosty

This is by far my new favorite drink and I love that it is not sugary like most blended drinks ordered at a restaurant! Rather than using ice, you …

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Cocktails From a Low-Stocked Bar: A Guide to Substitutions

Oh man, it's been one of those days. Your computer isn't working correctly, but your IT guys doesn't want to help you. Your boss wants that important document fifteen minutes ago, but what can you do? Your mom is leaving passive-aggressive voicemails because you haven't called her in the last 24 …

This Week in Recipes

Mains<p>Slow Cooker Filipino Pork With Garlic Fried Rice<br>• Make-Ahead Spaghetti With Arugula Jalapeño Pesto and Zucchini<br>• Easy Gazpacho<br>• Huevos Rancheros<br>• Easy Skillet Steak Tacos With Charred Corn and Sriracha<br>• Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed Ricotta<br>• Home-Ground Bison Burgers<br>• Quicker Chicken and Okra …

7 Delicious DIYs For The Overachieving Foodie

Hardcore home cooks: Right this way, please.<p>Convenience, as far as food is concerned, does not cater to the obsessed. It does not cater to those passionate about the process, those who are at their happiest digging their hands into a squishy ball of dough or spending hours scouring the internet and …

Vintage Liquors Give A Taste Of Decades-Old Spirits (PHOTOS)

To most, spending $890 on a single shot of whiskey is an unimaginable luxury. But for some, the experience of drinking 100-year-old liquor is priceless.<p>Vintage liquors, untouched for decades, are slowly making their way onto the shelves of specialty bars. So far, however, they can only be found at …

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>I picked up Joshua Bernstein's new book back-side up. A few names caught my eye. Advance praise from Garrett Oliver, Jim Koch, Charlie Papazian, Stephen Beaumont, and Maureen Ogle? That's a helluva strong group of names …

Ask a Bartender: What's One Drink We Should Be Making at Home?

On an average night, most of us don't have time for complicated syrups or infusions. But what simple cocktails <i>should</i> we be trying out? We asked our gang of bartenders what straightforward drinks they recommend. Here's what they had to say.<p>"Honestly, I think everyone at home should be making a damn …

How to Make Texas-Style Smoked Brisket in a Gas Grill

Making a real Texas-style smoked brisket will take all day, but it's eminently doable (even in a gas grill), and you can demand everyone call you "pitmaster"<p>In Texas, barbecue is about beef: specifically brisket, the cut by which any joint is judged. Brisket has become a favorite of restaurant …

Blueberry Mint Juleps.

<i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> April 12, 2013 107<p>At the risk of jumping the gun, I have to tell you about these.<p>Every year as we approach May, I am tormented with …