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Life comes at you fast — these 10 tools will help you be prepared

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Smoky Eggplant Dip

Makes about 3 cups<p>Serve this dip with chips, as part of a meze platter, or slather it on grilled chicken thighs or lamb chops. This recipe is perfect after you've grilled dinner and the fire has mellowed—don't let those coals go to waste! Your reward is this easy, smoky dip.<p>August …

20 Wines Under $20: Reds for Winter Moods and Foods

I’m not one to adhere rigidly to the idea of drinking seasonally: reds when it’s cold, whites and rosés when the weather heats up. This is textbook nonsense that makes it seem as if temperature is the only consideration in choosing a wine.<p>But this is winter, a time to hunker down. For many, that …

Wine & Spirits

20 Ways to Have a Minimalist Home in 2018

<i>For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>As much as we love a home bursting with bright colors …

Urban Outfitters

The Top 10 New York Dishes of 2016

A lot of the food that I transfer from fork to mouth is complicated. Some of it dazzles me, some doesn’t, and I write my reviews accordingly.<p>As time passes, though, it’s the less frenetic stuff that tends to stand out in my memory. The juicy rosé-colored slab of roast beef, the egg on toast served …

Top 10

A Superior Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is one of the most painless and pleasing things to make in a home kitchen. But do modern cooks know that?<p>During America’s inexorable march toward processed food, chicken soup became something to buy, not something to make — Campbell’s alone produces more than 50 varieties — and many …

Food Preservation

The Absolute Best French Fries in New York

<i>When it comes to French fries, the best always tend to be the ones that come through at clutch moments: long golden numbers at Tibbett Diner after a</i> …

TsuruTonTan, a Japanese Chain That Knows Its Noodles

The news reports filled the city with gloom. From out of a big Manhattan real estate firm had come a change that few locals expected or wanted. Reactions were apocalyptic. There was a shared fear that we were moving in the wrong direction, that the values of our community were being trampled by …

Dining Rooms

18 Thanksgiving Recipes That Will *Wine* and Dine You

While working your Thanksgiving menu this year, you might find yourself hemming and hawing over keeping things simple and classic, or creative and daring. You don’t want to mess with the turkey, but maybe the mashed potatoes could use a makeover. There is also a whole world of mouth-watering …

Cooking

My French Friend Tipped Me Off to These Bed Sheets

My obsession with sheets can be traced back to the days when I stayed in fancy hotels as a fashion editor, traveling the world and learning a little …

Your New Weekend Breakfast Recipe: The French Omelette

However humble its composition, the French omelette has for years been considered the litmus test for many aspiring chefs. “One of our deans, André …

Ina Garten's Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad

Ina Garten says this may be her favorite salad recipe ever, and we agree. Roasted carrots are tossed with maple syrup, then get added to a bed of …

Carrots

A Crowd Favorite: Colorful Zoodle Pad Thai Recipe

Looking for more Meatless Monday recipes that are light and filling this season? Look no further — we’ve got a carb-free takeout hack that’s packed with fresh veggies, herbs and crunchy peanuts! For this Pad Thai recipe, we’re cooking up spiralized zucchini instead of rice noodles and loading it …

Chemicals

27 Holy Grail Kitchen Gadgets That Live Up To The Hype

Products people swear by to set up a kickass kitchen.

I Found the Best Steak Knife, and Now I Love Cutting My Meat

I’m not sure how to write this without sounding like someone on whom the FBI should keep a file — if you read something, say something! — but because …

Raised Bed Kits for Gardens

There are many ways on how people grow their plants. Some people prefer to do hydroponics gardening and some people may prefer other methods of …

Gardening

This Tiny Home's Pop-Out Porch Is Seriously Genius

And if that's not impressive, wait until you see the farmhouse kitchen.<p>A lot of the time, tiny homes are decorated just like your grandmother's house. Shingled exteriors, cringe-worthy patterns and maybe even a cutesy name that's slightly embarrassing to say. Well, the Alpha Tiny Home doesn't have …

9 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he was a child in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big reader, of everything from science-fiction novels to historical biographies.<p>The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has said that reading books taught him how to build rockets.<p>We combed through years of interviews with Musk to find out which …

Elon Musk

Fire Design

Contemporary Fire Extinguishers<p>This collection of <b>fire extinguishers</b> feature artistic and innovative designs along with fully safe construction, for …

Italy’s Answer to Potato Chips? Taralli, of Course

SAN FRANCISCO — Taralli are like the potato chips of southern Italy, according to the chef Rocky Maselli, who runs the A16 restaurants in the Bay Area. “You get them at gas stations but also at fancy hotels,” Mr. Maselli said. “They’re just the ultimate bar snack.”<p>They are crisp, melting rounds of …

Baking

How to Make the Genius Smashed Cheeseburger Even Juicier

When I polled the Food52 staff on the best restaurant burgers they'd ever tasted, I was expecting off-beat answers. I wanted to hear about burgers topped with roasted peaches, basted in duck sauce, stuffed with guacamole (I'm so sorry I even <i>thought</i> of that).<p>Instead, I got a lot of onions. (Well, a …