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The 25 Trips You Need to Take This Year

Leavenworth, Washington (Garret Van Swearingen)<p>Westport, Washington (Diana Pulido)<p><b>Washington</b><p>In 2017, two Seattle-based surfers turned a mid-century motor lodge in the coastal town of Westport into a communal hub for anyone looking to hit the area’s beach, point, and cove breaks. Loge Camps takes a …

1 Easy Hummus Recipe, 5 Ways to Mess with It

By Alex Beggs<p>Spicy hummus. Avocado hummus. Curried sweet potato hummus. ALL OF THE HUMMUS.<p>Sometimes I waltz through the refrigerated aisle of hummus and brush my fingers along all of the different brands and sing, “I’ve never seen so many hummuses in my life”! Like Belle when she sees all of the …

The 2018 Adventure Bucket List

Stay in a PurePod in New Zealand<p>Expert: Contributor Jen Murphy<p><b>The Draw:</b> These eco-friendly one-bedroom structures with glass walls are plunked down in some of the most stunning, off-the-grid woodlands the Kiwi kingdom has to offer. It’s like bivying, but with a flush toilet and a hot shower. There …

6 New Restaurants to Check Out in Portland, Maine

From bagel spots to oyster shops, these are our favorite new places to eat.<p>Portland, Maine is a bit of an anomaly. For such a small city, it has no business having such a high concentration of killer restaurants, bars, and breweries. Every time I’m there, I’m amazed. From diners to serious cocktail …

5 Killer-Value Weekend Ski Trips

There’s one main reason to wait until the last minute to book ski trips: You can keep an eye on the weather forecast for a better chance of scoring a powder day. This strategy has its drawbacks, though: If you wait, you’ll pay top dollar on everything from hotels to lift tickets. For the best …

How to Make Perfect Pan Sauce Every Time

By Alison Roman<p>Photos by Nicole Franzen<p>A seared piece of meat might sound boring. But when it’s drizzled with a silky reduction? Always exciting. These are the keys to pulling off a pro-grade pan sauce.<p>The whole “buy one, get one free” thing is a good deal. You pay for one thing and get something …

5 Places to Chill, Detox, and Get Your Adventure On

Sometimes we all need an escape hatch from our overly connected lives. To fill that demand, a multitude of wellness vacation spots have popped up around the world. Here, we’ve picked a few of our favorites, from the Sonoran Desert to the Himalayas to the lush jungles of Costa Rica.<p>Canyon …

The Cooking Pot You'll Never Want to Put in a Drawer

The most beautiful pots in one chef’s kitchen are also the most useful.<p>You’d be forgiven for thinking that the two-tone earthenware vessels on display in SingleThread’s open kitchen are for decorative purposes only.<p>The more than 60 donabe (traditional Japanese clay cooking pots) that line the walls …

Forest to Table: How the Oldest Cooking Method Became the (Literal) Hottest Trend in Restaurants

If there’s one ingredient that defines restaurant cooking right now, it’s the logs that fuel all those burnished, smoke, live-fire flavors.<p><b>My winter smelled of smoke.</b> Night after night, I caught a whiff of burning logs, of fat dripping onto coals, of sourdough toasting and rib eyes charring and …

How to Clean and Care for a Wooden Cutting Board So You Can Use It Forever

Get your mineral oil ready. A wooden cutting board could potentially last your whole life.<p>“Whoever invented the glass or ceramic cutting board, I’d, uh, like to have have a little <i>conversation</i> with them,” <b>Brad Leone</b> said, fuming. Leone, our test kitchen manager, is all about the <i>wooden</i> cutting board. …

The Best Ski Gloves Under $35

Skiing is an expensive sport. Planks, boots, bindings, outerwear, yaddah yaddah yaddah, it all adds up. Entry into a life of slooshing means shelling …

How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Cauliflower, in Season in August

Here's how to buy, store, and cook with cauliflower, in season in August.<p>A member of the brassica family, cauliflower is one of late summer and early fall's most versatile vegetables. Slice it thick and grill it like steak, roast it whole, or boil and purée it for a mash that will make you (almost) …

How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Edamame, In Season in August

Here's how to buy, store, and cook with edamame, in season in August.<p>Edamame, or soy beans, grow on small, bushy stalks to about 1-2" tall. They're almost as easy to prepare as the frozen, bagged variety ubiquitous in grocery stores: Just pick the pods from the stalk, boil, shock, and proceed. You …

How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Sweet Corn, In Season in August

Here's how to buy, store, and cook with sweet corn, in season in August.<p>Everybody freak out—it's sweet corn season. We look forward to this all year long, and with good reason: When picked at the peak of ripeness, this grain is loaded with sweet, tender kernels that are great for boiling and …

Yes, You Can Pickle That: How to Make the Quickest, Easiest Homemade Pickles

Think of these quick pickles as the gateway to all things preserved.<p><i>When summer comes around, we try to find ways to make it last forever. So every day this week, we'll bring you a new guide to preserving the season's best herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Today: Pickles!</i><p>Think of crunchy, tangy, …

Grill Like Pok Pok's Andy Ricker With Thaan Charcoal

This charcoal is better for the environment, better for you, and burns hot.<p>The struggle began with mesquite. "We were with it for a long time," says <b>Andy Ricker</b>, who burns through his fair share of charcoal at his Pok Pok restaurants, "but that was problematic: It's very unhealthy to work with and a …

Which Type of Wood Should You Use for Smoking Meat?

All wood is not created equal when it comes to smoking meat. That being said, don't overthink it.<p>Call it an inflammatory statement, but when your barbecuing friends put on airs like Eastern mystics as they rhapsodize about the woods they use to smoke with, <b>you have our permission to call them out</b> …

How to Choose the Right Charcoal for Your Grill

Grilling charcoal this summer? Us, too. Here are a few of your options.<p>Here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>, we love grilling over charcoal. Gas just can’t come close to delivering the intense, even wall of wicked-high heat that a bed of glowing-orange coals produces. However, not all charcoal is created equal. …

How to Clean a Rusty Cast-Iron Skillet

Think your favorite pan is beyond repair? Here's how to get rid of even the toughest cast-iron rust damage.<p>It isn't hard to maintain a cast-iron pan, but sometimes life gets the better of us and we don't follow proper use, maintenance, or cleaning protocol. Sure, you know not to cook acidic …

Costa Rica’s top five marine adventures

Costa Rica’s thriving forests and abundant wildlife have made it a premier destination for eco-travelers, but the country’s lesser-known offshore environments teem with life and have just as much to set the spine tingling. Sadly, in recent years these underwater habitats have been tainted by …

New Zealand's 10 most unforgettable beaches

With 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand is heaven for beach-lovers. Its diverse shores dish up everything from lazy days and blazing sunsets, to active adventures such as swimming, kayaking and surfing. Finding a great beach is easy; to find an unforgettable one, read on…<p>Ninety Mile …

First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

How to Make Sweet Potato Caramel

An easy, one-ingredient sweet-potato caramel to put on chicken, meat, ice cream, brownies, and more<p>When <b>Brad Leone</b>, our test kitchen assistant, told us that his thick homemade caramel sauce had only one ingredient, we didn't believe him. Because, of course, he was LYING. It has two ingredients, <b>water</b> …

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi

Makes 2 quarts<p>Prep Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 3 min<p>This boldly flavored fermented kimchi recipe comes from chef Jon Churan, Perennial Virant, Chicago.<p>September 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3.5 ounces plus .7 ounces kosher salt<p>1½ pounds small brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved<p>½ small onion, coarsely chopped<p>2 …

San Francisco's top cheap eats

Booms and busts come and go fast in this Gold Rush town, but there's one thing you can always count on: dinner. Whether you're flush or broke, San Francisco offers vast menu options and excellent value for money. Not that it's always cheap – the fad for pricey pizzas and gourmet burgers isn't quite …

Hand-Pulled Breadsticks (Grissini Stirati)

<i>Every Tuesday, Italian expat</i> <b>Emiko Davies</b> <i>is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.</i><p><i>Today: Easier than they seem, these breadsticks from Turin should be your next party starter.</i><p>Crunchy, long breadsticks known as grissini are a specialty of …

Westward Pita Bread

Makes eight 6" pitas Servings<p>Because the dough for this pita bread recipe has a relatively short rising time, it can be made while the lamb braises. Turn up the oven and bake the pita while you’re reducing the braising liquid on the stove-top; the timing will come out perfectly.<p>September …

Revive Stale Bread With This Life-Changing Trick

Stop! Don't throw out that stale loaf of bread. This life-changing (seriously) tip from our test kitchen will revive even the toughest baguette.<p>If you've ever let a loaf of bread get so stale that it won't even make decent croutons, you know that shameful feeling that comes with throwing it out. Be …

How to Make the Juiciest Pan-Roasted Pork Chops

After you master our method for brined and pan-roasted chops, prepare to say goodbye to those dry, flavorless things you used to call pork chops.<p>A juicy, pan-roasted chop basted in aromatic brown butter? This is the kind of weeknight-friendly comfort food recipe you’ll want to have on hand." Start …

Chicken Khao Soi

6 to 8 Servings<p>A simple curry paste gives this northern Thai–inspired soup surprising depth of flavor.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Khao Soi Paste<p>4 large dried New Mexico or guajillo chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded<p>2 medium shallots, halved<p>8 garlic cloves<p>1 2" piece ginger, peeled, sliced<p>¼ cup chopped …